Spiritually Integrative Counseling
Historically, spirituality did not play a role in psychotherapy or in the mental health field. However, due to a growing interest in empirical research which shows that therapy should address the entire being – mind, body, spirit, and even community – there is much more support for spiritual integration in health care. At Creative Family Counseling, we value this integrative approach to helping the whole person along with their journey to wellness.
Spirituality can be both a source of difficulty as well as a positive coping resource in times of stress, which is often when people experience symptoms which may bring them to seeking the professional support of a therapist.
Spiritual values help many people make sense out of the universe and define the purpose of life. Because these values often play a large role in functioning, they should be viewed as a resource in the therapy room.
Spiritually integrated therapists are able to assess client’s spirituality for the ways in which values, beliefs, and practices function in life-giving and life-limiting ways and then help clients address those challenges and draw on helpful spiritual resources. During the assessment process, our therapists will gather an understanding of how certain beliefs or practices of the client can be useful focal points for exploration.
Creative Family Counseling welcomes people of any or no faith or spiritual background. Many of our team members are graduates of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary and have been trained in how to integrate clients’ spirituality and belief systems into counseling. We offer an open, non-judgmental space for our clients to gain insight into the ways their core beliefs and values are reflected in their behaviors. We recognize that there are multiple paths toward fulfilling spiritual needs and believe that one pathway is no better than any other.