Spiritual Direction

During the first day of the 2015 MEA Conference at The St. Paul River Centre, Thursday October 16, 2015.  PHOTO by JOHN DOMAN

We believe that mental health and spiritual health are closely connected.  It is common for a person to identify a spiritual issue while working through treatment for an addiction or emotional difficulty.  It is also common for a person to experience a block in his or her spiritual life, and then discover some psychological difficulty or relationship issue that is contributing to it.

Spiritual Direction is a great Catholic tradition that offers each of us a companion for life’s journey and an opportunity to:

  • See God’s presence in your life
  • Identify and trust your own experience of God
  • Integrate spirituality into your daily activities
  • Discern and make choices while looking for God’s will in your life
  • Share hurts and search for meaning and healing
  • Talk about losses and move towards forgiveness
  • Discuss spiritual struggles and look for courage and grace
  • Benefit from learning new ways to pray and for growing closer to God

Spiritual Direction is a private and confidential one-on-one meeting, similar to counseling in this way. Sessions are generally a 60 to 90 minutes long, once a month at a conveniently planned time and date. Spiritual Direction can be a few consultations, or last many years. There are some similarities to counseling, but the focus is on spiritual matters. We believe that spiritual growth/healing and psychological growth/healing do overlap.

Some people contact Gratia Plena and begin in counseling, but then move to spiritual direction after the counseling issues are resolved. Others start with spiritual direction and realize the need for counseling as issues are being discussed. Some of our clients meet with a counselor and then also with a spiritual director in alternating visits.