Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of issues does shamanic work help? 

People seek this work for a wide range of reasons. Some common reasons include: feeling depressed or anxious, effects of trauma, feeling disconnected, seeking more meaning and purpose, chronic illness, emotional or physical pain, addiction, or just feeling drawn to shamanic work. Often clients have tried other modalities of therapy and healing but still feel stuck in some way. It’s important to listen to your intuition about who you feel called to see for healing work, as every practitioner has different gifts and different ways of working. 

 

Do you have a specialty?

I enjoy working with a spectrum of clients and issues. I have a lot of experience working with clients who carry trauma. I am strongly called to work with healers of all kinds. (This includes counselors, physicians, nurses, energy healers, massage therapists, shamanic practitioners, and more.) I also have a special interest in understanding and working with the burdens we may carry from our family lineage and ways to disentangle those burdens and reconnect with our ancestors in a healthy way. 

 

Is what I share in my session kept private? 

Yes. I feel strongly about adhering to ethical standards which include honesty, integrity and confidentiality.  I honor the rights of my clients to be treated fairly, without discrimination, according to their best interests. 

The only time confidentiality would be limited would be if it is clear that someone is an immediate threat to themselves or someone else. 

 

Is shamanic work religious? And do I have to believe in it for it to work?

Shamanic work is not religious. It does hold the perspective that everything and everyone is a part of one web of life and that there exists a spirit realm in addition to the physical realm. You don’t need to believe in shamanism to benefit - just be open-minded to the work. I have enjoyed working with people of various religious faiths, with those who are spiritual but not religious, as well as with those who are atheist or agnostic. All are welcome. 

 

What happens during a shamanic healing session?

You and I will first sit and talk to discuss why you’re seeking healing work. Together we will clarify your intention. For in-person sessions, when ready, you will lie on the treatment table and we'll begin the healing work. For remote sessions, you will lay down somewhere comfortable, in a private location, with your device close enough to continue seeing and hearing one another during the session. 

There is not a set structure for the healing as the work is largely intuitive. At times there may be silence and at other times I may ask questions or talk with you about what I am noticing. Some people feel strong emotions and energies and others do not. Oftentimes people find the work deeply relaxing and grounding. 

 

Does remote healing really work?

Yes. Clients usually find it just as effective as in-person healing work. However if you prefer in-person sessions, those are available as well. 

 

Since you left the practice of psychiatry, are you against psychiatric medicine? 

No. Medications can be helpful when used judiciously. I encourage each person to follow the healing path that is right for them, including whatever other practitioners and treatments are most helpful along the way.

 

What forms of payment do you take?

Cash, checks, Venmo, Zelle, and credit/debit cards.  

 

What is the cost of sessions? 

Sessions are usually 90 minutes long and cost $160. At times, a 60 minute healing session may be sufficient and that costs $110. I also accept sliding scale when needed.  

 

What is your cancellation policy?

I ask that you give at least 24 hours notice whenever possible for cancellation, and more when you are able. Knowing that urgent situations do arise at times, I do not charge the first time a session is missed or 24 hour notice is not given. After that time, if there are further missed appointments or cancellations without 24 hours notice, you will be responsible to pay the usual session fee. 

 

Is there an intake form for a first appointment?

Yes, the intake form can be downloaded by clicking the link below:

 

For Hypnosis work:

How do I know if I can be hypnotized? 

The majority of people, in the appropriate setting, are able to enter into a hypnotic state, which is just a deep focused state of relaxation. A small number of people may have difficulty letting go into this deeper state of consciousness. It may help for them to practice, either in a session or by using guided imagery recordings at home. 

 

For Past Life work:

Will I definitely have a past life experience? 

This is not guaranteed. Most people who come to me for past life regression do have some past life experiences, but not everyone is able to let go into a deeper hypnotic state right away and even if they do, not everyone is able to immeditately access past life experiences. If you have difficulty accessing this, I will work with you in other ways in the session so that your experience can still be healing for you. We can also discuss practices and resources that can help you continue towards past life experiences.

 

What Covid precautions are you taking? Do you require masks?

All clients are asked to wash their hands upon arrival and to respect social distancing guidelines in public areas. Masks are required. (Remote sessions are available if you are unable to wear a mask.) The downstairs waiting room is limited to 3 people max and upstairs only 1 person. If preferred, clients can text me from their car when they arrive and I will text back when I am ready to see them.  

I follow recommended precautions for work that involves close contact including hand washing, disinfecting surfaces frequently, changing healing table sheets for each client, using a HEPA filter, and wearing a mask. 

Note: if you are not feeling well or if you have had contact with anyone infected with Covid-19, please do not come in for an appointment. You may change to a remote session or reschedule for another time. Thank you for respecting these guidelines. 

 

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*Please note that I have retired my medical license to focus on alternative modalities of healing, so I do not diagnose, prescribe, treat, or cure any specific illnesses and my work is not covered by insurance.

                                       If we surrendered

 

                          to earth's intelligence

 

 we could rise up rooted, like trees.

 

                 ~Rainer Maria Rilke​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Sandy Phocas 

 

        305 Mill Street

 

                Winston-Salem NC 27103

 

                        336-287-0061