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On this Resources page you will find lots of reading and some videos. I have included material from psychotherapists that I admire and emulate. Many of their concepts and modalities guide my work today. This page will be a work in progress and I will continually be adding new material.

I hope it will help you gain a deeper insight into your journey of recovery. Read, watch and enjoy.

Dr. Richard Schwartz and Internal Family Systems

Internal Family Systems or IFS for short, was born out of systems theory for family therapy by Dr. Richard Schwartz.  It is an evidence based modality that is sweeping Psychotherapy for its efficiency at connecting us with the complex system of parts inside us, often in conflict with one another.  It gives a new understanding of how we developed emotionally and new tools for finding inner peace and self leadership.

IFS is a faster deeper way to reconnect couples too, called Intimacy from the Inside Out pioneered by Toni Herbine-Blank.

I am an avide student of this modality and can help introduce you to your parts!  Learn more here.

Dr. Gabor Maté

Maté is a Canadian icon. He brought into mainstream awareness what frontline workers have known for decades, that all addictions to/dependencies on substances or behaviours are painkillers. People develop addictions in the attempt to soothe pain – pain of all kinds.

He debunks the myth that addiction is some sort of genetically transmitted disease or terrible character weakness. He makes it easy to understand the real factors that give rise to harmful dependence on any substance or behaviour that has become a problem in and of itself.

Dr. Mate’s work began with an extremely marginalized population of users, but he has expanded his work so that it speaks to anyone struggling and I would encourage you to get familiar with his work on addiction, attachment, and attention deficit.

Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk

Dr. Van Der Kolk is revered as the world’s leading expert in Trauma within the profession.  His work has taught us that the body is a part of the integrated self and has a wisdom and memory of it’s own.  When combined with IFS, we can locate parts in the body in order to know them.  He is expert in neuroscience and holds that we have to have experiences that contradict the trauma experience in order to heal old synaptic patterns. 

Dr. Brené Brown

Brené Brown is a world reknown researcher on the subjects of shame and vulnerability  She speaks in lay terms with no jargon, is delightful to listen too and will teach you so much about the toxicity of shame and the power of vulnerability.  You can listen to her Ted Talk for free here

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