--Integrally Informed Buddhist Psychotherapy--
What is Integrally Informed Buddhist Psychotherapy?
Integrally Informed Buddhist Psychotherapy is an exceptional View. It's specifically oriented to address the obstacles and pitfalls you'll likely encounter on your endeavor to both spiritual awakening and psychological maturity. These two paths are traditionally addressed very separately- East vs. West, Awakening vs. Psychology, "Waking Up vs. Cleaning Up"- causing a fractured human experience. When they’re understood and integrated holistically, unexpected degrees of freedom, responsibility, love, power, maturity and clarity of purpose unleash in unexpected degrees. If you're certain there's more to you than you will ever know, and even your humility excites you, read more...
Welcome and Yeehaw!
Let’s not waste a moment… People who benefit the most from partnering with me share a view that real transformation is not only possible, it's necessary. We have a longing to grow through the “grace and grit” of what life presents. And we don’t accept Band-Aids, yet we're gentle and receptive to the healing and compassion that emerge from facing our suffering skillfully.
We’ll both know quickly if I’m the right guy for you! I'm highly experienced in shadow work, trauma work, attachment work and I treat a range of challenges including anxiety, shame, depression, relationships, career, and spiritual emergence. I don't pathologize clients by using diagnostic criteria, I don't work with insurance or have much patience for paperwork and I best serve people who take rigorous responsibility for making sustained change.
I am a:
*Psychotherapist- Gestalt, Somatic Experiencing, Three Pillars Attachment, Mindfulness based, Integrally Informed.
*Teacher- Naropa University Adjunct Professor, Meditation Instructor, Integral Zen Community Leader
*Coach- Immunity to Change Facilitator, Colorado Outward Bound Instructor Trainer
*Zen Priest- 80+ weeks of meditation retreats in Therevada, Vajrayana and Zen Buddhist schools
***I work in person or online***
“Wake Up-Grow Up-Clean Up-Show Up”
It’s all workable...
From the View of Integrally Informed Buddhist Psychotherapy, there are no emotions we could call negative or bad. Rather, there is constant communication happening between your perception of “Me” and “my experience” and any interference with this process generates angst and dis-ease. “What we resist, persists” and continued progress on the developmental or spiritual path is deeply served by bringing areas of reactivity and lack of self-acceptance into the light of awareness. By facing your suffering squarely with kindness, we’ll slip below the old narrative of “not good enough”, while frozen areas of tension release from your body and the script of your negative self-talk rewrites itself.
My approach will be a good fit for you if...
You've taken up a sincere spiritual path for several years and still struggle with negative emotions, and core psychological issues which impact your relationships, and sense of meaning or direction.
You have already done hours of psychotherapy or self-help and have come to the conclusion that “telling your story” again will not give you the satisfaction you are searching for. You know the body is key.
You will do whatever it takes to awaken to a whole new level -and heal your deepest shadows, traumas and attachment wounds- rather than rewriting the same self-centered script.
You're in a place where you’d rather risk feeling uncomfortable in order to grow, rather than hang out in “safe” places where people keep affirming you that you're "good enough as you are".
...you know there is more.
In the Here and Now.
Here's a big thing- your life and my life are only happening NOW and every encounter we have in a session is an opportunity to deepen our relationship into the truth of this. I've been described as "a gentle laser" and I prefer to work with your direct experience of the body sensations, the emotions, and the mind in that order of emphasis. So yes, you can still “tell your story” though I will encourage you to experience it fully so you can choose for yourself if it is the best script you can live by. And of course, I do wish you a great future so a large emphasis of your training is practical, down to earth and immediately applicable in-the-world. I'll give you the skills and tools you’ll need to assist yourself long after our work is completed.
"We cannot solve problems with the same [level of] thinking we used when creating them"
Here is why the Immunity to Change process is so powerful. First, it's targeted. The first step in the process impels you to find your kingpin issue and invites you to articulate the "One Big Thing" it is that would change everything. Second, it is simultaneously a research based tool to "Grow Up" your level of development while also "Clean Up" powerful shadows, the drivers of your behavior and psychology which you don't see. Finally, it is thorough. When your map is completed and you take home the insights, you'll have a path of where you can continue to uncover and grow, plus you'll have plenty of direction and motivation to make sustained changes that stick.
In a course of Life Coaching together, we assess your own level of development and leverage the edges of any limiting beliefs to discover your new potentials. I'm a certified Immunity to Change Facilitator and coach. Developed at Harvard University, ITC is one of the most rigorous, comprehensive and research based systems for making big and sustained developmental changes. I also have training in Career Counseling which I've taught in the Naropa University Graduate School of Psychology.
The grand entrance fee for real transformation of our lives is an experienced understanding that no matter how much you Clean up and heal (in psychotherapy) and Grow up (through coaching or life experience), when really Showing up, a perspective even greater than ourself is revealed. Zen training unyieldingly disrupts our self-centeredness, pointing to a perspective that’s “beyond” the small and conventional life. Take a moment to inquire- when you look to find your “self“ what is actually here? Yes, there is thinking, there is emotion, there is sensation and there is the appearance of the world outside of you. But is that all? Where does the impulse to create something novel- art, love, entrepreneurship, even a galaxy- originate from? Some of the best moments of our lives occur when we tap into the dimension we call “spiritual”, a sense we might be connected to something much larger than we’d imagined.
Perhaps you’ve grown tired of popular feel good Buddhism where everything is flowing with “Zen”. If it is your time to stop kidding yourself and admit you are suffering, I’d like the opportunity to know you. Zen Buddhism is a confronting path which further and further reveals the ephemeral nature of our existence. It’s a steep climb and it's often difficult as our meditation reveals again and again how we limit ourselves by clinging to the familiarity of our narrative of autonomy, separateness and fear. This sense of separateness is the root of our alienation, our sense of angst and of our self-centeredness. We realize that rather than being players in loving reality, we’ve been sidelined in existential angst… (read more- link to a blog)
I was ordained as an Integral Zen priest in 2018 and I continue to train in and facilitate the Dharma under the guidance of Doshin Roshi