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Charles Manda

Licensed Pastoral Counselor, PhD




Pastoral Counselor

I am a Licensed Pastoral Counselor (LPC), licensed by the Department of Professional Licensing in the State of Kentucky.  I specialize in providing psychological counseling, companionship, and spiritual guidance to our clients who may be going through life transitions and various crises of life. Although I began counseling clients before 2007, my professional clinical pastoral counseling began in 2008 after completing a Master's degree in Clinical Pastoral Care and Counseling from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. I proceeded to complete a Ph.D. in Pastoral Family Therapy at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. After graduation in April 2014, I was able to register with Council for Spiritual and Pastoral Counsellors (CSPC).

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My license follows the completion of my Chaplain Residency and internship at  Bridgeport Hospital. It is one of the hospitals in the Yale-New Haven Health System in Connecticut.
Prior to residency, I completed 3  Units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Stellenbosch University's Academic Hospitals as a practical component of the Master's degree in Clinical Pastoral Care and Counseling.
Altogether, I have 6.5 CPE Units of which 4 were spent in Psychiatric units as a behavioral health chaplain. 
That is why I am able to accompany patients, families, staff or any client in different contexts. At the peak of covid-19, I joined an ICU staff to create a mask and hat for a teddy bear as art therapy.



I have gained quite significant experience in facilitating various group therapy sessions, and workshops in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the USA over the past 15 years.  During this time I have listened to hundreds of stories and observed the transforming and healing power of narrating one's life story to a caring and compassionate listener. Healing begins when we feel listened to in a non-judgemental space.


Adjunct Lecturer

From the year 2005 to 2012, I have been involved in teaching as an adjunct lecturer at the Evangelical Seminary of Southern Africa in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. I taught conflict resolution and Areas of Counseling to community and religious leaders.
Following a two-year advanced course in Pastoral Care and Counseling at the University of Pretoria, I taught decentralized courses for the University of Pretoria's Centre for Contextual Ministry from 2012 to 2018. I taught Pastoral Care, Crisis & Trauma Support, and Advanced Trauma Counselling. While in residency, I had opportunities to facilitate didactics with my peer chaplain residents.


During my six years of Ph.D. studies,  I worked with survivors of various types of traumatic experiences in South Africa, and together we explored and experimented with ways to heal traumas. Following my graduation on April 25, 2014, I was appointed as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of South Africa. Here I engaged in rigorous research and published seven peer-reviewed journal articles. I was later appointed as a research associate for the University of Pretoria where I published my recent book: Re-authoring life narratives shattered by trauma: A holistic narrative model of care.

The book details the six years of the trauma healing project, which I initiated as a doctoral research project. 

Not only did I obtain academic papers, but I had an opportunity to experiment with various approaches to healing survivors of trauma. 


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