Rev. Karen Herrick, PhD guides participants through the perspective of Transpersonal Psychology theory, examining the spiritual side of human behavior. While most religions and cultures in the United States and around the world share the common concept of a “soul”, this presentation explores various facets of consciousness as studied by Jung, Maslow, Freud and James, examining how associated events, such as Near Death Experiences (NDEs) impact social interactions and individual mental health as well as relationships.


Rev. Karen E. Herrick, PhD., LCSW, LMSW, CADC explains the characteristics and other factors of Near Death Experiences (NDEs), helping practitioners to gain a deeper understanding of the populations that experience NDEs and other types of Spiritually Transforming Experiences (STEs). With 15 million adult experiencers in the United States alone, (12% representing cardiac arrest patients), participants will explore different aspects of Mental Health professionals’ responses to clients reporting a NDEs, and the impact of validating these experiences. From those working in healthcare settings, to those working through loss, bereavement and complex grief with families, we invite you to enjoy learning with us as Rev. Dr. Herrick shares her experiences and insights surrounding her groundbreaking work in this rapidly expanding field.


Explore the neurophysiological side of mental health with Rev. Dr. Karen Herrick, PhD., LCSW, LMSW, CADC. Participants will gain an overview of repressed trauma in the body and how these repressed memories trigger fearful behaviors in clients, the neurophysiological processes of the body and the reactions clients have to other people and their environment, theories of James, Jung, Maslow and Grof, and the differences between Spiritual Experiences and psychotic hallucinations.


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Rev. Karen E. Herrick, PhD is the Director of the Center for Children of Alcoholics, Inc. in Red Bank, New Jersey. After her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University, she originally began to educate families on the disease concept of alcoholism. Dr. Herrick developed a successful private practice eventually seeing all types of people with psychological problems including addictions. 

She wrote her book "You’re Not Finished Yet" which encapsulates her private practice work plus an additional two chapters on spirituality and spiritual experiences after she had a Holy Spirit experience during Holotropic Breathwork training. She attended more educational sessions in California through the Spiritual Emergence Network and eventually completed a PhD at the Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her thesis was entitled "Naming Spiritual Experiences". 75% of the 133 mental health professionals she researched stated that they believed further education regarding spiritual experiences, near-death experiences (NDEs) and/or after-life experiences would be beneficial to them personally and professionally. 

 During her therapeutic practice, she encourages some clients to visit with mediums to aide in handling their grief and loss of loved ones. She was ordained at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and uses her Interfaith ministry to be actively involved in the Spiritual Psychology of William James, Carl Jung and Abraham Maslow. 

 She has completed requirements for certification with the American Center for Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences (ACISTE). The mental health professionals she researched indicated they needed more networking opportunities. She hopes to aid in a consensus that spiritual experiences are happening, which will increase discussion and raise the percentage of the population from 40-50% of having these experiences to well over the 50% mark. In doing so, she will bring a 1880's term "Sane Hallucinations" into the world of psychology in order that people will understand that healthy people have the experiences of seeing their deceased loved ones and that they are not abnormal.



You're Not Finished Yet

Grandma What Is A Soul?

Psychology Of The Soul And The Paranormal  


Are you struggling with alcoholism or mental health problems 
due to living with an alcoholic?
If so, please contact Karen

(732) 530-8513

Adult Children of Alcoholics


Rev. Karen E. Herrick, PhD

(732) 530-8513 | karen@karenherrick.com