On the Couch with Patricia D. Raya, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, Reiki Master, Yoga Nidra, EMDR

In a world distraught and disturbed by conflicting forces…one must turn to this inner source of light.”
– Cash Asher

Psychotherapy means care of the soul….daily concrete care of our essence, our depth, and the source of our humanity. If you care for your soul, you will be more human, able to relate better and find your way through life, discovering your purpose and calling. Care of the soul is not always about dealing directly with problems, but solving them indirectly by discovering your deepest self and making a beautiful life.”
– Thomas Moore

Patricia D. Raya, PhD, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor who incorporates an integrated mind-body-spirit approach to psychotherapy. She works with individuals experiencing:

  • Acute and chronic burnout, stress, and trauma
  • Relationship and communication problems
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Process addictions
  • Emotional eating and body image
  • Life transitions, such retirement and early adulthood launch
  • Crises of meaning and spirituality.

Dr. Patricia brings a unique background that blends together her clinical skills with 40 years experience as an educator, corporate leader, entrepreneur, and mentor. She works collaboratively to help patients enlist their inner resources of fortitude, temperance, prudence, and patience to quiet their inner critic, to love the unlovable within, and to discover the beauty of their wholehearted self.

Dr. Patricia integrates evidence-based counseling modalities and integrative wellness practices including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Interpersonal/Relational Therapy
  • Existential-Humanistic Wisdom Traditions
  • Polyvagal Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Solution Focused
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Mindfulness-Contemplative Practices
  • EMDR

Dr. Patricia earned her Ph.D. from Saybrook University in Humanistic Existential Psychology with an emphasis in Consciousness studies and her Masters in Clinical Mental Health from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

How My Approach Began

I was fortunate to have a mother who raised her 4 children with what is now considered holistic medicine and care. My mother’s approach to wellness transcended her generation. She had the insight and courage to raise her children with preventative holistic treatments and spiritual guidance through the support of Dr. Alfred and Gladys Homer, holistic pioneers. My dad was fearless in his capacity to be resilient, compassionate, and generous. When asked what the purpose of life was when he turned 90-sometime, he pause and matter-of-factly said, “To live.” He greeted each morning with a smile and an attitude of awe for the gift of living another day.  

One of my most meaningful experiences was the gift of therapy and the tutelage of Dr. Stanley Stern, or “The Doc” as he was affectionately known. Through his friendship, mentorship, love and compassion, Doc guided and supported me as I prepared to become a psychotherapist. Doc was one of those rare individuals who inspired me to become a better person and to see the beautiful in all life. This soulful individual taught me the essence of deep connection though friendship and loving kindness. RIP Doc (1933-2022). You are forever loved.

Together, let’s reclaim your healthy connection with yourself and others.