Pastoral Counseling

“Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

Our world is changing quickly, yet our challenges remain the same.  We are a struggling culture who faces anxiety, depression, financial concerns, family challenges, and betrayal.  Pastoral counseling is an opportunity for a client to experience conversation and accountability that will aid understanding through a pastoral relationship.  It is a conversation about life and faith.

Mrs. Payne has used the arts for 25 years to bring clients and students into a deeper understanding of their faith and believe system.  Her ability to listen and gently instruct has been pivotal in helping women recognize their personal values and then live in the freedom of them.

“What distinguishes pastoral counseling from other forms of counseling and psychotherapy is the role and accountability of the counselor and his or her understanding and expression of the pastoral relationship. Pastoral counselors are representatives of the central images of life and its meaning affirmed by their religious communities. Thus pastoral counseling offers a relationship to that understanding of life and faith. Pastoral counseling uses both psychological and theological resources to deepen its understanding of the pastoral relationship.” Membership in several organizations that combine theology and mental health has grown in recent years. Some pastoral counselors have developed special training programs to encourage cooperation between religious professionals and medical professionals on treatment of issues like addiction, since spirituality is an important part of recovery for many people.

Hunter, R.J. (2005). “Pastoral Counseling”. Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling. Nashville: Abingdon Press. ISBN 0-687-10761-X.