119 – Recapturing Your Inspiration

Enriching Therapy with Buddhist Psychology                                              
Karen Kissel Wegela

With clients you find particularly difficult to work with, it can be a relief to reconnect with what the Buddhists call bodhichitta, the innate, heartfelt kindness that first inspired you to help others. In this workshop, we’ll explore practical options from Buddhist psychology that can help you connect with your clients. You’ll discover:

  • The power of using traditional mindfulness and compassion practices—such as metta, and tonglen—to work with inner discomfort
  • The Through the Empty Mirror guided contemplation, which help you more fully enter a client’s experience, reconnect with your natural compassion, and then clear your way to being more fully present when you meet next
  • How to expand your range as a therapist and ability to stay present with more challenging clients
  • How to enrich therapy for yourself and your clients with key practices from Buddhist psychology
  • Methods to help clients relieve stress and connect with their hearts


Karen Kissel Wegela, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice and a professor at Naropa University. Her most recent book is Contemplative Psychotherapy Essentials: Enriching Your Practice with Buddhist Psychology.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Karen Kissel Wegela is in private practice. She is a member of the faculty at Naropa University.
Non-financial: Karen Kissel Wegela has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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