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 years of experience practicing various meditation techniques. I am a certified teacher of The Realization Process, an embodied path to spiritual awakening, personal growth, and healing created by Judith Blackstone. I welcome clients to explore the connection between their spirituality and their healing journey in therapy.

— Andrew Conner, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in Portland, OR

Many clients seek me out in my local area because I am secular, and they feel comfortable discussing their doubts and struggles to create meaning in their lives without any fear of judgment. It's common for people to question longheld beliefs upon becoming parents, and it can be stressful navigating relationships with religious family members once you've left your faith. Together we'll identify some healthy boundaries and practice ways to communicate them to the people in your life.

— Kayce Hodos, Counselor in Wake Forest, NC

Experienced in integrating Spirituality and Mindfulness to increase coping skills and address life transitions and problems from a heart-centered, soulful perspective.

— Jessi Frothingham, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

Religious trauma and abuse is increasingly in our consciousness as a society. I specialize in unpacking the messages that individuals have come to believe about themselves from people who were once their most trusted mentors and confidants. This is often most prominent in the LGBTQ community.

— LeAnn Meckley, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Durham, NC

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 Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I received my degree from a Christian organization. Though my spirituality was originally formed by the throws of Evangelicalism, and I may have roots in that throughout my time I also know what it is to sit in the depths of questions. Spirituality is meant to be explored, and hard questions are meant to be asked. I believe that spirituality is always in the process of becoming, as we are always unfolding.

— Jessie Murray, Counselor in SeaTac, WA

Deep study, transpersonal experiences, and my personal practices 10+ years in the making have opened a door in me that has never closed -- a synthesis of Western with Eastern philosophy -- that shapes who I am today. This backbone of mindfulness, Being-ness, and acceptance are aspects that move me and are cornerstones to my method of support.

— Andrew Amick, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Valley Village, CA

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

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

Have you ever wanted to get help for your mental health but don't know if it is "spiritual" to receive therapy? It seems that when you talk to other Christians about your struggles, they all just tell you to pray more? You just want to talk to someone who understands both your spirituality and your mental health needs. I provide Christian Counseling to help you see how to truly live out a life as a Child of God.

— Sarah (Chen) Zhang Park, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

You are experiencing the “dark night of the soul”, purging out all that doesn’t serve you and questioning everything you’ve been told. things are shifting. you are awakening. the butterfly must stay in its dark Cocoon to purge before it can spread its wings to fly. you don’t have to embark on this journey alone.

— Ketki Chavan, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

I offer secular counseling for people experiencing questions around religious belief, loss of faith, or searching for sense of meaning in a seemingly meaningless world. I help those who are looking to heal from religious trauma, looking to rebuild their sense of self, and help create a new path from this new identity. I also strive to create a space for those who are questioning aspects of their beliefs that no longer feel true but still wish to maintain their spiritual and religious traditions.

— Matt McCullough, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I believe we are spiritual beings having a human experience. As an ordeained Interfaith/Interspiritual minister, my experience and training have prepared me to assist you in developing your spiritual self in a way that strengthens and supports your life.

— Thaeda Franz, Licensed Professional Counselor

My path to healing started with a spiritual awakening that jolted me into reality. As a therapist and a fellow seeker, I've immersed myself in learning about what it means to be human, how trauma impairs our overall functioning, the nature of the soul, the importance of healthy attachments in relationships, and the role neuroscience plays in healing the nervous system and rewiring the brain.

— Michelle Byrd, Counselor in Denver, CO

Life is often inherently spiritual to humans as we wrestle to find meaning in our lives, whether or not we realize it. This could involve a search for fulfillment in life, an existential question of who we are and what we have to offer to others, how to live morally, and so on. The journey is not easy, as it concerns the very fabric of our beings; thankfully, we do not have to journey alone.

— I-Ching Grace Hung, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

Spirituality is best understood as our sense of being fully human, experiencing ourselves as a part of life, not an object in isolation. Healthy spirituality doesn't require a theistic understanding, and having a theistic understanding doesn't guarantee us feeling fully human. I am a respectful and knowledgable therapist for those not interested in religion, religious minorities, AND those who seek a more meaningful connection to their own mainstream religion.

— Christine Bates, Licensed Professional Counselor in Oxford, MS

I help individuals navigate spiritual issues like faith deconstruction, purity culture, integrating sexual orientation and gender identity. You may be experiencing; wrestling with integrating your faith and sexuality / gender identity, adjusting to a loss of a religious tribe and therefore a lost sense of belonging, a collection of homophobic, racist, ableist, patriarchal and/or sex-shaming church practices, and/or a loss of your worldview after engaging in dogmatic, fundamentalist teachings

— April Hankins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Exton, PA

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

Transpersonal experiences, deep study, and frequent practice have opened an inner door for me some 10+ years ago that has been open since. As a result, I've felt a sense of presence and being that informs my approach to life and my service to others. I also focused my clinical specialty in Spiritual and Depth Psychology as I earned my Master's degree.

— Andrew Amick, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Valley Village, CA