I trained in the Ignatian tradition of Spiritual Direction 2004 – 2009 and have integrated a variety of interests and approaches to spiritual accompaniment alongside this, as I live and serve within the Christian contemplative tradition and beyond. Therapeutic and creative riches have become increasingly important to me as ‘mediators of the sacred’, ways to encounter the Creator through our whole selves – body, mind, spirit, emotions and relationships.
I formerly coordinated the adult learning programme for the Diocese of Edinburgh, and also have experience as a Safeguarding Officer and as a Volunteer Coordinator with a Dementia music charity. I have a particular interest and training in how we use power wisely and well, and in attachment, trauma, connection, love and belonging. I trained in Pastoral Supervision in 2014 and bring the lens of spiritual direction to my Supervision work whilst also valuing them as distinct spaces.
In both spiritual direction and supervision sessions I might use life-story, images and imagination, nature, meditation and music, body awareness, poetry and writing interwoven within conversation. I resource my own ongoing journey in similar ways so I can more deeply hold space for others.
Growing up in church, I became unwell in my teens and in my twenties began to meet with a spiritual director. At a time when my own life experience and my experience of church did not connect, I greatly valued the companionship of another as we talked and listened together. It was a safe place to hold on – however fleetingly – to the things I still wanted and believed in, and to let go of others; to slowly rebuild my relationship with myself, others and God and to redefine my experience of prayer and community. 35 years later I have more sense of being enabled to hold together my experiences of brokenness, grace and gratitude. Out of this, I offer an inclusive space to others who come with their very individual stories, beliefs and ‘aches’.
If you are interested to know more, or for an initial exploratory meeting in Edinburgh, please contact me at email@example.com
Spiritual direction with Elizabeth has given me space and time to untangle thoughts and emotions about my life, my spirituality, and my search for the divine. Each session is like a mini retreat. I have been able to dive deeper into my own sense of self and the world without fear.
As a spiritual director, Elizabeth is like a journeying companion, encouraging you to look around and take notice of the small and the big things that shape your journey. She helps you explore the path you are on without any judgement or expectation, so that you can find your own way forward – or even a place to rest awhile along the way.