About Shelley Riutta MSE, LPC

Shelley RiuttaHelping Growth Oriented People Connect with their Authentic Self

I have been passionate about personal growth and transformation for a very long time. I remember in middle school, instead of reading what my friends were reading, I was reading my Mom’s self-help books! It continued to be a passion and when I went to college, I initially enrolled in the psychology program at UW-Madison. I then made a decision to switch to the business program and majored in Marketing.

My decision came from wanting to win other people’s approval and from fear. When I would talk to my family about pursuing a degree in psychology there wasn’t a lot of excitement and support. There were comments that I wouldn’t make a lot of money, which scared me. I then made a decision to switch to the business program and majored in Marketing. This decision came from wanting to win other people’s approval–my family and other people– and my own fears (passed down from my family) that I couldn’t pursue my passion and make money. The other thing that was happening was that I wasn’t clear on my own intrinsic worth and value—I was trying to seek it externally through others approval. I felt that if I pursued a degree in business and worked as a business woman I would be valued and respected more–than if I was a psychotherapist.

I completed my degree in business and helped my college friend Suzie move to Dallas, TX. We had so much fun while I was helping her move that I decided to move there too (Fun is a big motivator for me) I was in Dallas starting my new career in business and I was unable to find a job in my field. Pursuing a career in business felt like running really fast into a brick wall–nothing was happening now matter what I did. I became real frustrated, depressed and I also started to have panic attacks. I knew I needed help so I reached out and connected with a therapist named Suzanne. I also started to journal, analyze my dreams, I started running, read inspirational career books, meditated and visualized and attended different church services to explore my spirituality.

As I write this now I realize that I developed for myself what I support my clients to do now–which is to develop a Holistic plan for healing— one that addresses Mind, Body and Spirit. The counseling with Suzanne was more traditional–and although her insights and approach were helpful–I believe it was the other things that I was doing–the journaling, reflecting on my dreams, meditating, running, exploring my spirituality that really helped me reconnect with my Authentic Self. By going inward and not being distracted by those around me I was able to reconnect with my True Self and move more into alignment with my true path.

I reflected on the question “What is my purpose for being on the planet?” I knew in my Spirit that I was off track. The depression, frustration and the panic attacks were giving me clear feedback. Earlier in my life I had the clarity of my purpose–it was my passion for personal growth and transformation. But I, like so many of my clients, got sidetracked from my true desires by other people’s expectations for me and my own fears (based on passed down fears and false beliefs from family and culture). After a long period of soul searching it became clear that I had to pursue my passion–even though I had invested all of that time and energy in my business degree.

I began taking classes at the University of North Texas, just North of Dallas. My first class that I took was a class called Environmental Psychology. It was the only class that I could get into but looking back on it now–it was right in alignment with my life path. The title of the class could have been called Holistic Psychology because it focused on all of the different aspects that contribute to mental health and vitality. It also focused a lot on the mind-body connection which has been an area of interest for me my whole career.

Once I shifted directions and chose to follow my passion, it was like the waves parted and everything became so easy for me. I found jobs easily that would give me experience and were flexible for me to go to school. I found the right school for me that was in total alignment for me and the woman that interviewed me, Pat Robertson, turned out to be an incredible teacher and mentor for me. I loved every minute of graduate school.

During graduate school I continued to work on my own growth and was given the name of a Breathwork Therapist named Carol Lampman. The idea with Breathwork is that when we go through traumatic and stressful events as children or as adults to stop ourselves from fully feeling the painful feelings we hold our breath. In Breathwork we reconnect with our full natural breath and by doing this we reconnect with the old, suppressed feelings. By releasing these old feelings and releasing the false beliefs that came out of these experiences we can be free to live more in the present.

Breathwork was a powerful process for me and helped me to release a lot of old pain and to feel more free. I was real good at talking about my feelings but I was not so good with actually feeling and expressing my feelings. So Breathwork helped me reconnect even more with my authentic self by reconnecting with my feelings. Carol was an amazing therapist and support to me during this healing process.

After graduate school I worked in a more traditional psychotherapy setting for a few years. Even in those settings I always integrated a more Holistic approach. My breathwork therapist had gone on to become a trainer–teaching the integrative breathwork process to other psychotherapists around the world. She encouraged me to take her level one training–which I did in August of 1999. I began a part-time practice on the side and continued to work full-time as a psychotherapist at an agency. I also began leading Transformational Workshops at this time too.

I was planning on slowly preparing to see clients but then word had gotten out in the community that I was seeing people and I was swamped with clients. For two years I worked full-time at an agency and saw lots of clients in my private practice. In August of 2001 I was able to go part-time at the agency so that I could see more clients in my private practice.

I loved doing the Breathwork with clients and saw them grow tremendously. About a year into my private practice I began to feel that there was something more that needed to happen for clients for them to move into their Authentic Self and stay there consistently. During breathwork people would make contact with their Authentic Self and their Spiritual connection but at times weren’t able to maintain this connection consistently in their life. So I began to search for the missing piece that would allow for this connection to be strong and for people to take actions in their life that were in alignment with their Authentic Self.

I ended up reconnecting with a process called Inner Bonding that I had first discovered when I attended the Association for Humanistic Psychology Conference in 1993. At that time I had read the book, Inner Bonding, and even worked with the process for a period of time in my own life but didn’t continue it. My graduate school professor, Pat, had also used the Inner Bonding book in one of my practicum classes. I have always loved the dialoguing process of dialoguing with different aspects of one self. I had first began dialoguing during my own healing when I was living in Dallas–through some exercises in the book ,The Well Being Journal by Lucia Cappichione, an art therapist.

I loved the way that Inner Bonding pulled together the best of the counseling techniques and also included the transformative power of connecting with one’s spiritual connection. One of the essential elements of Inner Bonding is the concept of developing a Loving Adult on the inner level that can attend to the wounded adult child aspects–the fears and protective behaviors that were learned in childhood. As these protective behaviors and beliefs are attended to and healed—the Authentic Self can be more free to be and express itself. The Loving Adult also takes action on the dreams and desires of the Authentic Self which helps that person move into Joy and creative self-expression.

As I began to use Inner Bonding in my private practice clients began to make incredible progress. Stuck patterns that had been there for years were able to be resolved rather quickly. Clients were able to move into being in their Authentic Self more and more—and stay there consistently. Using the process helped people shift and heal at a deep level and I loved it.

I began conducting Inner Bonding presentations and workshops. As time went on I began assisting Margaret Paul, the developer of Inner Bonding at the 5 day Intensives that she conducts.

Starting in 2004, in addition to the Transformational Workshops I conducted, I co-facilitated with my dear friend and fellow Inner Bonding Facilitator, Nancy Swisher–5 day Inner Bonding Intensives–including Breathwork, Writing and Joy Techniques that I have been developing. We did these Intensives every year up until 2006 at the Noga House in upstate New York. The Noga House is a retreat center that is owned and run by my Breathwork teacher, Carol Lampman and her husband Mike. It was very special to be able to do these at Carol’s place.

About 7 years ago I began to get clear that one of the things that my clients needed additional support to move into the higher vibrational states of joy, fun, pleasure. Many of my clients were used to being in the lower vibrational states of worry, fear, anger and sadness. So to be in the higher states of joy, peace, pleasure—felt uncomfortable and unnatural for them. I read a book titled “Excuse My Your Life is Waiting” by Lynn Grabhorn that was very inspirational in giving techniques that quickly shift one into a higher vibrational state. I had a ton of fun working with these techniques and began to share these techniques with clients.

I started to develop my own techniques and started a Joy Group that met once a week and supported each of the members to move into a higher state of Joy in their lives. This group was a wonderful learning laboratory on the most effective techniques to move into joy and also how to work with the fears that surfaced as the group members transcended the joy levels that they experienced in their family growing up. I developed a “Living With Joy” day long workshop that gave participants a full day immersion into opening up to their own Joy and learning techniques to maintain this in their day to day life.

It has been an evolutionary process~with developing different Workshops and Presentations. The focus for me has been supporting people to connect with the positive emotional states of Joy, Fun and Pleasure. These states are the natural state of our Authentic Self—so by being in these states we are in the truest part of who we really are. When we are in these states we get insights into our life path and our purpose for being on the planet. When we move into alignment with our purpose and move in that direction there is a sweet joy that is experienced that is beyond what we have ever felt before. I have experienced this and so have my clients. It is well worth the time, energy and effort to get there. I wish this for each and every person on the planet.

I want to give heartfelt thanks to Pat Robertson, Carol Lampman and Margaret Paul for being such incredible teachers and mentors. I have been blessed to work with these women who embody unconditional love, compassion and a depth of caring for the healing of others that is moving beyond words. Whenever I receive a compliment on the work that I do I know that it is directly related to everything that I have learned from each of you. The planet was truly blessed the day each of you was born.

About Shelley Riutta MSE, LPC

Shelley RiuttaHelping Growth Oriented People Connect with their Authentic Self

I have been passionate about personal growth and transformation for a very long time. I remember in middle school, instead of reading what my friends were reading, I was reading my Mom’s self-help books! It continued to be a passion and when I went to college, I initially enrolled in the psychology program at UW-Madison. I then made a decision to switch to the business program and majored in Marketing.

My decision came from wanting to win other people’s approval and from fear. When I would talk to my family about pursuing a degree in psychology there wasn’t a lot of excitement and support. There were comments that I wouldn’t make a lot of money, which scared me. I then made a decision to switch to the business program and majored in Marketing. This decision came from wanting to win other people’s approval–my family and other people– and my own fears (passed down from my family) that I couldn’t pursue my passion and make money. The other thing that was happening was that I wasn’t clear on my own intrinsic worth and value—I was trying to seek it externally through others approval. I felt that if I pursued a degree in business and worked as a business woman I would be valued and respected more–than if I was a psychotherapist.

I completed my degree in business and helped my college friend Suzie move to Dallas, TX. We had so much fun while I was helping her move that I decided to move there too (Fun is a big motivator for me) I was in Dallas starting my new career in business and I was unable to find a job in my field. Pursuing a career in business felt like running really fast into a brick wall–nothing was happening now matter what I did. I became real frustrated, depressed and I also started to have panic attacks. I knew I needed help so I reached out and connected with a therapist named Suzanne. I also started to journal, analyze my dreams, I started running, read inspirational career books, meditated and visualized and attended different church services to explore my spirituality.

As I write this now I realize that I developed for myself what I support my clients to do now–which is to develop a Holistic plan for healing— one that addresses Mind, Body and Spirit. The counseling with Suzanne was more traditional–and although her insights and approach were helpful–I believe it was the other things that I was doing–the journaling, reflecting on my dreams, meditating, running, exploring my spirituality that really helped me reconnect with my Authentic Self. By going inward and not being distracted by those around me I was able to reconnect with my True Self and move more into alignment with my true path.

I reflected on the question “What is my purpose for being on the planet?” I knew in my Spirit that I was off track. The depression, frustration and the panic attacks were giving me clear feedback. Earlier in my life I had the clarity of my purpose–it was my passion for personal growth and transformation. But I, like so many of my clients, got sidetracked from my true desires by other people’s expectations for me and my own fears (based on passed down fears and false beliefs from family and culture). After a long period of soul searching it became clear that I had to pursue my passion–even though I had invested all of that time and energy in my business degree.

I began taking classes at the University of North Texas, just North of Dallas. My first class that I took was a class called Environmental Psychology. It was the only class that I could get into but looking back on it now–it was right in alignment with my life path. The title of the class could have been called Holistic Psychology because it focused on all of the different aspects that contribute to mental health and vitality. It also focused a lot on the mind-body connection which has been an area of interest for me my whole career.

Once I shifted directions and chose to follow my passion, it was like the waves parted and everything became so easy for me. I found jobs easily that would give me experience and were flexible for me to go to school. I found the right school for me that was in total alignment for me and the woman that interviewed me, Pat Robertson, turned out to be an incredible teacher and mentor for me. I loved every minute of graduate school.

During graduate school I continued to work on my own growth and was given the name of a Breathwork Therapist named Carol Lampman. The idea with Breathwork is that when we go through traumatic and stressful events as children or as adults to stop ourselves from fully feeling the painful feelings we hold our breath. In Breathwork we reconnect with our full natural breath and by doing this we reconnect with the old, suppressed feelings. By releasing these old feelings and releasing the false beliefs that came out of these experiences we can be free to live more in the present.

Breathwork was a powerful process for me and helped me to release a lot of old pain and to feel more free. I was real good at talking about my feelings but I was not so good with actually feeling and expressing my feelings. So Breathwork helped me reconnect even more with my authentic self by reconnecting with my feelings. Carol was an amazing therapist and support to me during this healing process.

After graduate school I worked in a more traditional psychotherapy setting for a few years. Even in those settings I always integrated a more Holistic approach. My breathwork therapist had gone on to become a trainer–teaching the integrative breathwork process to other psychotherapists around the world. She encouraged me to take her level one training–which I did in August of 1999. I began a part-time practice on the side and continued to work full-time as a psychotherapist at an agency. I also began leading Transformational Workshops at this time too.

I was planning on slowly preparing to see clients but then word had gotten out in the community that I was seeing people and I was swamped with clients. For two years I worked full-time at an agency and saw lots of clients in my private practice. In August of 2001 I was able to go part-time at the agency so that I could see more clients in my private practice.

I loved doing the Breathwork with clients and saw them grow tremendously. About a year into my private practice I began to feel that there was something more that needed to happen for clients for them to move into their Authentic Self and stay there consistently. During breathwork people would make contact with their Authentic Self and their Spiritual connection but at times weren’t able to maintain this connection consistently in their life. So I began to search for the missing piece that would allow for this connection to be strong and for people to take actions in their life that were in alignment with their Authentic Self.

I ended up reconnecting with a process called Inner Bonding that I had first discovered when I attended the Association for Humanistic Psychology Conference in 1993. At that time I had read the book, Inner Bonding, and even worked with the process for a period of time in my own life but didn’t continue it. My graduate school professor, Pat, had also used the Inner Bonding book in one of my practicum classes. I have always loved the dialoguing process of dialoguing with different aspects of one self. I had first began dialoguing during my own healing when I was living in Dallas–through some exercises in the book ,The Well Being Journal by Lucia Cappichione, an art therapist.

I loved the way that Inner Bonding pulled together the best of the counseling techniques and also included the transformative power of connecting with one’s spiritual connection. One of the essential elements of Inner Bonding is the concept of developing a Loving Adult on the inner level that can attend to the wounded adult child aspects–the fears and protective behaviors that were learned in childhood. As these protective behaviors and beliefs are attended to and healed—the Authentic Self can be more free to be and express itself. The Loving Adult also takes action on the dreams and desires of the Authentic Self which helps that person move into Joy and creative self-expression.

As I began to use Inner Bonding in my private practice clients began to make incredible progress. Stuck patterns that had been there for years were able to be resolved rather quickly. Clients were able to move into being in their Authentic Self more and more—and stay there consistently. Using the process helped people shift and heal at a deep level and I loved it.

I began conducting Inner Bonding presentations and workshops. As time went on I began assisting Margaret Paul, the developer of Inner Bonding at the 5 day Intensives that she conducts.

Starting in 2004, in addition to the Transformational Workshops I conducted, I co-facilitated with my dear friend and fellow Inner Bonding Facilitator, Nancy Swisher–5 day Inner Bonding Intensives–including Breathwork, Writing and Joy Techniques that I have been developing. We did these Intensives every year up until 2006 at the Noga House in upstate New York. The Noga House is a retreat center that is owned and run by my Breathwork teacher, Carol Lampman and her husband Mike. It was very special to be able to do these at Carol’s place.

About 7 years ago I began to get clear that one of the things that my clients needed additional support to move into the higher vibrational states of joy, fun, pleasure. Many of my clients were used to being in the lower vibrational states of worry, fear, anger and sadness. So to be in the higher states of joy, peace, pleasure—felt uncomfortable and unnatural for them. I read a book titled “Excuse My Your Life is Waiting” by Lynn Grabhorn that was very inspirational in giving techniques that quickly shift one into a higher vibrational state. I had a ton of fun working with these techniques and began to share these techniques with clients.

I started to develop my own techniques and started a Joy Group that met once a week and supported each of the members to move into a higher state of Joy in their lives. This group was a wonderful learning laboratory on the most effective techniques to move into joy and also how to work with the fears that surfaced as the group members transcended the joy levels that they experienced in their family growing up. I developed a “Living With Joy” day long workshop that gave participants a full day immersion into opening up to their own Joy and learning techniques to maintain this in their day to day life.

It has been an evolutionary process~with developing different Workshops and Presentations. The focus for me has been supporting people to connect with the positive emotional states of Joy, Fun and Pleasure. These states are the natural state of our Authentic Self—so by being in these states we are in the truest part of who we really are. When we are in these states we get insights into our life path and our purpose for being on the planet. When we move into alignment with our purpose and move in that direction there is a sweet joy that is experienced that is beyond what we have ever felt before. I have experienced this and so have my clients. It is well worth the time, energy and effort to get there. I wish this for each and every person on the planet.

I want to give heartfelt thanks to Pat Robertson, Carol Lampman and Margaret Paul for being such incredible teachers and mentors. I have been blessed to work with these women who embody unconditional love, compassion and a depth of caring for the healing of others that is moving beyond words. Whenever I receive a compliment on the work that I do I know that it is directly related to everything that I have learned from each of you. The planet was truly blessed the day each of you was born.

Hi, I'm Shelley Riutta MSE, LPC a Holistic Psychotherapist in private practice. I specialize in helping people connect with their Authentic selves--and from this create a life that is in alignment with their Life Purpose and filled with Joy. I offer transformational individual counseling, presentations, groups and Workshops. You can get my Free Workbook "What Do You REALLY Want: Finding Purpose and Passion in Your Life" here or contact me at 877-346-1167.

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