Go confidently into the direction of your dreams! Live the life you aways imagined. ~Henry David Thoreau

Vipassana Esbjörn-Hargens, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (PSY 20879) in Sebastopol, CA. Her clinical work is informed by relational psychoanalysis, Integral Theory, as well as by her spiritual practice of 30 years. Vipassana is both a longtime student and a teacher in the Diamond Approach and this path greatly informs her psychotherapy. Her decade immersed in the field of death and dying and hospice also has a significant influence on her work. She has served as adjunct faculty at various graduate schools in the San Francisco, Bay Area. Vipassana received her Masters in Counseling Psychology and Ph.D. in Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University) and her B.A. in Fine Art from the University of California, Berkeley. Her articles have appeared in the Humanistic Psychologist, Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, and Somatics Journal. She is a contributor to the books Radical Spirit and Qualitative Research Methods for Psychology; and co-editor for Ken Wilber’s book, The Simple Feeling of Being.

To live! To live! So natural and so hard. ~James Schuyler, ``Hymn to Life``

Dr. Esbjörn-Hargens has expertise in the following areas:


  • Relationship Issues
  • Anxiety or Fears
  • Panic Disorder
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Grief and Loss
  • Personality Disorders
  • Existential Issues
  • Bi-cultural Families
  • Adolescents
  • Eating Disorders/Body Image
  • Infertility
  • Divorce
  • Parenting


  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Diamond Approach
  • Enneagram
  • Meditation
  • Women’s Embodiment

Clinical Theory and Application

  • Contemporary Psychoanalysis
  • Object Relations Theory
  • Integral Theory
  • Integral Psychograph Assessment

Specializing in psychotherapy Sebastopol