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Kayse Budd, MD

The Astro Muse

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Astrology-Inspired Wellness

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Health, Passion, Purpose Online Retreat

Sundays Feb 19-Mar 26

Integrative Psychiatry, Intuitive Astrology, Ayurvedic Evaluations,Astro Apprenticeship, Wellness Coaching, Holistic Health Mentorship, & More
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Meet Kayse
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Meet Kayse Budd, MD

I create healing magic...

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.  I use astrology to see what each soul intended, intuition to refine the message, and creative coaching to chart a path forward. 


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. My approaches are 100% natural/holistic. (I'm not prescribing pharmaceuticals at this point, though I can still advise about traditional psychiatry.)




A third focus in my work relates to FAMILY wellness and specifically helping parents understand their children. One little known detail about me is that I initially became a pediatrician when I graduated from medical school. I intended to focus on adolescent medicine/self-esteem/empowerment. I really love helping people understand themselves and how they fit into this world, as that has been my journey, too! 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 psychologic/spiritual perspectives to advise a parent(s) how best to support their unique child. Some teens are interested in their own private readings, which can also be arranged. I sill love working with teens. I ended up in psychiatry because I realized I wanted to help adults, too.


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, study with talented healers, and experience fascinating things at sacred sites all over the world. I lived at a yoga ashram in my 20s, completed a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat a few years later, and studied with shaman(s) in Peru, Egypt, and Africa.

I ran my own healing center from 2009-2012 in Tucson and was an adjunct professor at the U of Az (teaching for Andrew Weil, MD's Program in Integrative Medicine) from 2009-2017. From 2017- 2019 I worked at the Chopra Center (founded by Deepak Chopra) in Carlsbad, CA as a holistic/Ayurvedic physician and intuitive astrologer. 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!) I'm back in SoCal now to work on my two books (topics: holistic psychiatry + astrology) and may offer in-person sessions in 2023. Anyone can book online sessions at anytime, however, via the "Services" tab. Follow my adventures (and astro explorations) on Instagram: @mysticmandala.

Due to my strong background in integrative medicine and Ayurveda, as well as psychiatry, I provide coaching for a variety of issues (headaches, digestion, auto-immune conditions, allergies, hormones, stress, mood, anxiety, weight, sleep, etc.).  This coaching is naturally woven into Holistic Psych sessions or can be experienced as a standalone offering. I created several multi-session coaching programs, each aligned with a mythical archetype and a specific healing intention. Read about those here.

If astrology is your interest, 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/horoscope contributor at MindBodyGreen. 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. I am genuinely passionate about this practice I've created. It is fun. It is an honor. It is art.

Healin Philosophy

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).

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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. 

Women's Health

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.  



Dr. Budd is not only gifted at what she does, but she genuinely cares about the well being of her patients.  Her non-traditional method of practice is what I think helped me most. Since I started seeing her I have learned a lot about myself and holistic medicine which has helped me find healthier solutions to any mental or physical pain I may be in.  If it wasn't for her I may have never found inner peace or my spiritual side.

- J.B., patient from previous practice in Tucson, AZ and phone/online practice 


Here I Am

It goes with sparkles~

Contact Info


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 remains!

To book a session, please use the scheduler on the "Psych, Astro, Ayurveda, Etc" page (under the Services tab).


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