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Pastoral Counseling

  1. Kenneth I. Pargament,
  2. David H. Rosmarin

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0645

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Pargament, K. I. and Rosmarin, D. H. 2010. Pastoral Counseling. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

Author Information

  1. Bowling Green State University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Pastoral counseling (also known as pastoral care) is the provision of psychotherapy by ordained ministers, priests, rabbis, and other religious leaders. Religious communities have turned to clergy in times of crisis for millennia, and pastoral counseling remains today a vital resource for many people dealing with significant emotional, relational, physical, and spiritual concerns.


  • religion;
  • spirituality;
  • mental health