Q: Who is a good candidate for spiritual direction?
A: Anyone who desires to discuss and explore his or her experiences of and connection with God likely would find spiritual direction a meaningful practice.
Q: Is spiritual direction like therapy?
A: Spiritual direction is both similar and dissimilar to counseling in several ways. As a director I meet one-on-one with directees on a regular basis, while keeping the entirety of our conversations confidential. Unlike therapy, however, which generally is issue based with a psychological focus, spiritual direction has a spiritual focus that is not necessarily oriented around the alleviation of particular issues. Many individuals pursue therapy and spiritual direction concurrently, as both practices can be mutually beneficial. If you are interested in seeing a therapist, I highly suggest connecting with <a href="http://www.sacredground.co/">Jenna Toops at Sacred Ground Counseling</a>. She is a gifted and well-trained practitioner specializing in trauma recovery work.
Q: What is your role as a spiritual director?
A: The term “director” can be a bit misleading as it seems to imply a hierarchical relationship, wherein I direct or guide the lives and decisions of those with whom I meet. This is not the function of a director. My role is to join another in a journey of co-discernment where together we seek to understand and observe the movement and work of God. In this role I ask many questions, reframe what the directee shares, and join him or her in prayerful reflection. I do not give advice or counsel, but rather, like a good host, I hold space for directees to pursue the Spirit of God at work in their lives and in the world.
Q: I’m not a Christian but am interested in spiritual content. Is spiritual direction still appropriate?
A: Yes! Spiritual direction can occur across religious lines, as God is at work in all of humankind. While my own convictions, practices, and perspectives are rooted in the Christian faith, I see directees who are eager to explore their own spiritual sensibilities, whatever form that may take.
Q: How often would I meet with you?
A: Generally, spiritual direction sessions occur once a month. This rhythm gives space for the directee to become aware of and reflect on God’s movement and work between sessions.
Q: What do you charge for a session?
A: My fees are $65 for an hour session. I also offer a $45 rate for undergraduate students.
Q: Where did you receive your training?
A: I completed my masters and doctoral degrees in theology at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. My training and certification as a spiritual director are from the Institute for Christian Spirituality, here in Nashville. I also hold a graduate certificate in conflict management from the Institute for Conflict Management.
Q: Where are you located?
A: My office is at 609 West Iris Drive Nashville, TN 37204.
Q: I don’t live in Nashville, but would like to pursue spiritual direction. Can you offer direction over the phone?
A: Absolutely. Many individuals struggle to find directors near where they live, and directors commonly offer direction over the phone. I am happy to conduct sessions via phone for those who do not live in or near Nashville. In general, these sessions would occur monthly, just like in-person sessions.