About Dr. Gildea

The process of being in psychotherapy transformed my life.  It was a “waking up” to a new world that offered choice and meaning from a grounded place of consciousness. So, after 15 years in the corporate world, I made the life-changing decision to go back to school in order to obtain my licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. A few years later, I obtained a doctorate in Transpersonal Psychology. 


Hospice work was a journey into life and death I’d not yet known. Sitting with families, couples, individuals through this precious time awakened my heart and taught me the lesson of my life – that there is no time like the present to live life to the fullest.  

Interlaced through the years was a growing spiritual practice grounded in meditation retreats and dharma talks.  In 2007 I journeyed to Tibet to start a non-profit for the Nangchen nuns - an extraordinary experience that i will always be in awe of.

Knowing first hand the wide range of  benefits that a practice of meditation, compassion and mindfulness can bring makes me so grateful to be able to offer the Mindful Self-Compassion Training created by Christopher Germer, PhD and Kristen Neff, PhD, and known throughout the world.  You can learn more at CenterforMindfulSelfCompassion.org.

My growing interest in neuroscience and particularly the research regarding compassion brought me to Stanford University School of Medicine’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), a program funded in part by the Dalai Lama. The vision of this program is to “create a multi-disciplinary environment whereby compassion and altruism studies are supported and legitimized within the broader scientific community and to use research advances to create tools that allow humans to become more compassionate and to engage more readily in altruistic behaviors.

When you come to my office, you will meet Tennyson, my constant companion who will greet you at the door.  He will love greeting you and  as you can see, is very empathetic. We all do the best we can with what we have - and few of us were handed all that is required in order to live our precious lives authentically and to the fullest.    

As Hermann Hesse writes:

I can give you nothing 

that has not already 

its origins within yourself

I can throw open no 

picture gallery 

but your own

I can help make 

your own world visible- 

that is all.


Whether with me or someone else, give yourself the life that was meant to be yours.  It is precious. 

 

My Qualifications

- Doctoral Degree in Transpersonal Psychology from the International University for Professional Studies

- California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

- Licensed Professional Counselor

- Member of the International Centre for

- Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

- Member of Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies

- 15 years of hospice work and the profound learning of the preciousness of every moment

- 7 years as co-founder and facilitator of the Life Empowerment Action Program, a monthly three day transformative retreat experience

- Previous faculty at The Wellness Institute as a teacher and trainer in hypnotherapy, breathwork and group process

- More than 30 years of meditation practice along with 20 years of teaching and group process.

I am a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) Program funded in part by the Dalai Lama. The vision of this esteemed program is to “create a multi-disciplinary environment whereby compassion and altruism studies are supported and legitimized within the broader scientific community and to use research advances to create tools that allow humans to become more compassionate and to engage more readily in altruistic behaviors toward themselves and others”.  I am deeply honored to be part of this program and look forward to imparting this valuable information to my participants

September 2006 - August 2015

Psychology Researcher

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January 1995 - December 2000

Troubled Youth Counselor

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April 2001 - August 2005

Assistant to Psychologist

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Dr. Celedra Gildea

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