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

As an innovator, a shaker and a mover, you know that in order to really have an impact, it begins with you. You can only guide others once you’re familiar with the terrain. You can only teach that which you know. Yes, you’re the helper, yet you yearn for help. Yes, you’re the expert, and you need not do it all yourself. Let me guide you to entrust your core and rely upon the infinite and eternal support of the Universe in order to step into your greatness while helping those whom you serve.

— Benita Silver, Licensed Professional Counselor in Asheville, NC
 

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

Searching for meaning in life can feel like the never ending pursuit. Do you feel burnt out or frustrated with the many options available to you? Not sure where to start? Allow me to be your companion as we explore your expectations, needs and wants for your spiritual Self and life.

— Kathleen Day, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

I have developed what I have named Zen Adjacent Therapy. That means while I treat all the standard maladies of these times - depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and relationship issues - I sprinkle Zen and Beginner's Mind over a lot of my therapeutic approaches. Nothing is shoved down your throat...just exposure to some helpful ways of moving through the world with kindness and respect to self and other.

— Diane Adams, Clinical Social Worker in Alberton, MT

In addition to my Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling, I also have a Master's degree in Divinity. I worked for 11 years in Hospice as a spiritual care counselor. During that time I counseled many people around their spiritual beliefs and ways to find meaning in their life. My approach was contemplative rather than dogmatic and I always honored the person's beliefs that I was working with.

— Todd Thillman, Counselor in Lafayette, CO

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
 

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, Licensed Professional Counselor in Marietta, GA

I often work with clients who wish to experience a past life, ancestral healing, or have what might loosely be called mystical or spiritual experiences with the kinds of epiphanies that come with this work. I act as a guide that helps you to have the experience and then return with new knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.

— James Harrison, Hypnotherapist in Portland, OR
 

Exploring your spiritual side gives you the ability to slow down, stop, and really look at your life, work, family, and friends in a more meaningful way. Some of the benefits of exploring Your Soul's Journey are: You can begin to recognize who or what is emotionally draining you of your vital life force and make any necessary changes you feel are necessary with ease. You can begin to understand yourself from a higher perspective resulting in positive changes occurring more quickly and easily.

— Sally Raiford, MA, LMFT, CH, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Tampa, FL

My best definition of Spirituality would be "the ever expanding, ever deepening connection between Self and what you define as the All That Is." I believe to be spiritually lost can be a good thing, although it definitely doesn't feel that way. In therapy we will explore/uncover that connection between yourself and the Divine that, right now, may feel like emptiness or depression. Together, let's rediscover meaning, purpose and the joy of living a connected life.

— Dillon Welliver, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tallahassee, FL

Spirituality is whatever form of religion or other beliefs you may have about the world around you. This deeper understanding of ourselves in this world, often gives comfort, strength and meaning to our lives. Finding this sense of spirituality is important to being able to maintain a healthy state of mind during lives ups and downs!

— Brittany Askelin, Counselor in Anoka, MN
 

An often neglected part of humans, and often not accepted. I help my clients to explore this part of their life and integrate it into other areas as well to live more holistically themselves.

— Emily Thomas, Counselor in Portland, OR

Spirituality is a dimension of being human. Having training from an interfaith perspective, I am well-positioned to provide spiritually integrated psychotherapy or spiritual direction to practically all faiths. My dissertation was on whether or not family therapists around the US met the spiritual needs of their clients. One of the ways I do this is by recognizing the meaning-making processes around values clients have. This allows the sacred to be discussed alongside or within the secular.

— Daniel Stillwell, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Charlotte, NC
 

With a background in youth ministry and interfaith leadership development, I have spent over ten years supporting individuals as they explore the evolving role of spirituality in their lives. I have learned that all of us have core beliefs and values that influence our interactions with the world. For clients struggling with their faith, I support processing of this experience. As requested, I integrate mindfulness practices, prayerful meditation, and Christian scripture in therapy.

— Stephanie Renny, Counselor in Cincinnati, OH

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
 

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

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
 

I have studied many world religions and spiritual beliefs, respecting all, and adhering to none. I am currently enrolled in a psychedelic-assisted therapy training program, in preparation for the legalization of MDMA and psilocybin to be used in conjunction with therapy. This program incorporates many indigenous spiritual traditions, including those from my father's home-land of central Mexico.

— Valerie Beltrán, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Lafayette, CA

I offer support to persons who have left or are thinking about leaving high-control cultic groups. Many of these are religious in nature. Education and support can help you transition into "the world" and cope with shunning. I also offer support to those who are concerned about a loved one's group membership.

— Cathy S Harris, Counselor in Encinitas (San Diego Cty), CA
 

Spirituality most definitely does not mean that you have to embrace any existing concept of God. I like to work with folks to help them find a mode of spirituality that connects them with their intuition and their highest sense of self and purpose. Even if you hate all words and concepts connected with religion or "new age", we can work together to find that still sense of connection to something beyond yourself that will help feel a sense of purpose and rightness in the world.

— Angela Albert, Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, 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
 

While my master's degree is in Counseling, my undergraduate degree is in Religious Studies. I have always been interested in spirituality because I loved learning about the different ways people see the world. I have been a spiritual seeker myself, and I am passionate about helping others walk along their spiritual path, and integrate their spiritual path with their path in therapy.

— Emma Donovan, Counselor in St. Louis, MO

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
 

I hold that spiritual connection to what is greater than the Self is an important component to healing and values-led behavior. Many of us have experienced spiritual wounding or neglect, and struggle to utilize the teachings and tools we've been taught in ways that liberate rather than further constrain and minimize ourselves. Along with that, I find many of us in deep spiritual work may be unaware of the extent to which our unfinished business shapes and limits our potential.

— Anthony Rella, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in SEATTLE, WA

Deconstructing & reconstructing faith can be a messy process. I come from the Christian tradition and have embraced my own messy spirituality journey. My undergraduate and graduate degrees are from Christian institutions, and I am comfortable integrating spirituality into therapy if and when appropriate for clients. Faith plays an integral role in hope, community, and making meaning. Unfortunately, faith communities often do harm. Sifting through that can be sticky, let's do it together.

— Mackenzie Sodestrom, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA