About

“Wake Up, Grow Up, Clean Up, Show Up” –Dustin Diperna

I have been working in the field of human potential and healing for nearly two decades. If there is one thing that lights me up, it is a forum that ignites human development. My greatest strength as a therapist, coach and facilitator is that I have done, and continue to do, my own inner work.  I see clearly, in myself and others, that levels of adult development do not end so I take an attitude of welcoming the clumsiness, frustrations and “mistakes” of our humanness as an indicator that we want to be more effective, generous, connected and awake!

Leave no stone unturned… 

I’ve been studying and embracing Integral Theory for over a decade which has greatly enhanced my appreciation of the human challenge. From an integral point of view there are four general arenas I look at when assisting clients.  These are, "Growing Up" through a series of developmental stages and thereby increasing our capacities, "Cleaning Up" unfinished business which continues to hijack our potentials, "Waking Up" to higher states of consciousness so we can "Show up" in ALL aspects of our lives.  We leave no stone unturned!

Cleaning Up… What is Psychotherapy?

Integral Psychotherapy as a general rule is effective in addressing significant past issues that require resolution for development to continue. In a way, Clean Up work is counterintuitive because we nudge ourselves to move into what is painful. However, in my experience with clients, moving gently toward our vulnerabilities we notice something fresh and precious about our human situation and even discover the wisdom that lays at the very root of our so called “negative emotions”.  This perspective releases direction, meaning and power into some of our most difficult tasks.

I have bachelors and masters degrees in Psychology and am a Naropa University trained Transpersonal Counselor working in Gestalt and Experiential therapies.  I have also developed a tremendous respect for the relational frameworks of Non-Violent Communication and the Enneagram.  While working with areas of trauma (freeze response and dissociation) I have personally benefitted from a thorough course of Somatic Experiencing work and use it today as an orienting method.

Growing Up… And what about Coaching?

Integral Coaching as a general rule is effective in addressing client’s current development and pushing the edges of potential. My training in integral theory has given me an appreciation for how adults continue developing through a series of evolving stages.  At each stage, we develop new beliefs, values, emotional capacities, relational skills and cognitive ability.  Understanding this roadmap helps me to meet and educate clients where they are and reveals where I can leverage to challenge them to grow. I have a background as a career counselor, serving clients in the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as well as teaching Career Counseling in the Naropa University Graduate School of Psychology. I currently use the Immunity to Change process as a tool, both with individuals and groups, to challenge the unseen assumptions that govern our potential.

Some of the most significant Grow Up work I did when I was younger was in my 13 years as a wilderness course director and trainer at Colorado Outward Bound School where I logged 700+ field days. OB’s mission “to strive, to serve, and not to yield” does a tremendous job experientially revealing to youth and adults alike that there is more in us than we could ever know!  Working with others in this context strongly impacted my personal philosophy of meeting others compassionately and directly in stressful environments where group dynamics were often extremely intense (just imagine thirty 24-7 days in the mountains with the same group of smelly people with no beer or TV).  I also worked for several years in OB Professional serving corporate groups and leadership organizations and I was especially happy to have co-developed and facilitated  “Inward Journey/Outward Bound” programs which combined rigorous wilderness activities with contemplative practices and meditation in the natural world.

Waking Up... Meditation Practice

It is funny to think that with all of the Cleaning Up and Growing Up work we do in this life, from a Waking Up perspective, there never was and there never will be a problem.  Waking Up is developing our states of consciousness- which unfold beyond repairing or even growing our ego capacities-  and while I do not consider myself to be a spiritual teacher, being able to take the spacious perspective that my sustained meditation practice has offered continues to be one of the greatest gifts I offer.  It brings clarity and I am particularly precise in identifying clients' wisdom that is obscured by obstacles that are not as solid as they may appear.

Practicing since 2003, I spent 7 years travelling to Thailand and India to practice vipassana and assist in teaching meditation retreats and have since sat retreats in the Tibetan and Zen lineages.  I am an authorized meditation instructor through Naropa University and have assisted in facilitating several Maitri programs through the MA Contemplative Psychology track at Naropa.  I also have completed the Mondo Zen facilitator's training and I continue my studies with Doshin Roshi of Integral Zen in Denver.  I offer the Mondo Zen process free of charge.

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I express no preference to all genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, religions or other demographics which contribute to marginalization.