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Spiritual Direction & Companionship

Spiritual Direction, Accompaniment, Companionship and Guidance all refer to the process by which I (Dianne M. Daniels) work with individuals and groups. I often use the terms interchangeably, though Spiritual Accompaniment is the clearest description of what I do.

Spiritual Companionship is a contemplative process (one which draws you into stillness) through which an individual examines and explores their spiritual path with a companion trained in deep listening, discernment, and deep reflection.

It's a practice that functions well in a hectic, multi-faith world - it's about helping people become more attentive regarding the presence of divinity/spirit/the sacred, noticing where it is most deeply felt, and assisting the individual in the important quest for meaning, love and identity. 

Whether you call divinity God, Spirit, Allah, Tao, the Universe, the Ground of All Being, what is Sacred, or some other term, Spiritual Direction gives you access to a professional relationship where the companion practices deep listening in your spiritual story and walks with you as you explore a deeper relationship with divinity.

As your Spiritual Director / Companion, I can offer you:

  • Deep listening to empower you to find and follow your own spiritual path
  • Insightful, open-ended questions to help you connect with your authentic self.
  • Space for stillness and silence to help you become aware of and explore what's deep within you
  • Encouragement to build trust and openness by providing authentic, kind, and open conversations and interactions
  • Support as you make your individual and unique spiritual journey
  • A process that honors your free will and discernment
  • Assistance as you build a stronger relationship with yourself and others and God / Spirit / the Universe / your name for divinity 

Questions & Answers

Spiritual Direction & Companionship

What do you talk about in Spiritual Direction?

A Spiritual Director can help you explore and interpret your past experiences with Spirit / the Divine / God (or whatever name you prefer). We provide a safe space to share your innermost thoughts and feelings, your joys, fears, desires, and struggles, and help support, encourage, and accompany you in your pursuit of spiritual growth and answers.

Is Spiritual Direction the same as therapy?

No - Spiritual Direction is growth centered, involves deep listening, and avoids judgment. It's designed to help an individual determine for themselves what will help them grow spiritually. The Spiritual Director is more of a companion than an authority that tells others what to do.

Is Spiritual Direction one-on-one, or can it function in a group setting?

Many Spiritual Directors work one-on-one with clients, with scheduled sessions (monthly or at agreed-upon intervals) and may also offer check-in times between sessions. 

Group sessions function a little differently with an emphasis on questions and interactions among the group members and with the Spiritual Director on common subjects.

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Spiritual Direction & Companionship

How Do I Get Started?

Complete our Spirituality / Spiritual Direction Scale assessment

Prospective clients/directees are asked to complete a comprehensive Spirituality / Spiritual Direction Scale to get to know you better - questions include how you find meaning, where you see the sacred in everyday life, and about your current contemplative practices and spiritual background. 

Once you return the questionnaire, we'll set up your first appointment. I ask that you allow at least 48 hours between the return of your assessment and your first appointment, so I'll have time to review the assessment and prepare for our meeting.

Schedule an Introductory Session

Spiritual Direction & Accompaniment services are offered virtually (Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime) at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the future I hope to offer in-person sessions again when it is safe to do so.

 Spiritual Direction sessions last up to 45 minutes and are scheduled monthly or at agreed-upon intervals.

As a member of Spiritual Directors International (SDI) and of the Spiritual Directors of Color Network (SDN), I work within accepted practices and access continuing education and professional development opportunities that help me serve the best interests of my clients.

Evaluation and Discernment

I offer Spiritual Direction & Accompaniment services on a package basis - at least 3 sessions must be booked for us to start to develop a good working relationship and trust in each other and the process.

After the first three sessions, we can discuss scheduling future sessions, preferred intervals, and check-in times and frequency.

I will ask you to evaluate my services and we will evaluate the professional relationship together to decide if we should continue to work together. You have agency in this process, as do I - both of our experiences are important to the success of the Spiritual Direction / Accompaniment relationship.

About the CEO & Founder

Dianne M. Daniels

Dianne M. Daniels is a wife, mother, grandmother, great-great aunt, Unitarian Universalist Minister, Spiritual Director & Companion who learned about Spirituality and Multi-Religious living from the example set by her parents, neither of whom attended traditional religious services.

She matured, grew, read, and studied, and came to understand that no one group of people, no one faith has an absolute LOCK on the truth, on goodness, on spirituality or authenticity.

The Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith presented her with an open, affirming, loving, and accepting group of people who lived by a set of principles she could agree with - the first being a belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every human being.

Dianne is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry, is enrolled in the Spiritual Direction Practicum at Still Harbor Spiritual Direction in Massachusetts, and regularly guest preaches at UU churches in her home state of Connecticut, and nationally via Zoom,