In keeping with my client-centered approach as a psychotherapist, I follow my clients’ lead when it comes to matters of religion and spirituality. I never introduce or force religious or spiritual issues or resources.
I am a pastoral counselor with advanced training in this field and remain in good standing with one of its major affiliated professional organizations.
Pastoral Counseling began in religious communities, but remains a gateway for many seeking assistance with depression, grief, marital disorder, substance abuse, and other issues. While such support is valuable, most religious community leaders do not have the time or training to do extensive, in-depth psychotherapy. Thus, if a situation requires more than a few informal sessions with a religious leader, a sound option is to seek a trained pastoral counselor.
Pastoral counseling applies insights and principles derived from theology and behavioral sciences to work with individuals, couples, families, groups and social systems toward wholeness and health.
The discipline is not licensable in many states, including New York, so practitioners tend to have training and licensure in other mental health disciplines in addition to in-depth religious or theological training.
While not mandated, many conscientious practitioners, myself included, join organizations that provide standards for practice and ethical conduct. Such pastoral counseling organizational codes of conduct include non-proselytizing.
Practitioners may be affiliated with a particular religious body or group. However, pastoral counselors should be open to dialogue. The practice focus should be your comfort level, faith, cultural needs, and values.
The majority of my clients are secular clients outside my own Jewish faith. These non-Jewish and secular clients still find our work together helpful and healing. My diligence to psychotherapy and respect for human dignity are key for these individuals. My own understanding of my faith demands I treasure each client’s stance, life situation, and goals.
I can help you with this speciality in support of your healing, growth and transformation. Please contact me to explore and discuss this option.