A Description of Services
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
– Ursual K Le Guin
I can provide traditional counseling services for someone who is wrestling with addiction. Whether you are engaging an abstinence program or seeking to develop harm reduction practices, I can help you set achievable goals, develop tools for dealing with triggers and cravings, and find support to help you through the cycles of long-term recovery. However, most people come to me for support in bringing a spiritual component to bear on their recovery. Whether that is helping you develop practices and rituals to strengthen your personal spirituality or wrestle with the concept of Higher Power found in 12 Step programs or a blend of both, we can work together to strengthen your overall plans for improving your health and well-being in a new chapter of your life.
I offer both individual and group spiritual direction. In individual spiritual direction, I will work with you to explore an area of discernment whether it is a career decision or an issue you are wrestling with in your interpersonal interactions. Guided by your own intuition and your relationship with the Divine, you will explore your calling in whatever discernment you are engaging. Group spiritual direction often involves organizations, spiritual and religious institutions, or even businesses who are seeking a spiritual component to their discernment in aligning their decision making with their faith and their values.
Although pastoral counseling is typically approached during times of significant grief or change, I offer pastoral counseling through all of life’s experiences. Whether you are seeking to process grief in response to an unexpected change or even a much-anticipated change in your life, I can work with you to identify the beliefs and rituals that will best support you through these transitions. This includes short term grief counseling, planning rituals, and deep listening. Pastoral counseling can also include couples counseling when you are wrestling with a new chapter in your relationship as well as premarital counseling, wedding rituals and officiating, and marriage counseling.
How often and how frequently do you meet with a client?
This varies with each circumstance. However, Spiritual Direction often happens every 2 to 4 weeks and can continue as long as a person feels like there is more to discern. Pastoral counseling is often brief and intense. Meetings can happen as frequently as each of us can manage and, if the grief feels like it is beyond my scope of practice, I may refer you to other resources for further support. Addictions counseling is similar to Spiritual Direction in that it often continues as long as a person feels that there is more to explore and discern in their journey. It may start off with frequent weekly sessions and then taper off into less frequent maintenance sessions. However, with each program there is no singular path or expectation. I strive to meet the needs of your particular circumstance.
What are your prices?
The fees for my counseling services are established at $120 per session. However, I reserve a number of slots on a sliding scale as low as $70 if you feel that the regular fee would be a hardship. Over the years, I have experienced that those who are capable will gladly pay the regular fee in order to make my services available to all.
For special services such as weddings, baptisms, child dedications, and other rituals, I can provide you with a plan for the total cost of my time which includes planning sessions and the actual time for the ritual itself.
How will we meet?
As the Covid crisis becomes more manageable, we can meet in person in a socially-distanced setting or on Zoom. For those who live outside of the Denver metro area, Zoom will be our regular practice. You will be provided with a personal Zoom link for the time of our scheduled session. For those who live in the Denver metro area and choose to meet in person, we can sit down and have a session in an office or meet at a local park and choose to walk while we talk or find a nice quiet place to sit.
In my work with Todd, I found him to be unusually gifted in meeting me where I was, validating my experiences and then challenging me to grow. We worked together when my theology consisted largely of things I didn't believe. He helped me to deepen and mature my own nascent spirituality. And he did this without handing me things I "should" think or embrace, but inviting my own knowing into the room. I appreciated his humor, his compassion, his authenticity and his unflappable nature. In one memorable session Todd reflected back something I hadn't heard myself say, but having another person say it out loud led to some profound healing. Todd is one of the people who listened me into being.
I had nobody left in my life after years of addiction. After all my lies and bad behavior had been exposed, my wife was divorcing me and taking my daughter and my parents had finally run out of patience. I ended up in rehab with only the clothes I had on my back. In spite of my broken situation, I felt relieved. Like a full-body physical experience that I couldn't explain. It didn't make sense to me. I met Todd Strickland, my spiritual advisor that I met with when I got out of detox. I told him about my experience. Todd said, “You know, some people call that a spiritual experience.” I said, “Yes! That's what it was! I feel like I'm going to be ok and that there's something looking out for me. It's a physical feeling! It'll probably be difficult, but I just have to be honest and work hard. I never have to go back to that way of life.” Prior to that, I didn't know how to relate to this new experience. Todd smiled and told me that it's important to remember those moments and be grateful for them. He said, “Maybe that's God talking to you.” I still tell people that story. It was a hallmark moment in my life and I always remember the light bulb he turned on for me. I know what a spiritual experience life feels like, now. And I still hear Todd's voice when those moments happen.
Todd is a deep listener who creates space for me to be completely open. He gently asks questions that help me navigate through my own personal lived experiences, and for me to be honest with myself. I am able to find my voice with Todd, giving me the power that I need to live authentically for myself and with others. I feel safe talking with Todd about my questions of faith which leads me to answer my own questions in a way that feels right for me, in a way that opens my heart.
Recently I was fortunate to receive spiritual direction with Rev. Todd Strickland. Rev. Strickland is an incredible practitioner, being fully present to whatever arose for me in the moment. He was able to gently point out, at particular moments during my sharing, where I might need to return to my bodily awareness, breathe, pause, or ground myself. There was no judgement of my experience, but rather a calm sense of welcome. By working with me this way, he gave me room to share painful memories and powerful insights. I made a foundational shift that felt like a key to moving forward!
I really needed to take a deeper look into my spiritual life following events that left me in a place of loss and feeling stuck. Not knowing what the result would be, I sought Todd's help to work through my situation. The first obstacle one must overcome when engaging in spiritual work with a director is allowing yourself to be vulnerable and open. Todd was receptive without judgement. He pushed me to look deeper than I could have on my own to work toward the source of my issues. Our conversations were wide ranging, but then Todd would pick up on a nugget and help me look deeper. I feel I am again moving forward and doing so with newly gained awareness.
As a psychotherapist, I was unsure what a spiritual coach or a spiritual coaching session would involve, but knew I needed something that allowed me to explore my relationship with God at a deeper level than I was accomplishing on my own. Todd created an extremely warm and inviting space. He very patiently and lovingly guided me through an exploration of my thoughts, emotions and spiritual goals which provided clarity and comfort of how to deepen my faith during times of stress and uncertainty.
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