Agreement for Spiritual Direction Between Valerie Sjodin and

Our Relationship 

You are meeting online or by phone with me as your spiritual director because you want to examine and develop your spiritual life. Spiritual direction is a contemplative practice of helping another person or group to awaken to the mystery of God in all of life, and to respond to that discovery in a growing relationship of freedom and commitment. As a spiritual director, I recognize that God has called each person into being through God’s own love and God desires to be the true Director and Guide for each soul. Through prayer and reflective listening, I will serve as the human spiritual companion/director to help you discern the work of the Spirit in your life. The attached document entitled Guidelines for Ethical Conduct explains my role in a general way.

Although I believe it is appropriate at times to discuss psychological and relational difficulties in the context of spiritual direction, I am not a psychotherapist, nor do I provide such services. Similarly, you recognize that spiritual direction is not financial advice and any decisions and actions you may take in that regard are done without my advice or recommendation, and are purely your responsibility.

Confidentiality 

I will hold our conversations in strict confidence, regarding our time together as sacred, whether they are by telephone, online media, or email. I will not reveal the content of our conversations unless I am required to do so by law or court order. On the other hand, you are free to share whatever you choose about our conversations with anyone.

Technology 

There are unique limitations to engaging in Spiritual Direction online as opposed to in person. You must recognize and accept these limitations. You also agree that as your spiritual director, I cannot be held responsible for breaches in provision of services that are due to phone or computer malfunction, loss of electricity or internet connectivity.

Fee/Honorarium 

The fee per one-hour session is $50 (USD), or $65 (USD) for 1 ½ hour session, payable at the beginning of the session. This amount is guaranteed for at least 12 months. We will agree upon the amount before our first session. Payment to be made online or by check prior to our session.

Time of Sessions and Changes 

We commit to begin and end our sessions on time. If you wish to change your appointment, you will let me know at least 24 hours in advance by emailing me and call or text me as well. Without this advance notice, you will pay for the appointment time. I will not call or send you reminders for the sessions. If I need to change our appointment, I will let you know at least 24 hours in advance by email and call or text as well.

Although we agree to a monthly, 60-minute session, you may desire to meet more frequently or for a longer session periodically, and that is fine, as long as we schedule in advance. If you would like to share a success or a problem with me in between sessions, you may contact me via e-mail.

CONSENT: I authorize Valerie Sjodin to serve as my Spiritual Director based on the terms above and those listed on the website page titled “Insight.” 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RELATIONSHIP: 

I understand that Spiritual Direction is not a psycho-therapeutic relationship and will seek therapy/counseling elsewhere should this become necessary. 

PERMISSIONS TO CONTACT: 

I give my permission to be contacted at the following address: 

I give my permission to be contacted at the following telephone numbers: 
Permission to leave messageYesNo

Permission to leave messageYesNo

Permission to leave messageYesNo
Permission to send text message to cell phoneYesNo

I prefer to receive spiritual direction by:
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