The Program for Psychology at St Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute understands the joys and strains of religious ministry and know that it has become demanding and complex. In our intensive treatment programs 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.
Traditionally, our intensive behavioral health program for clergy and religious has admitted Roman Catholic priests, deacons, men religious (Friars/Brothers), and women religious (Nuns/Sisters) who are struggling in some way. We have also had the honor of helping clergy from Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, and other Protestant denominations. The Program for Psychology and Religion’s Intensive Outpatient Services are available to ministers of any denomination.
We have helped many ministers heal from, and overcome, such concerns as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, burnout, relational and interpersonal problems, addictions, and health concerns related to obesity and weight management.
All potential clients participate in a comprehensive psychological, social, spiritual and behavioral health assessment. The results of the assessment inform treatment recommendations, which are individualized to suit both the needs of the client, and the needs of their religious community, diocese, and/or denomination.
Brief and Extended Programs:
Paths for symptom resolution or growth are considered according to the needs of each client’s unique situation without sacrificing quality or comprehensiveness. Each path generally includes:
- Individual Psychotherapy
- Psychiatric Care
- Group Therapy
- Spiritual Direction
- Medical Care
The Program has never taken a “one size fits all” approach to treatment, and we have remained responsive not only to the individual client but to the dynamics of ministry in our day and time. As a result, we offer different paths for healing and restoration, as well as personal and spiritual growth. Each path can be personalized, tailored, and even combined with other treatment offerings of the Behavioral Medicine Institute, to best fit the needs identified through the Comprehensive Assessment.
Our Intensive Treatment Options:
Our Brief Intensive Program:
Our 3 to 6 Month Intensive Program:
We provide clear reviews of progress and needs at four critical junctures: After the initial assessment, at the mid-point of treatment, at the end of intensive treatment, and during aftercare. Feedback sessions include the clinical director, key staff members involved in treatment, the client, and a support person or leader from the client’s community, diocese, or denomination.
Aftercare is provided to assist in the process of a healthy and successful post-treatment adjustment. Aftercare may be provided at our facility, or a facility close to the client’s residence. Aftercare may include phone and/or in person sessions with a psychiatrist, psychologist, and/or spiritual director, and renewal visits tailored to the needs of post-intensive clients.
We have provided help to clients from all over the United States and even to international clients. Individuals attending our program from outside the St. Louis metro region typically reside locally while in the program. We are happy to assist clients and their religious community, diocese, or denomination to find appropriate and comfortable accommodations.
Who Benefits From Our Services?
Here are a few common examples:
- A pastor who has had a few anger outbursts and struggles to maintain healthy, intimate relationships in his life.
- A Sister who is suffering from depression and anxiety which is creating difficulties in her ministry functioning and relationships.
- A Brother who is overweight, diabetic, and chronically overeating
- A Sister who is having interpersonal difficulties in her religious community
- A pastor who is engaging in frequent internet pornography.
- A Brother who has been abusing alcohol and is withdrawn from community.
- A pastor that suffers from depression and chronic pain which interferes with his ability to minister effectively in his parish.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call (314) 289-9407.