Shaman or Therapist?

I have recently had an influx of clients who I have had to refer elsewhere. They had deep seeded trauma and behavioral disorders that were outside of my scope as an energy worker and coach.

This blog is a tribute to our awesome therapists out practicing in the world.

I cannot over stress the importance of working with a competent, grounded and boundaried psychotherapist if you want to work through deeply embedded issues and traumas. This is essential and should be put in place before you endeavor to put yourself in the hands of any self-proclaimed spiritual healer.

There are many people in the spiritual community who are passing themselves off as masters and shamans who do not have roots, solidity or egoic capacity to hold seekers safe. They are often individuals who have an economic or egoic need to be seen in a particular light.  And they are not qualified to work with deep trauma.

The very moment someone calls themselves a master, my red flags come up. If they are certain of their mastery, it is likely that they lack the humble capacity required to hold the space for another’s material, and they will not have the wisdom to know when they have to refer someone out.

When I began to explore energy work and shamanism, I had already been in therapy for years. I still had more healing to do, but I had enough of a foundation to take good care of myself. If you don’t have that foundation yet, you may well be easily seduced by many of the dissociative practitioners who present themselves as healers.

Be super careful and remember that spiritual healing is now an industry, ripe with manipulation and projection. Be vigilant and surround yourself with those who understand the delicate and often deadly nature of trauma. Trauma work is no game. It is not for solid, integrated, emotionally mature practitioners.

So where does Wild Turtle Healing fit in?

I am not a therapist. I have apprenticed under a shaman for many years. I have had intuitive gifts since I was very young. I am an energy worker. My many qualifications can be found here… I can assist in unraveling complicated energy into simple truths. I specialize in helping you step into your gifts. In activating, incubating, and expanding. I take the foundation work done with a traditional therapist and help you keep your feet on the ground while expanding into your gifts. We deepen into embodiment, expand on relational and energetic skill, and answer very real and deep questions about who you are. However, if you are fresh, if self-work is something you have never experienced before, if you have yet to acknowledge that you have work to do, I am not the practitioner for you. Start with the basics.