Deepening: Embrace Yourself

A contemplative spiritual director in Boston


I provide long-term and trauma-informed spiritual direction to individual adults. My approach is primarily based on Ignatian Spirituality and Relational Spirituality. I see the goal of spiritual direction is to help one encounter the Divine as one's true self through contemplation and discernment. I also integrate depth psychology into spiritual direction to help deepen one's self-insights, self-awareness and mindfulness.



Education and Training

Boston College

  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

The Danielsen Institute (Boston University)

  • Advanced Social Work Post-Graduate Fellowship (2019 - 2021)

St. Anthony Shrine

  • Spiritual Direction Certification Program (2018 - expected 2020)


Professional Affiliation

What is Spiritual Direction?

It's like a journey of discovering, exploring, confronting, forgiving, accepting, honoring, and embracing the true self or Imago Dei, through which one encounters the divine.

It's not religious education, because it does not require one to follow any religious doctrines or beliefs. It's not Christian counseling either, because it opens to all people regardless of their faith or spiritual tradition.

It's like a companionship between a spiritual director and a directee. This relationship could move one's spiritual journey forward a little bit through ongoing honest and deep conversations the director and the directee.

It might look like psychotherapy. However, it is more focused on exploring the "signals" from the divine in our day-to-day life than relieving psychological "symptoms" or life coaching.


Location

I meet spiritual directees in my office at St. Anthony Shrine (100 Arch St) in Downton Boston.


Contact

han@HanBertrand.com