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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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 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

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

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

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 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 I am animated by the contemplative traditions, my intention for you is no less than that you learn to live in an abiding awareness of your own preciousness.

— Megan Gibbard Kline, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Burien, WA

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

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

Contemplative therapy holds the view that at our core, all humans have innate wisdom and health. This wisdom can be covered up by traumas (familial, societal, and more), but it can never be destroyed. My role as a therapist then is not to 'fix' or 'change' you, nor is it to act as the 'expert' on your life. Rather, it is to walk beside you as a guide to help you uncover that basic health and wisdom that already lives within you.

— Lila Low-Beinart, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in Boulder, CO

"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:

— Zina Krivoruk, Therapist

Extensive study and training in buddhist psychology and other compassion-based practices.

— stephanie manes, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

I am a contemplative myself, and am a formally trained Spiritual Director in Jewish and Catholic traditions. (Elat Chayyim’s Lev Shomea 2 year training) I create safe space for listening for the soul to be heard, beneath ego’s distractions.

— Dr. Laura Thor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Littleton, 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