Spirituality

The term spirituality has evolved and broadened over time and typically refers to a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves. Spirituality is an expansive and wide-ranging concept encompassing many points of view. It often involves a search for meaning in life. Although it means different things to different people, spirituality can play an important role in helping people address mental health issues and maintain good mental health generally. A spiritual practice can help individuals stay grounded and provide a framework for coping with stress. If you are interested in expressing or exploring your spirituality as a part of therapy, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s spirituality experts today.

Meet the specialists

The fundamental approach in my life stems from my spiritual practice, a blend of buddhism, paganism, and a love for Passover. Some of my clients are not spiritually oriented, which is totally fine, I also understand secular approaches, including Humanism. However, if you wish to integrate your understanding and exploration of spirituality in your treatment, that works for me!

— kaseja wilder, Counselor in Eugene, OR
 

If you're experiencing a crisis of faith, have left your childhood religion, or are struggling to find life meaning, it can be difficult to know what to do. Often, we feel confusion, hopelessness, and shame if we are not able to feel the faith we once did, or If we've never actually felt it. I regard it as my job to help you explore beliefs and fears that may be keeping you cut off from your true values and a sense of meaning, so you can practice the faith that feels true to you.

— Kylie Svenson, Associate Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco, CA

As a practitioner, I am comfortable working with you within your spiritual framework. Therapy is also a space for anyone who has suffered harm from their experiences in religion, has questioned their faith, or has experienced the disorienting experience of leaving your faith community. This is challenging and important work, and I am comfortable sitting with you in that discomfort.

— Brittany Boney, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR
 

I am a Christian and have incorporated Christian aspects and ideologies into my practice if requested. I believe in spirituality and not religion and help others to focus on the spiritual aspect and not to get caught up on some man-made religious practices. Since incorporating spirituality, clients have discovered a new aspect of self and grow mentally and spiritually.

— Melissa Webb, Counselor in St. Louis, MO

Religion and spirituality are a core part of the human experience. However, many of us have found ourselves wounded by the patriarchy, homophobia, and racial separatism found in so many western religions. Moreover, many people have found that the dogmatism found in religious institutions do not serve to hold space for their many questions and the mystery of the human experience. I invite my clients to talk about issues related to spirituality, such as questions about the meanings and purpose of life, questions about "God" and healing from harmful or lackluster experiences with religion.

— Addie Liechty, Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA
 

What kinds of people/stories/topics "move" you, speak to your heart, make you teary eyed? Are you passionate about a movement or cause? What is meaningful to you about your own life story? Discovering what is personally meaningful to you will aid in living a more fulfilling, purposeful, heart-centered life. I believe that we all have the innate capacity to connect to our own divine nature, and when we learn to access it, can help guide us to more meaningful living. I believe in mystery, and that not all things are to meant to be factual, scientific, or proven to be worthy of belief.

— Lisa Wheeler, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

Many clients report feeling more connected to themselves when they feel more connected to their spirituality. I enjoy working with people who find their spirituality is important to them. I explore these beliefs with clients, and include them in their treatment, when clients feel it useful. My background is especially suited for people who subscribe to eastern spiritual beliefs, but I can also work with those aligned with western beliefs.

— Sara Rotger, Marriage & Family Therapist in Montrose, CA
 

I work with clients wanting assistance with some aspect of spirituality. This may be clients moving deeper into spiritual work and wanting guidance, or perhaps clients who are at a spiritual crossroads and not sure where to go next. I specialize in clients going through Spiritual Emergency and spiritual crisis.

— Allison Zamani, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in San Francisco, CA

Religion and spirituality are a core part of the human experience. However, many of us have found ourselves wounded by the patriarchy, homophobia, and racial separatism found in so many western religions. Moreover, many people have found that the dogmatism found in religious institutions do not serve to hold space for their many questions and the mystery of the human experience. I invite my clients to talk about issues related to spirituality, such as questions about the meanings and purpose of life, questions about "God" and healing from harmful or lackluster experiences with religion.

— Addie Liechty, Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA
 

Laura Giles believes that the expression of spirituality is as important a component of wholeness as the mind, body, and emotions. She will support you in whatever your beliefs are and encourage you to lean into that to support your journey through life.

— Laura Giles, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Henrico, VA
 

I have a MA and Ph.D. In Religious Studies and have taught religious studies classes for the last 15 years at Arizona State University. I am currently full-time faculty there. My main focus has been gender issues in relation to religious identity. Combined with my Master in Social Work, this education and experience allows me to work with clients who deal with religious identity issues, and I have a special interest in religious trauma.

— Doe Daughtrey, Social Worker in Gilbert, AZ

My master's degree is in Transpersonal Counseling and Art Therapy from Naropa University, a Buddhist-inspired degree program. I have specific training in guiding clients to examine their relationship to the world, spiritual framework, and existential concerns. Regardless of your religious upbringing, I can work with you to help find meaning and truth in your experience.

— Sarah Klein, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Collins, CO
 

I am animistic in my spiritual foundation, which is an experience of all things as having an essence, or a soul, and many of my practices are shamanic in foundation. I am passionate about helping clients find ways to ground their daily experience in a realistic and healthy balance of the practical every day and the sacred every day. My modern (broken path) shamanic mentoring is ongoing with Kelley Harrell, and began with a 2-year intensive program through the same instructor. As an anti-oppressive informed practitioner, I do bring thoughtful dialogue about cultural appropriation and responsible, ethical spiritual practices that do not take from oppressed cultures or perpetuate oppressive narratives.

— Brandice Schnabel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Canton, OH

I provide space for spiritual beliefs and practices to be included in the therapy process, and I help those who struggle to reconcile spiritual/religious conflict.

— Loretta Staples, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Haven, CT
 

For half a decade, I have been on a mission to better understand and spread compersion, the joy we experience when witnessing the success and happiness of others. A key component of empathy and a vital corollary to compassion, practicing compersion, or “joy resonance” (mudita in Buddhism), has an incredible untapped potential to help heal, grow, and liberate our love on the path to more fulfilling relationships of all kinds. You can read more on the Grateful Heart website (https://gratefulhearttherapy.org/blog/).

— Anna Hirsch, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oaklnd, CA

I have a MA and Ph.D. In Religious Studies and have taught religious studies classes for the last 15 years at Arizona State University. I am currently full-time faculty there. My main focus has been gender issues in relation to religious identity. Combined with my Master in Social Work, this education and experience allows me to work with clients who deal with religious identity issues, and I have a special interest in religious trauma.

— Doe Daughtrey, Social Worker in Gilbert, AZ
 

Honoring the sacred is important to me, whether that is religious or more humanistic in nature. I really enjoy working with persons who have experienced religious or spiritual abuse to help them navigate what healthy spirituality might look like for them. I hold a second master's degree in theological studies and read both biblical Greek and Hebrew. This allows me to access (most portions of) the sacred texts of Christianity and Judaism in their original tongues, which can be helpful for clients who have had the scriptures used against them.

— Heather Hunnicutt, Associate Professional Counselor in Marietta, GA

If you read my anxiety post, it's an easy leap to see how there are spiritual questions on most people's minds. Are you searching for "something" and can't find it? Are you questioning the beliefs your parents taught you, or even the beliefs you held not long ago? Are you wondering what "religion" is the "right" one? Are you uncomfortable with talking to friends and family because they'd judge you or ask questions you don't want to answer- or can't? You can express yourself here. You can ask the hard questions. (I don't claim to have all the answers!) You won't be judged. You will be challenged to find answers to your questions and given tools to help you do that. If you want someone to pray with you or for you I will do that. While I have my own beliefs, that of course I believe to be correct (or becoming more correct), I truly believe each person has their own journey they must travel and I'm here to help you on your path (not mine).

— Michelle Broweleit, Counselor in Vancouver, WA
 

To me, spirituality encompasses the practice of asking life's big questions like: "Why are we here?" and "Am I happy?" or "What is my intended work and purpose?" and "What do I really believe in?" Inviting a spiritual connection into a counseling space can be helpful in getting to the heart of the matter instead of skimming the surface and making internal and environmental shifts that truly feel like you and last a lifetime.

— Alysa Romano, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Drawing upon an integral perspective, I work with people who are experiencing a wide variety of holistic changes of a profound and life altering nature.

— Mike Doogan, Counselor in Portland, OR