Dawn Gabriel on Engaging Your Spiritual Journey as a Therapist | FP 98

A photo of Dawn Gabriel is captured. Dawn Gabriel is the owner of Authentic Connections Counseling Center, private practice consultant, and host of Faith Fringes podcast. Dawn Gabriel is featured on the Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast

Can you bring the Holy Spirit into the session? How can therapists find their spiritual healing? Can you remove the therapist and let someone you trust guide you in spiritual conversation?

In this podcast episode, Whitney Owens speaks with Dawn Gabriel about Engaging Your Spiritual Journey as a Therapist.

Meet Dawn Gabriel

A photo of Dawn Gabriel is captured. Dawn Gabriel is the owner of Authentic Connections Counseling Center, private practice consultant, and host of Faith Fringes podcast. Dawn Gabriel is featured on the Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast

Dawn Gabriel is the owner of Authentic Connections Counseling Center, private practice consultant, and host of Faith Fringes podcast.

She is passionate about helping people achieve freedom from what’s keeping them stuck and specializes in creating space to look deeper into our spirituality and faith free from judgment and shame.

Dawn is a wife and mom of 2 boys who all love living and adventuring in Colorado.

Visit her counseling website, connect on Instagram and Facebook.

Visit her podcast website and connect on Instagram and Facebook. Sign up for Dawn’s free 9-week email course.

In This Podcast

  • Allow yourself to explore
  • Find a circle of people
  • Do not be afraid to let the Holy Spirit into session

Allow yourself to explore

Let yourself some space open up to explore your spirituality. Take some time to evaluate which parts of your spirituality resonate most with you, and which parts are things that you carry simply because you were taught to.

Have you really looked at your faith or your religion and kind of separated out your relationship with God from maybe the religion you’ve been brought up in? … really knowing your own faith and really owning it as your own, if you’ve never done that, I would say to start there. (Dawn Gabriel)

You can dive into your relationship with God in your own way because it is a personal connection. What other people say or think about your relationship with God does not concern them.

It is possible for you to create the relationship that you want to have with God outside of what the religion tells you about what that relationship should look like. What does God mean to you? What does He mean to you?

Find a circle of people

Surround yourself with one or two friends who can challenge you to go deeper into your relationship with God.

Sometimes it can be easy to pretend to be deep, but if you are with someone who you are close to and they can really listen to you and talk you deeper into your faith, that can be beneficial for you.

Therapists can sometimes take the back seat to be vulnerable because it is their day-to-day, however, for your sake, it is important to be the one to talk for once.

I was drained and I was like “I need equal relationships”, so I think you have to be intentional and ask for it … you have to be intentional and ask for what you need. (Dawn Gabriel)

Do not be afraid to let the Holy Spirit into session

This means to experience God in your life in a more embodied sense. Let the Holy Spirit enter the session as a feeling and a presence.

You do not have to do anything specific or say something, but to be aware and to feel His presence. It does mean that you do the work first beforehand.

Have your relationship with God be as wholesome and strong as it may be, for it can always change and develop over time, before you let the Holy Spirit into session and speak with your client about spiritual direction.

What better way to show love … by creating this sacred space for our clients to be safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate, and we’re sitting there offering this love. That is still showing them God … even if we never say anything about God, they are still experiencing who we are in the spirit. (Dawn Gabriel)

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Photo of Christian therapist Whitney Owens. Whitney helps other christian counselors grow faith based private practices!Whitney is a licensed professional counselor and owns a growing group practice in Savannah, Georgia. Along with a wealth of experience managing a practice, she also has an extensive history working in a variety of clinical and religious settings, allowing her to specialize in consulting for faith-based practices and those wanting to connect with religious organizations.

Knowing the pains and difficulties surrounding building a private practice, she started this podcast to help clinicians start, grow, and scale a faith-based practice. She has learned how to start and grow a successful practice that adheres to her own faith and values. And as a private practice consultant, she has helped many clinicians do the same.

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