“Utterly honest, raw, and relatable.” -Lila Donnollo, Horizontal with Lila podcast
Ralph De La Rosa, LCSW is the author of The Monkey Is the Messenger: Meditation & What Your Busy Mind Is Trying to Tell You. His work has been featured in CNN, GQ, SELF, Women’s Health, and many other publications and podcasts. He's was named amongst Sonima's "Next Generation of Meditation Teachers."
Ralph is a state-licensed therapist in private practice in NYC specializing in trauma, anxiety, depression, and intimacy issues. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Services. He trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Trauma Systems Therapy as a social worker in the foster care and community mental health systems. Today his work integrates Internal Family Systems therapy, somatic psychology, and mindfulness-based approaches.
Ralph began practicing meditation in 1996 and has taught meditation since 2008. He was a student of Amma's for 16 years and began studying Buddhism in 2005. He is a mentor to meditation teacher trainees at MNDFL; and a regular teacher at venues such as Spirit Rock, Omega Institute, and Kripalu.
Ralph himself is a depression, PTSD, and addiction survivor. His work is inspired by the tremendous transformation he has experienced through meditation, yoga, and therapy. You can listen to (or read) his story on the Embodied Philosophy podcast episode, "Inside One Teacher’s Journey From Darkness to Light,"here.
Ralph is also a musician and storyteller. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his two cats Emma Goldman and Henry Lee.