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Spiritual Direction vs. Counseling
Working Definitions
Spirtual Direction strives to bring the supernatural life to a person, therefore it is directed to the directee.
    Topics include:
  • Life of prayer
  • Relationship with God
  • The self-transcending relationship with self and others as true love. (see Conn(1998). Self-Transcendence, the true self, and self-love. Pastoral Psychology(46),5
  • Elimination of sin
  • Progress in virtue
  • Vocation (as a call coming from the Spirit)
Counseling strives to enable a person to bring himself/herself to be fully functional. therefore it involves bringing the fullness of life out of the gifts that God has given counselee.
    Topics include:
  • Emotional reactivity
  • Correcting thinking and behavior
  • Skills training
  • Addiction recovery
  • Coping
  • Vocation (as the best use of one's skills)
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