Referral List for Spiritual Directors (organized by geographical area)

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Referral List for Spiritual Directors

(organized by geographical area)

The following information is provided for each spiritual director:



Contact information

Specialties/particular areas of interest


Area located or area served


Paul McCue, CAH (Brother Paul)

Spiritual Director; Pastoral Assistant, St. Georges Episcopal Church

MA Spiritual Direction, General Theological Seminary

Healing Minister, Christian Healing Ministries-Christ the King Spiritual Life Center

Associate Chaplain; 914-420-0921

General spiritual direction, devotional and prayer practices


Saratoga, Albany, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, Bronx

Ulster/Dutchess Counties

Joan Deiters, PhD, S.C.

Spiritual Director; Psychoanalyst; 845-489-2401

General spiritual direction with individuals


Dutchess: Poughkeepsie

Westchester: Bedford Hills

(The Rev.) Allan Ford

D.Min. – Focus on pastoral care

Vicar, St. Margaret’s, Staatsburg

Counselor/Therapist, The Foundation for Religion and Mental Health

Member of American Association of Pastoral Counselors


Substance abuse

Sliding scale

Dutchess: Staatsburgh, Kingston/Poughkeepsie area

Brothers of Holy Cross Monastery

Contact Brother James:; 845-384-6660

Ulster: West Park

Paul Kimmerling

Spiritual Director; 347-489-6860

LGBTQ concerns; recovery and spirituality; life transitions

Sliding scale

Ulster County: Kerhonkson Queens: Jackson Heights

Sullivan and Orange Counties

Northeastern Pennsylvania and Northwest New Jersey

(The Rev.) David Lee Carlson

Priest, Grace Episcopal Church, Port Jervis, NY; 845-856-3026

M.Div., The General Theological Seminary

14 years on the Commission on Ministry in Diocese of New York

Discernment for service in the Church (ordained and lay)

Welcome seekers of all kinds

No fee

Tri-State area of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Northeast Pennsylvania, and

Northwest New Jersey

Putnam County

Sr. Theresa Cristina

Spiritual Director; 845-230-8340

Spiritual direction, spirituality, mentoring

Roman Catholic

$40 per session/sliding scale when needed

Putnam County: Graymoor - Garrison

(The Rev.) Dianne H. Disston, LP

Ordained Interfaith Minister; Licensed Psychoanalyst

Coordinator: Apprenticeship Program, The Guild for Spiritual Guidance


All faith traditions, lifestyles and cultures

$75/sliding scale if needed

Putnam: Brewster

Paul McCue, CAH (Brother Paul)

See listing under Saratoga/Albany

Westchester County

Janet E. Corso

Director – Mariandale, Retreat and Conference Center, Ossining

914-941-4455, ext. 104;

Transitions; divorce; chronic illness; gay and lesbian issues

All faith traditions

$50; sliding scale

Westchester: Ossining (Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center)

Renate Craine-Sutterlin, Ph.D

Spiritual Director

Team member, Contemplative Formation Program, 

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center


Spiritual companionship with laity and clergy of various traditions

No fee, contribution to a charity if desired

Westchester: Larchmon

Gaynell Cronin

Spiritual Director; 914-271-8812 (home);

914-941-4455 (Mariandale Retreat Center)

General spiritual direction

$40 suggested fee

Westchester: Ossining (Mariandale Retreat Center)

Joan Deiters, PhD, S.C.

See listing under Ulster/Dutchess

Paul McCue, CAH (Brother Paul)

See listing under Saratoga/Albany

(The Rev.) Betsy Johns Roadman

Episcopal Priest; Spiritual Director; 914-830-9333

Individual and group spiritual direction

$40/sliding scale

Westchester: Ossining

Judith Schiavo

Spiritual Director, Retreat Leader


General spiritual direction

$40/sliding scale if needed

Westchester: Hastings-on-Hudson; Ossining (one day per week)

Manhattan; Bronx

Jan Valentine

Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation Associate

Chaplain Associate, Westchester Medical Center; 914-912-4303

The creative arts; grief/bereavement; hospice/end of life


$50/sliding scale

Westchester and Rockland County

Rabbi Pamela Wax

Rabbi; Spiritual Director; Pastoral Counselor; 914-761-0600x149

Creating space for spiritual practice; loss and bereavement

$36 donation (or whatever is affordable) to the WJCS Healing Center

Westchester: White Plains

Rockland County

Paul McCue, CAH (Brother Paul)

See listing under Saratoga/Albany

Jan Valentine

See listing under Westchester

Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens

Lindsay Boyer

Spiritual Director; 718-858-4119

All faith traditions; those who are uncomfortable with institutional religion

or who have more than one faith affiliation; contemplative prayer and meditation;

creativity and the arts

$50 per session; sliding scale


Paul Kimmerling

See listing under Ulster County

Paul McCue, CAH (Brother Paul)

See listing under Saratoga/Albany

Sarah Nazimova-Baum, LCAT, ATR-BC

Spiritual Director

Coordinator & Intern Advisor:  New York Intern Program, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church


M.A. in Spiritual Direction from GTS; M.A. in Art Therapy from NYU

Interfaith issues and health/medical issues

Work in various formats: conversation, shared silence, art making, and


No fee

Spiritual affiliation: Quaker

Brooklyn and Manhattan

Mary C. Russell, M.S. in Spirituality and Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Director


Attending to the stirrings of the Spirit; going deeper in the spiritual life;

discerning a call; connecting spirituality with peace and justice 

American Baptist/United Church of Christ

$30.00 per session

Brooklyn: Park Slope


Anna Gustafson

Spiritual Director; 646-596-2572

M.A. Spiritual Direction, General Theological Seminary

M.A. Marriage, Family Therapist (CA license)

Prayer, spiritual practices and grounding, discernment of gifts of service:

individual and group

Manhattan: Upper West Side/Cathedral of St. John the Divine

(The Rev.) Susan E. Hill

Associate Priest, St. Michael’s Church

(225 W. 99th St. b/w Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.); 212-222-2700, x13

Certificate in Spiritual Direction, General Theological Seminary

Works with laity as well as clergy and those in discernment for ordination or other

vocational changes

Provides direction to seekers and people of all faiths

Sliding scale

Manhattan:  Upper West Side

Sister Meg Holden, MA
Spiritual Director, Franciscan Sister of Peace, Roman Catholic

General population, returning veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq,

gays and lesbians, those with cancer, cancer survivors,

interdenominational and those of no denomination
$50.00 or whatever one can afford

(The Rev.) Elizabeth Maxwell

Interim Rector, St. Michael’s Church, Manhattan (Upper West Side)

Spiritual Director and licensed Psychoanalyst; 212-222-2700x11

Discernment of call; integration of traditional and non-traditional spiritual practices;

dream work

Sliding scale

Manhattan: Upper West Side

Sarah Nazimova-Baum, LCAT, ATR-BC

See listing under Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens

(The Rev.) James H. Reho, Ph.D.

Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care, Deployment, and Formation:

The General Theological Seminary; 212.243.5150

Eastern and Western spiritual practices, yoga, the Philokalia tradition,

embodied practice

Fee negotiable, never required

Manhattan: Chelsea

Long Island

St. Ignatius Retreat House

Contact Sister Karen Doyle:; 516-621-8300x25

Long Island: Manhasset

New Jersey

(The Rev.) David Carlson

See listing under Sullivan and Orange Counties; Northeastern Pennylvania;

Northwest New Jersey

Jane Sullivan

Spiritual Director; 201-891-6657

Discerning vocation to ordination or otherwise, the long walk of faith


Fee: none

Northern New Jersey

Washington, D.C.

(The Rev.) Jacques Hadler

Pensioned Itinerant Episcopal Priest; Emeritus Director of Field Education,

The Virginia Theological Seminary


Ignatian spirituality; family systems theory

Sliding fee scale

Washington, D.C.

(Rarely in NY; phone sessions with non-Washingtonians)


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