17 episodes

Deconstructing the narratives that define our lives in order to find the common humanity in all of us. This podcast explores the intersection of psychology, spirituality, and society as a way to navigate the current political climate in a healthy way.

https://www.alchemycounselling.ca/

Deconstruction Rachael Spyker

    • Society & Culture

Deconstructing the narratives that define our lives in order to find the common humanity in all of us. This podcast explores the intersection of psychology, spirituality, and society as a way to navigate the current political climate in a healthy way.

https://www.alchemycounselling.ca/

    Psychedelic Somatic Interactional Psychotherapy (Tamar Pearl & Jen Olson)

    Psychedelic Somatic Interactional Psychotherapy (Tamar Pearl & Jen Olson)

    In this conversation, Rachael, Jen, and Tamar discuss their experience training to do Psychedelic Somatic Interactional Psychotherapy (PSIP). PSIP is a therapeutic approach that combines psychedelic substances with somatic (body-focused) techniques and interactive psychotherapy to facilitate deep emotional and psychological healing.

    They explore the importance of support and trust in therapy, the role of relational dynamics and transference, the profound impact of PSIP on perception and healing, and the significance of trusting the body and embracing incremental change. The conversation highlights the transformative nature of PSIP and the excitement and gratitude the participants feel for this therapeutic approach.



    Key Takeaways:




    PSIP is a trauma therapy that targets the nervous system and can be done with or without the use of medicines.
    Selective inhibition is a key skill in PSIP, helping individuals access and regulate their primary consciousness.
    The therapeutic relationship and the presence of the therapist are crucial in PSIP, providing a safe space for clients to explore and process their experiences.


    PSIP focuses on finding solutions that address the needs of the nervous system and promote healing and integration.
    Attachment and witnessing play a significant role in PSIP, allowing clients to feel supported and accompanied in their healing journey.
    PSIP empowers individuals to move towards and explore challenging emotions and sensations, fostering trust in their own capacity to heal.



    Tamar Pearl has over 20 years of psychotherapy and trauma healing experience. As a Registered Clinical Counsellor, ketamine-assisted therapist, and PSIP therapist, she has worked with organizations like the Chopra Addiction and Wellness Centre, Roots to Thrive, and Numinus. Tamara has also taught at Adler University. She specializes in healing intergenerational, collective, and cultural trauma, using modalities such as EMDR, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy for Complex Trauma.



    Jen Olson is a relentless adventurer, exploring the heights of mountains and the depths of the mind through rock and ice climbing, as well as the realms of emotions and sensations in psychedelic ceremonies and therapies. With a background as a professional climber, internationally certified mountain guide, and somatic experiencing practitioner, Jen is uniquely prepared to navigate life-changing altered states of consciousness, which she now facilitates for others. Reach her at Jen@jenolson.ca





    Learn more about PSIP

    Psychedelic Somatic Institute





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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Attuned Retreats (Alice Buckley)

    Attuned Retreats (Alice Buckley)

    In this conversation, Rachael and Alice discuss the power of creating safe containers for healing and transformation. They share their experiences of running retreats and the importance of attunement, presence, and compassion in creating a safe space. They explore the impact of relational healing and the need for safe family structures. They also discuss the use of systems and traditions for sacred work and the importance of self-awareness in creating safety in group settings.



    Key Takeaways




    Creating a safe container is essential for healing and transformation.


    Relational healing can have a profound impact on individuals and communities.


    Self-awareness is crucial in creating safety in group settings. Creating a safe container is essential for participants to feel held and supported in a retreat or workshop setting.


    Healing is not a linear process and involves navigating both highs and lows with patience and love.


    Belonging, love, and attunement are key elements in creating a supportive and transformative community.



    Alice Buckley is cherished friend, sister, storyteller, wise woman, activist, retreat facilitator, and politician serving as a State Representative for Bozeman, Montana.



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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Overcoming Stigma in Sex Addiction Therapy (Davis Wiggs)

    Overcoming Stigma in Sex Addiction Therapy (Davis Wiggs)

    In this conversation, Davis Wiggs, a sex addiction therapist, discusses his approach to therapy and the importance of building trust and breaking barriers with clients. He emphasizes the need to work from the bottom up, addressing underlying wounds and trauma before focusing on specific addictions. Davis highlights the role of curiosity and connection in therapy, and the importance of pacing and allowing clients to work at their own pace. He also explores the impact of social media on body image and self-perception, and the process of reclaiming a true sense of self. Davis concludes by discussing the power of therapy as a dress rehearsal for life and the potential for change outside of therapy.



    Key Takeaways




    Therapists should prioritize their own personal growth and healing to better serve their clients.


    Sex addiction can be fuelled by a sense of loneliness and disconnection from self and others.


    Curiosity and connection play a significant role in therapy, allowing clients to feel heard and understood.


    Bringing light to porn and sex addiction helps normalize these issues and provides support for individuals struggling with them.


    Healing shame is a crucial part of therapy, allowing clients to let go of self-judgment and embrace self-acceptance.



    Learn more about Davis on his Website:

    Between The Vines Counselling

    Psychology Today Davis Wiggs



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    • 48 min
    Beyond the Veil: Exploring Tarot and Dream Realms (Vickie Grayson)

    Beyond the Veil: Exploring Tarot and Dream Realms (Vickie Grayson)

    In this conversation Rachael speaks with Vickie Grayson as they discuss her passion about tarot and dreams. She discusses her early fascination with dreams and the support she received from her mother. Vickie also recounts a visitation dream she had after her grandfather passed away. She then explains how she got interested in tarot and how it helped her during a period of burnout. Finally, she talks about her discovery of dream work and how it has become an obsession for her.

    Takeaways

    Dreams can be a source of inspiration and curiosity.

    Tarot can be a helpful tool for self-reflection and guidance.

    Dream work and storytelling can provide inspiration and connection.

    Niche interests can lead to unexpected and fulfilling paths.



    Vickie is a registered nurse, folk herbalist, tarot reader and dream worker passionate about exploring our inner worlds through story, symbol, and ritual. To her, tarot and dreams provide a portal for reflection, magic, and transformation.



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    Content mentioned in the podcast:

    Initiation into Dream Mysteries: Drinking from the Pool of Mnemosyne

    @sarahjanesdreaming @mossdreamsart



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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Mirrors of the Soul: Authentic Relationships and Political Compassion (Alice Buckley)

    Mirrors of the Soul: Authentic Relationships and Political Compassion (Alice Buckley)

    In this conversation, Alice and Rachael discuss the importance of embracing difficult emotions and developing a relationship with them. They explore the power of gratitude for emotions and how it can lead to healing and transformation. They also delve into the significance of authentic mirroring in relationships and the role it plays in personal growth. The conversation then shifts to the rehumanization of politics and the impact of trauma in political environments. Finally, they explore triggers as guideposts for healing and the importance of embracing our shared humanity.

    *Alice leads a grounding meditation exercise in the beginning of this episode. Interview begins at the 9:00 minutes*

    Takeaways

    Practice gratitude for emotions, recognizing their role in personal growth and self-discovery.

    Authentic mirroring in relationships can be a powerful tool for personal and collective healing.

    Rehumanize politics by bringing compassion and humanity into the political sphere.

    Triggers can serve as guideposts for healing, leading to a deeper understanding of oneself and others.

    Embrace our shared humanity and recognize the importance of connection and compassion.



    Alice Buckley, is a cherished friend, sister, storyteller, wise woman, activist, retreat runner, and politician serving as a State Representative for Bozeman, Montana.



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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Unlocking Transformation: The Healing Power of AEDP (Zara Neukom)

    Unlocking Transformation: The Healing Power of AEDP (Zara Neukom)

    In today's episode, Rachael speaks with Zara Neukom as they engage in a captivating conversation exploring the transformative modality of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). Zara shares her personal journey to AEDP and how it has become her clinical home, offering insights into its depathologizing framework and emphasis on the inherent healing capacities within each individual. Throughout the discussion they touch upon themes such as embracing the unfelt, navigating the intensity of healing, and reorienting towards the experience of embodiment.

    Key TakeawaysAccelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) is a modality that focuses on creating the conditions for healing and transformation to occur.

    AEDP is a depathologizing model that recognizes the inherent healing capacity of every human being.

    Being seen and validated in therapy can be a transformative experience for clients.

    Reorienting to the experience of being a body and reconnecting with the places of pain and aliveness is an important part of the healing journey.

    Choosing to heal and embracing the call to wholeness requires courage and a willingness to face fear and uncertainty.

    Based in Kelowna British Columbia, Zara Neukom is a dedicated psychotherapist whose practice centres around relational and somatic approaches. With a focus on facilitating deeper connections to one's body, accessing innate wholeness, and privileging lived experience, Zara's work embodies a commitment to holistic relational healing. 



    Learn more about Zara on her Website.



    Guest mentions

    Hillary McBride: Other People’s Problems Podcast

    AEDP Institute Website



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    • 51 min

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