Think of the condition I was in when you first
began spiritual counseling! Look what the Lord has done! And he did it though your encouragement. I don’t have words to rely the depth of my gratitude.
I am thankful. Yesterday was life changing. When I woke up this morning, rather than being afraid, I thought “ I am enough”. It feels so wonderful!
Quotes We Love
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~ C.S. Lewis
To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. ~ Martin Luther
Faith is a deliberate confidence in the character of God, whose ways you may not understand at the time. ~ Oswald Chambers
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. ~ Corrie Ten Boom
Faith is the living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times. ~ Martin Luther
Initially, when I first became a Christian and got into ministry, my thought was that God existed to make my life better and to take me to Heaven. Now I realize that it is not about me at all. It is all about God… ~ Max Lucado
When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer. ~ Corrie Ten Boom
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose. ~ Jim Elliot
It is the characteristic excellence of the strong man that he can bring momentous issues to the fore and make a decision about them. The weak are always forced to decide between alternatives they have not chosen themselves. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith. ~ Billy Graham
You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. ~ Rick Warren
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. ~ James 1:2-4
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? ~ Micah 6:8
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross,
A 1992 Gallup poll asked 1,000 men and women about the context in which they would seek counseling. 66% said they would prefer to receive counseling from a person who represented their spiritual values. 81% said they wanted their own spiritual values respected and integrated into the counseling process. Desert Call Ministries offers pastoral counseling, spiritual direction and healing prayer online via Zoom or FaceTime meetings. We believe a combination of Christian counseling and prayer is an extremely effective way to discover healing and wholeness both emotionally and spiritually. We call this, simply, Soul Care. We offer group Soul Care and individual sessions as well. Joseph Acton, BA, MDiv, CPC is a seasoned pastor, speaker and retreat leader, as well as a certified pastoral counselor with the American Association of Christian Counselors. He’s also trained in spiritual direction. Joseph served as pastoral counselor in various hospice care settings and is familiar with the emotional dynamics of anxiety, depression and grief. In the 1990s He also worked as pastoral counselor in residence at the Walnut Valley Counseling Center and received clinical supervision under Scott Sullender, PhD a clinical psychologist and seminary professor.
Our mission is to bring wholeness through the healing presence of Jesus Christ
Pastoral counseling, a clinical practice that integrates both psychological and theological concepts into its framework, is not unlike other modes of therapy when it comes to the therapeutic process. What sets it apart is the way faith, spirituality, and theology and prayer are incorporated into the model. Pastoral counselors believe this incorporation of spiritual exploration and support can foster wholeness, healing, and growth in those who are seeking help.
Beyond providing mental health counseling, pastoral counselors utilize resources such as prayer, scripture study, and participation in the congregation community to help guide people on their journey toward transcendence, transformation, and greater connection to others. We call this Soul Care at DCM because it is a ministry to the soul of a human being, focussing on healing of emotions, thoughts, relationships, and providing meaning and inspiration for the life journey.
The Rev. Joseph Acton, MDiv. CPC has his certification as a Christian pastoral counselor through the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).
The American Association of Christian Counselors, Inc. (AACC) is the largest organization of Christian counselors in the world.
According to a 1992 Gallup poll, 66% of survey participants reported a preference for a mental health professional who held spiritual beliefs and values, while 81% of people seeking mental health treatment stated a preference for a counselor with values similar to their own. This data may explain why some people seek help from religious leaders or counselors who share their faith. Pastoral counseling may offer benefit to people of all backgrounds, but it may be best suited to those seeking mental health support or guidance grounded in a theological or spiritual perspective.
People might choose pastoral counseling when they:
As pastoral counseling can provide specialized treatment to those seeking such but also meet more general counseling needs, it can be considered a versatile mode of therapy. Pastoral counselors are uniquely positioned to offer a professional level of mental health treatment, thanks to graduate training and education, while also providing spiritual guidance from a faith-based perspective.
Pastoral counseling can offer support to those seeking family, relationship, premarital, or individual counseling. More specifically, it may be helpful to individuals working through or challenged by any of the following situations:
Pastoral counselors are uniquely positioned to offer a professional level of mental health treatment, thanks to graduate training and education, while also providing spiritual guidance from a faith-based perspective.
Pastoral counselors can range from ordained religious figures like priests, chaplains, and rabbis to practicing psychotherapists who provide what some call pastoral psychotherapy. They might come from any religious background and can be found in multiple settings—congregations, counseling centers, inpatient programs, and private practice, among others.
Training and education is available for those who wish to practice pastoral counseling in various formats. There are pastoral counselors who are not credentialed that actively provide support to people in need. There are also pastoral counselors who are more affiliated with the religious aspect of their role and have less training in mental health treatment. But a vast majority of pastoral counselors seek certification.
To become certified, prospective counselors must meet the requirements of their religious group, usually ordination, and receive graduate-level training in both theology and psychology, as defined by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
Requirements set forth by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors stipulate candidates must earn one of the following graduate degrees:
Candidates must also complete 375 hours of supervised counseling experience and a self-reflective clinical pastoral education (CPE) experience. The supervised CPE experience is coupled with classroom instruction and discussion to ensure candidates fully integrate their learning in theology and behavioral science. (American Association of Pastoral Counselors)
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