Boulder spiritual counseling is the name of a new program that offers spiritual counseling to people who are struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts.
It is the brainchild of Boulder-based spiritual formacion counselor Lisa Haines, who is working at Boulder City Hall with the city’s Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services to expand the service to a larger area.
She has found a large, well-known spiritual community of people who struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts that is willing to share their stories with her.
The new program is based in Boulder, but it is expanding to other areas of the state, and is currently open to people in all 50 states.
The program is also designed to help people navigate the mental health system, so it’s not just for the mentally ill.
“It is for anyone who is struggling, regardless of their mental health history,” Hainys said.
“If you are in a relationship, a relationship that is in crisis, if you are a parent, if there is a family member who needs help, if someone is having a crisis in their life, if they are struggling because they are in the process of leaving an abusive relationship, if this is the first time that you have ever experienced that, this is what we’re here for.”
I think that is a powerful message, to have someone share that and to be able to say, ‘I am here, I am struggling with this, I need to get help, and I know that this is going to be my best option.’
“Spiritual formsaions counseling, which is a part of the Boulder City Department of Mental and Behavioral Health, provides a service to people with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses.
Hainis said she had to change her way of thinking when she started the program, because she has seen so many people fall through the cracks in the mental-health system.”
You don’t always see people who have an issue that they can work through and get the support and the help that they need,” she said.
Haines said she is very lucky that she has found people willing to take the time to meet with her and learn more about their issues.”
They understand that I need help.””
They’ve said they don’t want to be there if I am not doing what they want, and it’s really helped me because they know what I need.
They understand that I need help.”
She also believes that there are people who may not have the tools to help themselves, but they can help others.
Hains said she hopes to expand spiritual formsaison counseling to other locations of the country.