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In the trusting bond between us, we open up creative space and emotional depth to explore what you need to feel you are living up to your very highest potential.


What do you need from yourself? What do you need from your family? What do you need at work and in your career? What do you need from life itself? What is your personal dharma for your own self? What is your social dharma, your contributions to community and humanity?

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गुशब्दस्त्वन्धकारः स्यात्‌ रुशब्दस्तन्निरोधकः।
अन्धकारनिरोधित्वात्‌ गुरुरित्यभिधीयते॥ १६॥

The syllable gu means darkness, the syllable ru, he who dispels them. Because of the power to dispel darkness, the Guru is thus named.

— Advayataraka Upanishad, Verse 16

The Guru was the first psychoanalyst, the first therapist. Talk  therapy has been around, informally, almost as long as humans have been around, some 6 million to 2 million years. Counseling, teaching, and reassuring others to build the best relationships has been and continues to be a basic human instinct.
We are wired to bond with each other. 

In the modern eras, the "talking cure" began to develop in Viena at the end of the 19th century by psychiatrist, Sigmund Freud.  The goal of the talking cure was to bring the unconscious into consciousness. That lasting change emerges from ever deeper consciousness of one's thoughts, behaviors, feelings, and interactions. 

This is our work to bring to the surface of your consciousness that which you did not realize before. These realizations are integral to bringing about last changes as you create yourself and your relationships with others. I am with you.


Self-reports by patients indicate that group therapy has had many lasting benefits for group members:

HOPE:  If you're a new group member, you see veteran group members cope and recover. This gives hope that everyone in the group will to overcome and reach their goals.  

UNIVERSALITY: The group helps members realize that you are not alone. Many others are facing the same kinds of life challenges. 

KNOWLEDGE: Group members share information and resources with each other.

ALTRUISM:  Helping each other can boost self-esteem and confidence for group members.


GROUP DYNAMICS: In the therapy group, members can re-enact and heal hurts from the first group they were part of, the family.  Exploring childhood experiences that contributed to one's personality and behavior, the therapy group is a place of healing and learning new attachment styles. It is a safe place to learn how to be part of a group.


SOCIALIZATION: In the group, members can learn and practice new behaviors that help people bond and gain trust.


ROLE MODELING: The positive behaviors of the group and therapist serve as examples of beneficial group dynamics.

BELONGING: The group provides a sense of belonging around a common goal of healing and helping each other heal.

CATHARSIS: Group members share feelings and experiences with each other and this help relieve loneliness, isolation, and pain.

EXISTENTIAL FACTORS: The group offers support, belonging, and guidance to realize that they can be responsible for their own lives and feel acceptance while being interdependent. 

Take the risk of trusting a group of people to care about you and encourage you. I am with you.


“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou

You are your own creation. This is a foundational philosophy of Narrative Therapy. In each story you tell about yourself, you create who you are. Narrative Therapy seeks to help you write and re-write stories about yourself and cast yourself as resourceful, empowered, intuitive, and smart when responding to difficult problems.

David Epston, one of the developers of Narrative Therapy has a poignant quote: "The problem is the problem. The person is not the problem."

You are not a victim of your problems. You are a powerful, creative problem-solver who seeks support and reassurance to overcome even the most challenging of problems in your life. 

Our work together is about writing and re-writing your stories with you as the protagonist, the champion, the hero in your own life. I am with you.


Dhyana, concentration, is the Sanskrit word first used to describe the process of self-reflection and self-contemplation. The oldest images depicting dhyana are paintings from India, dating back 5000 to 3500 BCE. The oldest text about dhyana practices is also from India.  The Hindu tradition of Vendanta documents meditation practices in texts around 1500 BCE. Though the Vedas are written in 1500 BCE,  the traditions and practices of meditation had been passed down orally through storytelling for centuries prior.

The texts that document oral traditions discussion dhyana include:

THE UPANISHADS – Philosophical texts written in Sanskrit in India between 800 and 500 century BCE.


THE BHAGAVAD GITA – A Sanskrit scripture of 700 verses, "The Divine Song" details a philosophical dialogue between a warrior Prince Arjuna, and Krishna, his mentor and charioteer. Universal life lessons from the Gita include choosing integrity for the sake of integrity and taming anger, greed, and lust. 

THE YOGA SUTRAS – Scriptures that are assumed to be teaching of yogic philosophy from India. 


When did us humans began to meditate? The earliest records of meditation practice date back approximately 1500 years BCE in the Vedic texts of Hindu philosophy. In the 6th to 4th centuries BCE, the Indian Buddhists and Chinese Taoists began to develop different versions of meditation practices in their traditions. 

America began to popularize meditation in the 1970s with the work of  Dr. John Kabbat-Zinn who founded the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. His approach called MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) brought meditation to the public – disconnecting it from its Vedic and Hindu origins – and integrating its study in scientific communities.


Vedic and Hindu practices offer a variety of meditation practices. Refer to our Videos for various kinds of meditation practices including yama (what to restrain), niyama (what to observance), asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (withdrawal of the human senses), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (complete absorption)."

Meditation is a life-long practice of daily spiritual workouts. Meditate with me life-long. I am with you on this life-long spiritual workout.

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Mindful Therapy & Counseling, Inc.