ZEN Somatic Psychotherapy


Mind-Body, Mindfulness-based, Trauma-informed Treatment

Teletherapy is available for all services now.

Our Treatment Philosophy
We believe that it is important to get to the root of a problem in order to treat it. With our approach, we help you to integrate the parts that are difficult to face, and in doing so, transcend them using non-punitive body and mind approach. We are grateful to be your life consultant of you to live more authentically and present-mindedly through The School of Five Rings, Authentic Routine Creation program.

Neuroscience Meets Ancient Wisdom

What We Treat

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     Integrating cognition, emotions, and sensations using Whole Brain Body and Mind Approach


Our focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. We utilize neuro-counseling approaches to help promote neuroplasticity and whole-brain integration.


Balancing Eastern Approach and  Western Therapy


Our Koji Zen Mindfulness practice is infused with the principles of Japanese Zen tradition, Taoism,  Bushido Zen Chivalry, Shugendo Earth-based practice, and Processwork/ Neo-Jungian Dreambody work to help you learn greater skills to reduce unnecessary sufferings from bringing in awareness, acceptance/loving-kindness, boundary and nonjudgemental attitude.

Trauma responses & PTSD

Many individuals experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. We can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.

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Relationship counseling can be beneficial to couples who are  having a looking to strengthen their emotional connection in all stages of their relationship before marriage. At the same time our therapy sessions are a supportive place to discuss these challenges such as conflict, sexuality, and financial issues especial when you are in a separation process. Together, we help you to create solutions with your partner or ex-partner and strengthen your relationship.


Depression , Anxiety & Pains

Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, we are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and the joy in your life.

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Private Session, Couple and Family Therapy,

(Youth, Multi-cultural, and Sex Positive )



Grief and Loss, Suicidal Idealization, Acting out,

Religious and Spiritual Trauma,

Addictions, Substance and Dependencies,

Pain and Impulse Management Skill Training (PIMS)

Our goal of therapy is bring back to balance, authenticity and peace to our daily life. One of  my great Zen teachers said,

"When your mind is alert and soft enough to follow the subtle activity of inhaling and exhaling you will find out many things you did not notice before. This activity requires a strong determination, a clear Way-seeking mind.

Without the ability to accept things as they are your mind will be rough and course and inflexible, and you will face many problems with great difficulty.

Actually there is no problem or difficulty whatsoever in the world. This practice is called Samadhi or a Well Balanced Mind."                                     Shunryu Suzuki

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We look forward to hearing from you!

Dai Kato, MA is a Colorado Registered Family Psychotherapist certified by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a founder of SMART therapy. Currently, he has a private therapy practice in Boulder, Colorado, and online. He has been a Clinical Support Professional at Naropa University Graduate School of Counseling Psychology teaching Buddhist Psychology, Group Counseling, and Contemplative Counseling Skills. He is originally from Japan and started his Zen meditation practice at age of seven at Eiheiji Zen Head Monastery. He attended a Japanese Private Christian school for ten years. He also practices Japanese Martial Arts, Dharma Arts, and Zazen meditation every day as possible as can. Send him an email directly for the online appointment or any questions.

More about Dai


Greetings, My name is Casey McCarthy and I am a registered therapist with the state of Colorado. My approach is Holistic, Transpersonal, Existential, and Trauma-Informed, while also relying heavily on the creation of autonomy and meaning.  My approach takes into account the unique circumstances, struggles, and strengths that are brought to each session.  


Dai Kato, MA, MFT, ADS,

(303) 578-6515

Casey McCarthy, MA,



Boulder Office:

297 North US-287 Unit 105, Lafayette, CO 80026

Denver Office:

3600 S Yosemite St #1050, Denver, CO 80237 

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