click tracking
Online Therapy Skype Psychotherapy Spiritually-based Psychotherapy

JanusJanoOnline Therapy for Individuals + Couples

x

Schedule 1st Session

Introductory Session $50
x

Schedule 1st Session

Introductory Session $50

Online Spiritually-Infused Therapy

edge

Find that traditional psychotherapy leaves you feeling “soul-less”?

That is in traditional therapy, you might find some new behavior, or learn some new insight about yourself, but it just doesn’t connect to anything beyond that. You have this sense of something more, but it doesn’t seem appropriate to bring up spirituality or your religion in your therapy.

Do you wonder where God—or whatever you call the universal force (i.e., the Universe, Shakti, the Godhead, Buddha-mind, Christ, etc.—fits into your therapy?

Do you want to bring up spiritual issues with your therapist but feel you would be shut down or infantilized? Or perhaps you have separated yourself your spirituality from your therapeutic work.

Psychotherapy and Spirituality are made to go together.

Online therapy that combines with the spiritual domain can be an extremely effective way in helping people trying to clarify and understand themselves on a deeper level. Online therapy for people who are also interested in spiritual issues is an important method of working—especially in today’s technologically focused workaday world. In fact, without some sense of the mystical or the spiritual, sometimes a virtual or Skype session can become unreal and even more distancing and isolating for you as the client!

Let’s face it: everyday life is hard, but to imagine life without a spiritual dimension makes it even harder, more flat and uninviting, and lacking any passion that makes life worth living. Therefore, to include spirituality in a session, although not required and certainly not forced upon clients, is an important dimension to consider in any work on the mind, ego and spirit. And yet, this massive dimension to being a human is often ignored by most therapists (careful as they are to be politically correct as well as “scientific” and “rigourous”—code words typically for anti-spiritual in the therapy realm). To ignore spirituality though is to deaden therapy… and life. There is nothing wrong in seeking help to clarify your situation through spiritually-infused therapy work.

“Which therapists work with spirituality? Isn’t that really specific?”

Yes, it is. In fact, many people who have a spiritual desire have no idea where to turn to find help in the therapeutic world. It is common for people to feel lost when finding the right therapist who works with spirituality, especially online were the choices are overwhelming (there are a lot of general therapists) or paltry (very few therapists work specifically within the spiritual domain).

A good first step is to make sure the therapist is licensed to practice therapy and holds a professional, university degree in counselling. Second, make sure that they specialize in working with spirituality (or, at the least are publicly open to the idea). Some therapists bring their own traditional views of therapy—and the merits of the spiritual domain in particular—and this can be extremely detrimental and damaging to clients who are not aware of their bias.

“What if I believe in a religion though? That’s not really spiritual.”

That’s fine. Religions have though, as a basis, a spiritual aspect. Many people divide the spiritual domain with the religious one: to me, this is unnecessary. I can work equally within the religious domain as the spiritual.

“Shouldn’t I go to a priest, a rabbi, etc. instead of seeing a therapist about this?”

It depends on what the issue is. However, many psychological issues have a spiritual dimension. To discuss them with someone unfamiliar with the psychological domain may not give you the full clarity you are looking for. As well, a psychological practitioner who is also versed in the religious and spiritual dimensions is able to see your situation from a multiple angles and points of view. Third, a therapist may be able to offer a non-judgmental perspective that is outside the usual purview of religious leader or teacher.

“Isn’t this just flakey?”

If you question whether or not the spiritual dimension is flakey, we can talk about that doubt too. Some clients have doubts about spirituality but still are drawn to it for inexplicable reasons. A doubt seems to pop up whenever they consider the idea of their association with the domain. Yet, the question of whether something holds value or not is not necessary a fixed truth. In fact, that is exactly what faith is: a position or valued truth deep within someone that they know to be true—regardless of facts, opinions and judgments of others.

Full of gratitude, I thank you. I’m so grateful that I found a therapist who didn’t dismiss my concerns as infantile and neurotic. I knew there was something there and I felt it needed to come out. God must have made us meet, as it always is, and I feel blessed for our encounter.
Mark
Tidal’s knowledge of Buddhism and Christianity is impressive. I appreciate his ability to jump between many different viewpoints and give me ideas from many religious thinkers and scholars. He is very kind, smart and loves to laugh!
Lucy

Why choose me as your spiritually-infused but psychologically rigourous therapist?

Unlike most therapists, I operate on multiple levels with clients, depending on where they come to me from. For example, some clients want “quick fixes” (i.e., behavioral ideas) to problems —and that is something I can address and quickly deliver to them. Others, knowing that quick fixes and behavioral techniques can never “cure” or fix their problems, would like to do psychological, deeper work with me to fully clarify what needs to be addressed. Finally, some clients want to explore the spiritual dimension, apply what they know there, and gain a deeper understanding of how it connects with their everyday, psychological position. All three of these aspects—the cognitive-behavioral, the psychological, and the spiritual—am I able to examine and enter with my clients.

I would like to become a client and start to explore my psycho-spiritual dimension in therapy. What should I do next?

Get in touch. Click on the buttons below and schedule your first appointment. I always welcome new clients and look forward to meeting and helping you.

Therapy has long ignored the spiritual nature of humanity. Adding a spiritually focused dimension to therapy recognizes that you are more than just a physical being and encourages you to draw upon this idea (and some say reality) to change your life.

The spiritual dimension emphasizes that we are spiritual beings and that our reality is much bigger than just the physical, goal-oriented, self-oriented life. Spirituality is a vital aspect of humanity that must be accessed by faith, making faith one of our greatest resources for change (and for those that balk at “faith,” saying that its bunk, I say: “You faith in your denial of faith.”) Faith is foundational to our self-worth and identity. Faith lifts our vision from our own weakness to the spiritual power available to us. Faith reminds us that we are not alone and do not have to accomplish everything on our own. Integrating spirituality into therapy connects us to a bigger love and universe, increases our sense of self-worth, deepens life’s meaning and purpose and better equips us to experience our greatest potential.

What are the Benefits of Spiritually Focused Counselling?

  • Deepens the therapeutic concept, allowing bigger changes into one’s life
  • Allows for broader ideas (faith, what am I doing here?, what is my relationship to this world? to others?) to be talked about in therapy
  • Encourages us to see the complexity, fullness, and abundance of life, rather than the simple demands and demarcations of a corporate and capitalistic society
You will be encouraged to explore your spirituality for resources you might have overlooked. You will be encouraged to participate in spiritual exercises consistent with your spiritual beliefs, such as meditation, mindfulness, journaling or prayer. You will be able to draw upon the spiritual power available through your faith and spiritual principles you hold dear.

This therapeutic dimensions encourages integration by addressing the spiritual and mental aspects of mental health, utilizing spiritually sensitive practices and disciplines along with standard clinical procedures. This approach often stimulates more profound change because issues are addressed more holistically, considering both the mind and the soul. As you learn how to draw upon the spiritual resources you possess, you will gain a more nuanced perspective of yourself, the challenges you face and the potential you possess to experience the life you desire.