Dharma Spirit


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Marilynne Chöphel, MA
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Depth Psychotherapy

Healing from Trauma
Conscious Relationship


What is Dharma?

“Dharma” is a Sanskrit word that means teaching, truth, that which supports, sustains, and upholds. The truth of things as they are, it is likened to the ground one stands on. Dharma is that which remedies, alleviates, heals, and restores. To align with Dharma puts an end to conflict and brings about unity and harmony. It helps us to unite all and develop love and interconnectedness. It is the underlying truth of all spiritual traditions.

The highest dharma is to recognize, and live in accordance with the truth in one’s own heart. It is a personal alignment with a higher Truth, a divine or creative principal at work in an individual, which informs a lifestyle that leads to the fastest path to personal liberation. To follow your Dharma is to take the path that leads you from suffering to enlightenment. Dharma is a way of life that aligns your body, mind, and soul in harmony with your true nature and divine will.

Explore the journey of your own body, mind, and heart to awaken to the spirit of your dharma, the guiding light of your soul. I invite you to quiet your body, still your mind, expand your awareness, and listen more deeply within...

Depth Psychotherapy for Individuals and Couples

Areas of focus include managing anxiety, depression, stress-related conditions, PTSD, disability and chronic pain, life transition, authentic self expression, conscious relationship, sacred dimensions of intimacy, and transforming life and relational trauma.

My work with couples focuses on mindful presence, attuned connection, conscious communication, and the sacred path of relationship and deep intimacy.

Healing from Trauma

My approach to the treatment of trauma is dedicated to helping you create safety and stability, develop internal and external resources, transform your relationship to past trauma, promote mind-body-emotion regulation and integration, and create the conditions for optimal personal and relational health and well-being.

Unfinished Conversation

Unfinished Conversation is offered to survivors of great loss, with the hope that the traces of the painful past will be released. May transforming your pain give rise to courageous compassion, kindness, and well-being. And may your heroic grieving and healing journey allow a renewed relationship with your self, your life, and with your loved one.


BookUnfinished Conversation:
Healing from Suicide and Loss
A Guided Journey

By Robert Lesoine and
Marilynne Chöphel MFT





Marilynne Chöphel, MA
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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