Kirwan Rockefeller, Ph.D., WIA/TAA Academic Advisor at the University of California, Irvine Extension, is the author of “Visualize Confidence: How to Use Guided Imagery to Overcome Self-Doubt,” and is the co-editor of “Psychology, Spirituality and Healthcare,” Volume 2 of the 3-volume series, “Whole Person Healthcare.” This is the fifth installment in Dr. Rockefeller’s series of blogs on utilizing the imagination for personal transformation.
Have you ever lain awake at 2 AM in the morning with your mind spinning out of control? You might be imagining all the things that can, and no doubt you think, will go wrong. If so, then you know the mental rumination about all the terrible things you’re worrying about appear much larger, deeply menacing and frightfully disturbing in the dark, wee hours. The ghosts, gremlins, energy vampires and wicked witches seize your mind, body and spirit until you’re paralyzed with fear and inertia. Stuck doesn’t feel very good as you literally worry yourselves sick.
Faculty Profile: Hridaya Sivalingam, PhD -- Creating a Humanistic Education for Humanistic Counselors08/13/2015
Her eyes become half-moons when she smiles. Her whole face lights up, as if to convey her happiness and impart it upon all those around her. She is the newest addition to the Saybrook University faculty and she broadens the dimensions of the new MA in Counseling program, which expands the current MFT program to greater heights. Her name is Hridaya Sivalingam, PhD, and her passion is in creating a mindful, humanistic approach for developing humanistic counselors.
Jennifer Preston, PhD, NCC, LPC, is one of Saybrook University’s new faculty for the MA in Counseling program (formerly known as MFT). She joins the community from Minnesota State University, Mankato where she served as a professor for masters and doctorate level students for the last nine years.
Kirwan Rockefeller, Ph.D., WIA/TAA Academic Advisor at the University of California, Irvine Extension, is the author of “Visualize Confidence: How to Use Guided Imagery to Overcome Self-Doubt,” and is the co-editor of “Psychology, Spirituality and Healthcare,” Volume 2 of the 3-volume series, “Whole Person Healthcare.” This is the fourth installment in Dr. Rockefeller’s series of blogs on utilizing the imagination for personal transformation.
Your mental imagery will help you stay on course and prepare you for arriving at your destination. Whether it’s an image in your mind, or a Vision Board (more about this later), if you don’t know where you want to go, you’ll probably end up someplace else. And that someplace else will most likely be a destination that someone picked out and it may have nothing to do with you. Time and time again people come to me and say they feel like they missed the boat. My response is, “Well, you didn’t’ miss the boat, you were just on the wrong dock.”
Kirwan Rockefeller on Imagery: Don't Dismiss the First Thoughts that Come to Your Mind as Silly or Impossible.07/30/2015
Kirwan Rockefeller, Ph.D., WIA/TAA Academic Advisor at the University of California, Irvine Extension, is the author of “Visualize Confidence: How to Use Guided Imagery to Overcome Self-Doubt,” and is the co-editor of “Psychology, Spirituality and Healthcare,” Volume 2 of the 3-volume series, “Whole Person Healthcare.” Dr. Rockefeller will be providing a series of blogs on utilizing the imagination for personal transformation.
As Oprah says, "Even the wildest dreams have to start someplace. Allow yourself the time and space to let your mind wander and your imagination fly. You must be a believer before you can be an achiever."
Saybrook Instructor Elena Gillespie, PhD, Publishes The Anatomy of Death, a Book on Transpersonal Experiences of Death and Dying07/27/2015
Dr. Elena Gillespie, researcher and faculty member with Saybrook University, has trained with a psychic-shaman in Michigan for many years, and is a certified Medium in the Spiritualist Church, in addition to being a Reiki master since 1988. She had a private practice in Michigan, focusing primarily on working with patients with cancer, and in palliative care, when some of those patients were close to transition into death. Dr. Gillespie’s dissertation was a phenomenological-hermeneutic analysis of her transpersonal experiences with these subjects. Her book is based on her dissertation called The Anatomy of Death: Notes From a Healer’s Casebook.
Veronica Lac is a United Kingdom-licensed psychotherapist who specializes in Gestalt psychotherapy, but her journey with Saybrook University has been much more than Ph.D. coursework in psychology. It has been the merging of passions that most people would not first combine in thought: existential-humanistic psychotherapy and horses.
Four current Saybrook psychology students accompanied faculty members Louis Hoffman, Ph.D. and Mark Yang, Psy.D., on a week-long trip to China in late April where they helped the faculty members to teach psychology students from all over that country. Kristen Beau Howard, Anne Hsu, Monica Mansilla, and Jenna Noah all made the long trip then shared a conference call interview in May to relate their experiences.
Kirwan Rockefeller, in Saybrook's School of Mind-Body Medicine, on Learning to Quiet the Inner Critic07/12/2015
Blog # 2 on the Power of the Creative Imagination.
Learn to quiet the Inner Critic. Yes, you know that inner voice very well – that nagging voice that tells you you’re not enough, you’re too old, too young, too fat, too thin, too tall, too short, you're male or you're female, or plain and simple "Who do you think you are?!" You can’t ______ ...."
The Inner Critic usually develops in our childhood, originally as a protective mechanism. The I.C. starts out wanting to make sure we look both ways before crossing the street, or not touching a hot stove. And, let me be absolutely clear about this: I'm not blaming Mom or Dad. The I.C. can come from anyplace; being horrible at kickball on the playground, feeling vulnerable, scared, frightened, or not up to snuff according to society, organized religion, or any authority figure that terrorize our tender minds. Sadly, at some point the I.C. spirals out of control and we give up. Kaput. A wet blanket smothers the fire in our bellies. And as we believe the I.C. is telling us the truth, we sink further into the bottom of an ice cream container at 2 AM.
Saybrook Instructor Dr. Lynne Shaner Publishes Article on Meditation in Journal of Humanistic Psychology07/08/2015
When she began to think about what to research for her dissertation, Lynne Shaner, PhD, wanted to study human transformation. According to her dissertation chair the topic was too big and too vague. Still, it was a starting point. As she continued to think about what she felt mattered most to her, in terms of integrative practices and human transformation, she kept coming back to the topic of meditation. “It is such a foundational technique, and it is so transformative. I am a long-term meditator myself, so I know this personally. I also figured that not only was the topic important, but that there would be a lot of research that I could sift through and build upon,” said Dr. Shaner recently, as she discussed the recent publication of ”Calm Abiding: the Lived Experience of the Practice of Long-Term Meditation.” It was published online in July by the Journal of Humanistic Psychology..