Dr. Celedra Gildea PhD LMFT(Ca), LPT

Couples therapy Portland OregonAfter 15 years in the corporate world, I made the life changing decision to go back to school in order to obtain my licensure as a Marriage and Family Counselor. A few years later, I obtained a doctorate in Transpersonal Psychology. During this time, fifteen years of hospice work taught me the lesson of my life – that there is no time like the present to live life to the fullest. Buddhist philosophy gave me a path to peace and three decades of meditation practice continue to deepen this presence. My love for Tibetan Buddhism took me to Tibet where I started a cottage industry for the Nanghen Nuns and a website, TouchstonesOfTheSacred.com, a resource for spiritual teachings and guidance.

Psychotherapy is not just a profession for me, but a deep commitment to supporting individuals and couples in living connected, joyous and deeply fulfilling lives. It is our nature to love and to be happy and yet the stress and challenges of this very busy life often leave us in a state of stress and scarcity – scarcity of time or scarcity of money; then worry and what seems like constant mental activity trying to figure it all out. We rarely make real quality time for ourselves or our relationships. I understand the demands of our fast paced lives whether you are a physician, in the corporate world, an entrepreneur, or an executive in change of carpools.

In addition to psychotherapy, I offer an 8 week course on meditation practice to reduce stress, increase the immune system, decrease depression and increase happiness.  These studies are grounded in the Department of Neuroscience at Stanford University in the College of Medicine.
Qualifications:

  • Doctoral Degree in Transpersonal Psychology from the International University for Professional Studies
  • California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Member of Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies
  • 15 years of hospice work and the profound learning of the preciousness of every moment
  • Seven years as co-founder and facilitator of  the Life Empowerment Action Program, a monthly three day transformative retreat experiencePrevious faculty at The Wellness Institute as a teacher and trainer in hypnotherapy, breathwork and group process
  • Over 25 years of meditation practice with 5 years of teaching

I am currently enrolled in s Stanford University School of Medicine’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) Program funded in part by the Dalai Lama. The vision of this esteemed program is to “create a multi-disciplinary environment whereby compassion and altruism studies are supported and legitimized within the broader scientific community and to use research advances to create tools that allow humans to become more compassionate and to engage more readily in altruistic behaviors toward themselves and others”.  I am deeply honored to be part of this program and look forward to imparting this valuable information to my participants.

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