Looking for a spiritual community that is right for you is a tender and sometimes perplexing process. Please take your time, breathe deeply if anything feels stressful and smile often as you embark on this significant journey.
This brief guide provides some helpful questions to ask yourself before you begin, what to ask a member and what to look for when visiting a community. Please choose those that seem helpful to your unique quest. This is not another to-do list!
There are few tasks more important and yet more bewildering than selecting a therapist. There are so many diverse terms, titles, labels and orientations in the world of professional counselors and therapists, it can be difficult for the layperson to navigate the maze. In addition, choosing a therapist is a very personal matter. This is a person with whom we are going to have deep and intimate conversations. It is understandable that we want to choose the “right” person.
It is hard for some people, particularly those who tend to be pragmatic, hard-headed and no nonsense folks, to understand how psychotherapy works. The fact is—it does work! Let’s reflect for a moment on how and why it works, so that your expectations for therapy are clear and reasonable.
Psychotherapy works because a therapist provides you with a safe place. First, you are safe physically, safe from danger, abuse and/or manipulation. The professional parameters that surround the profession of psychothera...
The term “spirituality” is very popular these days, but there is no single clear definition of what the word means.
Spirituality is that aspect of the human psyche that seeks experientially to connect us with that which is beyond time and space, commonly thought of as the Divine, the Eternal or the Transcendent. Human spirituality is reflected in stories, myths and beliefs and acted out in the world through values, morals, ethical behavior. It is what gives our lives meaning and purpose.
Depression is the most common of all of the psychological problems people can struggle with. It is often referred to as “the common cold” of mental disorders. It is estimated that at any given time, 18-20 million Americans suffer from a depressive disorder and unfortunately, it is also one of the fastest growing diagnoses in America today.
Depression comes in various strengths, forms and hues. There are chronic depressions, severe “clinical” depressions, bipolar depressions, seasonal depressions and depr...