Are you held back by emotions, behaviors, or life challenges?

Restore your joy and liberate your potential through Eastern and Western pathways to mental wellness.

Carol O’Dowd, MPA, MDiv, MI, CAS

Carol O'Dowd


Carol offers individual and group therapy services from her offices in Arvada using a holistic approach of therapies to suit each client’s needs. As a Trauma/Transition Therapist she helps clients manage anxiety, depression, worry, stress, panic attacks, trauma, and fears that arise with the transitions in their life. She supports clients with rediscovering their own integrity and authenticity.



 “Everything in the unconscious seeks outward manifestation, and the personality too desires to evolve out of its unconscious conditions and to experience itself as a whole.  I cannot employ the language of science to trace this process of growth in myself, for I cannot experience myself as a scientific problem.”  — Carl G. Jung

Coronavirus Notice: Prajna Healing Arts is open for counseling and is taking new clients. Sessions are available over video chat or phone. Outdoor sessions are also available in a welcoming and relaxing open area that is comfortable for social distancing. Call Carol at (720) 244-2299 for a free evaluation.



Prajna Healing Arts

Carol blends western and eastern approaches in her psychotherapy and counseling services to support others on the journey called life with all its transitions. She offers practical support with career transitions based on her 20 years of training and experience in public administration as a former city manager and community development consultant with her 18 years of service as a counselor. She began her work as a trauma therapist and life coach as an ordained Buddhist priest by the Hongwanji-ha of Japan. Working as a minister and as a chaplain, she discovered she enjoyed helping people reconnect with their inner goodness and overcome their traumas and fears. Such a passion led her to supplement her formal education with certifications in Japanese Methods of Psychology, Applied Existential Psychotherapy, Family Mediation, and Mindfulness Instruction. Carol served as a volunteer for half a year in the Kerobokan Prison, Indonesia, providing counseling, teaching mindfulness, and opening up a Buddhist Temple. Her talks and retreats in the United States, Thailand, and Indonesia consistently result in participants taking techniques back to work and/or home.

Traditional Japanese Garden


Therapy, Spiritual Counseling, and Groups/Talks



Carol offers affordable therapy to individuals struggling with trauma, anxiety, and
life transitions. For the past 16 years, she has provided counseling and coaching
to adults using a holistic approach. Using well tested therapeutic and counseling
practices, she helps clients use body, mind, and spirit to live life fully with peace
of mind.

Spiritual Counseling

Carol offers spiritual counseling to individuals and groups. She is an ordained Buddhist priest and has a Masters in Divinity.

Groups and Talks

Workshops are tailored for your organization on topics as diverse as wellness and stress management, spiritual life, and working with incarcerated relatives.

Customer Testimonials

Denver, CO

“You are an amazing light helping us grow in harsh times.”

Arvada, CO

“The session was so helpful and clarifying! I appreciate it greatly!”

attendee at Dharma talk who returned to take a class in Denver
Denver, CO

“Your talk left me thinking for days, then I got it! Thanks! I’m back for more.” 

Childcare Worker
Commerce City, CO

” I’m going to use this with my family.”

– A childcare worker at the end of training on how to manage stress working with difficult families for a social services agency