"The ability to recognize yourself in the archetypes is at the foundation for competence with tools that make use of the archetypes. Only when you begin to identify archetypal patterns and their expressions in your own life can you hope to use the tools that work with archetypes in a therapeutic session."
~ Gaining Archetypal Vision, page 103
Toni Gilbert is a transpersonal counselor with a background in holistic nursing. As a professional with a formal education in nursing, psychology, transpersonal studies, and certifications in wellness counseling, mind-body consciousness, guided imagery, the use of imagery in medicine and more she offers clients an array of healing arts techniques to enhance wellness and prevent illness. In addition to an associate’s degree in nursing, she has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and art, including undergraduate classes in Jungian psychology. She continued her interest in art and its symbolism in a graduate art therapy school. She holds a master’s degree from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.
Toni’s first book is entitled Messages from the Archetypes: Using Tarot for Healing and Spiritual Growth, published by White Cloud Press. Her second book, Gaining Archetypal Vision is published by Schiffer Books. For her third book, Ms. Gilbert wrote a unique book about her grandmother, a professional photographer, at the turn of the twentieth century entitled Images of Our Time: A History and Pictures of a Pioneer Family. She has written for national and local publication. You may see her books, published articles, and radio interviews on her personal web site www.tonigilbert.com .
In the recent past, Ms. Gilbert was the editor of an on-line nursing journal the Alternative Journal of Nursing; the founding director of the Oregon Holistic Nurses Association; worked in the field of mental health nursing; and owned Centre of Main St., a wellness center in Jefferson, Oregon, where she saw clients and facilitated therapeutic groups. In addition, she has taught psychology at two community colleges.
Approaching 55, I began to slow down. I sold the Wellness Center house where I had a wellness practice and moved my office to our home in the countryside, where I could relax, work my own hours, and (the best part) not drive to work.
After the move, my husband and I soon realized that the house library was barely big enough. Eventually Lewis and I started a new project: building a small 24’ x 24’ office building behind our house. The new building serves two purposes: (1) it is where I do my writing, yoga, and other meditational activities, and (2) it is where my clients come that is totally separate from the house and its possible intrusions.
My home office-temple offers needed privacy for important work. Yet if I want to move sessions outdoors, we have several patios and places to sit and talk surrounded by nature. During the summer, we also have an organic garden on the east side and flower gardens on the west side. Garden paths and lighting draw it all together to create a monastery-like ambiance that facilitates client healing as well as family harmony.
The best thing about my arrangement is my availability to my family: my most fundamental and important work. I believe that who we are at home affects our family, which in turn affects our community and then our society and eventually the world. Without a doubt, our conduct and intentions continue to reverberate down through the generations. I have found that my simple private nursing and writing practice at home is a pleasant way to contribute to my world and make a difference
BOOKS BY TONI
Messages from the Archetypes: Using Tarot for Healing and Spiritual Growth
"For those not familiar with the Tarot archetypes, Toni Gilbert's descriptive writing makes the easy to understand. She lends credibility to Tarot's capacity to reveal emotional and psychological information from the level of the psyche. Her real life stories are alive and insightful." Susan Ezra, RN, HNC, founder of Beyond Ordinary Nursing
Available at www.tonigilbert.com and Amazon
Gaining Archetypal Vision: A Guidebook for Using Archetypes in Personal Growth & Healing
"Gaining Archetypal Vision: A Guide for Using the Archetypes in Personal Growth and Healing is a very accessible exploration of the archetypes. Based on Carl Jung's original treatise and other rigorous archetypal research, this book assists us to better understand self and others and how to engage in self-renewal and self-discovery. Recognizing our archetypes is a way to open to a new level of clarity and understanding about how to live life from our soul's purpose." Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN Author, Holistic Nursing: Handbook for Practice
Available at www.tonigilbert.com and Amazon