Shadow Patterns

The Evolution of Shadow Resolution

A 5-Session, Online Course with Kim Barta

Shadow Craft: Dancing with the Demons

Psychological Shadow Inside a Developmental Model – Techniques, Practice Examples, and Q&A

Deepening Your Shadow Resolution Work

at Every Level of Your Development

One of the strengths of the STAGES Model is how well it shows that every shadow has a development level—even the later levels. STAGES is extraordinarily good at pinpointing these levels, which is essential for the healing process. This approach to shadow is part of all of the STAGES trainings we offer.

Although being able to pinpoint the level of your shadow is essential, full resolution of shadow issues often requires an even more nuanced approach that can deal with the particulars of how the shadow came to be created but then hidden from conscious awareness. Not just shadow rooted in early childhood, but also shadow that arises at later stages. This is especially important if you are on a spiritual path because shadow associated with later stages is usually more subtle. And there may be a tendency to believe that resolution of lower level shadow issues is the end of shadow work. This blind spot can create much difficulty as we evolve into later stages.

You’ll Learn:

The three classes of shadow:

  • Projection
  • Introjection
  • Split-ego states
  1. How each class of shadow must be worked with differently
  2. Understand the sequential evolutionary steps to resolving shadow issues
  3. The best techniques to use for each class of shadow and the specific steps in your healing process
  4. How using a technique that works well for one class of shadow may actually be harmful in working with another class

Every shadow healing technique is usually adaptive to only one class of shadow. In addition, each technique is generally only sufficient for one or two steps along the path of shadow resolution. 

That path is:

  1. Unaware
  2. Aware of symptoms
  3. Aware of external triggers
  4. Aware of one’s internal process
  5. Conscious conceptualization

Each step has sub-steps to it and specific ways that help and /or hinder it.

The intersection between classes of shadow issues and the sequential evolutionary pattern will give you a comprehensive map for understanding what to do and when to do it in the process of discovering and resolving your shadow.


Shadow Patterns:
The Evolution of Shadow Resolution

The online course consists of:

  • Four, 75-90-minute video sessions with Kim that include lecture and small group exercises
  • One Q&A video session where Kim answers questions submitted by those who have taken the course in the past  
  • A go-at-your-own-pace format 
  • Video and audio recordings of all sessions for online viewing and downloading 
  • Downloadable transcripts of all 5 sessions 


Save $50 If You Register by December 20

The price of the course is $349 until December 20, after which the price will increase to $399.

The course consists of:

  • Four 90-minute live video sessions with Kim that will include lecture, small group exercises and plenty of time for Q&A. All sessions will begin at 9am Pacific | noon Eastern | 6pm CET on these dates:
    • Wednesday, January 16
    • Wednesday, January 23
    • Wednesday, January 30
    • Thursday, February 7
  • An elegant, private course website with discussion forums for sharing with other participants; Kim will participate regularly
  • Video and audio recordings of all sessions for online viewing and downloading
  • Sections of Kim’s forthcoming book about shadow resolution

Shadow Patterns

The Evolution of Shadow Resolution Course

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Please contact us if you have questions about the course.

Please Note: Shadow Patterns is a course in learning shadow resolution techniques and applying them to your individual shadow work. The course does not provide individual or group therapy. If you feel you need a lot of individual support, we recommend that you find appropriate therapeutic resources to complement the course or to pursue instead of it.

About Kim

Kim Barta, M.A. is an internationally-recognized licensed psychotherapist, coach, spiritual guide, and speaker. His work is founded in an experiential practice that works with many different kinds of cultures and challenges, from severe mental illness and trauma to supporting the fullest expression of one’s humanity. Kim’s expertise now includes integrating developmental theory with the day-to-day work of being an active therapist and healer.

Kim graduated with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Montana in 1984. He pursued a masters in an interdisciplinary program that combined psychology, social work, counseling, and sociology for a broad perspective for healing. He lived with a Native American shaman and did his masters thesis in shamanism and modern psychotherapy.

After developing and implementing a successful training program in the construction industry for people suffering from severe mental illness such as bipolar, schizophrenia, and Axis 2 Disorders, Kim pursued outdoor leadership, becoming an instructor with the international Outward Bound schools. Kim went on to develop a mental health treatment program for children and youth that was adopted by three hospitals in Montana. In 1992, Kim and his wife, Dr. Katie Carter N.D., co-founded and continue managing a mind/body healing arts clinic in Polson, Montana, nestled beneath the high Mission Mountains on the shore of Flathead Lake, in the Flathead Indian nation.

Ever seeking better ways of healing in the life of self, other, families and children, Kim has developed several successful new forms of therapy that lead to deep and rapid healing. These therapies have proven themselves effective with a wide range of issues, including: depression, anxiety, PTSD, anger, addiction, chronic pain, physical illnesses and weight loss and personal growth. People utilize his psychology/coaching/spiritual guidance practice, on a global level.

Currently, Kim has joined his sister, Dr. Terri O’Fallon, to present workshops and trainings on STAGES, a new model of human development developed by Dr. O’Fallon. Kim’s long history of working with such a wide variety of clients has made his expertise invaluable. He brings nuance and direct application into the STAGES model, allowing it to be integrated into the dynamic and fluid world of psychotherapy and coaching.