What is my purpose in life?. . . What is the right next step for me?. . . How can I go on after this loss?. . .I want to talk about God, but I can’t go back to the church in which I was raised. . . .
These are the kinds of tough questions we each ponder at times in our lives. Sometimes we feel a need to discuss our challenges with someone we can trust. This is traditionally called “spiritual direction,” but I prefer to call it “spiritual guidance,” since I believe the contemplative process I engage in with clients is a collaborative one.
I am a certified spiritual director, having completed a training program at the Chaplaincy Institute for Arts and Interfaith Ministries in Berkeley, California. I offer one-on-one spiritual guidance sessions on an occasional or ongoing basis to people who want to explore their personal beliefs and faith, whether they consider themselves religious, spiritual or secular. My intention is to help you recognize and clarify your own spiritual values; see how they are operating in your life; and make changes in your beliefs and/or your actions to find greater peace of mind and compassion for self and others.
Ours is a sacred conversation in which we recognize the presence of a Higher Power—a divinity known by any name or simply a reverence for our human connectedness. In spiritual guidance we may wrestle with issues from your religious history, including the fear, guilt, shame, doubts, threats and promises of dogmatic faiths and religious leaders. We may discover the true nature of a Higher Power you can embrace, and who embraces you. We may open new channels of communication between you and that in which you believe. I have no agenda other than your spiritual well being and continued spiritual development. I never promote any particular deity or religion; I listen without judgment, meeting you where you are on your life’s path.
I will see anyone who seeks my assistance, but there are certain people I feel I am especially skilled in helping, including artists and other creative individuals; the chronically ill and dying; members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community; and women undergoing major life transitions. I am available to see clients in person or long-distance (by phone or Skype). Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.