Interfaith Minister Rvnd. Mary-Rose Engle

When matters of the heart matter most.™

Why seek Spiritual Counseling?

People seek spiritual counseling services for a variety of reasons.  You may be trying to overcome one or more difficulties related to the belief system of which you were raised.  You might be seeking counseling because of spiritual questions arising as you move from one stage of life to another. Other times you may be struggling to find meaning in a life-changing event or simply trying to find meaning in day-to-day life.  In some cases, you may seek support because someone close to you differs from, or challenges your personal religion or beliefs. For couples of different faiths, you may have questions related raising children in a multi-faith home. Or, you may simply seek a deeper connection to your higher self.

My approach to

Spiritual Care

As a Spiritual Care Giver and Counselor, I differ from other types of religious counselors in that I do not require you to follow any specific doctrine or spiritual belief. Instead, I honor your beliefs and assist you in developing a deeper spiritual connection based on your own personal understanding.


Individuals who seek to better understand and deepen their knowledge of self and others, or who seek balance in life.


Video conferencing and in-person counseling to support my clients during challenging times or on an ongoing basis.

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Whatever transformation you’re seeking, I’m here to help you bring clarity, meaning and understanding to your journey. Let's start with a 10-minute discovery call just to get to know each other a bit.

What is Spirituality?
A simple definition of spirituality is a sense of connection to something greater than the self. Some central aspects are meaning, purpose and connectedness. Some might describe spiritually as an attempt to understand one’s nature or the meaning of ones’ existence. Spirituality is also linked to internal awareness and happiness. The practice of dance, yoga, meditation, spending time in nature are just a few ways people can connect to their higher power. “Spirituality is a dynamic and intrinsic aspect of humanity through which persons seek ultimate meaning, purpose, and transcendence, and experience relationship to self, family, others, community, society, nature and the significant or sacred. Spirituality is expressed through beliefs, values, traditions and practices.” Puchalski, C. M., Vitillo, R., Hull, S. K., & Reller, N. (2014). Improving the spiritual dimension of whole person care: Reaching national and international consensus. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 17(6), 642–656.
What is Spiritual Counseling?
Spiritual counseling is a form of therapy that treats a person's soul as well as mind and body by accessing the care-seeker’s belief systems and using their faith in a higher power to explore areas of conflict in life. People who believe in a guiding higher power may find spiritual counseling helps them achieve a deeper connection with their higher power.
What is Spiritual Distress?
Spiritual distress can be defined as the impaired ability to experience and integrate meaning and purpose in life through connectedness with self, others, art, music, literature, nature, and/or a power greater than oneself. (NANDA International. (2014). Nursing diagnoses: Definitions and classification 2015-2017 10th ed. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.)

Studies show that people with relatively higher levels of spiritual distress are more likely to have pain, more likely to be depressed, be at higher suicide risk, have higher levels of clinically impactful anxiety, and have higher resting heart rates. (Spiritual Care: What it means. Why it matters in health care. E.J. Hall, B.P. Hughes, G.H. Handzo for Healthcare Chaplaincy Network, page 6)

When would I seek spiritual counseling?
You struggle with the loss of meaning and joy in your life. You currently have what you would describe as religious or spiritual struggles. You are experiencing a health crisis either first-hand or by a loved one that challenges your entire belief system or view of life.

Experiencing negative emotions that invoke to thoughts like

  • I never thought this would happen to our family.
  • Why did God let my child die?
  • That drunk driver should get what he deserves for what he did to my son!
  • My mom doesn’t deserve this. She’s’ the kindest person I know!
  • My children have been after me to stop smoking. I guess I got what I deserved.
  • Where is God now?

Any experience that changes your connection to self, others or higher power.

Does spirituality affect our well-being?
Religious or spiritual struggle compromises patients’ health and well-being. (Fitchett, G., Murphy, P. E., Kim, J., Gibbons, J. L., Cameron, J. R., & Davis, J. A. (2004).

Religious struggle: Prevalence, correlates and mental health risks in diabetic, congestive heart failure, and oncology patients. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 34(20), 179–196.)

Among medical rehabilitation patients, those experiencing religious or spiritual struggle had poorer rehabilitation outcomes and experienced more functional limitations. (Fitchett, G., Rybarczyk, B. D., DeMarco, G. A., & Nicholas, J. J. (1999). The role of religion in medical rehabilitation outcomes: A longitudinal study. Rehabilitation Psychology, 44(4), 333–353)

Do you have more questions or want to know more? Don't hesitate to reach out! My door is always open no matter your need. Contact me and we'll set up a 10-minute informational call.


Spiritual Care Clients


I had been feeling down this past year and somewhat “disconnected” to God/Spirit and my spiritual path. Rvnd. Mary-Rose offered an open and safe space for me to talk about what was on my mind and explore some issues.

It helped a lot to have her listen to me and provide feedback. We covered a variety of subjects from how I could find and build a spiritual community in my area, to praying together and finding my voice and praying prayers that had meaning for me.



What I loved about Rvnd. Mary-Rose’s work was that it ended up being more about my “style” and needs than anything else. It seemed that each session was really tailored toward what I was going through and dealing with and less about a particular frame work she may have. I do believe however that her frame work is one that always leads the client to self-discovery as this was the case with me. No matter what the challenge, it seemed that she was always able to bring me to the answers I had within… I learned very much from this experience and am very happy to have had the opportunity to work with Rvnd. Mary-Rose.