Rev. Tres Adames, MDiv, BCPC, CPT
Pastoral Counselor, Spiritual Director, Personal Trainer
Hi, my name is Tres Adames and I am a Master's-level Board Certified Pastoral Counselor (BCPC #0791). I specialize in working with adults, teens, and those in the LGBTQ+ community seeking to improve their emotional, relational, and spiritual health. I have over 10 years of experience working with all kinds of people dealing with difficult problems and relationships. In addition to counseling, I also provide spiritual direction for those navigating their faith journey, and also fitness coaching as a certified personal trainer for those wanting to work on their health inside and out.
I live in the city of Phoenix with my gray tabby cat and English bulldog, and am currently engaged to the love of my life who I have been with for over 5 years. I spend my free time weightlifting, writing, reading, playing video games, drawing, and playing sports.
I want you to feel comfortable opening up about anything you are going through. I seek to be nonjudgmental and unshockable as a counselor. I am comfortable discussing difficult topics and complex situations including grief, depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship problems with special insight on how these issues intersect with one's faith and spiritual perspective. I also work with those who are wrestling with their faith, whether they have experienced church hurt, trauma, or are seeking to reconcile parts of themselves (like their sexuality) with their personal faith journey.
My favorite modalities to use in pastoral counseling and spiritual direction include Family Systems Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I am able to apply and integrate a deeply spiritual perspective with any of these approaches as requested by the client. I also enjoy recommending various books and films that reflect and connect with the work that clients are doing in session. I have a passion to help others through the angst, struggle, and confusion that often comes with life. I'm excited to be on this journey and am passionate about helping you weave a transformative story of your own.
I am dedicated to serving LGBTQ+ individuals and couples who are dealing with various challenges. From LGBTQ+ youth who may be navigating the unique pressures of identity and acceptance, to queer survivors of trauma seeking a healing space, my aim is to provide safe and specialized support. For people of faith, the topic of sexual orientation and gender identity can be a hot topic in many churches and faith communities. My goal is to help clients find congruence with their faith and sexuality, understanding that clients come from various theological backgrounds, and have different perspectives on how that affects their faith and personal future. I do not and will not provide any therapy that seeks to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. I help people find peace with who they are and help them reconcile that with their own faith and spirituality.
I grew up in a Christian home and went to Asbury University, a Christian college in Kentucky. My life was changed forever at 23-years-old, and as a result, I felt called to the ministry. Soon after, I went to grad school at Wesley Biblical Seminary in Mississippi to train to become a pastor, but as a result of taking several classes in pastoral care, I slowly felt called toward the work of pastoral counseling. Rather than leading a congregation in a brick-and-mortar church, I fell in love with the process of working with people one-on-one, helping them individually navigate their unique journey.
My faith and relationship with Christ is something I treasure very deeply. My faith tradition, with its theology around love and spiritual growth, greatly influences my work and approach as a counselor. Though my background and approach is centered on integrating spirituality with overall wellbeing, I welcome people from all faith (and non-faith) backgrounds and have extensive experience working with people of all beliefs.
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Qualifications, Work, and Experience
I received my Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Wesley Biblical Seminary, and Bachelor of Arts from Asbury University. I am a very active member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and am a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor (BCPC #0791), certified by the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) International Board of Christian Care (IBCC) and the Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral Counselors. I am ordained as a Commissioned Minister through the Federation of Christian Ministries. I am also a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA).
I also train other clergy in pastoral counseling and mental health first aid through the ACPE Pastoral Care Specialist continuing education program. I have also been a contributing writer and developer of the program since its inception. The program was developed by fellow colleagues of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), which has now consolidated with ACPE. I have hosted and produced a podcast called Ask a Christian Counselor for the past 10 years. I am also the host and producer of Spiritual Care Today, the official podcast of the Journal of Pastoral Care Publications.
I previously served as a Commissioner on the ACPE Psychotherapy Commission for 2020 and 2021 and served as Board Secretary of the Pacific Region of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) from 2017-2019. In the past, I have been on staff as a pastoral counselor for Life Changers Christian Counseling (2013-2019) and Arizona Baptist Children's Services & Family Ministries (2013-2017). I was also previously on faculty in a teaching assistantship at the College of Theology at Grand Canyon University (2012-2014). Most of my background and ministry has taken place within the Methodist and Wesleyan-Holiness traditions. I have over twenty years of pastoral and lay leadership experience in the Free Methodist Church, the Church of the Nazarene, and the United Methodist Church.
I can meet with clients online via telehealth or in-person at my office in Peoria (9299 W Olive Ave Ste 212 Peoria AZ 85345) or Phoenix (7901 N Central Ave Phoenix AZ 85020)