For care-givers, people affected by physical health challenges, addictions, and those exploring spirituality. 

CA LMFT 86291

Psychotherapist and ordained non-denominational minister honoring the wisdom of all spiritual traditions.

Regardless of current life situation or health, each day offers opportunities for serenity, peace, and even joy. But serious challenges can come up to make that difficult.


Sometimes, and especially during a serious illness or in the aftermath of addiction, we need to mourn the loss of what we once had, accept physical reality exactly as it is now, and then explore new ways to successfully bring pleasure and enjoyment back into everyday.


In my work with hospice patients, the homeless, and people facing serious addiction and health challenges, I witness first hand how, regardless of external factors, we can cultivate a sense of serenity even in the midst of major external challenges.

With the right practical psychological tools, it's possible to bring a sense of enjoyment back into the simple routines of daily life. It's not always easy, but it's possible.

Areas of Focus:


Caring for someone with an illness, or caring about someone with an addiction, can seem overwhelming. Or working in the caregiving profession as a therapist, coach, nurse, doctor, or other helper can take its toll on our own well being. Taking care of ourselves when a loved one or patient is in pain and needs our frequent attention can seem difficult or impossible. Yet in times like this, self-care is not only vital, it is one of the most selfless and giving things we can do for those we're caring for.

Medical Illness

When facing a serious illness or dealing with chronic pain, life can take on a unique set of challenges. Self-care becomes vital to emotional health. Yet self care can be challenging since sometimes, things that previously brought pleasure and joy are no longer physically possible. In therapy, it’s appropriate to do honest grief work for the loss of life as it was, while also moving forward with optimism about what’s still possible.



Addiction can be baffling. Addicts do all sorts of things they would never normally do; addiction tears into the very core of life. After a person puts down the problematic substance or behavior, deep self-forgiveness is part of the inner healing journey as creative, vibrant sober lives emerge.


Grief can feel like a dark, paralyzing cloud that will never lift. It can be hard to even function after the loss of a person, relationship, or situation which we hold dear. Nothing hurts so much as the loss of a loved one. Working through this process in therapy can help us continue with our own life, as difficult as that may seem.


Spiritual Psychology as a Therapeutic Approach

Spiritual Psychology is a specific therapeutic approach that facilitates living more meaningful and successful lives right now. Spiritual Psychology is not about bypassing or ignoring the reality of this life for a spiritual belief about what might come later.


There are practical tools that we use in therapy to do this. By aligning our thinking (Mental Level) with our feelings (Emotional Level), we become increasingly aware of how our thoughts and emotions are connected. Through increased awareness, we begin experiencing more peace, success and serenity in our day to day reality (Physical Level). By aligning these levels (Mental, Emotional, Physical), we are able to tap into our deeper core below the personality and emotions (the Authentic Self, or Soul). Through practice, we learn to live more authentic, loving, empowered lives.

© 2019 by Robert Kirk Donaldson.

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