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Spiritual Directors

Most Directors would say they have been “called” to the art of spiritual companionship.  Although various training programs vary, most Spiritual Formation-Direction programs last approximately two years and include a period of internship.  We have included information about our Director’s training, as well as their form of companionship, in order to help you in your process of discernment.  

The information listed here is provided by the directors themselves; San Diego Spiritual Direction does not check nor confirm any Director’s background, education or training.  Neither does SDSD provide training, certification, or supervision for Spiritual Directors.  SDSD does not evaluate, recommend or endorse any particular Spiritual Director. 

By accessing this directory, you understand and agree that SDSD is in no way responsible for the acts, omissions or services of any of the spiritual directors listed or for any other actions taken based upon the information furnished by SDSD.  By accessing this list you agree to use the information only for finding a spiritual director, and not to use the list for solicitation; you also agree not to reproduce, display, or distribute the directory of the information listed herein.

Aliza Berk

  • 858-220-5412

  • Located in La Jolla, willing to travel; open to Skype or Zoom

  • Available for Spiritual Direction with men & women

  • Spiritual/Religious Affiliation: Jewish. Open to directees of all faith traditions

  • Education: B.A. in Religious Studies and English Literature. M.A. in Hebrew Education; M.A. in Hebrew Literature, M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Doctor of Divinity.

  • Language: English

  • Currently Chaplain at Wesley Palms Retirement Community; M.F.T. in private practice, ordained rabbi,training in Clinical Pastoral Education, congregational rabbi and educator, psychotherapist in a medical clinic, Director of The Jewish Healing Center at Jewish Family Service, grief counselor leading bereavement groups, instructor at Santa Clara University and at San Jose State University.

  • Past President of the San Diego Rabbinical Association

Angelie Ryah

  • (619) 394-1933

  • Area of San Diego: Central San Diego but willing to travel to greater San Diego or meet online.

  • Available for individual and group Spiritual Direction with men or women; retreats and workshops.

  • Education: BS in Electrical Engineering; MDiv and MFT

  • Languages: English; learning Spanish

  • Spiritual, Religious Affiliation: Christian

  • Past, Present Occupation: Past occupation in Cardiac Clinical Research and Management; presently working with Church Resource Ministries staff

Anne Richardson, M.S. , S.D.

  • (858)573-6927

  • Area of San Diego: Tierrasanta

  • Available for individual Spiritual Direction with women, individual and group in person or by Skype; retreats and workshops; available for Peer Supervision with men and women

  • Education: B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology.  M.S. in Audiology

  • Languages: English and Sign Language

  • Spiritual, Religious Affiliation: Protestant Christian

  • Past, Present Occupation: Audiologist, retired

  • Ministries, Volunteer Work: Not Alone trauma groups, Ignatian exercises, retreats, dreamwork

Beth Slevcove, M. A. Ed., M. A. Th.

  • (619) 990-2599

  • Area of San Diego: Kensington / Mid-city

  • Available for individual Spiritual Direction with males and females, couples, skype and phone direction; retreat leading

Beverly Peterson

  • (619)857-4480

  • Area of San Diego: Bonita, Chula Vista, South Bay

  • Available for Spiritual Direction with individual men and women; female groups and retreats; spiritual formation classes

  • Education: Bachelors of Arts in Fine Arts and Humanities; Master’s Degree in Educational Administration with emphasis on Developmental Curriculum; Administrative Credential

  • Languages: English

  • Spiritual, Religious Affiliation: Evangelical Christian

  • Past, Present Occupation: Teacher, Master Teacher, Resource Teacher, School Administrator

  • Ministries, Volunteer Work: Choir member, Change Agent Committee Leader, Church Board of Directors, School Board President (church school), Spiritual Direction Small Group Facilitator, Sunday School Superintendent, teacher of adult Spiritual Practices and Spiritual Pathways classes, Heart of the Journey Spiritual Formation class, Retreat Leader for High School, College age and adults.

  • Served on the SDSDA Coordinating Council for 4 years

Chris Justice

  • (619)867-1809

  • Area of San Diego: Central San Diego

  • Available for Spiritual Direction with individual men and women; also for Supervision with other Directors

  • Education: Master’s Degree in Mathematics and Divinity; Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction

  • Languages: English

  • Spiritual, Religious Affiliation: Christian; active in the Presbyterian tradition

  • Past, Present Occupation: Pastor, Spiritual Director, Trainer for Christian Formation and Direction Ministry, San Diego (CFDM)

  • Ministries, Volunteer Work: Outreach to homeless and low income people (TACO)

  • Co-founder of San Diego Spiritual Direction Association (SDSDA) in 2007

Clydeen Moller

  • (760) 815-7366

  • Area of San Diego:  North County Coastal / Encinitas, Old Town

  • Available for Spiritual Direction with Individual men and women, groups, retreats, workshops, open to Skype, Zoom or phone sessions.

  • Education: BA in Psychology; CA Teaching Credential; CLAD credential, Certificate in Spiritual Direction

  • Languages Spoken: English

  • Spiritual, Religious Affiliation: Christian

  • Past, Present Occupation: Elementary School Teacher, retired

  • Ministries, Volunteer Work: Ministries of Intercessory Prayer, Inner Healing, Emotional Healing (SOZO), Physical Healing, Prayer Counseling, San Diego and Encinitas Healing Rooms, Listening Prayer

  • Presently serving on the SDSD Board of Directors.

Cyndie Woodbury

  • (903)241-3206

  • Area of San Diego: South Park; open to travel

  • Available for Spiritual Direction with individual men and women; also group Spiritual Direction and retreats.

  • Education: Certified Spiritual Director

  • Language: English

  • Spiritual, Religious Affiliation: Episcopal

  • Past, Present Occupations: Convocation Coordinator and Board Member, Episcopal Diocese of Texas; Certified Workshop Leader on Safe Church Ministries; Women's Ministry and Retreat Facilitator at Presbyterian Retreat Center in Texas; Adult spiritual formation program developer, organizer and leader.

  • Ministries, Volunteer Work: Daughters of the King Prayer ministry, Speaker/workshop leader on creativity and prayer. Contemplative artist.

Elisabeth K. J. Koenig, M. Div., Ph. D.

  • (917)749-7828; ekoenig@gts.edu

  • Area of San Diego: North County and Downtown

  • Available for Spiritual Direction with individual men and women; clergy, and people in the
    ordination process; groups, online direction, retreats, adult education, and church forums;
    consultations in Discernment

  • Education: Ph.D. Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary, Philosophy of Religion/Philosophy of Theology; M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary, Theology; B.A. California State University, San Diego, French/Philosophy; Diplome es Etudes Francaises, Universite d’Aix-Marseilles.

  • Languages: English, French, Spanish

  • Spiritual, Religious Affiliation: Episcopal Church; Global Anglican Communion

  • Past, Present Occupation: Professor of Ascetical Theology, General Theological Seminary
    (GTS) NYC, 1986-2011; Director of Admissions, Housing, Financial Aid (GTS); Instructor
    Episcopal Diocese of San Diego School for Ministry; Adjunct Professor, University of San
    Diego

  • Ministries, Volunteer Work: Board of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality;
    Board of San Diego Spiritual Direction; Chaplain to Retired Episcopal Clergy, San Diego;
    Board of the Friends of the Rancho Bernardo Library

ElRoy Peterson

  • (619) 267-2427

  • Area of San Diego:  South Bay

  • Available for Spiritual Direction with men

Jane Illades

  • (619)237-9288

  • Area of San Diego: Mission Hills, Hillcrest

  • Available for Spiritual Direction with Women either in Spanish or English

  • Education: One year at the University of Guanajuato, Diplome degree at Universite de Neuchatel; Spiritual Direction training at the University of San Diego

  • Languages: Spanish and English

  • Spiritual, Religious Affiliation: Protestant, Episcopalian, presently United Church of Christ

  • Past, Present Occupation: Spiritual Director; led Congregational Development Program at St. David’s Episcopal Church.  Headed the Search (Calling) Committee

  • Ministries, Volunteer Work: Board member on the Board of Esperanza (a liaison with Mexican Board) and Esperanza de Mexico for many years.

lillades@cox.net

Janet Hagen

  • (619) 697-5755

  • Area of San Diego: La Mesa

  • Available for individual Spiritual Direction with women

  • Education: BA in Human Development; Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy

  • Languages: English

  • Spiritual, Religious Affiliation: Youth as a Latter-Day-Saint; also Catholic, Evangelical, and post-Evangelical in Liturgical churches. Present affiliations also include Contemplative Outreach, Spiritual Directors International and San Diego Spiritual Direction.

  • Past, Present Occupation: Hairdresser and Salon owner, retired; Intern Bioenergetic (body) psychotherapist, retired.

  • Ministries, Volunteer Work: Lay-Counselor, Marriage Mentor; Alter, prayer counselor; Spiritual Formation Group Leader; San Diego Hospice In-home volunteer and Intern Bereavement Counselor.

Jeannie Oestreicher, S. E. P., M. A., S.D.

  • (619) 933-5173

  • Area of San Diego:  La Mesa

  • Hours of Availability: Saturdays

  • Education: Completion of Training in The Art of Spiritual Direction, MA in Clinical Psychology, Completion of Training in Somatic Experiencing

  • Languages: English

  • Present Occupation: Mental Health Therapist working under MFT license both in private practice and agency setting; Spiritual Director in private practice setting.

  • Co-founder of San Diego Spiritual Direction Association (SDSDA) in 2007

Judith Ray

  • (619) 606-2311

  • http://www.mindfulcompassionconsulting.com

  • Area of San Diego: Ocean Beach but willing to travel to other areas of San Diego. Prefers to meet in person but willing to meet online as needed.

  • Available for individual and group Spiritual Direction with men or women; retreats and workshops; also available as a trained Supervisor for other Directors

  • Education: Ordained Interfaith Minister, Certified Clinical Chaplain

  • Language: English

  • Spiritual, Religious Affiliation: Interfaith

  • Past, Present Occupation: Manager Spiritual Care, Sharp Grossmont Hospital (See Website below)

  • Ministries & Volunteer Work: San Diego Hospice (Supervisor, Patient Care Volunteer Program)

Kathy Di Fede

  • (619)840-3781

  • Area of San Diego: East County

  • Available for Spiritual Direction with both men and women

  • Languages: English

  • Spiritual, Religious Affiliation: Catholic

  • Past, Present Occupation: Licensed Vocational Nurse, Retired

  • Ministries, Volunteer Work: Centering Prayer Practitioner and Teacher

Laurie Wevers

  • (651)726-4940  

  • Area of San Diego: Mission Hills

  • Available for Spiritual Direction with individuals and groups; with men and women and for retreats and workshops

  • Education: Bachelor of Science in Youth and Social Science; Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy; Certificate in Spiritual Direction

  • Languages: English

  • Spiritual, Religious Affiliation: Christian, Post-Evangelical, Progressive

  • Past, Present Occupation: Marriage and Family Therapist, Spiritual Director

  • Ministries, Volunteer Work: Volunteer to kids with Special needs, Prayer Ministries

Laurie Yackley

  • (619) 840-5667

  • Area of San Diego: Downtown / Golden Hill

  • Available for individual Spiritual Direction with women, in person and online

  • Education: BA in Communicative Disorders; MA in Linguistics; Certificate in Spiritual Direction; Certified Life Coach

  • Languages: English

  • Spiritual, Religious Affiliation: Christian

  • Past, Present Occupation, Ministries: ESL Teacher; Full-time ministry with Church Resource Ministries for 27 years and Thresholds for 6 years

Lydia Puentes Philips

  • (619) 322-5081

  • Area of San Diego:  La Mesa

  • Available for individual Spiritual Direction

Mary Linam

  • (858) 205-9180

  • www.dwellinpeace.com

  • Affiliate Member: Rather than Spiritual Direction, Mary offers support and retreat for missionaries and church clergy.

  • Education: Christian Formation and Direction Ministries 1 year; 19th Annotation Retreat, Spiritual Ministry Center; The Narrative Enneagram (in process)

  • Language: English, Netherlands

  • Spiritual, Religious Affiliation: Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Foursquare, Assemblies of God, and Presbyterian

  • Past, Present Occupations and Ministries, Volunteer Work: Currently offering retreats and support to missionaries and people in ministry; 4 yrs. as a missionary with youth with a mission in the Netherlands; Short-term mission leader and leadership team at Newsbreak Church, Bridge Builders Network Trauma Care training and program facilitator for local refugees, San Diego Refugee Tutoring.

Melanie Wolf

  • (619) 618-5541

  • Area of San Diego: Point Loma, Mission Valley, Mission Hills; open to Skype or phone sessions.

  • Available for individual or group Spiritual Direction with women or men; retreats and workshops

  • Education: B.A. Christian Education; M.A. Educational Ministries, Church Leadership; Certificate in Spiritual Direction; M.S. Clinical Psychology.

  • Languages: English

  • Spiritual, Religious Affiliation: Non-denominational Christian; also works at a Nazarene school

  • Past, Present Occupation: Currently Campus Pastor, Director of Discipleship Point Loma Nazarene University; Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, Spiritual Director; recently Bereavement Counselor for Elizabeth Hospice

  • Ministries, Volunteer Work: Camp Erin as a Bereavement Counselor with Defy Ventures   

Paula U'Ren, M. S., S. D.

  • (619)823-9777

  • Area of San Diego: East County

  • Available for individual and group Spiritual Direction with men and women; available for retreats and workshops

  • Education: Bachelors of Arts and Master’s Degree in Psychology; Spiritual Direction Training

  • Languages: English

  • Spiritual, Religious Affiliation: Evangelical Christian

  • Past, Present Occupation; Ministries, Volunteer Work: Women’s Ministries volunteer; Bible Study Fellowship, Precept Bible Study Discussion Leader; Mentor

Rebecca Laird, D. Min.

  • 973)489-5680; 

  • Area of San Diego:  Point Loma and Downtown

  • Limited Availability: Spiritual Direction with males and females, individual or groups; retreats, pastors / church leaders

Renee Baffert, M. A., S. D.

  • (562) 506-3563

  • http://www.spiritualdirection-journey.com

  • Area of San Diego: South San Clemente, North County

  • Available for individual Spiritual Direction with women; group Spiritual Direction; and the 19th Annotation Retreat in Daily Life.

Richard Bonacci

  • (619) 297-9529 or (510) 495-4760

  • Area of San Diego:  North Park

  • Available for Spiritual Direction with men, individual or group; retreats with men

Scott Landis

  • (619)884-5830

  • Area of San Diego: Mission Hills

  • Available for Spiritual Direction with individual men and women; available for retreats and workshops

  • Education: Bachelor of Arts in Religion; Masters of Arts in Pastoral Counseling, Divinity, and Ministry

  • Language: English

  • Spiritual, Religious Affiliation: Christian (United Church of Christ)

  • Past, Present Occupation: Pastor at Mission Hills United Church of Christ

Sharon Peterson

  • (619) 618-5541

  • Area of San Diego: Point Loma, Mission Valley, Mission Hills; open to Skype or phone sessions.

  • Available for individual or group Spiritual Direction with women or men; retreats and workshops

  • Education: B.A. Christian Education; M.A. Educational Ministries, Church Leadership; Certificate in Spiritual Direction; M.S. Clinical Psychology.

  • Languages: English

  • Spiritual, Religious Affiliation: Non-denominational Christian; also works at a Nazarene school

  • Past, Present Occupation: Instructor, Librarian, Attorney (primary career) specializing in Mediation

  • Ministries, Volunteer Work: Currently chair of her church’s Faith Formation Ministry

Rev. Tom Eisenman

  • (619) 832-4308

  • Area of San Diego:  East County and South County

  • Available for Spiritual Direction with men & women engaged in Christian leadership: pastors, missionaries, spiritual directors, counselors.  Available in person, by skype or phone; also available for Director Supervision

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