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Chris Heinisch is a counselor and psychotherapist in Tucson, Arizona. She also teaches hatha yoga and meditation in the community.

As a long time (18+ years) student and practitioner of both meditation and hatha yoga, Chris knows first-hand the power of mind-body practices. Chris earned her Bachelor’s degree from Shimer College, a great books socratic dialogue college in Chicago, IL. Shimer, was instrumental in informing her understanding of group dynamics and therapy.  While at Shimer, Chris read Martin Buber’s “I and Thou” which had a profound impact and gave her a glimpse of an expanded sense of self. Reading Buber led her to the study of contemplative practices. Towards the end of the 1990s Chris became a student of hatha yoga and meditation at the Sivananda Center in Chicago, IL. Wanting to explore meditation further, she directed her practice towards Buddhism with self-learning and study in the insight tradition and a course at the Buddhist Temple of Chicago in the Zen tradition. Along the way she dabbled in Tai Chi and Kung Fu. After moving to Tucson, she began to delve deeply into the study of the Indo-Tibetan meditation tradition at the Awam Institute (formerly Dharmakirti College).  She has studied Yoga Nidra with Richard Miller and is an iRest Level I Teacher. She is currently a teacher in training of Yantra Yoga with Fabio Andrico.  Chris has participated in several short-term and a couple of long term silent retreats.  She does this to help her become a more compassionate participant in the world.

This journey so completely transformed Chris that she had the idea that it was now time to help others and that she would take what she learned from eastern contemplative traditions and with help and guidance weave them into western psychology. Transitioning out of a career in the field of technology, she earned her degree in counseling at Adam’s State University. Her current and latest dedicated area of study is working towards a two-year post graduate certificate program at the Nalanda Institute in Contemplative Psychotherapy (primarily Buddhist Psychotherapy). This program brings together the study of mindfulness, wisdom and compassion and practices of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, with the research and science of western psychology.

Please visit the influences page on this site for more information on her teachers and mentors.



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