Cert. Psych. Gabriel Ellis

Buddhism-based Therapy

I developed Buddhism-based Therapy combining my experiences in ten years of psychotherapy, twenty years of meditation, and my research and PhD in original Buddhism. Original Buddhism provided arguably the first methodical psychology in history. While other Buddhism-based approaches prescribe a specific path of self-development, the principles I apply open up highly individual solutions to life challenges.
In my study of Buddhism, meditations, and therapeutic practice I found that few fundamental principles underlie a wholesome integration of the mind and counter the fragmentation of life. My approach encompasses contemplation, meditation, action, and communication, based on these seven principles: self-love, self-examination, ownership, curiosity, energetic peace, conditionality, and individuality.
Introduction to Buddhism-Based Therapy.mp3Gabriel Ellis
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The seven principles of Buddhism-based Therapy


Self-love is a key attitude of caring for and forgiving ourselves. We embrace our inner critic with kindness, look for the needs behind it and satisfy them gradually.



We look at our thoughts, feelings, and acts clearly, without shame, fear, or blaming others. Thus we release our unconscious from protecting us from the pain of feeling insufficient or helpless.



We take responsibility for our life situation and the fulfillment of our needs. Together with self-love and self-examination we rebuild a healthy intuition and integrate our experience.




A playful attitude of openness and curiosity provides the necessary mental space and lightness to make true discoveries in self-development.


energetic peace

We welcome change in a calm and wholesome way, with self-love and compassion. We engage in meditation and contemplations to develop a peaceful and energetic mind.



Mental states are maintained by a flow of energy. With ownership, meditation and therapeutic dialogue we carefully allow the unconscious to redirect our mental energies to wholesome states.



In our personal journey we question the values and attitudes of society. This freedom is challenging but allows us to stand on our own and have deep interactions with others beyond the social persona.


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