Frequently Asked Questions.
Who is a good candidate for Spiritual Direction?
There are a variety of reasons for seeking out a spiritual director. I believe most people will find great benefit from the practice, however the common reasons include:
- Someone who finds themselves in a season of doubt, disillusionment, or disorientation with faith, the church, or Christianity as a whole.
- Someone who is in a season of grief and loss.
- Someone who is seeking help and support in discernment, decision making, and life transitions.
- Someone who has experienced spiritual abuse or religious trauma.
- Someone who is in a caretaking role, especially spiritual care (pastors, missionaries, therapists).
- Someone who is experiencing burnout, compassion fatigue, and exhaustion.
- Someone who is deconstructing or reconstructing their faith.
- Someone who desires to become more aware and attuned to God’s presence.
- Someone who feels untethered or far from God.
Is Spiritual Direction similar to therapy?
Spiritual Direction is not clinical counseling or psychotherapy as there is no diagnosing, prognostication, or clinical treatment. However, there may be commonalities in your experience, as both seek to create environments where you are listened to, cared for, and have pathways built for you that encourage healing and growth. Spiritual Direction exists to deepen your intimacy and connection with God.
Is Spiritual Direction only for those who consider themselves Christians?
No, many of those I work with are in the process of trying to sort out and untangle what they believe. After much wrestling, I personally find the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus the most compelling option when it comes to faith, however, I am committed to creating a safe and judgment-free environment for you to process through your own spiritual and religious experiences. I will honor your process and allow you to draw your own conclusions. Spiritual Direction is a great option for those who just aren’t sure where they find themselves on their spiritual journey.
Do you offer group Spiritual Direction?
I do, and have seen great benefits working with small groups. Groups usually consist of 3-4 participants and meet for 1.5 hours once a month.
What type of retreats or seminars do you offer?
I currently offer seminars on The Daily Examen, the Practice of Sabbath, and the Enneagram. I also hope to start offering contemplative retreats starting in the fall of 2023.