Hans Reihling, PhD

I’m an Anthropologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #106466). My collaborative and transformative approach is guided by a social constructionist perspective. It emphasizes the importance of culture, mindfulness, and relationships in times of distress. I learned about the social, political, and economic determinants of health and wellbeing across the globe. For more than a decade, I worked as educator and researcher in Europe, Latin America, and South Africa. My commitment to social justice and compassion with people in need motivated me to engage with youth and adults who are struggling with substance misuse, interpersonal violence, HIV/AIDS, and structural inequalities.

My aim is to share what has helped me grow in my own life and relationships through writing, consultation, and contemplative practices. In the late 1990s, I started to learn different approaches to mindfulness and completed my first 10-day Vipassana retreat in India. Since then I have been practicing insight meditation with different Buddhist communities and, most recently, learned an innovative approach called Recollective Awareness that came out of the mindfulness movement. Based on my own journey into contemplative practices, I want to create a context for people to empower themselves and develop their own mindfulness skills to increase resilience, get in touch with untapped potentials, and build fulfilling relationships.

I hold two Masters degrees as well as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Social and Cultural Anthropology with a focus on how dominant notions of masculinity shape men’s health behavior. I have presented at various international conferences and published in peer reviewed academic journals on issues including ethnomedicine, biopolitics, and gender. When I’m not caught up in the doing mode, I enjoy breathing in the smell of the sea, walking on desert sand, and holding my partner’s hand. This makes me feel connected; it makes me feel alive.