Pastoral counseling is an interdisciplinary and integrative appraoch to psychotherapy and counseling. It uses the insights and principles of spirituality, religion, theology, and the behavioral sciences in working with individuals, couples, families, groups, and institutions toward the achievement of wholeness, health, and well-being. Pastoral counselors are individuals who are trained at the graduate level in both theological/spiritual and psychological/emotional understanding of human persons and healing. Therefore, an integral dimension in pastoral counseling, distinct from other approaches to counseling and psychotherapy, is the conviction that mental and emotional health is best understood when spiritual, religious and psychological needs of individuals are invited and addressed.
For more information see the website of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, www.aapc.org.