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Eva Rider – Reclaiming the Soul

“…as far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being…” C.G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, MDR, Page 326.

Are you caught in a painful life crisis or transition that has splintered your sense of self?

We can all use a trusted guide…

As you go through life, you may at times find yourself at a crossroads…lost, confused, restless, overwhelmed, depressed and suffocated by demands and duties that have lost their meaning and passion. You may be haunted by a loss of a sense of who you are and cannot name the thing you seek that may bring fulfillment and peace.

Unlock the path to self discovery and meaning in the midst of painful transitions


  • How to transform the most painful transitions in life into opportunities for self discovery and renewal
  • How to pave your path through the dark night to find your life’s calling and purpose
  • How to find meaning in the depths of internal confusion, trauma and loss
  • How to unlock the key to your dreams to access your own wisdom and guidance

…through a lens of…

  • Jungian Depth Psychology
  • Astrology & Tarot
  • Kabbalah & Alchemy
  • Dream Work
  • BodySoul Synthesis


J. Baddeley the portal

“Not all who wander are lost” J.R.R. Tolkien

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Unio Mystica – Johfra Bosschart

Image used with permission of the Johfra Museum

Eva Rider portrait

As a Jungian depth psychotherapist and licensed Marriage Family Therapist (MFT), I have extensive experience treating disorders such as depression and anxiety. I work with grief, loss, trauma, stress, abuse, low self esteem, marital, family problems and life transition issues. Launching into new career paths, mid-life concerns,. My work is influenced by the psychology of C.G. Jung and Marion Woodman, integrating image, symbol and archetype in my psychotherapeutic work and classes. In exploring our personal myths, we open to a dialogue between the conscious and unconscious elements of psyche (soul) and promote healing, vitality and wholeness.

As a dream practitioner, I engage methods to enable you retrieve your dreams, discovering meaning and direction through their guidance.

As a BodySoul teacher, I am trained in the work of Marion Woodman. I incorporate methods of embodying image and dreams to increase inner awareness through art, movement, music and the study of alchemy.

As a workshop facilitator, I offer classes and groups incorporating dreams, myth, fairytale and alchemy in deepening self knowledge through creative process


Images of Jake Baddeley art are published with his generous and explicit permission. All images are subject to copyright. To find out more about him and his artistic production, please visit his website.

“The right way to wholeness is made up of…fateful detours and wrong turnings. It is a longissima via, not straight but snakelike, a path that unites the opposites in the manner of the guiding caduceus, a path whose labyrinthine twists and turns are not lacking in terrors.” C.G. Jung, Psychology and Alchemy, Jung, CW 12, Page 6.


I am Eva Rider M.A., MFT in private practice in Santa Cruz since 1997.

I earned my B.A. in history from McGill University in Montreal and an M.A. in Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in California where I taught classes in Jungian Theory, Dreamwork, Myth and Alchemy to graduate students.

I trained extensively with Jungian Analyst and author Marion Woodman, voice coach, Ann Skinner and movement specialist, Mary Hamilton since 1999 and completed The Marion Woodman BodySoul Rhythms® Leadership Training in 2007.

I currently teach BodySoul Community Workshops incorporating my training as a hypnotherapist and SoulCollage® facilitator.

Besides my individual psychotherapy practice, I teach groups and classes in the art of Reclaiming Soul through dreams, astrology, creative process,  BodySoul synthesis.

I specialize in Archetypal and Jungian Depth psychology and bring 30 years of Metaphysical study to my work.

My passion is a study of Jung’s alchemical psychology and its connection to the Tree of Life incorporating BodySoul synthesis.

My undergraduate work in history and humanities, my graduate work in psychology is enhanced  by a  lifelong fascination with the transformational nature of consciousness.