Buddhist Therapist ~ Buddhist Psychology

Buddhist Therapy


You are perfect as you are… and there is still room for improvement! –Shunryu Suzuki

Buddhism and psychology share in their central tenet: much of human behavior is unconscious and the more conscious awareness we bring into our lives, the more present we can be. Using mindfulness and Buddhist principles incorporated with psychological interventions, we will strive to penetrate the conscious mind and unveil the deepest and most powerful force in our lives: the unconscious.

When you notice a discrepancy between the kind of life you want to live and the life you are actually living, it usually means there is a disconnect between the unconscious and the conscious mind. This split can is usually responsible for the symptoms and suffering we are experiencing, from anxiety and depression to addiction and relationship problems. Our task is to bring greater consciousness to every part of our lives; as we bridge the gap and embrace every part of ourselves, we thus create a sense of wholeness, integration and peace.

Buddhism and Psychology


Buddhism and Psychology share many of the same principles. Like Psychology, Buddhism embraces the principles of compassion for self and others, mindfulness or non-judgmental awareness, non-resistance, and embracing the polarities and paradoxes in life. Through this integrated approach, together we will learn to enter into the present moment, learning neither to cling to what we may perceive as pleasant, nor to avoid what we may perceive as unpleasant. Much of the suffering we experience is perpetuated by trying to control the uncontrollable. As we let go and enter into the present moment, without avoidance or clinging, we find freedom and peace unlike we’ve never experienced before.

Every truth, it seems, is a paradox. Which is why a strictly deductive and rigidly applied system of thinking can wreak so much unforeseen damage in our lives. Through Buddhist principles and mindfulness we will strive to deconstruct the limiting categories of our minds that always want to parse things into good and bad, right and wrong, and black and white. This dichotomous thinking contributes to a distorted worldview, which in turn creates so much of the anxiety, shame, and depression we experience.

Through a Buddhist approach to therapy we will begin to gradually draw you into a different kind of existence, a way of being in which you are more present and aware of your experience, rather than addicted to your thoughts, attachments, and your illusory sense of control. As the former system melts away, you will begin to connect with and embody a more authentic, alive and peaceful self.

Click here to learn more about mindfulness and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Therapy Specializations

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