Pastoral Care and Counseling – Pastor Bill Johnson Monticello MN

If a “picture is worth a thousand words” – here’s what I think pastoral care and counseling is all about (with your clothes on of course!!) and what I want to experience more of in my life and help others to experience more fully as well.  (It’s called the “Freedom Sculpture.”)

Freedom Sculpture

It’s about FREEDOM.

It’s about COMING ALIVE and living FULLY.  It’s not about ordinary life and surviving but learning how to thrive.

It’s about the “knowing the TRUTH that will set you free.” (Remembering the truth about who God is, who we are, and what life is about.)

It’s about moving from FEAR TO LOVE.

It’s about “being TRANSFORMED by the RENEWING of your mind.” (Spiritual Mind Training)

It’s about CHOICE.

It’s about TRUST.

My Specialty:

Helping Christians overcome depression.  (To move from fear to love, sadness to joy and despair to hope.)

I have two Master’s degrees in pastoral ministry and counseling but I have a PhD in suffering, misery, depression and sadness.  I am not one who doesn’t have personal experience with depression and  I know what the “Dark Night of the Soul” truly is.  I’ve found truth along the way that has helped me and I long to share those principles with others.

Warning:  I’m not your typical pastoral counselor!  Becasue I believe our journey is about a deeper spirituality that has more to do with relationship than religion, love rather than fear, and life now rather than heaven later. If you’re open to learning about spiritual principles you’ve probably known all your life,  and how to apply them in a deeper more practical way that works, then I’m you’re guy.

The process and principles you’ll learn will not only help you in your personal life, but also in your parenting, marriage, work and other relationships and spheres of life.

Short Term:

Most therapy and counseling seems like it can go on “forever”!  I recommend a few sessions to start with and then we’ll see what you need from there.  I believe that long term therapy is not needed!  (Been there and done that!!)  Perhaps, all you’ll need, after getting started, are some optional “check-in” sessions from time to time.  (Like going for a massage or getting your back adjusted…)

In Person, Online and “Where You Are”:

Take some time for yourself and let’s talk face to face, or we can connect easily online.  I also take my counseling on the road and can meet you somewhere publicly with privacy, like a coffee shop, if that’s of help to you.

Contact me by: phone 612-968-2918, email or through this contact form.

You Decide What to Pay:

Counselor fees usually range between $75-$150 an hour or more.  My fee is based on a “donation” system.  You decide what you pay based on what you can afford at the time and based based on what our counseling is worth to you and the benefit it’s providing.  (There are many reasons I don’t take insurance, but one of the main ones is that I’d have to give you a diagnosis!  I don’t believe in diagnosing people, becasue you’re not sick and you don’t have a disorder no matter what you believe or have been told!  And I refuse to have that follow you the rest of your life in your insurance file!)

Hours and Location:

Hours:  By appointment weekday evenings, and Saturdays and Sundays.


I can meet with you wherever you are –  at a coffee shop or public place with some privacy etc., by skype or at a local office in Monticello.

If local, I use office space at Farmers Insurance Office 228 W. Broadway St., Monticello, MN 55362.



“Bill is an astute and highly skilled pastoral counselor and spiritual guide. His breadth of professional experience is rare, and equips him to engage all aspects of the human condition with compassion, wisdom and authenticity. As one who has worked closely with Bill and who knows both his heart and his intellect, I highly recommend Bill to anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of and connection to the Divine.”  (Tim T – Pastor, Counselor, Educator)

“Bill is fully engaged and committed to his clients. He is sensitive and intuitive and will help you understand yourself better. Bill is dynamic and enthusiastic, and will help you garner hope and strength for your our journey toward wholeness and vibrancy. Bill is open and present, and brings his own life experience, his own healing journey, to his work, which gives his great integrity. Bill will inspire you to take yourself, your health (emotional, physical, spiritual) and your possibilities seriously and sacredly.”  (Anna Lisa – Pastor, Author)

“Bill has a unique gift for listening deeply into people’s lives.  As one who has his own remarkable spiritual journey, he is able to help others wake up to the power and potential in their own lives and spiritual journey.  He listens deeply for, and speaks boldly to, the aspects of our story that are most painful and most hopeful.  If you are looking for spiritual care and counseling, I highly recommend Bill.”  (Scott M – Spiritual Director, Educator)

“Bill did an excellent job of assisting me in expanding my awareness of God within and around me. As a valuable teacher in my CPE training his contribution to my growth as a chaplain, pastor, and spiritual caregiver cannot be understated. Thank you Bill!” (Conner S. – Pastor, Chaplain)

“My experiences with Bill both as a spiritual adviser and counselor have been wonderful. Bill has the wonderful ability to listen to what is being said on the surface and pick out the juicy pieces underneath. He has helped me many times to see what my real struggles are and then he’s able to help me re-frame these experiences in a life giving way. Bill has a great passion for people, healing, and wholeness that he brings to his profession. I always feel that his guidance is done with great compassion, insight, and never without a touch of humor and fun as well.” (Keely M. – Priest, Chaplain)