Psychotherapy grounded in Buddhist practice and principles
“Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness. It comes from letting the world tickle your heart, your raw and beautiful heart. You are willing to open up, without resistance or shyness, and face the world. You are willing to share your heart with others.” ― Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
Buddhist psychotherapists and counsellors match the tools and perspectives of western psychology with the Buddhist spiritual path. To do this requires that the therapist have a firm grounding in both of these traditions of self inquiry, and have integrated the two traditions enough to be able to offer a genuinely useful therapeutic and spiritual experience to their clients. Buddhist therapy goes beyond use of mindfulness (a secularised application of Buddhist meditation techniques), and can encompass a much broader range of Buddhist teachings. Below is a non-comprehensive list of some Buddhist teachings (dharma) that have relevance to psychotherapy and counselling.
Our background as Buddhist psychotherapists
Michael Apathy and Selina Clare are qualified experienced psychotherapists in private practice in Christchurch, New Zealand. Between us we have 26 years of experience practicing mindfulness and meditation, including numerous intensive retreats and five years of full time residential monastic-style training at Zen Mountain Monastery in upstate New York. Michael has a bachelor degree in religious studies, which gives him a broad understanding of the Buddhist and other religious traditions. Selina specialises as a psychotherapist using mindfulness based therapy to treat stress and anxiety. Both of us have undertaken many years of our own personal psychotherapy and personal and spiritual development. If you're interested in or engaged with Buddhism as a spiritual or religious path, then we'd love to work with you, so please get in touch.
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