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Rysse identifies as a mixed-race, queer, cis-woman, of Afro-Indigenous-European descent. Rysse engages spirituality as a praxis of social justice, as in spiritual work is not separate from the work of collective liberation. Rysse focuses on exploring identity and dismantling oppressive systems.

Rysse has over 10 years of experience working with marginalized and under-resourced populations in clinical practice, higher education, teaching, program management, community building, restorative justice, and inclusivity and anti-oppression work. She examines how the impacts of oppression affect people’s mental, spiritual, physical, and emotional health. Rysse focuses on individual and collective liberation, through healing from intergenerational, ancestral, and complex trauma.

Rysse's Master's Thesis "Healer in Crisis: The Contemplative Social Justice Counselor's Approach to How Healer in Crisis Can Work With Client in Crisis" deconstructs power dynamics in the healing relationship and how healers can heal with their clients while both of them are experiencing a crisis. 

Rysse's life work, like many healers, is informed by a lifetime of self-healing, survival, and resilience. Rysse integrates her life experiences, intuition, and ancestral medicine, with her education of Buddhist Psychotherapy, Indigenous teachings, and other healing modalities.

RysseGuzman sitting on a bench with the distant view of a river and red green trees. Rysse is wearing a blue dress with red design and red string around her waist. Rysse has one arm up over her head and another on her leg. Rysse is looking up distantly.

What is Therapeutic Healing?

Therapeutic Healing incorporates 

  • Buddhist Psychology

  • Mental Health Counseling

  • Social Justice Counseling

  • Trauma-informed Yoga 

  • Somatic trauma healing techniques

  • Spirituality

  • Parts Work

  • Ancestral healing

  • Mindfulness

  • Compassion

  • Radical Self Love

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What is Buddhist Psychotherapy?

Rysse practices from the Buddhist perspective that everyone is at their core good and wise. She orients towards a strength-based approach- guiding client to be in tune with their inherent resilience and personal power. Rysse practices radical presence and cultivates a non-judgemental space so that a healing and secure attachment is cultivated.

Buddhist Psychology teaches that all beings are interdependent. Rysse recognizes healing relationships as a two way healing collaboration- our liberation and healing are inextricably connected. Though there are inherent power dynamics in coaching and therapeutic relationships, Rysse aims to dismantle harmful power dynamics and understands herself to be a guide that supports clients to their own power and personal healing. 

Rysse supports client in expanding their capacity to experience and accept all of their parts, emotions, experiences, and woundedness. It is in the compassionate acceptance of our emotions that we are able to tap into naturally arising and sustainable healing. 

Rysse with a smik sitting on a bench. In the distancde is a view of the hudson river and trees. Rysse has curly hair and is wearing a black shirt with highwaisted panted with blue and gold flowers. Rysse has one arm up on the foundation on her left on the other arm on the bench.
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