Fran Miller Ph.D. - Licensed Psychologist

Spiritual Direction

In the past, I was approved by the Academic Dean of the Jesuit School, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California to provide both psychotherapy and spiritual direction. I am not certified as a spiritual director. I have studied both theology and Eastern philosophy, and have the experience of practice as a Catholic and as a Buddhist. I have studied and trained in Zen Buddhism on and off for over 25 years. I trained under Robert Aitken, Roshi for the last six years before he retired (1991 through 1996), and have had experience at the Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland and the San Francisco Zen Center, Green Gulch Farm, Mill Valley, California.

In spiritual direction we address your past religious and spiritual history, interests, and study. Particular attention is given to personal, psychological and spiritual growth, including a focus on classic virtues. Attention is also given to the implementation of particular spiritual practices such as: prayer, meditation, simplicity, solitude, study, service, fasting, ritual, worship, guidance, and community. The beginning or continuation of a regular home spiritual practice is an agreed upon part of entering into spiritual direction.