Integrating spirituality in therapy
Spirituality can be hard to define because it is so personal and is influenced by our upbringing, culture, and life experiences. It is something creative and unique and therefore is up to each of us to define 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 their spiritual life due to spending so much time in self-reflection. Many people who had challenging childhoods open up to spiritual questions and experiences at a young age. Most importantly, clients sometimes just want to know this experience is welcome as it can be hard to find a nonjudgmental place for exploration. This work can include mindfulness, journaling, and creative or nature-based exercises in between sessions.
It’s important to note that I do not teach spirituality or bring a specific religious perspective into therapy. My perspective is from Jungian and nature-based psychology, which seek to understand and value your individual journey to wholeness.
“There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life.”
– Tara Brach
Examples of exploring spirituality in therapy
- If nature is where you feel most alive you can 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 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