Job loss, bereavement, marital issues – short-term and crisis counseling is available to parishioners through their local parishes. Referrals to the Parish Counseling Network can be made by pastors or designated parish staff.

Parish Counseling Network

The Coronavirus is affecting us all in one way or another.  And while we don’t wish to bombard you with more of the endless amounts of information and updates you are seeking or exposed to, we understand that some people are particularly over-wrought with concern as to how this is all going to play out.  As fellow human-beings we can certainly understand and empathize, however, this can be debilitating.  We want you to be concerned and vigilant, but not to the point of being paralyzed.  There are things you can do.  Everyone should read and follow the practical instructions provided by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) regarding hand washing, distancing yourselves from others, etc. in order to protect yourselves and those you are in contact with. 

Regarding the emotional toll, SAMHSA has put out an article with information and resources that we would like to share with you.  Please read and distribute to others.  Your PCN team is here to help.  Contact us if you feel the need to seek professional clinical services to discuss your concerns.

Be safe, stay healthy. 

Samhsa Article Re Coronavirus

Parishioners have access to short term professional counseling at convenient locations throughout the Archdiocese of New York through a Parish Counseling Network developed by Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster. The Network offers access to more than 120 licensed mental health professionals to help parishioners through issues and crises that can be successfully improved by short-term therapy, such as marital problems, parenting, eldercare, job loss, or bereavement. Counselors are experienced with an array of difficulties and diverse clientele. Many practitioners are bilingual in Spanish and English.

Parishioners are eligible for a maximum of six counseling sessions. The fee for each session is a $10 co-pay. If additional counseling is necessary, the parishioner will be referred to a counseling practitioner or treatment center outside the Network. Short-term counseling is not an appropriate treatment for severe or persistent mental illness. If it is determined at the time of the initial referral that a parishioner’s issue or crisis cannot be appropriately addressed by short-term counseling, a more appropriate referral will be made. The Network will help pastors secure the most effective and appropriate care for their parishioners.


  Parish Counseling Network


Speak with your pastor or designated parish staff for a referral to Parish Counseling Network or call 866.962.7487.

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