What is Pastoral Psychotherapy?

Pastoral Psychotherapy intentionally treats the whole person; mind, body, and spirit.  Together, we accomplish this by looking Inward, Outward, Upward, Backward, and Forward.

Inward:  Together we explore, celebrate, and shape your identity; the things that make you who you are.  We work to find the things that bring joy and happiness to your life.  We also pay attention to the information from our somatic sensations.

Outward:  Often times, our relationships with our spouses, friends, family, and coworkers have a significant impact on our emotional and spiritual well-being.  Together we work interpersonally to improve your important relationships

Upward:  Whether we belong to a particular faith tradition or not, we all have beliefs and values that give meaning to our lives.  These beliefs and values are the foundation for our lives.

Backward:  In the quote below, philosopher Dallas Willard shows the importance of our past.  Part of our work can include resolving traumas and attachment issues from the past.

The human spirit is an inescapable, fundamental aspect of every human being; and it takes on whatever character it has from the experiences and the choices that we have lived through or made in our past.
-Dallas Willard

Forward:  Once we have a clear picture of your mental, physical and spiritual well-being, we discover your direction for the future; vocationally, socially, and personally.

Specific Populations and Issues:

I frequently work with

  • Men’s Issues
  • Relationship and Marriage issues
  • Women’s Issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Grief
  • Family of origin issues.
  • Attachment issues
  • Many others

Services I can provide:

  • Psychotherapy & Counseling
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Life Coaching & Consulting
  • Seminars & Training.

Serving West Michigan
From Downtown Muskegon

Muskegon Office:
Harbor Psychological Associates
1148 4th St.
Muskegon, MI 49440
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