Person-centred spiritual accompaniment
Contemporary spiritual accompaniment (also known as spiritual direction) is a very different experience from the direction, guidance or discipling that people from many spiritual traditions have sought from others over the centuries. What it can offer us is a safe, accepting and supportive space in which we can tell our sacred stories, explore our spiritual journeying and ‘live the questions’ that are meaningful to us.
It is essentially non-directive and can be an invaluable resource for those of us who are hungry for a greater spiritual reality in our lives, wherever we are on our journeys and however we may experience and express our spirituality. It is not about one person giving moral or spiritual advice, guidance or direction to the other. It is an offering of companionship from a fellow traveller, from someone who is willing to walk alongside us for a while as we seek to find and follow our own unique spiritual path.
Particularly for those of us who may not have found a spiritual home within the walls of organised religion or are struggling on our own with aspects of your spiritual life, this can be an invaluable resource. We do not have to adhere to a particular spiritual tradition or to be part of a spiritual community to benefit from spiritual accompaniment. Wherever we may be on our spiritual journey and whatever it is we are searching for, setting aside an hour or so every few weeks to attend to our spiritual self in this way can be a profoundly growthful experience.
In my work as a person-centred therapist, I have had considerable experience over the past twenty five years of working with people’s spiritual issues and concerns as they have chosen to bring aspects of their spiritual lives to therapy. In the last ten years, I have also had considerable experience of working as a spiritual accompanier and of leading spiritual exploration accompaniment groups.
While much of my work has been with people from within the Christian tradition, I have also worked with people who might prefer to describe themselves as 'spiritual but not religious' or as 'spiritually independent'.
If you would like to explore the possibility of our working together, we will arrange a free initial meeting where you will have the opportunity to talk about what you are looking for and to ask any questions you may have about what spiritual accompaniment involves and about my approach. My practice is based in Nailsea, around 8 miles south west of Bristol but I am also able to offer Zoom, Facetime, Whatsapp and telephone sessions.
Normally, I offer monthly sessions of one to one and a half hours though this may be varied to suit your individual needs and circumstances. There is no limit to the length of time we can work together.
My usual fee is £30 per hour but, under some circumstances, a concessionary rate may be available for those on low incomes. Please enquire.
There is no place so awake and alive
as the edge of becoming.
Sue Monk Kidd