New Pagan Psychology Blog

Dr. Valerie Cole,  the Department Chair of the Pagan Pastoral Counseling program at Cherry Hill Seminary, has started a new blog.

Dr. Cole’s blog is mainly for “psychotherapists, psychologists, helping professionals of all kinds, scientists and others who would like to discuss how a pagan perspective informs our understanding of the human psyche.”

Her first promising post is entitled “What if We are All God?”  Her blog can be 

I'm looking forward to it.

-- Michael


  1. Valerie Cole said,

    September 7, 2010 @ 12:53 pm

    Thanks, Michael. I’m very excited by the work that you and others are doing to integrate various forms of spirituality with psychology and psychotherapy. We’re on the road to treating the whole person, mind, body AND soul.

  2. Scott Wilson said,

    January 22, 2012 @ 1:39 am

    Hello Valerie:

    I found your site here as a direct result of combining 2 seemingly separate parts of my life. I have been a pagan officially since the summer of 1999, tho I feel I was one from the start. lol I was confirmed as an ELCA Lutheran christian in 1986, and by the time I was 21 was contemplating seminary to become a pastor. By the time I was 25, I had begun to have doubts and after some counseling and soul-searching with my then associate pastor I began to look at Wicca, eventually finding Cunningham and the ancestral Norse pagan path. I am now a shamanistic Norseman, using both Galdr and Seidr along with Norse Wicca. I am happy spiritually these days. lol

    I was also born with ADHD and the prerequisite depression issues. In 1998, I had a complete depressive breakdown due to many years of being untreated. Due to the”high levels of IQ, EQ, and the logical defense mechanisms” I’d developed in my life,my psychiatrist and therapist decided to slip in past the defenses, they’d teach me to treat others and in doing so help me learn to treat myself. Barring any personal info, I solved 12-14 problem cases with them ranging from pre-addolescant to middle aged patients. Upon my exit session, I received a recommendation from them both to attend college to pursue my gifts in the field of psychology. Last year, while attempting to register and begin online college my mother died unexpectedly at age 67 of a heart attack complicated by her diabetes.

    I was looking at the two walks of life I have chosen, and was pleased to learn there were a great deal of similarities to psychology and my shamanistic paganism. I am considering using this theme as a topic for my Master’s thesis. Then I discovered this and a few other sites that strengthened my resolve. I am exposing my girlfriend to this new paganism and I hope my paths will fully integrate in the future as I progress thru my studies. I may pop into this board as my interests lie here if thats OK. LOL Thank you for the inspiration and the blessings I received thru my look here.

    Blessings, Light, & Love….
    Scott W

  3. admin said,

    January 22, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    Scott — Thank you for sharing your interests and path. I do think there are increasing numbers of us at the intersection of interests and life experiences combining Paganism and psychology. Slowly the resources are increasing. I’m very glad you appreciate this one!


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