Prajna Healing Arts

Carol O’Dowd, MPA, MDiv, MI, CAS


Carol O'Dowd
Carol O’Dowd, MPA, MDiv, MI, CAS

I offer a safe, sacred space for exploring how to establish healthy mind-body-spirit patterns. I share practices of reflecting, listening, placing attention, and opening heart-mind to connect with self and life. With outdoor settings and walking paths, clients can experience being present in nature. My mindfulness-based practice blends Eastern and Western psychology. Having provided counseling and training in prisons in the United States and Indonesia, I learned how often we imprison ourselves. I share tools for finding freedom from destructive emotions and behaviors generated by trauma and loss.

I help clients rediscover peace of mind using a holistic approach. Given my diverse training and education, I can apply the therapy that is most appropriate for each client. For example, I use the practice of reflecting inward (Naikan Therapy) for transforming loss, trauma, and unhealthy relationships into stepping stones for success. Other tools I use include Applied Existential Psychotherapy and somatic therapies. Listening carefully, I select with my client’s tools that support their ability to focus attention and produce results.

I share practical ways to open heart, listen with all the senses, and discover opportunities for dealing effectively with life as is. My current book project will share the lessons learned from getting a loved one out of an Indonesian prison including how to build support systems during difficult times.

Counseling Specialties

Mental Health Services Tailored To Your Needs

I work with individuals and groups

Types of Therapy I use

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) – MBCT is designed to help people who suffer repeated bouts of depression and chronic unhappiness. It combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness.
  • Morita Therapy – Morita Therapy is a  purpose-centered, response-oriented therapy that supports life changes one small step at a time.  Accepting life as is or arugamama is key to this therapy. Such accepting means recognizing that change is always happening, including our emotions. By accepting our feelings as our natural response to our life circumstances, we do not need to “fix” or “change” them. Nor do we need to be led around by them.
  • Naikan Therapy – Naikan is a Japanese word which means “inside looking” or “introspection”. A more poetic translation is “seeing oneself with the mind’s eye”. It is a structured method of self-reflection that helps us to understand ourselves, our relationships, and the fundamental nature of human existence. However, the practice of reflection is different from self-focused attention. With this therapy, become aware of where and how to place attention in ways that support engaging with the world.
  • Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP) – AEP is used to help clients process many difficulties that limit the individual’s potential for true happiness. Often these difficulties take the form of family-of-origin issues, romantic relationship difficulties, work problems, low self-esteem, and depression/anxiety. With AEP, clients are given the freedom to ‘re-story’ events and re-discover their inner strengths and beauty.
  • Coaching – Psychological coaching focuses on the positive aspects of the human condition, much like positive counseling; it does not focus on the negative, irrational, and pathological aspects of life. Coaching is specific and goal-oriented.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – CBT is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. CBT focuses on solutions, encouraging patients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior.
  • Motivational Interviewing – Motivational Interviewing is a counseling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes. Motivational interviewing is often used to address the management of physical health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. This intervention helps people become motivated to change the behaviors that are preventing them from making healthier choices.
  • Sensorimotor – Sensorimotor psychotherapy uses the body, rather than cognition or emotion, as the primary entry point for treating trauma.

Types of Issues I Can Help With

  • Trauma / PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Spirituality
  • Self Esteem
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Career Counseling
  • Abuse
  • Life Coaching
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Stress
  • Aging Issues

Fees and Insurance

Fees: My individual counseling fees are $100 per hour. Sliding scale is available.

Insurance: I am an out-of-network provider.