Do you feel stuck?
Are you suffering from anger issues or struggle to connect with your loved ones?
Do you feel like you are ready to clear some old patterns?
Are you battling with anxiety or depression?
Do you feel insecure and want to get your power back?
Do you feel like you are ready to take care of yourself in a compassionate way?
Do you want to move from Recovery to Discovery?
Are you ready?
to raise your level of compassion for yourself, your consciousness and awareness.
to change your mental climate and better self-regulate.
to understand your hidden assumptions, blind spots and implicit memories.
to use your body and mind for the path of healing.
to feel, honor and integrate your suppressed emotions.
to better understand the origin of your behavior with compassion.
to liberate yourself from past conditioning
to live more authentically
without judgement &
Recovery Zone is a safe space, which helps you better understand your experience in order to enhance your journey toward a new connection to your ‘in the present’ Self.
My aim is to co-create, with your help, a space where your suppressed emotions can be fully acknowledged, felt and honoured, without judgement and without shame.
We will become curious about the Authentic You and this inquiry will allow you to better understand the origin of your behaviours while also bringing compassion to those parts of you which may have created coping mechanisms that no longer serve you. The aim is to liberate you from past conditioning in order for you to be able to stand confidently in your authenticity.
I offer one-on-one sessions based on Compassionate Inquiry (C.I.), a psychotherapeutic approach developed by Dr. Gabor Maté. I also offer group work as well as workshops on embodied leadership coaching.
If you would like to find out more about the process I follow or if you’d like to just connect, get in touch for a free 20 min Zoom session, by filling in the contact form.
In January 2015, after what seemed to have been 15 very successful years working in the marketing field, I realized that I needed a radical lifestyle change!
I had to surrender and come to terms with a powerful coping mechanism I had created early in life. This adaptation that helped me to survive as a child became a process addiction damaging my relationships and my ability to live an authentic, fulfilling and joyful life.
I had learned to hide it from everyone for over 25 years because of the amount of shame it brought me.
Through the process of crossing the river of change, I was able to transform my life, and now I want to share what I’ve learned in order to help those who find themselves in a similar situation.
In 2020 I became certified as a Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner (therapist) by participating in a 240-hour year-long graduate training developed by Dr Gabor Maté, followed by a 5-month mentorship program, as well as a year-long internship program, supporting Compassionate Inquiry training facilitators.
My knowledge is also grounded in the steps I took to find a solid recovery from my treatment at an addiction clinic and the 12-Step approach as well as other therapy groups I attended. I trained as a Kundalini Yoga teacher, a Recovery Assistant and went on to complete the Beyond Addiction Course co-facilitated by Dr Gabor Maté.
I’ve fully embraced every minute of my journey, feeling compelled to find the most effective tools, techniques and approaches not only for dealing with life in life’s term but also for thriving in life.
I’m really excited about my new journey with you.
What do I offer?
One-on-one Compassionate Inquiry sessions
Psychotherapeutic approach developed by Dr Gabor Maté that reveals what lies beneath the appearance we present to the world.
I offer group workshops adapted for people who want to be more empowered. You will learn to speak authentically from your true Self. We will experiment many techniques, allowing you to be more present, embodied, and attuned. You will be able to self-regulate and learn to be curious about your daily experiences, letting go of your hidden compensating tendencies.
Feel free to contact me for a free 20 min Zoom session.
Below is a list of the courses I’ve done and programs I’ve been part of:
1. Intensive training and education as a Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner, Professional training Facilitator and CI Circle Leader (link).
Compassionate inquiry is a psychotherapeutic approach developed by Dr. Gabor Maté that reveals what lies beneath the appearance we present to the world.
2. Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training (200hrs).
I’m currently teaching via Zoom.
3. Recovery Assistant Course.
This course helps people to better understand the mechanism of various addictions (incl. co-dependency), in order to offer a practical, more hands-on approach when helping someone is struggling with addiction. I’ve co-developed and implemented a Mindfulness-based morning routine for Recovery Direct in Cape Town
4. Beyond Addiction Training (The Yogic Path to Recovery).
This is based on Kundalini training and draws from the extensive research that Dr Gabor Maté has done on the matter of addiction and self-defeating behavior.
5. Closed Group Work
To fully understand my process addiction, I worked with different approaches, Patrick J. Carnes, 12-Step program, men’s groups. I am currently leading CI circles (more info) I have walked this path of deep learning and service so that together we can take you from recovery to discovery.
“I had two compassionate inquire (CI) sessions with Steve and found the experience not only fascinating, but incredibly helpful.
As a Specialist Wellness and Addiction Counsellor, I am always open to try new therapeutic modalities. So far in my life I have tried many forms of treatment and have found most of them to add value to my life.
As far as Steve and CI go, I was very surprised. Steve has a most gentle nature and seem truly inquisitive and interested in me. He professionally, yet compassionately, smoothly and quickly guided me to what seemed to be the heart of the matters I was consulting him on. I was stunned that we could go that precisely into a healing space, yet uncover issues that never came up in any form of therapy after many sessions. I felt 100% supported and held during both my sessions.
I have already recommended Steve and CI to people I know and shall continue to do so.”
Freddie van Rensburg- Specialist Wellness & Addiction Counsellor
It has truly been a pleasure working with Steve, over the past year. I treasure our experiences together. He has shown a consistent understanding of complex Spiritual & Psychological teachings & utilizes this alongside his own life experiences, to hold sacred space for me. He is warm and funny and displays appropriate reverence for the matters that came up within my sessions. I was especially impressed, as he created a neutral container for my personal challenges, while validating my emotions, as a centered therapist. I’m grateful for the opportunity to benefit from his male perspective, which shed light on some of my historical challenges & limiting and faulty beliefs.
Steve is one of a kind, his ability to create safety in a therapeutic setting is unparalleled. As a woman whose trauma has come mostly through men, I was worried about how I would be able to heal having a man take me through my pain. Steve first and foremost created a place for me where I always felt safe just to be. His honesty, kindness and love have made our sessions some of the most transformative I have ever had. I have healed my mistrust and pain with the masculine. His natural ability to gently but strongly take you through your pain is truly life-changing. He has taught me so much about myself in our time together over this last year that I have brought my missing puzzle pieces back in with love and compassion. His abiding presence and commitment to my healing has shown me that I can live my authentic truth. I now live authentically and am able to see my defense mechanisms at work. Steve, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you are and for your work. I recommend Steve to anyone looking to heal.
Lauren Heap- Life Coach. Author. Reiki Master
Steve came into my path as most things that have come to guide me along my way; firstly, perfectly timed and welcomed and secondly, in a way or with a method that makes rational sense to me too.
Sessions for me are about connecting to ‘feeling’, and sometimes it’s for one minute only! Steve has a gentle way of guiding the tone and setting the mood to encourage the very simple (often elusive!) act of feeling. Always it’s a very real and easy talk around a memory, or life in general, or the way the brain works and how trauma stays … Wherever the session ends up going; I always feel that Steve has a way to help me there. I think when you move through your own stuff in this way – as Steve has too – you just have so much to give and so much understanding for others and their journeys as well.
The CI approach and fundamentals give a clear and meaningful pathway to working through whatever comes up, or doesn’t, in the session and in life thereafter! The connections to self that I experience there are for me, jewels, added to my life. I love chatting, laughing, crying, realizing and flowing through my life with Steve.
Steve is amazing. I have been working with him for a year. I always come away with a deeper connection, more compassion, and helpful insights.
Stacey Lehrman Nicklas
Feel free to reach out, if you want to know more about the approach I use
or if you want to book for a CI session with me.
+41 77 489 03 13