Even those who don’t use the word spiritual and especially those who shudder at the "G-word" (God), may, nonetheless, be aware of and open to all sorts of non-rational, hard-to-define, intangible feelings and experiences such as awe, wonder, inspiration, intuition, gratitude, and love. That, and more, is what we sometimes mean by spiritual.
Ironically, the work of a spiritual director has very little to do with directing others. It has more to do with being a companion, mentor, coach, facilitator, witness and general support for other persons as they move toward greater consciousness and cultivation of certain non-rational parts of their lives. While the term "spiritual director" is in common use, I prefer "mentor."
SpiritualDirection provides a safe environment for seekers to bare their souls, whether they're in the depths of despair or exultant over the bounty of their lives or anywhere in between. Spiritual direction provides a unique opportunity to give voice to one's spiritual experiences or the lack thereof, for one to be deeply heard, accepted, and then to receive gentle support and direction to deepen one's connection to what one finds to be sacred.
What it's not. Spiritual Direction is not religion specific. Some may find great spiritual expression within a religious context. Many do not. It is highly individual as to whether one's spiritual practice and experience is enhanced by participating within a religious tradition or institution. Spiritual Direction is also not clinical. Psychological issues need to be addressed by the appropriate professional.