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The Healing Tree


What is Pastoral Counseling?

This is a unique form of counseling which uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth.

Pastoral Counseling is provided by Pastoral Counselors who are not only mental health professionals but persons who have in-depth religious and theological training. Most pastoral counselors are ordained clergy or persons otherwise endorsed by a religious
faith group.

Pastoral Counseling has evolved through the years from religious and spiritual counseling to pastoral psychotherapy which integrates theology and the behavioral sciences. Pastoral Counseling has now become a major provider of mental health services
in this country, accounting for over 3 million hours
of treatment annually in both institutional and
private settings.

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