The spiritual journey starts at home.
That’s what it means to be a spiritual therapist, says Sharon Linton, a retired teacher from London.
But for many who have come to the spiritual path through a relationship with a spiritual healer, the process starts at the doorstep.
They call it spiritual therapy.
For more than 40 years, Sharon Lattin has been a spiritual counselor.
“I think it is important to get to know someone at their deepest, darkest level.
I think that is the most important part,” she says.
“To help them understand their deepest needs.
And then to see what they can do with those things.”
The spiritual journey is different to therapy.
Spiritual therapy is based on the concept of self-transcendence.
Many people who have tried it say it helps them cope with trauma and cope with depression.
But spiritual therapists say the experience is more than just psychological.
They say it can help people heal from spiritual trauma and emotional pain, and help them reconnect to their own spiritual roots.
For some, it also offers a chance to reconnect to the inner self.
According to a 2012 study in the journal Psychotherapy, spiritual therapy has become popular in the United States, but has also been found to be more effective in the treatment of some psychological disorders.
It’s been shown to have a more positive impact on individuals than therapy for mental illness, and that people who try it report better outcomes in some clinical conditions.
The first spiritual therapist Sharon Lasson works with, David Tulloch, says it’s all about bringing people together, whether they are seeking help for a mental illness or not.
“We talk to them in their deepest and darkest, most authentic, darkest part of their lives,” says Mr Tullich.
“And then, we help them explore their deepest spiritual roots.”
“And that is what we’re doing here.”
Sharon Lartin, a spiritual counselling professor, has also become a pioneer in the field.
At the age of 37, Sharon began her own spiritual practice, called Spirit Therapy, in 2010.
Ms Linton says the idea was to help people in their innermost lives.
For Sharon, it was a way to channel her inner-self to help her understand her own feelings, emotions and needs.
“The best part is that you’re not just helping them, you’re helping yourself.
That is the greatest thing.
You are going to help your own inner self,” she said.
Since then, Ms Linton has worked with people with depression, anxiety and other disorders.
In 2011, she was invited to speak at a conference called the Annual Convention of the Association for Spiritual Therapy, which was held in Sydney.
The conference was an opportunity for spiritual therapists to share their experiences, and for people to share with each other their own experiences of spiritual healing.
She says people often describe their own recovery from illness and trauma as miraculous.
“[Spiritual therapists] are helping people recover from their own emotional trauma, so it’s not just the psychological healing, it’s also the spiritual healing,” she told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“And so, if you’re going to get a lot of people to open up and heal, and if you want to get people who are not experiencing mental illness into a place where they can have the confidence to say ‘I’m okay’, you need spiritual therapy.”
Spiritual Therapy is not just for people who suffer from mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety.
“If you want your mental health to be normal and not be the issue that it’s become, then you need to find a way of having that in mind,” Ms Littin says.
“So you’re talking about the very core of your being.
And so you’re saying ‘I have this inner core.
I have this core inside that I have to be able to deal with’.”
So then it’s the kind of healing that is possible through these techniques.
And that’s the thing that I think spiritual therapists really really want to achieve.
“Spirituality can be therapeutic, but not everyone can afford to buy a spiritual practice.
And there are some who say spiritual therapy is not as ethical as some other forms of therapy.”
It’s not ethical because we’re not doing a spiritual process,” Ms Tullie says.
The Spiritual Paths website is open to all people.”
I’m not sure why the difference, but it’s there,” he says.
The Spiritual Paths website is open to all people.