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Restoring Resilience & Authentic Self-Compassion

Chaz Franke, MSW, LCSW

Chaz has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from McKendree University, and a Master of Social Work degree from Saint Louis University (SLU). Chaz received his clinical license in 2009.

Chaz is a therapist and clinical supervisor for Light Source. A small group practice in Belleville, Illinois. Chaz is also adjunct faculty in the Saint Louis University MSW program. 


Chaz has been practicing therapy full time since 2007.  Since the beginning of his career as a therapist, Chaz has worked with trauma and its long reaching effects. This work has included extensive work with all ages and all walks of life. Chaz specializes in self compassion and integrating Eastern thought and philosophy into the therapeutic process. Chaz has presented on topics including, but not limited to Trauma, Wisdom and Self Compassion, Mindfulness,  Self Care, Transference and countertransference, and Expanding the Self of the Helper.  Chaz provides both clinical and reflective supervision to clinicians across many settings to help further their ability to find their voice in the field and maintain engagement in their work. 

Services Offered

1 . Beyond Supervision for Buddhist Helpers

At my private practice, Light Source, we developed a process/program called, “Beyond Supervision,” to try and provide this safe space for practitioners. Beyond Supervision is a non directive, peer supervision practice that allows for an open space to discuss what it is like to be a practitioner in our given helping profession. We focus on the whole person of the helper. We want to focus on deepening the connection to the self of the helper while building strategies for coping with the abstraction in our fields. I am deeply grateful to extend a new form of beyond supervision specific to helping professionals who practice Buddhism. Specifically, we are focusing on a Vajrayana informed supervision. Utilizing reflective processes based on the six realms of existence we will access these deep teachings as they relate to our experience as helping professionals. Being in the helping and listening fields can be deeply isolating, and for many of us we are one of the few Dharma practitioners in our space. Vajrayana Informed Supervision is a practice that will allow the individual to further their Bodhisattva vows through the connection to their work in helping and care. We will both acknowledge the importance of our work while holding space for the limits we encounter in our humanity. This gentle space will be informed by looking at the six realms and finding a core balance that allows us to create a container with our work. 

I have had the honor of being an individual student of Lama Justin Von Bujdoss for many years now, and I am deeply humbled by the opportunity to provide this support under the umbrella of his care. It would be an honor to hear your experiences and provide a space of guidance and mentorship in your amazing work. 


*Individual Vajrayana Informed Supervision- $100 (sliding scale available. Cost does not need to be a barrier to access)

*One Hour Sessions- Zoom preferable. Other accommodations can be made

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