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The Difference Between Counseling and Spiritual Direction

February 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Allison Ricciardi, Counseling/Therapy


Editor’s Note: Today, we are blessed to have Allison Ricciardi join our writing team. Allison is a licensed mental health counselor and has been a guest on the Mother Angelica Live and Abundant Life Shows on EWTN, as well as Johnnette Benkovic’s Women of Grace Show.   Please welcome her warmly! What is the difference between counseling and spiritual direction? When should someone pursue... Read More

Spiritual Direction is NOT Psychological Counseling


The psychological and physical aspects of our souls impact our spiritual lives. There is no easy way to extricate these realities from one another. Yet, just as you would not go to a spiritual director for physical therapy, it is also unwise to attempt to deal with deep psychological issues with a spiritual director (at least not one who has not received special training in both fields). It is true... Read More

How do I deal with psychological issues surfaced in spiritual direction?


Dear Father John, when a major issue (in this case, abuse) that surfaces with the help of my spiritual director bleeds over from the psychological realm into the spiritual, how (and when) do I get away from it in my spiritual direction so I can get to the spiritual issues of prayer, discernment, etc.? It is difficult to answer this question, because the timing involved in any healing process like the... Read More

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