About The Pastoral Solutions Institute

The Pastoral Solutions Institute was founded in 1999 as an organization dedicated to providing the resources religiously-committed Catholics need to live more faithful and abundant marriage, family, and personal lives. Since that time, The Pastoral Solutions Institute has become nationally-recognized for its leadership in integrating cutting-edge counseling psychology with solid Catholic theological principles.

The Pastoral Solutions Institute offers a wide variety of resources and professional services intended to help committed Catholics overcome problems like marital conflict, childrearing problems, depression, anxiety, stress, and the difficulties associated with major life transitions.

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As part of its mission to give Catholics the information they need to live a more abundant life, the Pastoral Solutions Institute is actively involved in television, radio, and social media.  The Institute developed two television series carried by the Eternal Word Television Network (For Better…FOREVER!  and God Help Me! ) and, together with Ave Maria Radio, PSI co-produces the daily radio broadcast, More2Life,  heard on Catholic radio stations (as well as on the internet, via podcast, and the free AveMariaRadio iPhone and Android apps) throughout the country.  We also produce the faith and religion blog, Faith on the Couch, which is hosted on the Catholic Channel of the popular religion portal,  Patheos.com.

Our highly-qualified, licensed, Catholic pastoral counselors provide over 8000 hours of telephone counseling services annually to Catholics all over the world and we are looking at expanding our services to meet the growing demand. To serve you better, we have an advisory board consisting of faithful moral theologians, canon lawyers, and clergy with whom we consult to make certain our services are as faithful as they are effective. Additionally, the Pastoral Solutions Institute is doing its part to contribute to professional research in the effective integration of Catholic teaching and counseling psychology and to assist in the training of many more Catholic counselors to serve local communities across North America and beyond.

The Pastoral Solutions Institute is an independent, non-profit organization which has earned a listing in the Official Catholic Directory.


About Gregory K. Popcak, Ph.D., MSW, LISW-S, Founder/Executive Director

Dr. Gregory Popcak

Dr. Gregory Popcak (POP-chak) is the Founder and Executive Director of the Pastoral Solutions Institute. The author of almost 20 popular books & programs integrating solid Catholic theology and counseling psychology, he is an expert on the practical applications of Pope John Paul the Great’s Theology of the Body. Together with his wife, Lisa, he hosts More2Life Radio, a call-in, advice program heard M-F at 10am E/ 9amC on almost 400 stations affiliated with the EWTN radio network and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 130.

Dr. Popcak is a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (FAAPC), a Board Certified Diplomate (BCD) of the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work, and a winner of the Fr. Richard M. Hogan Award for Contributions to the Social Sciences. He is the Chair of the Marriage and Family Studies program at Holy Apostles College and Seminary and serves as an adjunct professor of both psychology and graduate theology at Franciscan University. Dr. Popcak’s articles appear regularly in various Catholic periodicals and his work has been featured on FoxNews, NPR’s Here and Now, the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Ladies Home Journal, and The National Enquirer.   Featured speakers at the 2015 World Meeting of Families, Dr. Greg Popcak and Lisa Popcak have been honored to address audiences across North America, as well as Australia, and Hong Kong.