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.
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.