Arizona Christian Counseling is an ecumenical Christian pastoral counseling group practice and training center founded in 2012. We have nine pastoral counselors on staff and also provide continuing education opportunities for clergy, spiritual caregivers, and mental health professionals.
Vision and Mission Statement
Our vision is to expand the reach and visibility of pastoral counseling and spiritual education in Arizona and beyond. The mission of Arizona Christian Counseling is to provide Christ-centered, clinically-informed, ethical pastoral counseling and spiritual care for adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families in the Phoenix area, and to provide educational resources and training for clergy and mental health professionals.
Affiliation and Ethics
Arizona Christian Counseling is an Institutional Member of ACPE (Association for Clinical Pastoral Education). The Institutional Member category is for organizations that support and whose purpose and scope of activity is to enhance the mission and vision of the ACPE. All of our counselors are either members of ACPE or the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and adhere to their respective Code of Ethics. The AACC Code of Ethics can be read here and the ACPE Ethical Guidelines can be read here.
Our Board Certified Pastoral Counselors are ordained, commissioned, or pastorally licensed by their respective denominations and credentialed by the AACC International Board of Christian Care (IBCC) Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral Counselors. Our pastoral counselors are not state-licensed behavioral health clinicians and only provide spiritual care within the scope of their expertise as clergy. Our state-licensed counselors are licensed by the Arizona State Board of Behavioral Health Examiners or the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners, and have additional training in spiritual integration and credentialing from ACPE and/or AACC.
What is Pastoral Counseling?
Pastoral counseling integrates the insights of Christian spirituality with counseling skill and theory. Our pastoral counselors come from various denominational backgrounds and are either: ordained clergy who have graduate training in pastoral care and are board certified by a national organization in pastoral counseling—or—state licensed counselors who have graduate training in counseling and additional training in theology and psychospiritual integration. Pastoral counseling is a unique form of counseling because practitioners are uniquely equipped to assist the healing of the whole person—spirit, soul, and body. Our counselors may suggest prayer, study of scripture, spiritual disciplines, books, and other resources to facilitate growth inside and outside counseling sessions.
All of our pastoral counselors are educated at the graduate school level and have formal theological training in addition to their skills in counseling. We seek to help people regardless of their faith, background, or beliefs, but our approach is deeply rooted in the ancient tradition of Christian pastoral care and counseling. Learn more about our beliefs by viewing our Statement of Faith.