My main interest is human psychospiritual development and shamanism.
I continue to study and learn about the nature of the human mind-body
based on recent scientific research, and continue with advanced training in shamanic
healing (healing based on traditions of indiginous cultures).
I use the Emotional Freedom
(EFT) because of its very high rate of effectiveness when applied properly.
practice more traditional hypnotherapy
and shamanic healing, which are closely related.
my PhD from UC Berkeley in 1980 and was subsequently a professor of
geology and geophysics at the University of Utah and the State University
of NY at Albany for many years. In addition to teaching, I
supervised M.S. and Ph.D. students, as well as publishing over
60 scientific articles.
In 1986, I experienced a depressive
episode that seemed to be triggered by life events. This condition
propelled me on a long journey of discovery and much emotional work and healing.
A number of years ago, out of curiosity, I took a workshop at
the Omega Institute in upstate NY called "The Way of the Shaman" taught
by Sandra Ingerman. That opened up a whole new way of experiencing
and viewing life, and I eventually took advanced training with
Michael Harner and Alberto Villoldo. At one of the shamanic trainings I
met a hypnotherapist who pointed out similarities between the "shamanic
state of consciousness" and trances induced with hypnosis. Eventually I
decided to leave academics and pursue training in hypnotherapy
at HCH, an institute for
hypnotherapy and psycho-spritual training in
Lafayette, CA, where I
now teach and have a private practice.
While an intern at HCH, I observed dramatic
results with clients using the emotional freedom technique (EFT)
and decided to obtain an advanced certificate of completion in EFT
have incorporated many aspects of a new therapy approach in England called "Human Givens
". Their working model exlains how
depression, trauma, and addiction occur and how they can be rapidly and
effectively treated. Hypnotherapy is front and center in the
Human Givens approach since changes are most effectively made
in a state that accesses the REM
(dream) state. Human Givens has a highly effective
treatment for trauma and
phobia called the "rewind
technique". I teach this technique, along
with EFT, in workshops and as
part of the hypnotherapy training at HCH in
particularly enjoy teaching workshops
of which offer continuing education credit for nurses or theapists.
I have also
enjoyed living in community at the Omega Institute (NY) and Esalen Institute