So what does spiritual psychotherapy mean?
While traditional psychotherapy addresses imbalances in mood and supports clients in cultivating insight, a psychospiritual approach adds a dimension that emphasizes the journey of the spirit which may include strengthening a connection with a higher power or to a higher self-perspective and can provide greater insight to what might be contributing to your challenges.
With many clients expressing interest in wanting to enter the territory of spirituality and holistic authentic soul searching, Spiritual Psychotherapy creates a thoughtful space to address several "spiritual" crisis, also known as, Carl Jung’s concept of "The Shadow Self."
Clients arrive in session with a challenge that is causing distress and burden on the level of the spirit. Individuals seek a supportive, open-minded therapist who can aid them in their efforts to feel more emotionally and spiritually whole. This approach can be trusted to be non-directive and non-dogmatic, unique to each client's beliefs and worldly views.
Therapeutic treatment may include:
- Exploring psychospiritual crisis' (i.e feeling disconnected, sense of inauthenticity, not feeling yourself)
- Working through what might be contributing to any blocks, resistances, contracts (i.e Carl Jung’s concept of Shadow Self)
- Empowering you to deepen your connection to your inner wisdom and truth.
- Expand consciousness and inviting spirit into the psychotherapy session (i.e. through various mindfulness-based practices such as meditation, prayer, affirmations, trance, or energy work such as reiki healing or chakra balancing)
Transformation takes place when we address both our dark and light sides. As we acknowledge our pain and suffering we also celebrate the learning that happens through collaborative treatment methods. We start to learn to accept ourselves, our imperfections, and our humanness from a place of our very own Spirit, being guided by our gut-instinct to trust ourselves more.
This is the process of self realization of which Eastern mystics have written. It is the process of salvation to which much Western theology has devoted itself. This is the spiritual path!
If you or someone you know may benefit from spiritual psychotherapy, please contact me today for a free consultation. I would be happy to speak with you about how I may be able to help.