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Concerning Use of our Site and Services
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What we do NOT provide!
Our Agency does not provide professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, counseling, or social work services. We are a group of Lay Counselors performing a spiritual counseling and prayer ministry based upon the principles of Lay Nouthetic Counseling — a directive counseling method not based on the medical or psychological model, but upon Christian principles derived from Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the experience and teachings of the Saints.
Please consult your own physician, mental health provider, or appropriate health care provider, about the applicability of any opinions or recommendations with respect to your own symptoms, or medical or psychiatric conditions; your priestly confessor or spiritual director with respect to your spiritual health, and the official documents of the Church concerning official Catholic Church teaching.
If You are in Immediate Crisis
If you are in emotional crisis or suicidal, wish to harm yourself or others, please contact a local mental health professional or health care professional, or local Crisis Center IMMEDIATELY, or go to National Crisis Hotlines Index to find a National Hotline who can talk with you.
If you are in danger from others, or have any other life-threatening event, please all 911.
We are Designed to Support, not Replace Professional Services
Information, opinions, recommendations, advice, or counseling provided by our Staff are designed to support, not replace or substitute, the relationship that exists between a Physician or Health Care Professional and Patient, a Mental Health Professional and Client, a Priest and Penetent, a Minister and Parishioner, or the Church and her Faithful.
Never discontinue treatment or medication without first consulting your physician, clinician or therapist.
Concerning Online Services
Online resources are not meant to and cannot replace the specialized training and professional judgment of a health care or mental health care professional. While Online Counseling can be productive and is a growing in practice among Mental Health professionals, not all problems and situations can be properly handled online or by telephone.
This is What We Can Do For You!
Our Agency will only conduct counseling for those problems or issues that we feel are within our competence to handle and that can be handled productively over the telephone or online (email, voice or text chatroom, instant message, or message board). (We do offer a limited amount of in-office and field counseling).
As a Lay Nouthetic Counsellors there are only three types of counseling services we offer. If your needs require a form of counseling we do not provide, or involve issues not well suited for online or telephone counseling, we suggest you seek out the applicable professional.
The first two forms of counseling listed below may be offered by our parent organization, the Oblates and Missioners of St. Michael. The third form is the specialty of the St. Padre Pio Center for Deliverance Counseling:
- Religious/Spiritual Counseling: A form of counseling based upon helping the client modify or change his worldview, lifestyle, or behavioral patterns to conform to Christian ideals of holiness and sanctity based upon principles of the Bible, Sacred Tradition, and the experiences of the Saints, through techniques of verbal catharsis, pastoral counseling, cognitive therapy, and participation in the Sacraments and activities of the Church and the apostolic life.
- Spiritual Direction: A form of counseling that actively offers reassurance, suggestion, advice, support, and direction to help the client grow and mature spiritually as a Catholic Christian.
- Deliverance Counseling: A form of counseling that assists the client in dealing with Spiritual Warfare issues in order to gain freedom from bondage and harassment from evil influences.
Church Status of the SPCDC
The St. Padre Pio Center for Deliverance Counseling, is a private agency not formally connected with any diocese or subdivision of the Catholic Church.
The SPCDC is a outreach apostolate of the Oblates and Missioners of St. Michael, which is an association of Catholics brought together by private agreement amongst ourselves and reaching out to individuals worldwide, who come together by means of private agreement amongst themselves to establish an Association that shall strive by common effort to promote a more perfect life, to share the Catholic faith, to exercise apostolic works, namely to engage in efforts of evangelization, to exercise works of piety or charity and to animate the temporal order with Christian spirit.
As a defacto association of the Christian faithful in community and in apostolate, we do not have formal ecclesial recognition at this time and do not have any formal relationship with any diocese, but we do operate in full accord with Canon Law as it applies to defacto Associations of the Christian Faithful.
For more detailed information please review our Status in the Church page.
The Oblates and Missioners of St. Michael and the St. Padre Pio Center for Deliverance Counseling disclaims any responsibility or liability for any participant, client, staff, or constituent of our Lay Counseling Service, or for any reader or visitor of our Website, who in any way uses improperly the information and advice given, or uses it in a manner contrary to our admonitions and advice on the matter.
Although SPCDC strives for the highest quality in the resources offered here, unless composed and written by our Staff, the SPCDC is not responsible for the validity or accuracy of the material written by others. Materials on our Site are thought to be accurate, but no warranties, express or implied, are made. The Oblates and Missioners of St. Michael, Inc. and the St. Padre Pio Center for Deliverance Counseling specifically disclaim any warranty of merchantability or warranty of fitness for a particular purpose of any product or advice given by others not on our Staff.
The Oblates and Missioners of St. Michael, Inc. and the St. Padre Pio Center for Deliverance Counseling will not be held liable for any direct, consequential or other damages resulting from the negligence of the staff or members of the Oblates and Missioners of St. Michael, Inc., and staff or members of the St. Padre Pio Center for Deliverance Counseling, or their agents, either prima facie or founded upon the judgment of a competent authority. Use of the saint-mike.org Website and its services constitutes understanding and acceptance of these provisions.