Neha Chawla, PhD                                                                                                                            
Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Seattle, Washington


I received my doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington, and completed my pre-doctoral internship at the Yale University School of Medicine. I began my private practice while completing postdoctoral training at the University of Washington. In addition to private practice, I am a Clinical Instructor at the University of Washington, providing supervision to psychology graduate students.


I have had a long-standing interest in mindfulness meditation and have been practicing in the Insight Meditation tradition since 2003. Along with my colleagues Dr. Sarah Bowen and Dr. Alan Marlatt, I developed Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP), a novel program integrating mindfulness practices with cognitive-behavioral skills in the treatment of problems related to substance use and other addictive behaviors. I have facilitated numerous groups in private and community-based treatment settings and offered training for both clinicians and researchers, in the US and internationally. I also provide consultation for clinicians and researchers who wish to implement MBRP.


In addition to my work on MBRP, I have received specialized training in a number of cognitive-behavioral and acceptance-based treatments including Motivational Interviewing, Relapse Prevention, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.


I have had extensive experience working with individuals with problems related to substance use, trauma and interpersonal difficulties. I have also worked with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, struggles with sexual orientation and cultural identity, and life transitions.


My clinical experiences have been complemented by my research, the majority of which has focused on the development, prevention and treatment of alcohol and other drug use disorders, the implementation and evaluation of MBRP, and developing a system for assessing therapist competence. I have authored several theoretical and empirical articles and book chapters on topics related to mindfulness, addictive behavior, and  mindfulness-based treatments.


Please click here for a complete list of my clinical and research experiences.

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