Therapy and Coaching

The Enneagram is one of the most powerful clinical tools available to 
enhance your therapy or coaching practice. With its accurate descriptions of nine unique personality types, the Enneagram embraces all traditions and works well with virtually all forms and schools of therapy and change.

therapy-video-wideThe Enneagram brings unparalleled benefit to those working with others by providing accurate descriptions of the core structures of the nine personality types, as well as type-specific understanding of the relationship between psychological issues, spiritual qualities and somatic patterns.

Therapists, coaches, counselors, spiritual directors and others who wish to apply the Enneagram in their work are encouraged to attend our Expanded Enneagram Professional Training Program, which includes a certification track for Enneagram Narrative Professionals.

You will learn:

  • How to quickly assess clients by identifying core personality issues
  • Effective life-changing strategies and interventions for each personality type
  • Awareness building practices to use personally and with clients, which includes cutting-edge somatic techniques to enhance presence, self-regulation and resilience
  • The keys to each type’s core motivation, driving energy and organization of attention
  • A fundamental basis for working with personal suffering, character structure, core adaptive strategies, transference and counter-transference
  • The neurobiology of instinctive patterns of survival and working with the associated aversive emotions
  • Practices for individuals and couples to build upon their key strengths and resolve relationship issues and life challenges through spiritual and psychological development

We teach in the Narrative Tradition of the Enneagram types speaking for themselves, often in panel format, as a starting point to understand the path of healing, development, and ultimately the integration of psychological life with the spiritual qualities of being. In this way, the therapist or coach can experience directly the difficulties and strengths of each type that can then be used in the therapy session. Also, we provide the therapist and counselor with a deep self-understanding that builds the ability to work with counter-transference and better “walk the talk.” 

What therapists say...

“Learning personality development through the eyes of David Daniels and Helen Palmer is being given the gift of deep insight into how temperament and attachment intertwine – both personally helpful and professionally useful in understanding our many layers of perception, emotion and habits of mind. Thank you for providing such exciting new vistas.”


Daniel Siegel, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry,
UCLA Center for Culture, Brain
and Development,
World-renowned expert in
Attachment Theory 

“I’ve used the Enneagram as a clinical diagnostic tool for 28 years. It’s the roadmap for both clients and therapists that reveals the core of behavioral fixation and then teaches how to characterologically and spiritually transcend that abyss. My clients have loved it and have benefited from it tremendously.”


Kathleen C. Tamm, MA, MFT
The Institute for Personal Change

“As a licensed clinical psychologist for 20 years, I have attended numerous workshops, classes and training throughout my career. Never have I come across an opportunity for both personal and professional growth anything like what is offered in the Enneagram Professional Training Program. Far beyond advancing my clinical skills, this program has helped me move forward as a full human being.”


Daniel L. Simmons, PhD
Clinical Psychologist