Bowman | 303-546-3559

Professor, Transpersonal Counseling Psychology
Core Faculty


MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology
Transpersonal Psychology


PhD, The Union Institute
BA, University of Kansas

Deborah Bowman's 2014 TEDx
Falling into Grace.

Areas of Specialization:

  • Transpersonal Counseling
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Jungian Psychology
  • Dreams and Art
  • Nonviolent Communication

Deborah is the founder of the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and the Wilderness Therapy programs at Naropa University. She is a licensed psychologist and certified Gestalt therapist and also a trainer with the Boulder Psychotherapy Institute, offering post graduate education and supervision. Deborah has served as president of Boulder Graduate School, worked for Boulder County Hospice and Boulder County Social Services, and instructed with the National Outdoor Leadership School. She is a meditation instructor with Nalandabodhi Boulder.

Deborah is author of The Female Buddha: Discovering the Heart of Liberation and Love, The Luminous Buddha: Images and Words and co-author of When Your Spouse Comes Out, published by the GLBT Family Series with Haworth Press.

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Links to Sample Articles

Guanyin and The Handless Maiden: A Feminine Path of Awakening. New Orleans: Spring Journal, Volume 91, 2014. 

The Power of Gestalt Therapy in Accessing the Transpersonal: Working with Physical Difference and DisabilityCo-authored with Leakey, Trish A., The Gestalt Review, Volume 10, (1) 2006.

Slang, Freud and Buddhist Psychology: Clarifying the Term “Ego” in Popular, Pyschodynamic and Spiritual Contexts. Buddhist Psychotherapy. United Nations Day of Vesak Celebrations Conference Volume, 2011.

Dispelling the Enemy Image with Clear and Compassionate SpeechBuddhist Approach to Harmonious Co-existence.  Conflict and Peace Development, United Nations Day of Vesak Celebrations Conference Volume, 2010.

Buddhism and Nonviolent Communication: A Practice for PeaceBuddhist Approach to Political Conflict and Peace Development, United Nations Day of Vesak Celebrations Conference Volume, 2009.