My interest in shamanism and diverse approaches to psychological bodymind health and wellbeing arose out of my childhood background and experiences. I grew up in an large extended Mediterranean family that believed in the healing capacity of nature and spiritual healing. Whilst we as a family adopted and appreciated conventional western medical approaches to health, these were always integrated within a more ancient way to wellbeing. This integration was highly complimentary.
As a child I have experienced altered states of consciousness from what could be defined as ‘ordinary ego 3 dimensional states of consciousness’ and I became aware of a potent force that existed beyond yet within my physical body that somehow could effect healing and peace. This ‘force’ I noted had a qualitative feel of expanded and extended presence and living Love that pervaded all of life with vitality. I could feel this presence all around seemly animating every living thing, tree, flower, grass, earth, water, air, sky, and each person I came into contact with. Whilst I felt myself to be strange in some way back then I now realise that this is a common experience that most people keep private for concern that they will be regarded as odd, overly sensitive and imaginative and thereby not taken seriously.
Prior to arriving in Australia I travelled and lived in different places in the world over a period of several years. This allowed me an insight and appreciation into how different cultures approach the healing of human distress, and create a sense of meaning, connectedness, belonging, and health. I became aware of how many cultures include and respect the importance of spirit and soul in the healing process, involving also what appeared to be the mystical, mythical, living prayer, clairvoyant, psychic, energetic and intuitive. Much of this is now starting to be reflected in Western neuroscience as a right brain and whole brain nervous system experience.
Throughout my conventional western professional trainings I remained fascinated by how little mention or understanding there appeared to be of what falls outside of the western “objective” scientific paradigm, and consequently ancient healing methodologies. It was always clear to me that whilst my university training was very valuable and rigours and very much orientated towards a left brain empirical approach, it mostly lacked and treated with suspicion the insights and wisdoms of time honored ancient traditions to healing. What could not be “objectively” measured, quantified, and proven by science such as intuition, psychic experiences, healing prayer, was regarded as non-empirical based upon unprovable assumptions, and irrational practice. At one level all seemingly metaphysical energetic phenomena and shamanic healing practices were “thrown out with the bath water” and ridiculed.
Things are changing. We now live in a transformative and healing time that offers many possibilities. The power and potency of our choices and actions determine our destinies not only as individuals but as a global community and species on our precious earth. Research within the Western scientific community is now acknowledging what ancient traditions have always known: that whilst there is great value in striving for an apparent “objective” science this can not be done at the expense and denial of a first person science such as meditation, healing prayer, intuition, connectedness, and shamanic healing practices. We are in great need of a scientific approach that acknowledges human distress not solely as the result of chemical imbalances in our brain but can listen, understand, discern and integrate the movements of the embodied soul. We human beings are a remarkable sacred technology of body consciousness and manifestation living embedded within an interconnected cosmic energetic web of life.
The integration of subtle energetic shamanic skills, resources and practice with western science and health care is a respectful way to begin to restore the complimentary balance of differing healing systems. It is a way of inviting what western science would regard as an integrated right-left whole brain approach to healing. It is also one way of returning to the original meaning and endeavours of psychotherapy and psychology: the science and healing of the soul. As such there is an acknowledgement and inclusiveness of our human sensitive capacities that speaks to the fuller truth and acceptance of what we are truly capable of. And finally it is also one way in which to contribute to the values of the Earth Charter and it’s salient statement: “Let ours be a time remembered for awakening a new reverence for life” (wwww.earthcharterinaction.org).
Whilst I have worked as a professional clinical psychotherapist and psychological counsellor for many years this integration of contemporary shamanic energetic understanding and practices with current psychological, neuroscience, mindbody psychotherapeutic, and consciousness research is the accumulation of my life’s vocation and passion in the service of Spirit of Life.
Please note that I do not claim to be a shaman in any regard, however my commitment to integrating shamanic understanding, practices, and principles within clinical psychotherapy is what I make available in service of healing.
All truth passes through 3 stages,
First it is ridiculed
Second, it is violently opposed
Third, it is accepted as self evident
I am a registered Clinical Psychotherapist trained in Psychology, Professional Counselling, Transpersonal Psychology & Consciousness, and Shamanic Practices. Please visit my clinical website for further information at www.fremantlecounselling.com.au.
I have been working as a counsellor and therapist in the mental health, relationship and sexual health, and human potential field for over 25 years. During this time I have worked in many diverse professional settings. This has provided me with a rich and solid breath of experience in working with individuals, couples, and groups in the areas of:
I have also trained, managed and supervised individual therapists and groups within government community organisations and in private practice.
It is my privilege to support and guide you in a journey of authentic empowerment, peace of mind and self acceptance, and the creative manifestation of your personal power & dreams.
*Please note that within my commissioned work for providing services under Medicare Australia, Shamanic Psychotherapy & Counselling services are not covered by any Medicare rebate. Purely clinical therapy is covered by Medicare rebate and these services can be reviewed at www.fremantlecounselling.com.au