Shamanic Counseling is a form of personal development. Through the process of traditional therapy combined with shamanic journeying the client is provided personal insights, transformation and deep healing. Past events affecting daily life surface for healing and resolution.
In this style of therapy the client learns to develop self – reliance and can use this technique anytime they chose rather than waiting for their next scheduled appointment. The counselor encourages and supports the person in learning how to journey effectively. Clients are taught how to develop clear questions and to interpret the answers they receive. Many clients become skilled enough in the technique to successfully practice on their own after four or five sessions, although some clients choose to work with the counselor for more sessions to keep momentum and focus.
Shamanic counseling does not conflict nor is it incompatible with psychological counseling. Psychotherapists and clients who have experienced this system have noted that shamanic counseling speeds up the personal growth and healing process. I have facilitated these sessions for two decades with great success.
In shamanic counseling the role of the counselor is to teach the client how to communicate with his or her spirit helpers in non-ordinary reality. Non ordinary reality is the realm of spirit guides, power animals and helpers. It is easily accessed through a monotonous drumbeat by any student. The counselor encourages and supports the client in learning how to journey effectively, focusing on teaching the method and answering questions about journeying. The spirit helpers provide the answers. Clients are taught how to develop clear questions and to interpret the answers they receive.
By empowering the client to obtain answers directly from the spirit helpers, this method differs from other therapeutic techniques. Shamanic counseling avoids fostering dependency on the counselor. Many clients become skilled enough in the technique to successfully practice on their own after four or five sessions, although some clients choose to work with the counselor for more sessions to keep momentum and focus.