Christa Mackinnon

Christa MackinnonChrista Mackinnon
MSc (Psych), DFC, PGDHyp, DITEC, FBSCH, FBAMH Psychologist, Counsellor, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Shamanic Practitioner, Author

I read Psychology at Berlin University and then worked as a lecturer and researcher at the university. I subsequently trained as a Family Counsellor and later, after moving to the UK, as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and in EMDR.

My lifelong fascination with the functioning of the human mind and altered states of consciousness, and my own spiritual journey, have led me to explore spiritual and shamanic approaches in different parts of the world. I have lived and studied in Ashrams in Asia, have been apprenticed to shamans in Mexico and Yachak Shamans in Ecuador, and trained with contemporary shamanic practitioners such as John Perkins and Sandra Ingerman in the USA and Annie Spencer in the UK.

I worked internationally as a therapist for over 20 years, specialising in complex trauma, child abuse, PTSD and related mental/emotional issues. I have also provided training and consultancy on these issues for many different organisations and professionals in Europe as well as in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Northern Uganda. In parallel with my work as a trauma specialist, I was for 12 years the South West course director and a senior lecturer for the London College of Clinical Hypnosis, which trains Hypnotherapists to MSc level in partnership with a London University, and I was a honorary fellow at the University of Exeter Medical School, a part-time post which I still hold.

My focus shifted about 10 years ago when I stepped back from my therapeutic work and begun to follow my heart’s desire and my passion by incorporated psycho-spiritual shamanic approaches into my work as a trainer, offering courses for therapeutic professionals on the subject. The publication of my fist book ‘Shamanism and Spirituality in Therapeutic Practice’, which followed from this work, proved to be groundbreaking within the fields of psychology and therapy.

Besides of training professionals I also facilitate a wide range of personal psycho-spiritual development workshops, mainly, but not only, for women. They are based on shamanic approaches into which I incorporate my psychological, therapeutic and coaching skills. Based on this work I have now published a second book about shamanism with Hay House, and I am increasingly invited to speak at conferences and gatherings. I am currently in the process of writing my next book, which will be focusing on the feminine as I believe that there will be no paradigm shift, no profound change, without the feminine being explored and coming to the fore on all levels of society.

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