The Evolution of Shadow Resolution
Psychological shadows are parts of our psyche that have become walled off to our conscious mind, yet they can impact us in destructive and toxic ways.
Developmental psychology shows us that we evolve through levels of development, and every shadow also has its own development level—even the most advanced levels yet known to us.
Kim Barta, MA, coined the term “shadow crash” to describe how when we get psychologically triggered by something, we can “crash” back down to where that shadow lives. This might mean we stomp out of a room like an angry teenager, or go into a bathroom and cry, or fly into a rage, or drink too much and dissociate from our feelings. All of these things point to shadows at certain developmental levels.
A 4-week program April 23 – May 20.
In this course, you’ll learn how to pinpoint the level of your shadow. 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. And not just shadow rooted in early childhood, but also shadow that arises at later stages.
This is especially important if you are on a growth 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 many difficulties as we evolve into later stages.
Course Session Schedule
All times are in US Mountain Standard Time.
Early Bird through March 30
- The three classes of shadow:
- Split ego states
- How each class of shadow must be worked with differently
- Understand the sequential evolutionary steps to resolving shadow issues
- The best techniques to use for each class of shadow and the specific steps in your healing process
- 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:
- Aware of symptoms
- Aware of external triggers
- Aware of one’s internal process
- Conscious conceptualization
Each step has substeps 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.
What’s Included in the Course:
Early Bird through March 30
Please contact us if you have any questions about the course.
About Kim Barta
Kim Barta, MA 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 BA 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 ND, 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.