email@example.com | 303-546-3559Professor | Former School Dean, Graduate School of Counseling and Psychology
Deborah is the founder of the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and the Wilderness Therapy programs at Naropa University. She is a licensed psychologist and certified Gestalt therapist and also a trainer with the Boulder Psychotherapy Institute, offering post graduate education and supervision. Deborah has served as president of Boulder Graduate School, worked for Boulder County Hospice and Boulder County Social Services, and instructed with the National Outdoor Leadership School. She is a meditation instructor with Nalandabodhi Boulder.
Deborah is author of The Female Buddha: Discovering the Heart of Liberation and Love, The Luminous Buddha: Images and Words and co-author of When Your Spouse Comes Out, published by the GLBT Family Series with Haworth Press.
See thefemalebuddha.com for more information about her writing and presentations.
In 25 years of teaching at Naropa I never fail to fall in love with the learning I receive in sharing a classroom with our counseling students. Their openness, intelligence, humor and spontenaity remind me why I continue to return to the challenge of a contemplative learning community dedicated to healing and transformation. Witnessing their tremendous service and leadership in the world I am honored to be among their ranks as a professional in the field.
Founded the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and Wilderness Therapy programs.
The Female Buddha: Discovering the Heart of Liberation and Love. Samadhi Publications, Boulder, CO, 2012.
Guanyin and The Handless Maiden: A Feminine Path of Awakening. New Orleans: Spring Journal, Volume 91, 2014.
The Power of Gestalt Therapy in Accessing the Transpersonal: Working with Physical Difference and Disability. Co-authored with Leakey, Trish A., The Gestalt Review, Volume 10, (1) 2006.
Slang, Freud and Buddhist Psychology: Clarifying the Term “Ego” in Popular, Pyschodynamic and Spiritual Contexts. Buddhist Psychotherapy. United Nations Day of Vesak Celebrations Conference Volume 2011.
Dispelling the Enemy Image with Clear and Compassionate Speech. Buddhist Approach to Harmonious Co-existence. Conflict and Peace Development, United Nations Day of Vesak Celebrations Conference Volume 2010.
Buddhism and Nonviolent Communication: A Practice for Peace. Buddhist Approach to Political Conflict and Peace Development, United Nations Day of Vesak Celebrations Conference Volume 2009.
Victor Frankel, Man’s Search for Meaning
Alice Miller, The Drama of the Gifted Child
Lotus Moon: The Poetry of Buddhist Nun Rengetsu
In a Gestalt course I taught a number of years ago I facilitated a therapy demonstration with a Deaf student. As part of the outcome of her work she declared the beauty of her silent world and and then helped everyone in our class to understand her profound experience.
She and I later published an article about our mutual discoveries in that class in the Gestalt Review entitled: The Power of Gestalt Therapy in Accessing the Transpersonal: Working with Physical Difference and Disability.
Students in subsequent classes describe how deeply they are moved and how much they learn about working with diversity and the transcendent experience when they read our article.