Passion for Healing
THE WHY AND THE HOW OF MY PRESENTATIONS
During the last two years, the effects of the pandemic have extended to what we now know as Collective Trauma, a first such trauma ever. During this time, many of my previous beliefs and ways in which I conduct coaching and psychotherapy were validated. As always, my personal challenges propelled me to reevaluate the ways I live my life and to try to make the best changes I can possibly make – which were not always the best, not even good enough, sometimes downright repeating old patterns, to say the least. But the most impactful were the two categories of professional challenges I encountered during this time:
- Clients who rely heavily on others, through what I define as “other-care” or “care-done-by another” (and not the “self-care” term regularly used), meaning that they tend to rely not on themselves, but on others in order to fulfill their needs. They are lost without the gym, the coffee shop trips, the nail salons and other services, even including psychotherapy – when people see therapy as another trendy thing to put on the “self-care” list.
- Clients who rely solely on themselves, who have no concept of and no belief in something greater than themselves, which people call Higher Power, Source, Creator, and I call God. Such people, used to relying solely on themselves, seemed to be inconsolable, lost in existential terrors well beyond simple psychology.
We rely on relationships. We heal in relationships. We need each other! But how we use these relationships, with ourselves, others and God is essential for our health. We need to know that when we rely solely on others or solely on ourselves, we miss these two essential components of life (which are exactly the targets of my presentations):
- The Freedom, and therefore the inner power, of free choice we are all equipped with when we act on this freedom, and
- The Love (“God is Love”), and therefore the healing power, of a love greater than our understanding, but easier to experience when we step out into the “beyond-me” space.
These presentations were not planned by me. I was invited to speak in different settings and to address some aspects of the heightened fear and uncertainty we all go through.
My goals are to inspire you, to offer you a little comfort and hope, to fill in a missing piece many spiritual people complain of lacking when they seek coaching and therapy – especially Christians tired of heady preaching, thirsty for the deep meaning their heart intuits. My personal and professional experience is that when this piece is integrated, you will start feeling grounded, less afraid, and less demanding of yourself and others. I wish for you to see that healing is more than well-being, and life is more than comfort. I wish for you to see the unity of all Life, not body separated from mind, not science separated from God.
These presentations express my lifelong interest in healing through an integration of science, neuroscience, and psychology linked to and supported by the teachings and contemplative practices of the early Christian Church. Science is starting to catch up with the saints – those people who share our biology, but not our mindset, whose mind is set on the Holy Spirit, directly receiving revelations about life, love, and survival through Grace.
These presentations are dense, so please pace yourself. You can use them as simple information, or as your personal workshop (when you stop and answer the Self-Inquiry questions). You can always ask me questions and give me feedback through my email: email@example.com
New classes and workshops on mind, body, and spirit integration coming soon.
November 5 2021
This is a workshop presentation I gave at the OCAMPR (Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion) Conference which was held in Phoenix, Arizona, Nov 4-6 2021. The theme of the conference was “Care in a COVID Era: Unity and Truth in Uncertain Times“.
My presentation is titled “Spinning Straw Into Gold: Turning Turmoil and Dissensions Into Peace and Harmony“.
Online Seminar MedSciF On Intergenerational Transmitted Trauma August 7 2021
This is a presentation I gave for the online seminar “Healing Intergenerational Transmitted Trauma (ITT)” organized by MedSciF (Médecine, science et foi) which is an organization based in France.
Online Seminar MedSciF, Part Two July 17 2021
This is a presentation I gave for Part Two of the online seminar “Majestic and Dignified: Body for the Kingdom” organized by MedSciF (Médecine, science et foi) which is an organization based in France.
Online Seminar MedSciF, Part One July 10 2021
This is a presentation I gave for Part One of the online seminar “Majestic and Dignified: Body for the Kingdom” organized by MedSciF (Médecine, science et foi) which is an organization based in France.
Cardinal Points Interview, April 6 2021
This is an interview I gave to the Cardinal Points YouTube show titled “What benefits do psychotherapists receive from the Church?“. Note: the interview is conducted in Romanian but you can enable Subtitles/Closed Captions in English.
St. Katherine Family Ministry
Redondo Beach, California
March 13 2021
This is a presentation I gave for the Family Ministry Program of the St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach, California. The title is “Is it possible to forgive? Letting go of misconceptions“.
Online Seminar MedSciF On “Family: War and Peace”, Part Two January 30 2021
This is a presentation I gave for Part Two of the online seminar “Family: War and Peace” organized by MedSciF (Médecine, science et foi) which is an organization based in France.
My presentation is titled “War and Peace in the Time of COVID: Raising the Parents“. It is in Romanian.
Online Seminar MedSciF On “Family: War and Peace”, Part One December 9 2020
This is a presentation I gave for Part One of the online seminar “Family: War and Peace” organized by MedSciF (Médecine, science et foi) which is an organization based in France.
My presentation is titled “War and Peace in the Time of COVID-19“. It is in Romanian.