Yes—in some ways—and yet, not! The Company Chaplain fills a unique space between psychology and religion. Both disciplines deal with the soul, or psyche, but they can be limited in the way they approach life, and each comes laden with a set of preconceptions.
Not everyone wants to talk to a psychologist or psychiatrist. Many want to avoid a diagnosis, or the stigma of, “mental health issues.” Chaplain’s do not diagnose. We are not mental health providers, so that stigma is not an issue.
Conversely, not everyone wants to talk to a Pastor or religious leader, who is there to guide folks in what their church teaches. A chaplain is a clinical professional, one who has a foot in the spiritual domain, but is not there to represent the teaching of their church or religion.
Like psychologists and psychiatrists, Chaplains are highly trained professional counselors but we are not limited to only the secular aspects of life. For example, after talking through your concerns, if you want a spiritual intervention such as a healing meditation or prayer or ritual to support the whole person, we can happily provide that in consultation with you.
Our chaplains are here to support you as a human being going through a difficult phase of your life. To be a resource for you, helping you clarify your values and purpose and move forward to greater fulfillment. We celebrate with you, and we grieve with you.
The goal of our board-certified Chaplains is to help you heal and find meaning within your own frame of reference for finding strength and purpose in life.