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What is the meaning of "soul" in this context? Donald Kalsched, a Jungian analyst and expert on trauma who has authored two books on the subject of trauma, The Inner World of Trauma and Trauma and the Soul, articulates ideas about the soul quite beautifully. He says, "The soul seems to represent an animating essence or true self at the center of every person." He also describes it as “a sacred something at the core of our potential wholeness as human beings." And finally, he writes that soul is a "seemingly essential and sacred core of the personality that continually appears in the dream material." So he's relating a sense of soul—the essence of soul—to the material that shows up in our dreams.

What are "depth methods"?

Jungian, Depth, Transpersonal, and Archetypal psychologies have developed many tools for working with the wider human consciousness and unconscious mind.  These include Active Imagination, Dreamwork, and work with the energies of symbols, archetypes, myths and folktales as well as looking at synchronicity in your life.  Other methods include the process of Focusing and the Felt Sense skill (see below), guided meditation and journeys.  Engaging with various forms of creative expression (drawing, painting, movement) and exploring what Jung called "complexes" and how they are working in your life, shadow work (the way you feel and act that you're not consciously aware of), and practical methods of working with fear and resistance are all part of the "depth method" toolbox.

What is Soul Centered Guiding and how can it help? 

It's similar to some ways to coaching work but differs in the scope and direction of the work.  It's experiential, and uses the Jungian, Transpersonal, and Archetypal psychology tools and "depth methods" I'm trained in, accessing a different part of the mind than coaching work is known for. Like coaching, however, it's a partnership that helps clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives.  Like coaching, the guide and client work together according to the client’s needs, values and visions, while helping them overcome the barriers that prevent them from reaching and sustaining their goals.

Soul Centered Guiding helps you become self-motivated, provides unconditional support, identifies your strengths and helps you build upon them. You are assisted to find strategies to deal with your unique challenges and guided to discover creative solutions to achieve the results you want.  It does this while bringing in the wider mind through the various techniques I'm trained in.

Why hire a a guide?

Quite simply, it will empower you to create the change you are seeking.  Again, we can't create true change or wholeness using the mind that's been blocking us.  Self-help is unlikely to create durable change because we are blind to the unconscious mechanisms that hold us fast in our patterns and can't see them on our own or alter them in a way that's useful.

Guiding provides the support, education, and structure to create change.  The process provides you with new perspectives, energies and resourceful attitudes which enable you to deal more effectively with challenges.  Soul Centered Guiding enhances creative thinking, decisiveness and confidence in the areas of importance. It promotes effectiveness and even productivity while enabling you to form values driven goals and compelling strategies for their achievement. Guiding cultivates the kind of self motivation that generates success momentum. It's a process that mines potential, strengthens self-esteem, builds character and celebrates progress.    The Guiding container or dyad engages a unique energy field that is greater than the sum of the individual, empowering insight and action. 

What makes Lisa's Soul Centered  Guiding different from other types of coaching like spiritual coaching, intuitive coaching, soul coaching?

It's based on Jungian, Archetypal, Transpersonal and Depth Psychologies and Lisa's specific training with the Institute for Soul Centered Psychology and Coaching, the Institute for Applied Depth, the Jungian Archetypal and Cross-Cultural Studies certificate program with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes.  Additionally, Lisa brings to her work her intuitive and energetic skills honed over multiple decades of client sessions in her private practice and in her work at Canyon Ranch.

What is Depth Psychology? 

Depth Psychology is an interdisciplinary endeavor, drawing on literature, philosophy, mythology, the arts, and critical studies. Through the study of dreams, images, symptoms, slips of the tongue, spontaneous humor, meaningful coincidences as well as interpersonal engagements, depth psychologists attempt to understand the language and the dynamics of the unconscious as it manifests in clients and in the world.

What is Transpersonal Psychology?  

"Transpersonal Psychology is concerned with the study of humanity's highest potential, and with the recognition, understanding, and realization of unitive, spiritual, and transcendent states of consciousness”  Lajoia, D. H. & Shapiro, S. I., 1992

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is a different level of work than the guiding work.  The focus of mentoring is the opportunity for you to have a deeply nourishing connection and conversation with your mentor.  Mentoring does not include the experiential work of either the guiding  sessions or energy consult.  It is an experience of receiving deep listening and inquiry that takes you deeper towards understanding the day to day or big picture in your life.  Having an impartial, loving sounding board is an opportunity to experience yourself in a different way, apart from the roles you may hold at work and at home.  The mentoring work holds you in the nurturing energy associated with the fairy godmother or wise woman archetype, something that is often very lacking in modern life.

A mentorship refers to a relationship that nurtures personal development and in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.

It is a process of sensitive listening and sharing that promotes reflection, self exploration and responsible decision making.

It is about helping people to turn life experiences into knowledge that can be used for growth and action.

Is there a Code of Ethics for Guiding, Coaching and Mentoring work? 

My certification with the IACTM (International Association of Coaches, Therapists, and Mentors) requires I uphold their Code of Ethics.

What is  the Felt Sense and Focusing?

Focusing is a uniquely effective mind body method developed by psychologist and researcher Eugene Gendlin in the 1970's that has grown into a world wide organization today.  The more well known Internal Family Systems method is an offshoot of Gendlin's work.  The IFI website says:  "With Focusing, we invite ourselves into a certain kind of awareness.  In our everyday lives, most of us spend a great deal of our time with our attention on tasks or issues.  Many of us ignore or even try to silence our inner, bodily-felt experiencing of all that is happening in our lives. In contrast, the Focusing attitude is an invitation we offer ourselves to be open and centered on the whole of what is happening in the present -- most especially the usually-ignored body’s inner sensations. When doing Focusing, you silently ask, “How is the whole of me experiencing all of this?” 

What is the imaginal realm? 

The term “imaginal realm” was coined by Henry Corbin, a theologian and Sufi mystic famous for his writings on Islamic spirituality. Note, imaginal not imaginary!  Episcopal priest and mystic Cynthia Bourgeault says "Put more simply, it separates the visible world from realms invisible but still perceivable through the eye of the heart. In fact, this is what the word “imagination” specifically implies to in its original Islamic context: direct perception through this inner eye, not mental reflection or fantasy.  .... The imaginal realm is a meeting ground, a place of active exchange between two bandwidths of reality. That is ...the way in which it can be most fruitfully understood. The imaginal penetrates this denser world in much the same way as the fragrance of perfume penetrates an entire room, subtly enlivening and harmonizing."