There can be some overlap between the intentions of psychotherapy and spiritual mentoring. In general, psychotherapy tends to be more focused on emotional healing and personal growth, while spiritual mentoring tends to be more focused on personal growth and spiritual awakening.
However, spiritual mentoring (as I practice it) and psychotherapy are distinct types of relationships. They’re regulated differently (by law) and fall under different sets of ethical guidelines. Because of this, I can be either your psychotherapist or your spiritual mentor—but I can’t be both. When we start working together, we’ll clarify which type of relationship we’re entering.
Spiritual mentoring isn’t a substitute for psychotherapy. If you’re seeking support for issues that interfere with your ability to function in life (professionally, academically, or socially), psychotherapy may be more appropriate than spiritual mentoring.