Applied Shamanism

Applied Shamanism is offered as taught by Isa Gucciardi, PhD at the Foundation of the Sacred Stream. Applied shamanic principles and techniques are utilized to increase self-awareness, access support, and make powerful changes in your life. From a shamanic perspective, illness is often seen as being “out of balance or dispirited,” or as a loss of power. Shamanic work often utilizes a sonic form-drumming, rattling, singing to alter perception and to connect with non-ordinary realms. Power retrievals or soul retrievals may be utilized. You may receive the support of guides or your ancestors. You may strengthen your connection to the natural world- the animals, plants, and elements-air, fire, water, and earth for healing.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Often when we are experiencing anxiety or depression, we engage in thought patterns and behaviors that perpetuate the cycle of anxiety and depression. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a short-term, goal-focused treatment that examines thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to these states, identifies tools to help with coping, and supports reframing of our thoughts to a more positive, realistic, and strength-based appraisal. I often incorporate body-based awareness as you develop tools to help with coping.

Expressive Arts

Person-Centered Expressive Arts as developed by Natalie Rogers, PhD. The person-centered approach provides a “safe, non-judgemental, and authentic” atmosphere to explore your inner world. The use of a creative, non-verbal process can assist with increasing self-awareness and self-expression. An art experience can sometimes communicate what the verbal cannot or can enrich one’s experience. The arts can be used for self-discovery, healing, and relaxation. The focus is on the process and not on the product itself. You do not need to be an “artist” to participate. I primarily use the visual arts, writing, and movement in individual or group sessions. Or I may recommend some activities for you to do at home.

Guided Imagery

Guided Imagery is a “directed daydreaming.” It is offered in a collaborative and interactive way vs following a prescribed script. It is designed to evoke all the senses-seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touch. It stimulates the right side of the brain which governs non-verbal perception-images, sensations, emotions, dreams. It starts with inducing a relaxing, receptive state. Guided Imagery may be used to provide a safe place for support, to reduce anxiety, to cope with a medical treatment, to guide you to some unknown parts of yourself, to help you feel more confident, or to provide guidance about a particular problem. It may produce a sense of spaciousness and a wider perspective.


Hypnotherapy is offered in the Spiritual Counseling Practice of Depth Hypnosis as taught by Isa Gucciardi, PhD at the Foundation of the Sacred Stream. “Depth Hypnosis combines elements of Buddhism, shamanism, energy medicine, transpersonal psychology, and hypnotherapy.” It is a guided, inner exploration to change unhealthy patterns, to access support, or to transform painful experiences.

Mindfulness and Compassion Practices

Mindfulness refers to a psychological quality that involves bringing one’s complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis. It may be mindfulness of thought, emotion, sound, or body sensation. It is characterized by non-judgment, curiosity, openness, acceptance, and compassion.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

“Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® (SP), developed by Dr. Pat Ogden, is a body-oriented, mindfully-based talking therapy that is used in the treatment of trauma, attachment, and developmental issues.” If you have symptoms of anxiety, hypervigilance, emotional overwhelm, irritability, depression, numbness, low energy, worthlessness, shame, insomnia, or body pain, this therapy can be helpful. It helps you to feel resourced and supported; to safely explore trauma-related material and activation of the nervous system; and to restore a greater sense of self, calmness, and vitality.