Shane Hill, Ph.D.
and Mindfulness Teacher
Simply put, life is just not easy. On this path we call life, I find it essential to have a place of support that provides emotional safety, compassion, clarity and assistance to know ourselves more deeply. This is what I offer. I am known for my warmth, directness, sensitivity, and practical approach to the therapeutic process.
I have been providing counseling or psychotherapy, consultation and trainings for individuals, couples, families, groups and agencies for over 34 years. And for over 20 years, I have been immersed in mindfulness, meditation and spiritual practice training which I have slowly incorporated into my therapy practice. The psychotherapy process can be highly deepened by including the practical application of Eastern spirituality wisdom such as meditation, mindfulness and somatic awareness-centered praxis. Mindfulness alone is helpful, yet bringing this awareness into the body is key to fully transforming or dissolving entrenched patterns that are troubling us. This type of synthesis has been beautifully described by several authors who are therapists or Buddhist teachers such as John Welwood and Tara Brach, both of whom are clinical psychologists.
I find that any difficult or "negative" experience we are having, whether large or small, can be an opening to find a deeper space of embodied presence or pure awareness inside ourselves, and this awareness reveals clarity about one's self and the circumstances at hand. This process necessitates learning how to slow down, recognize the habitual egoic defense patterns that obscure clear perception, dis-identify from them, and connect with a deeper more conscious part of oneself which will naturally provide helpful ways to navigate the situation. This is not easy to do without guidance in the beginning. I have had incredible mentors on my path for learning ways to navigate life, especially midlife, and I am committed to helping others with what I have learned.
For many years, I have been a gender specialist and often worked with children and adolescents. However, as I have become older and a cancer survivor, I have had to work less and narrow the focus of my practice immensely for my own physical healing and balance. As a consequence, I am no longer working with youth or able to provide gender therapy or gender-related services such as gender assessments, letters or trainings. I have trained and supervised many local therapists to provide gender-related services. For this type of support, please go to the Gender Therapy & Resources tab in the side menu of this page. That being said, my practice is open to all genders, sexual orientations, sexes, cultures, races, ethnicities, and religious or spiritual affiliations. I am committed to having cultural humility in my continual learning about the multitude of ways of being in this world—honoring diversity is key to creating a safe community for all.
Currently, I provide therapy and life coaching to adults and couples who want to know themselves more deeply, experience less personal suffering or want to live a more authentic life. I have training and experience in several modalities which include: Developmental Self Psychology, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Couples Therapy, Integral Psychology, Undefended Love Principles, Midlife Transitions, Mindfulness Training, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Somatic Awareness Practices, Vipassana and Tibetan Buddhist Meditation, and using personality inventory information such as the Enneagram and Meyers-Briggs. I have extensive training with my primary mentor, Jett Psaris, Ph.D., the co-founder of the Undefended Love approach to relationships and the author of Hidden Blessings, a text for using midlife as a transformational process to authentic living. If you are unfamiliar with Undefended Love principles, they contain amazingly effective ways of working through the layers of defended personality to access our essential strengths and true self. They are some of the most advanced practices I have learned to deep relationship intimacy, self-understanding, and psychospiritual transformation, and the midlife period is a particularly rich and opportune time for these types of changes to occur if one is open to the process.
Personally, I have a strong commitment to my own psychological awareness, spiritual practice, and living a life of balance that promotes health and authenticity for myself and others. I believe the best therapists are the ones who are willing to do their own work.
"Realizing who we are fulfills our human potential. We intuit that we are more mysterious and vast than the small self we experience through our stories and changing emotions. As we learn to attend directly to our own awareness, we discover the timeless and wakeful space of our true nature. This inner refuge of pure awareness…it gives beauty and meaning to our lives." (from True Refuge by Tara Brach, Ph.D.)
~May we all awaken to our deepest Self, to the Ground of our Being, to be centered in Pure Awareness~