Contemplative Therapy
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                                                                                                   Pema Chodron


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Denver Colorado. As a Contemplative Psychotherapist, my work with clients is informed by principles of Buddhist Psychology, mindfulness, and meditation. (To read more about Contemplative Psychotherapy, please see the next page.) With over 20 years in the practice of psychotherapy, I also draw from formal training and experiences in western psychological approaches including:

  • Hypnotherapy
  • EMDR
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Behavior modification and therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Body-centered therapy

I love my work. It is a privilege to serve as guide and witness in the process of growth, healing, and self-discovery. While in graduate school, I gained experience working in incest with victims, survivors, and eventually, perpetrators.  With degree in hand, I found my first employment working with birthparents in an adoption agency. After moving to Denver, I worked in the criminal justice system with alcohol and substance abuse, domestic violence and incest offenders, as well as trauma survivors.  Currently, I work with voluntary clients--adolescents, adults, couples, and the elderly--in a quiet office in the shadow of the Capital.  My specialties include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks & Panic Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Grief & Loss
  • Stress Management
  • Marriage/Couple's Counseling
  • Chronic Illness
  • Aging & Elder Care
  • Death & Dying
  • Alcohol & Substance Abuse
  • Addiction

I accept most insurance plans, and am a preferred provider for many of them.

I practice respect and openness in matters of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identification.

Please call if you would like to schedule an appointment.  My office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from noon until 9:00 pm.  I look forward to meeting you.


  • B.S., Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, University of Houston
  • M.S.W., Clinical Social Work, Arizona State University
  • Adjunct Faculty, Naropa University, M.A. Contemplative Psychotherapy Program
  • Meditation Instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist Tradition since 1994
  • National Association of Social Workers, Member

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