What is it?

A shared exploration and reconstruction of the self as a whole mindbody or spirogenetic self.

What is it for?

Spirogenetic therapy offers hope and a path back to realness, wholeness, stability, clarity, and trust, when we are feeling lost, confused, unravelled, alienated, or mentally disordered.

Why use it?

To get back to feeling whole, alive, connected, seen, heard, motivated, purposeful, in control of your self and life, and able to feel, sense, wonder, and give and receive love to the fullest.

Dr Jane Alexandra Cook

Spirogenetic Philosopher & Therapist


  • BSc (Melb.) - Biological Sciences
  • BSocSc (Waikato) - Philosophy, Psychology, Gender studies
  • Hons I (Auckland) - Philosophy
  • PhD (Waikato) - Philosophy, Societies & Cultures
  • Prov. Member New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists 2011-14
  • Fellow of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (specializing in eating disorders)

The theory

Spirogenetic theoryLewie, aged 15Spirogenetic theory recognizes each individual as having an original spirogenetic essence – a ‘real me’ – that is, from conception, an equally soul-ly and genetically encoded form of self. Through our various life experiences, and the ways they (re)shape us, this real self may become devalued, disconnected, fragmented, and even lost, as we strive to reconstruct a perfect pretend self that others might recognize, like, accept and love.

The pretend self

The constant effort required to create and maintain this perfect pretend self (and its ideal appearance & achievement) may produce feelings of stress, fear, anxiety, depression, emptiness, and isolation that may be temporarily relieved through (ever-increasing) achievement or consumption - i.e. through work, sport, food, dieting, drugs, alcohol, surgery, shopping, etc. The (fear of) failure to achieve that perfect self, perhaps because we feel we just cannot be beautiful, slim, intelligent, successful, or good enough, may result in a feeling of loss of control over one’s self and life, and a retreat from the outer social world into one’s inner world where that sense of order, control, and goodness of self can be achieved and maintained.

The real self

This inward retreat has historically been seen and interpreted as ‘mental disorder’. But spirogenetic theory reinterprets eating, depressive, anxiety & addiction (dis)orders as a ‘re-ordering’ form of survival of the real (but fragmented) self, when other, socially approved forms have been denied. On this understanding, the cure and preventative for stress, anxiety, fear, disconnectedness, or mental (dis)order is not drugs which further numb, dumb, and immobilize, but the reclamation, reintegration, revaluation, and true expression of the real, sexed, spirogenetic self.

The practice

Spirogenetic practiceSpirogenetic practice aims to rediscover, regenerate, and give voice to the thoughts, feelings, needs and desires of the essential self, through a mutual exploration of the stages, the processes, the relationships, and the key events that have shaped, developed or diminished our sense of self.


This exploration is based on mutual trust, and the recognition that we are all shaped and constrained by similar familial and social forces that, to varying degrees, alienate us from our real (and particularly sexual) selves, and thus, from others. It is this alienation that results in feelings of loss, sadness, isolation, emptiness, depression, anxiety, and (di)stress that, at their extreme, may manifest as (dis)orders.

Insight, Regeneration & Reconnection

The therapeutic exchange of thoughts, experiences, feelings, and ideas enables us to understand and address the underlying causes of this fragmentation and alienation of self, thereby relieving and ultimately resolving these psychic/somatic symptoms as the real, reintegrated self emerges. By gradually regaining a whole, stable sense and concept of self, we are then able to reconnect with and relate to others on the basis of an inter-subjective recognition, respect, love and attunement to the needs, interests, feelings and desires of each individual.

The background

Spirogenetic background
Spirogenetic theory and practice
Spirogenetic theory and practice is based upon and gives a coherent framework to my own life experiences, which include a 15 year experience of anorexia, 26 years of organic farming, and more recently, 15 years of academic study and research into various metaphysical, religious, mythological, psychological and psychoanalytic theories of human nature, development & disorder - from the ancients Plato, Aristotle & Augustine, to the (post)modern theories of Descartes, Kant, Nietzsche, Freud, Derrida & Irigaray, and including Christian, Māori & Hindu mythologies.

The problem

This research posits the Platonic/Aristotelian denial of an essence to woman - a denial that has shaped our philosophical, religious, scientific and sociolinguistic theories and practices since - as the underlying cause of psychological and psychosomatic disturbances and disorders in both men and women. In a nutshell, our philosophy (and mythology) is making us sick.

The solution

As a result, I reconceive and recognize all forms of life as generated, shaped and motivated by an originally whole, unified, sexed spirogenetic essence that, when assisted, permits the growth, flourishing and full actualization of each individual. Spirogenetic therapy aims and endeavours to assist the unimpeded growth, development, and fullest expression of the real essence and essential self within each living being. This therapeutic process of reconnection with, and reintegration and expression of the real self can be expected to occur over a period of weeks or months, not years.


NZ$60.00 per therapy session (usually 1-2 hours) in person, online, or via email.

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Please note: I’m sorry but I am unable to see any new clients at this time. Thanks, Jane

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