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About Victoria

Victoria ShieldsVictoria is a spiritual director, counselor, and ordained minister. Her background includes education, training, and extensive experience in spiritual development, interdenominational pastoral counseling, and licensed clinical mental health and addictions counseling. A native Nebraskan, the heritage of Pioneering settlers fostered a rich sense of place, ritual, and a sojourning spirit, that continue to inform and shape Victoria’s life and her work. She now makes her home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

She is a member of Spiritual Directors International (SDI), and a graduate of Soul River Spiritual Center in Chapel Hill, NC in Ignatian Spirituality.  Victoria is also an oblate with St. Brigid of Kildare Monastery, a Benedictine/Methodist monastic community St. Brigid of Kildare Monastery, a Benedictine/Methodist monastic community.

Victoria believes spiritual direction and pastoral counseling is an act of hospitality.  And so just as hospitality was extended to people on a journey, Victoria extends spiritual and pastoral counsel by providing unhurried space that’s welcoming and safe.  She offers the opportunity for deeper spiritual exploration and discernment, especially to those needing more following racial equity training who may be asking the question “What now?”; or for those keeping well in recovery; or for anyone wanting to simply live with hope anchored in a deeper relationship with God during this tumultuous time in human history.

In addition to this very privileged work in spiritual companioning, Victoria is active in her home church and local community.  She enjoys singing, playing the hammered dulcimer, and kayaking. She’s also active in community partnered racial justice ministry, loves gardening, and enjoys being a grandmother.  Victoria gives eternal thanks for her family and friends – and a little dog named Mina. ​

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