Wondering how to align your inner and outer worlds?
My passion to explore dynamics or mechanisms that favor transformation has occupied a central place in my career. My commitment to assist people seeking strategies that favor their growth has led my research in the field of transpersonal studies, where I have examined numerous models of human development, personal growth and transformation. Regardless of the differences among these models, the existence of an underlying process of development toward human betterment seems to be a common theme.
An individual’s personal growth or transformation can be the result of a shocking event (e.g., the death of a loved one) that forces the person to reconsider “Who am I?” and one’s purpose in life. For some, transformation can be the result of an internal inquiry as a response to an inner voice that suggests that there is more meaning to life than the one manifested. These people usually experience transformation through psychotherapy or spiritual practices. For others, transformation is a spontaneous experience without apparent intervention of spiritual, secular, or traumatic experiences.
Regardless the path toward transformation and whether an individual’s aspiration to transform is regarded as happiness, enlightenment, individuation, prosperity, transcendence, or God, all these different forms seem to share the same aim: to increase personal well-being. Each individual’s developmental path is tailored in a unique way, and yet we all are equipped with innate drive to evolve. I believe on what major figures in Humanistic psychology such as Jung, Maslow, and Rogers referred to as the innate psyche’s tendency toward development. I believe we do not discover our paths; we create them. The path does not have a predetermined end toward which we are led to; each of us, given life conditions, constructs our own end through our everyday enactment of our life in the world.
My approach follows transpersonal principles in a therapeutic modality denominated Existential Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ECBT) which goal is to assist individuals to unfold and create the meaning of their life. At the core of this aim is a central existential question about the genuineness of one’s life. Together we will explore and practice the kind of transformative experiences that foster liberation from negative aspects, inner integration, integration with the world and the universe, wholesome values (altruistic, spiritual, or compassionate), a sense of connectedness, and a sense of participating in a wider realm.
The possibilities might be endless but we only have this life and a given set of conditions to make a decision here and now. Although one area might be the major focus for a particular individual, in my approach, we will work on three non-separated and non-hierarchical areas: body, mind, and spiritual (not necessarily religious). I always make use of what Daniels (2005) called the “mundane” approach to the transpersonal (p. 82) that provides a more accessible path to the transpersonal experience “through our everyday life experience rather than being seen as separate and dissociated from ordinary living” (Daniels, 2005, p. 69). In addition to stimulating and guiding a deep inquiry, other available techniques are meditation, yoga, visualization, art, contemplation, empathy, and compassion among others.
Life crises and Life transitions
I can help individuals experiencing spiritual crisis, existential crisis, identity crisis, or life transitions (e.g., death, separation, retirement, illness) to find the transformation power in the hurdle they are experiencing and restore or create the meaning of their lives in order to achieve a fuller and authentic experience of life. My intention is to tap into your growth-enhancing agency and inner potentials to achieve or maintain a healthy balance on your path toward growth, balance, and integration.
In this approach, there is no psychological dysfunction, but multiple expressions of being. I can help you come to terms with the anxiety or fear of being rather than trying to change these feelings as if there is something wrong. Help you embrace your life and free yourself by taking full responsibility for your choices. Some of the most powerful and lasting transformations come from embracing who you are instead of wanting to become someone else or from the realization that life is good as it is. Accepting life as it is, a continuous chain of present moments, embracing each moment as an opportunity to live fully and free, admitting one’s mortality, and overcoming fear of being and dying.
Ready to transform ordinary living into a joyful, authentic, more magical experience? I invite you to call or email me to set up an appointment.