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— Eckhart Tolle

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— Corinthians

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Barbara Whiteside - Biography

Barbara Whiteside

Barbara's interest in personality theory was ignited in her work with families, and in her life with her own family. She saw that the essential personality differences and similarities between people needed to be understood as a pre-requisite to developing good communication and relational skills.

Barbara began her career as a Parent Educator in 1987 after certifying with clinical psychologist Thomas Gordon in Parent Effectiveness Training. She began immediately teaching workshops and speaking at schools, developing a client base that seeks out her expertise to this day. While raising her own teens a few years later, she developed "Parenting Your Adolescent", her most popular parenting workshop along with "Parent Effectiveness Training". Sought after as a parenting coach, she started a private practice in 1994, facilitating parents, teens, and children in overcoming difficulties and creating more harmonious family relationships.

She certified as a trainer in DiSC Dimensions of Behavior and began teaching it in 1995, studied the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and began her investigation of the Enneagram, taking workshops from a variety of teachers before deciding to pursue certification.

In 2000 Barbara certified with David Daniels, MD, and Helen Palmer as an Enneagram Teacher in the Narrative Tradition. Clinical psychologist, J.D. Daniels, was her supervisor during certification. Since then, Barbara has been teaching a wide variety of workshops in the Enneagram, including the Basic Enneagram, the Instinctual Subtypes of the Enneagram, The Enneagram of Parenting, The Enneagram of Relationship, The Spiritual Dimensions of the Enneagram: the Way of Transformation, Enneagram Defense Mechanisms, and the Enneagram for Therapists and Coaches.

In addition, Barbara has a thriving practice as an Certified Enneagram Coach, working with couples and individuals to understand how their personality style affects all of their relationships, both positively and negatively, and what can be done to improve their relationships, and to feel more grounded and whole as individuals.

Barbara brings to her work a long-standing interest in the spiritual dimensions of life. She is a long time meditator, certifying in 1974 in Transcendental Meditation and later in Vipassana (Buddhist) meditation, as well as studying Contemplative Prayer. Barbara believes that spiritual practices can help us work with our own personality difficulties and open us to a dimension within ourselves that often can be obscured by our personality style. She works with people from all spiritual traditions, including Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Atheists, Agnostics, and others, and will speak to the spiritual dimension to those who are interested, with deep respect for those who are not.

Certifications & Accreditations

  • 2013 – International Enneagram Association Accredited Teacher Certification
  • 2012 – International Enneagram Association Accredited Teacher Certification
  • 2011 – International Enneagram Association Accredited Teacher Certification
  • 2010 – International Enneagram Association Accredited Teacher Certification
  • 2004 – Trained in NVC (Non-Violent Communication)
  • 2000 – Certified Enneagram Teacher in the Narrative Tradition with Helen Palmer & David Daniels, MD.
  • 1995 – Certified DiSC Dimensions of Behavior Consultant
  • 1993 – Trained as Mediator with Northern California Mediation Center
  • 1990 – Trained in Vipassana Meditation
  • 1988 – Certified Effectiveness Training for Women
  • 1988 – Certified Effectiveness Training for Personal & Professional Development
  • 1987 – Certified Leadership Effectiveness Training
  • 1987 – Certified Parent Effectiveness Training
  • 1974 – Certified in Transcendental Meditation
International Enneagram Association, 2013 International Enneagram Association, 2012 International Enneagram Association, 2011 International Enneagram Association, 2010

International Enneagram Association, 2016 International Enneagram Association, 2015