Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common problem that plagues many of our servicemen and women when they transition out of the military and into civilian life.
According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of PTSD can be, and not limited to, intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, changes in physical and emotional reactions, and suicidal thoughts.
Sylvia Cusk, a Registered Clinical Counsellor, from Gibsons BC, is taking a unique approach in helping people with PTSD.
Cusk is one, if not the only, counsellor in the province that uses shamanic healing in response to PTSD.
In his paper, The Cultural Evolution of Shamanisn, Manvir Singh defines Shamanism as a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to perceive and interact with what they believe to be a spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world.
“I think more and more people are drawn to working with the earth’s energies.” – Sylvia Cusk, Shaman
Studies have shown that shamanic healing is a feasible plan in treating veterans with PTSD and Cusk is one of the few counsellors who can offer that release.