Exploring spiritual issues in therapy
For those who are interested, therapy can incorporate the spiritual aspect of life. Spirituality can be hard to define because it is so personal, influenced by our upbringing, culture, and life experiences. It is something creative and unique for everyone and is up to each of us to define the meaning for ourselves. I help people explore their spiritual questions and experiences, however they show up for them. My clients who are highly sensitive, empathic, or introverted, find they have a strong connection to spiritual life because they feel deeply and spend time in self-reflection. Many people who had challenging childhoods open up to spiritual questions and experiences at a young age. Often, clients just want to know this experience is welcome as it can be hard to put into words or find a nonjudgmental place to explore.
This type of work can also be called contemplative psychotherapy, but I am not bringing teachings of meditation or a religious perspective into the therapy. My perspective is from Jungian and nature-based psychology, which both seek to understand and value your individual journey.
“There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life.”
– Tara Brach
Examples of spiritually-oriented explorations in therapy
- If nature is where you feel most alive you can explore and deepen this in therapy and utilize it as a way to stay connected to yourself and the world around you.
- Maybe you felt a spiritual connection as a child that you lost growing up and want to find your way back to that sense of connection and meaning.
- Investigating spiritual or transcendent experiences in a supportive and nonjudgmental space
- Understanding archetypal energies as they show up in your life and dreams
- Accessing inner guidance and intuition
- Exploring how to live in a way that prioritizes your deepest values and purpose
- Inquiring into what feels sacred to you and creating a practice around this