COUNSELING & PSYCHOTHERAPY
At one point or another, we discover that life is full of ups and downs. The bad news is that no matter how hard we try to hold on to the good times and avoid the bad times, both seem to eventually dissolve into the other. The good news is that this isn't a problem and doesn't need to be feared. Successful therapy helps clients learn to understand how our lives ebb and flow, clarifies the confusion that comes when things feel particularly stuck and unsettled, and helps to draw out the wisdom of our mind, body, and spirit. It can help us to more easily understand and recognize how we avoid the pain points of life at the cost of feeling fully alive and engaged with the world.
Those I work with are often seeking relief from generalized anxiety and depression or working with specific stressors such as relationship issues, life transitions, career changes, overindulgence, or just looking to better understand themselves. I work with people who want to step more fully into their life, to live a life that is rich and lively and aligned with their values, that want to engage more deeply with spirituality, and who want to broaden their capacity to handle the inevitable swings of life while staying grounded and connected to themselves and the world around them.
$100 - $180 per 50-minute session
WHAT IS CONTEMPLATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Contemplative Psychotherapy marries Eastern and Western psychology and utilizes mindfulness as a baseline practice and method by which we learn to face and touch our fears. As a contemplative psychotherapist, I practice mindfulness to cultivate compassion and awareness and deepen my connection to myself and others. This extends to clients as I help my clients develop the skills and methods of being mindful of their body, speech, and mind which best suites their life and personal style.
Zachary is a contemplative psychotherapist who holds the view that all people have access to an inner source of inexhaustible clarity, wisdom, and compassion. Zachary’s approach to therapy is non-pathological, gentle, and centered around helping clients move towards integrity in all areas of their lives by synchronizing logical mind with emotional body and spiritual aspirations. As a contemplative psychotherapist, Zachary blends classical approaches of Western psychology with time-tested offerings from Eastern wisdom traditions. Zachary offers a warm, compassionate, and curious presence to help clients deepen their understanding of themselves, their relationships, and how to navigate life’s challenges.
Zachary uses a body-centered approach relying on tools and techniques from Gestalt therapy, ACT therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, attachment theory, sandtray, mindfulness-based therapies, and Buddhist psychology. Using a combination of talk therapy and, mindfulness-based activities, Zachary encourages clients to integrate the wisdom of their minds and bodies.
Zachary works with those addressing issues such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem and low self-worth, codependency, relationship difficulties, domestic violence, screen and game addiction, attachment wounds, family dynamics, sexuality, abuse, grief and loss, health issues, chronic pain, death and dying, existential crisis, spiritual emergencies, men’s issues, and those seeking mental-emotional wellness.
Zachary's areas of study include the intersection of Eastern Wisdom Traditions and Western Psychology, the integration of spiritual and psychedelic experiences into everyday life, the underlying causes of addiction, explorations of masculinity, and the compassionate inquiry of mania and psychosis.
Zachary holds a Master’s Degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. He is a Licensed Professional Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, and Clinical Director. He helps teach therapists in training and continues his own training through workshops, course studies, and under the guidance of senior colleagues. He practices meditation regularly and attends meditation retreats annually. Additionally, he is a former snowboard instructor, youth skateboard instructor, avid outdoorsman, and has a lifelong love of video games.