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.

Angelie Ryah

Angelie Ryah

Few people have a safe place where they can take off all their masks and explore who they are becoming. This can be a lonely if not anxious path!  As a certified spiritual director with long personal experience navigating transitions, I help women and men listen to their own inner voice along with how the Divine is moving in their lives, through good seasons and tough ones. In these sacred conversations you are helped to go toward what fills you with gratitude, purpose and strength, and to gently shed what no longer fits the person you are becoming.

I offer a free introductory session to let you explore whether spiritual direction is a fit, and am open to either virtual or in-person sessions. Although I was raised as a conservative evangelical, now my faith tradition is grounded in the ancient and present-day Christian mystics. I welcome those from any or no spirituality, and affirm the LGBTQIA community.  Feel free to contact me with any questions or to set up a time to connect.  Email:  angelieryah@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise and Joy:

  • Certified Enneagram Instructor

  • Poetry and art in the faith journey

  • Using the body and the physical / natural world to encounter God

  • Trauma-informed spiritual direction and soul care

  • Sexual abuse and clinical depression survivor

  • Gallup StrengthsFinder coach

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

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

  • Not Alone: Transforming Trauma and Accompanying Survivors Available on Amazon.

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

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, facectime and phone direction; retreat leading

  • Education: Master’s Degree in Theology with a concentration in Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Formation, Master’s Degree in Education.

  • Languages: English

  • Spiritual, Religious Affiliation: Christian. Active in Lutheran tradition. Monastic Oblate.

  • Past, Present Occupations: Currently a hospice chaplain, Past: Director of Spiritual Formation at Youth Specialties, Trainer for Christian Formation and Direction Ministries (CFDM) San Diego, grade school teacher.

  • Broken Hallelujahs: Learning to Grieve the Big and Small Losses of Life. Available on Amazon

Chris Justice

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

Clydeen Moller

  • (760) 815-7366

  • Area of San Diego:  North County Coastal / Encinitas

  • 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.

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

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

  • (917) 749-7828

  • 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

  • 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

Jane Illades

Jane Illades

  • (619) 237-9288

  • Area of San Diego: Mission Hills, Hillcrest and available via Zoom

  • 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.

Janet Hagen

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.

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

Judith Ray

  • (619) 606-2311

  • www.mindfulcompassionconsulting.com

  • On-line meetings available

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

  • Education: Ordained Interfaith Minister

  • Language: English

  • Spiritual, Religious Affiliation: Interfaith


  • Certified Clinical Chaplain

  • Certified Compassion Cultivation Teacher through Stanford University School of Medicine's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.

  • Certified Mindful Facilitator through UCLA and brings over 25 years of Mindfulness Meditation Practice to her teaching.

  • Registered Yoga Teacher through YOGA Alliance.

  • Retired Manager Spiritual Care, Sharp Grossmont Hospital

Kathy Di Fede

Kathy Di Fede

  • (619) 840-3781

  • Areas of San Diego: East County; including La Mesa, Lakeside, Santee, El Cajon, Rancho San Diego.

  • Available for Spiritual Direction with both men and women.

  • Languages: English

  • Spiritual, Religious Affiliation: Catholic

  • Past Occupations: Licensed Vocational Nurse, Professional Clown for children’s parties.

  • Present Occupations: Spiritual Director, Reiki Practitioner/Teacher, Funeral Coordinator.

  • Ministries: Centering Prayer Practitioner and Commissioned Presenter, Retreat leader/facilitator, Ignatian Spirituality Project.

Laurie Yackley

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

Lydia Puentes Philips

  • (619) 322-5081

  • Area of San Diego:  La Mesa

  • Available for individual Spiritual Direction

Mary Linam

Mary Linam

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

  • (858) 205-9180

  • www.dwellinpeace.com

  • Education: The Narrative Enneagram Certified Teacher, International Enneagram Certified Teacher and Coach, Christian Formation and Direction Ministries 1 year certificate; 19th Annotation Retreat, Spiritual Ministry Center, Cerny-Smith Cross-Cultural Index, Pesso-Boyden System Psychomotor (Certification in process)

  • Language: English, Netherlands

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

  • Past, Present Occupations and Ministries, Enneagram coaching for individuals, couples and teams, Enneagram Teaching online and in-person, Enneagram teacher Arizona Enneagram Association.

  • 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 missions leader and leadership team at Newsbreak Church, Bridge Builders Network Trauma Care training and program facilitator for local refugees, San Diego Refugee Tutoring.

Rebecca Laird, D. Min.

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.

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

  • (562) 506-3563

  • Education:  Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, Masters in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, Loyola Institute for Spirituality Certificate program

  • www.reneemichelle.org

  • Since 2012, I have been doing Spiritual Direction with women from ages 17-70’s, working with different life stages from college students to grandparents, and different cultural backgrounds.

  • Employed by Biola University at the Center for Spiritual Renewal as a Spiritual Director for their Undergraduates, Graduate students, and Staff.

  • I specialize in working with individuals experiencing grief, loss, life transitions, and depression. I enjoy working with different types of caregivers  to help them create intentional soul care in their own lives.

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

  • Available for Online Spiritual Direction. I meet online with women throughout the U.S. and around the world

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

  • I love nature…the sea and trees, my French bulldogs, and you can find me camping in Colorado in our Sprinter van we built into a tiny home (home away from home)

Rev. Tom Eisenman

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

Richard Bonacci

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

Susan Payne

Susan Payne

  • 206-618-5418

  • Area of San Diego, University Heights/North Park, Seattle, WA, available in person, zoom or phone.

  • Available for individual work with men or women, often working with the Enneagram, I especially enjoy working with those in ordained or professional ministry and young adults.

  • Education, Master of Social Work, MA in Transforming Spirituality/Seattle U

  • Languages: English

  • Spiritual Religious affiliation,  Episcopal, Energy Healing Community/Seattle,

  • Past Occupation,  Medical Social Worker.