What do I mean by "holistic-integrative"?

For the last 10 years I have scoured the earth like a truffle pig, looking for knowledge that will guide me on my path to inner and outer peace and contentment.

In doing so, I was initially skeptical, examining the individual disciplines and gradually finding peace and security in the insight:

Throughout all times and cultures there is a kind of universal wisdom that always recommends the same values ​​and ways of life:

  • whether the US bestselling author Dale Carnegie, with his 1948 publication of Christian values, "How to stop worrying & start living"
  • whether the approx. 5000 year old Huna teachings, the philosophy of Hawaiian shamanism
  • whether neurolinguistic programming (NLP), which was established in America in the 1970s and goes back to luminaries of family therapy (Virginia Satir), hypnotherapy (Milton H. Erickson) and Gestalt therapy (Fritz Perls)
  • whether the approx. 2500 year old Buddhist philosophy, which goes back to Siddharta Gautama (later Buddha)
  • whether the Stoics in ancient philosophy, around 300 BC like Seneca, Epictetus
  • whether the cognitive behavioral therapy, which is still supported by health insurance companies and whose father is Aaron T. Beck, has been used since the 1960s, especially in the western world
  • whether the World Spiritual University (Brahma Kumaris) from India with its teaching knowledge from 1936, which has since then only female leaders, such as Sister Shivani today
  • whether the currently modern positive psychology, used for the first time in 1954 by the American psychologist Abraham Maslow...

...the list could be considerably longer.

But they all have amazing interfaces and similarities at the points where - to put it briefly - the path to self-responsible happiness in life leads through awareness and the purposeful influence of mental processes.

If in principle I keep finding very similar attitudes, views and methods for the same goals in life (happiness, peace, love, health) in so many different places, this gives me security and the good feeling of being on the right path as a learner, on a path that I can pass on to other interested parties with a clear conscience.

For me, holistic-integrative means neither excluding one nor the other and letting them compete against each other, but rather in the tradition of  Carl Gustav Jung (the Swiss founder of analytical psychology), to gather the various disciplines around a round table, namely representatives of science, religion, philosophy, mystics, etc., and to listen to everyone, in order to create an integrative whole that is as complete as possible.

"To be a companion to the other person in their inner world."

Based on Carl Rogers 
(known for the non-directive, client-centered therapy)

Daniela Günter

Holistic-Integrative* Psychological Counselling & Systemic Coaching