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Spiritual Counselling

The human soul doesn’t want to be advised or fixed or saved. It simply wants to be witnessed — to be seen, heard and companioned exactly as it is. 

Parker Palmer

If you've never heard of spiritual counselling, you're certainly not alone. 

Spiritual Counselling is about being heard in a world that flashes past us in such a hurry that we can become invisible, even to ourselves.   It's an exploration of who we are at the deepest level and can be a liberation and an unburdening of ourselves in a quest for inner peace. 

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We're all spiritual beings and whilst for some people, that sense of spirit might have its roots firmly embedded in a religious belief; for others, feeling spiritual is about feeling connected to other people, or taking a walk in the woods, or perhaps strolling by the sea.   When our spirit is at peace, we can take time to sense the stillness of those things that nurture us.

But what happens when we can't do that, when our spirits feel broken, that deep sense of self isn't sitting so easily, and we really can't find peace?  Perhaps our spirit has been crushed by something that's happened to us, by a specific trauma we've gone through, or by an experience so terrible that we're frightened to even address it.  How, then, do we get back to a sense of peace and calm in our lives?

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Spiritual counselling is a journey to the self, accompanied along the way by a trusted confidante; someone who is not there to judge, nor to offer solutions, but simply to hear us and be with us on this journey, no matter where the path might lead us or how long it takes to get there.   It is an unravelling of our thoughts, our beliefs, our deepest concepts of ourselves, and our day to day issues, as we seek the essence of who we are and ultimately recognise the spirit within each of us – to be able to say I am and know that who we are really is enough. 

And if you're looking for answers, well, there are no right or wrong ones, but there are answers:  we just need to be still enough to hear them.

Navigating in Woods

CREDENTIALS - I have been involved in counselling and mediation for the last thirty years, from working in schools to counselling with the Samaritans, and in one of Scotland's largest health boards. 

I am an Ordained Interfaith Minister and completed two years of training in spiritual counselling and interfaith ministry.  Through my role as a Minister and Celebrant, I have also further developed my interest in working with bereaved families and so offer grief and bereavement counselling.

APPOINTMENTS - I offer late afternoon appointments as well as evening and weekends.  The appointment sessions last 50 minutes and cost £45 per session.  If you'd like to make a booking to see me, please either telephone, or email me through my online contact form or directly at admin@highlandceremonies.com 

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