Today you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being.
As a solution-focused counselor, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
What Is A Counseling Chaplain?
A counseling Chaplain is a bit different than a clinical counselor or therapist. While we may provide similar services, counseling Chaplain's integrate spirituality, faith and theology with psychotherapy to help people seeking assistance with personal, family, marital and faith issues. Most counseling Chaplains have experience and training in the ministry, hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, are credentialed by a local religious community, and have significant education and supervised counseling experience. Many also possess a state license as a psychologist, marriage and family therapist or social worker.
A Day Life of a Counseling Chaplain
I spend much of my day talking with clients, helping them in a variety of ways—some time premarital counseling for those who are preparing to be married, while at other times providing grief counseling for those who have recently lost a loved one. Still other times help with substance abuse, personal counseling, and crises of faith. Due to my training in therapy and counseling techniques, I can assist clients in the same ways that a licensed therapist can. It is common for a parishioner to seek out assistance from other members of the church or from their pastor when they want to deal with personal issues from a faith-based perspective. Others may seek out a chaplain for assistance with spiritual guidance and prayer. However, there are circumstances when the nature of the problem and the therapy desired calls for care from a professional with a more specialized educational background and training. This is where a chaplain counselor may be the best fit.
Pastoral Counseling Settings
A Counseling Chaplain may be called upon when a member of a congregation needs professional assistance or when any person, in any situation, would like spirituality, faith and theology incorporated with their emotional care. counseling Chaplain's often have private practices through which they see patients, but they are not limited to seeing patients in the professional setting of an office. Chaplain care can take place in settings such as churches, hospitals, prisons, industrial workplaces, homes, law enforcement agencies, and military combat zones. This is one of the primary distinctions between a chaplain counselor and clinical counselors, such as clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists and social workers. While most clinical counselors are strongly discouraged from interaction outside the professional counseling relationship, and typically have a single contact setting (an office) A Chaplain counselors typically find ways to relate to the client on multiple levels and are encouraged to build a relationship and dialogue with a person outside of formal counseling settings.