Coaching with Pablo Das
Coaching is offered in person in Los Angeles or remotely via Skype or phone. For an appointment, call (646) 232-7201 or fill out the form on the contact page on this website.
In my coaching practice I support my clients to identify and engage the variables in one's life that support health, happiness and fulfillment as well as addressing barriers to wellbeing (like trauma, addiction and social oppression). My work integrates holistic wellness principles, Buddhist teachings (especially mindfulness practice) and somatic experiencing (a body centered system for the resolution of trauma). I have a particular interest in the interface between Buddhism and trauma resolution. Where addiction is concerned, I believe trauma is often the underlying cause of addictive patterns. Therefore, I centralize trauma management and resolution in working with people on addiction recovery when necessary.
I offer wellness coaching with particular emphasis in the following areas:
Establishing and maintaining a higher level of wellbeing is a process of identifying and engaging the variables that impact the way we feel. Because the variables are so varied, this engagement requires presence. This is why mindful presence is at the heart of all my work. Sleep, exercise, water and food constitute a foundation for emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. Looking holistically means we must also expand our lens to include variables like spiritual practice, work, money, ethical living, relationships, recreation, creativity, authentic self expression and personal healing (including trauma). I have developed a system that helps a person not only establish a personal wellness practice but also efficiently put it back together when it all falls apart, which it will.
Integrating Buddhist practice and principles into daily life.
Buddhist mindfulness practice is at the at the heart of everything I teach. Wellness work, mindful eating, interpersonal practices, trauma resolution, and working with addiction patterns all require presence and responsiveness. Living a kind, compassionate and fulfilling life requires that we are present for what's happening and able to choose to relate and respond to life in ways that support wellbeing. I work with my students to integrate practical philosophical, ethical and meditation teachings from the early Buddhist tradition into modern life.
Trauma resolution and Somatic Experiencing.
Trauma is one of the most common barriers to wellbeing. Trauma may have its origins in events as an adult, in early childhood or as a result of "historical" or "legacy" trauma for members of marginalized communities. Whatever the origin, trauma and it's symptoms can be overwhelming. Trauma overwhelms our capacity to respond and cope. Somatic experiencing is a body centered system for the resolution of trauma which regards our symptoms as the organism's attempt to complete what was unable to be completed in the past. Integrating traumatic material requires building a particular kind of capacity for presence and a way of working with the content of one's experience which makes processing what was once overwhelming, manageable. The work of the last several years of my teaching and coaching has been to integrate somatic experiencing with Buddhist practice and holistic resilience models.
A trauma informed Buddhist approach to working with addiction patterns.
Addiction is another significant barrier to wellbeing. In my experience there is usually a relationship between addiction patterns and trauma. Addiction is a habitual pattern of behavior that persists despite it's negative consequences. If we look deeply, addictive patterns can usually be seen as a way of attempting to regulate the disregulation that arises as a result of trauma. On one hand, it is important to develop a capacity to relate to the experiences that underly the compulsive addictive responses. Buddhist practice can be indispensable for creating a capacity to relate and respond more wisely to the underlying causes of addiction. On the other hand, resolving the underlying trauma is the ultimate goal. Somatic experiencing is my prefered modality of working to resolve nervous system disregulation.
As a gay man, I particularly welcome members of the queer community. All programs are trauma informed and offered with a sensitivity to the distinct experiences of members of marginalized communities.
Coaching is offered in person in Los Angeles or remotely via Skype or phone. Call (646) 232-7201 for an appointment.