The spiritual couples counselling vampiric program in Vancouver, Canada is offering a new option for people struggling with a spiritual relationship.
“I don’t think there is a place that you can go, a spiritual couple counselling, that is that open,” said Marcy Clements, the executive director of the program.
“This is a service that has been created for people who are struggling with that.”
Spiritual Couples Counseling Vancouver (SCVC) offers a “virtual reality” therapy for people experiencing a spiritual conflict, which helps them to re-examine their relationship and identify the signs of a relationship breakdown.
The service has been launched in Vancouver to help people in a spiritual crisis.
“We are looking to help alleviate anxiety and depression,” said Clements.
“The goal is to be able to help these people to feel at ease, so that they can move forward and begin to heal their relationship.”
For the past eight years, SCVC has been working with people in crisis about spiritual conflict.
People are encouraged to talk about their experiences in their homes, at their work, at church, at the church where they worship, and with friends and family.
“One of the things that we are trying to do is to get a real face-to-face conversation about this,” said Rishi Singh, the SCVC director.
“When people are talking about their personal experience, it helps them be able feel more comfortable with their relationship.
People will be able talk about how they have dealt with the issues and how they are coping with these issues, and they will be more able to heal.”
According to Singh, about 70 per cent of the people who participate in the SCVMH come from families who have experienced a spiritual breakup.
SCVC said it’s not about a therapy, but an alternative, because there is no “safe space” for people in the family to talk to each other.
“What we want to do with our service is provide a support network for people to heal, to share and to heal,” said Singh.
“People can come in and share their feelings, or talk to their loved ones about how to be better, how to move forward in a healing process, how they can heal, how their relationship is healing.”
The group’s aim is to provide a way for people from all walks of life to come together to find the strength to move on.
SCVC is a non-profit organization, which means that they do not receive any government funding.
Singh said that, because of their work with people from different religious backgrounds, the group is looking for volunteers from all across the country to help run the program, which is open to all.
“Our vision is to really help people who may be experiencing a loss of faith or who may have had a religious or spiritual crisis,” said Suresh Saha, the director of SCVC.
“But in terms of therapy, we have found that the people that are seeking that help are really interested in the service because it is a healing, a healing that can be done within the comfort of their home.”
SCVC will be operating out of the Vancouver Centre for Spiritual Counseling and Healing, a community-based residential program for people suffering from spiritual or spiritual-related problems.
SCVMC has already had positive results with its work.
“A lot of people that we work with say that the spiritual counsellor is a really helpful tool for them in finding their voice, in helping them to have that confidence to talk and be heard,” said Margo Clements-Gibson, the founder and executive director.
SCVP’s program is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
To find out more about SCVC’s work, please visit its website at www.scvpvancouver.ca or call 778-4-SCVP.