Pastoral Counseling is a unique form of psychotherapy which uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth. Pastoral Counselors are certified mental health professionals who also have had in-depth religious and/or theological training. [ American Association of Pastoral Counselors ] Christian CounselingService is proud to be listed with AAPC as a Certified Pastoral Counseling Center.We have certified therapists who are working to integrate psychotherapy and spirituality in order to help people in all dimensions of their lives. Pastoral Counselors are also tuned into issues that may require attending to the spiritual dimension of the person as well as the psychological. The American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) represents and sets professional standards for over 3,000 Pastoral Counselors and 100 pastoral counseling centers in North America and around the world. AAPC was founded in 1963 as an organization which certifies Pastoral Counselors, accredits pastoral counseling centers, and approves training programs. It is non-sectarian and respects the spiritual commitments and religious traditions of those who seek assistance without imposing counselor beliefs onto the client. Persons become members of AAPC through a process of consultation and review of academic and clinical education which leads to competent professional ministry. For members, AAPC offers vital continuing education opportunities; encourages networks of members for professional support and enrichment; facilitates growth and innovation in the ministry of pastoral counseling; and provides both specialized in-service training and supervision in pastoral counseling.