Welcome to Psychologlyphs®
What are Psychologlyphs?
Psychologlyphs are images that teach psychology concepts and practical emotional and relational health awareness. aI currently have over 70 Painted and over 200 in sketch form. They cover subjects including but not limited to stress resilience, the spectrum from love to shame, collaboration styles, healthy and unhealthy reciprocity, boundary types and setting, abuse and manipulation tactics, and so on.
How are they used?
Psychologlyphs are designed to be engaged as one would encounter an actual emotion or interaction, by engaging first with one's intuition and somatic/bodily awareness, and then supported by intellectual assessment and strategy. So instead of teaching from information to body to energy, we teach moving from energy to body to information.
I started creating Psychologlyphs to serve a personal need for mapping and understanding what is really happening in emotions and relationships. These are the maps and teachings I needed as a small child. As an adult in 2018 I still needed this kind of education as I started my life completely over in every aspect — except for this train of study, These images provided a route through. Today I continue to create them for personal use and now share them with coaching clients and students.
Why is Anna the one to create these images?
I combine my BFA training as an illustrator from Savannah College of Art and Design with my training in shamanic energy medicine and energery tracking from a two year certification program with the Four Winds Society and Alberto Villoldo PhD.. This training combined Jungian Psychology and contemporary contexts with indigenous energy medicine gifted by the Q'ero shaman of the high Andes in Peru. I further support my art and energy medicine training with self-directed studies in psychology.
I create these images from direct observation or embodied experience. I observe and feel the energetics independent of the storyline. The image comes through like tracing the path of a cue ball in a game of pool. I can chart the immediate play, the prior plays/events that led to this moment, and potential or likely routes forward to continue the pattern as well as opportunity points to transform the pattern for better or worse.
Each image is reviewed for accuracy by a team of psychiatrists, therapists, coaches, and teachers. This team also assists in expanding, guiding and providing relevant inquiry for both the development of imagery and accompanying teachings.
The resulting images resemble a reverse engineered blueprint of the inner, energetic workings of emotional and relational experiences. These can also be thought of as maps or game-plays.
Who do Psychologlyphs serve?
Psychologlyphs serve the 65+% of the global population who are visual learners, along with all of us as experiential learners.
Psychologlyphs can bridge demographic gaps and barriers to support wider connection and collaborative potential. The abstract/non-object imagery removes limitations of specific genders, ethnicities, ages, ableness, cultures and groups, and allows the same visual language to be delivered across demographic and language barriers. The neutral image structures provide consistency and malleability to support facilitators and teachers in delivering teachings to their unique audiences.
I've used these with coaching clients, and business owners. I've presented them with great success to the UVA Children's Hospital for their mental health awareness month series, and presented to UVA's Dalai Lama Fellowship program through their Contemplative Sciences Center.
The images continue to gain positive responses from both women and men, with male bodied people representing a strong and growing niche. I attribute this to the engineering style of design and the direct quality of information.
Children understand the visual language quickly as well. A mother from the UVA children's Hospital presentation used the model with her son who has a chronic illness. As a result he learned about dissociation and how to practice returning to the moment and his body — as a 5 year old!
This work is proving to be highly accessible and adaptable to a wide a diverse audience.
I'm interested in doing further testing and studies as I expand availability. I'm currently gathering participants to begin initial training groups intentional testing with mental healthcare providers, teachers, and parents.
Mental Healthcare providers consistently say the same things.
"This is groundbreaking. I've never seen anything like this. I want to use these with my clients. When can I buy a deck?"
"I attended most of the program presentations and yours was the most impactful by far!"
— Member of UVA Children's Hospital Board of Directors
"Your Psychologlyphs turn mental health concepts into usable tools. I wish I’d encountered this work when I was in graduate school. You’ve made clear to me core concepts that were not clear in text books. I’ve read tons of books throughout my training and career and these cards are synthesizing these concepts in a much more digestible way. This is a very powerful gift you’re putting out into the world.”
— Lia Moran, M.ED. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Administrator or maternal & Child Health Home Visiting for State of New Hampshire
"When are you publishing your book?"
— Anonymous Client
"These are the tools I've been needing for years."
Where we are in the Creation Process:
- I'm ready to print a Psychologlyph Flash Card deck. I will either raise funding to self publish or print through a publishing house.
- I'm launching the Right Relationship Online Learning Center as a broader home for the growing archive of Psychologlyph education materials.
- I'm currently gathering participants to begin initial training groups intentional testing with mental healthcare providers, teachers, and parents.
Where we are going.
- Psychologlyph Flash Cards in classrooms, mental healthcare offices, and homes internationally.
- Introducing a low stakes practice arena through the Creative Spiral Method (developed and to be disclosed at a later date).
- Expanding the education materials of the Right Relationship Online Learning Center to include relevant right relationship teachings from experts: including right relationship with earth via permaculture and gardening, right relationship with body to include somatic awareness, nutrition and fitness. Right relationship with money to include teachings of self worth, traditional economy, and gifting economy. And others.
- Established training and practice groups for mental healthcare providers, teachers, and parents with sub-groups. Having a team of trained and licensed facilitators to continue sharing the visual language and service.
Homing Beacon & Stress Resilience:
Example teachings forthcoming
Until then, can you intuit and feel which of the Psychologlyphs® surrounding the central homing beacon represent the stress stages of:
The central image is a Homing Beacon, a visual check list to support users in re-centering and stabilizing during stressful or destabilizing situations. The arms guide users in: grounding (lower arm), sourcing higher power/purpose (upper arm), establishing a personal container or boundaries for focus (left arm), and creating intentional reciprocity or intentional receiving and giving) (Right arms). The lower left arm represents the degree of force applied to the circumstance.
More information coming soon through video teachings.