Compassionate Inquiry (CI) is a psychotherapeutic modality that aims to reveal what underlies the appearance that we present to the world, thereby helping us to reconnect with our true selves. It is an approach developed by Dr Gabor Maté who maintains that the essence of trauma – and in its broadest sense all symptoms are manifestations of some kind of trauma – is separation from the authentic self. It follows therefore that the purpose of therapy is to help us to come back to our authentic selves.
Unlike the traditional Freudian model of psychotherapy, CI is a very interactive process. The practitioner holds space for the client, and brings intense presence to the session allowing her to intuitively respond to the narrative being told, and from here to conduct inquiry. Dr Maté teaches that only when compassion is present will people allow themselves to see the truth, but that compassion must be what he describes as “fierce compassion”, to guide the client to painful places. Observing the past is only important in that it illuminates what is happening in the present. Shining a light on what is happening in the present allows us to return to our true selves, and to present our true selves to the world, which in turn allows us to occupy our rightful place in the world.
Your CI practitioner at Project DAO is Yanan. CI sessions with Yanan are only available by special arrangement and cannot be booked online. If you are interested in making a booking, please fill in the form below, or call us on (02) 8021 4253