Spiritual Direction is assistance given to persons in discernment to help them grow in holiness and in the practice of Christian virtue. A spiritual director helps the directee under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who is the true director.
Spiritual direction is not counseling or therapy, but rather guidance in the spiritual life. Spiritual direction should help one to become more open to the Holy Spirit and identify His action in one’s life, to identify obstacles in the spiritual life and overcome them, and to grow in the life of prayer and virtue. It is a way that God works through the Church. It is important that one be as open and honest with a spiritual director as one would be with the Lord Himself, so that He can work through His chosen human instruments.