Lara Longo

Private Mentor, Psychotherapist
As a Compassionate Inquiry mentor, my overall intention is to collaborate with you to create a safe space that will support your journey of learning, exploration and deepening into the Compassionate Inquiry approach. My mentoring style is rooted in an effort to understand your experience while fostering transparency and authenticity in our relationship. We will work together to establish your personal learning goals and adapt our direction as needed as you progress through your stages of learning. I have completed training in supervision and meet the requirements of a Clinical Supervisor with the College of Psychotherapist of Ontario (CRPO), and as such, I am informed of best practices in supervision and mentoring. In my private practice I offer consultation to mental health practitioners, psychotherapists and social workers.

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Location: Owen Sound, ON, Canada
Email: [email protected]

Natalia Sotomayor (Sanjog Kaur)

Private Mentor, Life Coach
Sanjog is from Quito, Ecuador. She is a therapist, anthropologist (NYU), translator and interpreter. She has translated Dr. Gabor Maté’s work and videos into Spanish in support of both the Beyond Addiction program and the Compassionate Inquiry training. She is a Kundalini Yoga Instructor (KRI) and lead trainer in the Beyond Addiction program and has been facilitating diverse groups of people for over ten years in this discipline. She’s also trained in Brainspotting, IFS (level one) and Art Therapy. Her past experience of having an eating disorder inspired her to use Kundalini Yoga and the Beyond Addiction program to recover her connection with Self and improve her quality of life. Sanjog is currently serving to create a community of yogis that can improve the understanding and treatment of addiction in Spanish speaking countries using the Beyond Addiction program and Compassionate Inquiry.

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Email: [email protected]

Vimalasara (Valerie) Mason-John

Private Mentor, Life Coach

Dr Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John M.A (hon.doc) is an award-winning author of 8 books, including her debut fictional memoir novel, Borrowed Body, and Detox Your Heart, Meditations for Emotional Trauma, and Eight Step Recovery Using The Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction. She is a co-founder of the secular 8-week course Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery MBAR and is one of the new leading African Descent Voices in the field of Mindfulness Approaches for Addiction. She is the current president of the international organization Buddhist Recovery Network, which promotes Mindfulness and Buddhism as a complementary approach working with addiction, craving, recovery, harm reduction and abstinence. Valerie has been working in the field of inquiry over the past 15 years, as a trainer in conflict resolution and restorative justice, and as a guide with Liberation Unleashed, and a mentor in Direct Pointing. She lives in British Columbia.

Location: Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada
Email: [email protected]

Tony Hoare

Private Mentor, Life Coach

Tony has acted in a supportive role during at least 15 of Gabor’s 9 day retreats. He has observed hundreds of hours of Gabor practicing compassionate inquiry and works with people one-on-one for emotional healing.

Location: BC, Canada
Email: [email protected]

Sheila Tyacke (Siri Dharma)

Private Mentor, Lawyer

Sheila is a certified Compassionate Inquiry practitioner.  She has been a facilitator of the online training since its inception in 2019.  She co-leads the Safety and Connection course that is part of the online training, where the focus is on creating safety in Compassionate Inquiry sessions. Sheila and Vimalasara Mason-John are the officers in the Integrity and Equality Office, where their function is to be part of resolving any disputes or conflicts that may arise in the context of the training.   Sheila is trained as a lawyer and is an accredited mediator with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in the United Kingdom. She teaches Kundalini Yoga for addiction recovery in South Africa when she isn’t occupied with diversity and inclusion work and mentoring lawyers.  She is also trained in Family Life counselling and Addiction counselling and is a trainer in the Beyond Addiction program.  She studied and teaches non-violent communication.  Sheila considers herself a highly-sensitive person and has a deep interest in ensuring that highly sensitive people are welcomed and safely held in the online training course as well as in private mentoring sessions.

Location: Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa
Email: [email protected]

Sat Charan Simran Kaur

Private Mentor, Registered Social Worker

As a Compassionate Inquiry Mentor Sat Charan Simran is passionate in supporting you along your journey of developing your Compassionate Inquiry skills. She is a Certified Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner, Founding Facilitator, Compassionate Inquiry Mentor and on the Compassionate Inquiry Certification Team. She is also a Registered Social Worker, with training and over 30 years experience in counselling and therapy. Sat Charan Simran has extensive experience in a variety of settings and diverse population groups and is adept at supporting clients dealing with a wide variety of life challenges and multiple barriers. She has a strong passion for counselling/therapy, coaching, and supporting others to achieve their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual goals. She is also a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher, an international, professional Beyond Addiction Trainer, and Mental Health lead. Sat Charan Simran currently has a private practice offering online therapy sessions.

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Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Email: [email protected]

Rhonda Nelson

Private Mentor, Psychotherapist

My intention as a Compassionate Inquiry Mentor is to support you toward Compassionate Inquiry Certification and/or in deepening and expanding your knowledge and experience with Compassionate Inquiry competencies. My approach is person-centered and aligns with qualities inherent in reflective supervision. The process is intended to support and inform your work both personally and professionally. I am a Psychotherapist in private practice with a passion for integrating Compassionate Inquiry with other somatic-based modalities, including Internal Family Systems (IFS). I have been working in the field of addiction, health, and wellness for over 20 years.

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Location: Alberta, Canada
Email: [email protected]

Varduhi Torosyan

Private Mentor, Psychologist

Varduhi’s journey with Compassionate Inquiry began in 2019 as a participant in the Professional Training. Having completed Mentorship and Internship programs, she continues her journey in Compassionate Inquiry as a Mentoring Intern and Compassionate Inquiry circle leader.

Simultaneously she pursued her therapeutic endeavours with Daniel Siegel exploring Interpersonal Neurobiology. She is a member of APA.

Varduhi has MA in Applied Linguistics and MA in Pedagogy which significantly facilitates her interaction with clients, as well as interpretation of their body language.

Her therapeutic practices officially began in 2015  when she completed a Postgraduate study in Psychology.

Her philosophy of therapy is client-centered, predominantly based on a safe client – therapist relationship where the healing process (becoming whole) is possible in the presence of trust and compassion. She’s convinced that good therapy is about the  relationship and not  the specific approach or method used.

Varduhi is doing online-based psychotherapy, along with private practices in the Armenia.

Location: Yerevan, Armenia
Email: [email protected]

Steve Borloz

Private Mentor, Yoga Teacher

Hi, I’m Steve.

My own journey of self-discovery started in 2012, however I only came across Gabor’s work in 2016 when I read his book, ‘In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts.

His life changing approach to mental illnesses and addiction planted a seed which has only grown through the years. Thanks to this work, I’ve realised that we all encounter different copying mechanisms throughout our lives, which has helped to inform my own practice of self-discovery and helping others.

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Location: Nendaz, Switzerland
Email: [email protected]

Stephen Brown

Private Mentor

My intention is to support you as your learning, understanding, and practice of Compassionate Inquiry evolves and expands.

I have been following Dr Gabor Mate’s work since 2016 and was delighted to attend a two-day conference with him in Cork 2018. For more than 25 years I have worked with people, primarily in group settings utilising the natural environment and outdoor activities. I have spent many years working with young people at risk, young and adult offenders, and those who wished to bring about change in their life. I provide empowering experiences such as Firewalking, retreats in the Sahara Desert and Bali, and opportunities for connection with Self, community, and nature; and people were benefitting. However, I was aware that people wanted to go deeper, understand themselves better, and heal. When I saw Gabor working with people, I instantly knew that I wanted to learn more from him and share that with the people I was working with. It was like I had just found the missing jigsaw piece. I was delighted to join the Compassionate Inquiry programme in 2019, certify as a Compassionate Inquiry practitioner, and now serve as a mentor.

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Location: Newcastle, UK
Email: [email protected]