I am a post-master's student trying to do some research on spirituality and secular counseling. I have been ruminating on this topic for awhile, and am trying to include spirituality into my counseling practice, without offending anyone's religious beliefs. I believe that a spiritual life is critical to emotional health or balance but I am struggling with how to cover this without imposing my own beliefs. I realize that pastoral counselors focus on spirituality, but how can one incorporate it into a "secular practice" i.e., funded in large part by public money. I've done alot of work with dual-diagnosed clients, and was able to minimally address spirituality through the use of the 12 steps. But I would like to get more in depth than that. I would appreciate any feedback about the above topic - pro or con, experiences you've had with spirituality in your own practice or therapy, or any reading that you've found particularly helpful. Thanks so much for your time and attention. Kathy
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