Spiritually Sensitive Psychotherapy for Clergy, Religious Professionals, and Laity
The Program for Psychology and Religion at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute specializes in the integration of spirituality and psychotherapy to help clients achieve wellness.
We are experts in the assessment and treatment of clergy and lay ministers and 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 and religious vocations.
The Program for Psychology and Religion began more than three decades ago, with a mission to serve Roman Catholic priests, and women and men religious in Roman Catholic orders. We have grown over time with added services to meet the unique needs of Protestant clergy and ministers. We have helped ministers from the Roman Catholic Church, Episcopal Church, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, United Methodist Church, and Presbyterian Church U.S.A.
In addition to our specialized services for ministers, our clinicians also provide spiritually integrative psychotherapy and Christian counseling for individuals, couples and families, with an emphasis on helping the client integrate his or her religion and spirituality as a source of healing, coping and strength.
Christopher S. M. Grimes, PsyD, 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 Ministers’ Needs
We understand the joys and strains of 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, 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 evidenced-based treatment protocols. Our staff is multidisciplinary, professional, licensed, and board accredited.