507A Thornhill Drive
Carol Stream, IL 60188
What is Pastoral Counseling?
Pastoral counseling integrates spirituality into the healing process of psychotherapy. Generally, pastoral counselors are mental health professionals who have been trained both in theology (or religious studies) and behavioral science. Many pastoral counselors are ordained clergy, but just as many are not. People commonly mistake pastoral counseling as counseling for pastors. In practice, pastoral counseling is available for all people - those with deep faith, those seeking, and those who are not actively practicing a faith.
Typically, people who choose pastoral counseling desire to include a spiritual component to the therapeutic process.
Pastoral counselors provide a variety of services including treatment for persons with mental disorders; counseling for adults, adolescents, children, families and couples; substance abuse treatment; wellness programs; religious retreats; spiritual direction; clinical training; consultation to corporations; outreach preventive services in prisons, military settings and schools; and community education.
Our goal as therapist is not to convert you to one faith perspective or another but to walk along side you as you travel through the rough waters that caused you to seek counseling. We desire to provide a place for healing and hope and strive to provide an atmosphere where you feel safe, comfortable, and understood. Faith can provide insight into your circumstances but it is your choice as to whether faith will be brought into the healing process. We do not come to the counseling situation with a spiritual agenda.
We encourage you to seek counseling together; however, there are some circumstances where one or both of you may want individual counseling, or where the therapist might request an individual session with one of you. We suggest that for your first visit you come together.
If your partner does not want to participate in counseling, you can still improve the quality of your relationship by coming individually.
Art therapy was first introduced in the 1940's by psychologist Margaret Naumburg. She believed that the unconscious mind could be reached by spontaneous art expression. Art gives us a way of taking thoughts and feelings -- even those we are not aware we have -- and making them visible and concrete. Seeing provides the avenue for understanding.
Art therapy can be a catalyst to rapid growth during therapy. It is easier to stay on the surface of what one is feeling and experiencing when relying on words to communicate, but when using art as a tool in therapy, the process quickly submerges the client to a deeper level. Some suggest that art making is a primitive language of image and symbol which connects us to our primitive emotional states.
Art as a language is especially useful for children who may not have the vocabulary yet to describe their feelings. An art therapist's role is to assist the client in the discovery of the meaning of their art work. The artist determines the meaning of the drawing, not the therapist.
The benefits of art therapy are not limited to children. While many adults are critical of their art performance, the therapist's role is to reassure them that art making as a therapeutic process is not intended for critique. Many adults choose to work with stick figures, simple shapes, colors, collage, and words. No matter what a person creates in therapy, it will reflect what is going on inside.
My teenager is moody and
withdrawn but rejects my suggestion for counseling. Should I force
The Center has several therapists who are skilled at breaking the ice with teens. Still, therapy does requires a willingness to participate. The first step for you as a parent is to speak with one of our therapists who specialize in working with teenagers. The therapist can guide you as to what the next step might be, whether working with you to develop skills in an attempt to break through to your child, or a strategy for introducing your teenager to counseling and its benefits.
you have a question that is not addressed on this page. Feel free
to email your questions to:
507A Thornhill Drive ~ Carol Stream, Illinois 60188 ~ (630) 752-9750