Psyche Down Under

February 9, 2011

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Soul’s Quest
for Depth, Meaning & Wholeness

by Maureen B. Roberts. PhD

As a soul-centred psychiatric therapist, I am disturbed that so many people are being seduced into viewing the often valuable and necessary sufferings of soul, which include most experiences of depression, as ‘mental illness’. In other words, sufferers of depression are often forced to endure, in addition to their pain and energy loss, the stigma of being told that they’re ‘ill’, hence that their depression is a problem to be eliminated, or that it has no value, meaning, or purpose.

From a soul-centred psychiatric perspective, however, depression is not primarily another word for unhappiness; nor is it ‘mental illness.’ It is, rather, in many instances a response to soullessness (or what shamans call ‘soul loss’), including, ironically enough, the soullessness of the materialist medical model which continues to ‘treat’ depression as a biologic illness that can be band-aided with damaging drugs.

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Dr Maureen Roberts, a Member of the International Council of
Analytical Psychology, is a soul-centred psychiatric therapist,
prize-winning writer, artist, musician, and initiated Celtic
shaman who practises in Adelaide, South Australia. She has
taught courses on Jungian psychology for The University of
Adelaide and is Director of the Schizophrenia Drug-free Crisis
Centre. Dr Roberts, who has been flown interstate by families
seeking drug-free psychiatric help for relatives, is available for
private shamanic training, Jungian therapy, shamanic healing
and soul retrieval work, seminars, retreats, Vision Quests and



  1. I am re-evaluating my own diagnosis. To me, if it is all “in the mind”, then the drugs would work; it could be fixed, like any other physical damage. But if it comes from the heart, the soul, then any medical solution is temporary at best. A band-aid is little help when your soul is bleeding out.

  2. It is such a personal experience. I always advocate an integrative approach. Everything about mental health is somebody’s theory and when the experts say the brain/mind is still a mystery…..well.

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