pastoral counseling

Robert Eckler provides a Christ-centered, biblical perspective for men and couples who seek to integrate their faith into the process of resolving issues.  

Bob has a D.Min. from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, an M.Div. in Pastoral Studies from Gordon Divinity School, a B.A. in Bible and Theology from Barrington College, and a diploma in Bible and Missions from Northeastern Bible Institute.  

Bob is certified with the Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral Counselors and adheres to the highest professional standards in accordance with the American Association of Christian Counselors Code of Ethics.  He is a trained facilitator of the Prepare/Enrich Assessment which is utilized in couples counseling, and has completed training in the treatment of sexual addiction.

Since his ordination in 1962, Bob has pastored churches and taught in Bible schools and Christian conferences from New England to Bermuda. His ministry experience includes the development of a summer beach ministry, serving as chaplain for the Pawtucket Red Sox, and producing an extensive radio and television ministry. He has mentored men in ministry, co-founded a local Celebrate Recovery program, provided leadership to pastoral staff, and served as a pastoral counselor to countless men and women. 

In addition to his work at Creekside, Bob is a regular speaker at Journey of Hope Fellowship in Pawling, NY.

Bob has been married to his wife, Dottie, for 56 years.  They have three children and five grandchildren.

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The fee is $75 / hour for individual counseling and $85 / hour for couples counseling.  As a pastoral counselor, Bob does not accept insurance.  If payment of the fee will cause financial hardship, please speak to him when making your first appointment.

Please note that emergency mental health services are not provided.  If you are in crisis, please call the Dutchess County Helpline at 485.9700 or go immediately to your local hospital emergency room.

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"Bob provides biblically-based encouragement and counseling that can shape and mold a person for living the path of faith.  He utilizes a wealth of experience as a pastor to discern needs and to provide sound guidance for implementation at work and in the home. I highly recommend Creekside Ministries for pastoral care and counseling."
- Timothy J. Hostetter
Principal, Tabernacle Christian Academy
Poughkeepsie, New York


23 Sandi Drive - Lower Level
Poughkeepsie, New York 12603

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