A common issue for many of my clients is that they do not feel safe sharing their real life pain in their places of worship. The very place that is meant to be a refuge during hard times is often a place where people put on a happy face and pretend that everything is okay. On top of that, many people feel like God is distant from them in their suffering. In their heads, they know God loves them unconditionally and would never leave or forsake them, but in their hearts, God is angry, passive, or withdrawn. This then creates more feelings of shame and only deepens a person's suffering. Symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance use then increase, while the quality of relationships decreases.
Fortunately, there is absolutely a way out of this cycle!
Through counseling and psychotherapy, we can work together through the emotional, spiritual, and psychological barriers that are hindering you from living the life that you desire. In spiritual direction, we focus on solely on the spiritual aspects of life.
How do I know if I need counseling/psychotherapy or spiritual direction?
Allison Ricciardi of spiritualdirection.com explains it the best:
"If you are struggling with emotional pain and negative patterns of behavior in your life, dealing with depression or mood disorders, anxiety, addictions or other diagnosable conditions, psychotherapy is your best option. Do you need advice sorting out your life and your relationships? Counseling would be the way to go. Are you trying to grow in your relationship with God and discern the movement of the Holy Spirit in your life? Then spiritual direction is what you should pursue."
Contact me for a free 15 minute consultation where we can discuss your concerns and identify whether counseling/psychotherapy or spiritual direction is best for you. All counseling and spiritual direction services are offered through online through video conferencing at this time.
Phone: (404) 647-4808