“I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.” Herman Hesse
Looking within has always been my natural inclination. As a teenager, I was not thrown when a friend laughingly questioned what I was doing, when she saw me talking to myself. “You know that’s the first sign of madness” she jeered. I was keenly aware that I was fostering an open dialogue between the confused and insightful parts of myself; cultivating an inner capacity, that would guide me across rugged, interior terrain and through a momentous emotional crisis, that catapulted me into a profound rebirthing. As I learnt to re-member myself, I experienced a tremendous unburdening, that redirected me from a career in architecture, to a path of guiding others through their personal and often precarious inner landscape.
My own journey, ripe with experiential learning from over the past 30 years, is the foundation I draw from. This includes a 4 year program in Practical Philosophy that reawakened a depth of inner knowing; enabling me to clearly see the conflict between my inner truth and my worldly conditioning. “Ann-Marie! What are you doing in this rat race? … You are not a rat!!!” Was the proclamation I heard from my inner guidance. Though I knew that I did not belong in this rat race, I acknowledged in that moment “Even though I don’t know what to do nor where to go, I vow to follow my inner guidance”. One step at a time, from that moment onward, this has been my endeavour.
I was directed to a 20 year self-study of the Pathwork Guide Teachings which offered the language of the higher self, lower self and mask; drawing parallels to wise mind, ego mind and the adaptive self with its many parts that aim to navigate our lives. I have also gained a Diploma in Contemplative Psychotherapy, training in Relational Somatic Psychotherapy, extensive trainings in Hatha and Yin/Insight Yoga, Mindfulness & Compassion Meditation and a synthesis of Light touch modalities applied as Energy Balancing. These provide the templates through which I work. My tenure includes facilitating Emotional Wellness Groups, teaching Mindful Yoga & Meditation classes and workshops and leading Retreats in Mexico, the Caribbean and North America for 20+ years.
In the therapeutic setting, I apply a multi-modal, body-oriented approach to foster an alliance with individuals, couples and youths. This process seeks to unearth the afflictive emotions, compulsive reactivity and toxic habit-patterns that lie at the root of anxiety, depression, relationship issues, traumatic experiences, addictive behaviours and feelings of spiritual disconnect.