Outpatient Saint John Vianney Center

The Outpatient Program of Saint John Vianney Center has played and continues to play a vital role in its overall mission to care for those individuals who devote their lives to the mission of the Church. This includes clergy, deacons and spouses, members of religious institutes, individuals entering into a formation program, those facing aging issues, as well as ministers of other denominations.

The professional staff of psychologists, licensed or certified professional counselors, and psychiatrists are grounded in Catholic anthropology and sensitive to the issues faced by clergy and religious as well as the institutional needs of the Church. Our spiritual directors are certified in the field of spiritual direction.

Services Provided Include:

Assessment and Evaluation
Psychotherapy and Counseling
Spiritual Direction
Outpatient Providers

Assessment and Evaluation

Admission and psychological evaluations for :

  • Religious Life
  • Seminary
  • Permanent Diaconate

Comprehensive evaluations of ministry difficulties

Cognitive and emotional screening regarding issues of aging

Incardination and return to ministry psychological evaluations

Outpatient Assessment And Evaluation

Psychotherapy and Counseling

The Saint John Vianney Outpatient Department provides high quality psychological and spiritually integrated therapy and counseling services for clergy, men and women religious, and permanent deacons and their spouses.

Typical issues often include:

  • Issues related to personal effectiveness (e.g., anxiety, depression)
  • Behavioral challenges (eg., substance abuse, gambling, boundary/sexual struggles)
  • Interpersonal effectiveness (e.g. anger management, isolation)
  • Spiritual issues (e.g., relationship with God, vocational discernment)

For married permanent deacons and married clergy:

  • Behavioral and mental health issues within the marriage (e.g. marital stressors, spousal distress)
  • Within the family (e.g. conflicts related to child rearing, child developmental concerns).

Types of Professional Services provided include:

  • Individual Psychotherapy and Counseling
  • Psychiatric Consultations and Medication Management
  • Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction
  • Drug and Alcohol Counseling
  • Anger and Stress Management
  • Marital Therapy and Counseling
  • Family Therapy and Counseling
  • Grief and Trauma Response

For more information or to make an appt call 610.518.2048

Saint John Vianney Center Psychotherapy Counseling

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction through Saint John Vianney’s Outpatient Department offers an opportunity to share with another how God is present in and through our prayer and everyday life experiences. Overall, the purpose of direction is to help individuals grow in a personal relationship with God. Spiritual direction can assist an individual to:

  • Listen more attentively to God’s voice
  • Increase awareness of God’s love and presence
  • Find clarity in decision making
  • Cope better with the difficulties in life
  • Share more deeply in God’s peace
  • Move through forgiving self/others
  • Express love through service to others
Spiritual Direction

Outpatient Providers

Saint John Vianney Center Outpatient Providers

Psychologists/Doctoral Therapists:

Karen Cote, IHM, Psy.D.
Patricia Donoghue, Ph.D.
Eric Haas, Psy.D.
Bernadette Hayburn, Psy.D
Ronald Karney, Ph.D., Outpatient Director
Mary Lindsay, SSJ, Ph.D.
Mercedes McCann, RSM, Ph.D.
Anthony Pisa, Ph.D.
Judith Smith, RSM, Psy.D.
Francis Ronkowski, Psy.D.
Sarah Vaghari, Psy.D.

Pastoral/Spiritual/Master Therapists

Sr. Koreen Cote, MA
Katherine Dolan, DMin.
Deacon Dan Giblin, CRS
Patricia Fogal, LPC
Erik Ranstrom, Ph.D.
Sr. Anne David Strohminger, OSF, MA

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