Spirituality is the connection generally with something bigger than ourselves. This does not necessarily have to take the shape of a “god”, it can even be the belief that there’s more out there, that we are or can be one with the Universe, or even just experiencing a connection with other living beings apart from ourselves. Therefore, spirituality transcends religions – meaning that one can be spiritual, and still be an atheist.
When it comes to therapy, some professionals may be wary of using spirituality in their practice – mostly due to differing beliefs on the topic. However, it was found that using spirituality in therapy can help reduce doubts and worries, and can frequently be developed as a coping mechanism for life’s changes.
Some ways of practicing spirituality in a way that can reduce worries and anxiety can come in the form of mindfulness. Mindfulness is a technique which can help someone feel grounded and present in the moment, thus reducing anxiety.
Mel McElhatton holds a degree in Social Work from the University of Malta. Mel is also the producer of the radio show Niddiskutu s-Sess, and they are one of the facilitators in the IRL – In Real Life team. They can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can visit their profile on: https://zme.tec.mybluehost.me/willingnessmt/team/mel-mcelhatton/
Buczynski, R. (n.d.). Does Spirituality Belong in Therapy? Retrieved from https://www.nicabm.com/nicabmblog/spirituality-in-therapy