"The Beginning of All Sanity is Spirituality."
Dr. Abel believes that without the spiritual experience as an intregal part of your life, it is virtually impossible to know what LIFE truely is. More than 2/3rd of the human population on earth believe in some form of spirituality. And though spirituality is not a popularity contest, its adherents are certainly witnesses to the reality that something exists within all human beings that begs for experession in some form which we universally call spirituality. What, then, is spirituality?
Spirituality is the personal awareness of an unspeakable Presence whose transcendental nature prohibits individual possession of its
inarticulate Being, yet whose omniscience encourages all who will to approach it, with reverence and awe, to
find, in one’s own unique way, Peace, Understanding, & Direction in a world filled with changes and surprises. Contiguously, spirituality is that existential, cosmic reality that bridges the chasm between the most sacred and the mere profane. It is at once, a struggle for soul-fullfilment attainment, while, concurrently with the events and circumstances of life, it is phenomenologically appearing as the thing itself. And juxtaposed to the transitions of life, spirituality beckons faith toward the possibilities of a vailed and gentile spirit reaching out in hope and anticipation of giving succor and sustenance from its inimitable womb of Present-Being, which mothers knowing-truth, to the yearning Soul longing to make its journey home..
The Spirituality-based counseling process, therefore, is a subjunctive experience between the client and his or her practitioner... the DEEP speaking to the DEEP, two Souls spiritually speaking, speaking in the midst of the Dark waters of coginitive dissonance and spiritual chaos. And these speaking spirits, now in relationship, ultimately find healing in Being There, a ministry of Presence, a "there-for-ME.ness" when I was most in need of help.
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Abel Counseling Services is a spirituality-based Health Psychological Counseling service, offering a full range of mental health counseling services geared at meeting the needs of the whole person. Founded in 1996, it has provided mental health counseling and services to Americans living in Germany and other parts of Europe. More particularly, it has provided special counseling and mental health services to our American military and civilian population with particular emphasis on those services members suffering from combat related mental disorders such as PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety.
Dr. Steven D. Abel, M.Div., M.S., Ph.D., is a Master of Divinity theologian, a Licensed
Health Counselor (LPC), and a Doctor of Health Psychology. Dr. Abel has worked
as a civilian pastor, a U.S. Army Chaplain, an Army Civilian Substance Abuse
and Prevention Counselor, and a private counselor practitioner for more than
twenty years. Based on his extensive training, education, and experience, Dr.
Abel developed a counseling model targeted specifically toward African American
men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and are in need of assistance coping
with the psychological dynamics of the mental trauma that can ensue from such a
diagnosis. African American men suffer from this disease in epidemic
proportions in contrast to all other male populations worldwide. With this
salient point of focus in mind, Dr. Abel published an article in an appropriate
peer reviewed journal that outlines his research and development of his
Emergency Medical Response Counseling model under the following reference:
Abel, Steven D. (2001). The psychological experiences of African
American men diagnosed with prostate cancer: A phenomenological investigation.
Journal of African American Studies, Vol. 6, Nr. 4, 17-45. A more
comprehensive, in-depth examination and explanation of the development and
science behind this counseling model can be found in Dr. Abel’s doctoral
dissertation at the following link:
The Human Person by nature is inclined toward the rational in the midst of chaos and confusion. The potential for good is ever present in all Human Beings. And s/he has the potential for rational, happy and productive living as a unique and self-sufficient individual. S/he naturally seeks to love, however, and to be loved as well as seeks a sense of self-worth & meaning for her/his life/existence. Moreover, the potential is within the nature of the Human Person to seek harmony with her/his world, i.e., community; society; and the world at-large, both socially and biologically. And, the potential is within her/his nature to seek harmony with her/his associates: both the intimate associates (spouse, close friends, family members, etc.) and the interpersonal associates (colleagues, neighbors, acquaintances, and members of society). Also, the potential for higher consciousness in the Human Person’s nature can inspire a search for spiritual congruence and inner equilibrium through a personal relationship with a Higher Power...as the individual chooses to name and understand that POWER. Moreover, there exists the potential within the nature of the Human Person to develop a sense of and a need for justice and fairness.
There also exists within all Human Persons a nature-based ability to make conscious, viable choices which contribute toward conditioning our behaviors and shaping our lifestyles. And being in touch with this nature-based ability to make conscious, viable choices empowers us to take responsibility for the consequences of our choices, making us freewill, responsible Beings. Living within a conscious framework of these aspects of Human nature, a Person can be mentally healthy and happy. Personal happiness and an individual sense of personal inner security are the ultimate, universal goals of Humanity.
Happiness is the awareness that you are contented, satisfied, fulfilled, secure and at peace with yourself, the world-you-live-in, and others: it is the possession of a strong sense of self-worth and meaning for your life. Happiness is also having a genuine respect for the value of others. This respect for the value of other Human Life can be achieved through a guided development toward an awareness that other Human Life is, in a sense, an extension of one' Self at the core of phenomenological Being. We are basically equal in our Human Personhood. And our Personhood is our Essential Being as Humans...interconnected, interdependent and in harmony with our Self-image, our fellow Human Beings and our world (Weltanschauung). Summarily, we achieve happiness by being in harmonious relationship with Self, the world-we-live-in, and Others.
Toward this end, Abel Counseling Services strives to promote the dignity and value of the Human Person in her/his personal growth and development. And we seek to assist and empower the Human Person while s/he resolves the conflict(s) and /or crises/traumas that block her/his progress toward happiness and his/her continuous upward mobility toward a higher quality of life.
Dr. Steven D. Abel, Ph.D.
Oh Mary, Mother of the Most High God, Jesus, to you do I lift up my spirit. Oh sweet holiness, with compassion nourish my spirit with that same love you nourished your blessed son in that mystical garden of your womb that bore the fruit of Life eternal. Mother divine, patroness of souls striving to journey home to heaven, have mercy on my struggling soul and pray for me that I too may bear that same blessed fruit that was in Christ Jesus. And when I pass from this side of Life, may my soul joyfully praise you as the Queen of heaven. And may I find the grace and mercy to hold your hand, as a son holds the hand of his beloved mother, and stand with you before the throne of Almighty God to lift up our voices to praise Him in His kingdom, in that land swaying with verdant majestic beauty where never shall there be a yesterday nor a tomorrow, but always JUST THIS DAY . . . The Day of The Lord. So let it be!
Dr. Steven D. Abel, B.A., M.Div., M.S., Ph.D.