This practical course highlights obstacles to intimacy in our culture and provides tools to transmute those obstacles into opportunities for deeper intimacy both with our self and with the people in our lives. Buddhist and other spiritual approaches together with Western psychotherapeutic understandings will be examined, in order to remember one of life’s most important lessons: we are all connected and embodied in this beautiful energy of life.
David Bullard, Ph.D. has enjoyed a private practice of individual psychotherapy and couples therapy in San Francisco for 40 years. He is a clinical professor in departments of medicine and psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, where he consults with spiritual care services and outpatient palliative care staff. His work with trauma is informed by advanced training in EMDR and he is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner¨. For psychotherapy.net, he has interviewed leading trauma therapists such as Bessel van der Kolk M.D. and Allan Schore, Ph.D.; psychedelic medicine pioneer researcher and clinician William (Bill) Richards, Ph.D.; psychotherapy researcher and UCSF Clinical Professor of Psychiatry George Silberschatz, Ph.D.; and Buddhist thinkers Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D., Robert Thurman, Ph.D., and Mark Epstein, M.D. In addition to his teaching at UCSF, David has done workshops at Tibet House US (New York City), San Francisco Zen Center, and in Israel and Brazil. His latest professional publication is the chapter ÒSexual ProblemsÓ (co-authored with Christine Derzko, M.D.) in Behavioral Medicine: A Guide for Clinical Practice, 5th edition (in press; McGraw-Hill). He first encountered Zen through the writings of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and Alan Watts, and enjoys the poetry and wisdom of David Whyte.