Sacred Psychiatry: Bridging the Personal and Transpersonal to Transform Health and Consciousness

Sacred Psychiatry: Bridging the Personal and Transpersonal to Transform Health and Consciousness

by Judy Suzanne Reis Tsafrir MD
Sacred Psychiatry: Bridging the Personal and Transpersonal to Transform Health and Consciousness

Sacred Psychiatry: Bridging the Personal and Transpersonal to Transform Health and Consciousness

by Judy Suzanne Reis Tsafrir MD


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Discover holistic approaches to psychiatric healing.

​Your previous experience with conventional psychiatry likely consisted of suppressing symptoms with pharmaceuticals without considering you as a whole person. It’s probable that there was little exploration of the power of the sacred to promote healing, which is especially crucial in our current climate of widespread fear and disconnection.

In Sacred Psychiatry, you will be introduced to a diverse range of holistic approaches to healing. This book offers invaluable guidance on how to develop a personal spiritual practice and highlights the profound significance of fulfilling the soul’s purpose. It illustrates the usefulness of astrology, emphasizes how toxic relationships undermine healing, and showcases the remarkable healing power of food as medicine. Sacred Psychiatry also provides a holistic framework for weaning off of psychiatric pharmaceuticals and highlights treatable but frequently overlooked complex chronic conditions such as mold toxicity, mast cell activation syndrome, and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

Judy Suzanne Reis Tsafrir, MD, is a holistic healer with a private psychiatry and psychoanalysis practice in Newton, Massachusetts. She is a board-certified adult and child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, and teaches and supervises at the Cambridge Health Alliance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798886451146
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Publication date: 01/02/2024
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 310,881
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Judy Suzanne Reis Tsafrir, MD, is a Harvard adult and child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst with a private practice of psychiatry in the Boston area for over 30 years. She is board certified and thoroughly trained in the conventional allopathic approach to psychiatric care, but no longer endorses it, and in fact, believes that it causes harm. The multi-modal approach she makes use of with her patients integrates her conventional training in adult and child psychiatry and psychoanalysis with functional medicine and Eastern medicine, ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP), archetypal psychology and trauma work, shamanism, energy healing, homeopathy and spiritual herbalism, astrology, the Tarot, and her commitment to Sacred activism.

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Sacred Psychiatry is a breakthrough work of cosmic-sized genius. This book is an essential read for every person interested in including the realm of the cosmos into the dynamics of their health as well as the well-being of others. I love this book.”
—Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Sacred Contracts
Sacred Psychiatry is a unique and beautifully written book that is a bridge between many aspects of human illness and medical alternatives. Dr. Tsafrir has written a personal plea to the medical profession to open its heart and mind to new information and possibilities. The subjects covered in this book range from the author’s specialty of psychiatry and mental health to the integration of that specialty with diet, nutrition, environmental exposures (including mold and EMFs), weaning from medications, mast cell activation, energy vampires, and a host of spiritual practices including astrology, the tarot, acupuncture, meditation, gemmotherapy, and limbic retraining. Dr. Tsafrir has done a masterful job of integrating these topics and making them completely relevant to those who are struggling to improve their health. This is a must-read for all of us.”
—Neil Nathan, MD, author of Toxic: Heal Your Body from Mold Toxicity, Lyme Disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, and Chronic Environmental Illness and Healing is Possible: New Hope for Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Persistent Pain, and Other Chronic Illnesses
“Sane, balanced wisdom permeates every page of this brave book. Dr. Tsafrir takes you from your dinner plate to the stars while illuminating every link in the long chain that binds them together. In so doing, she shows us all a path to a better life. Even better, she knows that it’s not the same path for everyone.”
—Steven Forrest, author of The Inner Sky, Yesterday’s Sky, and the Elements series: The Book of Fire, The Book of Air, The Book of Water, and The Book of Earth
“A truly inspirational book, a beautiful template for ‘the medicine of the future.’ Holistic and integrative in a profound sense with something for everyone, Dr. Judy Tsafrir’s wisdom and deep experience shine through as she shares anecdotes from her own life and her work with patients. If you are on a journey of personal healing and/or spiritual awakening, this book is a gold mine of information. It clearly delineates the cosmic ‘paradigm shift’ and astrological patterns with which we are all currently engaging during these times of change and uncertainty which serve to reintroduce us to the sacred dimension of life.”
—Melanie Reinhart, author of Chiron and the Healing Journey; Saturn, Chiron, and the Centaurs; and Chiron, Pholus and Nessus
“In Sacred Psychiatry, Dr. Judy Tsafrir offers cohesive models for healing in these times of unprecedented change. It is a wise, compassionate, and loving book that will benefit many for years to come.”
—Paul Selig, author of I Am the Word: A Guide to the Consciousness of Man’s Self in a Transitioning Time
"Sacred Psychiatry is a glorious book. What happens when a brilliant Harvard psychiatrist meets her inner wounded healer at 49 years old? She changes her life and embarks on a two-decade immersion into the holistic truth at the core of our being. In Sacred Psychiatry, Judy Tsafrir gives us her years of experience with a vast store of successful healing methods, both Eastern and Western. She reminds us that we all exist on several terrains, and that ailments which express themselves as psychiatric will always have multi-faceted causes. Her toolkit is vast, and every reader will come away with gifts and new understandings. She is not only a psychiatrist and MD, but also an experienced astrologer and shamanic healer who has integrated an understanding of the cosmos and deep nature into her tending of the body/mind/spirit. Sacred Psychiatry is for all of us as we confront our uncertain planetary future.  It will be particularly enjoyed by psychiatrists and healers of all kinds.  An inspiring, hopeful, and nourishing offering."
—Carolyn Brigit Flynn, author of Communion and editor of Sacred Stone, Sacred Water
"Sacred Psychiatry marks the beginning of a new paradigm in the approach to mental health. Dr. Judy Tsafrir’s courageous quest to understand human consciousness, to move beyond the prescription pad and couch, and to tenderly teach her patients the tools they need to reach inside themselves for deeper answers is profound. To be touched by the heavens as well as the earth, to call on our ancestors, and to listen to the drumbeat of our own human heart are just some of the ancient yet timeless processes offered within this brilliant and beautiful book. A generous work that will hopefully influence many fields for years to come."
—Jamy Faust, MA and Peter Faust, MAc, constellation facilitators and authors of The Constellation Approach: Finding Peace through Your Family Lineage
Sacred Psychiatry offers a visionary new approach to the healing of psycho-emotional illness. Inspired by Chiron, the wounded healer of ancient Greek mythology, Dr. Judy Tsafrir shares wisdom gleaned from her own personal healing journey as well as from her decades of experience as a clinician and teacher. Along with a wealth of ideas and that will open your mind and stories that will inspire your heart, the book is an invaluable guidebook of tools, practices, and readily available alternative medicines
for body, mind, and spirit.”
—Lorie Eve Dechar, author of Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing, Kigo: Exploring the Spiritual Essence of Acupuncture Points Through the Changing Seasons, and The Alchemy of Inner Work: A Guide for Turning Illness and Suffering Into True Health and Well-Being
“Dr. Judy Tsafrir has written a book that lives up to its provocatively eye-catching title. Sacred Psychiatry is an exploration of the many ways in which psychiatry and American culture have gone astray by focusing solely on the material realm. She shows, in wondrous detail, how attention to the emotional, energetic, societal, and, most of all, spiritual dimension of life is the key to healing ourselves and our world. The reader can’t help but resonate with her empathic case reports and self-disclosures and to learn from her vast range of knowledge and experience in an amazing variety of healing disciplines. A highly recommended paradigm buster!”
—Eric Leskowitz, MD, author of The Joy of Sox: Weird Science and the Power of Intention and Sports, Energy, and Consciousness: Awakening Human Potential through Sport

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