Spiritual Counseling

What is Spiritual Counseling?

Spiritual Counseling is not psychological counseling. Rather, it's an internal process that helps you to remember the Truth that God is always with you as your "Internal Source" of all good. As with others kinds of counseling, Spiritual Counseling affords you the opportunity to talk in confidence with someone who will hear you fully, without exercising any form of personal judgement. Simply by being allowed to tell your "story" in your words, you'll begin to feel relief and comfort.

DOES UNITY PROVIDE SPIRITUAL COUNSELING?

The mission of Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing is to “spiritually awaken to our Oneness with God, each other and with all creation.”

Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing provides spiritual counseling to those persons requesting it who have a relationship with Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing.  (i.e. have attended services or classes in the past)

Spiritual counseling is based upon our belief that there is One Presence and One Power in the universe, God, the Good, Omnipotence, and that this Power manifests in our lives as spiritual principle and as personal, loving Comforter.  We believe that you find your own answers within as you draw upon your Indwelling Divinity to engage the healing process.

Unity ministers are trained to assist you in applying Spiritual Principles to the concern you have brought to counseling.  Spiritual counseling is not psychotherapy.  You will be offered tools and methods based on Spiritual Principles to help you clarify and cope with challenging life situations.  In most cases, guidance is short term (usually a maximum of 3 sessions) and dependent upon your willingness to do the work necessary in applying Spiritual Principles to your life.

This counselling is not intended to replace psychological counseling when more rigorous therapy is appropriate.

Spiritual counseling is conducted in a professional manner and in alignment with our Unity Worldwide Ministry’s Minister’s Code of Ethics and Sexual Conduct Policy. A spiritual counseling session lasts no more than one hour.  It is conducted in the minister’s office or other room at the church during normal church business hours.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Unity Ministers will honor the confidentiality of what you say in the counseling session, with the exception of the safety concerns listed next.  If you tell the minister that a child or dependent adult has been harmed or is at risk of harm, or that you may hurt yourself or someone else, the Unity minister is obligated to share that information with legal authorities who may intervene.  This information will be disclosed according to state mandates for reporting child, elder, and disabled or dependent adult abuse and according to the ethical standards of practice for ministry professionals.

Confidentiality will be maintained about any and all information not directly related to the concern for safety.  Even in such situations, our counseling services are offered with the certainty that every person has the potential of perfectly expressing their indwelling Christ.

WHAT DOES THIS COST?

The cost of counseling is often an obstacle to its use.  One of our objectives at Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing is to support your healing process.  We will not let cost be an obstacle to your using the counseling provided by any of our ministers.

As such, we do not specify a fee.  We ask that you consider making a free will offering to Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing in support of providing this service.  You may make your checks payable to Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

To make an appointment with Rev. Sharon Ketchum, please contact our office at Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing (517 371-3010) or email revsharonketchum@gmail.com

To make an appointment with Rev. Grace Nicodemus, email her at revgrace@icloud.com

When you arrive at your first appointment, you will be asked to sign an acknowledgement that you read this information and understand it.

 

  FAQ's

1. Spiritual Counciling is by appointment only and is designed for Unity attendees.  Call 517 371-3010 to set up an appointment.

2. Is there a charge for Spiritual Counseling?

Our Spiritual Counseling service is supported entirely by the responsible giving of those who receive the service. Considering making a free will donation to Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing to reflect the services received.
 

3. How does Spiritual Counseling work?

While listening to your challenge, the minister may ask you gentle questions in order to bring your thoughts back to you. This will help you to clarify the issues before you in your own mind. The minister will encourage you to reach within yourself to your own Inner Guide to find your own best solution.

4. What do you mean by Inner Guide?

You are never cut-off from the divine, creative source of life and love, that which we often refer to as God. In that divine reality you have an infinite potential. This potential is a creative power that can solve any problem you face. Simply by shifting your attention away from the "external problem" to a higher" internal reality" you allow this wonderful, creative power to bring you solutions in your best interest.  The minister. will assist you to tap into this inner guidance.

5. What if I have more than one problem?

As you are reminded of your own divine connection, you'll be guided to use your own internal resources to find solutions. You'll see that the key to every problem is an awareness of the Presence of God in your life all of the time. The minister/ spiritual counselor will support you to know this truth for yourself.  They will show you how to access the Presence of God within you --where the answers you need are available, anytime and anywhere.

6. How many times may I receive Spiritual Counseling?

One to three spiritual counseling sessions should be enough to awaken you to your own Internal Guidance System.

7. Is my minister/spiritual counselor required to keep my confidence?

The minister is a Licensed Spiritual Counselor. As such, they are bound by a Code of Ethics that requires total and absolute confidentiality. The only exception occurs if you should tell the minister something that the laws of the State of Michigan require them to report--this includes the abuse of a child. No written records or recorded conservations are made or kept of your time with the minister.