What Is Spiritual Direction?

While many are not familiar with spiritual direction, it's a centuries-old practice that has a rich history in the church, especially in Ignatian spirituality. For sounding so mysterious, it's really quite simple. Spiritual direction is taking time (usually an hour once a month) to meet with a trained spiritual director who simply listens to you and to what God might have to say. As they listen, spiritual directors may ask questions to help you think more deeply, point out patterns and connections, or simply sit with you as you listen for God's input. Spiritual direction is not advice-giving, but through your conversation, it's likely that you may find clarity or direction for a current issue in your life. This is why many seek spiritual direction during times of transition, when in need of discernment, or when they want to focus on spiritual growth.

If you are interested in learning more about spiritual direction and whether it's right for you, we encourage you to check out our recommended spiritual directors below.

Spiritual Directors We Recommend

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    Kristy DeSanti

    Why I Love Spiritual Direction

    My passion for spiritual direction flows out of a season in my own life in which my known, "conventional" ways of connecting to God weren't bringing an abundance of life anymore. I enjoy creating a warm, safe, non-judgmental, and even fun space for others to share their stories, struggles and questions. As a companion on the journey, I will ask questions that will help you examine your heart so that you may see the reality of your life and how that fits with your longings and God's invitations. My heart's desire if for you to experience interior freedom so that you can become more aware of God's presence and unconditional love.

    Areas of Interest

    I have a broad background in a lot of issues such as sexual abuse recovery, post-abortion recovery and other issues of brokenness. Due to this, my directees can feel comfortable and safe to share their pain so we can look at it together in the light of God's healing and redemptive love. My past training and experience gives me capacity to remain present to some deeper issues. I enjoy working with directees who have the courage to be authentic and will share from their heart. It brings me joy when they can move past the "church answers" and reveal what burdens them and brings them joy.

    Credentials

    I have served on a local church staff as the Director of Recovery, Care and Prayer, training lay leaders in a broad range of areas such as: sexual abuse recovery, boundaries and spiritual wholeness. I am certified as a Spiritual Director from Moody Bible Institute where I also received an Advanced Spiritual Formation Certificate. I hold a B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University. I am Certified as an Enneagram Coach which can help serve as a tool for transformation.

    Location

    I work out of Mayslake Ministries in Downers Grove. I am the only protestant Spiritual Director there.  I also see directees through Zoom, Facetime or Skype. The fee is $60.00 for one hour.

    Contact Me

    Learn more on my website, and reach out to schedule an appointment: 

    http://www.excavateyoursoul.org 

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    Laura Lies

    Why I Love Spiritual Direction

    Spiritual direction is ultimately about companionship for the spiritual journey. People often come to me when they're feeling stuck with their current life situation, and they're looking for how God might be trying to guide them. My goal is to help you see where God is active in the middle of your situation. I think the greatest part is the affirmation that you are not alone on this journey.

    Areas of Interest

    Laura specializes in helping people with finding greater work-life balance, discernment and decision making, seeking God’s presence, and navigating major life transitions. In addition, she has coached people through career change, ministry leadership, and TPM  (Transformational Prayer Ministry) She meets with many ministry leaders. Laura also facilitates workshops and retreats in spiritual formation, guided imagery meditation, and Ignatian discernment.

    Credentials

    Laura has a Certificate in Spiritual Direction through the Christos Center for
    Spiritual Formation, as well as an M.S. degree in Human Resource Management and experience through Alpha as a Marriage & Parenting mentor.

     

    She is a member of Spiritual Directors International and adheres to their standards of professional ethics regarding confidentiality, boundaries, and privacy. Laura is a wife and mother to two amazing teenage daughters, with background in both Protestant and Catholic faith traditions.

    Location

    Laura is a native Chicagoan, and is based in the greater Naperville, Plainfield, Oswego area. She welcomes and accepts all wherever they are spiritually, meeting in person and online via Skype, FaceTime & Zoom anywhere in the US.

    Contact Me

    Learn more on my website, and reach out to schedule an appointment: 

    https://streamsgrace.com/

  • Samuel Ogles

    Why I Love Spiritual Direction

    My own faith was likely saved through spiritual direction. Now, as a spiritual director, I get to help others connect their own stories to God’s story and to provide a safe space for deeper insights and growth in their individual spiritual journeys. I value creating a safe space for people who desire to grow spiritually. My goal is for my spiritual directees to feel heard and accepted.

    Areas of Interest

    Sam's spiritual direction style is marked by his ecumenical, inquisitive, and nonjudgemental nature. With a wide range of experiences and training, Sam is also very knowledgeable about a wide range of topics, including contemplative practices, Enneagram, and more. Particular areas of interest are spiritual growth, the Enneagram, levels of consciousness, ecumenism, meditation, connecting with God, sexuality, doubt, and changing religious beliefs/identity. He especially loves walking with people in places and seasons where they feel alone, stuck, misunderstood, or uncertain.

    Credentials

    In addition to being a certified spiritual director, Sam holds a certificate in contemplative spirituality from the The Living School for Action and Contemplation and cares deeply about spiritual transformation. He has received direct in-person training in the Enneagram of Personality from Fr. Richard Rohr, Russ Hudson, and Christopher Heurtz, among others, as well as certification in the iEnneagram, an International Enneagram Association accredited training program by Clare and Scott Loughrige. 

    Location

    Sam is located in the Glen Ellyn/Wheaton area and is available for in-person appointments in the Western suburbs or remote/distance appointments via Skype.

    Contact Me

    Learn more on my website, and reach out to schedule an appointment: 

    https://www.samuelogles.com/

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