Discovery of your essential nature is the most important realization you'll ever experience. Your essential nature is like your heartbeat - always sustaining you at the core of your being throughout everything you experience.
Hollye Hurst, Ph.D.
As an ally for your psychological and spiritual awakening Hollye offers 30 years of experience integrating mindfulness, non-duality, active imagination, dreamwork and relational-cultural and integral psychology to support individuals, couples and groups in the realization of their essential nature and their potential to live as conscious creators.
Common concerns addressed include relationships, life balance and purpose, self esteem, depression, gender issues, stress and life transitions, aging and illness, collective crisis, spiritual inquiry and integration.
My background includes working as a licensed psychotherapist for 30 years and teaching counseling and social psychology at the University of North Carolina and John K. Kennedy University for many years where I also trained therapists. After graduating from a California Institute of Integral Studies doctorate program I worked in various settings including private practice, county mental health, psychiatric facilities and a university counseling center. I also created the first expressive arts and mindfulness-based program for recovery in North Carolina.
My work is rooted in humanistic, relational-cultural and integral psychology and I'm inspired to integrate mindfulness practices and non-dual teachings into my work. I've also created a new approach to dreamwork called Dream Discovery. And I enjoy and have taught contemplative photography as a path of awareness. Feel free to use my contact form below to inquire about consultations for individuals, couples and groups, in my office or online.
More about me: After studying sociology and film I worked as a journalist. In the 1980s I moved to San Francisco to explore the diversity of psycho-spiritual paths flourishing there. While training as an actor I decided to study at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the East-West Psychology doctorate program. At CIIS my mentors (John Wellwood and others) were pioneering the integration of buddhist psychology and non-duality into a new model for psychotherapy. The Bay area offered me an abundance of training opportunities including at the SF Jung Institute and the CIIS Integral Counseling Center.
That time was an inspiring chapter in my life since I also initiated my Buddhist practice which has lasted many decades and spanned various schools of Buddhism. With deep gratitude I acknowledge the profound influence of many teachers, particularly those I’ve been fortunate to work with directly. Although I was a teen age fan of Alan Watts' books, I began actual Buddhist practice in the 80s with Jack Kornfield. In the mid-90s I traveled to Asia for a second time to retreat with H.H. the Dalai Lama in India. Later I was fortunate to work with Pema Chodron and began mentorship in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, who I ordained with. In recent years I've been a student of Advaita Vedanta teachers Rupert Spira and Nome.
Now I'd like to hear about you so feel free to use my contact form to inquire about consultations for individuals, couples and groups, in my office or online. Ask about my free fifteen minute introductory consultation. I look forward to meeting you.
“I feel like I’ve learned how to be a much more complete and successful human being. My new-found peace of mind and confidence is priceless. Your skillful insight has always supported me in getting to the heart of the matter and your gentle humor and unfailing compassion, insight and presence encourages me to relate genuinely and be true to myself.” Mark J.
"My work with Hollye was transformational. Her compassionate, creative, and intelligent approach helped me to establish the tools that I needed to communicate more effectively with my loved ones and quiet my anxiety around life’s large and small challenges. I chose to work with her initially to delve into dream work for better self-understanding. The experience was priceless!" T.M., Santa Cruz
“Our work together really laid the groundwork for the rest of my adult life. You helped me get through some seriously challenging issues helping me figure out who I was, that I was okay and I could heal. Thank you!” B. Smith, Berkeley