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 have an M.S. in clinical mental health counseling from the Pastoral Counseling department at Loyola University. I sought out this program in order gain competence helping people facing moral injury and spiritual dilemmas. I am comfortable working with people of faith or no faith. My role as a a mental health counselor is to help you find your path.

— Catherine Norman, Counselor in Fairfax, VA
 

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 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
 

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 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 often times gets associated with religion, but it is not the same thing. We all have a spirit and an inner voice or intuition. I want to help you get in touch with your inner voice so you can learn to trust yourself. Through this practice you can start making positive changes in your life.

— Stacey Aiton, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Beachwood, OH

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
 

Clients come to me seeking to strengthen their spiritual connection and abilities. What this entails in our work together is to SEE yourself, raising self- awareness, letting the logical mind go when needed, trusting in intuition, remaining curious, and for your experience to be validated. I am here to be your supporter, guide, healer, therapist, and act as a mirror into yourself.

— Courtney Keiser, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Austin, TX

I specialize in connecting people with their highest self, and taking them on a journey of self-discovery. Whether it be through a Natal or Past Life Regression, visual healing imagery with a guide or through a variety of techniques, its when the client is deeply connected that they have the best insight and highest awareness of how to accomplish what they desire.

— Kimberly Penning, Hypnotherapist in Cabot, AR
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

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

I work with clients wanting assistance with some aspect of spirituality. This may be clients moving deeper into spiritual work and wanting guidance, or perhaps clients who are at a spiritual crossroads and not sure where to go next. I specialize in clients going through Spiritual Emergency and spiritual crisis.

— Allison Zamani, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in San Francisco, CA
 

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

Do you feel anxious about the future? Do you feel like you need a sense of direction? Do you feel anxious about the future? Do you feel like you need a sense of direction? Therapy will help you to connect to your own intuitive knowing about your life and help you unlock answers to the questions that you seek. Meditation will help you ground and connect to the unique call of your own spirit. You will be able to grow in your capacity to get in flow with the creative energy of the universe.

— Moe Brown, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Atlanta, GA
 

My specific specialty in working with spirituality is in regards to working with either LGBTQ+ Christians, or working with LGBTQ+ folks who are navigating spiritual trauma, specifically from Christian-based churches, organizations, and communities.

— Nina Firooz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sherman Oaks, 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
 

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

Many clients come to me holding a lot of confusion or doubt regarding their since of a "higher power". I assist my client in exploring their personal beliefs, morals, and values while helping them to realize the impact of these things on their daily life. To those who are open and interested, I provide education and support in strengthening their relationship to their own soul and the Universe that is supporting it along the way.

— Rebecca Haney, Counselor
 

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 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
 

I have had training and experience working with people who have been in spiritually abusive environments. I define spiritual abuse as being something that took place where faith was used and your self-esteem and beliefs in who you are were very negatively impacted. This could range from sexual orientation to how a specific theology has impacted you.

— Erin Pierson, Counselor in Seattle, WA

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
 

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