” Spiritual beliefs and practices have been determined to be central part of the health and integration of individuals across religious traditions, sexual orientation, races/ethnicities, classes, ages, and genders. In the United States, 89 percent of adults believe in “God or a universal spirit” (Pew Research Center, 2015), and “worldwide, more than eight-in-ten people identify with a religious group” (Pew Research Center, 2012).”
Unfortunately, according to the latest research from The Association of Pastoral Counselors, only 59 percent of participants in a 2014 study conducted by the Pew Research Center (2015) indicated feeling a sense of spiritual well-being at least once per week.
It is not surprising then that interest in spiritually-integrated counseling and psychotherapy has increased among clients and clinicians (Plante, 2007). Spiritually-integrated mental health care has been shown through empirical research to be effective for individuals experiencing grief, depression, anxiety, and a variety of other presenting problems (Smith, Bartz, & Richards, 2007).
According to a nationwide survey by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), 83 percent of Americans believe their spiritual faith and religious beliefs are closely tied to their state of mental and emotional health. Three-fourths say it’s important for them to see a professional counselor who integrates their values and beliefs into the counseling process. (1)
According to a recent Psychology article Observant Americans may feel most comfortable seeking help outside the traditional psychological profession because mental health professionals tend to be less religious and have a deficit of spiritual training which is becoming increasingly more important to the general population.(2)
As viewed by the PMA, “Faith Based Counseling” (FBC) focuses on the care of the whole person – mental, physical and spiritual – while maintaining ecclesiastical values. The aim of FBC is to help people regain or maintain a sense of hope for their lives founded upon their own spiritual values.
Faith-based counselors provide mind, body, spirit integration healing and counseling services to their clients, combining theology and spirituality with theories of modern behavioral science. Patients who seek faith-based counseling are looking for a counselor who understands the importance of their spiritual beliefs.
People who seek FBC are searching for answers relating to life’s challenges and/or looking for meaning and value in their lives, and open to having their lives transformed and supported in a positive way by learning, acknowledging and adhering to scriptural principles.
If you are receptive to looking at your life in a spiritual context and believe in a body mind connection then FBC may be what you need to break through stuck patterns and limiting beliefs and behavior patterns which keep you from living your life with greater meaning and fulfillment. As a faith based counselor, my goal is to help you learn concrete principles and skills to return you to your God given natural state of wholeness.
This practice is licensed by the Pastoral Medical Association
to provide Pastoral Health & Wellness services to our clients.
FAITH BASED COUPLES COUNSELING:
A NOTE FROM THE PMA
According to the PMA , its mission is to promote lifelong health and well-being. To these ends, the most fundamental purpose and inherent part of our mission is to (a) restore and protect Pastoral Science & Medicine and its fundamental ecclesiastical safe and natural health principles and practices, (b) assure that biblically-sound spiritually based services are offered professionally and ethically for protection and benefit of the general public, (c) protect and advance the rights of spiritually based practitioners who wish to offer these services, and (d) assure access to such services for all those seeking them.
The PMA license and the healthcare services you may receive from Dr. Timothy J. Ryan are completely separate from and not related to, approved by or dependent upon any secular federal or state governmental licensing authority.
Also, it is important to realize that PMA licensees do not practice conventional medicine. More specifically, they do not examine, diagnose or treat, or offer to treat or cure or attempt to cure, any mental or physical disease, disorder or illness, or any physical deformity or injury; and PMA licensees do not recommend or prescribe, or recommend changing dosage or discontinuing, any medications or pharmaceutical drugs.
REFERENCES AND POSSIBLE RESOURCES
1. PMA web site.https://pmai.us/faith-based-counseling/
The Association for Integration of the Whole Person (AIWP) Miracles Ministry is a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) non profit, charitable organization Tax ID is 95-3455451.
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