Welcome to Teaching / Coaching for Wounded Healers!

Are you ready to make the switch to your healthiest life-style? 

We offer personal and professional coaching for your posttraumatic growth, resiliency training, and performance enhancement for those who want to become everything they know they are and believe themselves to be capable of. We perform coaching for health and wellness, relationships, navigating states of (un)consciousness, spirituality, meditation, and normative dissociation and addiction through the lens of the Addiction as Dissociation Model (O’Brien, 2023).

What you are signing up for with us is to do the Path of the Wounded Healer with us. WHI have weekly live classes that you can attend, ongoing support with office hours with Dr. Adam, and an online educational platform that you can utilize in between sessions to help you create a maintenance program that will support you in your posttraumatic growth. We are educating people on healing so they can become the healer they need to be. A key parts to this are learning and maintaining regulation, insight, self-discipline (in the form of maturing a healthy teacher with us.) 

Here is the path: Initial Contact: HERE > 2-hour Membership Interview/Intake > Acceptance or not > PWH Programming and Events

Coaching services can included:  Addiction as Dissociation Model, Path of the Wounded Healer, Life and Death (Spiritual), Recovery, Anger Management, Stress Management, Pain Management, Meditation/Mindfulness, Advocacy, Integrative Medicine and Wellness, Shamanistic and Breath, Pain/Chronic Stress-Reduction, Life Story, Creative Arts, Psychedelic Healing Sound Bath; Psychedelic Integration, Transformational Healing, Career, Performance Enhancement, Mindful Stress Reduction, and/or Harm Reduction. 

Check out our Orientation Class and sign up for our honorary newsletter (HERE) for more details about applying. Our coaching model supports our Posttraumatic Growth (PTG) Gym

We support people in their ongoing healing from everyday stress (acute or chronic), which we see as helping positive outcomes happen. This model is designed to support your ongoing healing from developmental trauma, normative dissociation, and universal addiction. You can have a diagnosis and engage in our services, as long as it is supportive of your personal and professional goals, and you are current with a medical and/or mental health provider. 

Think of this like a gym membership or a mental health spa… and we will be your personal trainers/teachers or coaches. We are also a spiritual center for personal growth and a path to enlightenment or self-actualization. As a member, you will gain access to our wellness classes and other educational resources, online content, and Dr. Adam. 

Our coaching and wellness model follows the Path of the Wounded Healer, which is academically based on the Addiction as Dissociation Model. You have the option of getting a membership like in a gym or having one-on-one personal coaching or training. Both come with the perks of engaging in our services, which include Neurofeedback training, Bemer with Pulse Electro-Magntic Field (PEMF) technology, spiritual and ritualistic ceremonies, and psychedelic sitting, guiding, and coaching. This is all to support your posttraumatic growth, resilience, and universal healing.

Pricing: Adam O’Brien, Ph.D. offers any of these coaching services for $200 an hour. (This can be prorated down to 45-min ($150), 30-min ($100), and 15-minute ($50) intervals.) 

FORMS: Application: HERE and Informed Consent: IC Coaching

Posttraumatic Gym and Healing Spa

PTG Gym membership involves ongoing access to meditation classes, coaching, Bio/Neurofeedback resiliency training, and BEMER technology to help you maintain your health, regulate, and improve your energy levels. Additionally, we offer Sound Baths, Shamanistic Journeying, Nutritional support, Reiki, and Cranio-Sacral (more services coming in the near future). The combination of these services in our PTG gym has clinically shown us that reducing unconscious stress stored in the body helps the mind to recover and ease physical ailments. With ADM and PWH, people become who they know themselves to be. We have seen improvements in a variety of chronic physical and mental health conditions. 

 LOCATIONS AND DIRECTIONS

Home office is 160 Loomis Rd. Chatham NY 12037. It is a dirt road so PLEASE DRIVE SLOW (15 mph max) – EVEN IF YOU ARE RUNNING LATE! because children and law enforcement live on the road). (In winter and wet months consider going from 203 to Rt.9 to Raup and then left on Loomis.)

From 90, take the Taconic southbound down to Exit 99 (Chatham – Rt. 203) Head East on Rt. 203 and take a left on Rt. 9. Take second left on Raup Rd. Then second left onto Loomis Road.

We are at the top of the hill of Loomis Road on the left and there is a black mailbox and a rock marked 160. Enter the property and please go straight (No turning left or right) and park in the front of the house on the stone parking lot (leave enough space for others). Looking straight at the house it looks like there are 3 of them, follow the stone path to the right to where the waiting room is. Please enter at your designated time.


The Hudson Office (Monday’s ONLY) is at 84 Green St. Suite 4 – Hudson N.Y. 12534 Please park in parking spot labelled: SUITE 4 Parking) near the wooden ramp, as that is where the entrance is. Also, there is the sign “Karuna Grief Counseling.” The suite is on the second floor.


Albany Office (Friday’s Mostly) is at 255 Lark St Suite 4 Albany N.Y. Enter the main building and go upstairs to the back office: Suite 4. Parking is directly available behind main building. Entry to the parking is right along side of the building (not through the Trinity Church parking lot, however, if you do go through Trinity Church – you may be able to get there if cars are not blocking it).

*Acknowledging that this location/building has a particular history in our community, we understand how and why it may be triggering. If this location is triggering you, please let us know and we can work something else out. We are trauma specialists and are looking to help everyone heal and can help connect you to other services, if necessary. We have long worked with victims of crime and NYS Office of Victim Services (OVS). Also, there is a detached space on the same property where we could meet or we have other office locations in the area. *We will make special considerations if this location is an issue for you.*

255 Lark St Albany NY Building Photo 1 HighDefinition

Scheduling and Hours: We work on a first come first serve basis, depending on clinical need. If we reach out to you and don’t hear from you then the time slot that I originally offered may not be available.

More about Education/Coaching 

Education/Coaching, in general, offers support to people maintaining their life, personal, and professional goals and helps them to build stamina. Since developmental trauma is not considered a diagnosis (by the medical and psychological industry standards of the day), our stance is that many people are often being treated for a diagnosis that does not (and should not) exist. If the normative range of trauma produces normal responses to common events, then what the helping professions are really doing is treating normal. The education/coaching model offers support for the normative ranges of living life on life’s terms and having respect for the living and dying process. This is what we believe society needs because the people we have worked with have told us that this is what they need. Our clinical practice has shown to us that 75-90% of therapy is designated to talking about developmental trauma. We have polled hundreds of therapists and providers who report the same percentages. The way we see it, people are addicted or dependent on the systems they come from.

We have seen that simply regulating the body through non-clinical means such as meditative reprocessing (our term is mindful dissociation) supports the body’s innate healing system (endocannabinoid system). When we support normative healing, personal and professional growth occurs. If the term “healing” is a term that you need an explanation for, we suggest reading our foundational document: Addiction as Trauma-related Dissociation: A Phenomenological Investigation into the Addictive State (O’Brien, 2023). You can access that HERE

Our educational/coaching and wellness model and path is theoretically based on the Addiction as Dissociation Model and allows for the Path of the Wounded Healer to be revealed. This path is a response to the insights that we gained by doing our doctoral work. These insights are generally outlined in different places, but are also experienced by going through the application and orientation process. It will make more sense the more you go through it. If you need more individual explanation, we recommend doing a consultation session to help with direct questions. Most answers can be found in the orientation process. You can also see our Frequently Asked Questions FAQs.

Addiction as Dissociation Model (ADM) was and is being developed by Adam O’Brien, Ph.D. and Jamie Marich, Ph.D. We will be continuing our research on the ADM to continue to explore transferability to other addictions. The foundational study and the basis for ADM is Adam’s doctoral dissertation (Addiction as Trauma-related Dissociation: A Phenomenological Investigation into the Addictive State (O’Brien, 2023)). We are looking to support peoples understanding of addiction and professionals in their field of understanding. We also advocate for how the lived experience can help produce accurate understandings of the human experience and shared existence. We believe that this will yield a clearer clinical understanding of what people are truly suffering from. PWH is a spiritual, moral, and developmental healing path that offers modern answers for ancient questions.