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It is time to be brave. To reclaim what has been lost, discover what is hidden, and remember what has been forgotten. It is time to awaken your Golden Shadow.

Melanie Ryan




Melanie Ryan, LCSW


Melanie Ryan is the founder of The Golden Shadow Method, a Path of Awakening Your Full Human Potential. She is a writer, photographer, artist, holistic psychotherapist, and educator of ancient wisdom traditions.


The Golden Shadow is a storehouse of divine forces and creativity. Within it are many secrets, and the keys to unlocking the power to heal your mind, body, heart and soul. Melanie Ryan’s golden shadow method is a process of personal growth and transformation that empowers you to reach your full human potential. 



The origins of western psychotherapy and medicine can be found in Ancient Greece. The origin of the word psychotherapy was founded in the Greek language: Psycho or “psyche” in Greek means soul or spirit; and therapy or “therapeia” in Greek means to care for. In Greek, psychotherapy means to care for the soul. 

We are not to be reduced to just a mind and a body. We are not to be labeled, diagnosed and pathologized. Instead we are to be deeply listened to and seen as a whole being with power and creativity. Melanie’s method provides education and empowerment, highlighting our true nature that is directed by our imagination and creative spirit. 


Melanie is a 1995 graduate of Fordham University School of Clinical Social Work and Clinical Research. She has worked with teens and adults, specializing in trauma and addiction recovery for 30 years. She is dedicated to bringing the heart and soul back into psychotherapy. 


Carl Gustav Jung, the famous Swiss psychiatrist bridged psychology and spirituality. He coined the term “the shadow” as the archetype of the unconscious. Melanie has trained extensively with The Center of Applied Jungian Studies of South Africa and the Jung Association of Western Massachusetts. She is a depth psychotherapist who specializes on using ancient traditions for making the unconscious conscious, transmuting wounds into wisdom, and integrating our creative, playful spirit.  



In 1999, Melanie stepped into the world of the shaman after receiving a vision of a black jaguar. Over decades she learned the ancestral ways of healing using the medicine of the Earth and Spirit. Melanie has traveled to learn from shamans of various lineages. She has a particular influence from Mayan cosmology and astrology as well as the philosophies and primitive living skills of the Lakota, and Lipan Apache elders. 


Melanie experienced several “shamanic initiations” of illness and near death experiences. She also nearly lost her son to a health crisis. These initiations provided profound teachings that have given her knowledge and powers of healing that exist beyond the ordinary.



In 2004, Melanie began studying Tibetan Buddhism. She then became a member of the Shambhala Meditation Center of NYC and Westchester Buddhist Center in Westchester County, NY. After 12 years of training, Melanie was authorized to teach in the lineage of Shambhala founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche a Tibetan master from the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages. Melanie was privately mentored by David Nichtern and Derek Kolleeny for 10 years. She has studied many times with Shambhala’s former Acharya Pema Chödron and currently studies with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, a teacher of the Bön Tibetan Tradition. 



Melanie suffered for most of her life from chronic illness until 1999 when she was introduced to holistic and ancestral ways of healing. In 2012, she received a Vision of a holistic health center in a dream. From 2013 to 2020, Melanie owned and managed an award-winning holistic health center in the Hudson Valley of NY.  


Melanie specializes in holistic health and healing. She has trained in Naturopathic Medicine, Herbalism, Homeopathy, Past Life Regression Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Addiction Recovery, Yoga & Reiki. In 2020, Melanie became a naturopathic apprentice of Dr. Marizelle Arce, ND. 


Melanie’s Golden Shadow Method brings awareness to our destructive patterns that undermine health. What we eat, drink, and surround ourselves with impacts our mental, emotional, and physical well being. She addresses the commonly overlooked malnutrition, toxicity, unhealed trauma and unhealthy lifestyle that is at the root cause of disease. 


Transmuting Triggers | Healing the Soul

Every one of us experiences trauma in our lives. Trauma is universal and can shatter the heart and soul. Melanie created the Transmuting Triggers Protocol© which is a step by step process of understanding how triggers are activations of the unconscious becoming conscious providing us opportunities for healing. 


The origin of the word healing in Old English is “Haelin” which means return to wholeness. 


Triggers are sparks of awakening, activations that bring wounded parts of ourselves into awareness for healing and integration. This is called Shadow Integration or Soul Retrieval and is the goal of the Transmuting Triggers Protocol uniquely designed by Melanie. 


Transmuting Triggers Protocol provides the wisdom for you to heal yourself on a heart and soul level. Transmutation work offers you a deep sense of peace and compassion. You feel lighter, healthier, more creative, playful, and have gratitude for life. 

Author | Educator | Mentor

Melanie is author of the books: The Golden Shadow Method: A Path of Awakening Your Full Human Potential and Transmuting Triggers: The Golden Shadow Method Workbook & Journal. In 2023, she will be publishing her third book: Secrets of the Golden Shadow: Ancestral Wisdom for Healing & Transcending Trauma. Melanie is an international speaker and educator who works online 1:1 and in small groups.


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