The Intentional Clinician: Psychology and Philosophy

Awakening to Yourself: How loss can bring you home to the life you want with author Sheila Vanzile [Episode 90]

July 24, 2022

Paul Krauss MA LPC chats with author Sheila Vanzile about her new book:






In this interview, Sheila brings her wisdom and special brand of authenticity and honesty to the Intentional Clinician Podcast. Sheila tells some of her story about how she arrived at her own awakening as well as the "fall out" from listening to herself and taking action.

About the Author (Sheila Vanzile): "I am the product of the first generation of career women that were gifted the ability to juggle “real” careers and family - the outcome of the original feminist movement of the 1960’s. We worked 2 full time jobs for decades, one outside the home, and the other managing the home. I was by all accounts wildly successful in my business career, but not without a cost. As part of that generation, I neglected my own needs, and landed squarely at 60 disconnected, dissatisfied and unfulfilled. At 60, I emerged from my mother’s death exhausted from caregiving and ready to collapse. But I had been gifted time as a result. And I committed to myself that I would use that time deliberately to reshape my life. To convert my existence from being a slave to the “shoulds” of the 60 year old women of the world to rediscovering and embracing the person I had left behind decades ago. Over the subsequent 3 years, I began a deliberate search for spiritual awakening."

Learn more about Sheila at her website and blog:

Buy the book here:

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 Original Music:

”Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL (Spotify)

"Un autre que moi" from A ta merci by Fishbach (Spotify)

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