Is Faith or Spirituality important to your identity?
Folks have spiritual leaders to answer theological questions, but having a therapist who respects your spiritual beliefs can be life-changing for holistic support and healing. Communities of faith do not always affirm therapy as an important aspect of healing from anxiety, trauma, body image concerns, or relational issues. And therapists are not always respectful of the worldviews of people of faith or understanding of the pain that a crisis of faith can create. Sometimes folks put off going to therapy for fear of being judged or misunderstood by therapists or because their communities discourage them from seeking help for mental health.
People of faith often want therapy with someone who understands and respects their spiritual life as part of their identity—for a possible source of strength and meaning as well as a possible source of pain or confusion. Often concepts from religion and/or spiritual upbringings are woven into struggles with anxiety, body image, and relationships and people deserve to know that their religious or spiritual beliefs will be attended to with care and respect in the therapeutic relationship.
It is a great joy and deeply meaningful for me to create a space in therapy for folks who have faith as a core identity and source of strength or calling in their life. I’m always grateful for the chance to come alongside people of faith to help them feel supported as they heal from anxiety or trauma, care for themselves more holistically, and increase the health of their relationships. This has been a unique specialty of mine since graduate school, where I studied the intersection of psychology and spirituality and I have worked for most of my career in settings and/or with clients where faith and religious beliefs were foundational topics of identity and integrated into therapy.
If these words ring true to your experience as a person of faith, let’s talk about how I can help you incorporate strengths from this identity, explore how your worldview might be changing, and/or build connection to your beliefs and faith community in a meaningful and lasting way. Let’s get started.
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