Kathy Shimpock is a transpersonal practitioner specializing in tools that reduce stress, anxiety, and physical discomfort while bringing forth greater health, wellness, creativity and intuition. These practices include storytelling, meditation, hypnosis, art, and energetic medicine.
Kathy came to the holistic field by way of a career in law, working as a lawyer and as a law librarian in both the academic and private sectors. She has received a JD, MLL, MBA and MA degree. In addition, Kathy was trained as a mediator working in small claims court to resolve civil disputes. In 2008, Kathy became interested in learning hypnosis as a means of dealing with chronic pain. Since then, she has become a certified clinical hypnotherapist (and a Certified Instructor) with the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners, and a Certified Medical Hypnosis Practitioner (affiliated with the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association). Kathy is a Conscious Aging Facilitator for the IONS program. She is also a storyteller, a 6th generation Usui Reiki Master Teacher and a certified spiritual guidance mentor.
As a celebrant, Kathy focuses on the creation of personalized ceremonies and rituals. As an ordained interfaith minister, she is available to perform any ceremony of celebration, healing, transition or initiation. As a spiritual guidance mentor, she specializes in spiritual and depth practices.
But primarily, Kathy is an artist. Beginning by making picture books as a small child, she later received her BA in studio art and psychology. Along with her lifelong pursuit of art, she has a deep interest in transpersonal studies including self-actualization, mythology, folktales, storytelling and Jungian psychology. Her artistic pursuits focus on the creation of custom mandalas and myths, and on spiritual art. Kathy is an approved facilitator for SoulCollage®, a creative process for personal and spiritual growth and development, based on the work of Seena Frost. She also offers workshops on the mandala and on the creation of tools for spiritual practice (including altars, labyrinths, ogham staves, prayer wheels and icons).
Kathy is currently Adjunct Faculty at the Storytelling Institute at South Mountain Community College, and an instructor at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.