Frances Ulman, PhD
I have a doctorate in clinical psychology. I completed my doctorate in clinical psychology in 2009. Since that time I have worked both as a scientist while on a post-doc at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and as a therapist in private practice in Durham, NC. As a therapist I offered my services to people who were seeking new ways to relate to their minds and bodies, so they could find more contentment in their lives. I specialized in eating disorders and care for people who were transgendered or gender non-comforming.
I combine western psychology and Eastern contemplative practices in my projects. My professional training and personal philosophy about life mix together in interesting ways. As a psychologist, I was trained to measure people and provide therapy within the framework that you can get better. I believe western psychology helps many people find more contentment and meaning in their lives.
As a Buddhist, I believe there are some fundamental aspects of being human that are beyond measurement. I believe the purpose in life is not to get better and more perfect, but to get better at accepting that you and your life are not perfect. The purpose of life is to learn how to be at ease with yourself and others no exceptions, no matter what. Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
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