About Michael Asa Da
I love the work of psychology and spirituality, and I am passionate about sharing that work with others as a practitioner, teacher, writer, and editor. I practice as a psychotherapist, spiritual counselor, and coach, but I started out working with people one-on-one doing energy healing in traditional and cutting-edge modalities. Before that, I spent nearly 25 years working as a technical writer in the software industry. I bring that professional experience to my work as a career counselor, but also to the research field as an editor for the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, a scholarly journal that publishes research on the intersection between psychology and spirituality.
I hold an MA in Counseling Psychology, and I am a Registered Psychotherapist, Ordained Interfaith Minister, and PhD student in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). I have also honed my skills and deepened my knowledge through training with spiritual teachers, psychotherapists, modern shamanic practitioners, traditional plant shamans, bodyworkers, and energy healers, as well as both traditional and nontraditional education.
My formal education has included counseling, depth, transpersonal, and research psychology, interfaith ministry, writing, philosophy, empirical sciences, comparative mythology, and bodywork. My informal training has included nondual spiritual guidance, energy work, shamanic practice, meditation, martial arts, yoga, and chi gung. The best-known figures who influence my work include Carl Jung (depth psychology), Eckhart Tolle (nonduality), Adyashanti (nonduality), Joseph Campbell (mythology), Carl Rogers (humanistic psychology), Ken Wilber (integral philosophy), Jorge Ferrer (transpersonal psychology), and Michael Harner (shamanism). However, I am grateful that my life and work have been deeply touched by a rich lineage of mentors, teachers, and authors from these traditions and many more. Truly, I stand on the shoulders of giants, and I am deeply indebted to the paths they have laid.
My life experience, training, and clinical work have brought me to the unshakable conviction that human beings have an innate capacity to heal. I believe that the best way I can engage with others in a therapeutic relationship is to help people tap into their inner resources to find their path toward growth.
Rev. Michael Asa Da, MA