Compassionate Inquiry taught by Dr Gabor Maté has transformed the way I work with clients. What used to take several sessions to get to the core issues now takes 20 compassionate minutes of attunement, awareness and kindness. The skills learned in this practice coupled with my back ground of Mindfulness allow me to see through the story of inherited illnesses like depression, chronic fatigue and ADHD, and get to the real cause of these ailments, which are often adaptations to trauma experienced in childhood. I’m indebted to Dr Maté for his insight, understanding and clarity into emotional trauma and addiction and I am privileged to help continue this important work. Dr Maté’s lived experience of early childhood trauma shines through every thing he teaches, writes and speaks. Compassionate Inquiry is I believe the new therapeutic modality of the 21st century.
~ V.M., Buddhist Teacher
As a mature therapist I make use of many approaches and interventions and Compassionate Inquiry has seamlessly nestled into aspects of REBT, DBT, CBT and Gestalt as well as assertiveness and self-compassion. Compassionate Inquiry has provided a reflective and non-threatening process for my clients to address previous trauma by identifying earliest occurrence of threat through physical sensation attunement, observing the event with self-compassion and self-kindness, gain awareness of the effects of this protective response from their younger self from then to the present and begin to challenge the threat reactions by being the adult safe-connection to their younger self that was absent when the traumatic event occurred. A spin-off has been the compassion experienced by many clients for their parents which has opened restorative conversations. Also, the C. I. process is teachable to clients and many have been effectively working through other traumatic situations to discover self-acceptance and forgiveness as they see through a C. I. eye.
~ M.W., Mental Health and Addiction Therapist
The Compassionate Inquiry approach has profoundly shifted both the way I work with clients and my own inner work as well. I have found in Compassionate Inquiry a holistically based trauma informed therapy that weaves together a rich tapestry of neuroscience, mindfulness, somatic and attachment-based psychotherapy. This method guides clients toward uncovering core beliefs, while connecting deeply and safely into the body, in order to accurately identify emotions and somatic states. Through this process, clients may gain a deeper awareness into the workings of early attachment relationships while feeling safely held and anchored within an attuned therapeutic relationship. The result is a cutting edge modality that safely and gently heals the impacts of early trauma with the intention to restore self-cohesion, promote embodiment and presence, and repair early attachment disruptions. Gabor Maté is bold and compassionate; he brings his extensive knowledge and unique edge to the training. His teaching style is exceptional through effective modeling and explanation of the values and concepts of Compassionate Inquiry. This training is experiential and participatory, offering invaluable demonstration and real time experience. Thank you Gabor for culminating your wisdom and teachings into this extraordinary approach.
~ L.L., Psychotherapist
Compassionate Inquiry has helped my clients to unravel emotional blocks around situations that they are stuck in. In my practice I am very hands-on with giving clients tools to bring home and create a healthier lifestyle and or unravel disease manifestation. Sometimes these ayurvedic and yogic tools don’t work for emotional and psychological reasons of the clients.Compassionate Inquiry is another toolset that I can utilize with my clients to be more effective in facilitating change. It is wonderful to watch the lightbulbs go off for the client when they realize why they had been stuck.
~ D.K., Ayurvedic Practitioner
The online CI training program is so thorough and comprehensive that accredited doctoral level courses that I have taken pale in comparison. The CI approach is a powerful synthesis of multiple psychotherapeutic approaches I find to be most helpful in working with those who suffer from addiction and trauma. The synergistic combination of videos, written content, online meetings, and triad work together has been deeply transformational personally and professionally. The way I work with clients has been forever enriched and is now guided by the stepping stones so that we are able to get to the core issues that have seeded their addictions, in order to gain insight, heal, and move into sustainable recovery from self-defeating patterns. Dr. Gabor Mate and Sat Dharam Kaur are a powerhouse team whose authenticity, genuineness, and commitment to creating and delivering an exceptional program shines through in this masterfully delivered collaboration.
~ W.H., Clinical Psychologist, Professor in Addiction Studies
I have found Compassionate Inquiry to be congruent with the classical yoga inquiry into who we are at our core, and learning to distinguish between present moment experience and interpretations based on past experience. CI is a yogic method for the modern age, skillfully integrating eastern and western understanding of the whole person — body, mind and soul — to offer us a practical approach to remembering the inherent wholeness and goodness that is our birthright. The CI approach informs not only my work with clients, but also my own growth as a person which helps me to be more present, accepting and curious when working with others.
~ B.J., Yoga Teacher and Integrative Coach
My early training for Psychotherapy began in my B.S.W. program in the early 70’s, and I have spent almost 2 decades in training since then. In everything I did in my past training, there was NOTHING as comprehensive, all-inclusive and specific to match the Compassionate Inquiry Program. Components such as the: 1) CI Competencies; 2) 25 case studies completed; 3) 5 videos of our work; 4) 8 modules which organized the material and identified skills and attitudes the psychotherapist is working toward in the respective module; 5) module questions that call on participants to think through what is being learned; 6) videos we could watch to witness Gabor modelling different skills including his attitude of respect and faith in the individual, and 7) Repeating the Modules 3 times, because the material is so rich and there is so much learning to absorb in each module. The program you have developed is well articulated, and thought through. It is therefore much richer in it’s potential for helping others become very good psychotherapists. Really, it’s brilliant.
~ D.S., Psychotherapist
Everything was so clearly articulated and concepts crystallized into useable forms, with lots of repetition and emphasis on crucial factors for success. I have never encountered such a thoroughly well thought out course! I appreciate the amount of work that went into organizing something of this magnitude and excellence. And actually, clients are making comments about how “amazing” I have been for them and yet I have been saying/doing less but I am far more focussed on the qualities I bring to the table as a therapist, and also extremely conscious of creating and holding a safe space so that clients feel safe to be vulnerable. In a nutshell, my focus has been refined and the clients noticed it right away in terms of what they get out of being in my presence.
~ S.S., Therapist