Welcome to Wellbeing

Wellbeing is the name for what encompasses to me a sense of wholeness in the present moment.  This is what I believe every person should have or strive towards/be in search of continually. Wholeness refers to the Hebrew word “shalom” which can be translated as peace, harmony, completeness and contentment.  Having peace and comfort in your own skin, whether you’re a parent, a spouse or an employee is essential for life to be meaningful and abundant.

As indicative from the image on this site, this gift is not of ourselves but derives from God, natures - and our source of wellness despite what’s going on around us.  Like the meeting of  Jesus Christ and the woman at the well when He offers her water that becomes in her a well of water springing up into eternal life so that she’ll never thirst again (Gospel of John 4). As whole human beings we are then able to offer help and support to our communities (circling of the water).  Our wellbeing echo’s in the lives of others.

As a (Methodist) church minister, currently not in full time ministry due to family commitments, I am able to provide my services of pastoral therapy/care to who ever may be in crisis or in a time of transition needing a trained ear and some guidance along life’s journey. Please see below for further information or contact me directly using the contact form at the bottom of the page. Hoping to hear from you soon!

Audrey van Wyk (BA, B-Th, M-Th in Clinical Pastoral Care – Stellenbosch University).

Why Pastoral Therapy?

Pastoral care differs from psychological care in that it includes and focuses on the spiritual wellness or maturity of a person. In the word “Pastoral” one immediately makes the association of a shepherd herding his sheep in the tranquil country side. The word shepherd becomes a metaphor for the religious leader caring for the flock holistically. Throughout the ages people have had the need to TALK to someone about what’s on their mind or in their heart. Pastors, ministers and priests have been doing this for centuries.

Pastoral care does not imply psychological counselling, though it may use it and refer to it. Pastoral care refers to life guidance or wisdom that looks at the wholeness of the SOUL of the person. The soul is inclusive of the body, the mind and the spirit. It is for this reason that Prof. Daniel Louw (Cura Vitae 2008) refers to the care/cure of the soul (Cura Animarum) as life care (Cura Vitae). The soul represents the person in the broadest and essential sense and indicates the quality of life experiences.

This care of the soul is the sole domain of pastoral therapy. The meaning of the word “therapy” or in the Greek “therapeia” – refers to cure or healing. This does not necessarily involve physical healing. In Pastoral Therapy we look at how a person can live meaningfully, happily and hopefully. It is here that the basic questions of life like “What is the meaning of my life” and “Why has this happened to me?” – amongst many other questions – are explored in order to come to a place of healing, meaning and wholeness. Spiritual or pastoral healing is a process by which a new state of being, new state of mind, new attitude and way of doing and living is purposefully initiated (Prof. Louw, DJ: 2012 SAAP Conference Notes). This process is initiated in complete dependence and awaitance on God, who is our Wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9:6).

Who comes for Pastoral Therapy?

Pastoral care is for any person who is asking about the meaning of life and struggling to deal with life’s challenges. This may include those who are bereaved, those experiencing times of transition like changing jobs, starting a marriage, having children, parenting, divorced and those experiencing trauma as individuals or as families and the like. All of us experience times in our lives when meaning has to be made out of the new set of circumstances we find ourselves in. Wellbeing occurs when we make work of it and speak to someone who listens. 

Rates

Fees are R300 per fifty minute session and are payable cash or electronic transfer prior or on completion of the session.  The client is kindly advised to bring proof of payment along to the session.  Sessions take place at my rooms in Walmer, Port Elizabeth.  

Please note that fees cannot be claimed from Medical Aids as the counsellor cannot be registered with the Medical and Dental Board (HPCSA).  As a pastoral counsellor, the counsellor is registered with the South African Association for Pastoral Care (SAAP).

Should you wish to book for five sessions a reduced rate of R250 will be charged totalling R1250 for the five.  Prepaid sessions are valid for 15 weeks from commencement of service and are not refundable.

Bank Name: Capitec Bank
Account Name: VAN WYK, AK
Account no: 1226 796 298
Branch Code:  470 010
Please use your surname as Beneficiary reference
Email proof of payment to audrey[at]wellbeingpe.co.za 

Vouchers for friends or family are available should you wish to spoil a loved one.

The Southern African Association for Pastoral Work

Code Of Ethics

The SAAP member affirms and respects the dignity and worth of each person and maintains high ethical standards. When accepted for membership in the Association, the SAAP member is bound to accept the judgement of colleagues as to ethics standards. The maintenance of high standards of professional competence and moral and ethical conduct is a responsibility shared by all SAAP members in the interest of the public, the religious community and the profession.

Ethics:
  1. In all professional matters the SAAP member maintains practices that will serve the public and will advance his or her own profession.
  2. The SAAP member shall maintain good standing in his or her faith group.
  3. The SAAP member shall not discriminate against those served with regard to race, religion, age, gender, national origin, physical handicap, or sexual orientation.
  4. The SAAP member shall respect the integrity and protect the welfare of those served or supervised. The SAAP member shall maintain those relationships on a professional basis, avoiding emotional, sexual, or any other form of exploitation.
  5. The SAAP member shall approach the religious convictions of a person, group, and/or Continuing Professional Education (CPE) student with respect and sensitivity. The SAAP member shall avoid imposition of his or her religious convictions (theology) on those served or supervised.
  6. The SAAP member shall protect the confidentiality of those served or supervised.
  7. The SAAP member abides by the expectation of the standard professional practice of the institution in which he or she is employed. If, for any reason, he or she is not free to practice according to conscience, the member shall notify the employer and the SAAP.
  8. The SAAP member shall maintain sound interprofessional relationships for purposes of consultation and referral.
  9. The SAAP member shall implement sound fiscal practices, maintain accurate financial records, and protect the integrity of funds entrusted to his or her care.
  10. The SAAP member does not directly or by implication claim professional qualifications that exceed actual qualifications or misrepresent his or her affiliation with any institution, organisation, or individual. The member is responsible for correcting the misrepresentation or misunderstanding of his or her professional qualifications or affiliations.
  11. The SAAP member does not use knowledge, position, or professional association to secure unfair personal advantage, knowingly permit his or her services to be used by other for purposes inconsistent with his or her ethical standards, or use affiliation with the Association for purposes that are not consonant with the stated purposes of the Association.
  12. The SAAP member shall respect the integrity and protect the welfare of colleagues. The SAAP member shall maintain those relationships on a professional basis, refraining from disparagement and avoiding emotional, sexual, or any other form of exploitation.
  13. The SAAP member shall relate to and cooperate with other professional persons in the institution in which he or she is employed, the community, and/or the CPE center or cluster.
  14. The SAAP member shall continue professional education and growth, including participation in the meetings and affairs of the SAAP.
  15. In all publicity, public pronouncements, or publications, the SAAP member shall distinguish private opinions from those of the SAAP, his or her own group, or profession.
  16. The SAAP member shall not make it appear, directly or indirectly, that he or she speaks on behalf of the SAAP or represents its official position, except as authorized by the General Meeting.
  17. Brochures or other publications promoting pastoral services or CPE centers, clusters, or programs shall describe these entities with accuracy.
Please download the Terms of Engagement here.

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