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“I find that when I am the closest to my inner, intuitive self–when perhaps I am somehow in touch with the unknown in me–when perhaps I am in a slightly altered state of consciousness in the relationship, then whatever I do seems to be full of healing. Then simply my presence is releasing and helpful. At those moments, it seems that my inner spirit has reached out and touched the inner spirit of the other. Our relationship transcends itself, and has become part of something larger. Profound growth and healing are present.”
—Michele Baldwin (2000) in The use of self in therapy, p. 36
I like to think of Soul-Centered Coaching, a term I adopted early in my practice, to describe the process of guiding and mentoring anyone who is looking for personal transformation by engaging Somatic, Symbolic, and Shamanic approaches. Based on tenets from Depth Psychology, founded in large part by Sigmund Freud and Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung in the early 20th century, and on Transpersonal Psychology, developed by several individuals including Abraham Maslow and Stanislav Grof in the late 1960s, and on Archetypal Psychology, created by contemporary Jungian James Hillman (d. 2011), Soul-Centered Coaching seeks to help each individual reconnect with their authentic self and uncover their gifts and calling in this lifetime.
The process of Transpersonal, Soul-Centered Coaching varies from practitioner to practitioner. I gravitate toward using a technique called Open Awareness, which is the idea of entering in a slightly relaxed state where we can (both) be more open to new perspectives and insights. While traditional talk therapy can sometimes serve to reinforce the stories each of us tells ourselves, Soul-Centered Coaching makes use of experiential exercises that allow us to expand beyond our everyday limiting beliefs and open to new imaginal and holistic perspectives.
Typically, in a given session, we will spend the first half discussing current challenges or ongoing patterns that you are looking to change, and then we will drop into the experiential exercise. Finally, we will discuss what arises from that experience and apply it to your immediate situation using archetypal and shamanic perspectives.
Transpersonal Soul-centered Coaching is not psychotherapy, and, unlike some other types of coaching, it focuses less on “achieving goals” and more on uncovering resources, shifting limiting beliefs, and moving beyond deep rooted patterns in a gentle and safe way. It allows us to connect on a deep level as you move more fully onto your path of spiritual awakening.
Transpersonal Soul-centered Coaching is also based on the premise that your psyche is the ultimate inner healer, which can provide all the answers you need, so we often find that powerful symbols emerge that we can work with together through dialogue, active imagination, dreamwork, creative visualization, ritual, etc.
As a certified Archetypal Pattern Analyst® and transformative, Soul-Centered Coach, I look for the way in which archetypes, a concept developed by Jung to describe pervasive and recognizable patterns, are already at work in our lives all the time. My aim is to help each individual who is longing for transformation and a deeper sense of interconnectedness to find answers that we each already hold within us in order to break free of limiting patterns and to institute new, creative, generative processes instead.
Click here to read my article, “The Psychological Foundations of Transpersonal Coaching: Why and How It Works“ published in The Transpersonal Coaching Handbook (2021, 2022).
WHO SHOULD ENGAGE IN TRANSPERSONAL SOUL-CENTERED COACHING?
Transpersonal Soul-centered Coaching sessions can be a good option to work through blockages, find inspiration, or integrate what comes up for you in other kinds of spiritual, depth psychological, or transpersonal work—including psychotherapy, meditation, dreamwork, somatic practices like yoga or Qigong, Holotropic Breathwork, shamanic journeying, or psychedelic sessions, to name a few. I also support spontaneous or ongoing spiritual processes, including spiritual emergence/emergency and kundalini awakening.
ABOUT REGULAR COACHING SESSIONS
Sessions can be conducted in person or using video conferencing such as FaceTime, Skype, or Zoom, and typically last about 75 minutes, though you should allow up to 90 minutes for the first one if it’s possible. It’s also preferable not to schedule anything too quickly after any session so that you can stay in that state of expanded insight to make notes, or continue working whatever comes up in the session.
30-Minute Resourcing Session – $95
These sessions are meant to be grounding and opening, whether you are in need of managing your immediate state or facing current challenges in your life. Typically we will jump into a somatic and/or visual exercise using open awareness or the symbolic approach right away, then allow for 10-20 minutes of processing and discussion of what came up for you.
60-75-Minute Coaching Session – $175
If you are interested in regular ongoing transpersonal coaching, I offer a preliminary session lasting approximately 60-75 minutes by donation so you can see if soul-centered transpersonal coaching seems right for you. That means you may make a donation in the amount of your choice once your initial session is complete. Feel free to bring current challenges, dreams, or projects we can work in the session.
If you decide to continue after that first session, regular 60-75 minute sessions are $175 per session. If you book and pre-pay for 5 sessions, you receive a 5% discount. If you book and pre-pay for 10 sessions, you receive a 10% discount. Sessions may be scheduled at whatever frequency works for you, whether once a week, every other week, monthly, or as desired.
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WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING
“Dr. Bonnie Bright guided me through a profound and liberating adventure in self-transformation. For years I felt confined to behavioral patterns that tied me down. The process of transformation was smooth, like removing an old garment, and dressing up in new clothes. In a few weeks she facilitated a perception shift that allowed me to step into a whole new attitude and make use of newly found resources. What sets her apart from other professionals is her ethics, her authenticity, and a firm belief in the power of our hidden potential. Words will never be enough to express my gratitude.”
—Olga A., Virginia, USA
“I sought out Bonnie because I was suffering from a poverty of imagination. I felt a disconnection to my intuition and creative flow. My dreams were gray and boring, reflecting literal events in my life. Within the first session, Bonnie led me through a process which yielded rich sensory imagery that provided insight into my identity, values, and purpose. The vivid and provocative symbols generated became signposts for several important decisions. If you are soul searching and looking for a way to access the treasure trove of your own psyche, I highly recommend you seize the opportunity to work with transpersonal sherpa, Dr. Bonnie Bright.”
—Samantha S. , California, USA
“Bonnie is a gifted coach with rich passion, acute insights, and disciplined intellect. Coaching sessions with her offered a huge opportunity for me to get in touch with my heart, and fostered the process of my transformation and integration of my spirituality into everyday life
While I showed up to the first online session with curiosity, I have to admit I was somewhat skeptical about immediate outcomes. However, after my first session with Bonnie, I had to ask her “How did you do that?!’ The only word I could apply at that moment was “awe.” Her soul-centered coaching created an experience throughout my body, mind, and psyche, while bringing me more intrinsic, transpersonal and noetic values.
I can hardly organize and articulate the profound truth that I learned and embodied from the whole process—it is almost beyond expression. The effects of her coaching will continue to be alive deep inside myself. I feel blessed and grateful that I have been able to work with her.”
—Scott G., California, USA
“Three years ago, I retired as professor of Educational Psychology and coursework emphasizing curriculum design and teaching (both in-person and virtual). Personally, I never cared much for virtual learning- even though circumstances occasionally required me to design and deliver virtual courses from time to time. I’ve had to rethink my dissatisfaction when I enrolled in the Soul-Centered Coaching program. Dr. Bonnie Bright has done a marvelous job with curricular decisions and actual delivery of instruction. Really, the program meets the highest standards. I have learned a great deal from Dr. Bright in the areas of Jungian and Transpersonal Psychology. I am a Secular Franciscan in the Episcopal Church and certainly believe I am learning the skills and knowledge needed to be an interfaith coach.”
—James Alexander, PhD, MATheol, Professor Emeritus Kentucky Wesleyan College. Co-author: Alfred North Whitehead on Learning and Education; Co-author: North American Adult Educators. Author: Stories of a Recovering Fundamentalist. Author: The Mystics Way for Regular People,
ABOUT BONNIE | Bonnie Bright, Ph.D., holds M.A. degrees in Psychology from Sonoma State University, and in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, where she also completed her doctorate degree.
A profound spontaneous mystical experience in 2006 set her on a path to learn the truth of who we really are and how we can shape our own reality and co-create the life we want for ourselves by living into our soul’s call.
She is a certified Archetypal Pattern Analyst™ via Assisi Institute, and certified in Transpersonal Coaching Psychology through Alef Trust/Middlesex University. Bonnie uses archetypal, somatic, symbolic, and shamanic perspectives to help clients navigate spiritual awakening; integrate psychedelic or meditative experiences or breathwork; and to move through creative blockages and open their lives to joy and transcendence. She is accredited through IACTM—the International Association of Coaches, Therapists & Mentors. She is also completing certification in Holotropic Breathwork™ facilitation, a process developed by Stan and Christina Grof, through GTT (Grof Transpersonal Training). She has trained extensively in dreamwork and in the Enneagram, a psycho-spiritual personality map for transformation, and utilizes both in her soul-centered work with clients.
Bonnie also completed a 2-year training in Indigenous African Spiritual Technologies with initiated African elder, Malidoma Somé, during which time she developed a practice in a West African divination technique passed down via the Dagara tribe there. She has worked with indigenous shamans and healers in Africa and in both North and South America.
Bonnie created and served as the Executive Editor of Depth Insights™ scholarly journal for six years, and is the Founder and Director Emeritus of Depth Psychology Alliance™, an online organization with over 5000 members interested in Jungian, Depth, and other spiritual psychologies. She regularly conducts audio and video interview/podcasts for Depth Insights, discussing depth psychological topics with top scholars and authors from around the world. Her 2017 symposium, “Earth, Climate, Dreams: Depth Psychological Reflections in the Age of the Anthropocene”, features 12 video interviews, which are also in a book, Earth, Climate, Dreams: Dialogues with Depth Psychologists in the Age of the Anthropocene (2019). Her written papers and publications appear in multiple journals (including the Jung Journal and Psychological Perspectives) and anthologies, and she edited and published Depth Psychology and the Digital Age for Depth Insights Press (2016). She has also taught graduate-level coursework for Alef Trust.
Bonnie worked in Marketing Communications for a variety of industries in the corporate world for 15 years, and regularly draws on her experience there to help clients see and communicate their own stories in new and positive ways. Connect with Bonnie on Linked In at www.linkedin.com/in/bonniebrightphd/ or on Facebook at BonnieBright.DepthPsych
>Depth Perspectives: Depth Psychology writings by Bonnie Bright PhD for Pacifica Graduate Institute. Read summary articles from interviews by Bonnie with scholars like Thomas Moore, Jean Houston, Vandana Shiva, Chris Hedges, Michael Meade, and more. (Note: This links to a downloadable PDF file)
“The decisive question for man is: Is he related to something infinite or not? That is the telling question of his life. Only if we know that the thing which truly matters is the infinite can we avoid fixing our interests upon futilities, and upon all kinds of goals which are not of real importance.
Thus we demand that the world grant us recognition for qualities which we regard as personal possessions: our talent or our beauty. The more a man lays stress on false possessions, and the less sensitivity he has for what is essential, the less satisfying is his life. He feels limited because he has limited aims, and the result is envy and jealousy. If we understand and feel that here in this life we already have a link with the infinite, desires and attitudes change.”
— C.G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections
Transpersonal Soul-centered Coaching is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, treat, or cure any disease, physical or mental. It is specifically aimed at addressing the underlying spiritual issues that may be causing stress, and uncovering and identifying resources or resourceful states that can help you move forward with ease and joy.
Transpersonal Soul-centered Coaching should not be construed as a promise of benefits, claims of cures, or a guarantee of results to be achieved.
As a client, you must take complete responsibility for your own physical health and emotional well-being. The information, instruction, or advice provided during Transpersonal Soul-centered Coaching sessions or in any related communications, including but not limited to emails, texts or telephone, is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical or psychological diagnosis and care. You should not discontinue or modify any medication presently being taken pursuant to medical advice without obtaining approval from your healthcare professional.
Transpersonal Soul-centered Coaching is not a substitute for regular medical or psychological care. Coaching is not about disease or illness, but focuses instead on healing and wellness. As a client, you are required to take complete responsibility for your own well-being, both during and after coaching sessions, including in relation to any content or materials provided to you over the course of the coaching process.
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By engaging in in any session of Transpersonal Soul-centered Coaching, you agree to hold harmless Dr. Bonnie Bright and anyone affiliated with Depth Insights from any claims, liability, loss, or negative consequences incurred directly or indirectly by you (or anyone you refer, teach, or seek to help) as a result of Transpersonal Soul-centered Coaching or the use or application of any techniques or methods learned from Bonnie Bright, any content or materials she produces, or in the process of Transpersonal Soul-centered Coaching. You will also not hold the coach responsible for any negative states that you might experience either during or after the coaching session(s).
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