Integrating your spirituality into your therapeutic process can be such an important piece to your healing process. Too often, the mental health world forgets to touch on this realm altogether. We recognize that individuals seeking mental health services come from many spiritual practices, and we understand that people from different spiritual backgrounds have different values, practices, and beliefs, and want to honor and incorporate those values when working with individuals in therapy.
- What role did spirituality play in your life as a child?
- What beliefs and traditions play a role in your life now?
- Which beliefs and traditions have you let go?
- How does your spirituality influence your relationship with family members?
Many people turn to spirituality in difficult times, leaning on faith and community to help support them through. Studies have shown that spirituality is often linked to resilience for many people. When your spirituality is woven into the rest of your life, it should certainly be included during this process of deep inner exploration.
“I Left My Religious Background”
We understand the impact that stepping away from a religious background can leave on an individual. Experiences of feeling rejected, criticized and judged can undoubtedly leave you with feelings of anger. And, along with anger, often there is a parallel experience of sadness and loss. To leave may have meant losing a piece of your identity as well as your entire community. It is important in our therapeutic process to acknowledge these complex feelings and experiences and incorporate them into our work.
- Did you take a step back from the religion you grew up in?
- Do you feel stuck in feelings of guilt and shame?
- Does your family have difficulty accepting your lifestyle?
Together, we will find your boundaries and your balance, a new way to be in the world, and will uncover the strength in your authenticity.
Please visit our Multi-Cultural and Diversity Issues page as well.