The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Kevin McClure, MA, LMFT, Outpatient Therapist.
Can you address spiritual issues in therapy?
Of course, if you wish to do so. Therapy is a safe space for you to discuss a number of topics with a qualified professional, including spirituality.
What is Spirituality?
Spiritualty is defined as a belief in something beyond the self. Typically, spirituality is associated with a religious affiliation or a higher power. However, it also includes a holistic belief centered on a connection to the world.
With spirituality, spiritual issues can come as well. You might be questioning your faith, need help defining what your spirituality entails, have problems expressing your spirituality in your life, or struggle with spiritual abuse. Whatever you believe or are having problems with, spirituality can certainly be discussed in therapy if you wish.
Let’s dive into the impact of addressing spiritual issues and how it relates to mental health.
Learn more about spiritual issues on the spiritual issues specialty page.
Spiritual Issues & Mental Health
There is a strong correlation between spiritual issues and mental health, both positive and negative depending on the root of the problem. Kevin McClure, Outpatient Therapist at Nystrom & Associates, outlines the following aspects that he sees with his clients:
Spiritual issues can have a profound impact on ones’ mental health. How one believes and thinks about faith and spiritual questions can bring deep satisfaction, meaning, and peace to life or can sometimes plague us with guilt, shame, and fear. The application of spiritual issues and faith is central to many people and should be considered in therapy.
Related: Guilt & Shame: What’s the Difference?
Overall, everyone’s experience with spirituality differs. Their unique experience will determine their views surrounding spirituality, along with any positive or negative emotions. While some might find comfort and support in their spirituality, others might find doubt, frustration, or confusion.
Related: How Therapy Helps With Depression
Coping & Spirituality
One of the key impacts spiritually can play into when it comes to mental health is coping strategies. Utilizing spirituality can be a positive way to cope with challenges that come our way.
When life stressors occur, we utilize coping mechanisms. These can be healthy or unhealthy. Substance abuse, for example, is one unhealthy way to cope. While going for a walk in nature, on the other hand, is a healthy way to cope.
Spirituality may provide a sense of purpose, hope, or meaning that helps individuals cope during tough times. Spirituality can also help individuals cope with grief and loss.
Related: Types of Grief and Loss
Spiritual Issues & Therapy
Keep in mind that you do not have to discuss spiritual issues with a therapist or counselor if you don’t want to. However, the option is available at Nystrom & Associates.
If you’re interested in a therapist that incorporates spirituality into therapy, look through our providers. Select the Outpatient Therapy filter in the service sections, and Incorporates Spirituality into the Specialty Area. Further, you can filter in your preferred location. Then, you can select a provider that’s right for you.
A Word From Nystrom & Associates
Overall, dealing with issues surrounding spirituality can be difficult, which makes addressing them in therapy a great, safe option.
Nystrom & Associates is here to help you find the right therapist. In addition, we offer in-person and virtual appointments. Call 1-844-NYSTROM to speak with our scheduling coordinators today, or request an appointment online.
Source: Nystrom & Associates