Alternative healing is coming into the forefront more than we’ve seen in our modern history – as a viable alternative to mainstream options for feeling and being our best.

So, what is a healer?

Healers hold space to guide us into our own power and can provide the tools to understand what might be blocking us, free us from it, and see us into our best version of ourselves – physically, emotionally, mentally.

The ones on this list have guided us through health issues, relationship challenges, life path decisions – even self-worth, in ways no other modality has. 

1. Shaman Durek, sixth generation shaman, a bridge between the physical and spiritual

The Lesson: As humans, instead of taking the path of least resistance, we often take the path of most resistance so that we can tell ourselves we worked hard for it, we suffered for it. But life isn’t meant to be that hard.

One could argue that Shaman Durek has single-handedly brought Shamanism into the mainstream. With celeb clients and an immense following through his work in sessions, workshops, and his podcast, he is the absolute real deal. Stefania shares “My work with Shaman Durek healed underlying physical pain no traditional doctor could peg and guided me to come into a greater sense of authenticity and power – in that we all create our own reality, we are not victims of anything, our life isn’t happening to us, nothing is happening to us. We are experiencing life based on the energy and belief systems we are putting into the world.” Based in LA, NY & London, offers distance sessions.

We suggest working with Shaman Durek for: physical ailments, empowerment, anxiety and depression, feeling stuck

2. Natalia Benson, Empowerment Coach, Language Expert, Astrologer

The Lesson: Our use of language is a powerful tool for creating the reality we want

Natalia defines herself as Modern Mystic – gifted in astrology and empowerment coaching. Kat’s work with her was one of the catalysts for bringing Virra into the world. Kat shares a learning from Natalia, “Our word choices impact our reality. Phrases like ‘I need’ ‘It’s hard’ ‘I’m going to try’ can disempower us from the inside. Be mindful of when you’re using these and ask yourself if there’s another way to think and express it. The difference between saying ‘I am going to try to work on my project this week’ versus “I will complete my project by Friday” does contribute to the outcome.” Based in Los Angeles, offering distance sessions. 

We suggest working with Natalia for: career empowerment, confidence

3. Julie Rice, Hypnotherapist and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Pro

The Lesson: Our partners are mirrors for us, and we attract the qualities in a partner that we subconsciously exude ourselves.

Julie is a leading hypnotherapist and expert in NLP – a psychological technique that uses thoughts, language, and patterns of behavior to specific outcomes. She’s an expert on the subconscious mind and how to access it to identify and change the limiting beliefs we have buried deep down. Kat shares, “I first saw Julie when I was suffering from anxiety due to a relationship challenge. Julie’s work helped bring me into an awareness that I was repeatedly attracting emotionally unavailable people because I was projecting unavailability myself – they were my mirrors.”  Based in Sydney, offering distance sessions. 

We suggest working with Julie for: anxiety, relationship challenges, fertility

4. Julie Piatt, aka ‘SriMati,’ Divine wayshower, mystic mother, past and ancestral clearings

Lesson: There is a deeper meaning and divine purpose in all life experiences – including the really tough ones.

Julie’s sessions can be best described as “a powerful devotional prayer delivered from a compassionate mother, a clearing of energy residue from past and ancestral trauma and facilitation of empowerment.” Stefania says “after my session with Julie, things started shifting for me – seemingly unprompted. Both professional and personal relationship experiences, some serious something’s-gotta-give shake-ups that led me to make the changes I needed to create a more in-flow life.” Julie has an in-practice philosophy on our life’s relationships through the concept of divine love versus human love. Based in LA and does remote sessions.

We suggest working with Julie aka SriMati for: relationship challenges, life purpose 

5. Tanya Corona, Energy alignment, crystal therapy and ancestral clearing

Lesson: The challenges we are going through in this life can be deep rooted in our DNA, passed down from our ancestral lineage or even our soul’s past experiences. Overcoming is a form of clearing the pattern for both ourselves and those that will come after us.

Tanya incorporates reiki energy healing, crystal therapy, and past life & ancestral reading in her sessions. A one-stop-shop for re-aligning and integrating the way our energy is operating through our body and working for us. Stefania shares, “Tanya was the first healer to help me understand the impact of my body’s energy alignment (and misalignment) on my health, energy, and outlook. By aligning and getting my energy centers to integrate, I felt a peace and knowing I hadn’t before” Based in SF, offering distance sessions. 

We suggest working with Tanya for: anxiety and depression, life purpose

Be sure to check out our podcast episode where we go even deeper, Own Your Life: Lessons From Unconventional Healers We Love.

What has your experience been like with healers and what are you curious to know more of? Share in the comments. 



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