Eric Lyleson, M.A. is a psychologist in private practice on Sydney

Eric Lyleson, author of Essential Wholeness

Eric Lyleson, author of Essential Wholeness

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. “I have been privileged to know Eric Lyleson for 18 years. During this time he has inspired me as a trainer, workshop presenter and supervisor for my private practice as a psychotherapist and relationship counsellor. Eric has been a true mentor, broadening my horizons with his extensive knowledge and wisdom and introducing me to new ways of thinking about the world.” Christine Bennett, MA Sci-Soc-Eco, Psychotherapist, Marriage Counsellor and Certified Mental Health Worker


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


1988 – present: Psychologist in private practice Essential Wholeness Psychology

He founded the Healing Relationships Center in Sydney, Australia in 1988. He provides individual, marital and family therapy, as well as, supervision and training for mental health professionals. Essential Wholeness will serve as a training manual for the training programs

2011 – present: Wilderness Treatment Australia Foundation

Clinical Director and member of the Board of Directors

He created a wilderness therapy program for adolescents based on Essential Wholeness principles (The Hero’s Journey chapter 8). The role includes training and supervising staff and facilitating the program in the field. He will be using Essential Wholeness as a training manual for the clinicians working in the program.

1992 – 1994: While on the faculties of: Relationships Australia and the Australian College of Applied Psychology

He taught post-graduate and Masters level courses including:

Basic and Advanced Counselling Methods Family and Relationship Counselling Systemic Therapy Abnormal Psychology

At the College of Applied Psychology he helped design and implement a psychologist supervision and registration program –– one of the first programs of its kind in Sydney. “His extensive experience as a therapist and psychologist contributed significantly to the development of the College’s courses and the teaching of our programs in an innovative and challenging fashion.” Lionel Davis, Executive Director of Australian College of Applied Psychology

Presenter at professional conferences including

  • International Enneagram Association
  • Australian Association of Buddhist Counselors and Psychotherapists
  • The Australian and New Zealand Family Therapy Association
  • New South Wales Family Therapy Association
  • The International Hypnosis Society
  • Psychotherapy in Australia
  • The Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists
  • The Australian Hypnotherapists Association
  • South Australia Enneagram Association

Advanced Training

  • Enneagram: Eli Jaxon Bear, Helen Palmer, David Daniels, Lawrence Grazious
  • Psychotherapy: Stephen Gilligan, PhD, Jeff, Zeig, PhD, Bill O’Hanlon, MA, Rick Hanson PhD, David Schnarch, PhD, Francine Shapiro, PhD, John Grinder, Brandon Bays, William Emerson, PhD, Ernest Rossi, PhD, Gianfranco Cecchin, Larry Horowitz, PhD
  • Spirituality: Adyashanti, Dalai Lama, Sogyal Rinpoche, Lama Ole Nydahl, Gangaji, Marianne Williamson, Jack Kornfield PhD, Lama Tendar