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About Spiritual Counseling

Are You Interested in An Alternative to Traditional Psychotherapy?

Social Science Consulting is proud to announce the addition of Elizabeth Simone, M.A. as an Associate in our practice.  Mrs. Simone will provide Spiritual Counseling to those needing help in their efforts to reaffirm their faith in their God. Therefore, I invite you to read below about how faith-based counseling and Mrs. Simone may be of service to you.

           Dr. Daniel E. Bruzzone, Clinical Director

What is Spiritual Counseling?

First and foremost it is important to know that you do not have to belong to a church or consider yourself religious to seek Spiritual Counseling. Spiritual Counselors help people along their path to spiritual growth. The objective can include finding a life purpose, overcoming obstacles, and putting pain and grief into perspective. The path doesn’t look the same for everyone, but it is beneficial for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of their spiritual life. As with traditional counselors, Spiritual Counselors do a lot of listening. They may also employ other techniques such as meditation, breathing exercises, or scriptural or musical spiritual practices. The job of a Spiritual Counselor is not to tell you what to do but rather help you discover your own understanding in a safe environment.

What Spiritual Counseling is Not!

Spiritual Counseling, also known as faith-based or pastoral counseling, is not psychotherapy.  Whereas psychotherapy seeks to repair emotional traumas and heal psychopathology, the purpose of spiritual counseling is to help the individual reconnect with his or her faith and, in so doing, improve their relationship with God.  In other words, those suffering from a crisis of faith would often seek spiritual counseling.  Although it is expected that this approach to wellness will provide improvements in emotional wellbeing and relationships with others, these are not the goals of spiritual counseling.  Therefore, should it become obvious that an individual is in need of psychotherapy, appropriate referrals will be provided.

May I Engage in Spiritual Counseling and Psychotherapy at the Same Time?

Yes! Since the goals of spiritual counseling and psychotherapy are different, you may benefit from both approaches either individually, sequentially or at the same time.  This is because, although traditional psychotherapists may work within the scope of spirituality and religiosity, most psychotherapists lack the specific, in-depth training that spiritual/faith-based/pastoral counselors possess.

How Much Does Spiritual Counseling Cost?  May I Use Insurance to Pay for it?

Unfortunately, insurance policies don’t generally provide reimbursement for these types of services.  Therefore, this is an out-of-pocket expense.  The good news is that Miss Sayer is usually able to work within most people’s budgets.  In addition, we make it easy for you by accepting cash, check or most major credit cards.

How Do I Arrange an Appointment With Mrs. Simone?

If you would like to make an appointment to see Mrs. Simone, please call us at (310) 855-3990 or go to the “Appointment Request” tab on this website and email your request.  A staff member will contact you to schedule a convenient time for you to meet with Mrs. Simone.

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