I was inspired to attend the University of California at Santa Barbara because of a particular professor I heard about in the Speech Department. He taught a class in subversive language and had the reputation of teaching people "how to think". At U.C.S.B. I could also write my own degree program, which I did in my sophomore year. Interested in all things psychic, I titled it: “Communication Theory with an Emphasis on the Limits of Language.”
In Santa Barbara I also found the greatest influence in my life: my metaphysical teacher Eric Teissedre. He was a trance channel and psychic medium whose spirit guides taught psychic development and spiritual healing. I studied with Eric from the age of 19 and continued on after I began my own practice in 1979.
My related interest in counseling led me to create a peer counseling and ombudsman center at U.C.S.B., “The Help Center." Although I never hung out a shingle as a traditional therapist, I had six years of counseling experience, working both at my own Help Center and also six as an intern at the Santa Barbara County Mental Health Clinic, under the under the supervision of chief psychiatrist Dr. Richard Lambert. The six years Dr. Lambert mentored me gave me the confidence to do psychic counseling on my own.
I developed my own practice by being able to apply my psychic ability to the counseling process. I became a full-time practitioner in San Francisco 1979.
My first job as a psychic was on Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Review in 1976.M y job: reading for whomever wanted some psychic guidance and healing on the road. Bob Dylan and his amazing friends showed me that being wildly creative could make money and work out fabulously. I was very impressed with their magic lifestyle.
My second job was arranged by another magic man, Reverend James of New Orleans. He was a voodoo practitioner and healer who worked out of an amazing “sweet shop”. It was filled with little glass bottles of different colors he had made for his potions, and many other curious and magical objects. I would watch Reverend James counsel and heal people--he was a powerful healer. When he thought I was ready to work professionally, he set me up at The Bottom of the Cup Tea Room on Royal Street in New Orleans. Every year when I went to Jazz Fest, I’d do readings tarot and palm readings there.
I went to Peru in 1999 to learn about Andean shamanism and spirituality. Juan Nunez del Prado was my teacher and the subject of “Keepers of the Ancient Knowledge” by Joan Wilcox. On that trip I came back with my most prized possession, The Speaking Stones. They are my own unique divination system. I've taken scores of workshops with different experts in shamanism and healing over the years. In June 2013 I leave for Peru again to expand my knowledge and experience.
The person who originally introduced me to counseling and made it seem fascinating was my mother. In the sixties she used to do counseling work at the Free Clinic in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury, and sometimes would take me with her to talk to 14 year old runaways from places like Kentucky and Kansas. Afterwards, I would talk to her about what happened between me and the runaways, and her insights would amaze me. She showed me the healing power of insight. When my interest in psychic phenomena developed, my mother told me she always dutifully wrote into her case studies the colors she saw around peoples heads--an aura reader without knowing what it was!
Elissa Heyman, Psychic Counseling and Spiritual Healing, in person/by phone, Santa Fe, NM 87501, 505-982-3294. firstname.lastname@example.org