Bruce and Diana Kerievsky: Metapsychiatric Therapists and Teachers

Bruce and Diana KierevskyBruce and Diana Kerievsky are experienced therapists working with, and teachers of,  Metapsychiatry, the psychotherapeutic body of wisdom created by Thomas Hora.

In the accompanying interview, they share their orientation and some of the ideas of this profound approach to  healing.

Karen Arthur, LCSW hosts EFT Workshop


Karen L. Arthur
will facilitate a workshop, November 7, 8 & 9, 2014 on

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
for Anxiety & Depression
EFT is emotional acupuncture without needles and involves tapping on specific acupoints while using focused affirmations and intention.  In this workshop you will learn the tapping technique and how to reduce anxiety, stress and depression by clearing energy blockages.  You will learn self soothing and relaxation techniques and be able to identify, manage and transform sources of emotional discomfort.
Sivananda Yoga Ranch Ashram
33 Yoga Road Woodbourne NY

Contact Data and Credentials

Karen L. Arthur,LCSW, BCD
EMDRIA Approved Consultant
AAMET Advanced EFT Practitioner
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Annmarie Agosta – Sufi Psychotherapist



November 15th, 2014 Presentation on Sufism in Plainsboro, NJ

Michael Isaacs: Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapist

michael-s-isaacsMichael Isaacs, in addition to his traditional psychotherapy practice, Michael Isaacs adds a spiritual dimension.

The most important aspect of this spiritual addition is my own spiritual consciousness. This can place him in a state where he is more into an attitude of love, compassion, patience, wisdom, authenticity, and integrity.  Hopefully, his attitude and interventions will help his client’s self esteem, self love, and their own inner ego strength.

My spiritual dimension and path has been an exploration of many years.  He has been influenced by my spiritual teachers, spiritual literature, tapes and personal contacts with some of these spiritual teachers.  He has been particularly influenced by yoga philosophy, and the Old and New Testaments.  He has been interested in the wisdoms from Buddhism as well.  Key spiritual inspirations have been Vivekananda, Ramakrishna, Moses, Jesus, Lao Tse, Joel Goldsmith, and Thomas Hora.

His definition of spirituality is quite broad.  It involves the attributes of compassion, love, integrity, honesty,and creative interests.  When appropriate, he will label and acknowledge these verities as “spiritual”.   He encourage my clients, if and when they are ready, to experience any path that can lead to inner peace, gratitude, and love.


Mada Eliza Dalian on October 16th Presents “Healing the Body and Awakening Consciousness”

MadaElizaDalianMada Eliza Dalian began her quest for truth at the age of five when she witnessed her grandfather’s death. Becoming aware of her own mortality at such a tender age, she began to contemplate life’s existential questions: Who am I? Where have I come from? and Where will I go when I die?

At the age of twenty-four, she left behind her training in education and architecture and devoted herself to the search for truth and spiritual enlightenment. After years of meditation and introspection, she was blessed with several profound experiences that ultimately led to a powerful awakening experience at the age of thirty-three.

Mada is a world-renowned luminary and master of healing and spiritual transformation. She is the founder of the groundbreaking Dalian Method and the award-winning best-selling author of In Search of the Miraculous: Healing into Consciousness, Healing the Body with the Dalian Method: An Advanced Self-Healing System for a New Humanity book and 2 CD set, and the creator of several meditation techniques. Combining her experience of enlightenment and extraordinary ability to accurately read the unconscious beliefs that cause pain, illness, and inner unrest, Mada has pioneered a completely new healing system, which helps to quickly transform pain and suffering into health and self-empowered consciousness. She offers Dalian Method seminars, retreats, coach and facilitator trainings internationally.

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9/19/14 Form to Formlessness : The Spiritual Journey of a Sufi Psychotherapist

AnnmarieAgostaOn September 19th we will welcome an ASP Member, Annmarie “Zhati” Agosta, LCSW, a Sufi dervish of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order, and primary psychotherapist and owner of Authenticity Psychotherapy.

Annmarie will share with us the beauty of Sufism, the esoteric “core” of Islam and how her spiritual journey has affected her work with her clients.

Traveling this mystical path, the essence of which is described as simply “love”, has had a profound impact on the development of Annmarie’s work as a therapist, in both subtle and apparent ways.

Annmarie will discuss this spiritual journey which, she says, is “indistinguishable from life itself”, and how it has merged and become one with her practice as a therapist.

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June 20th Meeting: Exploring your Unique Spiritual Journey With James Powers, LAC

JamesPowersExploring your Unique Spiritual Journey Yoga, Acupuncture, and Meditation With James Powers, LAC

We are delighted to have ASP member James Powers, NY State licensed acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist, and yoga/meditation teacher, lead us on a journey of exploration of our personal spiritual landscapes via dialogue and experiential exercises. James will provide attendees the opportunity to utilize gentle yoga methods, including breathing exercises, in addition to ear acupuncture, and meditation to dive deep within to connect with their inner spiritual wisdom to shed light on their personal spiritual journey. 

All activities are optional, gentle, and do not require any special equipment or clothing. No prior experience in yoga or meditation is necessary.

The meeting will begin with a general discussion and sharing of our spiritual journeys including an examination of the destination of the spiritual unfolding process. We will also create our own creative, visual diagrammatic diary of our spiritual journey and the hindrances we have encountered on the journey. The next phase of the meeting will be experiential by utilizing very simple yoga movements/ breathing techniques, as well as ear acupuncture, and meditation to connect with our deepest wisdom to gain insight into our personal journeys and possible solutions to vexing obstacles in our spiritual progression. Finally, in the last portion of the meeting, we will share our collective experiences and insights to shed light and clarity on our unique spiritual journeys.

James Powers is a NY state licensed acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist, yoga and meditation teacher. He completed the 4 year Chinese medicine program at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. James Powers has had extensive clinical training and has had success in treating pain, PMS, menstrual issues, headaches,  insomnia, anxiety, stress, depression and other common disorders. In addition to studying Thai acupressure in Chang Mai, Thailand and Advanced Pranic Energy Healing in the Philippines, James was certified in yoga at the Vivekananda Ashram outside of Bangalore, India. Furthermore,  James has lived in Japan for 1.5 years and studied the works of Hiroshi Motoyama, a famous Japanese psychologist, Shinto priest, yogi, and scientific researcher. James Powers has been a meditator for 25 years and resided at the Dai Bosatsu Zen Monastery studying with the monks as a resident student for a total of 3 years. Currently, James Powers is particularly interested in collaborating with mental health professionals to explore the complementary benefits of utilizing acupuncture and Chinese herbs to facilitate the healing process for common mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and addictions thus synergistically creating with the mental health professionals new avenues of success and satisfaction for all involved in the healing process. He can be reached at or 212-340-4701 (voice mail only).



Dennis Alne Ph.D.: a Psychologist working with individuals with disabilities

Dennis AlneDennis Alne Ph.D. points out that time has a habit of bringing us unexpected changes. At age 60 Dennis Alne Ph.D. suffered a mild stroke. This was the scariest day of his life. Fortunately my wife was at home, and two of his children as well. Both were EMTs on the town first aid squad.  He was rushed to the hospital. They were alerted and ready for me. That night he started speaking again, and the next day he was able to walk short distances. There were cognitive and physical deficits directly following the stroke, but not severe ones. As a psychologist he was aware that studying a new subject would create new neural nets and could help compensate for any deficits. he developed a treatment plan.
A subject he had never studied before – physics – became a passion for him. He read everything his could get my hands on. He started in the thirteenth century and worked myself up the very latest theoretical research. What he found literally boggled my mind and changed my life. When the atom was broken Pandora’s box was opened. The particles that make up the atom are simply energy, and they obey none of the laws of physics that we were so sure of. Imagine particles being in multiple places at the same time; being able, somehow, to communicate with each other across huge distances; acting like a wave when not being observed, and a point particle when being observed. Besides this the universe itself appears to be made up of multiple interacting fields of energy.
He was back to my practice in short time and now was a changed person. There was no question in my mind that there is a higher power. While my formal training is as a cognitive behavioral psychotherapist he was always eclectic. Now He took the concept of mind-body-spiritual psychotherapy to heart. He often would incorporate a psycho-educational approach to open the eyes of patients to the importance of spirituality in one’s healing. He left articles in my waiting room showing the power of prayer. He showed pessimistic individuals research revealing that optimism has a positive effect on cellular functioning. He incorporated guided meditation into sessions. The end result of my transformation was that he saw positive changes in patients, and they reported it too.
His professional school training ignored spirituality and he is pretty sure that others have had the same experience. Therefore he sees the role of ASP to be one of educating professionals as to the importance of incorporating spirituality into their treatment of patients, and also into their own lives.

May 16th: The Tarot and Psychospirituality

The Tarot: Is There a Connection with Psychospirituality?

ruth-ann-amberstone-and-wald-amberstone-photoThe human psyche is as fascinating as it is complex. Understanding it is a major goal of psychologists, as well as anyone engaged in self-inquiry. There are many approaches one can take, and many tools that can help. Tarot is one such tool that is gaining in popularity as a way to support and facilitate personal understanding.

Meet Wald and Ruth Ann Amberstones, Teachers of The Tarot & Long Time Members of ASP.

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Kenneth Porter MD: Spiritual Psychiatrist

kenneth-porterKenneth Porter MD is a spiritual psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and practice spiritual psychotherapy for individuals and couples. By spiritual psychotherapy I mean therapy that is based on certain basic principles: (1) that we all are intrinsically good and awake; (2) that the most useful way to look at the difficult experiences of our lives is not through the lens of pathology, but of path – not that something has gone wrong, but that something is here to be learned; (3) that we all can exist in two different ways in our lives – the way of the ordinary self, and the way of the real self; (4) that healing consists of our learning more and more to live the way of the real self; and (5) that this can be facilitated by psychotherapists who not only understand all this, but are also personally learning to live their lives by these principles.

He was originally trained as a traditional psychiatrist from the perspective of psychoanalysis.  He studied Buddhism for many years and have been a teacher at the NY Insight Meditation Center for the last 14 years.  He have been a student of Kundalini Science since 2001, studying with the Kundalini Master Swami Chandrasekharand Saraswati of Rishikesh. His primary spiritual path is the Diamond Approach, the teachings of A.H. Almaas, which are teachings that integrate Western depth psychology with Eastern spirituality, and he is studying to become a teacher in that spiritual school.