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 ,

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 graduated from Naropa University in the Contemplative Psychology program. Currently work as a professor at Naropa in the Mindfulness-based Transpersonal Program. My approach is rooted in the contemplative tradition. This approach is acceptance based, present moment centered, and works by recognizing the wholeness of my client. Who you want to become is already within you, let's uncover who you are together.

— Jenna Noah, Counselor in Denver, CO

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

— Electra Byers, Psychotherapist in arvada, CO
 

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

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 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

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
 

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

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
 

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

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

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
 

Contemplative psychotherapy integrates Eastern philosophies and practice with the clinical traditions of modern Western psychology. It is rooted in the belief that all people are granted the internal wisdom and spirit necessary to heal from pain. People seeking therapy to increase self-awareness, improve overall health, and promote a general sense of well-being may find contemplative therapy to be a beneficial approach.

— Susan Rooney, Counselor in Portland, OR

Scientific research on contemplative / meditative practice clearly demonstrates the decrease in stress, negative emotions, and the increase in both insights and clearer thinking. I've practiced meditation personally for decades and also instruct in it.

— Eric Best, Psychologist in Bivins, TX
 

Practice in contemplative psychotherapy and related interventions since 2014.

— Daniel Jackson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Collins, 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
 

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