What is Pastoral counseling?

Pastoral counseling is a form of therapy that combines psychological counseling with spiritual guidance and support. It is typically provided by trained clergy members, such as pastors, rabbis, imams, or priests, who have received specialized training in counseling and psychotherapy.

The aim of pastoral counseling is to help individuals deal with a wide range of personal and emotional issues, including depression, anxiety, grief, marital and family problems, addiction, and other challenges, in a manner that respects their religious and spiritual beliefs.

Pastoral counselors often use a range of techniques and approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychoanalysis, and other evidence-based therapeutic methods, as well as prayer, meditation, and other spiritual practices.

Overall, pastoral counseling seeks to address the whole person, including their emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs, in a compassionate and empathetic manner that honors their faith and values.

Shervan K Shahhian

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