What is Pastoral Counselling?

Pastoral Counselling is a holistic approach to the stresses of everyday life, as well as for moments of crisis.  It’s about recognizing the spiritual dimension of our daily lives and how this can be a strength and resource in times of struggle.

Through the process of professional pastoral counselling, we are invited to slow down and reflect more deeply on our experiences in order to come to a place of greater compassion for ourselves.

Pastoral Counselling isn’t about being told what to do or what to think, but rather to have a nonjudgmental, caring listening ear and objective perspective to ask questions that further your understanding of yourself, your relationships with other people and the rest of the world, and your sense of spirituality.  

Why seek Pastoral Counselling?

Some reasons you might come to pastoral counselling might include:

•    To share your disappointments, losses or emotional struggles
•    When dealing with anxiety and/or depression
•    To find affirmation and encouragement
•    For support in dealing with grief and bereavement for the loss of a loved one
•    For help in processing difficult or even traumatic life events
•    For support in integrating your faith with your daily life
•    To work through conflicts or even a crisis of faith
•    For managing times of transition 
•    To grow stronger in your relationship with yourself, others, and creation

Pastoral Counselling is available for persons of all faith traditions or spiritual orientations, no matter where you are on your journey.  Sessions generally last between 50-60 minutes in length and the frequency is determined on an individual basis.

Sessions take place at the Pastoral Counsellor’s office on site at King’s University College within the office of Campus Ministry.

To make an appointment please contact:
The Office of Campus Ministry at 519-963-1477 or email Deacon Jim Panchaud.