• Jim Manganiello
    I Work With People Who Want To Create A Life That Can Be Well-Lived, Loved and Understood.

Dr. Jim Manganiello’s groundbreaking work takes depth psychotherapy to another level. Jim’s work not only heals and frees people, it also connects them to their soul, to who they truly are. It’s a genuine path to the "Great Mystery" that’s veiled inside all of us. What Jim does is a glimpse into the way psychotherapy will be taught and practiced in the future.

Dr. Tom Putnam
Jungian Analyst | Boston Psychoanalytic Institute 
Three Time President of the New England Society of Jungian Psychoanalysts

Jim Manganiello is an award winning depth psychologist, author and teacher. His pioneering work has won acclaim because of its power to help people heal, grow, thrive and live what really matters in life.


Depth psychology and depth therapy are unique because they are focused on the higher development of personality—not on the treatment of psychological problems. "Individuation" or Self-realization is a process of inner development that connects us with who we truly are. Much of what we think, feel and do is driven by unconscious forces conditioned by family, culture and circumstance. Our conditioned mind conceals and separates us from who we deeply are. And it leads us into a surface identity that can spend a lifetime stuck in the shallow end of the pool.

These conditioned forces beg for recognition and understanding. They are not part of our innermost essence; i.e., they are not who we are. Yet, until we turn the lights on, we are locked into them as a kind of false identity we think of as "I or "me." As we individuate, we become more aware and more conscious so we can open this lock and break free. Then the conditioned patterns and programs that drive most of our problems and confusion weaken and drop off naturally. 


Properly seen and worked on, our problems can become the doors into our mind's deepest nature.. My work uses dreams, images, active imagination, contemplative practices and experiential methods, some drawn from Dzogchen psychology, Dzogchen is a word that refers to our primordial nature, to the very essence of who we are.  We don't need to create or develop our primordial nature. But we do need to know how to recognize and realize it. When we learn how to regularly refresh a direct experience of our true nature, then our connection to it becomes clear, strong and stable. 


The celebrated depth psychologist C.G. Jung said that the "privilege of a lifetime" is becoming who we truly are. But most people don't fully understand what he meant. To claim and enjoy this privilege, we must go through a "second awakening".  When we get up in the morning we're "awake", but not truly "conscious". We imagine we are conscious, but when we observe carefully, we find that we spend a lot of time moving in and out of Waking Dreams. We all have unique patterns and programs of thought that recur in our mindstream that feed and define our waking dreams..

When we follow this river of thought, we become swept up in their narrative and story, as if they are real But they are not.. These waking dreams then define our reality. This is no different from a nighttime dream that feels so very real, until we become aware and realize we're dreaming. Most of us spend a great deal of time distracted by waking dreams, without being aware of it. As we do the inner work needed to individuate, we start "waking up."


When we wake up from a night dream, we become aware we were dreaming. And we quickly break free from the dream's storyline. We move into a higher level of consciousness. No need to look under the bed for the dream monster who was just chasing us. The same thing needs to happen a second time, again and again, in our daily life, if we are to enjoy the privilege of a lifetime. Waking dreams keep us unconsciously distracted from what's really going on, and from our true nature. 

We can learn to become more aware, conscious and present, and at ease—in our unconditioned nature. That changes everything. Because we can finally shed our false identity like a lobster who sheds an outmoded shell too small for who she really is..