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Shamanic Counselling is a powerful, transformative method, a spiritual form of counselling and guidance, that follows the techniques of shamanism, which is an ancient strategy that dates back between 50,000-100,000,  for contacting and utilising hidden reality or non-ordinary reality to acquire knowledge, healing for oneself and others and problem solving.  The Shamanic Counselling method was developed as a highly effective system of personal problem-solving and personal empowerment.

Shamanic Counselling was developed by Michael Harner, Founder and Director of The Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Anthropologist and author of The Way of the Shaman and Cave and Cosmos: Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality.  Michael Harner is widely acknowledged as the world’s foremost authority on shamanism and has had an enormous influence on both the academic and lay worlds.


Setting a Clear Intention For Your Journey

As the client you will learn how to set clear and focused intention for your journey into non-ordinary reality.

The Journey

Central to shamanic counselling is the shamanic journey, a method of directly contacting your deeper knowing, intuition, psyche, sub-conscious and you will learn to effectively journey into non-ordinary reality to receive guidance. A steady drumbeat of 4-7bps with its healing potential is used to create a non-ordinary state, a theta state, from which, it is possible to receive healing, wisdom and guidance.  The journey is spoken out loud and recorded and a copy will be given to you at the end of the session.

Reviewing Your Journey

Once the journey is complete, you will immediately listen to the journey, in silence, and the invitation is to access and continue the journey once again.

Making Sense of Your Journey

Afterward, you will be supported in discerning, mining and making sense your journey for the relevant guidance in relation to your intention.  This too is recorded for your benefit and a copy will be given to you at the end of the session.


In essence, you become a practitioner of divinatory shamanism, by allowing yourself to obtain answers, direction, guidance and healing directly from deep within your own psyche.

Shamanic Counselling empowers you and avoids fostering dependency on the counsellor, as the counsellor, simply provides instruction, orientation, and methodological advice based on the principles of shamanism and shamanic journeying.


Here are some are the possibilities you can expect to achieve from sessions depending on your intention:

  • Problem-solving
  • Direction
  • Guidance
  • Clarity
  • New perspective
  • Healing
  • Spiritual counselling
  • Self-empowerment


Shamanic counselling is not suitable for those who are suffering with severe mental health issues, including amongst others schizophrenia, psychosis, bi-polar, narcissism.  It is not suitable for those being medicated for mental health issues.


Karen Griffin is an Energy Therapist and Coach, offering Reiki HealingHealth & Wellness Coaching, Transpersonal Therapy and Shamanic Practices.  She creates a safe, sacred and heart-centered space for you to explore, heal and empower yourself on a deep level.

Karen is passionate about supporting and empowering men and women connect deeply with their own innate wisdom, healing and restorative power to achieve optimal health. She is dedicated to guiding her clients to well-being, vitality, balance and joy, to lead more relaxed, harmonious lives, addressing issues amongst others, such as stress, anxiety, panic attacks, trauma, grief, low self-esteem, depression, insomnia, cancer, and autism.

She is particularly interested in supporting women suffering with womb related issues, challenges and traumas such as: menstruation, menopause, IVF, infertility, prenatal, postnatal, birth trauma, abortion, post-pregnancy termination, miscarriage, stillbirth, hysterectomy, womb related cancer, sexual abuse, libido and kundalini energy.

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