I never would have imagined that I would end up being the therapist who talks to dead people. My whole life, I've perceived weird energies I couldn't explain and didn't know what to do with. I grew up in the era of horror movies like The Exorcist and Poltergeist, so I was pretty freaked out at my awareness that these things were ghosts. I was convinced that like in the movies, they were more powerful than me and out to get me. So I basically tried to suppress and avoid the whole thing.
Then at 15 my dad died. I was walking through Grand Central Station a few months later, when a Hare Krishna guy (that I normally would avoid like the plague) came up to me and said, "You need this book." The book was called Coming Back: The Science of Reincarnation. This book changed my life. It confirmed for me what I already knew somewhere inside; that there is far more to the Universe than just our short life here on earth. It validated for me the awareness that I had that my dad's spirit was still around me, and that was a great comfort to me.
Fast forward to many years and many more exceptional, spiritual, psychic, whatever-you-want-to-call-them experiences later, and I found myself entering a holistic graduate school program where we studied not only the usual clinical psychology stuff, but also Eastern religions and spirituality, past life regressions, shamanic journeys, altered states of consciousness and much more. I realized that there is actually a huge body of research supporting the validity of all kinds of paranormal or exceptional human experiences. Not that I needed the research, since my knowing was getting stronger and stronger each day and I was beginning to trust my intuition more and more.
I recently had the great pleasure and privilege to speak at a conference last weekend for ACISTE – The American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences, an organization that provides support and education for people and professionals who have had these experiences and aren't sure what to do with them. I highly recommend you check them out here.
I'm letting go of my fears of speaking out about these topics, and embracing my target of educating people and offering them more information on other possibilities and choices for mental health and beyond. For instance, what if what we are calling psychosis is actually awareness?
I will be starting a podcast in the new year exploring these alternative perspectives on mental health and in the meanwhile, I'm offering a series of Talk to the Entities™ classes, in which we will exploring the role that the spirit world can and does play in our lives. Because whether we want to admit it or not, there are far more spirits out there than there are people in bodies, and they are having an effect on us. Wouldn't you like to know more about how these beings could contribute to your life? What if instead of being freaked out like I used to be, or letting them affect you in a negative way, you could be supported and contributed to by them? What if they could actually be a gift to you?
Upcoming classes you can find here.