“Say More About That” Show Notes: Episode #19 – Spiritual Emergency Alert!

Jeff Guenther, MS, LPC on Jul 07, 2019 in Say More About That

Jeff and Dr. Katrina Michelle discuss how therapists can do better at integrating their client's spiritually transformative experiences into treatment. We define what a spiritually transformative experience is and how to treat someone who is going through one. We talk about the dangers of sending someone to the hospital if they are having a spiritual emergence. Katrina and Jeff talk about their own spiritual experiences and how likely it is that Jeff will be able to haunt his wife after he dies.

Learn more about Dr. Katrina Michelle and her work at the American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences

Help TherapyDen (spiritually) evolve by taking the one question survey below!

TherapyDen is always looking for the best ways to connect potential clients with the best and most competent therapists for their needs. But what if a client is seeking treatment for a jarring or impactful spiritual or transcendent experience?

The experiences I am talking about manifest in many different ways. For example, a spiritually transformative experience could be any of the following:

  • Near death experience
  • Out of body experience
  • Feeling of oneness with the universe
  • Psychedelic experience
  • Hearing voices from another realm
  • Easily manifesting things or experiences into reality

You get the idea….but it’s really difficult to come up with a name for this category that all, or at least most, people will understand. Please weigh in by taking this quick one question survey. The term with the most votes will be the winner and will be added to TherapyDen. And if you don’t think there are any terms that do the job, suggest your own.

This episode covers:

  • What is a spiritually transformative experience?
  • What are the dangers of sending someone to the hospital if they are going through a spiritual emergency? 
  • How Katrina started to work with folks who where experiencing spiritual emergencies. 
  • What questions a client should ask if they want to know their therapist is trained in talking about spiritual issues.
  • Does a therapist need to believe in an afterlife in order to help these clients?

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Jeff Guenther is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR.

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