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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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 can be a great source of significant strength, support, and peace. Alternatively, spirituality can be a source of much pain, marginalization, and trauma. I am experienced with considering faith as an important factor in exploring the intersection of various life domains and concerns, and with helping clients consider their relationship with spirituality as they navigate identity development, life transitions, etc.

— Dr. Luana Bessa, Psychologist in Boston, MA
 

Many clients report feeling more connected to themselves when they feel more connected to their spirituality. I enjoy working with people who find their spirituality is important to them. I explore these beliefs with clients, and include them in their treatment, when clients feel it useful. My background is especially suited for people who subscribe to eastern spiritual beliefs, but I can also work with those aligned with western beliefs.

— Sara Rotger, Marriage & Family Therapist in Montrose, CA

Spirituality is not synonymous with religion. It is the intentional practice of conscious awareness that our existence transcends our physical body, influencing 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 do. I support clients in exploring their individual spirituality.

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

Whether you are seeking to deepen your spiritual connection, better understand your spiritual experiences, or manage the impact of this connection and experiences on your life, it would be my honor to support you. Spirituality means different things to different people, and all beliefs are valid and welcome. If you desire the space to further awaken and integrate your soul work with your mind and body experience, let's connect.

— Jess Thompson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA

I have a background in counseling from a Christian lens and especially enjoy working with clients who are questioning their faith or deconstructing their beliefs.

— Diana Dunigan, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Arlington, TX
 

I earned my PhD in clinical psychology by studying spirituality and transformation. As faculty at Yale University, I conducted research with atypical psychedelic substances. My first published article was on the spiritual and psychedelic potential of dextromethorphan. I have written and spoken about psychedelic science for over a decade, co-founded the Yale Psychedelic Science Group, and documented traditional healing and religious practices in Mexico.

— Peter Addy, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

As a former minister, I have professional training and experience in understanding the unique beliefs and practices of a wide range of religious communities. While so much of our spiritual lives are enriching and joyous, so many of us have had experiences in church or synagogue that have been shaming, judgmental, cruel and traumatizing. Trying to develop a personal spiritual path can be wondrous and terrifying at the same time. It is possible with professional help.

— Lynne Silva-Breen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Burnsville, MN
 

Experienced in integrating Spirituality and Mindfulness to increase coping skills and address life transitions and problems from a heart-centered, soulful perspective.

— Jessi Frothingham, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

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
 

I help individuals navigate spiritual issues like faith deconstruction, purity culture, integrating sexual orientation and gender identity. You may be experiencing; wrestling with integrating your faith and sexuality / gender identity, adjusting to a loss of a religious tribe and therefore a lost sense of belonging, a collection of homophobic, racist, ableist, patriarchal and/or sex-shaming church practices, and/or a loss of your worldview after engaging in dogmatic, fundamentalist teachings

— April Hankins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Exton, PA

I have a long-held interest in working in the area of spirituality and enjoy working with clients who are well-established in their own spiritual journeys or those who may have trouble connecting with this part of their lives for varying reasons.

— Ben Hearn, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Cincinnati, OH
 

I help those who have been members of "cult" or high-control groups. These groups may be religious, secular, psychological or career-oriented (think Multi-Level-Marketing groups). Coercion, undue influence and oppression are often used by such groups and individuals may have difficulty establishing a life in freedom, after such membership. My own experience being a member of a repressive religious group, for 26 years, informs my work. I have also educated myself in order to be of service.

— Cathy S Harris, Counselor in San Diego, CA

Life is often inherently spiritual to humans as we wrestle to find meaning in our lives, whether or not we realize it. This could involve a search for fulfillment in life, an existential question of who we are and what we have to offer to others, how to live morally, and so on. The journey is not easy, as it concerns the very fabric of our beings; thankfully, we do not have to journey alone.

— I-Ching Grace Hung, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA
 

As a pastoral counselor and chaplain, I work with people of faith to allow them to use their faith as a tool for empowering their mental and psychological health. While I am trained in the Christian faith ( Masters of Divinity), I also have worked with people from Jewish and Islamic backgrounds as a chaplain. In particular, I have helped many people navigate through issues of grief and loss, anxiety, and finding meaning in life.

— William Hemphill, Licensed Professional Counselor in Decatur, GA

Deep study, transpersonal experiences, and my personal practices 10+ years in the making have opened a door in me that has never closed -- a synthesis of Western with Eastern philosophy -- that shapes who I am today. This backbone of mindfulness, Being-ness, and acceptance are aspects that move me and are cornerstones to my method of support.

— Andrew Amick, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Valley Village, CA
 

I approach spirituality from a psychospiritual perspective, combining skills I have learned as a Spiritual Director, Psychotherapist and Coach. I believe in multi-spiritual awareness and where I fall short on knowledge about a particular belief or faith, I am open to learning from you.

— DeeAnna Nagel, Psychotherapist

Spiritual life is what Jungians call soul-making. It means among other things paying attention to our innermost truth and finding ways to express it.

— Jessica Tredinick, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX