Why Spiritually integrated Psychotherapy, Direction & Care?
Spiritual Direction is not so much about God or religion as it is about our life essence. There is a core to our existence and our individuality that longs to understand experience in this sometimes crazy and chaotic world. Many of our questions may remain unanswered. The joy is discovered in the journey. As life comes at us with challenges or change, we all seek to understand our personal experience(s).
Spiritual Direction is an alternative to the biomedical or clinical approaches. The method most used in Spiritual Direction is compassion. Not everyone can hear what we are saying. Most want to offer a solution, tell us what to do, how to manage, or what worked for them. This is not a practice in Spiritual Direction. The only agenda is to listen with compassion. You know yourself better than anyone else. You are the expert of your own life. You know the answers and you know what creates meaning for you. Spiritual Directors are merely a tool through which you learn to discover your self.
Research studies have shown that our spiritual health has a powerful impact on our physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. We are more than our bodies. It is not necessary to believe in God or a Higher Power to admit that there is something to our existence. There is a core being beyond physical existence that affects us in our entirety. This deeper part of our being longs for and deserves compassion and care. Just as we care for our physical (psychological, physical, emotional) self, so should we care for our spiritual self.
Sometimes we just want to be heard. Sometimes we just want to find meaning in our experience(s). Spiritual Direction & Care can help to create harmony and balance between our experiences and our understanding.
About Ramona Christine
I am currently a seminary student. I am working towards my MA as a Pastoral and Spiritual Care provider. I have a BA in Psychology with minor studies in Philosophy and Religious Studies. I am a Registered Psychotherapist in the state of Colorado. My experience includes 5 years as an advocate for battered women, training as a hospice and palliative care provider, one year as a private care provider for the elderly, certified addiction counselor (level I) courses, and intern hours as a hospital and addiction Chaplain.
In addition to providing spiritual care, I also work diligently to better understand my self and my experiences. I have regular contact with a Spiritual Practitioner and a Curandera, both who have played a significant role in my healing, growth, and self-understanding. For additional information or to schedule a free 30-minute consultation, please send an email to Ramona at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.