a little bit about...
Vanessa Persephone Wells
"As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being."
- Carl Gustav Jung
A genus of butterfly. Butterflies have a rich history in myriad cultures and mythologies of symbolizing the development of the soul, specifically the stages of transition from physical embodiment to etheric integration. Butterflies represent transformation, the alchemy of growth, the "ascension" of the soul, and the process of maturing into your potential.
A goddess of Greek mythology, she was both a goddess of the harvest as the daughter of Demeter and of the Underworld as wife of Hades. Because she is affiliated with both life (in the form of the lush, fruitful cycles of Nature) and death (as Queen of the Dead), she is a liminal goddess representing Death and Rebirth, light and shadow. A primary component of her symbolic legacy is the power we are able to claim when we eschew the conventions and expectations of who we "should" be and journey into the hidden, unexpressed corners of our consciousness.
Wells often represent the Collective Unconscious - the shared psyche of humanity in which we connect with archetypal patterns and symbols that express the human experience. Wells, as dark vessels that penetrate the Earth and harbor water, also represent the depths of our emotions and the mysterious, shadowy elements of the mind.
As my name suggests, I'm here to guide you through the dark corners of your consciousness to help you connect with and empower the parts of you that have been stifled or silenced as a means of surviving in a culture, society, and perhaps even a family, that values conformity over creativity, status quo over rebellion and innovation, and agreeability over leadership.
I'm here to hold space for you to explore the rich, dynamic, bold, and fucking powerful kaleidoscope of qualities and ideas that make you You, and I'm here to guide you to through the process of Unbecoming who you've had to be in order to belong, to get your needs met, to avoid pain - to survive, and Becoming who you truly are so you can fully and freely be and share yourself with the world.
I've been on a healing journey of my own for the past 20+ years, including addiction, suicidal depression, mood disorders, acute anxiety, undiagnosed neurodivergence, C-PTSD, and extensive chronic health issues. My challenges have become the foundation of my spiritual, emotional, empathic, and intuitive development and, as a result of working with and through them, I've learned how to hold space and create safety for others' intense feelings and profound experiences.
As an Intuitive/Empath, I'm able to - in various ways - sense and often physically feel the emotions and energies you're experiencing. I use this to guide you deeper into the issues that seem cloudy and complicated, and help you find clarity about the root of the situation, what can be learned from it, and how to move through it with grace, confidence and a grounded sense of power.
I've been fortunate to learn from and work with incredible coaches and healers who've inspired and influenced my own methods of supporting others (like you!) on their path to deeper self-awareness, stronger confidence, healthier bodies and clearer minds. I have studied Archetypal Astrology with Robert Ohotto, and am developing my Evidential Mediumship through mentorship with Michael Mayo and Megan Alisa.
I'm also certified as a Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, am an certified Usui Reiki II practitioner, I've completed an Intuitive Energy Healing Mentorship with Rebecca Conran, and have taken courses in secular Witchcraft through The Magickal School of Witchcraft, and with Veronica Varlow. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a self-curated major in Jungian Studies, Existential Philosophy, Mythology, and Creative Writing. My graduating thesis explored the ways in which we define and differentiate our Self in relationship to others.
In addition to my education and training in the healing arts, I also have 20 years of experience systematizing, organizing and scaling businesses. I specialize in mentoring spiritually-aligned, service-based business owners who are ready to grow their business from solopreneur to small business, or solopreneurs who want to work more authentically within their existing business. I merge my knowledge of archetypal psychology with organizational leadership strategies to help clients create better boundaries between personal and professional life, set and achieve goals around innovation and income, and reignite the passion that is often snuffed out by the pursuit of productivity.
Born and raised in New York, I have a distinctly direct and raw, while simultaneously compassionate and nurturing, personality. My clients find me grounding, honest, supportive, and encouraging. I will tell it to you like it is, but it's for you to decide how it "should" be!
I identify as white, cis-fem non-binary, and queer. I currently reside in Los Angeles, and conduct my work virtually via Zoom for clients across the globe!