Extraordinary times like these highlight our interconnected nature, which has always been the truth of the human condition. In the 13th century, Persian poet Saadi wrote the poem "Bani Adam", which still resonates today:
All human beings are members of one frame,
Since all, at first, from the same essence came.
When time afflicts a limb with pain
The other limbs at rest cannot remain.
If thou feel not for other’s misery
the human being is no name for thee
Goli bases her counseling practice on the belief that the core of human development is both physiological and spiritual. She believes supportive therapy can help awaken the dormant spirit of an individual and guide them through a profound personal transformation.
Throughout her work, Goli noticed striking parallels between modern psychotherapy techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Lifespan Integration (LI) and the teachings of the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi.
To unravel the roots of her clients’ past traumas, Goli dares to explore the potential of this combination. She combines the evidence-based approaches of CBT and LI, with Rumi’s teachings on consciousness, spirituality, and self-exploration to enhance self-healing in her clients.
Goli's aspirations for this work were rooted in an understanding of the importance of spirituality in the field of psychology. She strongly believes that this combination could give participants the transformational tools necessary to help improve and alter entrenched thought patterns and behaviors.
Goli is a Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) and a member of the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA).
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with coursework focused on psychology and encounter groups, and she is a registered Lifespan Integration Clinician.
For more information, please see Goli Shifteh in Psychology Today Profile.