Karen Kissel Wegela, PhD, LP

Core Professor
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Buddhism-Informed Contemplative Counseling Concentration
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Buddhism-Informed Contemplative Counseling Concentration
CNSC603A, Buddhist Psychology I: Foundations of Practice / CNSC803A, Buddhist Psychology V: The Way of the Contemplative Counselor / CNSC631A, Counseling Theories and Skills I / CNSC 860A, Maitri V / And many others over the years

Karen Kissel Wegela, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in the State of Colorado. She has been a professor at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, for more than forty years and served as the department chair for fifteen years. She began working as a psychotherapist in private practice in 1977 and recently closed her private practice. Before she was a psychologist, she taught high school English. She is the author of three books: How to Be a Help Instead of a Nuisance (Shambhala, 1996), reissued in 2011 as What Really Helps: Using Mindfulness & Compassionate Presence to Help, Support, and Encourage Others; The Courage to Be Present: Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Awakening of Natural Wisdom (Shambhala, 2009); and Contemplative Psychotherapy Essentials: Enriching Your Practice with Buddhist Psychology (W. W. Norton, 2014). She has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences both nationally and internationally. She holds a BA from the University of Rochester (Major in English, 1967), an MA from Boston University (English Language & Literature, 1968), a second MA (Education: Guidance & Counseling) from the University of Denver, and a PhD from the Union Institute (Counseling, Psychology & Experiential Learning, 1977).

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

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