Soul centered coaching
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“Although psychological inquiry can be a joy, it is unusually demanding. It asks one to be fully involved with the opus on every level. . . . the work extends well beyond the ego to reverberate in the depths of the soul.
At these deeper levels, the work truly becomes psychological, unearthing wounds and complexes that otherwise may have remained unconscious.”
—Joseph Coppin & Elizabeth Nelson, The Art of Inquiry
ABOUT SOUL-CENTERED COACHING PSYCHOLOGY
Based on tenets of Depth psychology, founded in large part by Sigmund Freud and Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung in the early 20th century; on Transpersonal psychology which emerged in the late 1960s, founded by Stanislav Grof, Abraham Maslow, and others; and on Archetypal psychology, created by contemporary Jungian, James Hillman (d. 2011), soul-centered coaching seeks to help individuals reconnect with their authentic self, overcome programming that no longer serves, and uncover their gifts and calling in his life time.
Soul-centered coaching is 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.
3 PILLARS OF SOUL-CENTERED COACHING PSYCHOLOGY
Three fundamental aspects of soul-centered psychologies empower us to learn more about truth of who we really are—spiritual beings having a human experience.
Soul-Centered Psychology is based on understanding and working with the power of a somatic approach, of being and feeling fully embodied in life
Soul-Centered Psychology engages the symbolic perspective, based largely on the work of Carl Jung, who suggested that the psyche (or soul) speaks in images and symbols that can help guide us
As the oldest organized spiritual system in human history, shamanic practices provide powerful tools and perspectives to the Soul-Centered Coaching process to help us navigate.
ABOUT SOUL-CENTERED COACHING
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. In that state, we can “drop in” to an more than ordinary state of consciousness to access new insights and healing. While traditional talk therapy can sometimes serve to reinforce the stories each of us tell ourselves, soul-centered coaching makes use of experiential exercises that allow us to expand beyond our everyday limiting beliefs and open new 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 an 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 with our soul self as we move more fully onto our path of spiritual awakening.
Transpersonal Soul-centered coaching is also based on the premise that our psyche is the ultimate healer, which can provide all the answers we need.
We often find that powerful symbols emerge that we can work with through dialogue, active imagination, dream work, creative visualization, and ritual, among others.
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 already hold within us in order to break free of limiting patterns and institute new creative generative processes instead.
Access my article, “The Psychological Foundations of Transpersonal Coaching: Why and How it Works”—published in the Transpersonal Coaching Handbook, edited by Jevon Dangeli (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 into other kinds of spiritual, depth psychological, or transpersonal work-including psychotherapy , meditation, dream work, somatic practices like Yoga or ongoing, holotropic breathwork, shamanic journeying, or psychedelic sessions, to name a few.
I also support spontaneous or ongoing spiritual processes, including mystical experiences, spiritual emergency, and kundalini awakening.
ABOUT SOUL-CENTERED COACHING SESSIONS
Sessions are typically conducted via Zoom with video. Sessions typically last about 75 minutes, though you should allow up to 90 minutes for the first one.. It’s also preferable not to schedule anything too quickly after any session so that you can stay in the state of expanded insights to make notes or continue whatever comes up in the session.
30-Minute Resourcing Session -$110
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 drop into a somatic, symbolic or shamanic exercise using open awareness or the symbolic approach right way then allow for 10-20 minutes of processing and discussion of what came up for you.
60-75 minute coaching sessions -$200
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 after the session in the amount of your choice. Feel free to bring current challenges dreams or projects we can work in the session.
If you decide to continue after the introductory session, regular 60-75 minutes 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.
WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING
”Dr Bonnie Bright guided me through a profound and liberating adventure for 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 firm belief in the power of our hidden potential. Words will never be enough to express my gratitude.
–Olga A., Virginia
”I sought out Bonnie because I was suffering from a poverty 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 sensory-rich imagery that provided insight into my identity, values, and purpose. The vivid and provocative symbols generate become sign post 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
”Bonnie is a gifted coach with a 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 that 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 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 down inside me, I feel blessed and grateful that I have been able to work with her.
—Scott G., California
”Three years ago, I retired as a professor of Educational psychology and course work emphasizing curriculum design and teaching (both in-person and virtual).
Personally, I never cared much about virtual learning, even though circumstances occasionally required me to design and deliver virtual courses from time to time. I have 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 the actual delivery of instructions.
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, Ph.D., MA Theol, Professor Emeritus Kentucky Wesleyan College/ Co-author, ”Alfred North White head on Learning and Education”; Co-author: “North American Adult Educators”; Author: “Stories of Recovering Fundamentalists”; Author: “The Mystics Way for Regular People”
ABOUT DR. BONNIE BRIGHT
Bonnie Bright, Ph.D. holds M.A degrees in Psychology from Sonoma State University, and in Depth Psychology from Pacific Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, where she also completed her doctoral degree.
A profound mystical experience in 2006 set her on a path to learn the truth of who we really are and how we can shape our 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 via Alef Trust/Middlesex University.
Bonnie uses archetypal, somatic, symbolic, and shamanic perspectives to help clients navigate spiritual awakening, integrate psychedelic or meditative experiences breath and 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 has also trained extensively in Holotropic Breathwork facilitation, a process developed by Stan and Christina Grof, through GTT (Grof Transpersonal Training). She has trained extensively in dream work and in the Enneagram, a psycho-spiritual personality map for transformation, and she utilizes both in her soul-centered work with clients.
Bonnie completed a 2 -year training in Indigenous African Spiritual Technologies with initiated African Elder, Malidoma Some´, during which time she developed a practice in a West African divination technique passed down via the Dagara tribe. She traveled with Malidoma to his homeland of Burkina Faso where she worked with indigenous shamans and healers. She has also worked with indigenous shamans 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 of and Director Emeritus of Depth Psychology Alliance, an online organization with over 5,500 members interested in Jungian, Depth, Transpersonal, Archetypal, and other soul-centered psychologies.
She has conducted over 100 audio and video interview podcasts for Depth insights™ and Discussions in Depth Psychology™, 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 Anthropocene” features 12 video interviews which are also in the 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 Psychological Perspectives. She has also published articles in various anthologies, and she edited and published Depth Psychology and the Digital Age (2016) along with Earth, Climate, Dreams (2019) for Depth Insights Press™ 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 to help clients see and communicate their own stories in new and positive ways.
Connect with Bonnie on linkedin in at www.linkedin.com/in/bonniebrightphd or on Facebook: BonniebrightDepthpsych
“The decisive question for a 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 all futilities, and upon all kind 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 arms, and the result is envy and jealousy, if we understand and feel here in this life we already have a link with the infinite desires and attitude change.”
— C. G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections
HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT
By engaging 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 earned from Bonnie Bright, any content or materials she produces or in the process of Transpersonal Soul-centered coaching. You will not hold the coach responsible for any negative states you might experience either during or after the coaching sessions.