For over three and a half decades, Troy Caldwell has been a shepherd of souls. From 1981 through August of 2000, he practiced this shepherding in the Dallas/Richardson/ Garland/Plano, North Texas area as a full-time psychiatrist. While practicing, he learned much though his role as a psychotherapist and medical healer. In addition he was privileged to study and ultimately teach the ancient traditions of soul work called Spiritual Direction. Then, in 2000, he reduced his psychiatry schedule to part-time in order to focus more of his attention on those seeking spiritual direction.
Spiritual direction is the practice of being with people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with the divine, or to learn and grow in their own personal spirituality. The person seeking direction shares stories of his or her encounters of the divine or how he or she is cultivating a life attuned to spiritual things. The director listens and asks questions to assist the directee in his or her process of reflection and spiritual growth.
Spiritual Direction is a tradition found in the Christian and other faiths which facilitates a person's growth as they seek for and obtain the experience God in the inner life. Sometimes this effort is also termed "Spiritual Formation". Some think of it as a mentoring in mystical life. Others describe it as soul friending. Dr. Caldwell has studied this for many years through the direction of Anglican, Catholic, Navigator, and independent spiritual leaders. His formal education in spiritual direction is through the Anglican School of Theology in Dallas. In 1998, he was invited by the Anglican School to co-lead their course in Spiritual Direction.
Those unfamiliar with Spiritual Direction may enjoy watching this PBS Video on Spiritual Direction from Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. Also, be sure and read Dr. Caldwell's web page essay, What is Spiritual Direction? You may also profit from reading free portions of Dr. Caldwell's book on spiritual psychology described below. Please also try the other links at the top of this page. Most of the resources on this site are found on the link “SPIRITUALITY TEACHING.”
For inquiries about spiritual direction, please contact Dr. Caldwell at 972-231-4469 or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although spiritual direction is best done in person, it may be pursued profitably through phone visits or Skype/FaceTime as well.
Check out Dr. Caldwell's book describing his spiritual direction experiences entitled Adventures in Soulmaking:
Stories and Principles of Spiritual Formation and Depth Psychology. It is available through Amazon.com or by pdf files on the "Adventures in Soulmaking" link above.