Flower Essence Counseling
Flower Essences are liquid vibrational remedies that are similar to acupuncture, reiki, qi gong and homeopathy. Not to be confused with aromatherapy oils, these natural preparations are designed to help transform emotional attitudes and patterns of behavior that hinder your full development potential. Flower Essences are an excellent complementary modality to be used alongside counseling and other kinds of somatic bodywork. They are known for their universality of application and are often used as a supplement to many forms of health care. They enjoy a reputation of being both highly effective and safe to use. The Flower Essence Society has been collecting research about essences for over twenty years, and you can read more about specific case studies and review the scientific research.
The type of training I have received from the Flower Essence Society is particularly helpful for doing depth work with flower essences. This type of flower counseling is based on Patricia's Kaminiski's archetypal map which describes eight levels of the soul. I also work with local essences from the Columbia River Gorge (OR, WA) and have apprenticed with Camilla Blossom.
Here you can find information about affordable sliding scale services.
Feel free to contact me for a free 15-minute phone consultation.
Check out this free 2 hour webinar to learn more about how flower essences can be used to resolve emotional issues. This webinar also described the differences between homeopathy, flower essences and aromatherapy.
Flower essences can be used to help with:
- Major life transitions
- Grief and Loss
- Career Goals
- Relationships & Sexuality
- Creative blocks
- Pregnancy & Parenting
- Gay & Lesbian issues
- Dreams & Sleep
- Spiritual Seeking
- Traumatic Experiences
Flower essences can also be used in conjunction with other holistic
modalities as well as with traditional medicine for:
- Chronic health problems
- Immune disturbances
- Substance abuse recovery
- Mental health diagnosis
This image and our logo is inspired by Soulsign Astrology and the Deep Heart Meditation .
What about Astrology?
Astrology is an archetypal language that connects us to a deeper understanding of ourselves and how we experience cycles of change. Understanding this language can help us to choose more consciously how we work in partnernship with nature and the cosmos. I use the natal chart as a road map for understanding how you are developing, but I am not very predictive in my approach. The use of your natal chart is not necessary for you to benefit from the essences.
"After taking Jen Gouvea's "Introduction to Flower Essences" class an entirely new spiritual tool opened for me. I knew very little about flower essences and found Jen's warm and welcoming teaching style and packed curriculum a wonderful way to be introduced to this fascinating subject. The field is vast and leads the curious student to many opportunities to explore a lot of research and data driven practices. Despite what might be overwhelming for the novice, Jen made the experience fun, easy, and inviting. I highly recommend Jen as a masterful guide into this realm of personal growth and healing."
~ Susan, Retired Elementary School Principal
"I am so grateful Jen Gouvea introduced me into the world of vibrational healing. Her extensive knowledge of astrology, compassionate listening, and intuitive insights allowed me to feel safe and supported while working through the issues the flowers helped bring up. At the end of our time together, I felt noticeably clearer, more confident, and more grounded. I will continue to explore flower essences with joy! If you are curious about flower essences, you should try them. Let the gentle flower spirits be your guides!"
-Anastacia, Nanny & Montessori Teacher
"In the beginning, I was skeptical that the essences would affect me. However, after five months of flower essence counseling I have noticed measurable shifts -- among them feeling more centered, having the ability to know what healing steps I need next, and becoming more receptive to others. Within the first weeks of taking Self-Heal, my pace noticeably started to slow down. I was sleeping more, and I was allowing more time for quietness. This was quite a shock since I usually only slept 5-6 hours a night, and I could never sit still."
"Jen Gouvea is highly intuitive and driven, which is a combination you don't find often. She is a gem and a gifted healer. I am so glad I happened upon her on my healing path. I will continue to use vibrational remedies to help me further align with my true self".
-Allison, Nurse Practitioner
"I had used essences before, but under Jen Gouvea's guidance and expertise I quickly learned the value of teamwork in conjunction with the essences. Jen's gentle and open-minded approach has taught me a great deal about how essences "show up" in my system. She showed me how to work with the essences to the greatest effect in a way that's unique to me and my personal journey. I also learned how to use essences to keep myself grounded while they do their work. Jen is gifted in holding a simple sacred space for her clients, and at giving just the right support for them to accomplish their work. I'm grateful for Jen's contribution to the healing light in the world!"
-Darcy, Reiki Teacher
"I had a very positive experience working with Jen and flower essences. I came into the process a skeptic, and left if not a complete enthusiast at least a believer. Through the combination of counseling and various flower essences, I was able to make a major life decision with peace and confidence. The best part of the whole process was how professional and invested Jen is with her clients. I trusted her implicitly, and greatly benefited from the experience."
- Kris, Artist
"I began flower essence counseling with Jen Gouvea in which she paid special attention to my natal chart and astrological evolution in each session. After some time with the essences, I felt called to receive a full astrology reading. Jen made it clear from the beginning that she supports my personal journey and evolution with my natal chart, transits, returns and relationships and ultimately to trust my intuition in partnership with her reading. She customized the reading to touch on points that are of special interest to me and communicated an amazing amount of information with patience, care, and consideration for my experience and understanding. She had recommendations for further study, which I have begun to pursue. Having an astrology reading with Jen has completely enhanced and deepened my understanding of the flower essences with which I am working, and has helped me develop a deeper relationship with the heavens."
Mary, Massage Therapist & Teacher
About Jen Gouvea
Jen Gouvea is fascinated by plants, planets & people. For ten years she's been researching how people transform through the combination of depth-counseling, astrology and flower essences. She is a certified Flower Essence practitioner through The Flower Essence Society and a certified Shamanic Breathwork facilitator through Venus Rising Association for Transformation. Her educational background includes a master's of social work where she has experience working with women's issues, children and teens, relationships, diversity, trauma, and grief. She also has experience using mind-body techniques to work with clients in substance abuse recovery as well as with veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder. Jen spent seven years as the program director of a nonprofit in Baltimore city where she participated in community arts projects and the production of videos about social justice and education issues for youth empowerment. She enjoys offering individual counseling sessions and group classes that include flower essences, astrology and art at her home in Alberta Arts, Portland.
Jen has studied soulsign astrology with Adam Gainsburg and counseling astrology with Donna Cunningham. She is currently enrolled in Emily Trinkaus’ engaged astrology apprenticeship program. She is a Pisces squared by Neptune with an 8th house Sun and whole lot of Aquarius. She is an adjunct instructor at The Portland School of Astrology.
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Flower Essences Websites
- The Flower Essence Society
- Flower Essence Services
- Local Oregon Flower Essences
- Vibration Magazine Blog
Flower Essences Books
- "Flowers that Heal: How to Use Flower Essences" by Patricia Kaminski
- Calix International Journal edited by Patricia Kaminski
- The Flower Essence Repertory by Patricia Kaminski
- "The Sensitive Person's Survival Guide" by Kyra Mesich, Psy.D.
- "The Medical Discoveries of Edward Bach, Physician" by Nora Weeks
- The New Encyclopedia of Flower Remedies by Clare Harvey
- Planetary Apothecary by Stephanie Gailing