What is Soul work?
Soulwork is not psychotherapy, although it certainly has links to Depth Psychology and similar approaches to working with self. Soulwork returns to the original meaning of “psyche,” the Greek root of our English terms like psychology and psychotherapy. Soulwork, can be described as the art of living soulfully, from a place of deep imagination, still grounded, embodied, and in balance.
1. Deep Imagination, what is that?
When we engage in soulwork we access the deep imagination — which has been also be referred to as “the unconscious,” “archetypal field,” the “spirit,” the “soul.” Depth psychologists such as Carl Jung, James Hillman, Marion Woodman, etc. have understood imagination as the primary tool of consciousness.
Or, as William Blake put it:
“The imagination is not a state, it is the human existence itself.”
Thus, in Soulwork, working with the deep imagination is key. The deep imagination is not fantasy or visualization. It is a place wherein the imagination is communicative, alive, and active. It is grounded, embodied and deep. It doesn’t just go upwards, into the light, but instead embraces our wholeness, both light and dark and all between.
2. So, are you offering therapy?
No, I am not offering therapy.
My work with clients does not seek to cure psychological disease, but rather to meet with the dis-ease our souls may feel in these uncertain times or simply as a result of being human.
My concern is not with curing as such but with enabling experiences that allow you to meet with the deep, guiding aspects of your aliveness.
Within you, you will find the companionship you have been seeking; the compassionate and tender holding you need; the best friends and the wisest teachers you have ever desired.
3. Are you offering coaching?
Another way of describing what I do is transformative coaching. I prefer the term mentoring myself but coaching might also be helpful in understanding what I do.
I am not goal oriented in the specific sense that most coaching practices are. The goals I help you pursue have more to do with being and soul, rather than with achieving certain objectives, or improving performance or solving particular issues.
Mentoring is a better term for what I do. I’ve walked this path. I know how the imaginal supports my life. I draw on that wisdom to help you discover how you too can access your inner wisdom, be it through Deep Imagery or through working with myth.
3. What methods do you use?
I work primarily with the method of engaging the deep imagination, as developed by Dr. Eligio Stephen Gallegos. I combine this approach, which is open-ended and relational, with my work in mythology, story-telling, and traditional medicine. I have qualifications in coaching, hypnotherapy and a number of other alternative practices, some of which I draw on.
My work caters to the individual and so, I draw on various skills, depending on your needs.
5. Legal information
In New Mexico, people’s access to and the practitioner’s right to practice traditional, cultural, complementary, and alternative health care therapies are protected by the “Unlicensed Health Care Practice Act” of 2009.
I operate as a complementary and alternative health care practitioner and I am not licensed by the state of New Mexico. There is currently no license available for the services provided. All services and treatments provided are complementary or alternative to health care services provided by health care practitioners currently licensed by the state of New Mexico.