AVAILABILITY OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTION DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC: As long as public health and governmental authorities recommend physical (often called social) distancing, all spiritual direction sessions are offered on a distance/remote basis using FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, and other platforms. I invite clients to be in touch with me in between monthly sessions during the pandemic for no-cost micro-conversations of up to twenty or thirty minutes if inner issues requiring spiritual direction surface. If you have special concerns or questions about spiritual direction during the pandemic, please contact me submitting the form available on the "Contact Me" page.
Here are some nuts and bolts related to my spiritual direction :
How often?The best practice in spiritual direction is to meet once a month for an hour over a period of time. For a number of reasons some persons make appointments every other month. It is possible to set stand alone sessions if some specific issue is being pondered--for example, a new job, a move to another part of the country, etc.
Where?Until physical distancing measures are lifted, all spiritual direction is offered only by telecommunications, ranging from old fashioned phone call to Skype and Zoom.
How to get started? Following the first inquiry, I ask that we meet, if possible by Zoom, Face Time or Skype, for an exploratory conversation during which I explain my adherence to the Revised Code of Ethics of the Spiritual Directors International and describe my definition and understanding of spiritual direction. At this same meeting, I ask the inquirer to tell me what he/she is looking for in spiritual direction and to interview me, asking any questions that feel relevant. I give the inquirer a copy of John Mabry's excellent slim book Starting Spiritual Direction to read. There is no charge for this session. If continued exploration is desired, then we set up a "test session" (no charge, no obligation) so that spiritual direction, as I provide it, can be experienced first hand. If regular spiritual direction with me seems right after these first contacts and sessions, then we both sign an agreement form and we begin our work. It is at this point that regular contributions are requested for each session. Confidentiality? Absolute confidentiality is offered all clients in order to foster safety and trust. However, the law requires that certain harmful acts be reported to authorities. In order to provide excellent spiritual direction, I am under supervision. In supervision sessions I may describe interactions during sessions, carefully masking the identity of the client. During exploratory sessions (see above) we discuss confidentiality. Even though I am not free to break the seal of confidentiality, the client may share anything from our sessions with others.
How much? In Indianapolis, spiritual directors and supervisors of spiritual directors normally request somewhere between $45--$70 per session. I ask that each client determine a contribution for each session within that range, according to ability to pay. I believe that all persons who want spiritual direction should have access to it and so, if you have special financial considerations, let me know because I may be able to offer a sliding payment scale. If you are already receiving spiritual direction from me but have experienced financial difficulty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please talk with me in order to make arrangements to continue spiritual direction without interruption. Payments should be made at each session. I receive cash, all major credit cards, and checks. For Pay Pal use the PayPal.Me link on the bottom of this page following paragraph on digital communications. For unpaid sessions, an invoice is sent at the end of each month.
Evaluations? I invite clients to evaluate with me how things are going and if needs are being met after the first few sessions and periodically thereafter.
Digital communications? In order to protect absolute confidentiality, I do not use any social media platform such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. I do use e-mail to schedule sessions. Clients are welcome to communicate with me between sessions using e-mail or phone. ________________________ PayPal.Me/brmonk "Taking the next step on the spiritual journey . . . . ."