Faith and Spirituality
If you're seeking a therapist who can respectfully and positively integrate your faith or spirituality into your therapy process, or if you're curious or struggling with the meaning of faith or spirituality in your life, then I am the therapist that can help you.
I'm Erik Edler, a therapist / counselor who values faith and spirituality, and believes it can be a healthy and positive aspect of our whole being. I am located in San Luis Obispo (SLO), and am accessible from across the Central Coast, including Pismo Beach and the Five Cities area, Santa Maria, and the surrounding cities and areas. Faith and spirituality are such deep dimensions of a person. They need not be limiting or confusing. You just start where you are and seek truth; in time you'll find your way.
In our therapy work together, I can help you with issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, relationship issues, couples counseling issues, and issues specific to the gay and lesbian communities. If you have a faith or spirituality perspective that is important to you and needs to be integrated into your therapy process, that's something that I'm happy to do. Or if you'd like to incorporate faith or spirituality into your counseling / psychotherapy / coaching experience but you don't know how, I can help you get started.
Have you experienced religion as a harsh or controlling force in your life? Would you like to become more spiritual, but you feel confused and ambivalent about religion? Has a strict upbringing left you with feelings of shame or guilt? Are you simply seeking to grow deeper at this point in your life?
Whatever your faith or religious background, you can find a healthier, more uplifting spiritual life when you clear away the cobwebs and the fog, and all the negative ideas that may have been imposed upon you. We are all on a path from less light to more light; I would be happy to walk alongside you on your journey of exploration.
"Religion is meant to teach us true spiritual human character. It is meant for self-transformation. It is meant to transform anxiety into peace, arrogance into humility, envy into compassion, to awaken the pure soul in man and his love for the Source, which is God. "Radhanath Swami
Excellent talk by Rob Bell! "Everything is Spiritual" Follow this link:
Matthew Hutson's article in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of the Atlantic talks about the experience of Awe as the esesstial component of all spirituality, and of ultimate wellbeing. He writes, "Psychologists have described awe as the experience of encountering something so vast -- in size, skill, beauty, intensity, etc. -- that we struggle to comprehend it. A waterfall might inspire awe; so could childbirth."
"Awe makes spiritual and religious people feel a greater sense of oneness with others. Researchers found that inducing awe -- say, by having people stand in a grove of tall trees -- increased generosity, life satisfaction, willingness to donate time to charity, and preferences for experiences over material products."
"In an analysis of 56 astronauts' memoirs, interviews, and oral histories, the astronauts appeared to experience increases in spirituality and universalism -- that is, the beleif in an interconnected humanity."
If you are seeking a therapist that respects your spirituality, whatever form that may take, or you're looking for someone who can help introduce you to these ideas for the enrichment and betterment of your life experience, then you've come to the right place. I would be happy to join you on your journey, where ever you begin and where ever you are heading. Erik
From The Atlantic Magazine: December 2014: "Why God Will Not Die:
Science keeps revealing how much we don't, perhaps can't, know. Yet humans seek closure, which should make religious pluralists of us all." By Jack Miles:
"Scientific progress is like mountain climbling: the higher you climb, the more you know, but the wider the vistas of ignorance that extend on all sides."
As long as human beings can experience the emotion of awe, or the mental expereince of wonder, there will be those who see or feel the subtleties of the transcendent, and they will want to become seekers. Psychotherapy can do a tremendous amount to bring mental health and healing to those are are troubled by depression, anxiety, or relationship struggles. Counseling and coaching can be enormously helpful in setting goals and achieving the full potential of our lives. But to reach that state of truly great happiness, that's where spirituality comes in.
Seeing The Light
"Reports from the frontiers of medicine have made disagreement over survival of consciousness and life after death fiercer than ever.
"At a recent debate held in New York City, Moody said he himself was convinced that “at death, personal consciousness is taken up into a more inclusive state of existence”—in other words, it survives the body and exists as a force or energy in the universe at large." By Pamela Weintraub, published on September 02, 2014
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have about how your faith or spirituality can be incorporated into your therapy or counseling, or how we can sort out the difficulties within your faith or spirituality. I would be happy to help.
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