counselling with SQ (spiritual intelligence).
" Amanda has a gentle, loving approach that makes you feel safe and held as you explore the work that is needed to reach a more peaceful and loving place. "
What is Counselling with SQ or Spiritual Intelligence and how does it differ from other forms of counselling? At the beginning of the 20th century, psychologists discovered ways and means to measure intelligence called IQ. In the mid 1990's, Daniel Goleman explored research into emotional intelligence, EQ. Now there is growing evidence that a third "Q" exists-SQ or Spiritual Intelligence.
SQ allows us to develop our capacity for meaning, vision and value and helps us to live up to our potential for peaceful, more satisfying lives.
Counselling with SQ has developed from my training as an Interfaith minister. During my two years at the Seminary we looked at how to counsel or help our clients find their Truth - who are we really and what is our purpose here. When we start to uncover this truth, the realisation that we are fully supported and fully loved, by an energy that is infinite and eternal, brings a sense of peace and joy into our every day.
When I sit together with you, we engage our Spiritual Intelligence to look at issues in your life and use them as metaphors to show you what they are reflecting about your inner beliefs. How you perceive something or someone, is more about you and your inner beliefs.
That is why we all perceive things slightly differently as we are seeing the situation through our own lens and that lens has certain beliefs attached to it. Having said that we do have a collective lens, called the finite mind, and this mind sees things as finite, limited, not good enough and lacking. This finite mind is judgmental, punishing and sees the world as separate to itself. It is the mind that feels we are a victim and have no real influence over our life and that we can only make the best out of the little we have.
If this is our truth, then the universe and Creation must hold these truths too as we can only reflect our Source - we cannot be apart from what created us.As we carry the traits and genes of our ancestors, so too must we collectively carry the traits of the universe.
If you look at the wonders and beauty of the created world, you are seeing yourself and the infinite and eternal nature of your true Self.
Article on Columbia university merging psychology and spirituality.
"Thank you for your wise words. I felt very supported by you
and really felt the benefit of supervision with you."
2nd year Interfaith seminary student.