What is Wholistic Mentoring?
Mentoring is a system for supporting character development, deepening self-understanding and topic-focused understanding, and achieving life goals in both personal and professional arenas.
Mentorship begins with listening.
Jessica's listening style is patient and curious, warm and compassionate, and open and experienced. Everyone longs to be seen and heard. Sometimes this may be all that you need in a session. Simply being witnessed can anchor a process of self-exploration in ways that enhance self-expression, self-insight, and integration of life experiences without any other input needed. Jessica's listening is both active and intuitive, supported by her years of experience both practicing and receiving different styles of listening. Her listening skills are also supported by years of study and practice with psychological theory such as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and depth psychology, as well as years of intuitive development through meditation, ritual, ceremony, and time in nature. Mentoring also includes asking questions to help you uncover new sides to your explorations, offering fresh perspectives and creative potential solutions to help you reach your goals. All mentorships are a collaboration between the two of us in support of your goals.
Some examples of goals for mentorship include support for:
Clarifying goals and visions
Integration after a healing ceremony such as a soul retrieval
Character development goals, such as wanting to increase optimism, forgiveness, or respectfulness
Understanding your individual intersections of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health through a combined intuitive and practical lens
Exploration of dream symbols and how they relate to your life dreams and healing
Tracking Your Progress
Jessica is skillful at both logical, step-by step tracking of your progress as well as intuitive, symbolic, mandalic tracking of your progress. An example of logical, step-by-step tracking is recognizing how your achievements fit into different categories of progress toward your goals, such as consistently experiencing a longed-for quality in your relationships, or achieving a desired job change, or recognizing emerging leadership skills.
Examples of intuitive, symbolic, mandalic tracking are understanding the progress represented by the evolution of dream symbols over time and recognition of the way that efforts toward a goal may or may not be productive when the results are not easily visible and helping discern between those situations.
Consideration and reflection over time can help you know whether a long-term effort toward a goal that is challenging to track is more like spinning wheels and should be stopped or adjusted or if it is like the first snowflakes readying the ground before the snow actually sticks and a breakthrough becomes readily visible.
How are Mentoring Sessions Different than
Naturopathic Medicine Sessions?
Mentoring sessions do not include laboratory testing, medical diagnosis, or pharmaceutical prescriptions. Also, mentoring sessions can include health goals but are not limited to health goals. The goals set within a mentoring session can cover the full spectrum of life areas.
When we are discussing health goals in the context of a mentoring session, there are a number of ways they can be helpful while still being distinct from a Naturopathic medicine appointment. If you have received a prescribed lifestyle change or medical plan that you trust will help you but is hard to implement, a mentoring appointment can be helpful similar to health coaching for uncovering obstacles and creating a more detailed steps to support you in making the important change. Another option is illuminating fresh perspectives about an illness and your relationship to it by exploring it symbolically or as a messenger. Health is such an important aspect of how we experience life, so it may naturally find it's way into mentorship appointments that are primarily focused on another topic.