THE HOPE CENTER
Counseling, SoulCare, & Teaching
Our services include counseling for individuals and couples, teaching and training for churches, soulcare, and pastoral care for pastors. Read below for more info.
Rob Hamilton provides faith-based counseling and psychotherapy for individuals and couples who are struggling with problems in their thoughts, emotions, beliefs, behaviors, and relationships. As a faith-based counselor, he seeks to integrate the best of psychology with the theology of the Bible. He also applies the spiritual practices of the Christian faith to the healing process. His aim is to give hope to hurting people by getting to the heart of life's problems. He is honored to walk with people through their difficulties with compassion, listening, and counsel. He is careful to create a safe space for others to work through their pain, problems, and questions. Rob utilizes several counseling approaches including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused counseling.
Marriage and Family
Sexual Addiction and Porn Recovery
At the Hope Center, we see the need to equip the Church to respond to the mental health needs of our society. According to statistics, the mental health needs facing our nation are greater than the clinic can handle alone. While the Church cannot replace or function as mental health clinics, it is a key part of the support network needed to care for people suffering from life's problems. We want to help bridge the gulf that often separates the clinic and the Church. Our vision is to provide teaching and training for churches that will enable its leaders an members to walk with people through hardship, suffering, and mental illness.
We have three goals: 1) create awareness of mental health issues, 2) remove the stigma so often associated with mental illness in the Church, and 3) equip church leaders and members to respond with compassion and skill.
Possible formats for teaching and training could take place in Sunday School classes, small groups, seminars, staff meetings, or retreats.
Topics include: suicide prevention and post-care, grief care, depression and anxiety support, marriage and parenting, premarital counseling, lay counseling basics, trauma care and response, stress management, managing problem people, conflict resolution, addictions, perfectionism, and more.
The science of psychology and the practice of psychotherapy are relatively recent trends. But for two millennia Christian ministers and pastors have used the resources of the faith to care for people's souls.
The term soulcare comes from an old Latin phrase cura animarum, which means "cure (or care) of souls." It is the art of restoring, maintaining, and improving the well-being of a person's soul. Whereas psychotherapy addresses mental illness, soulcare focuses on the crises, struggles, and questions of the soul. Am I loved? Am I safe? Do I belong? What is my purpose? Soulcare gets below the surface of life's issues to get to the heart of these questions. Soulcare's overarching purpose is to increase one's awareness of God's presence, love, and work. It might take the form of simple guidance and advice, training in contemplative spirituality, or discernment of God's leading.
Soulcare's main method is the practice of spiritual direction, in which the "director" helps the "directee" to listen to God and to respond in faith. If you are struggling with doubts, trying to discern God's leading, having a hard time experiencing intimacy with God, or burdened with guilt or shame, then soulcare and spiritual direction might be helpful to you. At the Hope Center, we firmly believe in the primacy of the local church and its leaders. We also respect the various traditions from which Christians come. In the practice of spiritual direction, we are committed to never undermining the role of one's church community and to never forcing our particular beliefs on anyone.
Your pastor is always caring for others. But who cares for the caregiver? Who ministers to the minister? Does your pastor have a pastor? As an experienced pastor, Rob Hamilton knows well the pressures, demands, and sacrifices of pastoral ministry. He would be honored to provide pastoral care and counseling for other pastors. He has a passion for pouring into pastors as they pour themselves out for others. There is nothing better for your church to invest in than a healthy and happy pastor. Contact Rob Hamilton for info on a pastor care plan for your pastor.