Shamanic & Creative Arts Therapy

Susan Jackson

  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Shamanic Courses

In this work we connect to the land where we live in South West Ireland,our home is in a quiet township called Sosadh; hence the name of my practise ‘Am Sosadh’ which means ‘time for reflection’ or ‘time to reflect’.  This encompasses time to reflect yourself, and me reflecting your words, emotions and feelings back to you during our sessions, this is very effective when looking for patterns in your life.  I help clients to connect to the power of the places that call to them and all natural places, getting in touch with the changing of the seasons, the cycle of the moon and the effect the weather and time of day has on you.

Therapy

I work with clients to explore their own life’s journey through many different ways.  Together we connect with the natural world, the earth, sky, stones, plants, rivers and all of creation, asking for guidance and understanding.  Using simple person-centred counselling techniques and ancient story telling practices I reflect back to the client what I hear, see and feel; supporting them in discovering and understanding their own experiences and teachings.

Creative Arts

I use the creative arts of drawing, painting, clay work, poetry and writing, to support clients in many ways.  Voice work, singing, the healing drum and rattle are used creatively throughout the work to enable us both to connect to deeper knowledge and understanding that may be difficult to express accurately in words alone.

Shamanic therapy

Here I quote from Michael Harner’s website, he is the world’s foremost researcher and teacher on the subject, ‘Over tens of thousands of years, our ancient ancestors all over the world discovered how to maximize human abilities of mind and spirit for healing and problem-solving.  The remarkable system of methods they developed is today known as “shamanism,” a term that comes from a Siberian tribal word for its practitioners: “shaman” (pronounced SHAH-mahn).  In the past Shamans were a type of medicine man or woman who used journeys to hidden worlds otherwise mainly known through myth, dream, and near-death experiences to carry out this healing and provide answers to individuals, groups or communities.’

Journey techniques

Nowadays these techniques are freely taught and used by anyone, you do not need to become a Shaman to use or teach journeying techniques, but you do need to have some training in this work (I trained for 3 years to gain my diploma in Shamanic and Creative Arts Therapy); to enable you to work in a way that is safe and ethical.  When we daydream, meditate or pray we slip into the beginnings of altered states of consciousness.  Shamanic journeying is using this natural ability to help and inform our work.  When working with a client I may journey to animal helpers in the lower world or teachers in the upper world who will suggest ways that are appropriate for me to work with this client.


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