Vipassana Therapists Directory

Richard W. Bush, PhD
Sex: Male; PSY #10243
1806 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley 94709
(510) 845-1845

Fee scale: Sliding scale from $150.-$180. per 60 minute session

DESCRIPTION OF CLINICAL PRACTICE

Ive been in private practice since 1976, working with adults, couples, families, children and adolescents. Over the course of the past 25 years, I've developed a special interest in couples therapy and in helping men and women resolve relationship problems. Im also interested in helping estranged adult children and their parents find ways to reconnect. And, last but not least, Im very interested in the integration of Buddhist wisdom and Western psychology. The western psychological approach which influences my work is called "narrative. The narrative approach resonates with much of Buddhist thinking, for example, cautioning us to not hold our ideas about ourselves as the truth of who we are.

VIPASSANA/MEDITATION BACKGROUND

I first became interested in Buddhism in 1990, listening to tapes by Jack Kornfield. I knew he was a psychologist and found what he said to be extraordinarily wise. I wondered why I'd never heard his school of psychological thought before. Finally, it dawned on me: Jack was not espousing a new psychological theory, but talking of Buddhism. Since then, I've developed a daily sitting practice including vipassana, metta and tonglen. In 1998, I began to sit retreats, on a regular basis. My primary teacher, since 2000, has been Tara Brach. I'm deeply influenced by Pema Chodron and inspired by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo and Suzuki Roshi. I'm currently drawn to the style of vipassana practice taught by Sayadaw U Tejaniya.

RELEVANT CLINICAL TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

I received my PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan in 1974. Since then, I've studied a wide variety of therapeutic schools. These studies, my years of professional practice, and perhaps more importantly, my years of meditation practice have taught me to privilege peoples' experience of what's helpful over what any particular theory says should be helpful. In the words of Suzuki Roshi: "The purpose of Buddhism is not to promote Buddhas teachings or establish Buddhist groups, but to help people find their own way when they cannot find their own way."