MY STORY OF SURVIVAL AND OVERCOMING ADDICTION
Welcome to the here and now! My name is Elizabeth and I am in the ever-unfolding process of teaching others how to practice mindfulness, and how it can be used as a tool for addiction recovery and relapse prevention. I am a kidnap, rape and torture survivor who fell into heavy addiction and alcoholism as a result of the trauma. However, I was fortunate enough to have read the likes of Eckhart Tolle in my teens, giving me a small degree of presence, or awareness, throughout my PTSD and addiction. Little revelations and “ah-ha” moments led me to finally seek help in a methadone program.
It wasn’t until over a year later that I truly *experienced* what his teachings were pointing to when I had a sudden collapse of ego. Complete and total peace ensued, even though it only lasted a few days before my normal egoic patterns started taking hold again, but it was a large enough crack in the armor of ego that I would shift back and forth between ego and oneness as time progressed. Not very often at first, but slowly more and more. After that first initial experience, I suddenly lost the fear of detoxing. As I began to detox, I was more and more inspired to begin writing.
THE WAY I TEACH
There is no easy way to say I am a good teacher without letters next to my name. I don’t even have a bachelor’s degree. No one has been there to monitor, edit and grade my performance at researching the human psyche, while I’m learning proven techniques to offer solutions to common mental / emotional problems, or memorizing all the applicable laws when it comes to this industry. In that aspect, I am quite unqualified.
While there is no easy way to say this, there is indeed a hard way. And by hard, I am referring to the manner in which I gained my experience to teach mindfulness. Suffering, in all its forms, has been no stranger to me, just as I am sure it has not been one to you. You will not see someone in front of you who is trained specifically not to let their own emotional walls come down with their patients to protect themselves and the patient. This is, of course, a good thing. However, my own past and journey into sobriety will always be what I reference from, so I will have to get personal. The one who needs “protecting” in these situations is the ego, or egoic self.
I offer a free introductory consultation for all new clients. This will be a brief overview that’s largely informal and relaxed, we’ll go over some basics and have a Q&A to get to know each other. Please feel free to ask any and all questions about my services during this time. Questions will help me better understand the best course of action for you personally.
After the initial consultation, we’ll begin the process of illuminating underlying root causes of addiction, pain, or other types of egoic influences. Each session will have a designated purpose or topic at first but will largely be conducted by what the space of now brings to the surface. An evaluation will be given to you at the end of each session via e-mail, so I can better understand what you got out of it and what is still unaddressed.
Sessions can be purchased individually or in bundles for a discounted price. If you purchase a bundle and do not wish to continue before it’s completion, a 10% administrative fee will be applied to your refund. You can cancel at any time.