Pastoral Counseling and Guidance Resource

Pastoral Counseling

The Pastoral Counseling and Guidance Resource is a counseling service provided by The Rev. Katherine Stiles. This service is a commitment to supporting students in finding adequate resources for spiritual reflection, vocational discernment, and other pastoral issues relating to physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual well-being. The service is available to all students throughout the academic year.

EDS provides confidential and brief counseling, at no cost to the student, for the purpose of supporting spiritual practice and emotional health through the formative years of seminary and in making referrals to appropriate resources. Referrals to Pastoral Counseling and Guidance can be initiated by students, and/or by faculty/staff on behalf of the student. With needs that require further attention, the counselor will discern, in confidentiality with the student, the nature of the need and will assist in finding appropriate resources and in making referrals.

The Rev. Stiles also offers Group Spiritual Direction which starts in the fall and continues through the spring semester. It is also available to students in the Distributive Learning track in January and June.

Take a look at the pastoral counseling and guidance space in this feature from EDS Now.


Katherine StilesThe Rev. Katherine Stiles provides Pastoral Counseling and Guidance in her office located in the Undercroft of St. John's Memorial Chapel. She is an ordained Episcopal priest, and a licensed clinical social worker with more than thirty-five years of experience working with individuals, families, and groups, exploring and integrating spirituality and health.

Katherine is on the staff at the Harvard University Mental Health Services, as well as a founding board member, senior director of programs, and retreat leader for the Tutu Institute for Prayer and Pilgrimage. An EDS graduate, Katherine recognizes the formational and transformational journey confronting students in their lives on and off campus, and looks forward each year to meeting with students as they engage the EDS experience.

To make an appointment, please contact The Rev. Stiles at 617-868-3545 or kstiles@eds.edu.