Shamanic Psychotherapy is a unique synthesis of of depth psychotherapy and shamanic healing and sometimes referred to as Psychoshamanic work™.
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. Psychoshamanic work™ 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.
Psychoshamanic work™ is informed by the ancient and practical wisdom of shamanism and influenced by contemporary spiritual and psychological thinkers such as Stan Grof, MD, and Sandra Ingerman, MFT, to name a few.
Psychoshamanic work™ is grounded in seven guiding tenets:
- Allies – Both the client and the therapist have unseen allies that can assist with treatment.
- Journeys – Non-ordinary states of consciousness (NOSC), like journeys and dreams, 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.
- Recapitulation – In order to become fully empowered in the present, we must recapture our energy from past events (e.g. soul retrieval; ancestral healing; amending the past)
- 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 Psychoshamanic work™ is unique to each individual. Clients generally schedule sessions one or two weeks apart. 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, psychoshamanic work may be right for you.