Patty Hlava, Ph.D.

Dr. Patty Hlava is a Transformation Guide dedicated to helping you find your voice, skillfully navigate emotions, and awaken clarity and ease in your life.

About Patty:

Patty brings over 25 years of experience, study, and practice in the fields of transpersonal psychology and self-actualization to support you on your embodiment, self-love, and healing journey. Patty is an expert at guiding others in discovering their authentic voice and awakening to the richness of life. In addition to her 15-year history as a mental health professional, she is also holds certifications as a Meditation Instructor, Ayurveda Wellness Counselor, Yoga Teacher, Reiki practitioner, Yoga Health Coach, and Intrinsic Coach.

In 2018, she retired from her clinical psychotherapy practice to develop AwakenPeace Healing, where she offers workshops, trainings, retreats, and individual mentoring.

She holds a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology with a focus on the exploration of gratitude in relationships. Her research has been published in the International Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, and several books. Her audio courses and meditations are featured on Insight Timer, where she leads a weekly live talk and guided practice. In addition to her mentoring work with clients and training services, she serves as adjunct faculty at Sofia University, teaching graduate-level courses in Transpersonal psychology.


  • Ph.D., Psychology
  • M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy
  • B.A., Fine Art
  • Certified Yoga Health Coach
  • Certified Level 1 Ayurveda Wellness Counselor
  • Certified Meditation Instructor
  • Certified ICDS Intrinsic Coach
  • Registered Yoga Teacher
  • Certified Reiki Practitioner

Additional Training:

  • Ayurveda of Relationships
  • The Four Desires
  • ParaYoga Nidra
  • Restorative Yoga Teacher Training
  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training
  • LifeForce Yoga for Mood Management
  • Yoga & Psychology Integration Training
  • Healing Touch, Level 1 and Level 2


  • Elfers, J. & Hlava, P. (2017). The spectrum of gratitude experience. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Hlava, P., Elfers, J., & Offringa, R. (2014). A transcendent view of gratitude: The transpersonal gratitude scale. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 33(1), 1-14.
  • Hlava, P. & Elfers, J. (2014). The lived experience of gratitude. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 54(4), 434-455.
  • Hlava, P. (2011). Cultivating gratitude. Minneapolis, MN: Mill City Publishing.
  • Hlava, P. (2011). Living gratitude Minneapolis, MN: Mill City Publishing.
  • Hlava, P. (2008). Exploring the lived experience of gratitude in couple relationships. (Doctorate in Psychology Dissertation), Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Proquest

Professional Experiences:

  • Private Practice Psychotherapy: 10 years
  • Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Level University: 10+ years
  • Dual Board-Approved Clinical Supervisor: 7 years
  • Department of Corrections Behavioral Analyst: 2 years
  • Licensed Mental Health Professional (LMFT): 15 years
  • Co-host of the Living Happiness Radio Show: 2 years

My Story:

I spent much of my life feeling like the "odd one out." It was a dull and persistent feeling like I didn't quite belong anywhere.

My parents immigrated to the United States from the Czech Republic with my much older siblings. I was the first member of my family born outside the Czech Republic. All of my extended family were known to me only through stories and a few photographs.

As is the case with us all, most of my early beliefs about the world and who I was in it were shaped by the beliefs of others—first my parents and then teachers at school. At around eight years of age, I started figure skating and began training competitively. My school schedule was adjusted to accommodate my training schedule.

I learned many things from my 11 years in the world of competitive figure skating, some more helpful than others. I learned about the value of commitment and perseverance. My first foray into meditation happened at a skating rink (although I didn't realize that what I was doing then was meditation)!

I also learned to treat my body as a "thing," something to be managed, battled, and even coerced. I competed with injuries and trained through pain. Weekly weigh-ins taught me to focus on my weight with relenting hypervigilance. In sum, I learned how to override my body's messages: messages calling for rest, nourishment, and even healing.

These messages were reinforced and rewarded well-beyond my skating days. Ignoring my body and pursue goals defined by family, teachers, supervisors, and bosses became seemed to make sense—until it didn't.

My body started to break down. Slowly at first. Depression. Whispers of anxiety. Recurring sinus infections, back pain, and weight fluctuations fueled by insatiable cravings for comfort through food.

I started to pay attention. The more I paid attention, the more I discovered that my body and spirit had a lot to say. I studied yoga and ayurveda and learned more about how to tune in to those whispers and how to respond in a way that was kind and respectful of this

neglected part of myself.

I started to heal.

I started to heal from past bullying—both self-inflicted and from childhood peers.
I began to recover from years of abusing my body and ignoring its calls for rest.
I started to heal from years of buried emotions that I wasn't even aware were there.

I started to heal.

And the way I worked with people also began to change.

My personal experiences, research, education, and training have offered me a breadth of knowledge in overcoming unique challenges, making connections between experiences and emotions, and developing a nurturing relationship to the body. Through this relationship with the body and all its wonder, the discovery of your authentic voice comes alive.

I know what it's like to feel lost. I know what it's like to feel as though you are drowning in doubt, uncertainty, and overwhelm. Because of this, I am dedicated to helping others connect deeply with themselves and experience connection, gratitude, and belonging.

I am here to guide you into your natural state of deep connection and ease.

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