• Program for Psychology & Religion

    Clergy, Religious & Laity

    The Program for Psychology and Religion at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute serves the psychological, medical, and spiritual needs of the clergy and religious from many parts of the world.

    Through our treatment center for clergy and religious, we offer effective systems of evaluating clients and suggesting directions for the psychological and social aspects of formation, treatment, and future growth of religious professionals and candidates for ordination or religious life. We began, more than two decades ago, with a mission to serve Roman Catholic priests, women religious, and men religious. We have grown over time with added services to meet the unique needs of Protestant clergy and ministers as well.

    Christopher S. M. Grimes, Psy.D., Director of the Program for Psychology & Religion, explains the Program’s collaborative and integrated approach to helping clergy, religious, and ministers.

    What Makes Us Unique

    We Understand Your Needs
    We understand the joys and strains of religious ministry and know that it has become demanding and complex. We address the psychological, physical, and spiritual elements of health to support optimal balance as ministers continue to live out vocations rooted in the call and gifts of God and expressed in service.

    A Consciousness of God’s Healing Grace Permeates Our Daily Work
    We honor religious faith and practice, and the culture of religious life and ministry, individual and corporate spiritual development, and the centrality of prayer. We address each individual’s spiritual growth, teach mindfulness in prayer and daily life, and support the gifts and spiritual strengths of each client

    We Are Experts
    We have on staff St. Louis University faculty, experts in health care, pioneers and leaders who offer treatment protocols. Our staff is multidisciplinary, professional, licensed, and board accredited.

    The Program offers a full range of mental health and wellness services for religious professionals and psychotherapy and counseling for people of faith.