Karen Kissel Wegela, PhD, is an author, private practitioner, and professor at Naropa University. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
"Karen Kissel Wegela's experience as both a clinician in private practice and as a professor for the MA Contemplative Studies program at Naropa University comes through in this warm, informal 'cookbook' suitable for beginning trainees in Buddhist psychotherapy... More experienced practitioners will benefit from deeper themes of working with emotion and resilience in clientele, compassion practices for practitioners and patients, and supervision and consultation in a contemplative practice." -- PsycCRITIQUES "[Wegela's] descriptions of Buddhist philosophy, and her concise explanations of how to integrate those concepts into conventional therapy, are masterful... If you're curious about how Eastern philosophy can seamlessly combine with and enhance an otherwise Western-based approach to mental health, this book is a must-read." -- PsychCentral "[T]he concepts Wegela taught me in this book ... changed my approach, altered my behavior, and in effect lead to a more genuine, connected, loving relationship with my clients." -- Somatic Psychotherapy Today "Mastery is rare and precious-Dr. Wegela is a true master of transformative conversations grounded in contemplative wisdom. Personal, conceptually penetrating, and concretely practical, this book is both a comprehensive manual of therapeutic practice and a springboard to spiritual awakening." -- Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha's "Contemplative Psychotherapy Essentials is a lucid guide to the rich healing work that has grown from the convergence of Buddhism and psychology. Sure to be a seminal text for students, established professionals in the field will also find it indispensable. I'm happy to think of the wholesome seeds that will grow from this contribution by Dr. Wegela." -- Sharon Salzberg, co-Founder of The Insight Meditat "Written with a rare balance of honesty, clarity, and wisdom, this book provides an inspirational yet practical guide to psychotherapy grounded in Buddhist Psychology. Replete with vivid personal and clinical illustrations as well as accessible, step-by-step guidance based on decades of experience, Dr. Wegela richly brings to life the practice of Contemplative Psychotherapy. It's a must-read for clinicians who wish to tap the full potential of mindfulness-oriented psychotherapy." -- Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, Assistant Clinical Profess