Buddhist Pastoral Care & Counsel (BPCC)
Pastoral Care and Counsel provides emotional and spiritual support focused on finding meaning, direction and well-being at every stage of life.
Often we feel that something is askew in our life, and we suffer emotionally and physically. During health crises, chronic illness, loss, or major life transitions, we can become overwhelmed, confused, frustrated and isolated. At other times spiritual longing can compromise our clarity and raise challenging questions about our purpose and path.
Buddhist insight acknowledges that the pain of being human and the difficult questions we face can be embraced as a source of awareness and freedom from suffering. Sometimes what limits healing and blocks well-being is both self-created and conditioned, and therefore not permanent. Learning how to be fully present to our life is a skill that can be learned, creating a foundation for greater clarity, ease, fulfillment, and overall well-being.
Pastoral Care & Counsel may be supportive in any of the following ways:
How I work- My approach emphasizes two important components:
Influences on how how I work
While I draw from my training as a Theravada Buddhist teacher and my own meditation experience, Pastoral Care & Counsel may be helpful for anyone interested in a Buddhist-informed contemplative approach to understanding and caring for their own life. One does not need to identify with meditation or take it up as a practice, though if that is of interest it can be included. My approach integrates principles of Buddhist psychology and philosophy, meditation, yoga and yoga therapy, ecopsychology, attachment theory, trauma-sensitive methods, and clinical pastoral counseling.
My intention is to offer a safe and welcoming space for people of all faiths, cultural and racial backgrounds, sexual orientation and gender expression.
Sessions are available by appointment in Cambridge, MA (Central Square), Gloucester, MA, or via Skype from wherever you are.