Pastoral refers to a quality of respect and care.
- integrates the spiritual into the process of psychological change, AND
- uses a process that allows people to draw from the resources of their spiritual life in an intentional way, if they wish.
- never impose their own beliefs on others nor do they require that clients practice a particular faith.
- come from a variety of religious affiliations and may be lay or ordained.
Sometimes those without a faith practice choose pastoral counselors as therapists because they appreciate being treated as a whole person.