Institute of Emerging Psychologies

About The Founder/Director

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About The Founder/Director:

Dr. Karel James Bouse is a published author, educator, independent researcher, Psychologist, Integrative Spirituality, and Self-discovery Consultant.

She has presented workshops on Neo-shamanism, transgenerational trauma, personal mythology, dreamwork, and creativity at academic and professional conferences in the US and abroad. She founded IEP in 2019 after recognizing the need for a multi-disciplinary, international, forum to support the work of her colleagues while simultaneously making their work accessible to interested non-academics.

Dr. Bouse has been a peer reviewer for The Journal of Humanistic Psychology and The Journal of Psychical Research (UK), and recently edited a special issue of The Journal of Humanistic Psychology devoted to “Mysticism, Magic and Anomalous Lifeworlds.”

She has been a documentary writer for CBS, rock journalist, corporate international paralegal, college teacher, costumer, opera singer and voice teacher, and opera conductor/director. She has been a Neo-shamanic Practitioner for nearly 30 years and has created programs and taught classes, courses and workshops in Neo-shamanism, Spirituality and Self-discovery since 1991.


  • Ph.D. Psychology (Consciousness-Spirituality-Integrative Health) from Saybrook University (2017). Graduated with Dissertation of Distinction.
  • Certificates in Applied Consciousness, Dream Studies and Self-Expression for Health and Wellbeing (2016) from Saybrook University.
  • Ph.D. History/American Studies from University of Maryland (1989).
  • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, British Psychological Society, Parapsychological Association, Association of Transpersonal Psychology.


  • Neo-shamanism and Mental Health. (2019) London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Transgenerational Colonialism: Wounding, Overcoming and Reconstructing Collective and Personal Identity. (2021). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield.)

Neo-shamanism and Mental Health: BEST SELLER

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“This is a perfect book.” (Michael York, Ph.D., UK)

“In this remarkable book and grounded in her own research, Dr. Bouse has described an alternative worldview that places one’s problems in a new perspective, one that may allow for a more successful resolution. But Dr. Bouse does not hesitate to point out the dangers and pitfalls of this approach, stressing the necessity for caution, care and common sense…” (Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., CIIS,  USA)

“Friends, don’t miss this book. I know this talented author and the work, theory and research behind it. Dr. Bouse herself is very experienced personally and also as a teacher and a guide. There was sensitivity and care taken in doing this research and in recommending this route, modified for our culture and times, be considered by you and me.” (Ruth Richards, Ph.D., MD. CIIS, USA)

Transgenerational Colonialism: Wounding, Overcoming and the Reconstruction of Collective and Personal Identity:

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Brand New: Released 04/15/21

“Transgenerational Colonialism could not be more timely.  Bouse calls for a radically new epistemology…She calls for a perspective that is cyclical, not linear – one that sees humans as part of nature…Drawing upon history, psychology, mythology and arts-based inquiry, Bouse has issued a clarion call for a world and worldview in which everyone will benefit – a truly win-win solution to the current crises from which all humanity suffers.”
(Stanley Krippner, Ph.D. California Institute of Integral Studies)


“Every time we work together I am able to unlock and integrate some piece of myself that I have lost or trapped…Starting on this path has been life transforming…”

Palmer From Austin, TX


“I learned so much about psychology, shamanism, myself and so much more…Stimulate your intellect while awakening your spiritual self at the same time.”

Julie from Greensboro, NC


“What an incredible and Divine gift to bring the unconscious mind into the conversations and situations of modern life…”

H. Sloan from Tellico Plains, TN


The courses and classes offered by the Institute of Esoteric Psychology are for educational purposes only and are not a substitute for psychotherapy. Dr. Bouse is not a licensed psychotherapist, and the services offered by IEP are not therapeutic in nature.