I was always that kid who was living a second life in my imagination. Little did most people know that at any given moment a large portion of my mental capacity was dedicated to dreaming about the ability to fly, be a Jedi, and/or be a superhero who saves the world. At one point I gave up on these dreams, but in my early twenties I discovered yoga and mindfulness and decided that perhaps I shouldn't be so rash. I earned my Master of Arts degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder and, prior to that, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Humboldt State University in Northern California. I also received specialized training in addictions, trauma, attachment, neuroplasticity, mindfulness, meditation, and Gestalt Therapy. 
To begin my career I dedicated 6 years to working with clients within the justice system in Boulder County. It was an outstanding way to rack up amazing experience with a breadth of mental health disorders while also doing something that I could feel truly proud of. Though I moved into private practice, I'm still firmly committed to the cause of helping the underdog. In 2018 I was excited to get on the TEDxCU stage and share why I believe doing humane work with the inmate population is of value to the rest of the world. This year I also helped begin a non-profit in Boulder that offers authentic relating training workshops to the incarcerated population (http://authenticrelating.org/) and to the public (www.authenticrelatingtraining.com). Other professional activities include mentoring local Colorado kids, as well as maintaining my private practice. 
I live in beautiful Boulder, Colorado with my partner Jade, seven-year-old son Orrin and three-year-old daughter Aurelia. I spend most of my spare time outside, playing in my garden, and dressing both my kids up like superheroes and allowing them to beat me up.

Jaymaya Kessler, MA, LPC


Child & Family Counseling, P.C.

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