520 Sepulveda Blvd.#201
Los Angeles (Westwood), CA 90049
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It is a privilege to work as a psychologist and support growth in a connection. Thirty years in the social field, of which more than twenty as a psychologist, have taught me to pay attention to the unique person and circumstance. I listen. People change when they feel heard, become touched, and are offered tools and opportunities. I am a German-born author (“A Unified Theory of Happiness”), psychotherapist, mother, wife, and a simple Mensch. I have founded a new client-centered approach as well as the Los Angeles Center for Zen Psychology. Anybody can benefit from the approach, involving healing psycholgical pain, learning how to focus the mind (on tasks or “others”), and/or discovering clarity.
The Center offers a variety of venues:
- Individual and Couples Psychotherapy (adolescents and adults)
- Zen Psychology Therapy (ZPT)
- Private Consultations
- Zen Classes/Workshops
Each person is unique. You may need to:
- Focus and/or
As we are vulnerable to bad weather conditions that life brings, we all have wounds to heal. How they manifest varies, including depression, anxiety, anger and defiance, weight and sleep problems. We harbor pain about who we truly are. Sometimes we cannot love life at all. Causes also vary:
- Relationship problems
- Abuse and neglect
- Assigned roles
Ultimately our wounds create obstacles, fixating our mind when it is meant to be fluent and free. It’s like being under a cloud.
But we can heal within a human connection, especially with a focused, open-minded therapist who loves life fully. By facing & embracing the wounds, by understanding them deeply, by turning to love and light, by exploring new venues, skills, and opportunities, the darkest clouds tend to evaporate. Life begins. Zen Psychology Therapy (ZPT) offers such a connection.
Healing our wounds is often a necessary first step, a base on which all further growth depends. Though, if we desire true happiness, the fulfillment of our potential, we need focus. Only the focused mind can experience flow, letting us forget everything but our present pursuit. As we generate flow, ego and time retreat. Regrets, preoccupations and worries vanish. Flow comes about when we actively pursue:
- Good goals, dreams &
- Mutually empowering relationships
In Zen Psychology Therapy (ZPT) you have the opportunity to define and shape your dreams as well as to apply yourself with confidence and competence.
Most important, we need to be able to focus on other human beings and aim for reciprocity. We need friendship and love. How to connect is not always apparent, but ZPT breaks it down and helps widen the space in between.
Western insights into healing and striving actively help pave the way to loving life fully. But even the best activity needs to be balanced. Therefore, intuitively, we yearn for less stress, more calm, and simplicity. Many are drawn to meditation, trying to find their breath and clear the mind of clutter.
The Los Angeles Center for Zen Psychology integrates Western and Eastern insights to assist you in discovering calm and clarity.
Clarity is a natural, compassionate state of being. It is natural to feel our connection within the world instead of feeling our separateness. Follow your own light! Discover that you have more in common with the wide-open sky than with a single, passing cloud. You are full of possibilities. Life is wonderful when loving it fully.
Frequently asked questions
Q: Who benefits from psychotherapy at the Center?
A: Anyone or any couple wishing to end unnecessary suffering and to live a happier and more fulfilling life.
Q: What is Zen Psychology Therapy (ZPT) in short?
A: Instead of theory, actual, real-time observations inform an attentive therapist. The client heals and grows within a compassionate connection. ZPT integrates Western and Eastern ways, addressing all levels of experience. Effective therapeutic intuition depends therefore on intense training, clarity, and love of life.
Q: Do you need to be Buddhist to do ZPT?
A: No. Buddha means simply “to be awake.” ZPT is not religious and supports the client’s spirituality.
Q: What is “Zen” about ZPT?
A: There is no self to find, integrate, and improve, only growth in the garden of life. Growth includes acceptance and unlearning habits. Clarity of mind is awareness is realizing interconnectedness. Zen wisdom, koans, dialogue, and zazen are part of ZPT.
Q: Can I do ZPT from out of town/country?
A: Yes. The Center offers a three week intensive with follow-up Skype sessions.
Q: Can I study just Zen in the Center?
A: Yes. The Center offers a Sunday Zen class. Zen Psychology is a way of life, of which ZPT is one expression.
Please feel free to contact the Center for more information, please use the form below.
Services include consultations, Zen Psychology Therapy (ZPT), workshops (see Blog/Calendar) and training for therapists.
For questions or an appointment for a free half hour introductory consultation, call 310-455-0928.
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