Our Unique Approach

Healers have called soul forth using feminine ways of knowing and being since ancient times. Living from the soul and healing soul suffering through ritual, plant medicine, storytelling, movement, sound, silence, dreams and community is a reclaiming and revival of our lost arts.

Soul Midwives are guardians of the threshold, wise guides and wild alchemists; versed in the ‘old ways’ and the innovations that occur when practiced in an ever changing world. Weaving together the best of worlds in a holistic, sacred approach we work with people where they are at – listening for their ‘gold’ and threshold moments of transformation that reach far beyond change. As clinicians, we are trained in multiple disciplines which are practiced inside of a transpersonal framework because the work of Soul Midwives includes understandings of birth and death, layers of consciousness, energy fields, states of being, and the integral health of body/psyche/world.

We emphasize the development of deep feminine liberatory skills that will become the foundation of your living, being as well as healing arts practice. These skills have their own lineages and global historical contexts, so a part of our clinical education involves unlearning the enculturation of patriarchal and Eurocentric medical model frameworks. We will also explore the intersection of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy (among others) with creative arts approaches, somatic focusing, trauma informed approaches, ecopsychology, indigenous and shamanic healing methods.

Lead Trainers

Shannon Thompson, Shakti Rising’s Founder/Visionary Director has 30 years of experience developing and cultivating transformation and leadership with diverse populations.

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Shannon Thompson

Shannon Thompson, Shakti Rising’s Founder/Visionary Director has 30 years of experience developing and cultivating transformation and leadership with diverse populations. She is a truth-teller, life-long learner, and priestess of alchemy pulling from various certifications which range from yoga to somatics, energy work to herbalism and flower essences, multiple trauma informed interventions to expressive arts, that are balanced with more traditional educational training in sociology, social work, and public health. She has worked in classrooms and jails, as well as corporate settings, with expertise in transdisciplinary approaches to addiction, trauma, and mental health particularly focused on women and youth. She is the Creatrix of Shakti Rising’s Apprenticeship program, 9 Gates of Transformation and the Transformational Recovery model.

Angie Hensley, LMFT, is a transformation ninja, frequent traveler to Hades & beyond, and seasoned guide to the geography of the feminine as well as various realms of the sacred and consciousness.

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Angie Hensley, LMFT

Angie Hensley, LMFT, is a transformation ninja, frequent traveler to Hades & beyond, and seasoned guide to the geography of the feminine as well as various realms of the sacred and consciousness. She is Shakti Rising’s Priestess of Psyche, clinical supervisor for our national TR team, and co-Creatrix with Shannon of Soul Midwifery. Angie is a wild, wise and delightful Guide, practicing as a therapist, teacher, and organizational consultant. She is a certified focusing oriented therapist with extensive training in psychoanalysis and 17 years of transformative group facilitation experience. Her early work focused on teen moms and holistic approaches to mental health issues. She is a trained energy healer and intuitive, awesome vegetarian cook, and a mom who is currently completing her PhD in feminine sexuality.

Supporting Trainers

Teri Hedman, LCSW, completed her MSW at UC Berkeley. Her superpower is to make lemonade out of life’s lemons, share it with others to help them find the sweetness in their own lives.

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Teri Hedman, LCSW

Teri Hedman, LCSW, completed her MSW at UC Berkeley. Her superpower is to make lemonade out of life’s lemons, share it with others to help them find the sweetness in their own lives. Through her Heroine’s journey, she arrived at Shakti after voicing out loud her desire to create a home where women could find safety in the face of trauma. Her clinical work specializes in the treatment of PTSD, specifically in the realm of sexual trauma and psychosis, and she has expertise in work with eating disorders and body image. Her purpose is to build a bridge between the medical model world she comes from and the work of the feminine at Shakti.