Compassionate Inquiry with Dr. Gabor Maté

Gabor Mate’s work on addictions, ADHD, chronic stress, trauma, mind, spirit and body has influenced mental health and medical professionals worldwide. Thousands have sought his insights through his books, articles and media appearances.

How does Gabor Maté do it?

Last year, he offered for the first time a workshop to explain and demonstrate his approach to working with people directly. What does Gabor Maté do? How does he do it? And what can mental health professionals can learn from him?

In 2016, this workshop was sold out a month in advance and we had over a hundred people on the waiting list. Due to this unprecedented response, Gabor Maté will be presenting Compassionate Inquiry in Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver. Register here.

What is Compassionate Inquiry?

Compassionate Inquiry is a psychotherapy method developed by Gabor Maté that reveals what lies beneath the appearance we present to the world. It is designed to unveil:

  • The mental climate
  • Hidden assumptions
  • Implicit memories

… that form the real message that words and maladaptive behaviour both express and conceal.

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“The essence of trauma, which is underneath all human dysfunction – addiction, affliction, disease, confusion – is separation from yourself…. The essential intention of therapeutic interaction is to help the other person reconnect with themselves.” (Gabor Maté)

How does Compassionate Inquiry Work?

Through Compassionate Inquiry, you can help reconnect your client with their innate wisdom through helping them recognize the unconscious dynamics that run their lives and how to liberate themselves from them.

Dr. Maté will model the process of Compassionate Inquiry with course participants and instruct therapists in the practice of this powerful technique to help clients access deep healing and transformation. This will be both an experiential, participatory workshop where participants will be guided through their own personal process, as well as a training to teach the method of Compassionate Inquiry to mental health professionals, psychotherapists, psychologists, addictions workers, therapists and social workers.


Register now to avoid disappointment

Fees and Registration

Vancouver, BC     Jan. 25-26, 2018
9:00a.m – 5:00p.m
Unity of Vancouver

Earlybird Rate
(Up to Dec. 14, 2017)
Regular Rate
(After Dec 14, 2017)
$450 + GST (5%) $495 + GST (5%)

You will learn —

  • how to cultivate presence, being with what is
  • to bring attention to body signals in clients and yourself
  • to enhance your perception of what is not being revealed overtly
  • to enable clients to access emotional states through body awareness
  • how to create and maintain a safe sacred space between client and therapist
  • how to facilitate the expression of what has remained unexpressed
  • how to keep a client engaged in present moment experience
  • the importance of patience, respect and choice in the therapeutic process
  • how to uncover early traumatic events of childhood and unconscious feeling states through compassionate inquiry
  • to decode the unconscious beliefs that contribute to personal suffering in self and others

This workshop may be eligible for Continuing Education Credits/Units (CECs/CEUs) by professional organizations in Canada/Ontario serving mental health professionals. Please click here for more information.

Read what previous attendees have said about Dr. Gabor Maté

  • Exceptional word from the heart. It was a wonderful, good learning experience helpful as a teaching tool as well as another good look into personal work that needs attention.
  • Very thought provoking and the realization about the need to do my own compassionate inquiry.
  • I believe that the only way we can learn “how to” do these things (ie. Be present, cultivate presence, compassion, body awareness in connection with present issues) is via direct experience. Given 260 attendees in this setting, Gabor’s teaching was exceptional through modeling, explicating by values and concepts and through demonstration, real time experience as much as possible. I found this workshop to be very affirming
  • Very moving. I am moved about myself and about my practice of therapy and ways I can grow in the future, than I have learned in a long time.
  • Excellent workshop. Gabor is authentic. He brings insight into healing your minds and bodies and moving forward.
  • I was engaged an learning throughout the whole workshop. The field (energy field) of the workshop had integrity, aliveness, authenticity, generosity, respect, rhythm. It may be fun to explore further what a life free of trauma looks like, fells like, sounds like, relates like—to give participants a felt sense of alignment with essence. Also may be fun to explore a felt sense of divine feminine.

About the Speaker

Gabor Maté, MD, is the best-selling author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, When the Body Says No, and Scattered Minds.  For 12 years, he worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness, and HIV.  With over 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, Dr. Maté is a sought-after speaker and teacher.  He co-founded Compassion for Addiction, a new non-profit organization that focuses on addiction, and is also an advisor of Drugs Over Dinner, a campaign to overcome the stigma associated with talking about drugs.  Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University, and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence.  For more information, please visit

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