Soul care. Cura animarum.
Too many of us have experienced clinical counseling that focuses on cognitive-behavioral change or that sends us down rabbit holes of our past which don’t lead to meaningful transformation in the here-and-now.
Too many of us have experienced spiritual care that bypasses significant trauma and pain, offering simplistic sin-management strategies that sabotage the real possibility of change. At times, these interventions can be spiritually abusive, doing harm under a religious guise.
Too many of us found therapeutic work unending rather than empowering, empowering in a way that leads to the kind of meaningful resourcing which allows us to do significant work outside of the counseling room.
Too many of us have been told that spiritual direction and counseling are separate lanes, engaged in wholly different agendas.
I call my work soul care – it’s really an ancient way of talking about deep change. The great Athenian philosopher Plato called himself a “healer of the soul” – iatros tes psuches – a phrase that today translates as “psychiatrist.” In the Christian tradition, an early church father named Gregory Nazianzus (330-389 AD) called himself a “physician of souls,” saying, “The scope of our therapy is to provide the soul with wings.” Soul care, in one sense, can be likened to the metaphorical space between caterpillar and butterfly, the transformational threshold of the chrysallis where the deep change takes place.
Soul care cannot be reduced to traditional therapeutic work which is often enslaved to insurance companies and traditional spiritual care which is often enslaved to sin-management strategies.
Soul care, in my work, pivots off of the three core questions of Genesis 3:
Where are you? Who told you? What do you long for?
It makes relationship central. It takes your story seriously. It treats trauma deeply.
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Given the significant need for care and limited time, I prioritize requests for intensive soul care.
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Your story is sacred. The work is significant. Deep change is possible.