Michael Watson

I am a shamanic practitionermichael drum, psychotherapist, educator, and visual and theater artist of mixed heritage. I live and work in Burlington, Vermont, nestled snugly between Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains. Most days, from my home, I can see the Adirondack Mountains across the lake. In childhood I had Polio, an experience that taught me much about challenge, struggle, and healing, and continues to inform my work.

I have practiced shamanic healing for almost forty years, and have learned from many generous teachers. I work with Nature and the spirits to aid individuals, families, and communities find healing and ease, in the present, and for generations past. I was raised without tribal affiliation or contact and my practice reflects the traditions and teachings of my teachers, rather than the knowledge of any singular people.

I am also a Vermont Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and have worked, since 1980, in both impatient and outpatient mental health settings. My work is deeply informed by my experience with traditional healers, and draws from Narrative Therapy and the arts.

I work with young people and adults. My life partner, Jennie Kristel, and I work together with couples and families, and with individuals who are facing life crises or serious illness.

My work is firmly rooted in my family’s life ways, and in the healing traditions of my teachers. At its center is an abiding faith in the healing power of story, the capacity of Nature to fill us with ease and joy, and the support of the Creator, Ancestors, and spirits. Whether our time together involves shamanic healing, curindismo, or psychotherapy, we will honor the presence of the sacred in your life.

Learn more about Shamanic Healing. Learn more about my approach to Psychotherapy.

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Please Note:  Many shamanic ideas and techniques can be useful in psychotherapy. However, traditional shamanic practice is not currently considered within the scope of practice within psychotherapy and may not be covered by insurance.