Pastoral Counseling

"But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ." 

Ephesians 4:15

Rev. Robert R. Lutz, PhD

American Association of Pastoral Counselors

An ordained Lutheran pastor (ELCA) since 1972, Dr. Lutz is on the pastoral staff at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School. He has served on the faculties of Loyola and Towson State Universities, both in Maryland as well as serving congregations in Maryland and Pennsylvania. He attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and earned a masters degree in Psychology and a doctorate in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University.

What is Counseling?

Counseling is talking over the troublesome situations or issues you face, in strict confidence and with a trained professional. You will not be told what to do, but you and the counselor will work towards a deeper understanding of the situation and discover avenues of resolving the stressful situation.

What Makes Counseling Pastoral?

Pastoral counseling is a vital contributor to the field of behavioral health. Its uniqueness is that a pastoral counselor offers sensitivity to and appreciation of the spiritual and religious beliefs people bring into counseling -- a pastoral consciousness. Pastoral counseling is a ministry of caring that takes place within the moral and religious assumptions of the Judeo -- Christian tradition.

How Do I Make an Appointment?

Simply call 850-843-3083 and leave your name and phone number. Dr. Lutz will return your call promptly to arrange an appointment.

How Long is an Appointment?

Usually sessions are once weekly and last 50 minutes. Duration of treatment, fees, and all other arrangements are discussed in the first session. Everything shared in pastoral counseling is confidential.

What Does it Cost?

The first evaluation session costs $25.00. If you decide to undertake ongoing pastoral counseling, the fee for subsequent sessions is determined using a sliding scale based on your personal situation. Payment is by cash or check made out to St. Paul Lutheran Church and School. Life circumstances often change, so the fee is always negotiable.

Termination of Pastoral Counseling

Ideally, pastoral counseling ends by mutual agreement of the client and pastoral counselor, when goals have been reached. However, counseling can be terminated anytime with two weeks notice.

Areas of Focus for Individuals and Couples

   -   Depression
   -   Anxiety
   -   Other Behavioral and Emotional Issues
   -   Interpersonal Relationships
   -   Family Issues
   -   Marital Issues
   -   Parenting Issues

   -   Spiritual Development
   -   Loss and Grieving
   -   Life Transitions
   -   Abuse Survival Issues
   -   Post - Traumatic Stress
   -   Adjustment Issues
   -   Moral Injury

For additional information or to make an appointment, call 850-843-3083.