42 episodes

Rev. Tres Adames is a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor and Director of Prism Counseling in Phoenix, Arizona. Tres has a passion for the ethical integration of counseling and spirituality. On this show, we discusses topics on growing deeper spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally, with an emphasis on helping others grow closer in their relationship with God and other people. Visit our website at: https://www.arizonachristiancounseling.com

Ask a Christian Counselor Tres Adames

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.5 • 123 Ratings

Rev. Tres Adames is a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor and Director of Prism Counseling in Phoenix, Arizona. Tres has a passion for the ethical integration of counseling and spirituality. On this show, we discusses topics on growing deeper spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally, with an emphasis on helping others grow closer in their relationship with God and other people. Visit our website at: https://www.arizonachristiancounseling.com

    How to Find a Counselor

    How to Find a Counselor

    In this episode, Tres discusses how to find a counselor if you are seeking mental health services. He talks about some practical steps you can take to find a provider who accepts your insurance as well as some other resources available for those looking to find help they can afford. Read the article at: https://www.arizonachristiancounseling.com/uploads/1/4/0/4/14048760/find-counselor.pdf

    • 26 min
    Dealing with Depression

    Dealing with Depression

    In this episode, Tres discusses the topic of depression, its symptoms, and the various resources available for those struggling with depression.
    For more information: https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Mental-Health-Conditions/Depression/Overview
    If you are suicidal or have a mental health emergency, dial: 988

    • 33 min
    Proving Client-Centered Care

    Proving Client-Centered Care

    In this episode, Tres discusses the importance of providing spiritually-integrated care and counseling that is client-centered. This doesn't mean that counselors of faith have to leave their convictions at the door, but keeping the focus on the client and learning about who they are spiritually can allow us to connect with them on a deeper level, and even inspire them to foster a closer relationship with God on their own. For more on this topic, see our episode on What is Pastoral Counseling?

    • 33 min
    How to Really Listen

    How to Really Listen

    In this episode, Tres talks about the art of reflective listening, a foundational skill for any counseling approach. Reflective listening is a powerful tool that can be used by pastors, leaders, volunteers, and anyone who wants to help those in need. The content from this episode is an excerpt from the Pastoral Care Specialist program, a new spiritually-integrated mental health aid training for healers in a variety of settings. To learn more about the Pastoral Care Specialist program, go to: arizonachristiancounseling.com/pcs

    • 49 min
    The Importance of Physical Health

    The Importance of Physical Health

    In this episode, Tres discusses the importance of taking care of one's physical health and how it relates to spiritual and mental health. He tells his story of how he made changes in his own health over the years and gives practical advice for those looking to do the same. Tres' personal training website: https://personaltrainerarizona.com

    • 34 min
    The Future of Christian Counseling

    The Future of Christian Counseling

    In this episode, Tres discusses how the field of Christian Counseling is changing and discusses how his counseling approach has developed over the years. While church attendance continues to decline, there is still a cultural interest in faith and spirituality. Meanwhile, the need for mental health resources continues to increase. Be sure to share our resources:
    Our Counseling Website The Pastoral Care Specialist Training Program Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Connect on LinkedIn Subscribe to our YouTube

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
123 Ratings

123 Ratings

Son of Harry S ,

Solid, ethical and informed pastoral counseling advice

Tres, I’ve listened to your podcast for the last 6 months after deciding to enter a graduate program to obtain my CHMC at Richmont University. One of your episodes on the field was helpful in my own discernment of entering the mental health field. I liked your recent dialogue on client-centered approach and changes to pastoral counseling to better serve an array of clients with your biblical foundation. I think being able to provide this type of care will be crucial into the future. I love seeing the topical podcasts as well and would love to continue to hear how a pastoral counselor works with clients with in key areas like anxiety, depression, grief, etc. Thanks for sharing your resources and teaching with us on this platform!

rufocused ,

Usually good but twists scripture sometimes

I enjoyed listening at first but then found more and more instances where scripture was twisted to mean what he wanted it to mean. For example he said that Paul saying women should not be leaders in the church over the men was only meant for that one church he was writing to… but this is taught multiple places in the Bible, even referencing Adam and Eve as an instance where the man should have been leading. So how can he say that this teaching was only meant for that one church/ time in culture? Because it would fit his narrative to say that. But that is not what scripture says. Similar twists are often made with regard to LGBTQ within the church. Loving people is a goal of the church but not at the expense of telling people that sin is acceptable to God and okay to tolerate in church leadership. The Bible very clearly rejects this. I want to learn biblical counseling on God’s terms, not on my terms using scripture to back up what I want it to. But I still learned things I found useful here and there.

Acbertrand1 ,

Client centered theology

I’ve listen to this podcast for a while now, and I had trouble with the most recent podcast. The speaker mentions client centered counseling and being more concerned about the clients theology than biblical truth. Clearly the speaker cares for his clients and wants to give grace but hard truths bring tremendous break throughs. I believe that psychology and Christianity meet in the middle because the creator made us and is Lord over our minds and the way they work. There is no need to water down scripture to make it fit into different situations. I trust that being truthful in love will always be the best choice.

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