As a long time (22+ years) practitioner of both meditation and postural yoga, I know first-hand the exploration potential of mind-body practices. I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Shimer College, a great books Socratic dialogue college in Chicago, IL. Shimer, was instrumental in informing my understanding of communication and group dynamics. While at Shimer, I read Martin Buber’s “I and Thou” which had a profound impact and gave me a glimpse of an expanded notion of self. Reading Buber led me to the study of contemplative practices. The application of critical thinking methods I learned at Shimer, helped me to understand and view some of the contemplative traditions I would encounter later.
I received my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adam’s State University in Colorado. It is here where I learned to form effective relationships with my clients. Research shows that the relationship between client and therapist is of utmost importance.
I studied with Richard Miller and have an iRest level one certification. This training helped me to better understand ways to explore sensations, emotions, thoughts and core beliefs. I’ve taught both meditation and some postural yoga for about 8+ years. I’ve spent significant time in silent meditation retreat, a practice important to me to this day. I’ve explored meditation with traditional Tibetan teachers over the years and dedicated time to the study of Tibetan Buddhism as a whole at the Awam Institute in Tucson Arizona. I have the traditional empowerments of a Yogi in the Tibetan Nyingma tradition. I spent time learning Yantra Yoga, a psycho-spiritually integrated system of movement, breath and postures from Fabio Andrico. Additionally I’ve practiced and read up on other forms of Tibetan postural and movement Yoga.
I’ve learned from some thoughtful and generous teachers in the fields of psychotherapy and philosophy. I completed a 2 year certificate in contemplative psychotherapy at the Nalanda Institute. During my time at the Nalanda institute I learned how to take the Tibetan Buddhist path (Lamrim) and use it to support physical, mental and emotional health. I also learned where the theories and practices of Western Psychology enhance and support some of these meditative approaches . Please read the approaches page for more information.
“The Nalanda Institute Contemplative Psychotherapy Program is the leading certification program in the West for integrating mindfulness and compassion-based meditation practices and Buddhist psychology with contemporary psychotherapy, and current neuropsychology.”
Dr. Joe Loizzo
Dr. Richard Miller
Yogi Acharya Lama Gursam
Dr. Miles Neale
Dr. Paul Gilbert