Kayse Budd, MD is an integrative psychiatrist, artist, astrologer, writer, and educator. She previously was on the medical staff at the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, CA as an integrative psychiatrist and intuitive astrologer. Prior to working for the Chopra Center, Dr. Budd taught for Andrew Weil, M.D.’s Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona for 8 years. Once in San Diego, she taught “Integrative Approaches to Psychiatry” at the UCSD Medical School.
Dr. Budd is a graduate of Duke University and University of Michigan Medical School. She is trained in herbalism, energy medicine, yoga/meditation instruction, sound healing, art therapy, dance therapy, astrology, and shamanic skills. Dr. Budd is a Chopra Certified Perfect Health Instructor and a co-author of the Handbook of Wellness Medicine (Cambridge University Press).
Dr. Budd has an online integrative psychiatry, astrology, Ayurveda, and health coaching practice with an Astrology Apprenticeship and Holistic Health Mentorship for students. Her mission as a healer is to help others embrace their unique gifts and SHINE. She can be found on the web at
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As a holistic psychiatrist many of my patients ask, “How can I love myself more?” Our inability to love and accept ourselves plays a large role the mental health crisis on the planet. We reject our appearance, our abilities in mind or body, our challenging personality traits, our family backgrounds, the conditions of our upbringing, our jobs, our bank account, and our relationship status. Most of us feel we are just never enough.
It’s that time again, when we are collectively dreaming about a new year and all the fascinating possibilities it could bring. Intention setting around the start of a year is a powerful tradition that actually dates back to ancient Babylon (~2000 BC). In those days intentions were most likely about pleasing the Gods. Presently, there is still a spiritual thread woven through many people’s intentions. With so many challenging things happening in our world, it’s helpful to feel connected to something sacred.
Life is a mystery, and 2020 has been a stranger year than most. With multiple disruptions and many unknowns, it’s been nearly impossible to stay consistently calm. As a nation, and a world, we’ve had to reexamine fundamental beliefs and habits, get creative, and reinvent (or at least reorient) ourselves in multiple aspects of life. With an election just around the corner and political anxiety mounting on both sides, the “year of uncertainty” continues!
In honor of Suicide Prevention Week, I wanted to offer a collection of questions, statements, and inspirational bits of wisdom gleaned from my years of practice as a holistic and spiritually oriented psychiatrist. Review this list and make a mental note of the words and phrases that resonate the most. Repeat these to yourself when you need to reorient to a place of inner equilibrium—this week and always!
Sus rasgos más sorprendentes están a menudo envueltos en los más desafiantes. Los dos están conectados como los extremos opuestos de una cadena. Tanto tus fortalezas como tus debilidades existen por una razón.
Mercury recently went direct (July 13), and many of you know what that means: time to get stuff done! Mercury in forward motion allows you to move forward, too! The dates for the current Mercury direct period are July 13, 2020, through October 14, 2020, in both Vedic and Western astrology. This is an excellent time to make progress on projects, start something new, take small trips, and communicate with clarity. Mercury enlivens any activity that involves written or spoken idea exchange. So, it is a perfect time to write this little primer for aligning the natural Mercurial energy in yourself with that in the cosmos.