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What is a Spiritual Director?

A Companion to Help You

Live Authentically • Connect with God • Grow Spiritually

Notice God’s Activity

Discern Life Giving Decisions

Deeply Savor God’s Love

Are You At A Turning Point In Your Spiritual Life?

  • Are you ready to deeply explore your experiences of God?
  • Do you long to discover your purpose and calling?
  • Is it time to cultivate a new spiritual practice?
  • Are you struggling to make a life decision?
  • Do you need a safe space to share your joys, fears, desires, or struggles?
  • Are past wounds keeping you from moving ahead?
If you desire authentic spiritual companionship, that's spiritual direction.
Have a question? Talk to me.

A person seeking spiritual direction has a “cultivated awareness that God has been working diligently, redemptively, and strategically before I appeared on the scene, before I was aware there was something here for me to do.”
Eugene Peterson

In the rush and bustle of every day life, it is difficult to set aside time and space to hear God speak and cultivate the most important relationship in life.

Surely the Lord is in this place,
but I did not realize it!
Jacob in Genesis 28:16

The heart is deep, mysterious, and vulnerable.
Who can understand it?
I, God, search the heart and examine the deepest emotions.
Jeremiah 17:9-10


The ways in which God may be leading and inviting you.

Go Deeper

and explore a deeper, heart relationship with your God.


Walk your journey of faith with meaning and integrity.

Sessions are 60 minutes in length. Typically we meet once per month, but in some circumstances we can meet more often if needed.

What’s an introductory session like? Find out here.

This page provides guidance on preparing for and processing a direction session.

About Donna, Your Spiritual Director

I discerned my personal call to spiritual direction during a five-day formation academy offered by Upper Room ministries. The call had its genesis when my own counselor quoted her mentor, who said that the deep issue behind so much of human pain is an inability to receive the love of God. That sentence helped me wrap words around my call – the desire to companion with others as they listen for and savor the loving activity of God in their lives, leading to deeper communion with God. What started as a discernment process between the vocations of counseling and life coaching led me to a clear call to become a spiritual director, culminating in my completion of the three-year program for spiritual direction through Audire.
I feel an affinity for companioning with those in life transitions who are struggling to discern their next right steps as they walk with God. In my career I’ve experienced business takeovers, lay-offs, unemployment, and the ups and downs of self-employment. I’ve journeyed through seasons of grief in the loss of my dad as a young child and my mother as an adult. I understand both the pain of transition and the good God can work within us in difficult times.

I’ve been in church since my conversion in 10th grade. I’ve seen the beauty of Jesus’s body caring in love, and like most folks, I have a few scars, too. I began a reconstruction of my own faith about ten years ago, and came out the other side renewed in my faith by God’s grace and the Spirit’s patient counsel.

In the midst of my reconstruction I was introduced to the contemplative areas of Christianity through authors like Dallas Willard and Gerald May, whose books joined other favorites in my bookshelf (like C.S. Lewis, Vance Havner, Madeline L’Engle, to name a few.) I learned about things like spiritual formation, walking labyrinths, centering prayer, and Ignatian spirituality.

  • I’m a graduate of the Audire program for spiritual direction and a member ESDA.
  • I continue my learning journey through the wise educational services offered by the Shalem Institute, ESDA, SDI, Audire, and others.
  • I attend a credally orthodox, non-denominational church.
  • I graduated from Ethnos360 Bible Institute.
  • I have a BA from the University of Central Florida (Interdisciplinary/Liberal Arts: Fine Art and Computer Programming, English Writing minor).
  • I am a curious creative who enjoys making art with things and words.
  • I visit and ride horses when I can and garden when the weather is favorable.
  • I write a blog here at Living Selah.
  • I’m passionate about helping people discover and live fully into their true selves.
  • I’m a personality geek who loves learning and talking about the MBTI, Enneagram, Strengths Finder and #alltheways of understanding the mystery of who we are.
  • I love creating photo/text graphics of quotes and scripture that I share on Instagram.


My Approach To Direction

I practice spiritual direction in the contemplative – evocative method. This approach to spiritual direction values open-ended questions and offers invitations to deeper reflection and noticing during the time of direction.

The focus Of Spiritual Direction is two-fold. First, it is spiritual, and is therefore different from counseling, therapy, coaching or mentoring. Secondly, spiritual direction acknowledges that the Holy Spirit is the director.

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