The countercultural healer’s guide for building a sustainable and values-driven practice: work toward your purpose, grow your client base, and thrive with integrity in an unjust capitalist system. The time for healing—and the time to be a healer—is now.
Therapist Laura Mae Northrup navigates the complexities of being a healer today—and shows how you can stay true to your calling in a world built from systems that were designed to extract, oppress, and exploit.
Addressing fundamental tensions that arise for practicing healers working in a late-stage capitalist culture, Northrup shares how to:
Maintain your ethical framework even while prioritizing financial stability
Market and brand your practice authentically, without resorting to fear-based tactics
Recognize the unconscious biases and unexamined motivations you unintentionally bring to work
Honor your limits within a culture that valorizes overwork and perpetuates burnout
Prioritize your emotional needs and spiritual goals—and honor their place in your healing practice
Structured in accessible, to-the-point chapters with practical writing and reflection prompts, Northrup offers an authentic, spiritually grounded approach to healership, going much deeper than the promise of a million-dollar practice or a minimum-effort game plan.
Written for healers of all modalities—including radical therapists, functional practitioners, reiki workers, bodyworkers, and healers who have been sidelined, underfunded, underresearched, or delegitimized within a Western capitalist framework—this book offers a nuanced, political, and social-justice informed guide to building the practice you want—and thriving as the healer you were born to be.
About the Author
Laura Mae Northrup, MFT, is a practicing psychotherapist and educator based in Oakland, CA. She is the creator and host of the podcast Inside Eyes, a series that explores the use of entheogens and psychedelics to heal sexual trauma. Her work focuses on defining sexual violence through a spiritual and politicized lens, mentoring healing practitioners in creating a meaningful path, and supporting the spiritual integrity of our collective humanity. Radical Healership is her first book. You can find more information about Laura and her projects at www.lauramaenorthrup.com.
"Radical Healership is the book that astrologers, tarot readers, counselors, and other healing practitioners need. It gives you good advice from an experienced healer … about what it means to heal as a job without wanting to make it a job. It is a book that embraces you." —ALICE SPARKLY KAT, author of Postcolonial Astrology
"Northrup shows you how to take care of your financial, spiritual, and emotional needs as you stay true to your radical values. Get ready to feel as if you’re in a deep conversation with a wise mentor who always tells you the truth." —ANNIE SCHUESSLER, host of the podcast Rebel Therapist
"If you’re looking for an anti-oppressive, anti-capitalist, spiritually led book to help you start or build your healing arts practice, start right here." —JENNIFER PATTERSON, author of The Power of Breathwork
"Northrup brings humanity to the experience of being a healer. This is a must-read for all health professionals, nurses, caregivers, artists, lovers, mystics—and anyone looking to find their footing in this world.” —ALESE OSBORN, tarot reader, Oracular artist, and host of the podcast Neon Cauldron
"This is the book I wish I had as a new practitioner." —CHASE DESSO, acupuncturist
"Reading this book feels like being welcomed into a growing web of creative practitioners who are bravely shaping the future of our healing professions in a direction that we desperately need." —SASCHA ALTMAN DUBRUL, MSW, counselor, cofounder of The Icarus Project, and author of Maps to the Other Side
"[Northrup's] personal stories serve as examples of the courageous self-understanding that are the essential foundation of our work." —LAURA LAMB BROWN-LAVOIE, poet, herbalist, and doula
"... this book can help any practitioner—from the newbie to the long-established healer—create vision and coherence in their life’s work." —ANNA HOWLAND, psychotherapist
"If I’d had this [book] available to me when I started, ... I would’ve made the same progress in five months that wound up taking me five years." —CHAIKUNI WITAN, Shipibo Medicine Practitioner
"Finally, a deeply thoughtful book that addresses the complex ethical, political, and spiritual dimensions of building a sustainable practice amidst late-stage capitalism and dire environmental reckoning." —PHILLIPPE CITRINE, MFT, Generative Somatics Coach, founder of the Peacock Course private practice training for trans, queer, and social justice healers
"Northrup’s voice ... is unflinchingly REAL—intersectionally attuned, purposefully confessional, often gloriously blunt, and intentional—with clear frameworks for healing. This a self-help book for the helpers." —JOHN MINK, social studies teacher and editor of Teaching Resistance
"Northrup’s personal stories, professional anecdotes, radical know-how, and fiercely compassionate outlook inspired me to see and nurture parts of myself that are critical to my healing practice." —LEIA FRIEDWOMAN, MS, Psychedelic Integration Facilitator and host of the podcast The Psychedologist