I create healing magic...
Meet Kayse Budd, MD
Hi. I'm Kayse Budd--physician, astrologer, yogi, artist, and writer.
I call myself the ASTRO MUSE because I am here to INSPIRE YOU!
One of my particular passions is helping people align with their DESTINY (find their purpose). I use astrology to see what each soul intended, intuition to refine the message, and creative coaching to chart a path forward. This work is appropriate for young people just starting out, professionals seeking a change, and those looking for the most meaningful ways to spend time after retirement.
I also love helping people achieve HEALTH on all levels - mind, body, & spirit. I accomplish this via Ayurveda/health coaching, integrative psychiatry consultations, spiritual mentorship, & psychotherapy. Anxiety, stress/burnout, and mild-moderate depression are my psychiatric specialties. I also work holistically with headaches, immune health, digestion, hormones, and more. My approaches are 100% natural/holistic. (I'm not prescribing pharmaceuticals at this point in my career, though I can still advise about traditional psychiatry/western medicine.)
A third focus in my work relates to FAMILY wellness and specifically helping parents understand their children. For the parenting sessions I use astrology to examine a child/teen's personality and goals for this life. I pair this astro analysis with my psychological/spiritual perspectives to advise a parent(s) how best to support their unique child. Some teens are interested in their own private sessions, which can also be arranged.
f you are curious about my background, check out the blog posts I wrote about my journey to become a holistic psychiatrist + astrologer. In brief, I was born in swampy South Georgia, where I was a unique, spiritual soul from the start! I am a graduate of Duke University, University of Michigan Med School, Swedish Family Practice Internship (Seattle), and University of Arizona Psychiatry Residency. I am board certified in psychiatry. My esoteric spiritual education has been life-long, leading me to live in powerful places and experience fascinating things at sacred sites all over the world. I lived at a yoga ashram (and completed yoga teacher training) in my mid-20s (between med school and residency), completed a 5-day meditation retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh a few years later, and sat for a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat (Jack Kornfield was my personal meditation mentor) after that. I have studied with healers/shaman(s) in Peru, Egypt, Mexico, Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Costa Rica, and South Africa.
At the start of my career I founded a healing center (with yoga classes, a women's circle, psychotherapy, energy work, and community events) which I ran from 2009-2012 in Tucson, AZ. I was an adjunct professor at the U of Az (working with Andrew Weil, MD in his Program in Integrative Medicine) from 2009-2017. From 2017- 2019 I was hired by the Chopra Center (founded by Deepak Chopra) in Carlsbad, CA to be their holistic psychiatrist and intuitive astrologer. I also became one of their general Ayurvedic physicians and completed multiple Ayurvedic evaluations for retreat guests each week. When the Chopra Center closed in Dec 2019, I transitioned my practice online and spent a few years as a digital nomad in Costa Rica and Mexico! (Hablo bastante bien español! Me encanta surfear y practicar yoga en lugares cálidos!) I'm back in SoCal now, writing books on holistic psychiatry + astrology while continuing to work online. Follow my current local and previous nomadic adventures (and astro musings) on Instagram: @mysticmandala.
If astrology brought you here, I can explore that topic all day! I am primarily a self-taught western astrologer (I had mentors + workshops but largely learned via 10+ years of intense research and study). I began practicing professionally in 2010. I have have hundreds of hours of 1:1 client experience. I worked as an astrologer at the Peaks Spa in Telluride, CO and the Chopra Center in CA. I have been featured in Vogue and am a regular astrology (+ etc.) contributor at MindBodyGreen and Chopra. Astro session options are listed under the "Services > Psych, Astro, Ayurveda" tab. Instruction/Apprenticeship is available from the intro to professional level. Some of my students are themselves well-known, working in journalism and television.
Holistic medicine + psychology + astrology = a potent combination that definitely makes me unique. My work is a true reflection of my soul.
My Philosophy of Healing
Healing begins in the heart, and nature is a healer's greatest ally. Aligning with nature, we align with harmony. This is why my practice has a strong focus on whole foods diet, herbalism, & ecotherapy. Healing, for me, includes compassionately accepting the self exactly as it is while simultaneously committing to transformation. We never know exactly what lessons Spirit has planned for us, so I believe surrender is an integral part of the process. True healing is deeply personal and comes through the wound itself. This means that each person's unique struggles become their greatest teachers.
The wound is the birthplace of grace.
Along these lines, one of my key beliefs, personally and professionally, is that our own love is an essential ingredient in healing.
"Your own love will heal the wound in yourself you're afraid to feel." (Line from one of my poems, The Healing Muse).
I am deep, but also playful & creative. With me, healing can actually be fun!
My motto is to serve with JOY. My practice includes only work I love doing and clients with whom I love working.
It is highly intentional, and my clients can feel the difference.
Ultimately, I am here to inspire others to find value and growth in all their experiences, even (or especially) the difficult ones. The light of healing is already inside us, waiting to be fanned and followed. I invite you to boldly take the journey into the MYSTERY of your soul. The path is long and the way is hard, but every step brings you closer to HOME (your true self).
I have many herbal, dietary, behavioral, and psychological tools to help people improve their moods (mild-moderate depression and mild bipolar disorder) naturally (without pharmaceuticals).
Fatigue & insomnia are signs the adrenal glands and other hormone systems of the body are not functioning correctly. Burnout is a psycho-physiological condition that may mean you are not on your true soul path. I know these problems personally and have healed myself. There is much I can do to help using herbs, diet, yoga, meditation, astrology, coaching, psychotherapy, and nutraceuticals.
NUTRITION & Digestion
The gut is essential to mood, anxiety, and overall health. Many medical problems and auto-immune conditions can be traced to poor diet, stress, and resultant poor digestion. Ayurveda is an ancient system founded in whole foods nutrition that is specifically matched to individuals' unique constitutions. Since working at the Chopra Center, nutrition & digestion have become two of my specialities. Healing irritable bowel, constipation, & more is possible!
Accepting ourselves and choosing the make the absolute most of our lives, despite their challenges, is very important to health and happiness. Acceptance is a journey, and self-love and peace are natural byproducts of taking it...
Helping people find their paths, understand their unique dharma (divine purpose), and recognize their strengths + weakness is one of my favorite things to do. Astrology is an extremely valuable tool for this, as it shows a soul's intentions for this lifetime. The astrology chart offers patterns which can be used to time changes and track progress as we wind our way thru the Mystery.
I love helping women (at all stages of life) regain balance in their hormone systems (using 100% herbs and diet only--no bioidentical or other hormones). Endometriosis, fibroids, PCOS, fertility, PMS, menopause, and more can be helped holistically. I also focus on aging gracefully/longevity medicine, skin care, libido, and more ...
Stress & anxiety are two of my specialties. Feeling ungrounded and overwhelmed is really an unpleasant way to go through life! I have many herbal, dietary, psychotherapeutic, spiritual, and astrological tools to help bring the body, mind, and spirit into a place of calm acceptance & balance.
If you've ever been curious about the ancient Ayurvedic medical system from India, I'd love to introduce you to its potential. It has the power to integrate your life with the cycles of nature, balance your entire mind-body system, and resolve many physical and emotional issues.
Are something I understand personally! They can be hereditary but also often indicate an underlying imbalance. There are many holistic dietary, behavioral, & herbal approaches that can help.
I loved my astrology reading with Kayse. She is so passionate and articulate about this work that I learned more during my session about how astrology functions in my life than I have from over a dozen other readings I've had previously. I received accurate information about myself and details that are very helpful in moving forward on my path. Very affirming! Kayse is extremely knowledgeable and followed up by researching some unique aspects that she wanted me to gain more information and understanding about - truly a gift to work with her!
- Lucia Maya, Healer + Artist, Maui
Here I Am
Email is the best way to reach me, but you can listen to my voicemail at 808-635-9485 and leave a message if you'd like. (I used to live in Hawaii, if anyone is curious about the area code!) The aloha lives on!
To book a session, please use the scheduler on the "Psych, Astro, Ayurveda, Etc" page (under the Services tab).
For other questions and inquiries:
I live in a little cottage by the sea in Laguna Beach, CA, but I work with people from all over the world online. In-person sessions in LA, San Diego, and Orange County can be arranged by request.