Buddhist Therapists in New York, NY

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Sheridan A. Smith
Licensed Master Social Worker, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10003
I primarily work from an Existential Therapy and Buddhist Psychotherapy lens.
Looking deeply into your life, your struggles, and what gives you strength and meaning can be a transformative and a healing process. Helping people to do this is a passion of mine. Working to understand your struggles in greater context, changing behaviors or transforming suffering through insight, we will work directly with the feelings and roots of your struggles. We will work towards goals of greater presence with all aspects of life, and a steady foundation to live a life that has meaning, value, and joy.
I primarily work from an Existential Therapy and Buddhist Psychotherapy lens.
Looking deeply into your life, your struggles, and what gives you strength and meaning can be a transformative and a healing process. Helping people to do this is a passion of mine. Working to understand your struggles in greater context, changing behaviors or transforming suffering through insight, we will work directly with the feelings and roots of your struggles. We will work towards goals of greater presence with all aspects of life, and a steady foundation to live a life that has meaning, value, and joy.
(267) 214-3019 View (267) 214-3019
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Phuong Bui
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10014
I’m a Vietnamese, Queer, Buddhist, refugee, cisgender woman with a passion to help others relieve their life stressors, which has been heightened by COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing racism/injustice, transphobia, homophobia, xenophobia, climate change, wars, violence, and unrest in our world. Life stressors can cause a lot of suffering for people by placing strains on their mental and/or physical health, interpersonal relationships, and finances. Let’s work together to create a happier, stronger and more resilient version of you.
I’m a Vietnamese, Queer, Buddhist, refugee, cisgender woman with a passion to help others relieve their life stressors, which has been heightened by COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing racism/injustice, transphobia, homophobia, xenophobia, climate change, wars, violence, and unrest in our world. Life stressors can cause a lot of suffering for people by placing strains on their mental and/or physical health, interpersonal relationships, and finances. Let’s work together to create a happier, stronger and more resilient version of you.
(917) 997-5189 View (917) 997-5189
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Milou Haskin
Pre-Licensed Professional, MHC, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001
My approach draws from a blend of therapeutic modalities: Psychodynamic, ACT, Polyvagal Theory, Somatic Therapy, Buddhist Psychology, and Mindfulness.
Welcome! I am a mindfulness-based therapist who is passionate about bringing a somatic and spiritually-informed approach to supporting individuals seeking to heal from complex trauma, chronic depression, and identity challenges. Whether you are a trauma survivor, navigating issues of self-worth, experiencing depression or anxiety, struggling with feelings of disconnection, or trapped in a cycle of unhelpful behaviors, I'm here to accompany you on your path. As a mixed-race Asian therapist, I am especially passionate about supporting individuals who identify as AAPI, multicultural, and 1st generation. All are welcome.
My approach draws from a blend of therapeutic modalities: Psychodynamic, ACT, Polyvagal Theory, Somatic Therapy, Buddhist Psychology, and Mindfulness.
Welcome! I am a mindfulness-based therapist who is passionate about bringing a somatic and spiritually-informed approach to supporting individuals seeking to heal from complex trauma, chronic depression, and identity challenges. Whether you are a trauma survivor, navigating issues of self-worth, experiencing depression or anxiety, struggling with feelings of disconnection, or trapped in a cycle of unhelpful behaviors, I'm here to accompany you on your path. As a mixed-race Asian therapist, I am especially passionate about supporting individuals who identify as AAPI, multicultural, and 1st generation. All are welcome.
(929) 429-2195 View (929) 429-2195
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Marianne Gunther
Art Therapist, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10019
In addition to my thirty years as a creative art psychotherapist, I completed the Nalanda Institute Certificate Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy, a historic, intensive program integrating mindfulness and compassion-based systems of Buddhist psychology and meditation with contemporary psychotherapy, neuroscience, and health psychology.
I have come to accept that the very thing that causes pain in our lives can be the opportunity for transformation and joy. Death, divorce, loss of employment, and now with Covid-19, are unavoidable human traumas. We simply can not defeat these losses. What we can do is bravely embrace our frailty and slowly discover our inherent well-being and resiliency. Through a trusting therapeutic relationship, you can begin to mend the fragments and feel the soft strength within you.
In addition to my thirty years as a creative art psychotherapist, I completed the Nalanda Institute Certificate Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy, a historic, intensive program integrating mindfulness and compassion-based systems of Buddhist psychology and meditation with contemporary psychotherapy, neuroscience, and health psychology.
I have come to accept that the very thing that causes pain in our lives can be the opportunity for transformation and joy. Death, divorce, loss of employment, and now with Covid-19, are unavoidable human traumas. We simply can not defeat these losses. What we can do is bravely embrace our frailty and slowly discover our inherent well-being and resiliency. Through a trusting therapeutic relationship, you can begin to mend the fragments and feel the soft strength within you.
(646) 906-8770 View (646) 906-8770
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Kathy Koller
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10002  (Online Only)
From my Buddhist roots and meditation belief, I unite mind-body, guide presence, strength, self-kindness.
On this journey, you'll learn to manage strong feelings and understand your life better. I'm here to guide you toward happiness, aiding with sadness, worry, stress, and balancing work with various aspects of your life. Whether struggling with overthinking or finding yourself in life transitions, you'll gain strength and overcome challenges. Therapy provides a safe space to change habits and thoughts for lasting positive change. Your thoughts and feelings are important here; together, we'll improve your well-being and create a more satisfying life.
From my Buddhist roots and meditation belief, I unite mind-body, guide presence, strength, self-kindness.
On this journey, you'll learn to manage strong feelings and understand your life better. I'm here to guide you toward happiness, aiding with sadness, worry, stress, and balancing work with various aspects of your life. Whether struggling with overthinking or finding yourself in life transitions, you'll gain strength and overcome challenges. Therapy provides a safe space to change habits and thoughts for lasting positive change. Your thoughts and feelings are important here; together, we'll improve your well-being and create a more satisfying life.
(646) 921-4482 View (646) 921-4482
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Olivia Rose Velasquez Weber
Art Therapist, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010  (Online Only)
My practice is grounded in buddhist psychology and mindfulness.
As a practitioner I seek to assist my clients to begin to shed the layers of the their cocoon, and accept themselves as whole people. I utilize mindfulness techniques, somatic awareness, meditation, attachment and experiential psychotherapy. I encourage clients to stay with their feelings in the here and now, and ask them to accept and honor the present moment with all its feelings rather than exiling or "fixing" their feelings.
My practice is grounded in buddhist psychology and mindfulness.
As a practitioner I seek to assist my clients to begin to shed the layers of the their cocoon, and accept themselves as whole people. I utilize mindfulness techniques, somatic awareness, meditation, attachment and experiential psychotherapy. I encourage clients to stay with their feelings in the here and now, and ask them to accept and honor the present moment with all its feelings rather than exiling or "fixing" their feelings.
(347) 673-0134 View (347) 673-0134
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Douglas Goldschmidt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSWR, PhD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
My orientation comes from Buddhist psychology and its goal of ending suffering.
I believe that therapy can develop non-judgmental awareness of what we face in the present, of thoughts and feelings that are based on conditioned reactions from our past, and of the ability to then cultivate the inner freedom that allows us to move into a future grounded in experience and directed at a positive and compassionate understanding of ourselves and of others. Developing the ability to be aware is a practice that each client learns and practices according to their needs, interests, and learning styles. There is no ideal client, there is only the commitment to practice awareness and find freedom from the past.
My orientation comes from Buddhist psychology and its goal of ending suffering.
I believe that therapy can develop non-judgmental awareness of what we face in the present, of thoughts and feelings that are based on conditioned reactions from our past, and of the ability to then cultivate the inner freedom that allows us to move into a future grounded in experience and directed at a positive and compassionate understanding of ourselves and of others. Developing the ability to be aware is a practice that each client learns and practices according to their needs, interests, and learning styles. There is no ideal client, there is only the commitment to practice awareness and find freedom from the past.
(315) 805-4194 View (315) 805-4194
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Rosemary O'Connor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MA
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
Using Mindfulness/ CBT, Buddhist Psychology, EMDR and trauma-informed care, and neuroscience, my hope is to support you on your evolving path, illuminating any stuck places and points of tenderness, and helping you learn how to be with them with care, reverence, and insight so that they might be more bearable, soften, and transform to love.
Experiences of overwhelm, hardship, and imperfections are inevitable aspects of life, and too, they have beautiful qualities. They create atmospheres to understand imbalances and what is essential more deeply, both in ourselves and all those around us. When viewed as entry points to insight and peace, we can begin to feel some relief and sense of possibility. Rather than hindrances, we begin to see stepping stones on a path to greater awareness, healing, stability of mind amidst changing life conditions, compassion for our suffering and that of others, and joy.
Using Mindfulness/ CBT, Buddhist Psychology, EMDR and trauma-informed care, and neuroscience, my hope is to support you on your evolving path, illuminating any stuck places and points of tenderness, and helping you learn how to be with them with care, reverence, and insight so that they might be more bearable, soften, and transform to love.
Experiences of overwhelm, hardship, and imperfections are inevitable aspects of life, and too, they have beautiful qualities. They create atmospheres to understand imbalances and what is essential more deeply, both in ourselves and all those around us. When viewed as entry points to insight and peace, we can begin to feel some relief and sense of possibility. Rather than hindrances, we begin to see stepping stones on a path to greater awareness, healing, stability of mind amidst changing life conditions, compassion for our suffering and that of others, and joy.
(631) 856-1998 View (631) 856-1998
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Kenneth Meyer
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016
Has talking-only therapy not worked well for you? If you are looking for an experienced holistic practitioner -- a therapist's therapist -- you have found one. My approach is present-centered, relational, and collaborative, informed by understandings from humanistic therapies as well as from spiritual and meditative traditions. This way of working is very interactive and includes methods from Gestalt, Hakomi, and Buddhist practices. I have more than 35 years of experience in both doing experiential psychotherapy and training other therapists in these methods.
Has talking-only therapy not worked well for you? If you are looking for an experienced holistic practitioner -- a therapist's therapist -- you have found one. My approach is present-centered, relational, and collaborative, informed by understandings from humanistic therapies as well as from spiritual and meditative traditions. This way of working is very interactive and includes methods from Gestalt, Hakomi, and Buddhist practices. I have more than 35 years of experience in both doing experiential psychotherapy and training other therapists in these methods.
(646) 906-8289 View (646) 906-8289
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Deborah Cher
Licensed Psychoanalyst, MA, LP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10024
Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis can be instrumental in enhancing your self esteem, quieting depressive thoughts, unlocking your creativity, improving your relationships and helping you lead a happier, more fulfilling life. I lean toward a self-psychological approach that centers on mutuality, self inquiry and empathic encounter. I work with clients from all walks of life, including academics, artists, writers, executives, couples, people going through important life transitions, and people of different faiths, be it buddhist, christian or secular-spiritual. I also work with children. One of my specialties is giftedness, at any age.
Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis can be instrumental in enhancing your self esteem, quieting depressive thoughts, unlocking your creativity, improving your relationships and helping you lead a happier, more fulfilling life. I lean toward a self-psychological approach that centers on mutuality, self inquiry and empathic encounter. I work with clients from all walks of life, including academics, artists, writers, executives, couples, people going through important life transitions, and people of different faiths, be it buddhist, christian or secular-spiritual. I also work with children. One of my specialties is giftedness, at any age.
(646) 846-8132 View (646) 846-8132
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Tracey Gundel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Her experience with meditation and mindfulness is from teachings and retreat with Buddhist Thich Naht Han.
Tracey Gundel, LCSW-R has 20 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist. Her background includes senior psychotherapist positions to Clinical Director of a New York City mental health clinic. Though specializing in anxiety, depression and ADHD, Tracey’s extensive mental health experience gives her the know-how and dexterity to meet all your mental health needs. Her style is supportive and collaborative.
Her experience with meditation and mindfulness is from teachings and retreat with Buddhist Thich Naht Han.
Tracey Gundel, LCSW-R has 20 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist. Her background includes senior psychotherapist positions to Clinical Director of a New York City mental health clinic. Though specializing in anxiety, depression and ADHD, Tracey’s extensive mental health experience gives her the know-how and dexterity to meet all your mental health needs. Her style is supportive and collaborative.
(347) 630-9624 View (347) 630-9624
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Jenna Sackman
Licensed Professional Counselor, LMHC, LPC, MEd, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10011  (Online Only)
Therefore, she uniquely tailors therapy sessions to each client’s needs by utilizing integrative techniques and modalities, including solutions-focused & evidence-based cognitive therapies, positive psychology, mindfulness and Buddhist Psychology.
Jenna Sackman is a holistic and integrative therapist who specializes in working with individuals (children, teens & adults) and couples and is passionate about making therapy a meaningful, joyful experience. Her areas of expertise are anxiety and stress, relationship challenges, depression, loss/grief, transitions and changes, OCD, and negative thought patterns. Most clients choose to work with her because she uses an active approach and provides her clients with concrete skills. Jenna understands that therapy is a huge investment, and she, too, is fully invested in helping her clients to realize significant and observable change.
Therefore, she uniquely tailors therapy sessions to each client’s needs by utilizing integrative techniques and modalities, including solutions-focused & evidence-based cognitive therapies, positive psychology, mindfulness and Buddhist Psychology.
Jenna Sackman is a holistic and integrative therapist who specializes in working with individuals (children, teens & adults) and couples and is passionate about making therapy a meaningful, joyful experience. Her areas of expertise are anxiety and stress, relationship challenges, depression, loss/grief, transitions and changes, OCD, and negative thought patterns. Most clients choose to work with her because she uses an active approach and provides her clients with concrete skills. Jenna understands that therapy is a huge investment, and she, too, is fully invested in helping her clients to realize significant and observable change.
(929) 334-4935 View (929) 334-4935
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Dr. Deb Berman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DMin, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
I incorporate a plethora of approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, IFS, DBT, Relationship and Life Coaching, Mindfulness, Non-Violent Communication, Buddhist Psychology, Somatic Healing, and more.
I invite you to step into a sanctuary of affirmation, warmth, and practical guidance with me, Dr. Deb, a personable and highly experienced licensed psychotherapist and relationship coach. I am here to guide you through life’s ups & downs and get you unstuck and feeling better. I will help you find actionable solutions to the issues you struggle with – work, breaks-ups, mood, anxiety, stress, sadness, unhealthy patterns, pain, depression, relationships, life goals, substances, communication, and so much more. Together we will untangle life’s complexities and find a path to increased happiness and balance. (Really!)
I incorporate a plethora of approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, IFS, DBT, Relationship and Life Coaching, Mindfulness, Non-Violent Communication, Buddhist Psychology, Somatic Healing, and more.
I invite you to step into a sanctuary of affirmation, warmth, and practical guidance with me, Dr. Deb, a personable and highly experienced licensed psychotherapist and relationship coach. I am here to guide you through life’s ups & downs and get you unstuck and feeling better. I will help you find actionable solutions to the issues you struggle with – work, breaks-ups, mood, anxiety, stress, sadness, unhealthy patterns, pain, depression, relationships, life goals, substances, communication, and so much more. Together we will untangle life’s complexities and find a path to increased happiness and balance. (Really!)
(917) 525-2256 View (917) 525-2256
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Chris Panzica
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010
Working actively and collaboratively, my treatment orientation incorporates intensive training in Gestalt Therapy (a holistic, present-centered, and relationship-focused approach), Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy (a movement-based approach), and Contemplative Psychotherapy, which integrates mindfulness and compassion practices from Buddhist psychology.
My approach to supporting others to heal, grow, and better cope with life challenges and transitions incorporates awareness-building, cultivating acceptance and compassion, and providing a space that invites the possibility of exploring new ways of being. These elements empower individuals to take ownership of how they choose to create their lives and to find greater wellbeing and fulfillment. We often do not realize that the very habits and behaviors that cause us to feel stuck or block us from having what we want were necessary tools for survival at some point in our lives. Understanding such patterns is an important step.
Working actively and collaboratively, my treatment orientation incorporates intensive training in Gestalt Therapy (a holistic, present-centered, and relationship-focused approach), Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy (a movement-based approach), and Contemplative Psychotherapy, which integrates mindfulness and compassion practices from Buddhist psychology.
My approach to supporting others to heal, grow, and better cope with life challenges and transitions incorporates awareness-building, cultivating acceptance and compassion, and providing a space that invites the possibility of exploring new ways of being. These elements empower individuals to take ownership of how they choose to create their lives and to find greater wellbeing and fulfillment. We often do not realize that the very habits and behaviors that cause us to feel stuck or block us from having what we want were necessary tools for survival at some point in our lives. Understanding such patterns is an important step.
(646) 663-5688 View (646) 663-5688
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Shielagh Shusta Hochberg
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10003
I’m Dr. Shielagh Hochberg, clinical psychologist in Naples, Florida. With a PhD in clinical psychology, I'm licensed in Florida & New York. With many years of experience treating anxiety, trauma, stress & grief, I can help you learn to take better care of yourself. Since the pandemic, many have lost a sense of direction. Our lives have changed. Some are ready for change, others fight change fiercely. As we age health and related decisions may become priorities. Whatever challenges you face, a skilled clinician can help you get through it. As a Jewish therapist practicing Buddhist meditation, I bring a unique perspective to the work.
I’m Dr. Shielagh Hochberg, clinical psychologist in Naples, Florida. With a PhD in clinical psychology, I'm licensed in Florida & New York. With many years of experience treating anxiety, trauma, stress & grief, I can help you learn to take better care of yourself. Since the pandemic, many have lost a sense of direction. Our lives have changed. Some are ready for change, others fight change fiercely. As we age health and related decisions may become priorities. Whatever challenges you face, a skilled clinician can help you get through it. As a Jewish therapist practicing Buddhist meditation, I bring a unique perspective to the work.
(239) 320-4905 View (239) 320-4905
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Psychotherapist and Attorney
Marriage & Family Therapist, JD, MA
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
My psychotherapy for attorneys and non-attorneys incorporates Buddhist psychology and other modalities and is helpful to anyone interested in cultivating more grounded presence and inner peace.
Mike Lubofsky, Licensed Psychotherapist and Attorney • My ideal client is highly intelligent, intellectually curious, and sincerely open to change. My work as a therapist is a deep calling, and the challenging exploration of psychological and existential issues with clients often leads to profound emotionally corrective experiences with clients. Many clients, including lawyers, have "checked all the boxes" and have hit walls of frustration and dissatisfaction. I have navigated those profound challenges and my life's work is to help others find their authentic paths.
My psychotherapy for attorneys and non-attorneys incorporates Buddhist psychology and other modalities and is helpful to anyone interested in cultivating more grounded presence and inner peace.
Mike Lubofsky, Licensed Psychotherapist and Attorney • My ideal client is highly intelligent, intellectually curious, and sincerely open to change. My work as a therapist is a deep calling, and the challenging exploration of psychological and existential issues with clients often leads to profound emotionally corrective experiences with clients. Many clients, including lawyers, have "checked all the boxes" and have hit walls of frustration and dissatisfaction. I have navigated those profound challenges and my life's work is to help others find their authentic paths.
(415) 508-6263 View (415) 508-6263
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Alena Kwong
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, RYT-200, RMT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10012
My sessions are an integration of therapeutic modalities including psychodynamic theory,mindfulness (Acceptance and Commitment therapy),somatic approaches and inquiring deeply within( Buddhist Psychology and IFS).
It is in my belief that we are all intrinsically whole, deserving and worthy of love and meaningful connections. However, somewhere along the way we have incurred pain and hurtful experiences that have tainted our story and lens of how we see the world and ourselves. Sometimes the narrative runs so deep that we can’t stop the thoughts and feelings that flow continuously. In this way, everyday feels like a struggle. Perhaps you secretly feel lost and lonely or you struggle with feelings of anxiety, insecurity or sadness and are uncertain about how to navigate the complexity of your emotions. Wherever you are - your story matters.
My sessions are an integration of therapeutic modalities including psychodynamic theory,mindfulness (Acceptance and Commitment therapy),somatic approaches and inquiring deeply within( Buddhist Psychology and IFS).
It is in my belief that we are all intrinsically whole, deserving and worthy of love and meaningful connections. However, somewhere along the way we have incurred pain and hurtful experiences that have tainted our story and lens of how we see the world and ourselves. Sometimes the narrative runs so deep that we can’t stop the thoughts and feelings that flow continuously. In this way, everyday feels like a struggle. Perhaps you secretly feel lost and lonely or you struggle with feelings of anxiety, insecurity or sadness and are uncertain about how to navigate the complexity of your emotions. Wherever you are - your story matters.
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Lauren Joy Wichterman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MPH
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10012  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you struggling to balance work, parenting/pregnancy, and staying connected to your partner? You are not alone. I work with clients to see where they can make positive changes in their lives and relieve stress. I also specialize in maternal mental health (postpartum anxiety and depression), and adolescent mental health. I come from a mindfulness-based perspective, and have a strengths-based and Buddhist orientation. I believe that my clients - with the right support - can make meaningful changes that will improve their overall well-being and enhance their relationships.
Are you struggling to balance work, parenting/pregnancy, and staying connected to your partner? You are not alone. I work with clients to see where they can make positive changes in their lives and relieve stress. I also specialize in maternal mental health (postpartum anxiety and depression), and adolescent mental health. I come from a mindfulness-based perspective, and have a strengths-based and Buddhist orientation. I believe that my clients - with the right support - can make meaningful changes that will improve their overall well-being and enhance their relationships.
(646) 825-6609 View (646) 825-6609
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Barbara O'Hara
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
I bring a lifetime of Zen Buddhist practice to bear on my capacity to be fully present in my work.
Do you often have the sense you're not in charge of your own life? In overwhelm? I believe difficulties in living are a sign we've outgrown certain habits, behaviors or views. What may have helped us survive in the past doesn't help us flourish in the here and now. So, we find ourselves stuck - in a painful relationship, an unsatisfying job situation, or with unpleasant physical symptoms of anxiety or depression. Our suffering may be a great awakener, calling us out of the sleep of unconsciousness, asking us what it is we really want. I provide a sensitive, warm spaciousness that invites your whole self to address that question.
I bring a lifetime of Zen Buddhist practice to bear on my capacity to be fully present in my work.
Do you often have the sense you're not in charge of your own life? In overwhelm? I believe difficulties in living are a sign we've outgrown certain habits, behaviors or views. What may have helped us survive in the past doesn't help us flourish in the here and now. So, we find ourselves stuck - in a painful relationship, an unsatisfying job situation, or with unpleasant physical symptoms of anxiety or depression. Our suffering may be a great awakener, calling us out of the sleep of unconsciousness, asking us what it is we really want. I provide a sensitive, warm spaciousness that invites your whole self to address that question.
(917) 809-6844 View (917) 809-6844
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Mark T Sammons
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10011
I have training in psychoanalytic and cognitive-behavioral treatment, including dialectical therapy, that builds on a foundation of (primarily Soto Zen) Buddhist thought, meditation and mindfulness practice of over 40 years.
No matter how fortunate you may be, still human life is difficult. Despite your best efforts, at times life's stresses can be too much: you may be overwhelmed. Hurt, fear, guilt, anger, shame, grief: feeling bad can alert you to where the trouble lies, or add to your emotional burdens. Confusion, isolation, loneliness, restlessness, worry, despair, or addictive attempts to find relief - all of these painful states are attempts to ward off problems or fix what's wrong, but they can also make things worse.
I have training in psychoanalytic and cognitive-behavioral treatment, including dialectical therapy, that builds on a foundation of (primarily Soto Zen) Buddhist thought, meditation and mindfulness practice of over 40 years.
No matter how fortunate you may be, still human life is difficult. Despite your best efforts, at times life's stresses can be too much: you may be overwhelmed. Hurt, fear, guilt, anger, shame, grief: feeling bad can alert you to where the trouble lies, or add to your emotional burdens. Confusion, isolation, loneliness, restlessness, worry, despair, or addictive attempts to find relief - all of these painful states are attempts to ward off problems or fix what's wrong, but they can also make things worse.
(347) 462-0494 View (347) 462-0494

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Is buddhism beneficial for mental health?

While Buddhism itself is not a treatment for mental health conditions, its practices can greatly enhance mental well-being by introducing coping skills and ideas that promote overall wellness. Key Buddhist practices, such as mindfulness, have been shown to alleviate symptoms of various mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, addiction, and trauma. Moreover, Buddhism's focus on self-compassion, non-judgment, and acceptance can benefit individuals with particularly negative or self-critical thought patterns.

What are the concepts and principles of buddhism as a therapeutic approach?

Core Buddhist principles are often used in therapy to help clients gain insight into their thoughts and emotions. Concepts such as suffering (dukkha) and impermanence (anicca) are applied to help clients recognize that common forms of suffering, like repetitive negative thought patterns, can be accepted and viewed as impermanent. The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path are additional core concepts utilized frequently in Buddhist therapy sessions. The Four Noble Truths highlight the existence of suffering as an inherent part of the human experience—an insight frequently used to move clients toward greater acceptance. The Eightfold Path, which includes right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right concentration, and right mindfulness, offers practical skills to alleviate suffering.

What is the buddhist approach and practice during a therapy session?

Therapists informed by Buddhist principles often integrate mindfulness and meditation practices into therapy sessions to help clients cultivate greater acceptance, compassion, and non-judgment toward themselves and others. Typically, Buddhist therapists guide clients through mindfulness exercises, such as breathing exercises or body scans, and encourage them to practice similar exercises outside of sessions. Additionally, many Buddhist therapists utilize elements of Positive Psychology or Compassion-Focused Therapy, which can help reduce symptoms of self-criticism and shame common among clients with various mental health conditions. In general, Buddhist therapists strive to embody the compassion and non-judgmental approach they promote, often incorporating exercises aimed at developing compassion in session, such as loving-kindness meditation (Metta).

Is mindfulness the same as buddhism in the context of therapy?

While Buddhist therapists frequently integrate mindfulness practices into therapy sessions, the terms mindfulness and Buddhism are not synonymous in the context of therapy. Therapists may use mindfulness techniques, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), without identifying as a Buddhist therapist. In contrast, those practicing within a Buddhist belief framework typically encourage mindfulness therapies, in addition to foundational Buddhist beliefs, such as the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. These therapists may also guide clients toward a deeper understanding of Buddhist philosophy, unlike those who use Buddhist mindfulness principles without the broader spiritual context.