After working for several years as a Mechanical engineer, Rich felt a calling to return to school to attain a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Psychological Studies Institute (PSI) in Atlanta, GA. While at PSI, he did additional course work to acquire specializations in Christian Sex Therapy and Spirituality in Counseling. Rich is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is passionate about helping hurting people with the skills and abilities God has given him.
He knows first hand the hope, freedom and growth that God provides and desires to share that with others. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 states: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”
Rich works with adults, couples, and families. He is a certified Trauma Resolution Therapist. He provides help with many different issues including trauma, sexual concerns, marriage difficulties, anxiety, relational problems, parenting, premarital/marriage preparation, identity, career and life direction, and spirituality.
“As a pastor, one of the more challenging things I face is giving adequate direction and guidance to people who are in need in their personal life. When these personal needs fall outside the area of my training and expertise, I am so grateful to have an agency like Paraclete Counseling to offer as a resource for our people. I was able to connect with counselor Rich Oswald, and have had great success with the people that I have directed to him. His training, experience and passion have been a God-send to our people and to me.
Paraclete Counseling is a God-centered company that earnestly seeks to offer guidance and assistance through many different capacities and through a trained staff with a variety of backgrounds. I highly recommend them!”
“When we are faced with difficult circumstances and choices, we need a safe place to turn to and receive wise counsel. As a church leader, many people come through our doors who need specialized care and guidance that are outside the boundaries of a pastor’s expertise. Paraclete Counseling and Rich Oswald have provided that for us! Rich has a unique ability to minister to the heart, challenge the need, and offer spiritual guidance and healing to those in need of counseling. I highly recommend the services of Paraclete Counseling.”
“After an affair in our marriage, we were struggling to pick up the pieces. We were referred to Rich and Paraclete Counseling through our church and are forever grateful. Rich helped us weed through this painful and difficult time. Seeing a counselor can be intimidating, but Rich always made both of us feel comfortable and secure in sharing our stories. The world would have told us to move on, but with Rich’s help we were able to figure out how to move past the pain, and start a new future together. Rich helped us understand the points of view we both brought into the marriage, while at the same time mending the broken relationship. After over a year and a half of counseling, we officially ‘graduated’ and our marriage is thriving. We still use the principles that Rich taught us to keep our marriage strong and growing. We are so grateful God brought us to Rich and we know that our children will be forever grateful for our happy and strong marriage. We now have a greater love for one another than at any other time in our marriage and are so excited to grow old together! We have referred many other couples to Rich, and love to know that God has used our story for good and His glory!”
“My wife and I have a good marriage, but we want a great marriage. We were recommended to Rich at Paraclete and blessed during our time working with him. You see we each have wounds that require healing that are very similar. When we tried to work through these wounds our defenses got the better of us and rather that working through them we bounced off of each other. Rich was able to give a safe environment and a Godly point of view to come together once again. We still have a ways to go, but we are so very grateful for the help Rich gave us.”
Rich recommends the following books:
- Stop Treating Symptoms and Start Resolving Trauma by Denise Colson
- Families Where Grace is in Place by Jeff VanVonderen
- Epic by John Eldredge
- Wild at Heart by John Eldredge
- The Betrayal Bond by Patrick Carnes
- A Celebration of Sex by Douglas Rosenau
- Victory over the Darkness by Neil T. Anderson
- Bondage Breaker by Neil T. Anderson
- Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
- The Search for Significance by Robert McGee
- Homesick for Eden by Gary Moon
- Adult Children of Alcoholics by Janet Woititz
- Struggle for Intimacy by Janet Woititz