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Working with the Enneagram

A tool for personal growth & connection.


The enneagram is a dynamic and accessible tool to promote self-growth and improve connection with others. By working with the enneagram from a space of playfulness, curiosity, and empathy, we have a greater capacity to celebrate and integrate the diversity of the human experience.

In addition to my counseling practice, I am a Co-Partner and teacher at the Enneagram School of Awakening. I teach workshops online & locally in Asheville, NC, and provide virtual enneagram coaching.

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Enneagram Coaching

Individual Consultation

In person (Asheville, NC) or online coaching session (1 hour) 

  • Gain clarity about your type, sub-type (instinct), and wing.

  • Understand the stress and integration patterns of your type.

  • Build compassion for the shadow areas of your type (the sub-conscious motivations and blind spots in our psyche that often lead us into destructive or unproductive patterns of thoughts & behaviors) and find new pathways to bring these into the light leading to growth and liberation.

  • Special Topics! If you already know and understand the basic structure of your type, we can use the hour to dig into how your type impacts specific areas of your life: relationships, sex, work, creativity, and more!

Relationship Coaching

In person or online (1 hour or 2 hours)

  • For couples, friends, co-workers, family members, or any dyadic relationship.

  • Gain insight on how the patterns of your enneatypes and sub-types impact the dynamics in your relationship.

  • Understand how the nuances of your enneatype influence how you prefer to give and receive love/respect. 

  • Learn how to reduce unproductive conflict and communicate more effectively.

  • Enhance capacity for connection, collaboration, and intimacy.

Diving Deeper

Package of 5 in-person or online sessions (1 hour each)

  • How to use the enneagram as a comprehensive tool for healing and growth.

  • Learn the basics of the Embodiment Method to build compassion for all 9-types and increase your access to wholistic integration. 

  • Using the enneagram to move from fixation to liberation through meditation, movement, and creativity.

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To find out more about The Enneagram School of Awakening & the Embodiment Tradition follow the link below.

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Enneagram & Sexuality

In collaboration with my colleague Dr. Frederik Coene, we have been conducting international research on the topic of the enneagram & human sexuality. Through focus groups and interviews with individuals of all enneatypes and subtypes, we are learning about the unique way our enneatype character structure impacts various dimensions of sexuality. 

Inspired by the findings of this research, I am collaborating with other Enneagram professionals to facilitate groups that focus on sexuality based topics. It is my hope that these group offerings will provide a safe and honest space for all to explore their relationship to sexuality to promote healing and wholeness. 

To get updates on the latest group offerings, please enter your email address on the Subscribe From.

If you are interested in being a participant for the research on the enneagram & sexuality, we are currently looking for 162 volunteers for in-depth interviews. Follow the link below to learn more & sign up. 

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Valerie Wanamaker is an Accredited Professional with the International Enneagram Association

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