Laura devoted 17 years to working with a mentor and psychotherapist who was extremely skilled in non-ordinary states of consciousness, dreams, yoga, art therapy and group work. In 2011 Laura met her shamanic teacher, and subsequently her own helping spirits, and the concept of Psycho-Shamanic Counseling was conceived. After another several years of formal shamanic education and ongoing clinical training, Psycho-Shamanic Counseling was codified and introduced to clients 2014. Under the guidance of her helping spirits, Laura continues to develop Psycho-Shamanic Counseling as a means to share what was so generously given to her.
While many clients benefit from traditional psychotherapist’s training in mental and emotional symptoms and treatment, a client’s spiritual self is all to often left at the door when entering the therapy office – it is generally taboo to discuss our spirituality and an overwhelming number of clinicians have no spiritual experience or training to speak of. How then, can they help us solve our problems, which at their root are spiritual?
Our modern Western culture is sick with dis-ease: Substance disorders, attention disorders, depression, anxiety, cancers, pain, homelessness, racism, sexism, ageism, income and opportunity inequality, global warming… the list goes on. We have lost a living, working relationship with the Divine, a connection to the sacred and respect for nature. Psycho-Shamanic Counseling seeks to address this imbalance by affirming the whole client: Physical, Emotional, Social and Spiritual. It asserts that in our modern lives, much of our dis-ease originates on the spiritual level of our being, and that by tending to our spirituality we can become joyful, empowered and at ease, and that will naturally improve life for all beings.
Psycho-Shamanic Counseling is informed by the ancient and practical wisdom of shamanism and influenced by contemporary spiritual and psychological thinkers such as Stan Grof, MD, Brugh Joy, MD and Sandra Ingerman, MFT, to name a few.
Psycho-Shamanic Counseling is grounded in six guiding tenets:
- Helping Spirits – Both the client and the therapist have helping spirits that can assist with treatment.
- Journeys and Dreams – Altered states of consciousness give us access to other dimensions.
- Ritual – Rituals create opportunities to bring the Divine into our lives in a palpable way.
- Initiation – Life is continuously initiating us into deeper levels of awareness and usefulness.
- Sacred Rhythms – The rhythm of life flows through all things.
- Openness to Outcome – Neither the client nor therapist knows what healing will look like.
The pace of Psycho-Shamanic Counseling is unique to each individual. Clients generally schedule sessions every 2 weeks. If you suspect that your problems may have a spiritual root, or if you are looking for a guide to help you embody the sacred in your everyday experience, Psycho-Shamanic Counseling may be right for you.