spiral2grow, a counseling practice in New York City provides spiritual therapy to create changes in your life and reach spiritual and personal growth. Our experts in spirituality include marriage therapists, couples counselor, psychotherapists and spiritual counselors who teach and build healthy and fulfilling life as well as healthy relationships. spiral2grow, located in at 260 Madison #8023, New York, NY 10016, offers spiritual awareness and awakening and welcome clients from all walk of life.
spiral2grow recognizes that people are both human and spiritual beings. Spirituality is in our core and is a fundamental source of health and balance and is essential for the healing process. Individual psychotherapy and couples therapy are provided in a spiritually-sensitive manner, with respect for the individual’s belief systems, values, traditions, religious practices and life meanings. It is a non-judgmental approach that incorporate deep exploration with openness, curiosity and compassion.
The purpose of spiritual counseling is self realization and self actualization – meeting our potential. Spiritually-oriented psychotherapy helps in integrating our spiritual nature with our humanness. Together with psycho-education and psycho-therapeutic foundations such as building a healthy self-worth and sense of self (differentiating it from the ego), learning to communicate effectively, establishing healthy boundaries and assertiveness, identifying and meeting personal and relationship needs, spiritually-oriented coaching facilitates multi-dimensional awareness and understanding of spiritual elements and its impact on our relationship with ourselves, our partner, our world and life in general.
Since spiritually impacts every aspect of our life, spiritual counseling explores human spirit in its all dimensions and make sense of it. As a holistic and systemic counselor and a coach, it is hard for me not see the spiritual aspect as integral part of psychology and well being. The spiritual counseling address four main layers: the physical part, the mental part, the emotional as well as the spiritual-energetic part. The main goal of the counseling is to enable the client to connect to all of its facets at the deepest level and to create the harmony that is so necessary to live successful and happy life.
Healing, growth and transformation may be possible when we are awake and address both daily experiences and it meaning in a spiritual sense. Psychotherapy helps clients identifying the meanings inherent in difficult experiences, trauma and pains, such that old patterns of behavior may be used toward personal growth. If used constructively, these challenging experiences in life can propel us to Transend and achieved by using a transformative process where one becomes more personally and spiritually empowered.
Spiritual counseling vs. philosophical counseling
spiritual counseling is different from philosophical counseling. Spirituality is only one of many philosophical subjects humans are challenged by and would like to explore understand and integrate into there life, while philosophy encompass other life domains such as: mid-life crises, career changes, stress management, emotional regulations, assertive behavior, illness, aging and dying as well as meaning of life, decision making, tranquility and morality.
Different features of the philosophical and spiritual counseling use elements of critical thinking while using domain-specific tools. Philosophical practice avoids any therapeutic approach, while spiritual counseling may have some therapeutic effects on the person.
spiral2grow incorporates a blend of nondenominational spiritual practices, spiritual wisdom traditions, contemporary psychologies, philosophical counseling as well as emotional healing practices. We recognize that some individuals have the need explore what is beyond ordinary conscious experience to understand our spiritual nature and gifts to be fully human and whole. Lean more about other therapeutic approaches.
The spiritual Journey
The spiritual journey is about discovering your true, unchanging and happy self. The fact that this self is already within us. Unfortunately we created so many masks and layers that is now not easy to access. Yet, with meditation, mindfulness, openness and courage you can reveal your true self and realize yourself. Yes, the path requires commitment, dedication and practice and with time you will be able to tap into your true self more frequently and at a greater ease. To succeed you should devote yourself to the continual path toward self actualization.
The enlighten person understand that the focus of the spiritual journey is improving the inner self, rather than the desire to changer the outer self. To obtain an inner freedom, you must be able to witness your problems instead of being lost in them. For that, you must be able to extend your perspective and see yourself from a different angels. In other words, realizing that true solution is done by objectively seeing the problem, witnessing them without judgment and change your frame of references toward acting from a place of happiness.
Spirituality, Wellness and Recovery
When your mind is clear and the body is relaxed, your inner pathway opens and life force flows freely. The life force inherently has a natural healing energy that infiltrates all levels within, strengthening a deep sense of wellbeing and interconnectedness. Whether it be an individual session, class or workshop that you’d like to attend, you’ll receive healing, guidance and wellness tools that inspire optimal well-being. Wellness tools and techniques for self-care and well-being may include:
- Building self-resiliency
- Balancing life at all dimensions to be calm, and center
- Enhancing social and emotional skills maturity
- Improving self-confidence
- Reducing stress, anxiety, anger and frustration
- Strengthening focus and attention
- Sustaining a harmonious mind, body, spirit connection
Issues to be addressed in spiritual counseling
Spirituality is an important concept that is difficult to define. Spirituality does not necessarily incorporate religion. In general, it consists of three areas: practices and rituals (prayer, meditation, etc.), belief (morals, values, deity, transcendence) and the experience of the individual.
During the counseling process, psychotherapist will assist in exploration of client’s reality as well as the spiritual dimension. Some of the issues that may be addressed in spiritual counseling include:
- Self realization and self actualization
- Fulfilment, meaning, purpose and hope
- Values exploration
- Integrity and worthiness
- The authentic self
- False needs vs Real needs
- Religious engagement
- Loving and kindness, compassion and serving others
- Gratitude, Appreciation and Thankfulness
- Death and dying