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About Loraine Van Tuyl

Loraine Van Tuyl, PhD, CHT, is a licensed clinical psychologist, a shamanic ecopsychologist, a Depth Hypnosis practitioner, and the author of Amazon Wisdom Keeper: a Psychologist’s Memoir of Spiritual Awakening. Her second book—Soul Authority: Liberatory Tools to Heal from Oppressive Patterns and Restore Trust in your Heart Compass (North Atlantic Books, Spring 2022).

Loraine has distilled thirty years of diverse and well-rounded professional experiences into an elegant and seamless integration of modern psychological expertise, ancient healing practices and nature wisdom. Her unique soul authority methods have empowered hundreds of sensitive leaders and transformation trailblazers in psychology, holistic health, academia, the arts, renewable energy, economics, social justice, social work, and spiritual entrepreneurship, in 1-1 sessions, online courses, group therapy meetings, in-person retreats, and in her Gaia’s Goddesses and Global Gamechangers FB group.


Loraine’s deep understanding of sensitive leaders has helped her to connect to audiences far and wide. She has written extensively about her unconventional ideas in Thrive Global, Rebelle Society, Elephant Journal and Medium. In addition to being an expert guest on numerous podcasts and radio shows nationwide, Loraine has been invited to participate in intimate think tanks on topics such as mindfulness, racial healing, and bridging science and wisdom alongside leading consciousness pioneers and master teachers, such as Ruth King, Jack Kornfield, Thupten Jinpa, Sharon Salzberg, and Stephen Nachmanovitch.


A few of the professional settings and conventions where her innovative soul authority system was enthusiastically received by master-and doctoral-level colleagues include the UC Berkeley counseling center (invited four times), the American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences, the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, the Native American Health Center, and the Mind & Life Institute.

She considers overcoming her public speaking fears her proudest accomplishment, given that she was shell-shocked and selective mute for a year in her adolescence.


A quick summary of her extraordinary story: Loraine went rogue and returned to her rainforest roots when she was a graduate student in a rigorous clinical psychology program. As a highly sensitive and intuitive empath, her soul painfully clashed with the fragmenting and labeling practices that were common place in the mental health field. 


Because her spirit guides had helped her to pass numerous trials and tribulations, including a military coup, she was shocked that her clinical psychology program ended up challenging and undermining her soul authority and natural genius more than these past traumatic experiences. She decided that she’d worked far too hard to preserve her healing intuition and spiritual connection to the Amazon rainforest to give them up so easily. 

Not only did she hold her own during a stress-induced shamanic initiation that her face-off with this intimidating giant a hundred times her size triggered: she was able to dissect and articulate how she’d re-natured her de-natured lost self and why she wanted to guide her clients in similar ways. Excavating her implicit body wisdom more than two decades ago with the help of a cross-national dissertation sowed and fertilized the seeds of her current HEAL LOVE LEAD with SOUL AUTHORITY™ and OWN YOUR NATURAL GENIUS ZONE™ programs.