Spiritual direction has many benefits: Deeper connection to God, others, and your true self; more peace, contemplation, meaning, and purpose in your life; also learning new spiritual disciplines and methods. The blessings are wonderful. New directees are always welcome.

Do you want to do spiritual direction with someone who understands the concerns not only of clergy and lay people, but also people who are "spiritual but not religious"? Do you want to do spiritual direction from the comfort of your own home without the expense and hassle of having to travel? “Distance Spiritual Direction" is also available.

WHAT IS SPIRITUAL DIRECTION?

Spiritual direction is an intentional relationship in which a person (the directee) meets individually with another person (the spiritual director) to explore his or her spiritual journey in a confidential, supportive, nonjudgmental environment. Spiritual direction does not imply that the director tells the directee what to do or not do. The term "direction" implies an attentiveness to the ways in which the Spirit is working in the directee’s life.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTION?

• deeper awareness of God’s presence, love, and grace in all things

• deeper connection to your true self, others, and creation

• learning new spiritual disciplines, prayer, meditation, etc.

• discerning God’s will in decisions you face

• renewal or deepening of faith, hope, life’s purpose

• support and encouragement in all life’s spiritual struggles with relationships, family, your work or calling, goals, dreams, loss, illness, recovery, religious teachings, etc.

• more silence, serenity, freedom, meaning, and wisdom in your life

HOW OFTEN DO WE HAVE SESSIONS?

Depending on your individual needs, we can have sessions as often as once a week or as seldom as once every few months. For sustained progress and growth, it is recommended that it be at least once a month. Spiritual direction can take place for just a few sessions or for many years, as long as you feel it is continuing to be beneficial. Many see the value of regular, ongoing feedback throughout their spiritual life. The spiritual director can become your lifelong spiritual support person no matter where you live.

WHO IS THE SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR?

Rich Painter, M.S., LMFT has over fifteen years of ministry experience and brings an extensive history of experience in spiritually based healing ministry. He received his Masters degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. In addition to the spiritual and theological training he received at Fuller Seminary, he has also received Spiritual Direction training from Dr. Larry Crabb. For more information about Rich, click on the About page.

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION CAN ALSO BE DONE ONLINE

Doing spiritual direction online offers the convenience of receiving spiritual support regardless of physical location. Often in rural areas and small towns there are no spiritual directors available, and in large cities, traffic, travel times, and distances can be challenges for people. Not only that, but with Skype it’s like being right in the room with your spiritual director. So why spend a lot of unnecessary time on the road?

BENEFITS OF DISTANCE SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

• you can talk to the director from the comfort and privacy of your own home or office

• no travel time and cost, and no traffic or weather to contend with

• the director is a neutral, objective, totally safe person to talk to

HOW DOES DISTANCE SPIRITUAL DIRECTION WORK?

Skype:  With Skype, once you are set up, you can see and talk to anyone anywhere in the world for free! All this requires is a web camera (if you have a laptop there is probably a webcam built into it) or purchasing a USB web camera (usually $20-$50) at any technology store (or ordering one online), or you may be able to use your digital camera as a webcam by plugging it into your computer. Then you just download the free Skype software from www.skype.com/help/guides/howtoskype.

Phone:  Distance spiritual direction can also be done by phone. Whether by Skype or by phone, the spiritual director will email you a list of times when he is available and you simply choose a time that is convenient for you.

 HOW DO I GET STARTED?

For a free phone consultation and to schedule a session, contact:

904-800-8553

skycounselingcenter@gmail.com

FEE: $75 - $140 per session, based on sliding scale income.