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Somatic Trauma Therapy and Spiritual Counseling, treating PTSD, C-PTSD, anxiety, depression, existential crisis, spiritual emergency and integration, men's issues, relationship issues, self-esteem, and grief. Using Somatic Therapy with a background in spiritual and mystical traditions to offer holistic healing, based in Lafayette, Colorado, Dan Halpern Counseling supports clients Boulder, Denver, Colorado, and worldwide.

About The Integrated Self

The Integrated Self points to a relational cohesion between all that exists within and around you. As Walt Whitman put so succinctly, we "contain multitudes." As you get to know the multitudes, deepening your relationship with yourself and the wider world, you can perceive and create greater harmony with the multifaceted co-becoming that is you and all of life. Sometimes requiring boundaries, sometimes requiring openness, the mission of The Integrated Self is to help us live and act in integrity and authenticity with the wholeness of who we each are.

This page explores the orientation and philosophy of The Integrated Self through the symbolism of the logo.

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The logo has 5 main elements: human hands, plant leaves, roots, a circular mandala, and empty space.


The Human

The outstretched hands represent the individual human in an open and receptive posture—open to change, growth, and to relating with the world. One way of orienting to the human is through a three-centered model used by some Sufis, contemplative Christians, and other mystery schools. (1) The head center thinks and reasons, (2) the heart center feels emotions, and (3) the belly or body center senses, experiences, moves, and expresses. An “integrated self” can experience a clear and fluid channel of alignment between all three centers in the body, accessing a wider and deeper range of faculties, capacities, and potential as needed—thinking, feeling, sensing, moving, imagining, intuiting, empathizing, understanding, dreaming, creating, emoting, expressing, attuning, and utilizing more of oneself in appropriate ways for any situation.

The integrated human also includes many different parts: the inner child, the inner teenager, paradoxical desires (the part that wants to stay where you are and the part that wants to move), the black and white thinking parts, the more open and nuanced parts that can hold a both/and perspective rather than an either/or perspective, the wisest, most compassionate, peaceful parts, and the most contracted, reactive, and pained parts. The integrated self is an individual who can choose which parts get to lead oneself in any situation, and which parts need validation, compassionate holding, and/or inner boundaries.

This integrated, individual human is one key aspect of the integrated self. Then there’s the transpersonal element, beyond the singular, individual self.

The More-Than-Human

The plant leaves in the logo first represent the more-than-human world. We depend on plant-life and the more-than-human, and are embedded in existence with countless forces and beings, including a wider network of elements, animals, microorganisms, corporations, institutions, spirits of place, ancestors, and so much more. Seen here, the leaves are co-emerging out of the same center as the human hands, recognizing that at our core we are intimately connected with all of life. The growing leaves also represent the possibilities of growth for every person: that we can awaken our authentic truth and expression in everyday life, blooming as vibrantly as the plant kin do.

The Roots

For this growth to take place, both the plant and the human are literally rooted in the greater whole, acknowledging our place in the wider web of life. We arrive into history, into intergenerational traumas and resilience, burdens and gifts, and that history informs and influences much of who we are. It’s deeply important to acknowledge that positionality, the context in which we find ourselves, to most effectively respond to the current moment.

The Transcendent and The Immanent 

The greater whole the roots extend out to and grow from is first the empty space—the pre-conceptual, primordial, groundless ground of being from which all things emerge. Not much can be said to accurately convey this dimension, as words are things, and the empty space is no-thing. Nonetheless, it’s always here, and is experienceable through different practices, such as certain types of meditation.


Surrounding the empty space and everything within it is the mandala, which signifies a nondual unity of existence. The mandala represents a kind of perfection, a symmetrical ideal, often associated in mystical and wisdom schools with a divine masculine principle of transcendence. The roots, the hands, and the leaves represent the unique specificity and details of life—your unique fingerprint, the way the wind blows your hair, the bacteria in our bodies, the events of everyday life—often associated with a divine feminine principle of immanence.


One of my favorite parts of this logo is how the hands and the leaves break through the mandala, transgressing its seemingly final and perfect symmetry, because life is messy, we make mistakes, and it’s not always so clean cut. The funny, heartbreaking, and mind-stopping thing is that the messiness of every detail of life does not nullify the beauty and perfection of the mandala. This is the interdependent nature of life, how the specifics can break through the mandala, transgress the unity, and yet still remain ingrained within it.

“It turns out that an eerie type of chaoscan lurk just behind a facade of order -and yet, deep inside the chaoslurks an even eerier type of order.”― Douglas R. Hofstadter


The integrated self allows paradox, the both/and reality of being an individual and part of the unity of all that is, and knows that we cannot actually harm the wholeness of it all. No part, no person, does not belong. Of course, some parts and people can create harm for others, and sometimes the most compassionate action is one of holding boundaries and working towards change, and that work is also part of the wholeness of the all and everything.

There are no wrong notes in the symphony of existence, and, we can learn, practice, and cultivate the attunement and discipline necessary to play the notes that better express the grandest, most beautiful, and loving story possible.

Taken as a whole, the integrated self is an individual who is humbly and powerfully dancing with the fullness of all that is, within and without, the dual and the nondual, the transcendent and the immanent, self and other, acknowledging and even reveling in the interdependent nature of life, consciously participating in an evolutionary movement of growth, balance, and embrace of our authentic truths, from the deeply personal to the incomprehensibly cosmic. 

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"I have grown so much with Dan’s help. Frankly, I never thought I would be this peaceful with myself as much as I am now. Dan is such a gift."

C.D., Client

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