"Most of the people who consult me now want to explore a spiritual perspective on their life situations. Many say finding a therapist who would integrate spirituality into therapy was not easy. Most therapists are still trained to avoid making spirituality a focus of therapy."
"When I’m trying to encourage clients struggling with addiction to attend a 12-step program I often hear 'I don’t get anything out of that' or 'I don’t see how hanging out with a bunch of people talking about how terrible their lives are is supposed to help me.' Notice the self-focus in both objections to getting help."
Therapist Kevin Anderson reflects on the connection between spirituality and depression. "I tell depressed people that I have given up on self-esteem and I hope they will too. Focusing on increasing self-esteem amounts to trying to prop up the small-i self."
Spirituality and mental health are often thought of as two separate tracks in a person's life. This six-part series aims to begin stitching them together, along with therapy, to reveal the critical areas where they influence each other.