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By On January 13th, 2006

Help From Above: In Times of Trouble, Growing Numbers of People Take Comfort in Faith-Based Therapy

According to Douglas Ronsheim, Executive Director of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), the number of the counselors who integrate a faith-based view of therapy with academic training and licensure is increasing. People whose belief is central to their lives often seek out professionals that can address issues of faith. The following article from the American Association of Professional Counselors discusses the need for and increasing acknowledgement of Pastoral Counseling:

“When Mary Bailey of Takoma Park sought help for stress and anxiety, one thing was clear to her: She didn’t want to see a psychologist or psychiatrist. A health care worker, mother and evangelical Christian, Bailey says that “being a Christian guides the choices I make and how I make sense of the world. I didn’t think a psychologist or psychiatrist would be sensitive to that.” So Bailey, like increasing numbers of people seeking help with personal problems, called a pastoral counseling center. She was matched with a therapist with an MA in psychology and “enough religious background to know what I was talking about and guide me,” Bailey said.”

Help From Above: In Times of Trouble, Growing Numbers of People Take Comfort in Faith-Based Therapy

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