"We live and move by splitting the light of the present,

as a canoe's bow parts water."

- Annie Dillard

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     Your essential spirit is the vital inner force that pulls you away from emotional suffering toward that which is joyful and life-giving.  We can help you to discover and deepen your sense of that essential spirit within you. 
We offer counseling therapy services and spiritual direction in a safe, non-judgmental, LGBTQIA-affirming and supportive environment. Travel 
paths that are healing, renewing, and sustaining.


Ways We Can Help

Counseling Services

  may be beneficial if you are struggling with:

  • anxiety

  • medical crises/end of life issues

  • grief and loss

  • professional and personal life transitions

  • chronic illness

  • work and/or family conflict and relationship stress

  • traumatic experience or history, including religious abuse

  • living into LGBTQIA identity

  • depression

  • shaky self-confidence and esteem

Grief Groups

     If you've lost a loved one to death, consider joining a grief group. I facilitate free non-religious drop-in grief groups which meet at the Lacey Senior Center on the second Friday of every month and at the downtown Olympia Senior Center on the fourth Friday of every month. Both groups meet from 2:00-3:30 PM. Both are open to the public. New participants are always welcome. Beginning in January 2022, one group meets in person in Lacey, and the second meets online. Contact me below for more information about the groups. You will need a smartphone, tablet, or computer and a stable internet connection to participate online.


 Therapeutic Approach


     We can all get stuck and feel overwhelmed, mentally and emotionally. As a counselor, my therapeutic approach is to look for ways to free clients from old patterns that are causing them pain and problems. My role is to partner with the client to develop better insight and skills to live with greater resilience, and not be impeded by lingering emotional burdens that block growth and happiness.


     My therapeutic strategy varies. My background as an educator means that I always emphasize clients' possibilities for development, learning and growth. Much of my work utilizes cognitive behavioral, solution-focused brief therapy, EMDR, family systems, and somatic approaches. I incorporate spiritual or pastoral dimensions to therapy as appropriate to client wishes and needs. I offer an introductory half hour consultation visit free of charge, because it's important you find a counselor with whom you're comfortable and compatible.


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What is Spiritual Direction?

       Spiritual direction, also called, Spiritual Companioning, is a process of exploration and learning about your spiritual path with someone trained in listening, reflection and discernment. Spiritual directors serve as companions as you move forward, meeting you "where ever you are" on your individual journey, learning to live more fully in the present moment and to imagine the possibilities that lie ahead. Clients come from a variety of faith and spiritual backgrounds; many are spiritual independents.

 Spiritual Direction can be helpful if you seek:

  • spiritual care and pastoral support amidst loss and change 

  • exploration of your spiritual life beyond formal religious traditions

  • deepening of your spiritual or faith life 

  • opportunities to ponder "big meaning" questions (love, death, mystery, eternity, mortality...)

  • wider understanding of spiritual practices and religious traditions

  • better integration of your spiritual, relational and professional identity

  • strengthening your ability to be fully present in daily life


Spiritual Direction Services


    My name is Jill Komura, and I provide counseling and spiritual direction to adults and adolescents at Essential Spirit Counseling in Olympia, Washington. I hold an LMHC license in Washington state, a Masters in Counseling from Johns Hopkins University, a Masters in Divinity from Seattle University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington Law School, and a Bachelors in History from the University of California.

     I opened a private counseling and spiritual direction practice after nearly thirty years helping people of all ages grow in their personal understanding as a chaplain, pastor, teacher, coach, counselor, and advisor. Raised in one of the Japanese Buddhist traditions, I am seminary educated and ordained in the United Church of Christ, one of the most progressive of the Protestant denominations. My perspective on religious and spiritual matters is broad and inclusive, and spirituality is just one of many lenses through which I approach my work.


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      I am especially committed to helping adults struggling with anxiety, grief, life transitions, medical diagnoses, traumatic experience, and questions about relationships. I also work to support LGBTQ people looking to explore their faith lives after years in abusive church settings and families, and look for opportunities to provide support to healthcare providers and first responders coping with the stress and trauma of their work.

     If you feel that talking to me might be helpful for you or someone whom you care about, please contact me.


Location & Rates 

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     During the period of COVID-19 restrictions, I am seeing some clients via a HIPAA-secure telehealth application, and others in the office on a limited number of days per week. I recommend meeting in the office if clients are willing to comply with safety protocols, have privacy concerns at home, and/or limited access to stable wireless networks.



     I generally offer an initial phone consultation free of charge.  I do not take any 3rd party or insurance reimbursement, but offer a regular rate schedule and standard discounts for limited income seniors, active duty military & their families, and full-time non-dependent students. Depending on availability, there may also be sliding scale rates based on your level of financial need. Payment is due at the time of each session with cash, check, or HSA/credit/debit card. 

Fee Schedule                                               Regular Rate


      Standard Individual Appointment

        (50 Minute Session)                                   $100


      Extended Individual and Couples

        (75 Minute Session)                                  $150 





Office/VM Phone:      360-539-1230

Email:  EssentialSpiritCounseling@protonmail.com


Mailing Address:    P.O. Box 7307

                                Olympia, WA 98507

Office Location:  Olympia, Washington

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