Psychotherapy and pastoral counseling used to contradict each other’s goals. Religion didn’t trust psychology and saw it as self-serving, arrogant and destructive of spiritual values. On the other hand, psychology saw spirituality as self-destructive, naive, and repressive of human potential. But today, secular psychologists appreciate some spiritual and religious practices such as mindfulness. And clinically-trained progressive pastoral counselors see human life through spiritual and scientific lenses. We are informed by the human sciences and humanities as we seek to help our counseling clients become healthy– spirituality and mentally.
For over 30 years I have been a licensed clinical therapist with a background in Christian (Catholic, mainline Protestant) and Jewish spiritual care. I am a trained Spiritual Director and Doctoral-level Pastoral Therapist and a former religious educator who works closely with adults in times of life-cycle events from birth to death. Being present to people in their suffering is something I have welcomed as a calling that reminds me to keep working on my own healing.
Through my personal and professional experience and ongoing education in Christian and Jewish spirituality, I collaborate with clients to draw on their own spiritual traditions to stay spiritually attuned to their values using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to cope with concerns such as:
- Depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder
- Co-dependence, toxic shame and guilt, perfectionism despite our life-giving theologies
- Stress from trying to control everything that worries us
- Whether to marry, or divorce
- Moral and ethical medical decision-making, including reproductive health and end-of-life
- Suicide loss: guilt, anger, lack of resolution
- Honoring your or a loved one’s gender identity–and grieving the past
- Spirituality of aging: preparing your ethical will
I invite you to call or email me for an appointment at my near-downtown Littleton office, in my cabin-like space ideal for spiritual reflection and psychological healing. Contact me for an appointment at 720-283-3933 or Laura.firstname.lastname@example.org