|About Cliff Bostock, MA
I have worked as a writer and editor for over 20 years including stints
as editor of small-town weekly newspapers, Creative Loafing
and Houston City
Magazine. In the early-'80s, after being awarded a book contract by
HarperCollins, I became blocked. Although I managed to continue producing
enough work to (meagerly) support myself, this block continued for about
During that time, I could find nobody to work directly with my creative block.
I did discover that my own extended family was full of writers, musicians
and artists who abandoned promising careers or otherwise became blocked.
This in turn suggested that blocks to creative expression originate in the
same (intergenerational) problems that block people in free self-expression
in other ways. In a very real sense, I saw myself becoming like everyone
else in my family. Still, I could find no way out.
Eventually, through some very intense experiential and psychospiritual therapy,
I began to unfreeze my block. As I did so, I found myself able to write three
weekly columns as well as attend graduate school fulltime and undertake training
as a psychotherapist. My life began to change in many ways.
In 1995, I completed work on my MA degree in psychology, with emphasis
in counseling, at West Georgia College one of the nation's pioneering
programs in humanistic psychology. In 1996, I enrolled in the new PhD
program in Depth Psychology at Pacifica
Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, Cal., where I commuted for classes
one week a month for three years. A Jungian school under the influence
of James Hillman and archetypal psychology, Pacifica attempts to take
psychology out of the realm of the purely personal to examine how the
"soul of the world" finds expression through and demands nurturing by
the individual as well as our social institutions.
During supervised work as a psycho-therapist, I developed the Greeting
the Muse workshop for blocked writers and artists. It soon became apparent,
though, that this kind of work is not only useful to artists, but is helpful
to anyone individuals and groups, including business groups
who want to transcend the personal history examined (often repetitively
and endlessly) in classic psychotherapy. It is now my main work, whether
in groups, workshops or individual sessions. In all my work, I try to
help people uncover purpose and meaning in life and recover the passion
that connection to our purpose naturally generates. It is not psychotherapy.
It is soulwork.
Call 404-525-4774 (Atlanta) or email
here for information or to schedule
After raising a family and working in a family-based business for 17 years,
my personal and professional life took new focus in the mid-1980s. Like many
others in my field, I was motivated by personal crisis to study and explore
the healing of emotional and psychological life.
I enrolled in the feminist therapy program at Antioch University West in
San Francisco. After a year in that program, I came to a startling realization:
I wasn't really living in my body, or at least not consciously so. I transferred
into the Somatic Psychology and Education Program. The deep body-oriented
wisdom of the somatic course of studies was a perfect base for my explorations.
I expanded my studies to delve deeply into a wealth of adjunct trainings:
Authentic Movement, Bioenergetics, Craniosacral Therapy, Focusing, Breathwork,
Massage, Sensory Awareness -- all focused on healing my relationship with
my embodied being and increasing my skills in guiding others in their own
At Jerry Jampolsky's Center for Attitudinal Healing, I worked with young
adults, adults and caregivers facing life-threatening illnesses and saw the
deep healing that could occur when crisis is seen as a wake-up call. As the
participants began to take an active role in their treatment and released
old patterns, attitudes and beliefs which blocked connection with their life
force and purpose, deep healing occurred on many levels, if not always on
Later, in working with a deeply disturbed population in Southern California
at Hanbleceya Therapeutic Community, I came to appreciate the importance
of intention -- how a shift in willingness to heal, to let go of old patterns,
can bring an opening to an increased quality of life. Then, at Pocket Ranch
in Geyserville, Calif., for over a decade the only transpersonal treatment
center in the country, I was on staff for two years in the residential and
STAR programs. There, my clients and I met virtually indescribable opportunities
for growth and learning as Soul cleared a way for us to connect with our
deepest longings to realize our purpose, our Soul task.
In my own personal work and work with clients I became increasingly aware
that, powerful though it may be, work on the physical, mental and emotional
levels was not enough. Time and again, the work would go deep and then no
further. It was only through longing for and contact with the guidance of
Soul's spiritual aspect that relief and deep movement came. This drew me
to trainings and practices which focus on an integration of spirituality
throughout the being. I completed a four year training in Core Energetic
Therapy, Dr. John Pierrakos' extention of his and Dr.Alexander Lowen's
Bioenergetics. I also completed a four year training at the Barbara Brennan
School of Healing, training in a spiritual healing system designed to reorganize
and heal the client's energy field.
My explorations and trainings have developed my skills in working with the
body, with emotional, cognitive, intentional and spiritual levels, using
a wide variety of approaches, yet I do not call myself a 'healer.' I am keenly
aware that each of us is our own healer, that our Soul is the guide. My joy
and passion lies in helping others to uncover their own connection to the
wisdom within. I delight in supporting the unfolding of this wisdom as it
reveals itself in myriad expressions: in dreams, insights, images,
synchronicities, the blockages and flows of the energy field, the everpresent
messages from and relationship to these marvelous bodies. We have been trained
and have trained ourselves away from recognizing the wisdom and outpourings
of information which is ours. It is my pleasure to assist the Soul in this
re-owning, this Soulwork.
I am in private practice in Atlanta, GA and offer individual, group
and long distance sessions. I can be reached at 404-929-9030.
Graduate, Institute of Core Energetics West, 1995; Mendocino, CA.
Graduate, Barbara Brennan School of Healing, 1994, Long Island, NY
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, 1989. Somatic Psychology and Education Program,
Antioch University West, San Francisco, CA.
B.A. in Communication, Cum Laude, 1984. Florida Atlantic University, Boca