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J. Gary Trantham, MD, FAAFP, FAPA

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

University of Washington Medical Center

Seattle, WA


Certified Enneagram Teacher in the Narrative Tradition (EANT)

Professional Influences


  • Family Medicine, the biopsychosocial model and family systems theory


  •  M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Travelled.


  •  Hospice and Palliative Care


  •  Medical ethics and hospital staff leadership


  •  Psychosomatic medicine


  •  Psychiatry and psychodynamic therapy


  •  Jungian studies and depth psychology – explores the contents of the whole self, the ego, consciousness, the unconscious, dreams, archetypes, the Shadow, sacred masculine and feminine, complexes, and the imago dei.


  • Anamcara – Celtic and spiritual traditions for care of the dying, acting as a soul friend, a spiritual midwife to life changes and the final passage of death.


  • Enneagram – sacred psychology system for understanding personality typology and its effect on personal/spiritual growth.


  • Positive Psychology – focus on happiness, thriving, flourishing, the strengths, values, personal resources, and determinants of resilience, hardiness, and wellness beyond disease focus and the absence of symptoms.


  • Cognitive Neuroscience – burgeoning field of brain science, neural plasticity, and intentional development of neural networks that support happiness, resilience, and well-being.


  • Mindfulness – MBSR, other meditative traditions, and contemplative prayer provide valuable increased internal and present moment, non-judgmental awareness, aiding the development of an “inner observer”.  Extensive f-MRI and extensive research studies now document the mental and physical health benefits of meditative practices.


  • Wellness Coaching – provides a powerful way of using positive psychology and proven personal change strategies to facilitate growth, development, and wholeness beyond the medical model.


  • Appreciative Inquiry - Focus on strengths, internal resources, and episodes of success, joy, and competence in our lives as a pathway of change as opposed to focus on problems, mistakes, and deficits.   


  • Spiritual Direction – an opportunity to explore, assess, and discern relationship to the divine, to totality on our spiritual journey through our every day life.


  • Existential Inquiry – asks questions and seeks to understand issues of meaning and purpose, causation, suffering, birth, death, and relationship to the cosmos.


  • Richard Rohr – Franciscan priest and modern wisdom teacher who has founded the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerqe, New Mexico, written many books, and spoken about religion, spirituality, non-dual awareness, contemplative prayer, and Jungian psychology around the world.


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