Meditation and Kabbala

I have been gradually exposed, over the last few years to so many spiritual paths. Recently I have started studying Kabbalah more seriously, and I find it fascinating and deep and different than anything else I have met. I also stick to my meditation practice. Thing is, I have a Kabbalah teacher who speaks of meditation as an unnecessary “psychological tool” and a meditation teacher who tells me to stay simple, and away from Kabbalah which “would only confuse me”. My heart tells me to choose both, rather than either/or, at least for the time being. In your studies and teachings, have you ever merged these wisdoms?