Family Counseling Ministry


Family Counseling Ministry provides pastoral counseling on a sliding fee scale to all people according to the Code of Ethics of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Pastoral counseling is a unique form of counseling which uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth. It is provided by individuals who are not only mental health professionals (with a master’s degree and certification by a national counseling organization, and increasingly state licensed Mental Health Counselors), but also have had in-depth religious and/or theological training. Most pastoral counselors are ordained clergy or persons otherwise endorsed by a religious body.

Joanne Lanfear, MS, CAS, is the Family Counseling Ministry counselor who serves the Binghamton area. Joanne holds a Master’s Degree in counseling and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Marriage and Family Counseling from the State University of New York at Oneonta. She is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). She is also a Licensed Lay Minister in the United Church of Christ with specialized training in Intentional Interim Ministry, and brings extensive experience counseling children and families. You may call her at 607-244-0896 for more information or to seek an appointment.