FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Pastoral counseling, or pastoral psychotherapy, is the integration of psychotherapeutic theories and techniques with theological and spiritual understanding to treat both psychological and spiritual issues. For more information, check out our page, “What is Pastoral Counseling?“
KLPCs are licensed by the state of Kentucky and are required to meet certain standards of care. In this way, a KLPC is similar to a LPC or LCSW, for instance. However, KLPCs differ from other licensed clinicians in their additional theological education and their intentional and active integration of psychotherapy with theology. For more information, check out our page, “What is Pastoral Counseling?“
No. Our association includes clinicians from different religious traditions and different theological traditions.
Yes. KLPCs are not only trained to see clients who do not share their own particular theological traditions but also clients who do not share their religious tradition, or even those who have none at all. The most important facet of psychotherapy is that the client feels understood by the clinician, and KLPCs are trained to use their knowledge of theology and spirituality to understand you.