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1415 W 51st St
Austin, TX, 78756
United States

512/663-9464

Offering counseling in central Austin to adults struggling with painful relationships, upsetting changes, ineffective communication, unwanted emotions, low spirits and anxious thinking. Therapy for the heart & mind, curiosity required.  

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Mindfulness & Buddhist Psychology

Noticing, on purpose, experiences in the present moment, with an attitude of kindness and a spirit of curiosity.

Mindfulness & Buddhist psychology

“Buddhist psychology is primarily about self-knowledge- finding out more about who you are, understanding your decisions, actions, thoughts, feelings, etc.”

I'm just going to go ahead and put it out there. If we choose to join forces to explore your life, your mind and your emotions, you will soon find out that I'm a big fan of Buddhist psychology. In case you aren't sure, let me say unequivocally that the psychological wisdom found in Buddhism is NOT religious, in and of itself. The big craze of mindfulness that has become mainstream in our mental health interventions, has its origins in the 2500 year old Buddhist religion, but Americans have proven that you need not be Buddhist to practice or benefit from mindfulness practice.  

(Don't miss all the great blue links I've included in this site. I spent a lot of time searching them out for you. Good stuff.)

Books on Mindfulness

First, I'll start with books that are decidedly not Buddhist in their approach to Mindfulness:

Ellen Langer, a Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, has been studying the effects of Mindfulness for over thirty years.  Check her out on Youtube.  She wrote this book in 1989:


Dan Harris, no kin to Sam above, is a famous ABC news anchor, and has just published his memoir to share with the world his journalistic and personal journey on the Mindful Path.


Sam Harris, a well-known neuroscientist and religious skeptic, has written many books about morality and faith. This recent publication takes the practice of Mindfulness into the realm of discovering consciousness itself.


Greg Johanson and Ron Kurtz have written a book for the therapy client about Mindfulness. I highly recommend it to people engaging in counseling.  It is a lovely guide for developing mindfulness and for making "active" use of your therapy hour.


Pema Chodran is an all-time favorite writer of mine.  She is also an American Buddhist monk and communicates the basics of Mindfulness in a very straightforward and accessible way. Mindfulness is the practice of being aware in the present moment to anything happening internally or externally, noticing the now, with a kind and compassionate curiosity. (For example, right now I notice there is tiredness in me.  My eyes are heavy and almost burning.  At the same time there is a familiar push to finish what I'm doing.  Mindfully, I bring awareness to all of that, not pitting one against the other, just making room for it all to be there.  Sitting with the push to finish, brings its own energy to rest.  And now, I will close this laptop.)

I recommend all of Pema's books, including:


Founder of the program, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Jon Kabat-Zinn is a writer and researcher who has done more than most to bring Mindfulness into the American culture WITH valid research showing its effectiveness.  These books will introduce you to Mindfulness: