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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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