Valerie Lorig | 303-704-8194



BA in Psychology - Instructor
BA in Contemplative Psychology - Instructor


M.Ed., Counseling and Human Resources, CACREP Certified Colorado State University
BA, Burlington College, VT

Valerie challenges her students to arouse and manifest their inherent brilliance through mindfulness-based, experiential practices including, self-love, compassion, investigations of mind and body, and play. A contemplative psychotherapist and seasoned practitioner of meditative disciplines, her work embraces the power of uncertainty, co-created healing, and learning that embraces both the literal meaning and wisdom beyond conceptual understanding. Valerie is trained in Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapy, EMDR, Brainspotting, and Gestalt. She facilitates groups on relationships, women’s empowerment, feminine and masculine principles, and young adult sexuality, welcoming heterosexual and LGBTQ communities. A long-time student of Naropa University's founder, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Valerie continues to practice and teach in the Tibetan Buddhist and Shambhala traditions.

Areas of Specialization

Experiential Psychotherapy
Mindfulness/Awareness Disciplines and Buddhism

From the Heart

Naropa University’s mission is based on a simple yet challenging premise - “You do not need to be afraid of who you are.” Naropa cultivates authentic and genuine human beings who can appreciate the “whole kit and caboodle” of their existence, therefore they have compassion for others. This approach is non-dualistic because it embraces both the shadow and the light. As the founder once said “ This world does need your help so very badly. On behalf of this world, I would like to request you to come and do something about it.” At Naropa we are.


Senior Teacher and Meditation Instructor – Shambhala International

Designation as Sangyum (feminine leadership role) by Naropa’s Founder, Trungpa Rinpoche

National Certified Counselor

Licensed Professional Counselor

Burlington College –Excellence in Life Experience Award

GRAMMY Awards for CD Music/Design, Silver Wave Records

Design Awards for Graphic Design, Silver Wave Records

Courses Taught

Buddhist Psychology I - Mindfulness Meditation

Buddhist Psychology II - Compassionate Action

Field Placement

Introduction to Transpersonal Psychology

COR 130 – Contemplative Education Naropa’s Roots and Branches

Shambhala Practicum TEA