Are you held back by emotions, behaviors, or life challenges?

Reconnect with your inner strengths and liberate your potential through Eastern and Western pathways to mental wellness.

Carol O’Dowd, MPA, MDiv, MI, CAS



Carol offers counseling and coaching services from her offices in Arvada using a holistic approach to address each client’s needs. As a Trauma/Transition Therapist she helps adults partner with their inner wisdom to walk through the walls of anxiety, depression, stress, panic attacks, and trauma to live with peace of mind.

“Not until we are lost, do we begin to understand ourselves.”  — Henry David Thoreau

Prajna Partnerships is open for counseling and is taking new clients. Sessions are available in person in an office comfortable for social distancing. Tele-sessions are available via video chat or phone. Outdoor sessions are  offered for connecting with the wisdom of nature. Call Carol at (720) 244-2299 for a free initial consult.

Prajna Partnerships

Carol blends western and eastern approaches in her counseling and coaching services to support others on the journey called life. With her 18 years of service as a counselor to help people with career, health and life transitions. Her work as a therapist began 16 years ago while serving as a Buddhist minister ordained by the Hongwanji-ha of Japan and as a chaplain. She deeply enjoys helping people partner with their inner goodness and overcome their traumas and fears. Such a passion led her to leave a career in government management and community consulting to being a therapist and coach. She has supplemented her formal education with certifications in Japanese Methods of Psychology, Applied Existential Psychotherapy, Family Mediation, and Mindfulness Instruction. Carol has provided counseling and coaching in prisons in Colorado and Indonesia. Clients and attendees at her talks frequently thank her for the techniques they use to support their healing and peace of mind.


Therapy, Spiritual Counseling, and Coaching



Carol offers affordable therapy to individuals struggling with trauma, anxiety, grief and life transitions. For the past 16 years, she has provided counseling and coaching to adults using a holistic approach. Using well tested therapeutic and counseling practices, she helps clients partner with strengths and wisdoms in body, mind, and spirit. She enjoys reconnecting her clients with peace of mind.


Spiritual Counseling

Carol offers spiritual counseling and talks using her Master of Divinity degree and certification as a Mindfulness Instructor. As an ordained Buddhist priest and former chaplain, she appreciates the healing that can be found by connecting with spirit. She offers tools for listening with an open heart... despite the chaos.



With 18 years as a government manager and a successful community consultant, Carol offers career and life coaching. She provides guidance on how to partner with one’s highest potential. She coaches how to take specific steps to achieve one’s desired goals.   

Customer Testimonials

Denver, CO

“You are an amazing light helping us grow in harsh times.”

Arvada, CO

“The session was so helpful and clarifying! I appreciate it greatly!”

Attendee at Dharma talk who returned to take a class in Denver
Denver, CO

“Your talk left me thinking for days, then I got it! Thanks! I’m back for more.”

Childcare Worker
Commerce City, CO

“I’m going to use this with my family.”

– A childcare worker at the end of training on how to manage stress working with difficult families for a social services agency