Craydon McDonald, D.Mn., Ph.D., Flagstaff Pastoral 
   Care Center


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Ministry and Pastoral Counseling

After working as an enviromental designer, builder and businessman for six years, Dr. McDonald experienced a powerful call to ministry. He responded by going to St. Paul School of Theology, Methodist, in Kansas City for a Master of Divinity. He was a parish minister for five years where he discovered an interest and gift in psychology and counseling. He returned to school and received a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral care from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He became a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and a supervising pastoral counselor for the Worcester Pastoral Counseling Center.

Dr. McDonald went on to obtain his Doctor of Philosophy in Pastoral Psychology from Boston University. He served as an Associate Director and Professor of the Master's in Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University Graduate School, Chicago.

As a broadly-informed Christian, Dr. McDonald experiences his faith and growth as the heart of his teaching and counseling; he is thankful for the good fortune to be working with people who, like him, simply want to grow.

Dr. McDonald occassionally fills pulpit at area churches, including Phoenix Central United Methodist Church.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Pastoral Counseling:

What is Pastoral Counseling?

Pastoral counseling is a specialized ministry where the pastor is also trained as a depth psychologist. It means to be a unique intensification of the Church - where two or more are gathered in search of inner peace and meaning. Its goal is to enable your healing and holistic growth using psychological and spiritual tools.

Will this process be sensitive to my philosophy and faith?

Extremely so. Pastoral psychotherapy draws upon your unique experience and beliefs to help you discover who you are and to live life to its fullest.

Can I bring my family?

Yes, of course. Growth involves the mind, body and spirit in community. Relationships are a persistent motif in all the world's great religions.

Will pastoral counseling be judgmental?

No. It was not to judge the world that God sent his Son. We do not grow through criticism; rather, we grow by grace...with unconditional positive regard.

Instead of judging, pastoral counseling seeks to interrupt the oppressive judgment each of us experiences in our own mind - the feeling of never-ending self-criticism.

How can pastoral counseling help change my life?

Pastoral counseling has the potential to:

  • Free your mind from the inner critic
  • Give you permission to revitalize your body
  • Renew and enrich your intimate relationships
  • Deepen your relationship with nature
  • Enable growth in relation to significant institutions in your life
  • Vitalize your spiritual life
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How long does it take?

Pastoral counseling leads to a new way of approaching life; how long you go depends on you. We will meet weekly until your need is satisfied.

Is it confidential?

Confidentiality is crucial to the therapeutic process; please mention any particular concerns you might have about confidentiality.

Where do I go?

See our home page for a google map to our office location. If you haven't made an appointment yet, see our contact page for our phone number and address.



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