Have You Been Pondering Questions About Spirituality?
Spiritual counseling is not psychological counseling, but rather reflective listening and faith-filled prayer, that helps remind an individual that we are immersed in Spirit and God are always present in every situation, as a constant resource and a mirror to guide us in what needs to be healed or learned. Spiritual Counseling helps an individual relate spiritual principles and law to stories and situations that they find themselves in. Through this internal processing, blocks are removed from our awareness, revealing a deeper understanding and connection in our life. You can search the world for your answers, but until you truly understand yourself and the way you silently, and unknowingly, engage the laws of the universe, the happiness, self-love, inner wisdom, peace, and enlightenment you seek will most likely evade you. Let’s affirm, “I am open and receptive to the Infinite One’s inspiration, guidance, and healing, flowing through me at this moment now.”
Practicing spirituality brings a sense of meaning and purpose to our lives. Are you looking for a compassionate sounding board to contemplate spiritual reality? I provide the opportunity for you to explore whether there is more to life than what is on the surface.
Many People Experience Spirituality And Spiritual Growth In Complex Ways
Some people look to a higher power they call “God.” For others, spirituality is a hobby or a passion, such as fishing or sports. Still, others believe in an inextricable connection to “the universe” through religious faith, while some feel the same way via shared human experiences.
Religion can be a powerful vehicle for this connection when guided by love and compassion. Some, however, believe that religion is responsible for a great deal of harm in the world.
Some experiences are just too complex, maybe even mystical, to share with others—especially if their beliefs are different from yours. It’s important to be able to share this part of your life in an open, non-judgmental space with someone who is committed to truly hearing and understanding you. I can help you explore your spiritual connection to the world.
Whether you have solid convictions about this subject or are still exploring, a spiritual counselor can help you parse these thoughts with sensitivity and understanding.
How Can Counseling Help With Spirituality?
How Does Spiritual Counseling Work
While listening, your spiritual counselor will ask you gentle questions and reflect thoughts back to you. This will help you clarify in your own mind the issues before you. Your spiritual counselor does not offer specific solutions nor will he/she attempt to “fix” your problem. Instead, you will be encouraged to reach within yourself to your own inner guide to find your own best solution. As with other kinds of counseling, spiritual counseling affords you the opportunity to talk in confidence with someone who will hear you fully without exercising any form of personal judgment. Simply by being allowed to tell your story in your own words you will begin to feel great relief and comfort.
You are immersed in God’s Presence and with each breath, you take you are filled by the Wisdom and Life of God; therefore you are never separate from God. In God’s eye, you are filled with infinite potential and blessed with the abundance and wonder of life. This Infinite potential fills your being is a creative power that can solve any problem you face. Simply by shifting your attention away from the “external problem” to this “inner potential” will allow this wonderful, creative power to bring forth solutions that are in your highest and best interest. A Spiritual Counselor assists you in tapping into this “inner power.”
It is our belief that one of the most important decisions we ever make is choosing to learn, grow, and evolve. All too often, however, we set aside our spiritual growth, thinking that we will find time in the future to explore it. Or, we have an understanding of spiritual truth, but still find ourselves locked into habitual reactions that cause painful consequences, unable to apply the things we know to our lives.
Exploring spirituality in counseling can help clarify your sense of purpose in life. Discovering what life looks like through the context of the soul, you will see your experiences differently. From the perspective of the soul, all your experiences offer you opportunities to grow spiritually: even the painful ones.
Our role is to help you recognize your wholeness, even if your experiences have told you that you are not enough, or that you are flawed and unlovable. We have great respect for your unique spiritual journeys, and we consider it an honor and a privilege to assist you along your path.
YOU MAY HAVE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT SPIRITUAL COUNSELING…
WILL YOU IMPOSE YOUR BELIEF SYSTEM ON ME?
Absolutely not. The spiritual counselor's role is to listen to you and focus on your beliefs, not theirs. We are here to be a sounding board for you to process your spirituality and help you live a life in accordance with your spiritual values. We believe that each person has the divine right to seek, understand, and live the True Spiritual Life in their way.
DON’T HAVE TO BE A PASTOR OR SOMETHING?
It's very important to discuss spiritual concerns with counselors who have received training. Rev. Justin has received extensive training in spiritual counseling. He has many real-life learning situations that pushed him to his limits. Rev.Dr. Hurtado received a BS in Psychology and BA in Human Services, A Master’s degree in Divinity, Sacred Theology, and a Ph.D. in Psychology/Spiritual Counseling. In addition to a diploma in Transpersonal Coaching. Furthermore, he is a semi-retired Orthodox Catholic priest.
I'M CURIOUS ABOUT SPIRITUALITY, BUT I DON’T SEE HOW IT’S RELEVANT TO THE PROBLEMS I’M FACING.
Counseling can help you understand how your core beliefs are reflected in your daily life—from significant decisions down to the little ones. There may come a time when you discover that those values need to be reexamined, or your behavior needs to be refined to be more congruent with those values.
Exploring spirituality involves more than just worshiping or praying; it can help you better understand the meaning of life, cope with loss or death, and help you become tolerant and understanding of those who believe differently. In short, spirituality can be more relevant to your daily life and the challenges you face than you may realize.
Learn More About Spiritual Counseling
If you are ready to try working with a spiritual counselor, we offer a free 45-minute phone consultation. You can reach us at 415-754-9442 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Counseling is offered in-person in Dr. Hurtado's private practice or globally online via Zoom. Dr. Hurtado is bilingual in Spanish and English.