Contemplative Therapy

Contemplative therapy borrows principles and philosophies from Buddhism and integrates them with more traditional clinical approaches. Contemplative therapy is founded on the belief that each individual has the power within themselves to heal their own pain. Contemplative therapy is often a good match for individuals seeking to increase self-awareness and improve well-being in a holistic way. Mindfulness techniques to root oneself in the present moment and achieve clarity are the hallmarks of this approach. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s contemplative therapy experts today.

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Overcoming our very human tendency to grasp at pleasure and avoid what's unpleasant is at the core of our work together in therapy. Fortunately, contemplative therapy also allows us to access tools available in your very own heart/mind to make that work less tedious and more meaningful.

— Christine Bates, Licensed Professional Counselor in Oxford, MS

Buddhism + psychology is an incredibly powerful combination for personal growth. Buddhism provides the analogy and wisdoms for living a life free from suffering — we are lotuses that transform the murky mud of our world and its challenges into nutrients for growth — psychology provides insight and guidance into the process of human development and offer tools for change. Up for the challenge? I will dive deep with you to tackle the most fundamental questions about life and who we are.

— I-Ching Grace Hung, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA
 

I strive to help individuals find their strengths. Often we overlook the strength we have or we dismiss it. By acknowledging these strengths, we give ourselves more confidence to explore painful experiences. As humans, we are meant to be in a constant state of change. Change can have a large impact or small, depending on what it is we are seeking. It is this fluidity that opens us to the opportunity of continued self exploration leading to our truer self.

— MICHAEL ROSE, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,

30+ years of Buddhist practice has given me skills and tools that I enjoy teaching to my clients: meditation, emotional self regulation, self compassion, patience, kindness, and a community focus. Many of the things that help us heal and make us well start with understanding ourselves and also being able to self-regulate and self-correct unhelpful beliefs or patterns. I also have many clients who want to heal from abusive religious backgrounds and enjoy the non-theistic approach of Buddhism.

— Elaine Dove, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
 

I received my Masters in Psychology with a focus in Contemplative Psychotherapy. My program focused on how to encourage a deeper connection between the client and their mind. There is a large emphasis placed on the client's experience and this can be forwarded by this cultivation of one's awareness of how their mind works.

— Alejandro Rodriguez, Mental Health Counselor in Lake Mary, FL

I completed my master's degree in contemplative psychotherapy (now titled Buddhist Psychology) at Naropa University. This included a great deal of study beyond traditional therapy programs to learn Buddhist philosophy and practice meditation and mindfulness techniques. We embodied these practices beyond just intellectual understanding by undertaking two-week-long meditation retreats every semester, during which we would implement what we were learning to better understand it within ourselves.

— Grace Ballard, Sex Therapist

I use an eclectic approach that combines Mindfulness-Based CBT and other forms of cognitive therapy, such as ACT and DBT to help recognize negative cognitions and beliefs and incorporate skills to increase adaptive thinking and positive cognitions. Using mindfulness-based cognitive therapies to better understand thinking patterns and how we can change our brain in order to move out of autopilot into healthier and more adaptive practices.

— Cara Maksimow, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in chatham, NJ
 

As a contemplative therapist, I am rooted in the belief that all beings are innately well, wise, and compassionate. This means as your therapist I will see your strengths and capacities in addition to the habits and patterns you may be concerned with. I will meet all of your experiences with compassion and non-judgment and help you find the same for yourself. Together we build a new perspective, where all experience is welcomed and workable so you can feel confident and choiceful in life.

— Dawn DeAno, Counselor in Lafayette, CO

Masters of Clinical Mental Health - focus on Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology

— Electra Byers, Psychotherapist in arvada, CO
 

Contemplative psychotherapy is a frame based on integrating the wisdom of the Buddhist tradition with modern psychology. We use our own meditation practice as a foundation for our work with clients. We emphasize the present moment experience and each client's 'brilliant sanity'- their inherent mental and emotional well-being, and strive to help clients recognize this quality in themselves.

— Luke Colbourn, Counselor in Portland, OR

My focus is on the person and their narrative, and the work is based on contemplative, humanistic, and experiential principles. It includes looking at emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and memories while cultivating heightened mindfulness throughout the process. This is the path to connecting one’s response (mind, body, spirit, emotion) to experience, and bringing them to a fuller understanding and integration. This may ease some suffering.

— Neil Beresin, Counselor in Philadelphia, PA
 

Frequent use of contemplative therapy techniques.

— Shana Moorefield, Clinical Social Worker in North East, MD

"Contemplative psychotherapy, a branch of therapy integrating Eastern Buddhist philosophy and practice with the clinical traditions of modern Western psychology, is rooted in the belief that all people are granted the internal wisdom necessary to heal from pain." For more information follow the below url: https://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/types/contemplative-psychotherapy

— Zina Krivoruk, Therapist
 

I have a meditation practice of nearly 30 years that helps inform my work with the reflection and mindfulness training in Contemplative Therapy.

— Susan Rooney, Counselor in Portland, OR

Contemplative psychotherapy operates on the belief that all people have natural wisdom within them, and this wisdom can be used to achieve healing and self-awareness. I believe that all people are gifted and creative beings, but sometimes those gifts get buried under years of trauma or other pain. It is my great privilege to help you heal your pain and tap into that inner wisdom for optimal living.

— dawn altman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bryn Mawr, PA