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 more than two dozen 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 empathic relationship in which clients can safely and freely discuss their problems and concerns in a faith-friendly context. The main goal is for client and therapist to work together to resolve concerns as far as possible while secondarily seeking to promote personal growth, self-awareness, and meaningful relationships with the important people 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 a “faith-friendly” process in which spiritual and religious concerns can be discussed according to a client’s preference. All persons who can benefit from PPI’s services are accepted without discrimination based on age, color, ethnic origin, religious affiliation, or physical disability.