What is Pastoral Counselling?

Pastoral Counselling, as the name implies, considers life through a lens of faith and makes room in a particular way for questions of meaning, purpose, vocation and growth.   This holistic, strengths-based approach is suited to times of struggle and crisis as well as longer conversations about relationships, grief, and spiritual accompaniment.  

Pastoral counselors are trained mental health professionals that provide both psychological therapy and spiritual guidance.

Why seek Pastoral Counselling?

Paula D’Arcy once said, “God comes to us disguised as our life.”  Pastoral counselling seeks to join you on that path of discovery.  Some reasons you might consider pastoral counselling might include:

  • Integrating your faith with your daily life
  • Looking at disappointments, losses or emotional struggles
  • Affirmation and encouragement
  • Living through periods of grief and loss
  • Processing difficult or even traumatic life events
  • Working through conflicts or even a crisis of faith
  • Accompaniment through times of transition and life-choices
  • Exploring personality, gifts, and vocational choices
  • Strengthening one’s relationship with self, others, God and the world

Pastoral Counselling is available for persons of all faith traditions or spiritual orientations, no matter where you are on your journey.  Referrals can also be arranged to community partners where needed. 

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.