“We are not here to fit in, be well balanced, or provide exempla for others. We are here to be eccentric, different, perhaps strange, perhaps merely to add our small piece, our little clunky, chunky selves, to the great mosaic of being. As the gods intended, we are here to become more and more ourselves.” ~ James Hollis, PhD
Tending the Soul. . .
Kara Sophia Catrelle, MSW, LCSW, owns and operates an integrative private practice specializing in Jungian Psychotherapy, Vedic Astrology (Jyotisha), Tantra, Ayurveda, Tarot, and Relationship Coaching. She offers her clients sessions in person, online, or over the phone. Ms. Catrelle has over 25 years of experience in the mental health field and has been exclusively in private practice for over 10 years. She earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social work from Loyola University-Chicago (MSW @ Carthage Program) with specialized training in Clinical Sex Therapy, Eastern Tantra, and Couples Counseling post-graduate and Ayurvedic training in Kerala, India. She returned to the United States and pursued Ayurvedic Wellness Consultant Certification from Maharishi University of Management (MUM) which included additional studies in Quantum Physics, Ayurvedic Cooking, Pulse Diagnosis, Aromatherapy, Vedic Astrology (Jyotisha), Hatha Yoga, Sthapatya Vedic Architecture, and Sanskrit. Ms. Catrelle also completed coursework in Depth Psychology with an Emphasis in Jungian & Archetypal Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. She has studied at various Jungian-based Institutes, including the C.G. Jung Institute and Centre for Applied Jungian Studies throughout her career and applies psychoanalytic principles as the foundation of her work with clients. Her most recent studies involve Mahayana Mind Training from the Buddhist tradition.
She has taught graduate coursework for Loyola’s MSW @ Carthage Program, and continues to speak and teach at local universities and hospitals on the subjects of Consciousness, Gender Diversity, Yoga, Meditation, Tantra, Aromatherapy, Sexuality, Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology, and Depth Psychology. From 2012 to 2016 she served as an active member on the Ayurveda-Esthiology Licensure Education Advisory Board for Aveda’s Institute of Beauty & Wellness (IBW) and was the Team Lead and Lead Ayurveda instructor for IBW. She is also a Certified Vedic Astrologer and Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner with NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association), and a member of the NASW (National Association of Social Workers).
“It is by relating to the will of life, rather than by trying to manipulate it, that freedom is obtained.”
~ Edward C. Whitmont
She became inspired to pursue Ayurvedic & Vedic Astrology (Jyotisha) Certification in the United States and incorporate Vedic (Eastern) principles in her psychotherapy practice after studying and experiencing this beloved science in Kerala, India in 2010 at Rasa Ayurveda – where she had a complete Ayurvedic immersion that included traditional Ayurvedic therapies, dravyaguna, nutrition, meditation, creative expression, and spirituality. From Kerala, she expanded her experience to include a stay at the Ashram of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba in Bangalore, India where she received Darshan with this great master. Her travels to the East eventually led to Tantric initiation and experiential teachings. Kara likes to say that “Tantra found her, rather than her searching for it.” As she reflects back over her life, she believes many of her spontaneous spiritual experiences were preparing her for initiation into this great Sadhana.
Upon returning from India she pursued training in the Transcendental Meditation Technique Program and attended the Maharishi University of Management’s Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor Certification Program. In 2012 she completed the Advanced TM-Sidhi program in Fairfield, IA and went on to study Om Kara Kriya Yoga and Eastern Tantra under the tutelage of Swami Anandakapila. Some of her other studies include those teachings affiliated with Svaroopa Yoga, Maya Tiwari, Kanyakumari Ayurveda School, Mahayana Buddhist Tantra, and the Wise Earth Ayurveda School, SVA Health Courses with Vaidya RK Mishra, and more. She has studied Vedic Astrology with the American Institute of Vedic Studies and the American Academy of Vedic Art & Science where she completed formal certification as a Vedic Astrologer with the latter. She went on to study with leading Eastern and Western Astrology experts across the globe.
“Enter without expectations – allowing yourself freedom from any resistance or limitations to the infinite wisdom that is available within you.” ~ Kara
Ms. Catrelle discovered Carl G. Jung at the age of 14 and immersed herself in his teachings, and soon found herself spending much of her time reading the works of many other esteemed esoteric teachers. Soon thereafter, she discovered the Qabalah and her gift of reading The Tarot as a means of helping herself and others connect with the unconscious as a tool on the path of individuation. This innate curiosity about the unknown inner world became a natural foundation for her early interest in the fields of Depth and Transpersonal Psychology.
“The adventure of awakening is among the most universal of human dramas.”
~ Ken Wilber, Integral Life Practice
Later in her mental health career, she discovered the root of many clients’ illnesses and suffering were due to problems they were experiencing in their relationships. Her personal experience with relationships and the study and practice of Vedanta and Mahayana Buddhist Tantra further inspired her to pursue specialization in Couples Therapy which led to studying the materials and practical applications of Rosenberg’s Non-Violent Communication, The Gottmans, Hendrix, and Johnson. Today, she combines Eastern Spirituality and Western Psychology to offer integrative Relationship Coaching based on a unique holistic relationship model she created from 25 years of combined professional training and clinical, spiritual, and personal experience. Clients can expect to receive Jungian-based Psychotherapy, Relationship Coaching, Vedic Astrology, Tantra & Ayurveda Consultation (online or in-person) treated with compassion, expertise, and care. Ms. Catrelle is an ally of the LGBT community and operates an LGBTQIA-friendly and accepting practice.
“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.” ~ Carl G. Jung
“But in their day-to-day lives, they have hit upon a dynamic that keeps their negative thoughts and feelings about each other (which all couples have) from overwhelming their positive ones. They have what I call an emotionally intelligent marriage.” ~ John M. Gottman
The spiritual life, on the contrary, proceeds directly by a change of consciousness, a change from the ordinary consciousness, ignorant and separated from its true self and from God, to a greater consciousness in which one finds one’s true being and comes first into direct and living contact and then into union with the Divine. For the spiritual seeker this change of consciousness is the one thing he seeks and nothing else matters.”
~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga, Vol. 1
“Take off the mask, and face your reality.” ~Kara