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 have an M.S. in clinical mental health counseling from the Pastoral Counseling department at Loyola University. This program called to me because of the university's tradition of drawing on ancient wisdom and modern scholarship to make the world a better place. I am comfortable working with people of faith, atheists, and those who are questioning their traditions. As a a mental health counselor, my role is to help you find your path.

— Catherine Norman, Counselor in Fairfax, VA

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

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 believe the integration of one's Christian faith can allow therapy to be more effective, which is something I myself have experienced in my own healing journey. But I welcome those from other faith backgrounds and completely respect those who wish to leave their faith at the door.

— Janae Kim, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 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

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

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

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

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 San Diego, CA

I earned my PhD in clinical psychology by studying spirituality and transformation. As faculty at Yale University, I conducted research with atypical psychedelic substances. My first published article was on the spiritual and psychedelic potential of dextromethorphan. I have written and spoken about psychedelic science for over a decade, co-founded the Yale Psychedelic Science Group, and documented traditional healing and religious practices in Mexico.

— Peter Addy, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA

I shared a bit of my story with Christianity above, but in general I love to explore spirituality with clients. I integrate EMDR into this work for spiritual/religious trauma as well.

— Laura Brassie, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

In my opinion, spiritual growth becomes harder to define the longer someone is on a spiritual path. I don't profess to have any profound spiritual insight but I have come to find confidence in my own path to discover wisdom that can help guide someone on their own spiritual journey.

— Chris Guthrey, Psychologist in Berkeley, CA

I know the Christian faith and Bible well. I graduated from a Seminary. I work with people of all faith (and no faith) backgrounds.

— Forest Benedict, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

Your spiritual beliefs are important to you. You want a therapist who will not only understand but engage your spiritual beliefs in your healing journey. Through our work together your spiritual beliefs will become a source sustenance, comfort and healing when you’re anxious, confused and distressed. Let’s lean into them together to help you find your way to the river of life and destiny within you so that you can experience the radiance of being alive as consistent reality.

— Meala Datura, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Mill Creek, WA

You may be looking for a safe place to talk about your spirituality. I have identified as a “Pagan with Buddhist tendencies” for many years. I have a solitary pagan practice of my own. There are a multitude of ways that Paganism can be expressed, as many as there are people. You will have your own way. During your sessions, we will involve your beliefs and practices in support of your healing and personal growth.

— Rhonda Forsyth, Licensed Professional Counselor in WOODLAND PARK, CO

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

Spirituality can be a very healthy tool to use in life, but at times the religious experiences that one has can cause harm. In these cases, I believe that it is important to explore what one's spiritual development has been in order to address harms and reclaim what is helpful to them.

— Kristen Rix, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA

I have a spiritual bent to the work that I do and I trust that their is a grand design and purpose to our lives here. I seek to draw clients into a sense of power and agency that stems from viewing themselves as divine and an aspect of creator and the great creation. This is different than certain religious models that seek to disempower the individual for the sake of idolizing an external concept/entity. I lead experiential workshops where individuals learn about and exercise this sacred self.

— Michael Viola, Counselor in Portland, OR

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

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

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

Rhema Therapeutic Counseling and Consulting was created to integrate faith based counseling to address emotional, behavioral, mental, relational and spiritual needs wherever you are in life with acceptance and compassion. You can transparently explore concerns that are keeping you stuck. Professional counseling aims to restore wounded areas, enhance coping skills, and to promote healthy decision making.

— April Thomas-Kenney, Clinical Social Worker in Fort Morgan, CO

My transpersonal approach to therapy honors mind, body, and spirit. I am a certified Mind-Body Wellness practitioner and have studied advanced shamanic healing since 2012. I am also a practitioner of Kundalini yoga.

— Rachel Astarte, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Nyack, NY

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 love supporting people in connecting to their intuition/ higher self/ inner guidance. I hold a spiritual framework in conceptualizing healing work. I meet clients where they are at in their relationship to spirituality and what it means to them.

— Ellie Lotan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

I have a spiritually-oriented approach to psychotherapy, drawing from my long term practices of Insight Meditation/Mindfulness, Buddhist philosophy, non-dual inquiry, and earth-based spirituality & ritual. I love working with clients for whom their spirituality is either already a central part of their life, or want they it to be!

— Kerry McKee, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA

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

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

Spirituality opens us up to the greatest possibilities available to us. I do have training in Contemplative Spirituality and it weaves in beautifully with therapeutic work related to mindfulness, meditation and envisioning our best future selves.

— John Loppnow, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in La Canada, 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