Chair: Laura Jackson, LPC-Intern
St. Julian’s is happy to announce that we are partnering with Laura Jackson, MAC, MDiv, LPC-Intern as our Counselor in Residence to provide pastoral/professional counseling for people within and outside St. Julian’s. Laura will see clients at St. Julian’s on Wednesdays between 9 AM and 2 PM. Appointments to explore the benefits of this ministry or to begin a counseling relationship can be made by contacting Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org. We suggest a $70 donation per session to support this ministry. However, financial assistance is available by contacting the Rev. Miles Brandon at email@example.com.
Below is a description of our counseling ministry and a FAQ about counseling services.
Julian of Norwich writes of God's "sweet and tender" love for all things. In affirmation of that love we seek to "love all well." But our loving must begin by allowing ourselves to receive and accept love and compassion.
When our struggles, worries and hurts go unaddressed for too long, we can begin to feel isolated or overwhelmed, unsure how to connect to the sources of joy and healing.
Rediscovering that connection is the goal of pastoral counseling, one of the oldest healing arts in the Christian tradition. A blend of spiritual direction and strength-based psychology, the "care of souls" was practiced by monastics as a central piece of the church's mission.
Beginning Fall 2015, St. Julian's will offer counseling services to parishioners and others. As part of our practice of serving "near and distant neighbors" the service will be donation-based and available to all.
1. Why do people come to counseling?
People often seek counseling when they feel ready to make a change, or when life events make change suddenly necessary. In either case, counseling can provide the clarity and support needed to help that change go well. If there is an issue in your life that is making it hard for you to feel fully alive and joyful, consulting with a counselor could help you find ways to resolve it and move forward.
2. What happens in a counseling session?
Counseling sessions usually last 50 minutes. You can talk with the counselor about the issues that have brought you in and about your hopes and goals. What you say in session is confidential, meaning it will be kept completely private within ethical guidelines (unless the counselor believes you or another person to be in immediate danger).
3. How often should I attend?
Many people find that one session gives them what they need. For other people, it works to come every week or two for a while, until a crisis is resolved or a life change is made. Six or eight visits might be enough for most issues. It is also fine to stop and begin again later if new questions arise.
4. When is counseling available?
Appointments can be made for Wednesdays between 9 AM and 2 PM, and sessions will be held in the Blue Room of St. Julian’s.
5. How will I pay?
Donations can be made to St. Julian of Norwich by cash, check, or through our website (click here and then click on the donate link). The suggested donation is $70, but financial assistance is available by contacting our Vicar, the Rev. Miles Brandon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
6. How can I make an appointment?
Send a confidential email to email@example.com give your name, the day you'd like to come, and a brief description of what brings you to counseling now, and a phone number where you can be reached. A counselor will call you to schedule an appointment, and to make sure our service is appropriate for your current needs. If other community resources are a better fit, the counselor will make a referral to connect you with the appropriate kind of help.
About Our Staff
Laura Jackson, MA-C., M.Div., is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. She is supervised by Sunny Lansdale, LPC-S. Laura has twenty years' experience in crisis counseling, child and family advocacy, and hospice and healthcare chaplaincy.