For over 20 years I have been counseling people as they struggle with Mental Health issues, addictions, codependency, marriage difficulties, life and career transitions, death and loss, financial problems and trying to find meaning and purpose in their lives. As a certified Spiritual Director I blend the spiritual dimension into the psychological work so as to create a more integrated approach. So many times the crises we deal with in psychotherapy lead us to the deeper questions of life and faith. "Why is this happening to me?" "Is there a God?" "What is the meaning and purpose of all this?" These issues need to be gently wrestled with as answers are eventually found. Our family of origin and early educational training can also shape and skew our views of the spiritual and possibly cause road blocks to finding our genuine spirituality. For example we might have experienced an angry parent and confuse this parent style with how we might conceive of God. Or we might have been taught we have to suffer and earn God's love. Perhaps we learned nothing at all about God and are looking to explore the possibility of God's existence. Spirituality is about seeking: seeking meaning, seeking connection, seeking truth, seeking the Other. There is nothing more important and valuable to be pursuing that this.