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Essential Wholeness Integral Psychotherapy

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Essential Wholeness describes what it is to be a healthy evolving human being. And then draws on the great psychological and spiritual traditions to help you realise that wellness. Ken Wilber (2000) in his comprehensive attempt to define an integral psychology starts with one major rule: “Everybody is right. More specifically, everybody—including me—has some important pieces of truth, and all of those pieces need to be honored, cherished, and included in a more gracious, spacious, and compassionate embrace.Essential Wholeness is interested in what helps people to realize their human potential and spiritual essence. Rather than placing the vast array of Eastern and Western psychotherapeutic and spiritual traditions available to us today in competition with one another, Essential Wholeness helps us see what methods are best for which people at what time. If you already have an eclectic approach to healing and growth then Essential Wholeness will help you to see how those diverse methods fit into the ecosystem of the psyche.


To help us realize our full potential and free ourselves from self-defeating patterns, Essential Wholeness psychology integrates:

  • Ericksonian Hypnosis and Psychotherapy,
  • NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming),
  • ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy),
  • Self Relations Therapy,
  • Solution Focused Therapy,
  • Systemic Family Therapy,
  • Narrative Therapy,
  • Gestalt Therapy,
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy),
  • Somatic Psychotherapies,
  • EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique,
  • TFT (Thought Field Therapy),
  • Family Constellations,
  • NeuroSemantics and Jungian Psychotherapy.

It weaves this together with teachings and practices from the three schools of Buddhism: Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana, A Course in Miracles, the teachings of Carlos Castaneda, Osho, Rumi, Adyashanti and, in the Advaita Vedanta tradition (Ramana Maharshi, Papaji, Gangaji and Eli Jaxon Bear). Essential Wholeness offers here a unique perspective on the Enneagram as a model of the underlying patterns that connect our knowledge of psychology, biology, physics, mythology and spirituality. Then it clearly shows us how to practically apply these patterns of conscious inquiry to counseling processes and self-help. Rather than viewing the Enneagram in a static two-dimensional way, Essential Wholeness broadens our perspective into an expanding multidimensional model, much like a three-dimensional fractal-like spiral. It describes what it is to be a healthy whole human being with a full spectrum of resources to draw upon. And illuminates how the maladaptive compulsions of personality occur simply when we aren’t embracing our essentially whole true nature. The life of a psychologically healthy person can be seen as a journey down a river from the headwaters to the sea. Getting caught in the ego compulsions of a personality type is like being stuck in an eddy or even a whirlpool in the natural flow of growth and change in the river of life.

About Eric Lyleson M.A.

Eric Lyleson, M.A. is a psychologist in private practice on Sydney’s northern beaches. For over thirty years he has been personally and professionally exploring which psychotherapeutic and spiritual practices are most useful in helping people free themselves from psychological suffering and awakening to their full human and spiritual potential. Education

  • Masters and Bachelors in Psychology (minor in Theater Arts)
  • Graduated Sonoma State University, California 1985

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • Australian Registered Psychologist
  • International Enneagram Association
  • Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists

General Public

  • Is an important part of your life stuck in rut or repetitive cycle?
  • Are you suffering from stress, anxiety or depression?
  • Have you been reading spiritual or self-help books, but wonder how to really put those inspiring ideas into practice?
  • Do you sense that psychological crises could actually be life trying to help you awaken to your essential or spiritual nature?
  • Have you ever wondered what life is about?
  • Have you ever felt scared of dying?
  • Or scared of really living to the fullest?

Then click here to learn how Essential Wholeness Psychology can help you

For Professionals

Clinical Supervision & Professional Training

Interested in the integration of Buddhism and other spiritual traditions with psychotherapy? Do you think mindfulness has added a lot to therapy and would like to know how other Buddhist practices can be integrated into your therapy practice?​ Are you inspired by the work of people like:

  • Marsha M. Linehan, PhD Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Daniel Siegel, MD, Mindsight and Neural Integration​,
  • Tara Brach, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Buddhist
  • Stephen Gilligan, PhD, Self-Relations?

Then click here to learn more about Supervision & Workshops

acclaim for essential wholeness:
  • Essential Wholeness is a living, breathing book that has opened up the vast potential healing impact of my work with clients. Lyleson offers us his life’s work, drawing deeply and compassionately from thirty years of clinical work and his direct experience to offer a highly original contribution to the way we understand change and the experiences of being human. This book travails a vast territory, from cutting edge scientific thought to the wisdom traditions, challenging the reader to continually open to deeper and deeper levels of understanding and insight. This book is like no other that I have read and presents a clear way forward in my evolution as a therapist. Justin Denes, MGT, BSW, MAASW

  • Fascinating reading for anyone interested in the evolution of human consciousness, fractals and their spiraling reflection in the Enneagram. Anyone wanting to gain a deeper understanding where this entropic chaos is going to lead us in the 21st century will love it. This book will become a classic as did Ken Wilber’s Atman Project in the 1980s. Shunyam H. Peinecke, B.A.Hons Psychology (Uni Hamburg, Germany)

  • Eric definitively captures the essence of integration in this treatise on psychotherapy and spirituality. This impressive work well demonstrates the many layers of understanding and experience that are necessary for psychotherapists attempting to navigate the challenges inherent in working wholistically. Eric expresses the deep appreciation of the human condition that can only come from many years of self-reflection, learning and practice as a therapist. Anyone fortunate enough to encounter Eric, either as a reader of this enthralling work or as his clients in psychotherapy will undoubtedly benefit in significant ways. Lionel Davis, psychologist, educator and founder of the Australian College of Applied Psychology