What is Transpersonal Counseling/Psychology and Transpersonal Therapeutic Art?
As an Integrated Therapies Practitioner I combine my training in Transpersonal Counseling with Integrated, Holistic Healing Arts and Curanderismo. Methods I use include:
Key Philosophy of Services
What is Curanderismo?
Curanderismo is a holistic approach to wellness that has been used in the Americas for hundred of years known as Mexican Traditional Healing and folk medicine. It is usually a synthesis of Mexican indigenous culture and beliefs and a blending of Native medicines, European traditional medicine, energy work, spiritual work, that includes elements of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Curanderas (women healers) work on three levels:
The Physical Body through use of ritual objects, platicas (heart to heart conversations), plants and herbs, song and channeled prayer (espiritu).
The Spritual Body through prayer and meditation to communicate with spiritual beings for guidance and healing (angels, dieties, etc).
Mental/Energy through visualization, directing healing energy.
In Curanderismo, it is believed that disease is caused by social, emotional, physical, environmental and spiritual issues, what we in psychology call biopsychosocial theory. It is used as an adjunct to your doctor's or psychiatrists conventional medical interventions, not in replacement of it. Curanderismo can address a wide variety of situations including:
Addressing physical, emotional (divorce, breakup, loneliness, grief, anxieties, depression) and spiritual (emptiness, disconnection, searching) needs of facing potential chronic or life threatening illnesses.
Chronic long term stress, anxiety and depression.
Providing emotional support to women facing women's issues.
Easing suffering of PTSD (Susto/ Soul Wound) and support substance use recovery.
Helping to release negative energy surrounding different situations in your life.
Processing Near-Death Experiences. When someone has a brush with death, they may detach themselves from their body, have their life flash before their eyes, or have a religious experience. A near-death experience is said to be a peek at life beyond our conscious.
As a Curandera Espiritu, I am able to retrieve direction from spirit guides to assist you on your healing path. In Curanderismo, we use limpia's -- traditional processes for clearing energy attachments, intention session (petitions), herbal/plant medicine, platica's (heart to heart conversations much like counseling, and universal spiritual support.
I am not a physician, psychiatrist or nurse. These are cultural specific healing services and holistic adjunct healing practices that do not replace medical or psychological diagnosis or treatment. It is recommended that you see a licensed psychician or psychiatrist for any physical or psychological ailment you may have. Your information is confidental and I abide by all HIPPA laws and regulations including the use of a HIPPA compliant EMR and medical storage system.
What Is Soul Healing?
This is a concept that is sometimes mixed up with traditional psychotherapy. Soul healing is mainly concerned with your authentic self and destiny. It's a spiritual road we are talking about here. It helps in the expansion of spiritual consciousness, the formation of relationships, and the development of ties with your spirit. The fact that soul healing helps you flourish in your profession and personal life, as long as they are associated with your soul's journey, appears to be one of the most essential things for individuals. Our souls are indeed very remarkable because they possess the ability to heal themselves. All you need to do is to eliminate the energy blockages and let your spirit heal itself. You can expect considerable improvements in other aspects of your existence as a result of doing so, such as your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. It's wonderful how everything is related and how it all contributes to a happy and healthy existence. In soul healing, the healer will attempt to contact the spiritual world. The knowledge you gain from these sessions will have a significant influence on your daily life. These healing sessions are transpersonal, holistic, and sensitive treatments that act on a variety of spiritual stages. Healers will channel and allow spirit guides, angelic healing energies and energies from Ascended Masters into regions where energy flow is restricted. Blocks are broken, cords pulled and aura's mended with this approach through different treatments and often multiple sessions.
Our bodies have a tendency to manifest underlying issues as physical disorders. That's why soul healing is so important: it can help you get to the bottom of difficulties that your body is expressing. Many symptoms that you believed were rooted in medicine, such as headaches, will improve after you learn to release and repattern energy barriers.
Do you use talk therapy methods or talk therapy? I use various processes in our platica's that include cognitive elements that examine your core beliefs, limiting thoughts, defense mechanisms and the correlation between thoughts, beliefs and actions, that teach mindfulness based methods and develop distress tolerance, that are solution focused helping you discover, cognitively, solutions to your issues instead of the problems they cause and practices that uses questioning to help you come to your own reasons for making behavioral changes in your life. Platica's, heart to heart conversations, also focus on utilization of energy medicine, law of attraction or writing petitions of intent and utilizing them as affirmation and gratitude practices that impact the mind and body.
Are you a licensed mental health therapist or psychologist? The short answer is no. However, I am a credentialed substance abuse counselor in Missouri (CRADC), Oregon (CADC), Colorado (ADDC) and Vermont. Even though I hold a Master's in applied psychology with a counseling emphasis and a Phd in psychology and transpersonal counseling, I do not qualify as a licensed psychologist because my programs were not APA approved which is required now for most states in the U.S. I am a registered/unlicensed psychotherapist in the states of Colorado and Vermont which allows me to legally practice psychotherapy in those states only. I also hold numerous Coaching certifications including:
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (Individual, Family, Addictions) and Compassion Fatigue.
Certified Grief Counseling Specialist (Advanced GCS is currently being completed) with training in Prolonged and Complicated Grief from Columbia University's Center for Prolonged Grief. Additional training from Hospice Centers of American, Un. Wisconsin, HeartLight Center, What's Your Grief and Creative Grief Institute.
Certified Mental Health Integrated Medicine Provider through Harvard trained psychologist Dr. Leslie Korn with advanced training and supplemental training from the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, the University of Minnesota's Integrated Therapies and Healing program and Mind Body Institute. Currently completing my Certified Functional Medicine for Trauma Treatment credential.
Certified Ayurveda Specialist through my advanced yogic studies and posses my E-RYT200 and RYT-500 (advanced) yoga teacher credentials from Yoga Alliance. I have over 2000 hours of yoga teaching experience in the genre of accessible, chair and restorative yoga as well as Vinyasa, Hatha, Children's, Nidra and Yin. I am certified all those areas as well as Aqua Yoga, Yoga For All, Accessible Yoga which includes Bed Yoga for the seriously ill and immobile and Body Positive Yoga studying with Jivana Hyman, Amber Karnes and Diane Bondy as well as Michelle Young and Steph Ball-Mitchell.
Certified Level 3 Somatic Embodiment for Self Regulation (Linda Thai)
Certified Clinical Provider HeartMath HVT for Stress, Anxiety, Self-Regulation and Trauma Informed HeartMath (Resilient Heart). Also certified in Primoridal Sound Meditation and Pranayama (Chopra Institute).
Credential in FIT Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders from Hazelden Betty Ford.
Certified Mindfulness Based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT), Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher (MBSR and yogic traditions), Certified Mindfulness Informed Professional
Certified Youth Mental Health Specialist
Certification in Healing with The Arts (UCF), Healing in Palliative Care (UC-San Marcos) and Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Therapy. Additional training in Focusing Expressive Arts Therapy Methods.
Certified Shamanic Life Coach, Therapeutic Art Life Coach, Wellness and Vegan Nutrition Life Coach, Yoga and Mindfulness Life Coach, Law of Attraction Life Coach, Professional and Master Life Coach
Certified Karuna Ki and Usui Reiki Master and Grand Master
Certified Sound Healing Practitioner Levels 1 , 2 and Expert.
Certified Angelic Therapy Practitioner (Advanced) and Golden Light Teacher
Certified Aromatherapy Specialist
Certified Holistic Herbalism Specialist
Certified Guided Imagery Therapist
Certified End of Life Death Doula and Mourning Doula
Certified Healing with the Art in Palliative Care Trainer
Certificate in Fine Arts, KCAI
Certificate in Reflexology, Red Rocks Community College
Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Foundations of Trauma Informed Care, Un of Buffalo School of Social Work
Post Graduate Certificate in Trauma Informed Organizations: Education, Un. of Buffalo School of Social Work
Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership
Post Bachelor's Certificate in Transpersonal Psychology/Creative Expressive Arts Program
Specializations in Social Emotional Learning (UC Boulder), Positive Psychology (UPenn), Curanderismo (UNM), Women in Recovery (NAADAC), Wellness in Recovery (NAADAC), Technology in the Addiction Profession (NAADAC), Recovery to Practice (NAADAC), Integrated Therapies and Healing Practicies (U MN)
Master's of Applied Psychology: Counseling Emphasis, Regis University
Bachelor's of Science in Education, University of St. Mary
Associates of Arts - Music, Metropolitan Community Colleges KC (with vocal performance education at UMKC Conservatory of Music and Park College)
Additional training in art therapy methods, DBT, CBT, SFT, EFT, FFT, MI, RODBT, MBCBT, ACT with Compassion, Healing Meditations. I love making art and music and have for decades as part of my own therapeutic process and Sacred Art practice!