I first heard the term "spiritual direction" when one of my friends suggested we should enroll in a course to learn how to be spiritual directors. She said, "I have a wonderful plan for your life...want to hear it?" Isn't it great to have friends who push us out of our comfort zones and invite us to new adventures? I'm deeply grateful for this unexpected side trip into a three year program at Mt. St. Mary's University that helped me learn how to slow down, listen, ask better questions, and stop thinking I know very many answers at all. "Direction" is a misnomer in that what really happens isn't giving any directions at all, it's about being with people and listening and praying and paying attention. What might God be saying? In general, the training to become a spiritual director was a time of rich growth for me personally. The training required having a spiritual director while learning to become one. All in all it was an introduction to a new stream of life, a new way to be in this world, and to perhaps hear from God in a new/different way.
Given all that has happened in our world in the last month I feel compelled to figure out more ways to help people. It seems to me that it's time to more formally practice this discipline. I want to offer online--Zoom or FaceTime--spiritual direction/companionship to anyone looking for a safe place to be able to process what's happening in the world and in life in general. I am not a trained therapist, and this is not therapy. However, as I have experienced first hand, there is much healing and spiritual growth possible through spiritual direction.
If you are interested or have questions about receiving Spiritual Direction I would love to talk with you. You can contact me by filling out the form below to your left. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment or joining the intro to Spiritual Direction Group click the button to your right.
*These sessions will be offered on a sliding fee schedule, variable based on need, and will be discussed and agreed upon before we begin sessions.
To help you know me better...my bio is below!
Debbie worked as Program Director for UCLA women’s basketball from 2013-2019. Her duties included mentoring student athletes, overseeing social media, camps and clinics, community service and assisting with team building.
In 2017 she completed licensing requirements for Spiritual Direction from Mt. St. Mary’s University in Southern California. She is a practicing Spiritual Director. She also has her master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University, Irvine.
Prior to serving at UCLA, Haliday coached girls’ high school basketball for 25 years and was a K-12 athletic director. She has been a Christian school teacher as well, primarily teaching middle and high school Bible. From 1996-2007 she served as the Regional Camp Director for Southern California Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Haliday was also the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Biola University from 1990-1995.
As a student athlete at UCLA, as "Debbie Willie" she competed on both the women’s basketball and softball teams, earning National Championships in both sports in 1978. She was an All-Regional second baseman and All-Conference guard. She graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology.
Debbie currently lives with her husband Lance in Northern California. They are blessed to have three adult children—Matthew, Ryan and Bethany.