How to do Pastoral care counselling?

Posted: December 19, 2015 in Emotional Healing

Pastoral care counselling:

This is a very simple way to do Pastoral care counselling, you might want to help someone, even Jesus Himself came to bind up the broken hearted.

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn.
(Isaiah 61:1-2)

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3)

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)

We need to know that there’s a slight difference between pastoral care and pastoral care counselling, but the environment remains the same. One of the most important thing in pastoral care counselling is to listen without judging, it’s a personal time with that person, the counsellor can be one or two, but suggestion is that not more than one or two counsellor at a time, and the person you give counselling must be willing, and not by force.

Sometimes it could be restoration of relationships if necessary, another times helping them to forgive those who have hurt them so that they may be healed.

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Below are some ways you can help people in counselling, and they are Biblical.

5 main steps of pastoral counselling:

1. Sharing and listening: Let them share their childhood, or their hurts, and all that they have gone through, and you listen without judging.

2. Releasing forgiveness: Help them so that they may release forgiveness to the people who have hurt them.

(After they have shared their life, wound and hurts help them speak out forgiveness) Eg: “I forgive you John for abusing me, I forgive you John for doing all those things to me”. (Note: The John he is talking about don’t need to be there, he can just speak out those forgiveness right there at the place of counselling)

3. Blessing prayer: Help them speak out blessing prayer to those who have hurt them.

Eg: “Lord, I speak blessings upon John, may you bless his works and his life. John, I speak blessings upon your life, may your soul prosper, and may your life be blessed, I bless you in the name of Jesus Christ.

4. Pray for the person: Pray for them, and that any strongholds would be broken.

Eg: “I break every strongholds that were made up by the wounds and hurts upon Michael, I break them in the name of Jesus Christ”.

5. Bless them in prayer:

“Thank you Lord for the life of Michael, he has now release his forgiveness and has spoken blessings upon those who have hurt and wounded him, I pray you bless Michael, you bless his soul, you bless his life, you bless his future, may your blessings fall upon him in abundant”.

In counselling, listening to what they have to say, their past, their childhood, present, or future, with an understanding environment, and without being the judge is important.

– David Chawngthu


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