Do You Long for a Spiritual Connection?
You’ve been searching for a long time, but you’re not exactly sure for what. It feels like something inside you is missing, incomplete or unsettled. Perhaps you grew up in a religious or spiritual setting where you were taught what you “should” believe. Your questions were met with neatly packaged answers. Things were so simple and easy back then: all you had to do was “just believe.”
When real life hit, however, some of the answers you had come to know as “true” were flipped upside down. You were left feeling lost, confused, angry and isolated. Life as you once knew it changed: you no longer saw things in black and white, and whether you liked it or not, you had to get comfortable with the grey. Maybe you’re still trying to get comfortable.
Like others, you may be experiencing any of the following:
You’re searching for answers, but feel like you keep coming up short
You’re not sure what you believe anymore, or you find yourself experiencing conflict between your faith or spiritual tradition and other parts of you
You know or have heard that spirituality is important, but you don’t know where to begin
Maybe your belief system has failed you in a big way, and you’re not sure how to pick up the pieces
You feel like a stranger in the faith community that you grew up in, or maybe you experienced spiritual abuse by your pastor/spiritual leader/church
You don’t believe in any higher power, but are longing for some sort of spiritual connection
Spiritual counseling in Sacramento can help.
One of the main benefits of spiritual counseling is that it can help you foster a deeper connection to yourself. You will come to know yourself more wholly, becoming more attuned to your inner world. This not only allows you to connect with yourself in a new way, but allows you to be more present and authentic in your relationships.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, other benefits of spiritual counseling include:
Helps people cope with difficult life situations
Teaches compassion, forgiveness and gratitude
Enhances a person’s sense of self and empowerment through the choice to decide what their practice looks like
Fosters an individual’s connection to what they believe in and their own personal growth
Encourages meditation and self-reflection
Leads to a meaningful life philosophy
Renews a sense of belonging in the world
Inspires appreciation and awareness of a person’s interaction with the physical environment
What makes me different as a spiritual counselor.
My own spiritual journey has been one of many peaks and valleys, and it's something that I still wrestle with to this day. I think that’s one of the things that makes me unique as a spiritual therapist: I don’t claim to have all the answers or to have everything figured out. I only profess to be on a similar, but unique journey just like you.
Part of my own spiritual path led me to pursuing a master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary where I was afforded the opportunity to learn from world-renowned scholars and theologians. Additionally, I have had years of experience working in faith-based settings, and with people from various faith and non-faith backgrounds.
A word about spiritual abuse.
If you have suffered spiritual abuse, it can have lasting negative effects on your life. It can make you feel like there is something wrong with you or leave you riddled with guilt. I have worked with several people who have been seriously wounded by their faith tradition or people in their religious community. Additionally, I have worked with cult survivors and those involved in extreme fundamentalist faith traditions. There is life after spiritual abuse and you can find inner peace.
“I’m atheist/agnostic how can spiritual therapy help me?”
Although the word “spirituality” can conjure up images of meditation bells, prayer beads, silent retreats, and the like, being spiritual doesn’t have to “look” or be a certain way. Holistic spiritual counseling can help you identify and more fully know what your values are. Why is this important? When faced with big life decisions—such as starting or developing a new relationship, changing careers, and so on—knowing your values can help protect you against taking unwanted detours—in other words, it can serve as a standard by which to compare all things to. This helps you more quickly identify things that are in your best interest, as well as things that may compromise your values and put you at risk.
Moreover, some of the closest relationships I have had with clients were with people without a specific religious affiliation or belief system. I feel humbled by the fact that many of my clients have told me that where they’ve felt judged or misunderstood for their views in the past, they have felt accepted and heard working with me.
"Isaac is a colleague of mine, with whom I have great respect for. Isaac has a way about him that makes people feel immediately comfortable; his knowledge is always impressing me. The biggest compliment I can give a therapist is to answer this question, 'Would I feel comfortable seeing them as my therapist?' and in regards to Isaac the answer is a definite 'yes.'"
- Julie Weckstein, LCSW
If you find yourself wanting to develop a stronger sense of self and/or a deep spiritual connection, I am here to help. Call me today to get started or for a FREE 20 min consultation to see how spiritual counseling may be of benefit to you.
Isaac Smith, MAT, LCSW, NTP is a holistic psychotherapist located in Sacramento and Fair Oaks, CA. He specializes in addiction, anxiety, depression and grief and loss. Isaac is trained in several modalities, including Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Problem Solving Therapy. He is passionate about the interplay between mental health and nutrition, and is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. To find out more about Isaac click here: therapy and counseling in Sacramento and Fair Oaks.