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.

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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

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

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 Mental Health Counselor in Asheville, NC

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

Spirituality is personal and looks different for everyone. Whether you are devout in your spiritual practice or spirituality is not really "your thing", I like to help folx find their authentic voice when navigating a world that tries to define you by your beliefs.

— Jennifer Minor, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

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

I believe spirituality is an integral part of who we are as humans. It is a part of us that is always growing and changing as a result of our experiences, thoughts, and behaviors. No matter where you find yourself on your spiritual journey, therapy can be a tool to help you make sense of where you have been, where you are now, and where you can go from here.

— Lorren Penner, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, 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 ,

I recognize the importance of a spiritual connection to ourselves and the universe. This is an incredibly intimate and vulnerable space within ourselves, and one that can often become distorted, confused, or wounded. I have walked through this in my own life, and with many clients who are wrestling through what their spirituality means to them and how to reconcile those parts of themselves with their life experiences.

— Emma Shearer, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Atlanta, GA

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

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

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

I have experience working with adults in their exploration of identity and spiritual exploration from several religious frameworks including Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and Atheism. I work with those in a faith crisis as well as those working to understand and/or integrate their spiritual identity with other identities (racial, gender, sexual, cultural, social).

— Heather Stephenson, Psychologist in Evanston, IL

In a safe and non-judgmental space, I offer the opportunity to explore what may emerge during spiritual exploration such as spiritual & kundalini awakening, supernatural phenomena, and sacred medicine experiences. Sacred Medicine Holistic Integration Therapy consists of embodied psycho-spiritual integration for psychedelic experiences that are a direct result of post spiritual rituals within a ceremony/retreat directed by a shaman/spiritual practitioner in a sacred group setting.

— Lina Návar, Psychotherapist in Austin, TX

Are you confused about what your faith looks like in the wake of an unexpected event? I have over ten years of experience working with couples and individuals in the Christian context struggle with the ideas of God, suffering, life, and death.

— Emily Chandler, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

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 can offer support for kundalini awakening, spiritual emergency, transpersonal problems, loss of faith, hallucinations from entheogens or psychic practices

— Heather Moller, Clinical Social Worker in Pensacola, FL

We exist as physical, feeling, thinking, spiritual beings. Spirituality takes many forms: whatever brings us a sense of moving beyond ourselves, whether it be a spiritual or religious practice, nature, community or relationship, creativity, a cause, or an activity or work that ignites our inner fire, e.g., athletics, cooking, intellectual discovery, music. Together we can work to help you access the resources of your inner fire to improve your life and our world.

— Renee Beck, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

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, Therapist in Portland, OR

Many of the clients I work with wish to focus on faith-related issues specifically, such as faith deconstruction. It's also common that my clients wish to focus on other issues, but wish to see a therapist who understands their faith background. I have a special interest supporting LGBTQ-identifying Christians.

— Marie Fang, Psychologist in San Jose, CA

I find that spirituality is interwoven into many of the issues that lead people to therapy, and I am open to working with clients of any spiritual or religious background. I specialize in Ecotherapy, which brings clients into closer contact with the natural world through outdoor therapy sessions, tapping into mindfulness, spirituality, and connection with the wider world. If you have ever felt a sense of peace, joy, or connection when outdoors, Ecotherapy may resonate with you.

— Amy Lajiness, Therapist in La Jolla, CA

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

Spirituality is my forte. I have lived an extraordinary life since I was little and have seen, felt and experienced things most people believe to be impossible. With Spirituality and using my wisdom, knowledge, and applied techniques, I can show you how to experience not just the magic of life to where you are constantly attracting abundance and authentic loving and healthy relationships, but I show you how to experience the magic that is you. You will learn to create your own gravity.

— Thalia Longchamp, Mental Health Practitioner in New York, NY

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