Shamanic Healing, Shamanic Psychotherapy and Trauma Work

The term Shaman comes from Siberian or possibly even Sanskrit origins but is now used in the 'New Age' to apply cross-culturally to people who take on the role of acting as a 'bridge' between the physical and unseen realms in order to assist people and the community - often by entering into an altered state of consciousness. Although I have been shamanically trained it is not a term I generally use to refer to myself by (I prefer the term 'bridge' which nicely describes what I do on many levels) but is a title that has been given to me over the years by some of the people that have come to me for help and by those who know the journey that I have been on. In reality there is no real consensus about what a Shaman really is, what they do and what differentiates them from other types of healer - it can vary widely across cultures. As a practitioner working in the Western world, the techniques I use are particularly suitable for the sorts of problems encountered in the 'urban jungle' and may be quite different to the techniques used by an indigenous Shaman living in the Amazon rain forest. As far as I am concerned, I am not affiliated to any particular tradition or way of working- I simply work from the heart  - it is up to you what you call me!

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As well as being Shamanically trained I am also a former NHS Psychoanalytic/Mentalisation-Based Psychotherapist with many years of experience working with severe mental health issues and trauma in both 1-1 and group contexts. I offer 1-1 sessions combining Shamanic techniques with Psychotherapy as I feel that these approaches are even more potent used together. These sessions offer the opportunity to talk about what may arise during Shamanic healing work in order to integrate and ground this effectively. In addition I can also provide a space for people to explore their spiritual needs in a Psychotherapeutic context.

I specialise in trauma and alongside Psychotherapy and Shamanic methods I also have a number of specific techniques that can help with this, including CRM® (Comprehensive Resource Model® ); DBR (Deep Brain Reorienting), and The BLAST Technique® (Bilateral Analysis and Stimulation Technique):

CRM®: A typical CRM® session focuses on helping the client build multiple layers of neurobiologically 'scaffolded' resources whilst they simultaneously step into the trauma and allow painful emotions/affects to be fully experienced without retraumatisation. This focus on resources enables the person to remain fully embodied and present whilst they process the trauma. CRM® draws on attachment neurobiology, breathwork skills, somatic resources, one's connection to the natural world, toning and sacred geometry, as well as one's relationship with self and 'parts' of the self, intuition, and higher consciousness. It is not simply a model of trauma reprocessing but also a means to clear 'neurobiological sludge' in order to allow access to one's true authentic self, highest consciousness and personal expansion. CRM can be used to access and process trauma that has occurred generationally/ancestrally, pre-conception, in utero, at birth and across timelines (e.g. past life). Here is a video of Lisa Schwartz, the creator of CRM, explaining how it works https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJTnOIG3c5c&list=PLHFIFspAfsh9QVPndHQr_6WVgI4CchyOK

DBR: Deep Brain Reorienting aims to access the core of a traumatic experience in a way which tracks the original physiological sequence in the brainstem, the part of the brain which is activated in situations of danger or attachment conflict (e.g. abandonment). The focus of a DBR session is on face and neck tension arising from turning attention to the memory of the traumatic event, which provides an anchor for grounding in the present so that the mind is not swept away by the high intensity of emotions.

BLAST®: The BLAST Technique® is a very quick, gentle and effective way of reprocessing trauma, based on EMDR (eye movement desensitisation reprocessing). It uses a light pen and eye movements to release the trauma whilst the event is pictured in the client's mind. The idea behind this is that with trauma, structures in the right side/hemisphere of the brain are overactive and acting as if there is an immediate threat. The eye movements enable the traumatic material to move to the left side of the brain which means it can be processed more effectively.

 

In my experience, trauma requires a holistic approach and most of the other techniques I use (e.g. Kambo, Hypnotherapy, Sound Healing, Massage) also have a lot to offer in this area.

I am also experienced in many shamanic practices including:

  • Spirit Release/Compassionate Depossession/Psychopomping - helping lost/misguided/misplaced energies find their way back to the most appropriate realm.

  • Soul Retrieval - reconnecting parts of the soul that have become 'lost'.

  • Power Animal Retrieval - empowerment through connection to an animal spirit.

  • Connecting to Spirit Guides and Higher Self.

  • Energy Cleansing/Limpia - removal of imbalanced and stagnant energies.

  • Ancestral and Past Life Healing.

  • Cord Cutting - releasing stuck, unhelpful relationship attachments.

  • Space Cleansing - clearing houses/buildings/offices of stagnant/imbalanced energies.

  • Soul Contracts - understand contracts that have been made for this lifetime before incarnation, e.g relationship, soul purpose, life lessons.

  • Long Distance/Remote Healing - I am able to conduct most of my Shamanic work long distance without face-to-face contact if necessary.