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Faith-Integrated Counseling and a Space to Therapeutically Process Spiritual Concerns

Faith-Integrated Counseling and a Space to Therapeutically Process Spiritual Concerns


“Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free wills involve, and you will find that you have excluded life itself.”
– C.S. Lewis

Often clients desire to incorporate their religious beliefs into our therapeutic approach; other times clients express a heavy spiritual struggle. I’ve supported countless clients in both of these categories. I have worked effectively with clients of many different faith backgrounds, most frequently Christian, as well as clients who have no faith. I have experience supporting those discerning a religious vocation and I also have provided therapy for clients in religious formation. I am endorsed as a therapist by the Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City-Kansas and receive referrals from other faith-based providers as well. Additionally, I’m a member of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association.

Two of my favorite influences for my approach to the value of each human person –influencing my clinical counseling approach in supporting clients through their unique sufferings– are Viktor Frankl and C.S. Lewis. I believe wholly in our rich human capacity to recognize and honor the gift of interior freedom. We can transcend our sufferings as we grow in virtue.

Unlike most existentialists, Viktor Frankl isn’t hostile toward religion, nor does he resort to a nihilistic stance. Frankl also poignantly, though not identifying as Christian, reminds us of our rich human capacity to bear one’s cross with dignity for our own sake and for those to whom we might bear witness; and he references the sacrificial, heroic acts of St. Maximillion Kolbe in his widely-acclaimed Man’s Search for Meaning.

I’m a deep thinker and many clients appreciate the contemplative discussions mixed with active psychotherapeutic interventions. A significant number of my clients have extensively studied theology and philosophy, and for therapy to be most effective and meaningful for them, recognizing their views on the human condition and faith are essential.

I receive referrals from faith-based providers of different denominations and I am endorsed as a therapist by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City-Kansas.



9401 Indian Creek Pkwy
Building 40, Suite 520
Overland Park KS 66210
1201 North Second Street
Atchison, KS 66002

jschmidt@jsresiliencetherapy.com
913.380.0737

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