My areas of particular focus:
Support for parents/partners of transgender folks
Life transitions/Starting over/Embracing change
Spiritual path/Spiritual mentorship
Higher education trauma (sexual assault on a college campus, denial of tenure, adjuncts)
Are you tired of seeking help for ordinary life/relationship challenges only to be told the real problem is your transgenderism or your polyamory?
Are you tired of paying for a counselor that you then have to educate?
Would you rather talk to somebody who has walked the path and understands from the inside?
What is shamanic counseling?
The main reason why people seek counseling is that our ordinary identity and habitual ways of thinking and perceiving just aren’t working. An alternate point of view is needed and the tools of shamanic counseling provide access to a new or refreshing point of view. This change of consciousness—or paradigm shift—is often all that is needed for profound healing. Our ordinary state of consciousness is the general mental framework, persona, and self-concept we have when we go to work, engage in everyday functions, and think about our problems and frustrations. It is built upon our ego-personality, or smaller self, and upon fixed ideas and assumptions which rule our lives. It strongly relies on the intellect/mind, and tends to be overly rational and critical and rooted in the material world.
By contrast, shamanic counseling utilizes non-ordinary states of consciousness for the purposes of healing or transformation, or for perceiving the complexities and depths of the soul or total Self. Everything that concerns the soul and its adventure, here on earth and in the beyond, is the province of the shaman. In shamanic counseling, I will work with you to find parts of yourself that are “off line”—pieces of your soul that have been repressed or flipped off due to trauma or lack of support for them—and I will help you integrate them back into your life and self-concept so that you may feel a greater sense of wholeness and balance.
The soul’s center and its core of aliveness is the heart so shamanic counseling teaches how to find and listen to the heart, how to honor and protect it, and how to develop communities, ceremonies, and a way of life that supports it. We each have our own natural navigational system, our own inner compass, and I will help you learn to be increasingly guided by this inner wisdom.
How does it differ from traditional psychotherapy?
There is no diagnosing or pathologizing in shamanic counseling. Rather than being an “expert,” my role with you is to be in spiritual service to your heart and soul and their process of healing, transformation, and empowerment. The purpose of our sessions is to create a sacred container for your own natural wisdom and deepest heart’s desires to come forward, speak, and blossom. Unlike traditional psychotherapy, there is no set protocol—instead our protocol emerges organically in response to the needs of each particular situation. Sometimes we may talk, sometimes we may create ritual together, sometimes you may be asked to take yourself on a meditative journey, sometimes I may share about my own experience, sometimes we may use objects or divination tools to unpack a situation or obtain guidance, sometimes a hands on healing may be what would be most effective. Rather than problem-solving, we will be focused on promoting the changes in consciousness that facilitate healing and quantum leaps of growth. You are a full partner in your own healing and so your consent and heartfelt participation will be sought at each step of the process. Although our sessions will average about an hour, some sessions may be as short as 20 minutes or as long as 90 minutes.
What results can you expect from shamanic counseling?
Shamanic counseling will open you to the spiritual and non-ordinary dimensions of consciousness and reality. It promotes holistic healing and profound transformations of consciousness. This will increase your reverence for life and for your own sense of Being, facilitate peaceful cooperation with other beings, and enhance your creativity, peace of mind, and sense of empowerment.
Specifically, here are some of the outcomes you should expect from working with me:
Feeling less stuck in your life
Being more able to initiate positive changes in your life
Feeling less fearful and out of control in the face of change
A deeper knowledge of yourself, your uniqueness, needs, and your gifts
Greater ability to listen to your intuition and discern your inner guidance
More ability to trust yourself and greater self confidence
Greater ability to trust in the process of life
Feeling less alone and overwhelmed
Feeling more empowered and in control of your life
Greater clarity about what you want in life
Better ability to discern when you are trying to control things that can’t or shouldn’t be controlled and when you are abdicating control over things that you should be taking charge of
And lastly…a more satisfying life for yourself—maybe even the life of your dreams!
“Your life is a sacred journey…And it is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous risks, embracing challenges at every step along the way…You are on the path…exactly where you are meant to be right now And from here you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, beauty, wisdom, power, dignity, and love.” Caroline Joy Adams
Reasons Why We Resist/Undermine Change
We are under the impression that if we offer resistance to change (or to things as they are), that our resistance will actually change what distresses us
We fear the unknown and would rather stay in a known malaise than risk the unknown
Even if there is a guaranteed positive outcome, most change requires a temporary period in the void first and we are petrified of and unwilling to experience this void
We believe that this is the best that it gets
We don’t believe we deserve better
We don’t believe what we want is even possible
We don’t know what we want
We equate comfort with happiness when in actuality true happiness usually comes from risk, not comfort—too much comfort usually results in stagnancy
We have a lot of motivation to move from crisis to ok, but little motivation to move from ok to great
We don’t trust ourselves (many of us with good reason!)
We don’t trust life or other people
We are unwilling to let go of what no longer serves us or what we don’t love to make room for what we do love
“The question for anyone on a journey of transformation is not ‘will I survive if I step out of my comfort zone?’
The real question is ‘will I survive my comfort zone?’” –Baron Baptist
If you are enjoying these oracle cards, check out the website of the spiritual teacher who ordained me, Lynn Woodland, to learn about their origins and how to use them: http://lynnwoodland.com/oracle/cards/