The image of a Life Buoy
helps us to remember that
on occasion we need help
to stay afloat.
You may not want to enter into a more formal mentoring arrangement such as spiritual companionship (spiritual direction) or ministry support implies. You may however want to chat with a minister about issues spiritual or otherwise that concern you.
Sometimes it may be a matter of discussing if some more formal support, like professional counselling, is warranted. Or, it may be that it is just a listening ear needed - someone who will care enough to listen and appropriately reflect what they are hearing you saying.
Our pastoral care efforts will normally be directed to linking you with a (church) community where you live.
We believe that communities are best suited to assist those with pastoral care needs. Attentive listening is one of the strong gifts that pastorally caring communities will offer.
Terry, from iCare Resources has been a parish ordained minister since 1980. Trained and experienced both as a pastoral counsellor and as a spiritual companion (director), he is available to assist you as you seek to reconcile your experiences and awareness with the challenges of religious faith.
Pastoral counselling differs from formal, professional counselling. Its focus is on your relationship with God. The intent of professional counselling is to assist you in your relationship with self and others.
While there are some cross-overs, we will always refer you on to professional counselling when we become aware that it is the more appropriate resource for you.
As with all our services, a first session is free. This may be enough to deal with the issue at hand. Alternatively, a series of pastoral conversations may follow or a referral may be made to another qualified professional.