Counseling Definitions

Counseling – “Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.” – Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Education Programs (CACREP)

Pastoral Soul Care (Pastoral Counseling) / From a Christian perspective – ““Soul,” therefore, refers to the whole person, including the body, but with particular focus on the inner world of thinking, feeling, and willing. Care of souls can thus be understood as the support and restoration of the well-being of a person in his or her depth and totality, with particular concern for the inner life.” – Benner PhD, David G. Strategic Pastoral Counseling: A Short-Term Structured Model (p. 14). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Professional Counseling: “According to 20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling, the delegates comprised of 31 counseling organizations agreed upon a unified definition of counseling: Professional counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. Counselors work with clients on strategies to overcome obstacles and personal challenges that they are facing.” – www.counseling.org



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