Ritual, Healing, and Cultural Context in Shamanism and Psychotherapy

A few years ago I was working on a mental health services delivery  project for a state-wide health agency. The target area was Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, a remote, scenic, part of Vermont with a rich history of community. One day I was given the task of driving up and meeting with a leader in the Christian faith community in one of the region’s larger towns. I was told, before I left the office, the person I was meeting knew all about my background as a shamanic healer. I had two hours to fret and worry on the drive up. How would an Evangelical Christian respond to my work incorporating traditional Native ideas about, and approaches to, mental health and healing? Continue reading