Essential Wholeness & Integral Psychotherapy

Professional Development Courses

integral psychotherapy training

In these foundational courses you will learn how to optimise your ability to effect change and help your clients reach their full potential by understanding the developmental cycle that underlies all growth. You will then learn how different personality types tend get stuck in in vicious cycles that inhibit natural development and lead to the symptoms that bring them to therapy or coaching. You will learn meditation and mindfulness secrets passed down through a direct oral tradition from true spiritual masters that will expand and deepen your trust in your own essential being.  Which you can then pass on to your clients.


Integration of Science and Spirituality in Psychotherapy – Embracing Change and Realising Being

You will learn how the science behind the Enneagram can help you:

  • understand a positive psychology of wellness and what it is to be a whole person that includes all nine aspects
  • enrich the experience of the what Dan Siegel calls the Hub of Awareness or ACT refers to as Self as Context for yourself and clients
  • see the role temperament plays in treatment
  • utilise the universal cycle of healing, learning, development and spiritual awakening that starts with Dan Siegel’s ‘River and Integration’, but expands into a comprehensive therapeutic approach along the lines of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • have a wholistic systemic sensibility in individual therapy
  • address the developmental tasks and related basic functions of the nine phases
  • evolve from eclecticism to an integrative Outcome Oriented Approach
  • effectively transform vicious circles to virtuous flow cycles
  • streamline, broaden and deepen treatment
  • develop deeper rapport by speaking your client’s spiritual or nonspiritual language
  • tap into the quantum power of Interventive Interviewing, because the observer cannot not have an impact on the observed
  • utilise the art of implicit and explicit communication: Mean what you say and say what you mean, but don’t always just come out and say it.
  • apply the Artistry of Paradox and how what you resist persists
  • recognise how timing is everything, know what to ask, why and when?
  • make empowering invitations to cognitive and behavioural change
  • hold your theories lightly or else you might get carried away.




Enneagram Personality Types – The Essential Wholeness Perspective

Dan Siegel says, “People do have neural propensities––called temperament––that may be somewhat but not fully changeable.” He goes onto to say, “No system of adult personality description that exists (except the Enneagram popular version) has an internally focused organization––that is, a view of how the internal architecture of mental functioning, not just behavior, is organized across developmental periods.” Learning an Essential Wholeness approach to the nine Enneagram temperaments provides you with:

  • a powerful diagnostic tool and the psychopathology associates with each type
  • a systemic understanding of personality
  • a model in which solutions are inherently linked to the problems
  • an understanding of what Buddha might have said about the Enneagram
  • knowledge of the instinctual subtypes: Self-preservation, Social and Sexual
  • the effects of stress and security on different types
  • how the therapist’s personality can impact on the therapeutic relationship
  • about the hypnotic trance-like qualities of personality as described by Stephen Wolinski, PhD
  • gain hypnotic-like rapport




The Deeply Mindful Therapist – Realising the Full Power of ‘Now’ in Therapy

Relationships are a reflection of the relationship we have with ourselves. The quality of the therapeutic relationship is largely determined by the therapists quality of presence. In these Essential Wholeness meditation and mindfulness practices we can:

  • discover a deeper, more authentic, intimate healing relationship with ourselves.
  • have a deeper sense of what Dan Siegel calls the ‘hub of the mind’s wheel of awareness’ and ACT refers to as ‘Self as Context’.
  • see what is the true nature of our experience and what are the fabrications of mind.
  • experience what Carl Rogers referred to as unconditional positive regard and the power of presence
  • open to spacious sky-like openness and freedom
  • relax into deep ocean-like interconnectedness and compassion
  • settle into solid mountain-like stability and calm
  • rest in the stillness that is untouched by the anxieties and judgments of the mind

This leads to:

  • refining of intuition
  • guiding clients more deeply into mindful awareness
  • the prevention of compassion fatigue
  • greater therapeutic intimacy
  • a richer context for attachment bonding repair
  • freedom from concepts that limit perception and blind us from what is really happening.
  • access to wisdom beyond knowledge
  • contemplation and insights into the great existential questions
  • freedom from counter-transference reactions


The Deeply Mindful TherapistAdyashanti Nonduality Zen BuddhismErickson

and the Oral Tradition

I don’t know about you, but how I practice therapy is deeply influenced by not only what I have learned, but by whom I have learned it from––both therapists and teachers.   Buddhist practice, much like psychotherapy is an oral tradition that is passed on from teacher to student.  The deep meditation practices are not intellectual exercises, like good psychotherapy they are grounded in experiential learning and in the quality of the relationship between student and teacher (client and therapist).  The student (client) is reminded to listen not just with the conceptual mind that that tries to understand ideas within an existing conceptual framework, but rather to discover for themselves in their direct experience what the words are pointing at.   No amount of thinking of what an apple tastes like will ever replace the experience of biting into an apple. No ideas about mindfulness are the experience of mindfulness. The master hypnotist Milton Erickson, MD, as part of a therapeutic trance induction would make suggestions along the line of, “Your conscious mind may think certain ideas about x, y and z, while you unconscious mind or experiential mind can draw on your life experiences in some way that enables you to have an experience of x, y and z in this moment.” Erickson would then go onto to describe various ways of learning, growing and healing in a way that the client could get a feel for what he was pointing out.

Although you can go online and purchase sacred texts of all traditions, you can’t buy the apple-like experience of the essential qualities of being.  Many Buddhist traditions emphasize receiving the transmission of the teachings, which is commonly described using the metaphor of stringed instruments.  So just as if a person plucks a string on one instrument and the similarly tuned string on another instrument will vibrate in resonance with it, a teacher’s (therapist’s) state of being can open the possibility for the student (client) to resonate with that state.  

Relationships are a reflection of the relationship we have with ourselves. The quality of the therapeutic relationship is largely determined by quality of being embodied by the therapist.  This is apparent in particular when therapists are teaching mindfulness to their clients.  The more fully a therapist embodies what it is to be deeply mindful, the more robust her description will be and consequently the more deep the resonance will be within the client.

In this workshop we will focus on deepening our experience of what Dan Siegel refers to as the ‘hub of the mind’s wheel of awareness’, or what ACT refers to ‘Self as Context’ or what Buddhism refers to as Shunyata.  Through guided mindfulness and meditation Eric will pass on the experiential learning he has received from his spiritual teachers Sogyal Rinpoche, Lama Tendar, Lama Ole Nydhal, Adyashanti, Eli Jaxon-Bear and Gangaji, as well as from his Buddhist-minded psychologists Stephen Gilligan (The Courage to Love), Rick Hanson (Buddha’s Brain), Dan Brown (Harvard Medical School) and Jack Kornfield (The Wise Heart).

Participants will then learn and apply influential language patterns of Milton Erickson, similar to those described by Michael Yapko (Mindfulness and Hypnosis) in guiding others into profound and subtle states of awareness and conducting therapeutic interviews.