Q: Are you a licensed mental-health specialist and/or psychologist?
A: No, I am not. I’m a “spiritual teacher” and “transpersonal counselor,” not a licensed “mental-health specialist.” So instead of using conventional modalities, I work more from the intuitive, spiritual, and metaphysical realms. Yes, conventional psychology absolutely plays a part in my practice, and I do have experience in this area. It’s just that practicing as a spiritual teacher offers me a more diverse aptitude when it comes to helping someone with their own healing process.
Q: What is the difference between a licensed mental-health specialist and a spiritual teacher?
A: Many years ago, I began my own healing process by seeing a variety of licensed psychologists and mental-health specialists. And this was very useful to me, as I gained a lot of ground with these licensed practitioners. However, as my spirituality blossomed, and I wanted to explore such areas as past lives, my astrological chart, natural and holistic healing, as well as my own karmic contract in this life, I realized conventional therapy could only take me so far. And so I eventually left behind the world of licensed care—opting instead for the counsel of astrologers, shamans, mystics, healers, speakers, and other spiritual teachers who were offering me something conventional care could not.
This, of course, was my path to healing, which led me to the work I’m doing today. And the unique path that you must traverse might look different from mine. But regarding the original question, I believe that sometimes a spiritual teacher can pick up where a traditional psychologist leaves off. This said, you may find more diversity with a spiritual teacher than with a licensed practitioner . . . or not. Or you may find that a combination of the two will provide you with the best results. Whatever the case, adhering to your own intuition will surely align you with the practitioner who is just right for you.
(Please note that Louise Hay, Esther Hicks, and Ernest Holmes are just a few examples of world-renowned spiritual teachers who don’t—or didn’t—practice under any kind of mental-health license. Alternatively, Wayne Dyer and Brian Weiss are examples of licensed practitioners who went beyond conventional psychology to also become renowned spiritual teachers.)
Q: What does “transpersonal” mean?
A: It means I explore areas of consciousness and spirituality that go beyond the restraints of personal or physical identity.
Q: Do you accept health insurance?
A: No, I don’t take health insurance from my clients. I do, however, offer a sliding scale for my fee—particularly for those in need, or for those interested in more than just a single session.
Q: How do I go about choosing either a licensed practitioner and/or a spiritual teacher?
A: Well, my motto is: “I practice what I preach, and live what I teach.” In other words, the counseling philosophies I’ve developed over the years came by way of healing my own life—because I knew if I couldn’t help or heal myself, then I certainly wouldn’t be able to support anybody else. So remember, a “license” doesn’t necessarily guarantee that a practitioner is actualizing what they teach. And the same is true of spiritual teachers—even the most gifted psychic or mystic may not be demonstrating in their own life whatever it is they’re teaching to the masses. My point being, ask questions about the practitioner’s teachings, and ask if and how they apply said teachings into their own life. And once again, listen to your heart when choosing a practitioner, and eventually you’ll align yourself with the one who’s just right for you.
Q: I’m concerned that the editorial process might change my voice or alter the message of my manuscript. How can I avoid this?
A: My job as an editor is to showcase your personality, enhance your message, and clarify your content, while keeping your unique voice intact. Yes, I will make suggestions that can ultimately improve the overall readability of your manuscript—but this is done to support your voice, not to change it. And when properly interpreted, my suggestions may inspire fresh ideas and rewrites that weren’t on your radar prior to the edit. I also offer a free consultation, as well as a two-page sample edit, so you can preview what our edit together might look like. So remember, a professional editor should always be looking for ways to enrich your voice and message, not to alter it. For more information, please visit my Writers’ Corner page.
Q: How long will it take for you to edit my manuscript?
A: Done right, a first-pass edit on an average-length manuscript of 60,000 to 80,000 words usually takes four or five weeks.
Q: Can I continue to work on my manuscript while you’re editing it?
A: It’s best not to. Once I begin the edit, I’ll be working on the “master document,” which means any edits you make on your end will not be known by me on my end . . . and this can complicate things. Additionally, undergoing a first-pass edit is a great time to step back and detach from your book—as gaining a proper distance from it will help you to better receive my edits (while also giving you a refreshed perception regarding your own material). If you have ideas or changes that come to mind during the edit, I suggest keeping track of these on a blank Word doc. Then, when you receive the edit back from me, you can incorporate said changes into your newly edited manuscript.
[Please note that I have temporarily postponed the Consuelo show and left the airwaves, as I prepare to relaunch the show in another timeslot. More details coming soon!]
Q: How can I be a guest on your radio show?
A: It’s always a compliment to receive inquiries about how to appear on my show. I choose guests who are aligned with my personal philosophies and life purpose, and who have teachings that are aligned with the various themes I’m airing at the time. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send me your website address, as well as an outline of the teachings/material you wish to promote, and I’ll be happy to take a look. (Please note that many of the guests I promote appear as sponsors of the Consuelo show, so please contact me if you’d like to learn more about sponsorship.)
Q: I just published my first book, and want to know if I can promote it on your radio show?
A: As a literary editor and writer myself, I’m passionate about books and other people’s stories. And it’s really fantastic that so many people are writing these days, wanting to tell their own stories and get their teachings out into the world. Unfortunately, when it comes to the field of self-publishing, many authors aren’t “taking the journey” with their books—meaning they haven’t gone through the editorial process, don’t have their material properly formatted, and haven’t taken the time needed to develop their book. This in mind—and specifically when it comes to self-published material—I do look for authors who have professionally developed and edited content, that fits the genre of my show and teachings, and is also properly formatted to industry standards. If you feel that your self-published material fits into this category, I’d be happy to talk to you further. And if you have a traditionally published book through a known publishing house, I’ll also be happy to take a look. (Please note that many of the authors I promote appear as sponsors of the Consuelo show, so please contact me if you’d like to learn more about sponsorship.)