About Me

girvani altar_2_4Girvani Leerer, Ph.D., The Shamanic Psychologist, integrates indigenous and core shamanic healing and energy medicine with cutting edge psychotherapy  and mindfulness and meditation practices to help individuals and couples break free from old dysfunctional relationship and attachment patterns, anxiety, fear, and limiting beliefs; revitalize and unleash their energy; progress to the next stage of their life journey; and awaken their light, passion, joy, freedom, and purpose.

Dr. Girvani has worked with thousands of individuals over the last 30 years as a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist, and hundreds of people over the last 9 years as a shamanic practitioner.

Dr. Girvani has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and is a    Licensed Psychologist in California (PSY #24631), Massachusetts (PSY #7289) and Arizona (PSY #4687) and is on the National Register in Psychology.

She is currently the Clinical Director of The Sanctuary at Sedona, a holistic non-12-Step Addiction Recovery and Trauma Healing Residential Program that simultaneously treats body, mind, soul and spirit to help identify and resolve the underlying issues and root causes of suffering.

Dr. Girvani is also an Internal Family Systems (IFS) Certified Therapist and has assisted in Level 1 and Level 2 IFS training. In addition, she has advanced training in Clinical Hypnosis, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), trauma, dissociation, and attachment. Girvani is certified in Past Life Regression Hypnosis through the American Hypnosis Association. She was previously a Harvard Medical School Clinical Instructor in Psychology.

Dr. Girvani has extensive shamanic training in the Andean tradition, core shamanism, and energy healing. She studied with Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., Linda Fitch, and The Four Winds Society and holds a Master’s Certification in Luminous Healing and Energy Medicine (Shamanic Energy Healing) from the acclaimed Light Body School, where she was previously on the Faculty. She is a Certified Teacher of Dying Consciously workshops and is trained to give the Munay Ki Rites, energy transmissions distilled by Dr. Alberto Villoldo from the traditional initiation rites given by the Q’ero medicine people from Peru.

With Q’ero Elder Don Francisco Chura Flores

Dr. Girvani completed the Two-year Shamanic Teacher Training program to teach contemporary cross cultural and core shamanism  with Sandra Ingerman, and is authorized to teach shamanic journeying, Medicine for the Earth, Healing with Spiritual Light, Extraction, Soul Retrieval, and Psychopomp Death and Dying work.

She has also studied with Shamanic teachers Betsy Bergstrom and Tom Cowan.

Dr. Girvani has also studied Andean mysticism with Joan Wilcox and continues to study with indigenous Q’ero medicine people from Peru and Mayan elders from Guatemala. She received training and authorization from Don Mariano Quispe Flores, Q’ero elder medicine person of Peru, to pass on the rites of the Ñusta Karpay the Sacred Feminine, in one of the first transmissions of these rites in North America.

She also has over 30 years of experience with personal growth traditions and eastern Indo-Tibetan meditation and mindfulness practices, including five years living in a meditation ashram. She continues to study energy psychology and healing, including shamanism, and meditation and spiritual practices. For my full Resume-Click Here.

Girvani’s potent blending of Western psychology and trauma therapy, with shamanic healing allows her to work with the spiritual dimensions of psychological, emotional, and physical issues in a knowledgeable and compassionate manner.

In addition to psychotherapy and healing work with individuals and couples, Girvani teaches shamanic classes and is a ceremonialist, providing group and individual rituals and ceremonies including wedding and commitment ceremonies.

What about your name?

Girvani is a sanskrit name I received from a meditation teacher when living in India for 6 months in the mid-1980’s. After returning from India, I made Girvani my legal middle name and have continued to use it.

My name is pronounced “gear-vah-nee”. The meanings I have been told for the name are “speech of the mountains”, “one who loves to speak, praise, and sing”, and that it is a form of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning. The meaning of the masculine form of the name, Girvan, is language of God.


More about me:

In my free time, I enjoy hiking and visiting the many beautiful places of Northern California and around Sedona, AZ, spending time with family, friends and my amazing cat Lexi, traveling and having adventures, and attending ceremonies, meditation and personal growth workshops.

I believe that we are here in Earth School for our personal and soul growth, and that our lessons and learning can be sweet, kind and easy. I believe we are also here to experience the joy of the beauty of the world and the joy of being human, including being in community, enjoying the beauty of nature, great conversation, good books, art, movies, music, dancing, and eating dark chocolate.


I would be honored to bring the wealth of ancient knowledge and contemporary science to assist you to awaken your passion and purpose, find greater success and empowerment,  joy and freedom, connect with your inner guidance, and live your dreams and Your Soul Journey.     


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