Trauma Recovery, Retrieval of Self.
Compassionate Inquiry is a somatic-based psychotherapeutic approach that explores what lies beneath the appearance we present to the world. Within each session, the body plays a role in helping to navigate our inner world – to help access deeper or hidden emotions that may have been suppressed or hidden. Compassionate Inquiry is about deepening our self awareness and getting clear about belief systems and their origins to stop self-inflicted suffering.
“The purpose of Compassionate Inquiry is to drill down to the core stories people tell themselves – to get them to see what story they are telling themselves unconsciously; what those beliefs are, where they came from; and guide them to the possibility of letting go of those stories, or letting go of the hold those stories have on them …That’s what Compassionate Inquiry is.” Dr. Gabor Maté
Benefits of Compassionate Inquiry
Compassionate Inquiry invites people to confront and process their suppressed emotions, beliefs and traumas. By acknowledging these feelings within the context of a compassionate therapeutic relationship, healing, and living in the present moment without suffering is available.
With awareness comes conscious choice-making, disrupting self-destructive patterns and encouraging positive decision-making.
The non-judgmental nature of Compassionate Inquiry helps reveal self-criticism and negative self-talk, enabling a shift in self-perception toward greater self-compassion.
Through Compassionate Inquiry, people gain insights about themselves. They uncover the root causes of their behavioural patterns, fears, and anxieties, paving the way for self-acceptance and personal growth.
Exploring one's inner world a safe environment can reduce the emotional weight of unresolved issues, decreasing stress and anxiety levels. The process of Compassionate Inquiry encourages individuals to be present at the moment.
Stress and Anxiety Reduction
Compassionate Inquiry addresses the underlying causes of emotional struggles, often experienced in the body. By delving into the interconnectedness of one's emotional, psychological, and physical reality, people experience a more integrated sense of well-being, deeper body awareness and a general acceptance of self.