The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, is delighted to announce the appointment of Rebekah Golds-Jones to the post of Officer for Pastoral Care and Counselling.
The Bishop said, "The new post is part of our commitment to increasing support for our clergy and their families and sits alongside the Pastoral Care Policy, launched at the end of last year."
He added: "We recognise the pressures that come with ordained ministry, for both clergy and their families. Clergy households also have the same challenges and issues connected to health and well-being as any other household."
Rebekah will be the first point of call for clergy or members of their family who are seeking counselling or pastoral care. She’ll be part of the Apostolic Life team but will meet people at non-church venues. Rebekah will direct people to specialist counselling or other support as appropriate. Another key part of her role will be to foster clergy well-being through workshops and other training opportunities.
Rebekah has a long background in working within the NHS, joining mental health services as a nurse in 1993 and working in a variety of teams both within mental health and learning disability care ever since. This has involved working with both children and adults; in front line and community services as a senior clinician as well as setting up and managing teams and services. She has a long-standing interest in working with people who have experienced trauma, which of course occurs in many forms and times of life. She’s currently completing her psychotherapy training. Rebekah has considerable experience in teaching Mindfulness and anxiety management skills.
Rebekah says: "I am very much looking forward to meeting you all, and beginning the journey of finding out what you all feel you need in terms of pastoral care and counselling support. Once I have a good range of information I will be able to build the service to meet these needs and am keen to provide this support in as creative and flexible way as possible. My priority within all of this process is to ensure all of your voices are heard and that you all feel able to approach me and share your needs openly. As with providing pastoral care and counselling, I will maintain a confidential approach where this is required."