Dr. Dorian Focks
After fourteen years in the senior pastorate, Dr. Focks entered into pastoral counseling ministry. He has been counseling professionally since 1996. His counseling practice currently serves numerous local churches, para-church organizations, and physicians in the Atlanta area. His office is located off the Lawrenceville Square.
Dr. Focks has been in the ministry in the metro-Atlanta area since 1988, for eight years as the senior pastor of a local church then as a pastoral counselor. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Florida in 1976, his Master of Divinity from Mid-America Theological Seminary in 1982, and his Doctorate degree specializing in counseling from Luther Rice University in 1999.
Dr. Focks is married to Priscilla and has two married daughters and three grandchildren.
A recent survey of Americans’ attitudes toward the role of spiritual values and beliefs in the psychological treatment of mental and emotional problems clearly indicated the vast majority of respondents preferred such integration.
- American Association of Pastoral Counselors
83% felt their spiritual faith and beliefs were closely tied to their state of mental health.
75% felt it was important to use a counselor who integrated their religious values into the counseling process.
Many people ask what are the differences between a typical
mental health practitioner and a pastoral counselor?
Pastoral counselors are trained in two disciplines—psychology and theology. In comparison, licensed clinical psychologists are trained in only one discipline—psychology. Pastoral counselors typically have considerably more education. Many pastoral counselors have a three-year Master of Divinity degree specializing in theology plus a three-year Doctorate of Ministry degree specializing in counseling. In comparison, licensed clinical social workers, for example, are only required to have a two-year Master of Social Work degree for their graduate studies.
Dr. Focks is a pastoral counselor. His services are a genuine integration of grace and truth—grace found in Jesus Christ, and truth found in the Scriptures and in the behavioral sciences.