A Big Year For Pastoral Counseling Services As They Celebrate 35 Years Of Service

June 23, 2014
PRESS CONTACT: Monica Bardier

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Pastoral Counseling Services (PCS), an independent, non-profit counseling and consulting center serving New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts is proud to celebrate 35 years of service.

“PCS started as one office in Manchester, and we have now grown our reach in southern New Hampshire with satellite offices in Bedford, Nashua and Portsmouth,” said Dr. David Reynolds, Center Director of Pastoral Counseling Services. “We are very proud of our history and our combined experience of our dedicated team of licensed pastoral psychotherapists, licensed psychologists, licensed clinical mental health counselors, licensed social workers and licensed alcohol and drug counselors. We are unique and offer services that no other local area mental counseling provides. Our motto – Feel Heard. Feed Cared for. Feel Better. – offers a glimpse into the PCS perspective, and that is we honor each person’s own journey, healing process and voice. We are unique in the way we allow our clients to pursue spirituality as a healing method. If they choose to bring it into therapy that is totally up to them. Spirituality means something different to everyone.”

Founded in 1979, PCS has focused on services to include: grief, anxiety, depression, trauma post traumatic stress disorder, separation/divorce, vocational & career counseling, spiritual and religious issues, alcohol & drug abuse, children & family matters.

35th Anniversary Celebration Events include the following:

The Art of Healing
Thursday, June 26, 5:30-8:00pm

Pastoral Counseling Services
Manning House, 2013 Elm Street
Manchester, NH
Free and Open to the Public

In collaboration with the New Hampshire Institute of Art Alumni Association, Pastoral Counseling Services will host an art exhibit displaying an array of work provided from local artists – all of which will be for sale. More than 19 NHIA Alumni will be participating in the art exhibit.

“According to the American Public Health Association, health psychologists have begun to look at how the arts might be used in a variety of ways to heal emotional injuries,” said Dr. David Reynolds, PCS Center Director. “Findings concluded that combining art and healing is a ways to increase understanding of oneself and to develop a capacity for self-reflection, reduce symptoms and alter behavior and thinking patterns.”

For more information, or to register visit: www.pcs-nh.org. Light refreshments will be served. Art and Healing is free and open to the public.

Mindfulness Mediation Course

The 1st and 3rd Monday of each month
Pastoral Counseling Services
Manning House, 2013 Elm Street
Manchester, NH
Cost: $15 per session or $85 for 6 sessions

Recent research from the National Institute of Health indicates that meditation can decrease a number of symptoms including; anxiety, depression, chronic pain, pre-menstrual symptoms, insomnia, high blood pressure, headaches and obesity. This course led by Carol Knieriem, MSW, LICSW is designed for people who have some intentionality towards practicing any aspect of mindfulness in their daily lives. Each class will consist of one-half hour of mindfulness practice, sitting meditation, body scan, walking meditation, and one-half hour of discussion.

To register, call Carol at 627.2702 ext. 130.

Begin with Yes: A short Conversation that will Change your Life Forever

Presenter: Paul Boynton
September 10
Pastoral Counseling Services
Fellowship Hall, Brookside Church
2013 Elm Street
Manchester, NH
Free and open to the public. Registration required.

With over 35 years of experience in healthcare, human services and the nonprofit work, Paul Boynton, President and CEO of the Moore Center of author of “Begin with Yes” will discuss his book and provide insight into his teachings.

Good Samaritan Awards

Tuesday, October 7, 5:30-8:00pm
LaBelle Winery, Amherst, NH

Continuing with tradition and for the 19th year, PCS will honor individuals who purse extraordinary measures to strengthen communities and improve life in New Hampshire with the Good Samaritan Award. Since 1996, PCS has honored more than 100 individuals in six different categories to include: Business, Education, Media & the Arts, Medicine & Healing, Religion and Rising Star.

This year’s six honorees will be recognized at the Good Samaritan Dinner to be held on October 7, 5:30pm-8:00pm at LaBelle Winery in Amherst, NH. Honorees will be announced later this month.

To purchase tickets or to become a sponsor contact: Event Coordinator, Marcia Burns at 603.627.2702 ext. 142, or visit www.pcs-nh.org.

About Pastoral Counseling Services

Pastoral Counseling Services (PCS) was founded in 1979 is celebrating 35 years and provides the best psychotherapeutic techniques while respecting the natural connection between the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions in the psychotherapy process. Our desire is to provide a community in which clients Feel Heard, Feel Cared for and Feel Better. In addition to our counseling services, PCS impacts the vitality of the community by partnering with other non-profit organizations to help underserved and at risk populations with stress management techniques. PCS also honors those who pursue extraordinary measures to strengthen communities and improve life in New Hampshire with the Good Samaritan Awards, an annual tradition since 1996.