Welcome to the Eastern Region
of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors

Organized in 1963 to ensure standards for the practice of pastoral counseling, the American Association of Pastoral Counselors is an international, interfaith organization of professional pastoral counselors, parish clergy and other mental health professionals. We seek to advance understanding of the mind-spirit connection. AAPC members are at the forefront of practicing the interface between spirituality and emotional well-being. For more information about the mission and goals, Bylaws, publications and articles or referral to a counselor in the AAPC, please go to: AAPC.org

Members of the region practice in New York, New Jersey, and the Canadian Province of Ontario.

What is Pastoral Counseling?

Pastoral counseling is a unique form of counseling that uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth. It is provided by individuals who are not only mental health professionals but persons who have had in-depth religious and/or theological training. Most pastoral counselors are ordained clergy or persons otherwise endorsed by a religious faith group.

Please note the new mailing address for Association business.
American Association of Pastoral Counselors
C/o RMK Productions
200 Little Falls St., Ste. 205
Falls Church, VA 22046

Telephone: 703-385-6967

For questions, contact the Eastern Region Administrator, AAPCEast@gmail.com

Eastern Region Leadership

Eastern Region Administrator: Arlene Muzyka, aapceast@gmail.com
Chair: Wayne Gustafson,  dr.w.gustafson@gmail.com 
Vice Chair: Joann Heaney-Hunter, heaneyhj@stjohns.edu
Treasurer:  Chris Smith, president@seekingshalom.org
Secretary: Pamela Pater-Ennis,  hudsonrivercc@gmail.com
Membership Chair:  Douglas Ronsheim, dmronsheim@gmail.com
Education and Training Chair: Charles Mayer,  cmayer723@aol.com
Leadership Development Chair: Open


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