Jahmaya Kessler, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
My approach is to balance following my client while also being a guide when I'm given permission. On the surface, my mindfulness background offers people a wide plethora of simple mindfulness tricks that many find really helpful. But below that, a lot of my approach involves staying in the moment, following what is being said below the surface, and getting emotionally intelligent about the wisdom our bodies are telling us. I call this “following aliveness,” an approach that often leads me toward the client’s inherent wisdom and the awakening of epiphanies. The end result that I notice for my clients is that they go into their life feeling stronger confidence in their own inner compass. Ultimately, my personal goal is to put myself of business. Our goal will always be that I am no longer needed as a helping guide so that you are empowered to walk your path on your own.
Originally from Seattle Washington, Jahmaya has lived in Arcata, California, The Big Island of Hawaii, Out of a Van on Kauai, and spent nearly half a year backpacking through Asia. In his early twenties, he began getting more acquainted with the potential of plant medicines and psychedelics to facilitate lasting change (but he kept that mostly a secret until the last couple of years). He majored in Religious Studies at Humboldt State University where he fell in love with mythology, Jungian/depth psychology, and the perennial threads within the world’s traditions. It was also during this time that he became interested in meditation, Reiki healing, yoga, and voice and sound work around campfires on the beach. He moved to Boulder in 2008 to attend Naropa University where he got his MA in Transpersonal Psychology. Over the years he’s also gotten professional training in Gestalt Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapy (through Medicinal Mindfulness), Meditation through Shambhala, and became a Reiki Level III Master/Teacher. Jahmaya has seen and held space for a wide variety of experiences, and he has been well trained to hold his seat and the container for whatever can arise. His background as well as his lens that employs mindfulness, parts-work, somatic psychology, and transpersonal states help inform his work as a psychedelic therapist. After seeing radical results with self and others, Jahmaya has become a passionate advocate for the use of psychedelic medicine to act as an accelerator to traditional therapy work, especially when the two are used in conjunction with one another. In his free time, he’s often playing with his two children, running around barefoot (when possible) outside, taking his dog to off-leash trails, playing the mandolin, cooking, reading deep books and graphic novels, and laughing out loud daily with his wife Jovahna.
I offer 1:1 therapy in my private practice and Cannabis Assisted Therapy through Medicinal Mindfulness