Counseling/Astrology/Dreamwork. Where the two seas meet


InSight Depth Counseling Astrology 

Welcome!  Thank you for visiting my site and being interested to learn about my practice.  I specialize in supporting others through rocky or uncertain times, times when we know something has to give. Sometimes this involves loss and letting go, sometimes it involves seeing with new eyes and gaining resiliency —  stepping through a gateway from an old circumstance, perception, or habit of being, to a new one, and finding solid ground while doing so. Transitions are portals of time through which we reconfigure ourselves in ways we have not yet expressed, but which have been waiting patiently for us to tap into while we were busy doing ‘normal life’. Often they are disorienting, anxiety-provoking, and confusing. Typically, they are times when we need support. 

There are many ‘classic’ times of transition: forming a new family; separation, divorce or other stages within a marriage;  parenting challenges; empty nest, and of course loss through death or estrangement. Some of these transitions are shockingly thrust upon us, such as we have all experienced with COVID-19 and the climate storms of so many shapes and forms.  Others, such as relocation or career transition, or embarking on a creative project, we eye from a distance, perhaps resisting taking the plunge. I have walked through many such disorienting transitions myself, and have gained much insight on how to help others do same. One of the keys, I find, is learning to live from and listen to our heart. Slowing down, and deepening our relationship with self.

I have both personal and counseling experience working with a range of transition issues, including relationships, parenting, divorce, work transitions, professional development, death of loved ones — including suicide, mental illness of loved ones, physical illness, midlife issues, and the pursuit of creative practices such as writing,  and last but certainly not least, growing a spiritual life.

In my practice I use a variety of tools and skills gleaned through my work as a counselor and as a continual seeker of connection, healing, and authenticity. My spiritual foundation rests on several decades of meditation, which has connected me to my own sense of belonging with the earth. My favorite counseling tool is the lens of astrology, as I find it quickly deepens access to and understanding of blocks, traumas, repeating patterns, untapped skills and talents, and current challenges and opportunities. Astrology is a type of quickener, clarifying tendencies and potentials the way a topo map describes the geography of an unknown land.  When I point to how an astrological archetype is influencing a client in a certain area of her life, she can understand it more quickly than if I were to explain it in other terms. This works in reverse as well: the power of astrology is magnified by the counseling container:  a simple astrology “reading” deepens when it is considered as a counseling session, a process by which client and counselor together engage through intuition, feeling, body, and mind. I find shared discussion to be an invaluable aspect of both astrology and counseling. 

I also engage tools of inquiry and narrative therapy for reframing self-talk and our tendency towards ‘story-making’. I occasionally bring in breathwork and other Mind Body Skills for stress management and promoting resilience through trauma, and for accessing the wisdom of the unconscious. Other allies are my intuitive & practical wisdom, a compassionate heart, and my client’s willingness to take agency and participate authentically in the counseling process.

Psychological Astrology

Astrology is an exquisite language whose insights helps us to better know and understand ourselves and others, and the cycles of our lives and the world around us. Perhaps because I’ve always sought deeper understanding of  both the people and experiences in my life, I’ve found the insights astrology offers to be like that of a wise friend and mentor. I don’t use it for limiting predictions, but rather clarity and guidance. I find it reliably offers direction and points to our gifts and potentials, the sources of challenges, explanations for setbacks, insights into the motivations and behaviors of others and our dynamics with them, and windows of opportunity for change and transformation. I don’t believe we are fated to any set destiny, but that our birth chart serves as a map, like an x-ray, that points to aspects of our psyche and our conditioning, as well as our ancestry, that we can choose to work with in an optimal way, and/or to transform, if that’s our intention.

Dreamwork, another tool I’ve used for decades, provides another doorway to our unconscious urges, presentiments, and passions.  Our dreams are our own unique and creative inner language through which we tell ourselves things we might know only dimly, if at all. Like astrology, dreams tap into the realm of the archetypes, and are rich with messages that can help inform our outer lives if we can give them the space and respect to let them speak. Working with dreams is another great adjunct to counseling as it helps mine the depths of our inner life. Dreams and astrology sync well together! I have been leading and co-leading dream groups for many years and find dreams to be a uniquely insightful window into the soul.

“…what we want appears in dreams, wearing disguises.
We fall past, holding out our arms and in the morning,
our arms ache. We don’t remember the dream, but the dream remembers us. 
It is there all day as an animal is there under the table, as the stars are there even in full sun.”

~ What We Want, Linda Pastan

Background

I have been counseling and facilitating groups since 2006 in a variety of contexts: in private, educational, non-profit, and social service sectors. I received regular and advanced training certificates from the Interchange Counseling Institute in San Francisco, completed a year-long training in group facilitation from The Circle Way/Peer Spirit program, and also trained in Mind Body Skills through the Center for Mind Body Medicine based in Washington, D.C.  Since 2014 I have been facilitating and writing curricula for therapeutic groups for both men and women. My groups vary according to the populations and intent, but can include Spiritual Ecology, meditation, dreamwork, writing exercises, and/or Mind Body Skills. They always involve sharing in community. I have worked with marginalized populations such as the incarcerated or homeless, as well as those of us who are not at society’s edges, but who often face what Buddhist psychologist Mark Epstein calls ‘the trauma of everyday life’.

I have been a decades-long student of dreamwork, astrology and psychology, with a particular passion for the depth psychology of C.G. Jung and his followers. I have been studying dreams since I was a pre-teen, and astrology since I was 18, when I was given my first book on AstroPsychology.  I have studied many varieties of astrological theory and incorporate them all into my readings. These include working with the Nodes of the Moon (Evolutionary Astrology), Chiron, Saturn, and Pluto. I have participated in dream groups for 25 years, and led them for 5 years. Not one to dwell exclusively in the mind, I have paralleled my studies over the years with extensive multi-year creative process work trainings in the realms of painting from the unconscious (The Painting Experience) and movement (Authentic Movement). I am also a trained medicinal herbalist.

My intuition is well-developed through having been a student of Sufi meditation and dreamwork since the early 1990s. And as an herbalist, I bring my knowledge of alternative health to bear on inquiries into health situations. My parallel career as a writer/editor helps me ground and articulate my  insights so that they can be easily absorbed and understood by clients from all walks of life.

Diana’s profound and wise counsel has helped me navigate my life goals. Through her insights, I was able to reclaim my passion of writing and learn self-compassion along the way. She is gifted in the aspects of spirituality, coaching, and astrology. I would recommend her to anyone that has an open mind and is willing to benefit from the kind, universal energy that flows through her. ~KM

   I am deeply grateful to Diana for her insight and compassion in helping me to deal with traumatic loss and in envisioning new life paths.  Always with humility, humor, and optimism, she is a true healer and provider of counsel!  She is also an amazing astrologer and an accomplished student (and teacher) of psyche and inner wisdom.  ~DL

Diana brings warmth, humor, and supportive care and compassion to her counseling sessions. She is very bright and well-versed in astrology. In addition, she is highly perceptive and intuitive, with a strong spiritual base.  ~Rio Olesky, Astrologer, Author, Astrology & Consciousness and Manual for the Modern Mystic 

Diana has been a remarkably wise and caring guide, helping me to recover from a psychotic break I suffered years ago. Her combination of nurturance and insight has helped bring to an end a cycle of psychiatric inpatient admissions. I cannot speak highly enough of the depth of insight and constant compassion she brings to her counseling work. ~MW

Thank you for the fine astrology reading! I have learned more from you than I ever have from other astrologers. ~EB

Thank you again for your insightful and very professional reading. I enjoyed  your approach and would like to keep these dimensions of  insight in the foreground. ~AW

I felt so expansive after your reading! ~DY

I feel so much more healthy & aligned with who I am because you did my charts, and because you so clearly decribed for me the significance of these forces. Thanks so much for helping me to see myself. ~KT