life is hard.
It’s easy to get stuck.
But you don’t have to stay that way.
Counseling can help you find and take your next steps.
**UPDATE August 15th, 2020**
I have shifted my practice to online and phone sessions only during the COVID-19 outbreak. Over the last 5 months, I have conducted over 400 hours of virtual counseling. I’ve learned a great deal about making them as impactful and meaningful as face-to-face sessions. Many of my clients say they actually prefer them now.
Online sessions ensure that clients can get the help they need in a convenient and safe way. They also help me to reach out to those who are facing new logistical challenges of quarantine, childcare, and responsible social distancing.
Additionally, they allow me to expand the help that I can offer those who are struggling financially due to loss of work or other circumstances associated with the COVID-19 crisis.
My online sessions will be conducted over a VERY user-friendly, secure, and HIPAA compliant website. Clients can meet with me through any computer or nearly any smartphone with a camera without downloading any apps or installing any software. All you need are headphones and a private space to talk.
If you are interested in setting up an online appointment or shifting your current appointment to an online format, email me or call/text me at 662.709.7714.
Every day I help people just like you overcome obstacles, repair relationships, and start new chapters.
Life can be tough. Counseling creates a safe space for you to grow and overcome the challenges you are facing.
Anxiety and Depression
Learn how to lift these common burdens, grow support, and find healing at the source of the pain.
Grace-based help for seasons when a crisis of life becomes a crisis of faith.
Getting Started is simple
If I can help, we’ll set up an appointment.
3. Our first session
We’ll get to work right away and make a plan for our next steps before you leave.
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.
– Zechariah 4:10 –
Frequently asked Questions
What can I expect from our sessions?
During our sessions, I’ll ask questions and do a lot of listening. Together we will look for places in your story that offer insight into the struggle or highlight an area in need of healing. When we discover some of those areas, we’ll work together to get what you need and come up with an effective plan to help you take the next steps.
How much does counseling cost?
My fee is $125 per session.
No Risk Guarantee: If you decide that this is not a good fit for you during our initial session, then you will not be billed for that first appointment or the rest of the program.
Although my fee is comparable to other counselors in our area, I have set aside a limited number of sliding scale appointments available for those facing financial hardship. If you are interested in learning more about these slots, don’t hesitate to ask. If I am unable to accommodate your needs, I will be glad to refer you to a number of trusted counselors who may be able to do so.
Do you accept insurance?
Unfortunately, I do not bill insurance at this time. That is one of the reasons I offer some sliding scale slots for my counseling practice.
How long does counseling last?
Everyone tends to move at their own pace with this work. For some, issues are accessible, change is simple, and support is broad. For others, it may take a little longer. Once we begin, we will be in frequent dialogue about our session goals and unfinished business to determine how long counseling should last for you.
Is this Christian counseling?
I’m a person who tries to be more like Jesus every day. Many of my Christian clients have said that my counseling style has helped them find a deeper understanding of the Gospel and a closer walk with God, in addition to helping them overcome their personal challenges.
I also recognize that people of all faiths (and no faith) can struggle with life’s burdens. Everyone interested in being my client will be treated with empathy and respect and offered research-backed tools to help them take make the changes they desire, regardless of their background.
Do you see clients online via FaceTime or Zoom?
In some instances, I can offer our work together in an online format via FaceTime or Zoom. In the past, this has been effective way for some clients to receive the help they need when they would otherwise be hindered by convenience, distance, or illness.
Although online sessions have some benefits, not every issue is effectively addressed through a screen. While I am generally willing to conduct Starting Well, Freedom For, or coaching work online, we will need to discuss any specifics of what you would like to work on together before deciding if that’s something that would benefit you.
hear from others:
"If you're looking for someone to talk with that can help walk alongside you, look no further than my friend, Pat Ward. I give Pat my highest recommendation."
"I refer folks to Pat who need more in-depth counseling than I am qualified to provide. I trust him to provide the most professional and helpful support for each situation. I've only heard wonderful things from people who have used his services."
"Ever needed someone to listen to you without an agenda, without giving unasked-for advice? Ever needed someone to help you discover your own solutions to your questions from deep within? Pat can help with these things and then some. I highly recommend his wise counsel and Spirit-led discernment!"
In my practice, I get excited when I see people walk away from struggle and shame into the life that God has for them. I integrate the skills I learned in pastoral ministry, from my work with over 150 clients, and from research-based counseling techniques from my Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health. Every day, I work with individuals and couples just like you to help them overcome obstacles, repair their relationships, and shape their story as they move on to the next chapter.
I also love to help people work through issues associated with grief, depression, anxiety, addiction, as well as marriage and relationship conflict. I’m a big fan of pre-marital counseling too.
I’ve been married for 14 years. I have 3 kids and I’m trying to get better at the New York Times crossword puzzle.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to see clients under the supervision of Dean Worsham, LPC-S and within the community of my colleagues at Restore Counseling Group at 507 Heritage Drive, Suite 102 in Oxford.