Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute (PPI) exists to enhance the health of individuals, families, and communities through an interfaith ministry of counseling and education that integrates the resources of faith and the behavioral sciences. PPI is nationally certified by the Samaritan Institute.
PPI Services Include:
- Individual, couple, and family counseling and psychotherapy.
- Career assessment and counseling for persons entering ministry.
- Programs and resources to enhance the health of clergy and congregations.
- Continuing education for mental health professionals and clergy.
Currently, our licensed and credentialed therapists provide over 15,000 hours of counseling and consultation annually. Our partnerships with local congregations enable us to provide services through more than 20 convenient branch-offices in 5 counties (Allegheny, Westmoreland, Armstrong, Lawrence, and Fayette). The therapy staff consists of licensed psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists and certified spiritual directors.
While every counseling experience is unique, PPI seeks to provide an empathetic relationship, in which clients can safely and freely discuss their problems and concerns in a faith-friendly context. The main goal is for clients and therapists to work together to resolve concerns as in-depth as possible while secondarily seeking to promote personal growth, self-awareness, and meaningful relationships with those whom are significant in the client’s life. This is a “client-centered” process, in which the client determines the particular areas of discussion and exploration in a given session. It also is, as previously mentioned, a “faith-friendly” process, in which spiritual and religious concerns can be discussed according to a client’s preference. All persons, from all walks of life, can benefit from PPI’s services and are accepted without discrimination based on age, color, ethnic origin, gender, physical disability, race, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation.