Debra V. Quayle, MFT is a licensed psychotherapist, college teacher, and Buddhist meditation teacher. She has been on the Buddhist path for over thirty years and has over twenty years of experience working with clients in a variety of settings.
Her education and orientation is in Jungian depth psychology and both Theravadan and Mahayana Buddhism. She has trained extensively with Marion Woodman, a pioneer in bringing the sacred Feminine to the Jungian arena, and Stephen Aizenstat, a leading authority on dreamwork in the United States. In her psychological practice, Ms. Quayle’s specialties include working with dreams, trauma, at-risk youth, and couples.
She has also been trained as a Buddhist Chaplain and has integrated Buddhist philosophy and practice into her work in prisons, hospitals, colleges, residential treatment centers, as well as in her own clinical practice.
Ms. Quayle is particularly fond of teaching the beautiful practice of Feeding Your Demons, a process created by Lama Tsultrim Allione which is based on the ancient Tibetan practice of Chöd. This process allows one to offer compassion and understanding to one’s own inner demons and facilitates deep healing and transformation. Ms. Quayle has taught this practice in India to groups of Hindu woman, in Thailand to local Theravadan nuns, and in the United States to many different groups and individuals.
Combining her background in theatre (she has an MFA from Brandeis University in Acting) with her psychological training and Buddhist perspectives, Ms. Quayle has also written numerous articles, plays, and songs and recently developed a new course called “The Art of Deep Creative Living.”
Ms. Quayle has recently re-located to the Durango area from Pagosa Springs where she lived and worked at Tara Mandala Retreat Center as a resident teacher and Program Director.