This is a two- part taped interview I had in early 2014 with a doctoral student in psychology about my ARISE method of soul-based counseling including Reiki or energy work in a counseling session. The transcript has been edited for better reading. Hope you like it!
Part 1: Why I merged counseling with Reiki and energy psychology methods
Hello! Thanks for agreeing to this interview for my doctoral research in psychology. To start off, I want to ask you what has been your experience as a Reiki Energy Healer? I will back up a little by saying I have been a counselor for many years and I worked in NYC with kids from Harlem, South Bronx and Chinatown. Counseling could not bring them where they needed to go clear enough, fast enough. We understood the issues but traditional counseling techniques really wouldn’t help them to let go of so much personal and generational trauma, so much deep poverty, to move their lives forward. So I decided I wanted to bring in something else like a mind-body approach. Then I saw an advertisement about Reiki.
I love Reiki – and I have been training people in Reiki for about twenty years now. I see it as a ‘platform energy’ for people even if they’re not interested in becoming energy healers. It is also for people to have a little more balance, healing and empowerment in their own lives.