Monthly Archives: April 2013

My Relationship Is In Trouble, Could a Pastoral Counselor Help?

Published on YourTango on 4/28/13

There are all sorts of counselors out there – could a pastoral counselor help us?

There are so many types of counselors out there.  If your relationship is in trouble, who can you turn to? An LPC? LMHC? LMFT? LCSW? Psychologist? Pastoral Counselor?Lucy from Peanuts? Some other designation?  Is a pastoral counselor qualified to handle relationship difficulties?
Mental health professionals do come in a wide variety of flavors and even within a particular type of mental health professional there is a lot of variability about the expertise and specialization of individuals.  It is always important to be careful in the selection of a mental health professional and to understand the strengths and limitations in their training and background.

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/my-relationship-trouble-could-pastoral-counselor-help

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Insights Into Spirituality in the Aftermath of a Disaster

Appeared in GoodTherapy.org 4/22/13

Disasters often have a human component, including New York’s World Trade Center on 9/11 [1], the death of a teenager following misuse of alcohol [2], mass shootings [3], and, in the day before the writing of this article, the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon [4]. Elsewhere, you can read about many themes that relate to dealing with a disaster, such as being prepared [5], responding to a crisis [6], dealing with the broader impact of the disaster [7], speaking to children [8], recovering from the damage [9], and living in the world after a disaster [10].

These all provide things for therapists to be on the lookout for or even to actively explore. These explorations are appropriate in different ways, regardless of whether the person was a primary victim or near-victim of the disaster, connected to such a person, or just someone who has learned of the event through media or social circles. Exploring a person’s initial reactions to a disaster can provide insight into some dimensions of his or her spirituality.

Read more at http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/spiritual-insights-disaster-aftermath-0418134

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Overcoming Tragedy: The Death Of Your Child

Published on YourTango on 4/16/13

Letting go of a loved one is never easy, but remembering their love can be the best way to cope.

When we hear tragic news stories, we can’t help but picture ourselves and our loved ones placed at the center of such events. The  deaths of Audrey Pott in CaliforniaRehtaeh Parsons in Nova Scotia and 8-year-old Martin Richard have broken hearts around the world — not to mention the hearts of their parents who are left behind.

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/overcoming-tragedy-death-your-child-expert

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Getting Pastoral Counseling for Serious Mental Illnesses

Published at Choose Help 4/13

Is a pastoral counselor qualified to handle serious mental illness?

The DSM (the manual which mental health professionals use in diagnoses issues) covers a broad range of mental health conditions, such as:

  • Personal concerns (such as relational problems or an occupational problem)
  • Less permanent disorders (such as adjustment disorders or oppositional defiant disorder)
  • Serious mental illnesses (such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder)

While it is always important to be careful in the selection of a mental health professional, this is particularly the case when looking for someone to help address a serious mental illness.

Read more: Getting Pastoral Counseling for Serious Mental Illnesses

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