PPI’s Approach to Counseling and Psychotherapy
Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute (PPI) is an interfaith counseling and psychotherapy center that integrates into the counseling process both the behavioral sciences and the resources of a client’s faith. Counseling services include individual, couple, family, and group counseling.
The counseling staff includes licensed psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, certified pastoral counselors. While every counseling experience is unique, PPI’s overall approach seeks to provide an empathic relationship in which clients can safely and freely discuss their problems and concerns. The main goal is for client and therapist to work together to resolve them as far as possible, along with promoting 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, if a client chooses to do so.
PPI’s services are covered by most major insurance companies including: Highmark, UPMC, Community Care, Value Options, United Behavioral Health, Health America, and Aetna. Some financial assistance is available in cases of financial hardship or lack of insurance.
Scheduling an Appointment
For clients’ convenience, PPI has more than 20 offices spanning Allegheny and surrounding counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
All appointments are scheduled through the main office in Shadyside by calling: 412-661-1239 (ext. 216) or 1-877-661-9623. Our Intake Coordinator, will answer any questions you might have in deciding if PPI is the right counseling center for you, including clarifying the cost of your counseling and the various payment options.
If you decide to schedule an appointment, the intake coordinator will then help to connect you with a counselor and location of your choice. Not infrequently, and for a variety of reasons, a client might request that his or her counselor be of a particular gender or race, or have a particular religious background or area of expertise. Such requests are accommodated whenever possible.