Frequently Asked Questions:
Why do people come for spiritual guidance?
People seek out spiritual guidance for many reasons, for example, to learn to understand their own spiritual experiences, to share hopes and fears, to weave spirituality into daily life, to discern options around a difficult choice, or to receive support during a time of transition.
What will a first meeting be like?
An introductory session is a chance to get to know each other well enough to discern whether we are a good "fit". I will share a bit about myself and answer any questions you may have about me or about the process of spiritual guidance. You can share anything about yourself that you feel comfortable with. There is no charge for the introductory meeting. If we discern together that we would like to go forward, we will schedule our first session.
How long is a session, and how often are they scheduled?
General practice is to schedule one hour-long session/month or so.
Is there a set number of sessions I need to have?
Some seekers use direction for a specific, shorter-term purpose, such as making a major life decision or getting support during a time of transition. Others engage in spiritual guidance as a regular practice for a period of months or years. There are no hard and fast rules -every seeker is unique.
What happens during a spiritual guidance session?
That will depend upon what works best to support you. As you are comfortable, we will explore your life, looking for where you find the deepest meaning. I will not probe for personal details. You are in control of what you are ready to share. Most of the time my focus will centre upon being compassionately present, listening deeply and with an open heart to what you have to say.
Do I have to belong to a specific religion to participate in spiritual guidance?
No. We will journey into places which are meaningful to you. For some, this is a particular faith life, and for others, it may be family, time spent in nature, creative activity, etc.
Is spiritual guidance a kind of therapy?
No. I am not trained as a therapist, and spiritual guidance sessions are not focussed on healing psychological trauma. Some seekers may work with a therapist in addition to spiritual guidance. If during our time together we think you might benefit from counselling, I can offer referrals.
Will what I tell you be kept in confidence?
Yes. As a member of Spiritual Directors International, I follow their Guidelines for Ethical Conduct.(You can learn more about them at www.sdicompanions.org). I have made a commitment to the integrity of the practice of spiritual guidance. Respecting your privacy, values, culture, spirituality and theology is of primary importance.
Get in Touch!
Booking: To schedule an introductory appointment, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
My practice is based in Cambridge, Ontario. While most seekers prefer in-person sessions, telephone, Skype and FaceTime sessions can also be arranged.
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