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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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

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
 

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 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 ,

I help clients discover their own sense of self in the context of interrelated personal, familial, social and ecological systems by gaining self-acceptance, authenticity, and a deeper trust in the way their lives flow.

— Tim Boston, Counselor in Vancouver, BC, CA
 

I have studied mindfulness and other contemplative therapies for over twenty years. It can help clients develop coping skills for mood regulation, insight, focusing skills, acceptance of things the way they are, and more.

— Patricia Brawley, Licensed Professional Counselor in , MS

I specialized in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology for my MA training. This largely informs my work and how I hold space for clients. My daily sitting meditation practice supports my ability to be a contemplative therapist.

— Shannon Rice, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Jodi is a graduate of Naropa's Contemplative Psychotherapy Graduate Program. Naropa University’s concentration in Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology master's degree is a counseling program that grounds itself in the Buddhist contemplative wisdom tradition and includes current humanistic psychological approaches to give insight and skills to show up fully for one's self and others.

— Jodi Alieksaites, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,

Contemplative psychotherapy is a branch of therapy integrating Eastern Buddhist philosophy and practice with the clinical traditions of modern Western psychology, and is rooted in the belief that all individuals posses the internal wisdom necessary to heal from pain.

— Misha Drlikova, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR
 

Exploration into intellect and emotion in the context of thoughts and actions. Building a deeper connection with body and spirit through experience, legacy, and life orientation.

— Lincoln Stoller, Counselor in Shokan, NY

I specialized in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology for my MA training. This largely informs my work and how I hold space for clients. My daily sitting meditation practice supports my ability to be a contemplative therapist.

— Shannon Rice, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Portland, OR
 

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

I received my Master's Degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. I believe in the power of presence, which we can access through meditation and mindfulness. Contemplative Therapy embodies these principles; by staying with our present experience we are able to understand our patterns and behaviors that no longer serve us, and then work towards change.

— Kirsten Hartz, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO