How to become a Respero counselor

How to become a Respero Counselor:

There are three parts to the process of joining the Respero counseling team:

  1. Complete the course Understanding People. You will be part of an online cohort for this 8-week experience. You will receive personal feedback and encouragement from your cohort leader.
    New cohort begins 3/10/21.
    Time requirements: 5-6 hours per week, to listen to the audio lessons, complete the written assignments and participate in the online cohort.
    Learning outcomes:
    • A grasp of the essential dimensions of human personality and human nature
    • An understanding of how wrong beliefs and wrong relational strategies develop and become rooted in thinking and behavior
    • An understanding of family systems and how to break cycles of generational dysfunction
    • A picture of human flourishing and true mental health
    • Knowledge of how people actually change and move toward maturity and health
    • Personal application of all this to your own beliefs, relationships and growth
  2. Complete the course Counseling Skills and Practicum. This is an interactive 8-week online course. You will observe live counseling sessions and gain experience as a counselor and a client.
    Time requirements: 6-7 hours per week to listen to the audio lessons, complete the assignments and participate in the online cohort.
    Learning outcomes:
      • A clear understanding of the skills and qualities of an effective counselor
      • Practice in applying these skills as a counselor, with evaluation and encouragement
      • Knowledge of the boundaries necessary for a counselor and how to apply them
      • Experience in moving people toward personal transformation
      • Assessment and affirmation of your giftedness and calling as a counselor
      • Some great new friends (our cohorts often become genuine healing communities)
  3. Interview with Respero director and cohort leader, with feedback about your strengths and areas for growth. Don’t worry; it’s not as intimidating as it sounds. You will have been receiving this all along!


What is it like to be a Respero Counselor?

Once you join our counseling team, here is what you are committing to, how it works and what to expect.


  • Total monthly time commitment is 6-8 hours minimum.
  • Be available to meet regularly with 1-3 clients. If you can only do one that is fine.
  • Participate in monthly supervision meetings and quarterly continuing education times
  • Agree to maintain strict confidentiality and only discuss your client in supervision
  • Agree to abide by all other Respero guidelines

How it works:

  • You will be contacted by Respero with the information about potential clients; you can accept or decline at your discretion
  • If you agree to contact a client, you do that directly and all further communication and scheduling is between you and the client
  • In a COVID and post-COVID world, much of our counseling is done via phone, Face Time or Zoom. It is probable you will be matched with a client not in your geographical area, unless you request otherwise
  • Your supervisor will schedule your meetings that are usually in small groups with other Respero counselors. We find the sense of encouragement, community and collective wisdom to be invaluable in these meetings. You may also contact your supervisor whenever you feel stuck or need direction.


  • The honor of hearing people entrust their stories to you and the awareness of how much pain is in the world
  • The joy of knowing you have been used by God to support and guide someone toward life
  • The joy of being part of a like-minded team which is making a difference in the world



“It is going so well!! I can’t believe how much I love it. For me it has been amazing. Wow to see lightbulbs go on and open a whole new perspective to people – reminding – encouraging –  listening. Wow! I could talk for hours about it!”

Annemarie  from Aptos, CA

“It was so nice interacting with you all tonight. Always great hearing from you and hearing your insight on loving and pursuing the hearts of others. Spurs me on to continue to sharpen my skills to counsel and disciple others. “

Pam from Commerce, MI

“I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time.” - Brene Brown

“We must learn that the world is a place of abundance, not scarcity. The mantra of “not enough” becomes a kind of default setting for our thinking about everything, from the cash in our pocket to the people we love or the value of our own lives. It becomes the reason we can’t have what we want or be who we want to be. But it’s not true!” - Lynn Twist

“Redemption does not mean that God meets our needs and then our souls stop longing. No, redemption does not eradicate desperation. Instead, redemption allows us to surrender. And God doesn't want something from us. He wants us.” - Sharon Hersh

“We should not ask to do great things for God, but to do small things with great love.” - Mother Theresa
“Do you know what it’s like to be rested? Truly rested? This is what I’m finding, every day, every hour: there is a way of living that is so sweet, so full, so whole and beautiful you’ll never want to go back once you’ve tasted it.” - Shauna Niequist
“Want to be happy? Stop trying to be perfect.” - Brene Brown
“Connection is why we’re here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.” - Brene Brown
“We run from grief because loss scares us, yet our hearts reach toward grief because the broken parts want to mend.” - Brene Brown
"We cannot selectively numb emotions. When we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions." - Brene Brown
“Our world desperately needs wise, skillful practitioners of the cure of souls.” - Dallas Willard
“A shepherd counselor is not a doctor whose primary task is to take away pain…the main task of the shepherd counselor is to prevent people from suffering for the wrong reasons.” - Henri Nouwen
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” - Philo
“The deepest convictions of our heart are formed by stories and reside there in the images and emotions of story…..Life is not a list of propositions, it is a series of dramatic scenes.” - Brent Curtis
“Here is something very simple about relationships….Nobody will listen to you unless they sense that you like them.” - Donald Miller
“Jesus came to announce to us that an identity based on success, popularity, and power is a false identity—an illusion! Loudly and clearly he says: ‘You are not what the world makes you; but you are children of God.’ “ - Henri Nouwen
“When we accept our complete belovedness, we stop judging ourselves and other people; as a result, other people begin to feel safe with us.” - Henri Nouwen
“Human beings who give themselves to relational greatness—who have friends they laugh with, cry with, learn with, fight with, dance with, live and love and grow old and die with—these are the human beings who lead magnificent lives.” - John Ortberg
“The litmus test of spirituality is not the absence of conflict; conflict will not disappear until we die. The litmus test is how we handle it. Conflict is inevitable; resentment is not.” - John Ortberg
“There are few joys in life like being wanted, chosen, embraced. There are few pains like being excluded, rejected, left out. At the core of of Christian community is the choice between exclusion and embrace.” - Miroslav Wolf



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Portland, OR 97211-0224


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