"To speak, and be heard, carries powerful potential for healing".
Council is a practice of deep listening and authentic speaking that has parallels in wisdom-traditions all over the world.
Integrative Medicine seeks to acknowledge and care for the whole person, including their physical/emotional/mental and spiritual self as well as their health in relation to others, to community and to the world.
While it is not therapy (and shouldn't be confused with "counseling"), Council is a powerful way to ease suffering and foster healing.
where the unspeakable finds a place
I have facilitated the practice of council in situations of intense suffering: the barracks of Auschwitz, civil war-torn countries of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Rwanda, and prisons in California that house men sentenced to life without parole.
The container of Council provides a space where what seems unspeakable finds a place, and where we hear the common threads of all our stories—spoken from people with whom we might think we have nothing in common.
HOW COUNCIL WORKS
I currently facilitate online council sessions through Center for Council. These sessions are open to the public and may be attended by adults of any age.
The benefits of Council are not easily translated and each person's experience will be different. I highly encourage all of my patients to attend and experience the benefits of Council for themself.
A PLACE TO BE HEARD, AND SEEN
For me personally, this practice gave me the opportunity to listen to others in ways that the practice of medicine no longer values.
This kind of listening hears the story that is told in words, in feelings, in body language, and in the “voice of the circle”, and is a listening that asks us to set aside our tendency to agree or disagree, or to form our answer before the speaker even finishes.
To speak, and be heard, carries powerful potential for healing.
the late Bernie glassman on the power of council
building resilience through the practice of council
Through my work with Center for Council I have worked with Healthcare Professionals and officers from the LAPD, providing evidence-based programs designed to promote Wellness, Compassion, Empathy & Resilience.
Both programs include the practice of Council as a cornerstone, along with mindfulness and lifestyle interventions that foster optimum health in those whose lives demand so much from them.
“I’ve been around for a while and this is the best training I've been to, bar none. I wish I had access to this stuff earlier in my career."
“I found it very useful and helpful. From the first meeting to now I have been sleeping better and being more mindful. It does help me decompress at the end of the day also.”
“My family says I'm a different person and I'm easier to talk to. I notice that I am much more patient at home with my kids – I listen better.”
GET THE SUPPORT YOU NEED
Council is just one of the areas that I provide support as part of an integrated approach to health and wellbeing..
I offer tailored mind-body support, working alongside your primary care doctor to provide:
- exercise recommendations
- personalised meditations & breathwork
- plans to improve sleep function
If you'd like to find out how we can work together, schedule a call below.