#478 – Opening to Spirit Mediumship with Suzanne Maiden M.A.

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Suzanne Maiden, M.A. is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice. She earned an M.A. in Counseling, with an emphasis in Depth Psychology, from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. Her clinical experience encompasses Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Sexual Abuse, ‘cutting’, eating disorders, substance abuse, and grief. She blends Jungian techniques like dream analysis and Sandplay with Family Systems and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Suzanne was the first therapist in the U.S. to develop and facilitate Dream Directions Group, a federally funded program to assist drug addicts in recovery. Suzanne is published, presents to various organizations and has taught continuing education units for fellow professionals.

Suzanne previously served 4 years active-duty in the U.S. Air Force where she met her husband, Robin Maiden. Together they have one teenage son. Her proudest professional accomplishment is the sacred space they created: Serenity House, Senoia, LLC. Serenity House, c. 1840, is a fully renovated space that offers alternative treatments to help people heal from trauma. Suzanne is a member of the NBCC, National Board Certified Counselors, and the LPCA, Licensed Professional Counselors Association.

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  1. Janel
    Posted October 29, 2015 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    This was wonderful, thank you – so great to hear Suzanne’s voice again on the internet! I wonder how many counselors also possess these gifts? Would seem that many are highly intuitive and empathic which also makes them wonderful therapists. I will be following her path into spirit mediumship – seems she can help even more people now with these gifts.

  2. Mahyar
    Posted October 29, 2015 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    While listening and specially after the interview, I found myself with some kind of undigastable feeling, more precisely an unmetabolized/unmetabolizable state. I didn’t comprehend what I’m hearing and yet, I sort of knew what I’m hearing… I somehow felt dizzy and disoriented as I was crossing a street and walking along the sidewalk while listening on my MP 3 player. I don’t know what to say, but I’m not sure if one could be downright sure in confronting people like Suzanne or denying what they have to say, even though one does not share her views.

    Thanks for all that and thanks for being a medium between listeners and people like Suzanne and giving all of us the opportunity to hear each other!

  3. Posted November 2, 2015 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Bravo to Suzanne and David for a fantastic and courageous interview. None of what Suzanne shared was any surprise to me after grappling to understand and deal with my own awakening experiences that occurred starting with my husband’s imminent death from cancer 19 years ago. I don’t have extraordinary mediumistic abilities but visits from deceased persons, mostly in dreams but also in waking life, are not infrequent. Signs and synchronicities are so common as to be quite normal.

    As to speaking out publicly about such phenomena, I can only sympathise with both David’s and Suzanne’s reticence in the circles within which they operate but as Suzanne says, she doesn’t know how long she has in the physical and if you have an inner imperative to share what you know, to not do so is a betrayal of yourself.

    In the words of Anais Nin: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

    I have followed the work of all the spiritual luminaries Suzanne mentioned. I attended a seminar by James Van Praagh when he came to Australia and was astonished at the results I had in doing the exercises he led in demonstrating psychic ability. Brian Weiss was my go to authority when I had a spontaneous past life regression during a hypnotherapy session in 1999 and Gary Schwartz is a scientist whose work I have followed for many years. He is a thorough and careful scientist whose work is impeccable and dedication and commitment unquestionable.

    As for Jung, I can only say that my admiration and respect for his work just keeps on growing. He was a true visionary who was, in his own words, resigned to being posthumous. It takes time for revolutionary ideas to take root and flourish. As Suzanne said, he was quite psychic himself but he was dedicated and meticulous in his attempts to understand the origins and workings of the deep psyche and its historical and current expression in the form of myths, dreams etc. His attempt to develop a language in which to express his personal and professional experience and provide a framework for personal transformation was truly pioneering. In trying to build a bridge between spirituality/religion and psychology he was often in the firing line of both the scientific community and the religious community and I’m sure he would be very gratified to see that more than 50 years after his death, this kind of conversation is taking place.

    Thank you David and Suzanne for your fantastic contributions to this evolutionary work. This kind of conversation may be startling to many listeners to Shrink Rap Radio but there is a groundswell of awakening taking place and many podcasts and other media dedicated to the subject. Not all of the conversations are as sensible and grounded as you two.

    By the way, the earlier episode with Suzanne and David’s podcast on synchronicities are well worth a listen too.

  4. SM
    Posted November 6, 2015 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Upon hearing this podcast, I was quite moved by Suzanne’s interview with Dr Dave. Despite my atheistic leanings, I felt a sense of curiosity and openness to her sense of connectedness to the divine.

    My significant other was killed in a bicycle accident about a month ago and this loss has spurred in me a wish for a connection with the afterlife in ways I never before experienced.

    As a result of hearing this interview, I contacted Suzanne and arranged for a reading. She was lovely—down to earth, very present, very realistic in many ways, and yet offered up information that was both accurate and insightful about my partner and our connection. I found this immensely helpful during this difficult time of grief, and although I still feel that the mystery of the afterlife is something we can’t fully embrace or understand in this life as we know it, it was wonderful to hear Suzanne’s sensitive comments and feelings of connectedness. I appreciated what she shared with me very much.

    I would recommend her highly–and I imagine she is also a very good psychotherapist, given her compassionate and insightful nature.

  5. Debbie Irvine
    Posted November 7, 2015 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    Dear Suzanne, Thankyou AND Dr Dave! For telling your story. Not only is your account of your cancer placed in a difficult place of “unknowing,” as you describe learning to live with “not knowing” where it or you are headed and which is still so difficult, despite your special experiences with the Divine and Spirit World. (I know myself from my own experiences of illness and spiritual/medium experiences how we are still human and doubt at times). But your graciousness and strong spirit rang out very clearly throughout the interview as also witnessed by Dr Dave–Thankyou for sharing very intimate and scary, yukky times with us so openly and honestly!.
    The second really important point for me is to thank you and Dr Dave for the timing of this interview, because I too am training as a Counsellor, in my last year, and have had the challenge of also experiencing clairvoyant and medium information, particularly after a long illness also. As there are not many people who are academically trained as well as intuitive, and it is a threatening environment, your words of advice, circumspection, and again honesty and “works in progress” help lead myself and many young people who are also more and more experiencing both worlds–academic and spiritual/psychic “out of the closet”. It is really hard to find people who straddle both, and so your message is very important in more ways than you may realise!
    We will all thank Dr Dave for the courage to “show us his chinks” and provide a forum to reach us all!
    I wish you well in living life to the fullest, and may you also find a balance and peace between caring for yourself and for others.

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