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It is difficult to define spirituality. Each individual, more often than not, will have their own version of what spirituality means to them. For some, spirituality is associated with believing in a Higher Power, for others, it may be a secular practice, an experience pertaining to an inner wisdom or a connection to Mother Nature. Because of its ambiguity, issues of a spiritual nature can manifest in the therapy room in a number of different ways. Sometimes, people begin therapy, feeling as though something is missing. Some report feeling empty, unsatisfied, no longer present or feel as though life has become meaningless. Often, people have forgotten how to identify with what it is they want and need and as a result, feel as though they have lost their way. They may feel disconnected from themselves and others and feel low in energy, low in spirit.

In therapy, you, the client are helped to develop greater awareness as to how you interrupt your own flow of energy, wisdom and knowledge and in doing so, are supported in connecting more deeply to your own autonomy and sense of self. An important part of this process is becoming re-acquainted with our own bodies. We experience life in our bodies, so being heavily caught up in our thinking minds, as so many of us are, can leave us feeling disconnected and detached from being a fully embodied human being. Developing greater awareness of our thought patterns, becoming more grounded and present in our bodies and introducing compassion and acceptance for our experience, clears the space for our inner stillness and knowingness to emerge. Some people describe this as becoming authentic; experiencing an alignment between what we know, how we feel and how we behave. It is often during this process that people begin to re-connect to their spiritual life, as we begin to experience ourselves and our environment in a more alive, more whole and more present way. So whether you’re feeling fundamentally disconnected from something bigger that transcends yourself and your own personhood or simply feeling disconnected from the person you feel you are and want to be, therapy can help.

Kate Merrick