I’m a 36 y/o woman (practicing Witch) living in Palmer, Alaska. Before connecting with Dr. Mark, I was feeling so disconnected from myself, joy, and spirituality. I didn’t want to admit I was having a hard time, but despite regular sessions with a therapist, spending thousands of dollars on business coaching, reading a million self-help books, and researching everything about complex PTSD, I was still struggling to get out of bed in the morning. I was grieving the death of my grandmother, struggling to meet deadlines at work, and constantly turning to social media, cannabis, alcohol, and other unhealthy things to distract myself from the constant thoughts of self-doubt, self-loathing, and anxiety. I’d started to wonder if life had no meaning at all; I’d lost faith in myself and completely abandoned my spiritual practice. I knew that if nothing changed, things would just get worse, and I needed help.
I knew I wanted to reconnect to my witchcraft practice, and prayer, but I wasn’t sure I had the strength to believe in anything anymore, let alone an invisible deity. I was raised in the Episcopal Church and many of my family members are involved with Alcoholics Anonymous, but both organizations’ teachings never quite resonated for me. I’ve been a practicing Witch for over twenty years, but recently started to question everything.
Dr. Mark took the time to listen to my story without judgement. I read his book, The Turn to Final, and signed up for a few counseling sessions.
In session, Dr. Mark is compassionate, authentic, funny, and honest. He is extremely knowledgeable about emotional regulation and healing trauma, and also deeply connected to the ancient wisdom of the Norse culture. Our conversations were always interesting, genuine, and I after every session I walked-away with a new perspective on myself, the world around me, and the power of faith in the unknown.
He gave me a few journal exercises to try, and walked me through a releasing ritual I could use to escape the spiral of heavy thoughts triggered by past memories and trauma.
I was skeptical, but within just a couple weeks I found my energy increased and I was starting to feel hopeful again. Counseling sessions with the Alaskan Shaman helped me rediscover happiness and hope again. It became easier to move through depressive episodes, and I felt strong enough to choose healthier coping mechanisms, which ultimately helped me choose to quit drinking and stop smoking cannabis.
Dr. Mark helped me remember my power and autonomy; he helped me get back into the driver’s seat of my life, and inspired me to find my own personal spiritual path free from the influence/judgement of others. (Being a Witch in a Christian-dominant community can feel lonely at times.) it was so nice to talk to someone intelligent who could relate to my experience, and offer guidance without pushing a religious agenda or shaming me for my past mistakes.
I learned that I am NOT broken, I CAN find joy even on the hard days, and that my ancestors are here in spirit, still supporting me even when I struggle to believe.
I am so grateful for Ulfhednar and his teachings— this was the exact support I needed and it arrived at the perfect time in my life. If you’re considering booking a session, do it. You won’t regret it. I’ve also found that on days when I’m feeling low, listening to Dr. Mark’s podcast is a great way for me to come back to center and feel better. Thank you Ulfhednar! You are a magical human with a true gift for helping others.
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