About Vicky Frue Acton
Vicky’s story begins having grown up with three older brothers. She grew up tough and tender. She could drink anyone under the table and she curtsied before she danced. Vicky grew up with riots in the 60s, was a tomboy in the 70s, and danced at debutante balls and under disco balls in the early 80s. The birth of a therapist!
When it was time to go to college, her Father told her to go into business school, even though she had experienced and observed enough to know that she wanted to go into psychology to figure out what this life was all about. Vicky flunked out of business school after her Sophomore year. She was more interested in drinking and not at all about business. Then she met a mentor who believed in her and showed Vicky her worth and intelligence, so she went back to school to get that Psychology degree she always knew would teach her. At the age of 23, she learned through her wrongdoings and instincts that enough was enough.
All along, Vicky had also succumbed and recognized the other side of addiction as a co-dependent and a target of abuse. She learned the difference between sweet and salty tears, and began to heal. She moved from living a fake “good life” to a genuine living breathing person again. How did she do that? After a divorce and having been a single Mom, which weakened and then strengthened her, she learned how to believe in herself—to create the life she wanted to live, and began to see the power of prayer and hard work.
Vicky graduated with a BS and MS in Psychology with honors. She learned to be a therapist the way therapists are taught, and then she unlearned the things she was taught and became better at listening and hearing what others truly were searching for. Then she began to understand that it is the searching outside ourselves that causes our unhappiness and lengthens our journey.
“Through experience, non-judgment and intuition I help people to resolve and evolve, by focusing on trauma, transitions and spiritual awakening.” — Vicky Frue Acton
Certifications and Training
- 23 Years of experience as a Psychotherapist working with trauma and process addictions
- 10 years experience as a Ceremonialist sanctioned by Bebahmoytung, Ojibway Elder of the Muskrat Clan from Ontario Canada
- Trained in Transformational Psychology - Inner Counselor™ Process
- EMDR I & II - ten years experience
- MS - Community Agency Counseling - Western Carolina University
- BS - Psychology - College of Charleston
- Licensed in North Carolina and Wisconsin
- NCLPC #12537
- WI #2581-125
Vicky’s Journey of Healing From Within
As a young mother and therapist, Vicky was introduced to a sharing circle introducing Native American stories and ceremonies during a conference. It kicked up some old hurts and pains that she didn’t know were lingering within her. With tobacco, she put her prayer down to bring Native American ceremony and customs into her life so that she too could continue to heal from the inside out. For eighteen years Vicky prepared food, stones and wood for gatherings and ceremonies. She cried, screamed and sat still. Vicky listened to teachings, stories and legends from many who have walked the red road.
Why did she gravitate to Native Americans to continue her understanding of healing from trauma and life’s lessons, because she had a vision when she was in the 5th grade that showed her that all the colors of the people will eventually become one. She knew then, that the “red people” had something that she wanted to remember deep within. Traditional therapy was good, but healing from the heart and spirit were missing.
Vicky now sings from her heart and lives in a good way. She is love, she is worthy, she is okay. Vicky has survived trauma, many transitions, and has spiritually awakened.
Vicky utilizes the work of Transpersonal Psychologist, Ann Nunley, PhD with the Inner Counselor™ Technique, and Francine Shapiro's, PhD work with EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). These are beautiful holistic ways of completing our processing of old hurts and pains. Vicky also has extensive training and knowledge with trauma experts Bessel Van Der Kolk and Dan Siegel’s Mindsight.
Vicky sees Native American culture as an original source of integrative healing, and blends her extensive knowledge and experience in therapeutic processes with indigenous traditions to create a place where our emotions, thinking and physical bodies become aligned and healthy, which results in spiritual awakening.
"Understanding Natural Healing from Native American Values and Philosophy"
Click here and scroll to show #77 for an exclusive interview with Vicky on "A Mindful Emergence" radio show with Eddie LeShure and Margaret Kirschner, recorded live on June 12, 2017.