Arizona Christian Counseling is an ecumenical Christian pastoral counseling group practice and training center founded in 2012. We have seven pastoral counselors on our team 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 clinical 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.
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. Arizona Christian Counseling was previously an Institutional Member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) before the organization consolidated with ACPE in 2019.
All of our counselors are educated at the graduate level or higher. Our pastoral counselors are ordained, commissioned, endorsed, or pastorally licensed by their respective denomination, and have training in pastoral counseling and clinical pastoral education. Our pastoral counselors are not state-licensed behavioral health clinicians but are specialists that provide emotional, spiritual, and relational support 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. All counselors work as independent contractors and do not receive any clinical supervision from Arizona Christian Counseling.
What is Pastoral Counseling?
Pastoral counseling integrates the insights of 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 counseling and clinical pastoral education—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.
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.