Soul Care Project

What is a Professional Counselor

Our Counselors are board-certified professional chaplains who are trained to listen to everyone, regardless of religion, or belief.

Anyone living with an illness or physical pain may face distress that is not only physical and/or emotional but also spiritual.

Professional, board-certified chaplains are the soul care specialists on the health care team as doctors and nurses focus on caring for the body.

As Counselors, professional chaplains do not provide definitive answers to questions and issues of spiritual pain. Instead, they help people in distress to identify and draw upon their sources of wellness and strength – regardless of religion or beliefs. Counselors will accept without judgment your beliefs, faith and practice as well as your doubts and misgivings.

As one very experienced professional chaplain puts it:

“Our most fundamental human condition is that we come face to face with our own mortality. As chaplains, we walk into some dark places and help bring in light. We’re not afraid of your darkness. We’re not afraid of your fear. We don’t care who a person is or who you’ve been. We want to be with you where you are.

“We try to find common ground and a common language, speaking about hope, love, faith, relationships, family, regrets. Our goal is not to get you from one point to the other. Our goal is to help you identify where you want to go.”

All our Counselors are also board-certified health care chaplains. A health care chaplain becomes board certified by one of the professional associations when he or she meets the requirements: has completed graduate level study and 1600 hours of supervised clinical training, demonstrates competencies through a rigorous peer review process, and commits to a professional code of ethics prohibits proselytizing.

In a short Video clip, Professional Chaplain David Fleenor describes the process to become Chaplain.

Some professional chaplains are also ordained clergy or recognized religious/spiritual leaders depending on their tradition; some are not.While local clergy and religious leaders who volunteer to see patients in hospitals usually serve only patients of their own religious faith, professional health care chaplains seek to care for everyone – whoever you are, whatever you believe, wherever you are.

You can connect with a Counselor at Chat with a Counselor.