When we heal ourselves, we heal the world.
Your journey of self-discovery is not just a gift to yourself,
it is a gift to the world.
Sometimes it's helpful to have a friend meet you on your journey.
I am happy to meet you for a time. I'm happy listen and talk. I'm happy to share what I know, bear witness to what I see, and shine my flashlight on your path where I can.
My mission is to help you help yourself.
I enjoy working with people of all ages and all walks of life.
I feel particularly called to work with teenagers and young people.
It is my belief that in cultivating self awareness in our young people,
we are cultivating future health and happiness for us all.
Our work together is entirely guided by your needs and goals.
We can meet for an Archetypal Conversation.
There is no need for any background in archetypes to begin this conversation.
We can meet to explore any situation, decision, dream,
or question you may have.
We can meet for Archetypal Consultation.
We each have twelve personal archetypes.
These archetypes are our soul companions in this life.
Knowing our twelve lifelong archetypes,
and learning the language of how each archetype communicates,
will help you see the meaning and purpose of your life and your relationships.
Every person is different and the time it takes to determine your twelve archetypes is up to you. You can come to me ready to go with all twelve of your archetypes already figured out, or you can come knowing nothing at all,
or you may be somewhere in between.
We can meet to cast your Chart of Origin.
Once you have determined your twelve personal archetypes,
you may want to take your explorations further.
The next step on this journey is The Chart of Origin
which serves as the basic map of your life.
It is meant to be cast only once.
The Chart of Origin integrates elements of the Astrological Wheel.
This chart functions to represent how your twelve archetypes play out in the twelve major arenas of your life – from personal relationships,
how you approach work, to your highest potential.
We can meet to explore your Sacred Contract.
Once you have cast your Chart of Origin
you may want to devote yourself to further self-study.
Learning how to interpret your Chart of Origin can help you to apply its insights to daily life. This deep understanding of your archetypes and how they function will help you to realize what your Sacred Contract is in this life.
Each person is on their own Hero's Journey.
There are many agreements along the way.
There are many decisions to be made.
There are many goals to attain.
Each of us is born with a sacred contract—the reason or purpose for being alive. Your sacred contract is what you are "meant to do" during your lifetime.
You can also have sacred contracts with other people
and learn why you were meant to know them.
In order to live your sacred contract, follow these steps:
"Always finish what you started."
- G. I. Gurdjieff
You might have dreamed of drawing the perfect Baby Yoda,
or playing the violin, or losing 10lbs, or writing a book.
Maybe you promised yourself you'd get up for a walk this morning,
but then when you woke up, somehow you talked yourself out of it.
So many of us have a pattern of making plans and then not following through. Breaking our word to our self is a big hit to our self-esteem.
Keeping and trusting our word builds personal power.
Understanding your personal archetypes, particularly your Saboteur Archetype, can really empower you to keep your word to yourself.
Dream Design is a service that I offer to clients who are ready to break
this pattern and realize their goals.
Our lives are full of beginnings and endings.
Change can be unsettling, but it is an inevitable part of life.
How you respond to life's changes is up to you.
Transition Planning is a time to meet and discuss the change at hand.
Transition comes in many forms: change, graduation, marriage, divorce/breakup, having a child, losing a loved one, choosing a vocation, switching jobs, changing your being, illness, end of life, etc.
Viewing transition through an archetypal lens can help you
to understand the energies of the situation and your possibilities.
End of Life Transition Planning can be particularly powerful and of benefit
for your loved ones as well as for yourself.
I am happy to meet you at your crossroads and offer support
as you choose your way.
I discovered Alison at Quiet Room Studios shortly after I quit drinking two years ago. I was looking for someone to help me understand and process the emotions and negative energy that I had been hiding or avoiding and carrying with me for more than 20 years. Alison started our sessions by teaching me about archetypes and the “light” and “shadow” aspects of each one. She helped me identify the main archetypal energies in my life, and those archetypes became the focus of our weekly or bi-weekly conversations and our work together. Alison used examples of archetypes (Artist, Engineer, Visionary, Saboteur, etc.) to teach me why I think and behave the way I do-- how I sabotage my own happiness and success, for example-- and how to re-ignite my inner light and rediscover my Magical Child. She taught me simple exercises that showed me how to awaken to my true self and elevate to my highest potential. As a direct result of working with Alison over the past 2 years, I am now able to envision and bring into reality the life that I want for myself and my family.
When I first started working with Alison, she said that her role was to light the path and be a witness to the work I was doing, and that by healing myself and making myself well, I would be healing the world and helping others get well. I am so very grateful to Alison for helping me heal and get well, both spiritually and emotionally. There were many times that I questioned myself, or started to lose my way, but Alison was always there to light the way and get me back on track. If you are ready to do this inner work and build a better life for yourself, Alison is ready to be your witness, to shine light upon your path, and to guide you along the way. Khalil Gibran said, “Alone and without his nest shall the eagle fly across the sun.” Alison reminded me that I have wings and the strength to fly on my own, and once she felt that I was ready to fly on my own, she gently pushed me out of the nest, and… I’m flying!!! I trust that you will experience the same spiritual growth that I experienced as a result of working with Alison. Good luck on your journey! - Eric S.
I have to admit - the first time I heard "archetypes," I thought to myself that the world of this type of counseling and psychology would be archaic and religiously based. That is inherently false; there is some amazing science behind the work Alison does with myself and her clients. Sometimes you just need a space to vent. Sometimes you need a guide to strategize for yourself how to move forward. Or, sometimes you just need some spiritual guidance. Alison provides that kind of safe space and offers a strong emotional empathy along with it. Every session is worth it, and each time I sit down with her I build a deeper understanding of myself as I relate to the rest of the world, my missions and my vision. This is a different kind of counseling, and one I feel I can trust deeply. I recommend her wholeheartedly and hope that you, too, will gain the ability to take a deep dive into your psyche over time. - James A.
I started working with Alison at the very beginning of her journey as an archetypal counselor and even back then I recognized that she had an innate gift. She is a great listener, guided by intuition as well as a deep knowledge of the archetypes with a very necessary sense of humor informed by wisdom from lived experience. I have no doubt in my mind that she actually cares about me. When we see each other after weeks have passed, she comes with burning questions and thoughts that came up for her that she wanted to share. This energizes me in my quest for self inquiry, and I in turn have engaged more with the process in between sessions. She allows me to feel comfortable just being myself in all my complexity and messiness and know that I will be seen, loved and accepted. This is itself very healing and has allowed me to share some vulnerable aspects of myself that I have kept from other therapists and healers that Ive worked with before. She is all about forward motion and not staying stuck in the past. Using the archetypes as the guide, she has been able to see the best parts of me and lovingly hold me to that same bar. I highly recommend her! - Aaron K.
Alison Balano shared her gifts with me through my first adventure into archetypal work. Alison was a knowledgeable, intuitive, and excellent guide into this world. Alison helped me through a series of sessions where she introduced me to the work and mindfully led me through an exploration which uncovered many interesting truths that thread together beautifully. The framework she provided was a new and valuable way to view particular aspects of my being. Alison met me with such professionalism at her comfortable and inviting Quiet Room Studio. The physical space and environment was a perfect place to settle into and learn more about myself. I felt warm and safe in her studio working with her. This best part of working with Alison is that she is profoundly cognizant of what a person wants or needs to get out of the sessions. Alison was ready to dive deep when I needed, but also aware if a session needed to be a bit lighter in tone. The warmth and trust I felt working with Alison was genuine which allowed me to open. I felt I was in the hands of a seasoned and instinctive life coach. I highly recommend Alison Balano and an adventure of opening your mind and heart to Archetypal studies. - Beth V.
Alison’s archetypal counselings revealed itself to me when I was at a crossroads in my life. Not knowing much about AC, she introduced me to a new way of viewing myself and the world. As we walked through the archetypes she lead me on a path of self discovery, and most importantly she bore witness to that journey, sprinkling her wisdom along the way. She is an amazing listener and has a way of seeing YOU that creates a nurturing place to journey within. She offers feedback, and accountability when needed. Her life experience and training offers a perspective of seeing situations in ways that I have not. Most importantly, she has a presence about her that motivates me to dive deeper into my inner world, to hear and trust the voice within. - Alyson S.