When people hear the term “pastoral counseling” it can be interesting to see the responses. Some may ask: “what is that?” Others, may think they have a general idea but are really uncertain as to what it really means.
Today I’d like to look at a couple of very important things to consider concerning “Pastoral Counseling.” First, it is very much what it sounds like. It is counseling that is offered from a pastoral perspective. For many different reasons there are people who have concerns about receiving secular counseling. With where they are in their lives they are interested in counsel that will offer them a Biblical perspective and they want to get advice from someone they feel, from a faith perspective, is qualified to offer it.
Pastoral Counseling can be a great fit for Bible believers who want Biblical solutions for the issues they are dealing with.
It can also be a powerful partnership for counselors who have clients that are seeking direction for issues that fall outside their area of expertise. For those seeking guidance for spiritual formation questions; for those who want to know how to deal with a faith crisis; or for those who want to be able to spend time actually praying with the one working with them etc., then referring to a pastoral counselor makes sense.
As a Certified Pastoral Sex Addiction Specialist, an Ordained Minister with a Doctorate in Ministry and a Master’s in Christian Counseling Psychology I have the privilege of working with people on a wide range of issues. Including many of those listed above. People seeking guidance for overcoming sexual addictions, those seeking marital counseling, pre-marriage counseling, those wanting financial advice from a Biblical perspective, or others looking for direction for dealing with struggles of faith etc. I’m here to help.
If you are interested in Bible based counsel or if you are a counselor who has clients who would benefit from faith based advice, please contact me: Mark@Capstoneatlanta.com or 678-520-8813