In spiritual direction, I (the "director") companion you over the course of time (usually meeting monthly) to help discover how God is present and working in your life. This relationship helps you (the "directee") enhance connection with God and engagement with the world. The focus is on your relationship with God and how to nurture that through prayer and inner work. I do not have all the answers. In fact, spiritual direction is more about praying the questions. It is a relationship of companionship, and trust helps you experience God in personal ways. The goal is to be available to what God uniquely offers you.
As a spiritual coach, I use my experiences, perspectives, and training to help you explore a desired path. While always attuned to the movements of God, this relationship is more practical, strategic, and goal oriented than spiritual direction. One may pursue coaching because you recognize something in my professional and spiritual journey that can enhance discernment. My approach to coaching focuses on understanding gifts and skills, processing experiences, mapping opportunities, and assessing spiritual and practical needs.
Pastoral counseling is professional counseling that embraces spirituality. It is a holistic approach in which I use my clinical counselor training to honor you emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Pastoral counseling helps with challenges and transitions that present opportunities to learn about, change, or fix part of your life. As a pastoral counselor, I try to help you discover more about your goals and faith as you focus on the need for healing.
Consultation and Connection
If you are unsure of your needs, I can offer more information or ideas for other resources. There is no charge for an initial consultation, which might include conversation about the differences between pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, and coaching. It might touch on questions of spirituality, theology, and trust. The goal is to help you discern what kind of help interests you, and how to find it.
Some of these supports are offered in partnership with The Carpenter's House.