Trauma Recovery Therapist, Vicki Van Winkle, MFA, MFT has enjoyed working as a psychotherapist for since 1996. She specializes in helping people to heal from confusion and pain generated from relationship issues. Working with Vicki you can find help and understanding, both at the level of the outer problems facing you, and through tapping into the inner level of relationship with the Self, which is an always within, natural-to-you, and your best resource for life-long development and renewal. When we work together we help you connect with your innate capability and capacity to make more use of those inner resources. People can be very resilient under the right circumstances, and they can learn, develop and grown new inner strengths. using integrated methods which focus on empowering people inwardly on their healing journey.
In 1981 Vicki began her journey of finding ways to share what she was learning through her persistant studies of Consciousness and Humanity. Through a multifaceted and multilayered lifelong journey of leaning and teaching many subject matters she has developed a storehouse of inner and outer research in helping people to heal. Later she came to California from Pennsylvania to continue leaning about healing and training in stress reduction and trauma recovery, qi gong, yoga, meditation and art.
Vicki is grateful for the many years of intensive guidance and training in meditation, inner work and Jungian dreamwork with Sufi Sheikh, Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee. It was with the Naqushbandi Silent Sufis that Vicki first encountered the deep peace of transcendent meditation, and began to learn how to take on deeper levels of personal responsibility.
The Sufis, being great teachers of personal integrity, responsibility and freedom, never restricted in any way the ongoing exploration of meditation and consciousness they inspired. Since 2005 Vicki has continued consciousness studies through training with, sitting in satsang with and visiting those who would be able to discourse about Vedic Scriptures, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. Being very fortunate when seeking to learn advanced methods of Yoga, such as Kriya Yoga, she Himalayan Yoga Master Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath. From Siddhanath she received extensive training in Hamsa Yoga, Surya Yoga and Kriya Yoga Meditation in the US as well as in India. In 2007 Siddhanath authorized Vicki to teach healing meditation practices. Vicki has extensively visited and studied with other lineages of healing, especially meditation. Some of these great influences on her work acquired from visiting and studying the work of Swami Vivekananda, Swami Nityananda, Swami Muktananda, Swami Vidyashananda and Swami Chidviliasanda, and especially the scholarly and deeply moving works Swami Paramahamsa Nithyananda in Yoga, Meditation Techniques, An example of the application of these ancient concepts to todays psychotherapy include integrating among other methodologies a concept of 4 essential truths in life which are known as the four tattwas: Integrity, Authenticity, Responsibility and Enriching Others Lives. Principles such as these, developed and honed over the years guide and provide clarity to the therapeutic work, allowing each person to feel supported as they work within the unknown depths of their own psyche and its joys and pain to uncover and hone their unique solutions during our time together.
Resume of Professional Qualifications
Vicki is trained and licensed as a psychotherapist by the State of California. In the early 1990’s she was trained as a therapist at Willow Creek Treatment Center, Novato Youth Center and in the private practice of Landry Wildwind, LCSW, one of the earliest and most creative therapists teaching EMDR at that time. (Eye Movement De-sensensitization and Reprocessing). These internships were completed after graduating from John F. Kennedy University (MA, Clinical Psychology) in 1994. Prior to becoming interested in being a therapist Vicki had been exploring consciousness through art. She graduated from York Vocational Technical School from a Commercial Art Program and went on to study commercial art at Antonelli Institute of Art, before completing her BFA at Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1987. Vicki completed her MFA at Calfornia College of Art, graduating with High Distinction in 1989. Art is still a big part of Vicki’s personal life. At some point a decision was made to keep it personal and authentic, and pursue instead a career in psychotherapy and trauma recovery work.
I have greatly learned and grown through serving the community with my psychotherapy practice over the years! It has been one of my greatest joys to continue to be here for the community over the decades when troubles arise with relationships, family life, occupational issues, with health or with the deep internal journey itself. I am glad to be there for you, so that you do not have to be always alone with yourself in the deepest darkest places that scare you! Thank you again, for recognizing my work, for coming in, for sending your loved ones and for being who you are!
~ Vicki Van Winkle