Spiritual direction in some ways is a misnomer, although that is the way the practice is commonly known. An alternative I like is “spiritual companionship.”
The definition at Wikipedia comes close to my understanding of 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 advocates claim that it develops a deeper awareness with the spiritual aspect of being human, and that it is not psychotherapy, counseling, or financial planning.“Spiritual Direction” at Wikipedia.com
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