How to Incorporate Spiritual Practices into Your Private Practice with Paula Staffeldt | FP 68

What does it mean to be in the world but not of the world? Can you embody the Holy Spirit alongside your client to transform healing? How exactly can you incorporate spiritual practices into your private practice?

In this podcast episode, Whitney Owens speaks with Paula Staffeldt about incorporating spiritual practices into your private practice.

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Meet Paula Staffeldt

Paula is a former organizational development practitioner, with over 20 years of experience in corporate training, leadership development, and coaching. She earned a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology with a cognate in Theology from the University of Denver. Paula’s expertise includes Reality-Based Leadership, Crucial Conversations, and Contemplative Leadership.

As a board-certified coach, an ordained ministerial counselor, and a certified Focusing guide, Paula brings a wealth of expertise and understanding to her work.

In her study of transpersonal and nondual psychology, Paula discovered how the practice of Focusing freed her of being identified with the ego, allowing her to live more consistently from a state characterized by wisdom and grace. This is why Paula shares this practice with others, so that they may also experience a transformed way of being in the world.

Visit her website. Read more about the International Focusing Institute and Focusing Resources.

Get in touch with Paula via email: and schedule a free discovery call.

In This Podcast

  • Focusing
  • Developing an identification with presence


The basic focusing practice involves leading someone inside where they experience this felt-sense of what is going about whatever their issue is and allowing it to be and keeping it company and basically working with it through the process to move towards a sense of release and resolution. (Paula Staffeldt)

For Whitney, the process of focusing started with a basic sense of mediation; becoming aware of one’s body, mind, and surroundings.

Once you have settled into this newer and more sensitive awareness, bring up a concern that you have and acutely notice which emotions come up in the mind and body, and where you feel any tension or sensation in your physical being.

Focusing, in this way, works to dissolve a block that you may have, mental or emotional, giving you the emotional strength and space to then move forward and create newness in the space you have cleared.

Developing an identification with presence

Having the ability to sit peacefully in an emotionally turbulent present moment will help you to work on what needs attention without getting caught up in the whirlwind of emotion.

Through focusing and identifying with the present, you are able to see that the issue or block you are trying to dissolve is not you, it is something separate that needs your time and attention to notice and move through.

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Meet Whitney Owens

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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