Though I was trained in and continue to provide traditional psychotherapy, my own journey and teachers have helped to transform my work into something more soulful. Spiritual counseling, as I see it, is a holistic approach to health and healing, holistic because it takes into account the whole person and uses a wide variety of tools to access one’s core being. In my practice this includes: family communications, traditional talk therapy, breath work, intuitive journeying exercises, chakra or energy work, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness training. Together these techniques allow me to help individuals connect more deeply with themselves and therefore affect greater internal change.
I also encourage you to read my book, Jun Q'anil, as it highlights many challenges, lessons, and pitfalls inherent on the spiritual path. Start a study group with your friends to discuss key points and ideas. I welcome your questions and feedback along the way.
I have included below only people with whom and organizations with which I have had direct experience, and therefore feel comfortable recommending.
If you have further questions, please feel free to email me and I will respond as soon as I am able.
photo by Michael Higgins
Jessica Nagler, M.A., MFT Biography
Jessica Nagler, author and psychotherapist, left Los Angeles in 1999 to travel to Central America on a spiritual quest. There she met up with a Mayan Shaman who taught her the ways of the ancient Maya and assisted in her own inner journey. While in Guatemala, Jessica had a profound awakening and though she eventually returned home to Los Angeles, she remained in solitude for nearly three years, studying Buddhism and chronicling her journey. Her first book, Jun Q’anil: One Who Walks the Way,is the direct account of why she left and the adventures that took her deep into the jungles of Central America and ultimately herself.
Jessica received her BA in Political Science, Philosophy, and Sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1989, and her MA in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University in 1992. A licensed marriage and family therapist and a former adjunct faculty member at Pepperdine University, she has an extensive background in clinical psychology. An eating disorders specialist, she’s worked in residential treatment facilities and privately. Jessica has been published in both the LA Daily Journal and the LA Therapist Update. Today she and her husband live in Los Angeles, where she offers psychotherapy, spiritual counseling, somatic therapy, couples therapy, mindfulness training and EMDR.
Jessica is an avid yoga practitioner and enjoys reading, hiking, travel, beach bumming, and spending time with family and friends.
Praise for Jun Q'anil
The exotic, true story of a female Castenada's spiritual quest journey through Central America.
ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award Winner 2005
“An elegant exploration of the human drive to find meaning. Anyone interested in self-discovery should definitely read this book.”
“A masterful tale of one woman’s courageous journey into the Mayan spiritual mysteries. Her refreshing honesty and lyrical writing will grab you, hold you, and leave you wanting more.”
Andrea Cagan, author of Awakening the Healer Within
“Jessica Nagler does the hard work for us by venturing into the shadows and bringing back a lantern of knowledge that will guide seekers and explorers of all kinds.”
Kristin Hahn, author of In Search of Grace
“Enchanting, engaging, and richly textured, full of hidden insights and sound understandings awakened by the challenges and triumphs of her journey.”
Ken McLeod, Buddhist teacher, and author of
Wake Up to Your Life
“In this gripping story, Jessica Nagler describes her spiritual journey into her Core Being, and her experiences with the people who shared the mysteries of their magical culture.”
John Perkins, author of The World Is As You Dream It
“Nagler succinctly and soulfully describes a perilous journey with brilliant dialogue and brave depiction of her own fears and preconceived notions. A baring account of a woman who shed the world to find the most trusted one of all, herself.”
“An engaging narrative into the shamanic worlds of mystery and magic. This book reflects the growing awareness in Western society that we still possess indigenous hearts.”
Hank Wesselman, PhD., anthropologist and best selling author of the Spiritwalker trilogy