Prajna Partnerships


Carol O’Dowd, MPA, MDiv, MI, CAS

I offer a safe, sacred space for partnering with your inner strengths. Using practices that work for you, you re-connect with wisdoms that benefit you and others in your life. Techniques I share include reflecting, listening, placing attention, and opening heart-mind to connect with self, others and life. With outdoor settings and walking paths, my clients explore being present in and with nature. Having provided counseling and training in prisons in the United States and Indonesia, I learned how often we imprison ourselves. By helping my clients realign with strength and wisdom, they walk free of their destructive behaviors. 

Being client centered, I help clients rediscover peace of mind using practices that work for them. Given my diverse training and education, I can apply the therapy that is most appropriate for each client. For example, I use the practice of reflecting inward (Naikan Therapy) for transforming loss, trauma, and unhealthy relationships into stepping stones for success. Other tools I use include Applied Existential Psychotherapy and somatic therapies. Listening carefully, I select with my client’s tools that support their ability to produce the results they desire. 

My current book project will share the lessons learned from getting a loved one out of an Indonesian prison including how to build support systems during difficult times.

Counseling Specialties

Mental Health Services Tailored To Your Needs

Types of Counseling and Therapy I use

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) – MBCT is designed to help people who suffer repeated bouts of depression and chronic unhappiness. It combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness.
  • Morita Therapy – Morita Therapy is a  purpose-centered, response-oriented therapy that supports life changes one small step at a time.  Accepting life as is or arugamama is key to this therapy. Such accepting means recognizing that change is always happening, including our emotions. By accepting our feelings as our natural response to our life circumstances, we do not need to “fix” or “change” them. Nor do we need to be led around by them.
  • Naikan Therapy – Naikan is a Japanese word which means “inward looking” or “introspection”. A more poetic translation is “seeing oneself with the mind’s eye”. It is a structured method of self-reflection that helps us to understand ourselves, our relationships, and the fundamental nature of human existence. Using the practice of gratitude, this therapy helps us become aware of ways to consciously engage with the world and with peace of mind.
  • Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP) – AEP is used to help clients deal effectively with difficulties that they find limiting their potential. Often I explore with clients challenges arising from family-of-origin issues, romantic relationship difficulties, work problems, low self-esteem, depression/anxiety as well as trauma. With AEP, clients are given the tools to ‘re-story’ events and re-discover their inner strengths  and beauty, as well wisdom in the world.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – CBT is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on solutions, encouraging patients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior. My approach is to support my clients with developing specific plans for modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts.
  • Motivational Interviewing – Motivational Interviewing is a counseling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities by developing to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. By sharing the difficulties of making changes, clients are able to discover the specific steps they can take to adjust or amend their behaviors. Clients learn how they have the power to modify the behaviors that are preventing them from making healthier choices.
  • Sensorimotor – Sensorimotor psychotherapy uses the body, rather than cognition or emotion, as the primary entry point for treating trauma.

Types of Issues I Can Help With

  • Trauma / PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Spirituality
  • Self Esteem
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Career Counseling
  • Abuse
  • Life Coaching
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Stress
  • Aging Issues

Fees and Insurance

Fees: My individual counseling fees are $100 per hour. Sliding scale is available.

Insurance: I am an out-of-network provider.