Patty Hlava, Ph.D.


Patty Hlava M.A., LMFT, Ph.D.

Patty Hlava, Ph.D., is an innovative, experienced teacher in psychotherapy and contemporary spiritual fields. She has her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University). She is licensed in Minnesota as a Marriage and Family Therapist and offers psychotherapy, counseling, and coaching services at Healthwise Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, located in Maple Grove, MN. Additionally, Patty serves as adjunct faculty in the graduate school professional psychology at the University of St. Thomas, located in the Twin Cities. She also serves as adjunct faculty in global master’s program at Sofia University and is on the board of The Midwest Meditation and Psychotherapy Institute.

Patty has been a meditation practitioner and student of contemplative traditions for over twenty-five years. Her personal practice is centered in meditation and gratitude practice, which is in alignment with her research focus of gratitude and the elements of connection in relationships.  She is author of Cultivating Gratitude and Living Gratitude. Her article, The Lived Experience of Gratitude, co-authored with John Elfers, Ph.D. has been published in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Her research in the area of gratitude is ongoing and she continues to offer numerous workshops and presentations throughout the Twin Cities area on the integration of mindfulness into psychotherapy and on the topic of gratitude.