I'm interested in Spiritual Direction... Now What?
That's wonderful! I am so excited and honored you are considering me as your spiritual director.
Spiritual Direction is for you if: You are seeking spiritual and personal growth You desire a safe context to explore your experiences of God You want to deepen your life with spiritual practices You seek to connect to the Sacred each day You are in a season/time of discernment or uncertainty in your life
Below you will find a few FAQ's that I hope are helpful. If you are interested in meeting with me, please fill out the inquiry form, and I will get in touch with you shortly about the next step. I look forward to hearing from you!
What is the purpose of Spiritual Direction? The purpose is to grow spiritually and find one's identity in God/the Divine. The spiritual director is primarily one who helps another person develop his/her own skills in listening to the voice of God in one's life; this happens in a myriad of ways, including but not limited to: prayer, communal worship, meditative scriptural reading, labyrinth walks, silence, etc.
Is Spiritual Direction like counseling? Spiritual Direction is not counseling in the sense that directors do do not offer psychological assessments or treatments. If a director senses that psychological issues need to be addressed for a directee, he or she would refer the client to a licensed counselor. Spiritual Direction can, however, involve discussion of all aspects of one's life because God/the Divine works in everything. Our discussion focuses on how you sense God/the Divine moving or "showing up" in the different areas of your life--what are you noticing, hearing, and feeling in your relationships, work, studies, volunteering, finances, dreams, fears, activities, hobbies, etc. The purpose is to discern how the Divine is speaking and relating to you on your spiritual journey.
What is a session normally like? Sessions can vary depending on your director and you, but most often there will be a general format. Sessions are usually held at a specified location, occur for about 45-60 minutes, are in a quiet location, include deep listening/prayer, questions from your director about your spiritual/religious life, and may include recommendations on certain prayer practices, activities, or readings to develop your prayer/spiritual life.
What is your training to be a spiritual director? Great question! I graduate with Masters in Spiritual Direction at Houston Graduate School of Theology December or 2016! I am currently meeting with individuals as I am able depending on the frequency of each of my clients.
How often do we meet? Each person is different in their spiritual needs, goals, and desires. Some people like to meet every two weeks if they are experiencing a life-change, seeking discernment for decisions, or experiencing a difficult season of life. For most individuals, I find that one meeting per month is good.
Does it have to be in person? Where will we meet? There are a variety of options. I have a spiritual direction office located in Humble, TX. If, however, you live outside of Houston or commuting is an issue we can arrange for Skype or FaceTime sessions. Occasionally, phone sessions may be useful if you are traveling or may not have internet access for period of time.
Is there a fee? Many directors do charge a fee for their sessions, average rates are about $65-85/hr. My rate is $75/hr. I have limited availability to see clients for free at the Hines Spirituality Center at Christ Church Cathedral for free. Please let me know if the fee is an issue.
Are the meetings confidential? The conversations we have are confidential with respect to your identity during the session and what we discuss, but they are not legally confidential as in the case of psychologist. Spiritual Directors are required to disclose child abuse, elder abuse and physical harm to self or others.
Do I have to be a Christian? Do I have to be involved in a faith community? I am pleased to work with both Christians and non-Christians. The main requirement is that you have an active spiritual/faith life. Spiritual Direction works best when you are actively devoting time to your personal spiritual journey both in private and in community. Ideally you have some type of spiritual community, but it does not necessarily have to be a formal religious community. If you are interested in meeting with me please fill out the form and we will discuss if spiritual direction is a good fit for you at this time.
What are your expectations as my spiritual director? I expect from my clients that they are open to the leading of God/the Divine, and regularly want to engage in a relationship with God/the Divine. I also expect that each of my clients will commit to a minimum of two hours of reflective/contemplative spiritual practice per week. There are many forms your spiritual practice may include like journaling, meditating, physical yoga, art-making, enjoying nature, and more...I do not require a specific practice, but encourage you to try many and be intentional as you seek to grow spiritually.
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Lauren is a member of Spiritual Directors International.