What is Spiritual Direction? What does a Spiritual Director do?
A spiritual director is a mentor or guide who helps you cultivate spiritual wellbeing in the areas of love, wisdom, and action in the world. You do not have to be religious to talk with a spiritual director. I will listen to you, talk with you, and perhaps recommend practices to encourage you in your process.
A spiritual director is called to the work through discernment in prayer, life experience, training, and requests from others.
Who Can Benefit from Spiritual Direction?
- Anyone with questions about their spiritual life, even if they are not religious or part of a worshiping community. You do not have to have a problem or crisis to seek spiritual direction. Everyday life presents questions that seek a caring yet impartial hearing.
- People facing changes in work, relationships, way of life, or health.
- Anyone who serves others in a position of public trust.
- Clergy, seminarians, and people wondering about a call to ordination.
- Anyone who works to support others’ physical, emotional, or spiritual wellbeing.
Listening, Not Interfering
Your beliefs, non-beliefs, questions, and practices are up to you. Spirituality is not about fixating on answers. It is about becoming a person of loving, wise action.
Respect for All Beings
Ability, age, economic status, education, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual identity, race, religion/ non-religion—all these shape spirituality. My aim is to pay attention to how these factors affect your spirituality so you can live in wholeness, courage, and joy.
Spiritual direction is confidential, unless there is a threat of immediate harm to self or others, or harm to a vulnerable person (child, elder, disabled person) is disclosed.
a Wide Net
Spiritual direction is not therapy. There is no diagnosis, treatment, or insurance. Referrals are available for mental health, pastoral, medical, social, or other forms of care.
How It Works
Contact me for an initial meeting or to ask any questions before deciding whether to meet. I'm in Decatur, Georgia USA. Sometimes I can arrange sessions elsewhere in Metro Atlanta or Middle or North Georgia. In-person sessions are ideal, but we can meet by phone or Skype. Once you are an established directee (client), you may be able to self-schedule appointments online.
Meetings are usually one-on-one, monthly, for about an hour. For seminarians, I recommend meeting every two or three weeks, because 1) the semester goes quickly, and 2) seminary is hard.
My approach to fees allows me to provide spiritual direction to people with a wide range of financial resources. I ask you to asses your household's financial circumstances and select the fee that reflects your situation. I'm happy to talk with you about your decision.
Below a Living Wage: $25
Low, but a Living Wage: $50
Low-Middle Income: $70
Middle Income: $90
High-Middle Income: $110
High Income: $130
Payment is due at the time of the session via PayPal, check, or cash.