Professional Bio

Loraine Van Tuyl, PhD, CHT, is a licensed integrative clinical psychologist, a certified Depth Hypnosis practitioner, and a shamanic eco psychologist who got her doctoral degree at Palo Alto University and her certification training at the Foundation of the Sacred Stream in Berkeley, CA (Click here: research on the effectiveness of Depth Hypnosis)

She 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  gifted, creative, and neurodivergent empaths, experts, and change catalysts in psychology, holistic health, academia, the arts, law, conservation, bio-tech, computer science, engineering, entrepreneurship, economics, and social justice work.

Loraine’s deep understanding of overwhelmed, twice exceptional, intense, and highly sensitive children, adolescents, and adults has helped her to connect to audiences far and wide. She has written extensively about her unconventional ideas in Thrive Global, MindBodyGreen, Rebelle Society, Elephant Journal, and Medium, and is the author of Amazon Wisdom Keeper: a Psychologist’s Memoir of Spiritual Awakening   (recipient of three 2017 Best Books Finalist Awards in Psychology/Mental Health, Multicultural Non-Fiction, and Non-Fiction Book Cover)

Her second book—Soul Authority: Liberatory Tools to Heal from Oppressive Patterns and Restore Trust in your Heart Compass — addresses the most critical and salient social and mental health crises of our times and was released in April 2022. 

In addition to being an expert guest on numerous podcasts and radio shows nationwide, Loraine has been invited to participate in intimate 20-person think tanks on topics such as mindfulness, racial healing, community building, and bridging science and wisdom alongside leading consciousness pioneers and master teachers, such as Ruth King, Jack Kornfield, Thupten Jinpa (primary interpreter of His Holiness the Dalai Lama), and Sharon Salzberg.

A few other professional settings and conventions where her presentations on her innovative HEAL LOVE LEAD with SOUL AUTHORITY™ system were enthusiastically received by master- and doctoral-level colleagues include the UC Berkeley Counseling Center, 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.

Karallyn Earls Streit, Shamanic Energy Medicine Woman


"Loraine is an absolutely amazing individual and healer. I have been taking workshops and classes with her for the last few years, and from the moment I met her have been deeply impressed by her wisdom and brilliance. She is plugged into the world of spirit and energy in a way that very few people are, and has a deep understanding of the nature of reality and how to utilize that knowledge in her work with others. She is a true wise woman and anyone working with her will certainly be transformed by her presence alone. She has deep insight of what is called for in the moment and will be indispensable help to anyone working with her."

Sasha Blum, PhD, Psychologist, UC Berkeley Counseling and Psychological Services

"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." 


Anne Lowe, MSW, Social Work Instructor, Psychotherapist 


"As a Program Manager of our Tribal Home Visiting Program at the Native American Health Center, I searched hard to find different trainings and workshops to help my staff sustain themselves in the very complex and difficult work that supported some of our most vulnerable community members. Loraine facilitated a way for participants to connect to the deeper reason and purpose for their work. The kind of insight she helped participants engage in went far beyond ‘washing off’ after a tough day at work—participants began to fill their inner well of resources and maintain its on-going use in their work and lives."


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