At the SACRED HEALING WELL,

I empower creative and highly¬†sensitive children and adults‚ÄĒstruggling with anxiety,¬†depression, emotional¬†overwhelm, and work stress‚ÄĒwith life skills,¬†meditation techniques, grounding, and boundary setting tools that amplify their emotional and¬†spiritual intelligence. My signature¬†self-empowerment tools help them to Re-TREE-t¬© in an inner¬†soul¬†sanctuary, reconnect to¬†the source of their energy flow, and¬†align their mind-body-heart-soul to¬†become¬†the¬†SOUL AUTHORITY of their minds, wellbeing, and lives.

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At the SACRED HEALING WELL,

I empower creative¬†and highly sensitive¬†children¬†and adults‚ÄĒstruggling with anxiety,¬†depression, emotional¬†overwhelm, and work stress‚ÄĒwith life skills,¬†meditation techniques, grounding, and boundary setting tools that amplify their emotional and¬†spiritual intelligence. My signature¬†self-empowerment tools help them to Re-TREE-t¬© in an inner¬†soul¬†sanctuary, reconnect to¬†the source of their energy flow, and¬†align their mind-body-heart-soul to¬†become¬†the¬†SOUL AUTHORITY of their minds, wellbeing, and lives.

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MY UNIQUE AREA OF EXPERTISE

 

Hi there! I'm Dr. Loraine Van Tuyl, and I'm an integrative and holistic clinical psychologist, a certified Depth Hypnosis practitioner, and a shamanic eco psychologist.

I have three decades of professional expertise in¬†helping gifted, neurodiverse, and struggling empaths‚ÄĒsensitive, spiritual, and stressed-out students, experts, executives, and entrepreneurs‚ÄĒbecome super empaths by teaching them my HEAL LOVE LEAD with SOUL AUTHORITY‚ĄĘ self-care and self-empowerment framework.¬†

These are the three most common areas of struggle at home and work that my clients learn to shift into key strengths:

 

HEAL¬†- Emotional overwhelm ‚Äď> psychological resilience

LOVE¬†- Conflict avoidance ‚Äď> authentic¬†relationships

LEAD¬†-¬†Risk aversion ‚Äď>¬†lasting, positive impact

 

What CLIENTS and COLLEAGUES say about SOUL AUTHORITY:

Dana Stewart, MSW
Social Worker 

 

"This is a totally unique set of practices, yet also universal. I really love the framework that Loraine has created. I’ve never seen anyone teach it in this way, but it’s drawing on things anyone can tap into: nature, the elements, trees, animals. And each person brings their own understanding and wisdom to the practice, which is all celebrated and incorporated. In fact, each student is their own foundation for the practice, so it’s a very creative process that comes from within, though guided by Loraine!"
 
Sasha Blum, PhD
Psychologist, UC Berkeley

 

"Every week, a psychotherapist who works with our students in the community visits with our postdoctoral training group and shares their techniques and trade secrets. The postdocs were blown away by Loraine Van Tuyl’s presentation because she offered them such a new and refreshing perspective. They were particularly impressed by her integration of spiritual practices and wisdom into her therapeutic work with clients, and it has vastly expanded their perspective on the potential of their future work as clinicians." 
 
Mia de Luca, PhD
 Professor of Anthropology 

 

"Connecting to my tree guide in my sanctuary has now become a daily practice. Not only does it help ground me, but it reminds me of who I am and what my purpose is here on Earth. I use it in moments of uncertainty, to tackle anxiety, and even to drift into sleep. Even in the depths of a panic attack, finding myself in this sanctuary—with my tree and my guides—allows for a reset. Going into this sanctuary always helps me plug my energy back into a universal source."

 

 

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WHAT'S A SUPER EMPATH? 

A super empath is a well-adjusted, self-actualized empath who's masterful at transforming stress and daily overwhelm into creative inspiration for personal and collective healing. Super empaths are a lot like Mother Trees and Redwoods. They're spiritually mature, generous, and interconnected.

They're optimally wired to serve the greater good, but they're also very susceptible to absorbing tension and negative energy that aren't theirs due to their sensitivity, big hearts, and tendency to put themselves last.

They have trouble advocating for themselves because of their avoidance of conflict and risk. For that reason, they're underappreciated and neglected (at best) and "endangered" (at worst) especially in top positions. They need and benefit from protection, support, and empowerment that compliment their unique strengths, mindset, and lifestyle. 

They thrive when able to set fierce, protective boundaries and when creating transformational impact through their life missions. 

 

AM I AN EMPATH?

Wondering if you may be an empath too? Take this 2-minute free empath test and learn about common challenges that trouble empaths. Find out if you're similar to the professional empaths I work with to help determine if we are a good match.

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THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE OF EMPATHS AND HIGHLY SENSITIVE PEOPLE

(about 20% of the population!)

 

There is a fine line between caring for others vs carrying their pain and problems.


 You and I know this well. We've struggled with drawing and holding this line our entire lives.  

 

Because of our¬†big ‚ô•ÔłŹ's,¬†we excel¬†in caretaking, healing, and transformational roles¬†BUT in regard to our OWN HEALING AND SELF COMPASSION, WE SUCK! We overgive and overextend ourselves, and over-invest our time and energy. We¬†assume¬†too much responsibility for¬†other people's problems and take (carry) them home.

 

 This leaves no time of energy for our day-to-day needs, let alone our biggest soul visions and missions. 

 

Many of the sensitive, gifted, and high achievers I work with have trouble:

 

- saying NO to awful and demanding supervisors, co-workers, work loads, or jobs

- letting down, disappointing, or not being there for clients who need us . . .  24/7

- challenging the insensitive and hurtful things random strangers or loved ones say

- declining unhelpful or judgmental feedback from friends, family, or authority figures

- confronting others about their slack at home or work (instead of picking it up) 

- feeling guilty and selfish for "dropping" others to "indulge" in what energizes us

- regulating our emotions, stress levels, and ability to relax, rest, and rejuvenate 

- transforming trauma patterns and mental health issues at the root level‚ÄĒfor good¬†

 

OUR BOUNDARIES WERE CROSSED OR VIOLATED 

 

Energetic boundaries are the mother of all boundaries. They tell us why and when all other boundaries are off.

 

For example, if you're a  people pleaser, you're probably worried about hurting or triggering others ESPECIALLY when these people may actually be the ones mistreating or taking advantage of you!  You may be carrying THEIR pain in YOUR body because you're intuitive or psychic and have no clue how to organize, let alone separate and contain domineering, exploitative, or needy energy that belongs to strong and challenging personalities.  

You lose your clarity when people say hurtful things that logically "make sense" or "aren't that bad." You don't trust your own feelings to help you set limits because they're intense, overwhelming, and scramble everything up in your head, heart, and body when triggered. 

You try to talk yourself out of your "overreactive" feelings and beat yourself up (gaslight yourself) when this only makes matters worse (and makes you prone to getting gaslit by others, especially those with narcissistic inclinations)!

Because of our¬†big ‚ô•ÔłŹ's,¬†we excel¬†in caretaking, healing, and transformational roles¬†BUT in regard to our OWN HEALING AND SELF COMPASSION, WE SUCK! We overgive and overextend ourselves, and over-invest our time and energy. We¬†assume¬†too much responsibility for¬†other people's problems and take (carry) them home.

BEEN THERE AND DONE ALL OF THAT! ūü§¶ūüŹĽ‚Äć‚ôÄÔłŹ THERE IS A BETTER WAY, I PROMISE, AND IT HAS IMPROVED EVERY ASPECT OF MY LIFE.¬†I now re-guard¬†my emotional sensitivity as my greatest gift and most reliable inner compass, and I¬†can't wait to¬†tell you how I did it.

 

CARE DON'T CARRY MINI-COURSE

As a child, I cried at the drop of a hat because I carried a lot. Spent hours fretting about a harsh reprimand or mean look or tone. Preferred to be alone and play in the magical Amazon rainforest that covers 95% of my native Suriname, imagining that I was Mowgli. 

After a military coup uprooted my family, we moved to the concrete jungles of Miami. I coped with the loss of my safe sanctuary and most trusted lifeline to my true self during the awkward middle school years by becoming selectively mute, pretending not to speak English. I didn't know how else to hide.

Decades later, my rigorous studies, certification, and extensive training in clinical psychology, shamanic practices, meditation and mindfulness fundamentals, energy medicine, Buddhist psychology, regression therapy, eco psychology, and Depth Hypnosis quantum leaped my healing. Despite these shifts, I continued to struggle with public speaking terror and resisted stepping into my calling as a holistic healer and teacher.

I was most comfortable behind the scenes. Not heard, not seen,
happy as a clam in my cozy private practice . . . playing small & hiding  

UNTIL MY BIG SOUL MISSION NO LONGER LET ME GET AWAY WITH IT.  

Supported by my dream team of spirit guides, I wrote and shared my story in Amazon Wisdom Keeper: A Psychologist's Memoir of Spiritual Awakening in 2017. Since then, I have talked to audiences, big and small, online and in person, on podcasts and radio shows, at conferences, retreats, and book stores. I'd learned so much about overcoming crippling public speaking fear that I even became a WomanSpeak (transformational Toastmasters) group leader for a few years!

These transformations have allowed me to reach and empower hundreds of other spiritual and super empaths— sensitive experts, soulpreneurs, transformation agents, thought leaders, executive directors, coaches, psychotherapists, and academics—over the decades in fields such as mental health, medicine, social justice, law, engineering, conservation, the arts, business, community organizing, and integrative health. 

MORE INFO: AMAZON WISDOM KEEPER

They¬†inspired¬†me to¬†design my 10-week online program,¬†HEAL LOVE LEAD with SOUL AUTHORITY‚ĄĘ,¬†which draws heavily on my¬†professional and life experiences and offers empaths the structured guidance, skill sets, and tools they're seeking and needing with greater ease and accessibility.¬†

My second book, Soul Authority: Liberatory Tools to Heal from Oppressive Patterns and Restore Trust in Your Heart Compass, emerged out of this intention and work and was published in April 2022.

MORE INFO: SOUL AUTHORITY BOOK
MORE INFO: SOUL AUTHORITY COURSE

It took daily practice to trust myself again . . .

 
starting with YES-NO questions that I alone could answer.

 

Questions that you may be asking yourself right now, like:

 

Does this integrative view of mental health resonate with me? Could my symptoms of mental dis-order be signs of guidance toward greater spiritual order and wholeness?

 

Would you like to explore if this path of self-discovery and self-empowerment might be right for you? Just click on the button below to schedule a soul strategy session with me.

 

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RE-TREE-T© in a SOUL SANCTUARY if: 

  • You want to restore trust in your intuition, emotions, and heart compass thru an inner sense of mind-body-spirit alignment.
  • You want to get clear on who or what to keep in and who or what to keep out of your life–without added outside pressure.
  • You're tired of feeling emotionally overwhelmed, overstimulated, and depleted.
  • You want to reserve your precious energy, empathic superpowers, and natural genius for people and projects related to your soul purpose.
  • You want to unlearn conflict avoidance and become less risk aversive so you can learn the creative conflict resolution strategies and effective leadership skills needed to fulfill your soul mission.
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Of course not. 

And yet, so many of us don't trust our sense of inner knowing on the journey through life.

 

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Many highly sensitive people (HSPs) realize as early as in kindergarten (me!) that something is not quite right. I shed more tears than my siblings, friends, and cousins combined, and was flat-out told that these tears were ‘crocodile tears’ and not real. Why? Because they lacked ‘good reason’ — as if feelings ran on logic. In grade school, HSPs like me often get teased for being cry babies. We get in trouble for being too much or too little in comparison to the norm.

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Arianna Huffington’s signature “tough-love” intervention in her recent Open Letter to Elon Musk brings an important point to light. Lack of genius is not the reason why Elon’s leadership abilities are currently under fire. 

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