“Let the waters settle and you will see the moon and the stars mirrored in your own being.” ~Rumi
We are multidimensional beings who inherently desire to reside in states of our essential nature, where we discover qualities such as compassion, clarity, strength, truth, creativity, passion, peace, spaciousness and contentment. However, many of us struggle in varying degrees with a sense of emptiness, disconnection from ourselves and others, and feelings of shame, inadequacy, and self-loathing. We engage in a lifelong quest to feel complete. We develop addictions to people, things, and substances in the search for fulfillment, or try to “fix” ourselves through therapy, spiritual practice, or self-help, only to find ourselves repeating the same patterns again and again.
Often, our efforts to become who we know ourselves to be at a deep level are thwarted or misguided due to trauma in our lives. This may occur from specific adverse experiences, misattunements and defecits in our childhood development, family and ancestral trauma, or from the repression of emotions that we were unable to process because we were too young developmentally, in a state of overwhelm, or conditioned to repress our emotions.
Integral counseling draws from the wisdom of eastern and western psychology and spirituality, energy healing, Somatic Experiencing, and attachment theory to facilitate us in our quest for connection, self-actualization and embodiment. It is based on the premise that we have all that we need within ourselves to experience fulfillment, but may require guidance to access it. Integral counseling is a client-centered approach that respects individual needs and differences and utilizes multifaceted methods, beyond “talk therapy,” that engage the client mind, body, heart and soul.