Psychosynthesis and Heart centered transpersonal psychology.
Specialized in creativity, spiritual emergence, individual & family therapy.

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Carlisle PhotoCarlisle Bergquist, MA, LCMFT

Psychotherapist, psychological researcher, and relationship counselor, Carlisle Bergquist is skilled in Psychosynthesis, creativity, spiritual emergence and transpersonal issues.  Transpersonal psychology extends the traditional theories about the psyche to include the spiritual dimensions of our being. This new paradigm incorporates both empirical and esoteric perspectives from global traditions.   Carlisle's interests combined with his broad educational, professional, and experiential background provide a unique perspective on creativity, healing, and the human spirit. He is committed to the idea that each of us has an innate power to create, and as "creators" we scout for humanity. Thus, like shamans, through our collective consciousness, we each hold the human potential to heal, or "re-create" ourselves, and help heal society. Carlisle brings this transpersonal perspective to his counseling work with individuals, families, and prison inmates.Consciousness author and renowned psychological researcher Stanley Krippner, Ph.D. says Carlisle's work is:

" . . .moving and carefully crafted . . . Bergquist weaves together various materials to provide a stunning description of the creative process. This is an ingenious plan . . . it deserves to be supported more urgently."
- - - - Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., author of Personal Mythology, Dreamworking, and Spiritual Dimensions of Healing

Carlisle is a Doctoral Candidate in dissertation at Saybrook Institute, San Francisco, California working with Jeanne Achterberg, Ph.D., Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., and Tom Greening, Ph.D. His psychological research focuses on altered states of consciousness for creativity enhancement, personal transformation and societal healing. Carlisle has a MA. in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University and is a licensed Clinical Marriage Family and Child Therapist in Kansas (#LCMFT169) and California  (#MFC31113). Undergraduate studies include a BS. in Biology from Kansas Wesleyan Univ. specializing in native prairie flora with Wes Jackson, Ph.D. at The Land Institute, and extensive training in music and drama at Univ. of Southern Calif. With three seemingly diverse professional interests; e.g., Transpersonal Psychology, creative & performing arts, and the life sciences, Carlisle has become a synthetic thinker developing common patterns and themes from divergent areas of knowledge. Prior to his work in psychology, Carlisle developed and operated two other companies. He was Vice President and Director of Artists & Repertoire for Suitewinds Productions, Inc., Hollywood, California as well as being a featured artist and writer. Landscapes By Greethumbs, a design/build firm, produced exquisite outdoor environments in the Midwest. He has more than thirty years of experience in the performing and creative arts. With this range of experience, he is well known as a performer, songwriter, and businessman. Carlisle heads Vantage Quest which utilizes his training in psychotherapy, Psychosynthesis, and extensive recording background to research creativity and alternative healing. He provides innovative personal growth products, and counseling services. He has taken his work to a new level in the Vantage Quest System. Vantage Quest is a tool for consciousness exploration available to anyone with a compact disk player. A further outgrowth of Carlisle's varied background are the Accessing Your Inner Creator workshops and seminars. These well-received programs for the creative spirit have been presented at various locations including the Julia Morgan Theater in Berkeley. They will be available nationwide in the coming months. The common link throughout his work is creativity, healing, and life.

Published works:

The Coyote Oak:  Burgeoning Wisdom , 2007, Reality Press
An inspirational novel depicting the unfolding of spiritual emergence and contemplative practice evolved beyond expectations.

The Magenta Phenomena: An Exploration of A Brazilian Healer, The Journal of Exceptional Human Experience, 1994, Co-authored with Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.

Accessing Your Inner Creator: The Way of Beginning, Hot Rod Your Head, Dec., 1996, An Ezine on human potential.

Doorways in Consciousness: An Exploration of Resonant Being, Future Harmonix, Spring, 1998.

Building A Better Thought Trap, Mother Natures General Store, 1997.

To arrange private work in creativity, spiritual emergence, individual and family therapy, or for workshop and seminar appearances contact him at (785) 827-1835 (9-5 Central Time) or by email anytime at


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A transpersonal psychological approach to integrating personality strengths developed by Roberto Assagioli, MD. Psychosynthesis is excellent for self-actualizing individuals who wish to deepen their personal growth and expand their human potential.

Spiritual Emergence Counseling:

Sometimes spiritual practices unleash powerful inner forces like Kundalini awakening, psychic openings, or untoward sensory and extrasensory experiences that can be unsettling, or even frightening. In traditional settings these events were guided by spiritual leaders, mentors or other knowledgeable individuals. In western society these events are often misconstrued as pathological and out of place.

We have both personal and professional experience with the issues involved in spiritual emergence and emergencies. We have a comprehensive knowledge of the many traditions and practices which may evoke these events. It is important to discern genuine psychic or spiritual phenomena from dangerous psychiatric conditions. If we can help, we will. If we can't, we will try to help you find appropriate care.

Individual & Family Therapy:

We provide caring therapy to the local community for families in crisis.  This includes relationship counseling for couples, individual therapy with adolescents and adults, or group work with the entire family unit.

NeuroFeedback: EEG Biofeedback

EEG Biofeedback has been demonstrated to be an effective alternative to drug therapies for ADHD, depression, attachment and addiction disorders.  It may also be used to reduce pain, increase relaxation, and deepen the meditative experience. We are pleased to offer EEG Biofeedback therapies.

Telephone Counseling:

We do counseling sessions by phone when it is appropriate.  Not all issues are appropriate for this work.  It is always better to find a therapist who is physically present with you.  However, finding someone who understands your concerns is not always possible in every area.  We will provide brief telephone counseling if you are at a distance and we feel you can safely benefit.

Guided Imagery:

Guided Imagery is a process that helps the individual, through their imagination, explore the psyche.  In these deep relaxation states an individual may resolve personal conflicts and gain access to their inner healing nature.  The guide's role is as a companion to the client's process and to help lead them.

Therapeutic Sound:

We are innovators in the use of sound for psychotherapeutic application. Sound has been a powerful vehicle for inner exploration for millennia. We use ancient techniques such as drumming as well as modern recorded psychoacoustic stimuli in combination with imagery and "talk therapy" to help our clients heal and advance in self development.

Creativity Counseling:

Improving creativity is one thing, enduring creativity is often more difficult.  We offer counseling to creative individuals and, those in relationship with them, to help smooth what can be a difficult struggle.


Intensives are for clients at a distance who wish a period of deep exploration.  They work like an individual workshop with Psychosynthesis, one-on-one counseling, with periods of reflection and creating over several days.  We provide this service here, or in some cases, we will come to you.  No more than 2 clients can be scheduled at the same time. Transportation and lodging costs are additional