Bespoke training and support packages

A range of bespoke training and support packages are available depending on specific congregational needs. 

mental health

Mental health awareness training for church leaders

Who is the workshop for?  

This is a training session, open to church pastors and ministry teams particularly from the Black Majority Churches, who are interested in learning what mental health is and how to manage it, and who are also interested in learning about themselves. 

These are training will provide knowledge and skill that can be used at church, work or in your personal life. The training provides an ideal foundation for possible progression to future mental health-related courses. 

We can provide tailored, in-house mental health training for ministers and team leaders within your church, please contact us for further information. 

As a church leader 

  • Are you aware of the different types of mental health issues and how they can affect members of your congregation?
  • Is mental health the underlying cause of some of the issues impacting your ministry? 
  • Who do you speak to confidentially when you or someone under your pastoral care is affected by stress, low mood or lack of energy?

What you will learn 

1 in 4 adults experience mental health difficulties every year in the UK.

Sozo Therapeuo’s Mental Health Awareness Training for Church Leaders will equip you to:

  • Have a clear understanding of what mental health is
  • Recognise and manage the signs of mental health issues
  • Learn the different ways mental health issues manifest in peoples’ lives
  • Create a church culture that supports people with mental health problems
  • Access support for yourself and members of your congregation

Sozo Therapeuo is created “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12 KJV), particularly in the areas of mental health, emotional wellbeing, physical health and spiritual growth. The aim of this service is that leaders and their congregations will “...above all things prosper and be health” (3 John 1:2 KJV).

Developed for leaders to increase confidence, improve effectiveness and maximise impact, this unique training course is a must for any progressive church community.

To discuss training packages and fees, contact the Sozo Therapeuo team via email at


An introduction to counselling skills

An introductory workshop open to Pastors and church leaders interested in:

  • Finding out more about what Counselling is and isn’t 
  • Using Counselling Skills within a church setting 
  • Improving your communication skills

Who is the workshop for? 

This is an introductory training session, open to church leaders particularly from the Black Majority Churches, who are interested in learning how to use counselling skills, and who are also interested in learning about themselves. 

These are skills that can be used at church, work or in your personal life. The training provides an ideal foundation for possible progression to future counselling related courses. 

We can provide tailored, in-house counselling skills training for ministers and team leaders within your church, please contact us for further information.

What you will learn

Counselling skills can help you:

☑ Increase self-awareness and 

self confidence 

☑ Gain skills to deal effectively and sensitively with difficult or 

distressed people.  

☑ Develop an understanding of the keys to good communication

 ☑ Learn the basic counselling skills 

☑ Practice these skills confidently



Training manuals

  • Mental Health Awareness for Churches
  • Counselling Skills for Pastors & Leadership Teams
  • Conflict Management for Leadership & Ministry Teams
  • Positive Thinking for Christians ‘Renewed Mind, Transformed Life’

Based on biblical and psychological principles, Sozo Therapeuo manuals are an important mental health tool for faith communities. The manuals serve as a guide and reference for all those within a church setting, who may encounter someone experiencing mental health distress. 

Designed to build teams, empower through information and increase self-awareness and confidence through upskilling, the manuals provide relevant and practical information for a range of common interpersonal and team challenges. 

The manuals can be used in conjunction with Sozo Therapeuo training sessions or as a standalone resource. The manuals are comprehensively written, interactive with exercises and reflection points throughout. 

Available for purchase on request via email:


Directory of qualified therapists who are practicing Christians

Sozo Therapeuo has produced a Directory of qualified Therapists (counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists), from faith backgrounds.


How to access counselling

Simply select a counsellor from the Directory and self-refer by contacting the therapist directly. Pastors, team leaders or family members can also refer with the person’s consent. Fees are set by individual therapists. (Please note the Directory currently has London-wide coverage only).

If you fulfil the criteria and would like to add your details to the Directory please contact Sozo Therapeuo via email at  

If your situation is urgent visit your GP or if you are in crisis call 999 or go to your nearest A&E department. 

Counsellors and counselling organisations (Christian)

Cornerstone Counselling Service 

37 Brendon Street, W1H 5JE

Tel: 0207 723 8050 

We also see clients in Balham, Stratford, Greenwich, Croydon, Basingstoke, Streatham and Dorset. We also offer Skype counselling. 

Pilgrims Hall Christian Centre

Ongar Road, Brentwood, Essex,

CM15 9SA
Tel: 01277 372 206 9am - 5pm

Pilgrim Hall Christian Centre

Pilgrims Hall Counselling 

Association of Christian Counsellors
Tel: 0247 6449694 

New Testament Assembly (NTA)

Premier Lifeline
Tel: 0300 111 0101  

Ellel Ministries

Tel: 01252 794060 


Organisations and resources (non-Christian)

24 hour helpline

Call Samaritans line on 116 123. It’s free to call from any phone - landline or mobile. 

Peer support


Church-based counselling service forum

Representatives from church-based counselling services are invited to meet on a quarterly basis confidentially to discuss key issues, receive peer support, share resources, good practice and training. The Forum will facilitate joint events and host meetings between churches and mental health services. The aim of this initiative is: to provide a network of support, to reduce counsellors/services working in isolation, to create a referral network and to ensure all counselling services are operating at the required ethical standards.

If you fulfil the criteria and are a member of a (Christian) church-based counselling service, and would like more information about the Forum please contact the Sozo Therapeuo email at



Setting up a counselling service within your church

A consultation service is available on request to churches who wish to set up a counselling service within their church. For further information contact the team at .

Pastoral support


Clinical supervision

Sozo Therapeuo provides Clinical supervision and pastoral support to church leaders on an individual or group basis. Supervision provides a confidential, supportive space for leaders to discuss concerns and issues relating to their work with congregants and colleagues. Sessions are monthly and are 1-2 hours in duration depending on number of supervisees. 

For further details including fees and contracts contact Sozo Therapeuo at