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Why look for a spiritual companion? 

Life can come in gentle waves, but occasionally in greater ones or even tsunamis... It may be smooth sailing for quite some time, when suddenly the sky darkens, your boat begins to rock, and then the waves hit the sides harder. The spray goes from refreshing to frightening. When you have those times, you may feel the need for a spiritual companion -- not a skipper to take over the rudder of your boat, but to help you guide it, to offer gentle words of calm as you find your own power again. No one is ever truly without their own spiritual compass -- but sometimes we all may need a little help in locating its guidance again. 

One who listens deeply

Listening is a lost art in our world and culture. A spiritual companion is a precious jewel to add to one's life: a caring person who listens. One who can empower YOU, help to light the path and open doorways in your heart and spirit.  I have called myself a signpost on the path that says, "Go this way", or "You're on the right path!"... alternatively who may indicate, subtly and gently, "Perhaps a little more meditation on this would be helpful... talk to Spirit/The Divine/God/Goddess a bit more, before making a move."  Mostly a spiritual companion who is trained as I am, in "Clinical Pastoral Education", in interfaith ministry and in the psycho-spiritual dimensions of life, will LISTEN. Listen deeply. With all senses, including the heart and intuition. 

 

A multifaith toolkit

Currently I am a member of various spiritual care organizations, and have offered listening, insights and spiritual support to people in all walks and stages of life for over three decades. I describe myself as an interfaith spiritual care counselor today, as I am trained in a wide variety of faiths and spiritual practices. My Clinical Pastoral Education training as a professional chaplain was in the hospital, working with every stage of life or situation.  My work experience has included hospice care, private homes, memory care, assisted living residences and shelters. (Including animal shelters.)  I have performed many weddings, facilitated memorial services, blessed babies, and generally been at peoples' sides in all manner of crises, transitions, rocky or smooth moments. Helping families, spouses or partners whose loved ones are dying, or who have recently passed away, aka bereavement support, is also part of my long experience.

 

My spiritual toolkit spans the spectrum of faiths and ancient wisdom traditions, and I will tailor it to your needs. The modalities of spiritual companioning and guidance I offer may include silent meditation, guided visualization, prayer, the Enneagram, astrology, working with angels -- in short, we can draw from a range of methods drawn from many theologies, philosophies or religious traditions. Asking questions to help you explore your needs and goals, or simply finding humor to laugh together we can journey together as companions.  An ethical spiritual companion will never proselytize or preach.  I have worked with people of all genders (or none), including those transitioning. 

My doctorate is in Religious Studies. Additionally I received an honorary ordination some years ago for my decades of spiritual leadership for human beings, the "Other-than-Human", and the Earth. 

Fees and services

My regular fee is $60/hour.

The initial half-hour consultation is offered free of charge, by phone. 

(Sliding scale fees are available to those with financial limitations.) 

 

I'm a member of Spiritual Directors International and The Spiritual Care Association. You can also find me listed in their directory at: https://www.sdicompanions.org

 

If all this seems of interest to you, and would like to discuss how a "spiritual companion" might be able to help or inspire, please reach out via the contact page on this website.  After our initial talk, if you would like to continue, we can choose whether to meet via Zoom, phone, in person or a mix of those.

(I have had the COVID vaccinations and booster.)

May your path be very blessed! 

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