We see St. Raphael Counseling as a mission to the Church. Our goal is to change today's culture through clinical practice and education that is founded in a fully Christian view of our clients. To help them realize the full dignity of the human person, including themselves.
As humans we have been wounded and betrayed, and some have wounded and betrayed others. We at St. Raphael understand the psychological profession as a vocation and do not simply see the addict, the alcoholic, the spouse abuser, the struggling marriage in need of behavior modification, anger control, cognitive restructuring or communication skills training. Rather, we are called to see the client in terms of their inherent dignity, created out of love and redeemed by love, as God himself sees the person.
We who follow this call understand this, even if he or she never mentions God to the client. We see the therapeutic encounter with the client as providential and not random, and themselves as instruments of healing for the person. Healing includes helping the client understand their inherent self-worth, and the need to come out of themselves, to become “Fully Alive…” and give to others. We believe that helping free people from depression, addiction, obsession, and so on serves as the means to the larger goal of freedom for the flourishing life, the virtuous life.
We bring together empirically-proven psycho-therapeutic techniques and personal faith. This enables our therapists to grasp all the complexities of the human person, including the transcendent and spiritual dimension. We desire to practice as psychologists answering this vocation we have been called to.