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About Pastoral Counseling

The Pastoral Counseling Center (PCC) at Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) has staff counselors available to help our clients address and solve emotional and spiritual questions.

The Counseling Center provides a variety of services to patients. Counseling is available to clients both within and outside of the hospital setting.

The PCC serves an interfaith ministry of therapeutic healing, growth, and professional training. To accomplish this, the staff at the Counseling Center encourages an individual, a couple, or a family to discover a more satisfying life through spiritual and emotional insights.

What is a Pastoral Counselor?

Pastoral counselors are ministers authorized by a religious denomination or a faith group to work with emotionally distressed individuals, couples, or groups.

Pastoral counselors work as representatives of religious communities or churches. Qualified counselors must have both a religious endorsement and psychotherapeutic training.

What you should know about pastoral counseling:

  • Pastoral counseling is done by licensed clinical counselors
  • Pastoral counseling is accredited by the American Association of Pastoral Counseling (AAPC)
  • Pastoral counseling is a process

It is commonly assumed that pastoral counselors only provide council to clergy. However, pastoral counselors work with any person that needs counseling, not just clergy.

Another common misconception is that pastoral counselors are parish clergy who regularly preach, perform the sacraments, and visit the sick. While many pastoral counselors can perform these acts of ministry, they devote most of their time to the practice of psychotherapy—or counseling—with individuals and families.

It is important to understand that pastoral counseling is a process, not a quick fix. Pastoral counselors use the insights and principals of theology and behavioral sciences to develop the wholeness and health of individuals.

Counselors also work with couples, families, groups, organizations, and anyone else who would benefit from pastoral counseling.

The AACP was created in 1964 to promote the ministry of pastoral counseling and to accredit pastoral counselors. A therapist that is certified by the AAPC is a qualified professional that is annually reviewed to ensure they are providing the highest quality of care.

All established religious denominations are included in the AAPC, and the organization accredits all pastoral counselors at the PCC.

Source: An adaptation from an article written by Blane Rader, PhD, AAPC

The Covenant Society of Pastoral Counseling (CSPC)

The mission of the Counseling Center at MVH is to provide a ministry of spiritual and emotional healing. The CSPC was established to provide faith communities with pastoral counseling at an affordable rate.

The CSPC is a partnership of area congregations in Southwest. These congregations have entered into an agreement with the Counseling Center at MVH, making an annual financial commitment to the CSPC.

In turn, the counseling services of the program are available to members of a Covenant congregation at a 50% reduction of out-of-pocket cost. The annual contribution made by all congregations in the Society helps to offset this reduction in costs to the client. However, this discount does not cover diagnostic testing or psychiatric services.

In addition to the reduced pastoral counseling rate offered to CSPC members, Covenant congregations have lay representatives who, along with the pastor, have regular opportunities to share a congregation’s concerns about the operations and policies of the Counseling Center.

Fifteen individuals from the community, the hospital, and the Covenant congregations serve on a CSPC Advisory Board to ensure that the Counseling Center meets the needs of the Covenant.

The following parishes are Covenant Society members:

Assembly of God

  • Kettering Assembly of God


  • First Baptist of Dayton

Roman Catholic

  • Our Lady of Mercy
  • Queen of Martyrs
  • St. Mary’s- Franklin
  • Holy Family
  • St. Mary’s- Dayton
  • Queen of Apostles
  • Precious Blood
  • Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School
  • Corpus Christi

Church of God

  • Miamisburg Church of God

Church of the Brethren

  • Bear Creek
  • Beavercreek
  • Covington
  • Eversole
  • Good Shepherd 
  • Happy Corner
  • Prince of Peace
  • Salem
  • Troy

Disciples of Christ

  • United Christian Church


  • Christ- Dayton
  • St. George’s
  • St. Mark’s
  • St. Paul’s
  • St. Andrew’s
  • Christ- Xenia
  • Trinity- Troy
  • St. James- Piqua
  • St. Francis- Centerville

Fellowship of Grace Brethren

  • Grace Community


  • Abiding Christ
  • First- Xenia
  • Good Shepherd- Kettering
  • Good Shepherd- West Milton
  • Lutheran Church of Our Savior
  • Mighty Fortress
  • North Riverdale
  • Peace
  • Reformation
  • St. Paul
  • Epiphany Lutheran of Springboro
  • Trinity- Brookville
  • St. John- West Alexandria
  • St. Mark’s- Fairborn


  • Living Hope Community Church


  • Living Hope Church- Dayton
  • Agape Bible Fellowship


  • The Miami Presbytery
  • Bath
  • Central
  • Corinth
  • Faith
  • First- Urbana
  • First- West Carrolton
  • First- Yellow Springs
  • Heritage
  • Memorial- Dayton
  • Memorial United- Xenia
  • Northminster- Springfield
  • Slifers Memorial
  • Southminster
  • Sugar Creek
  • Westminster- Dayton
  • Westminster- Xenia
  • Westminster- Piqua

Religious Science

  • Celebration of Life

United Christian Church

  • Cross Creek Community Church

The University of Dayton

  • Student Development Office

United Methodist

  • Concord- Englewood

West Central Ohio

  • Holy Trinity Catholic Church- Coldwater
  • St. Anthony Catholic Church- St. Anthony
  • St. Mary’s Catholic Church- Philothea
  • Mary Help of Christians Church- Fort Recovery
  • St. Joseph’s Catholic Church- St. Joseph
  • St. Paul’s Catholic Church- Sharpsburg
  • St. Peter’s Catholic Church- St. Peter
  • Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church- Cassella
  • Precious Blood Catholic Church- Chickasaw
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic Church- Maria Stein
  • St. Rose Catholic Church- St. Rose
  • St. Sebastian Catholic Church- St. Sebastian
  • Holy Redeemer Catholic Church- New Bremen
  • St. Aloysius Catholic Church- Carthagena
  • St. Bernard Catholic Church- Burkettsville
  • St. Francis Catholic Church- Cranberry Prairie
  • St. Henry Catholic Church- St. Henry
  • St. Wendelin Catholic Church- Wendelin
  • St. Michael’s Catholic Church- Fort Loramie
  • St. Peter’s & St. Paul’s Catholic Church- Newport

Make an Appointment

If you or someone you love would benefit from the services offered at the Pastoral Counseling Center, please call our office.

(937)-208-6606 or (800)-628-9343

The current fee for a 45-50 minute session is $110. For Covenant members, the payment is $55 for a 45-50 minute session. Payment is due at the time of service.

The Pastoral Counseling Center of Miami Valley Hospital is excluded from health insurance plans.

A counselor is available 24-hours a day for crisis and urgent needs. Please call our main office number to contact the on-call counselor.

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