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

 

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 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
 

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

I draw on heart-centered relational spirituality based on three key components of our human existence: the earth, the spirit, and the heart. We integrate our earthly energy from below and our spiritual energy from above at our hearts, and from there we connect with and embody our own unique truths in our relationships with others in the world. As a result, there is less and less discrepancy between our inner and outer worlds, and we become truly alive in our own bodies in our own lives.

— Hideko Ota, Counselor in Berkeley, 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

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
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

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 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
 

Spirituality is a core aspect of humanity. I have pursued deep studies in spirituality over the years including Catholicism (radical, liberation theology), Hinduism and Advaita Vedanta (non dual understanding and philosophy), Buddhism, Taoism, and indigenous spirituality including Druidic studies (my own heritage) . My pursuit of knowledge in these areas is not just intellectual; it is experiential. I help people dive into their own spirituality and consider it an essential aspect of healing.

— Susan Pease Banitt, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR
 

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

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
 

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

Connecting to true purpose is a process. It's much easier to explore with support from a specialist. I have a history of helping people get off the 9-5 hamster wheel and build a life around the unique purpose they were created for. Purpose seeking can feel like a dead end when you have bills to pay. But a meaningful day-to-day life is just around the corner through prioritizing your gifts.

— Kathryn Sills-Payne, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Oakland, CA
 

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

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
 

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 Ellensburg, WA

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