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The Clinebell Institute | The Clinebell Institute

A Place to Find Healing and Well Being

The mission of The Clinebell Institute is to provide pastoral counseling and psychotherapy through education, counseling, outreach and research.  In providing counseling service, we attend to the whole person and communities, focusing on meaning making, justice, abundant life and relief of suffering.

cst_logoThe Clinebell Institute is the pastoral counseling and psychotherapy training institute of the Claremont School of Theology for students in M.A. and Ph.D. programs.

What is Pastoral Counseling

Pastoral counseling uses the insights and principles of spirituality, religion, theology, and modern behavioral sciences in working with individuals, couples, families, groups, and institutions toward the achievement of wholeness and health.  An important dimension in pastoral counseling different from other approaches to counseling ans psychotherapy is the conviction that mental and emotional health is best understood when spiritual, religious and psychological needs of individuals are addressed.

For more information see the website of the American Associate of Pastoral Counselors,


Our Counseling Services

Counseling services are provided at The Institute by interns, residents, and senior staff members who are trained in religion, spirituality and the behavioral sciences. Pastoral counselors do not impose their personal religious beliefs upon others.  Persons of all faiths and persons of no religious affiliations are equally welcome.  Every person’s faith and values are respected.  Our counselors are able to explore the religious or spiritual dimensions of the problems of the person brings as needed.  The counseling process can help you:

  • Work through depression, anxiety, trauma, and other psychological issues
  • Rebuild your life after loss
  • Manage conflict constructively
  • Gain insights and awareness of your personality, family, and other relationships
  • Explore your sexual identity
  • Prepare for marriage through premarital counseling
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Enrich your relationship with your partner
  • Learn better parenting skills
  • Understand your cultural identity and other immigration related stressors and issues
  • Manage your stress more effectively
  • Grow spiritually and/or religiously

Our Fees and Insurance Policy

The Clinebell Institute is a not-for-profit organization committed to providing affordable counseling.

We Serve Persons in need, regardless of their ability to fully pay for services.

Some insurance companies may provide coverage for your counseling and we can assist you in

obtaining reimbursement.  However, The Clinebell Institute does not process the insurance

paperwork on your behalf.

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