What is Buddhist Psychotherapy?

Buddhist Psychotherapy is trauma-informed, holistic and experiential psychotherapy underpinned by Buddhist Psychology and ethics.  Just like Mindfulness, which also originated from Buddhism, Buddhist Psychotherapy does not impose any religious teaching on therapists nor clients.

Buddhist Psychotherapy works with many issues, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety, phobia and panic attack
  • Trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • Stress
  • Life transition and adjustment
  • Addictive behaviours
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Chronic physical conditions.

While Western Psychology focuses more on pathology, Buddhist Psychology has the following focuses to alleviate mental and physical suffering:

  • Inner Wisdom:  Connecting and cultivating our inner resources, such as compassion and innate wisdom.
  • Attachment:  Stable relationships with self and others help us maintain balance in mental and physical health, as well as regulate emotions.
  • Relationship with Self:  Increased sense of inner connectedness can help us hold ourselves better particularly in distressing situations, which promotes mental peacefulness.
  • Body-Mind as a unity:  A strong focus on body-mind connections promotes integration of self.
  • Unconscious mind: The unconscious mind determines our perspective of life experiences.  Accessing the unconscious mind can help us access our inner truth.

Buddhist Psychotherapy is a psychotherapeutic platform, which can combine Buddhist Philosophy and Western evidence-based clinical approaches.