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.

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I experienced a spiritual emergency as a young adult and devoted myself to understanding reality through many world wisdom and mystical traditions. I am an animist and have extensive experiences on Buddhist meditation retreats, studying Judaism and Kabbalah, Hindu tantra, Tai Chi and Taoism, and more. I believe all people need to find their own meaning and purpose in regards to spirituality and I will support you on your path, however it looks.

— Dan Halpern, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lafayette, CO

I believe that, broadly speaking, spirituality is a concern for everyone. The big picture and the largest questions of life are contained in it. What do you value? What do you worship? As David Foster Wallace said, "there is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship...If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough."

— Phillip Coulson, Therapist in Seattle, WA
 

I believe that, broadly speaking, spirituality is a concern for everyone. The big picture and the largest questions of life are contained in it. What do you value? What do you worship? As David Foster Wallace wrote, "there is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship...If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough."

— Phillip Coulson, Therapist in Seattle, WA

How do you understand your place in the universe? Whether we are atheist, agnostic, religious, spiritual, or recovering from religion trauma, we all grapple with who we are in this world and how to find meaning and purpose. My graduate degree specialization is in mindfulness-based transpersonal counseling, and I utilize a variety of approaches in secular Buddhist and transpersonal psychology to help you define your sense of spirituality (or lack thereof) on your own terms.

— Julie Osburne, Associate Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

I believe that, broadly speaking, spirituality is a concern for everyone. The big picture and the largest questions of life are contained in it. What do you value? What do you worship? As David Foster Wallace said, "there is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship...If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough."

— Phillip Coulson, Therapist in Seattle, WA
 

If you are someone who finds yourself wanting to unpack experiences you have had within your religious upbringing, even wounds in your religious experiences; find yourself wanting to engage with a Higher Source of your understanding but old religious tapes get in your way; Or if you have always been a Spiritual person but are struggling to integrate your spirituality with the craziness and drama of life, this therapy space can be a supportive place to explore.

— Linda L Vance, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I am particularly interested in the connection between psychology and spirituality. if you find yourself searching for something more or feel like there is something important missing in your life, developing a spiritual perspective can help. Within this perspective is the notion that we come to this life to learn and grow. All that is presented to us is here to help in this process, the so-called "good" and "bad".

— Bryan Cohen, Psychologist in Lafayette Hill, PA
 

My training, experience and overall belief is that our mind, body and spirit are all connected. When any of those are out of alignment, we feel out of balance, stressed, anxious, or depressed. Also, our beliefs shape our thoughts and can trigger our responses. We're not made of separate components. We are all one and connected. I assist you with restoring, regaining or being that person you truly are.

— Cheryl Carr, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Hamburg, NY

Spirituality is an issue I have had the pleasure of treating, dating back to my time at Abilene Christian University. It is a concept often overlooked and one that I seek to synthesize with the mental health world by allowing my patients to examine themselves as beings who can acknowledge a higher power and simultaneously recognize that they have agency in this world to activate positive change. The use of religious materials is welcomed by me to my patients should they desire to use them.

— Dylan Daugherty, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX
 

I believe that, broadly speaking, spirituality is a concern for everyone. The big picture and the largest questions of life are contained in it. What do you value? What do you worship? As David Foster Wallace wrote, "there is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship...If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough."

— Phillip Coulson, Therapist in Seattle, WA

In a safe and non-judgmental space, I offer the opportunity to explore what may emerge during spiritual exploration such as spiritual & kundalini awakening, supernatural phenomena, and sacred medicine experiences. Sacred Medicine Holistic Integration Therapy consists of embodied psycho-spiritual integration for psychedelic experiences that are a direct result of post spiritual rituals within a ceremony/retreat directed by a shaman/spiritual practitioner in a sacred group setting.

— Lina Návar, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
 

Spirituality is not synonymous with religion. It is the intentional practice of conscious awareness that our existence transcends our physical body and influences the existence of all that surrounds us. Growing as spiritual beings leads us to open our mind and heart to trust our intuitive wisdom that our body sensations gift us daily, so that we may be in constant connection with our true purpose in order to thrive in all that we are and all that we do.

— Maritza Plascencia, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Tustin, CA

When you have been hurt by religious abuse or cult involvement, your spiritual outlook has often been damaged. My approach to offering support for those who have been wounded by group involvement is compassionate and practical. Using my own experience and education, I can offer a perspective not held by those without experience or knowledge. After such experiences, some don't want any formal connection with religion. That is understandable and something I respect. Let's talk about your needs!

— Cathy S Harris, Counselor in San Diego, CA
 

My background in spiritual work goes back about 10 years. In my sessions, I integrate tarot and tools associated with divination, energy work concepts, mythology, archetypes, and fairytales. I believe that psychotherapy, as a ritual, is a magical process. I am a practicing pagan and am informed on various Pagan, Animist, Occult, and Earth-based spiritualities.

— Kyra Paules, Clinical Social Worker in Mechanicsburg, PA

I owned a spiritual practice for five years prior to earning my Masters in Clinical Mental Health and have seen the beautiful benefits of the Spiritual and the Clinical healing process. I am a counselor, Reiki Master, Medium, Shamanic Practitioner and work intuitively with Angel tarot.

— Dixie Willis, Mental Health Counselor in Littleton, CO
 

I believe that, broadly speaking, spirituality is a concern for everyone. The big picture and the largest questions of life are contained in it. What do you value? What do you worship? As David Foster Wallace said, "there is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship...If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough."

— Phillip Coulson, Therapist in Seattle, WA

Another great passion in my work is coming along-side a client's spiritual journey. This could be anything from learning how to implement mindfulness practices for the first time to integrating mystical/psychedelic experiences to navigating spiritual practice without appropriating or harming. I find something to respect and appreciate in nearly all spiritual and religious traditions, and would love to help you learn how your connection to the Whole can help you in other aspects of your life.

— Renee Anderson, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Asheville, NC
 

I believe that, broadly speaking, spirituality is a concern for everyone. The big picture and the largest questions of life are contained in it. What do you value? What do you worship? As David Foster Wallace said, "there is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship...If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough."

— Phillip Coulson, Therapist in Seattle, WA