In all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He will make your path straight.
What is faith-based counseling?
Faith-based counseling is a term that means very different
things to different people. When I refer to faith-based counseling, I mean
that I will endeavor to incorporate your religious values into the counseling
practice when and if you request this. I
will not impose my beliefs on you, nor do I exclusively use faith. I use research-based approaches to counseling
and psychotherapy, relying on clients to guide me in terms of their deeply held
beliefs and values. It will be your beliefs and values which guide decisions and solutions.
My Background & Training
I am a Roman Catholic and an active member of St. Jerome
Catholic Church in Largo, Florida. In
addition to my MS in Mental Health Counseling and PhD in Family Psychology, I
have completed a four-year program in Lay Pastoral Leadership through the
Diocese of St. Petersburg’s Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute. This four-year program prepares us through
study of Hebrew and Christian scriptures, theology, and ministry praxis via
apprentice and practicum experiences in our particular areas. As a licensed
therapist when I went through this program, my practicum and apprenticeship
work focused on parish-based ministry in grief and related services.
the Curious Skeptic
Think science and religion don't mix?
That you have to choose between facts and faith?
As a member of the Evangelization team at my parish, I respectfully offer the following resources for the curious skeptic:
- Ben Stein's documentary: "EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed"
- David Berlinski's book, "The Devil's Delusion."
- . Lewis' classic book, "Mere Christianity"
- Alpha: A program used internationally by dozens of denominations. You can learn about them at their website, www.alphausa.org