My Offering

Meditative Counseling

“Change your mind. Change your life.”

I am offering a new form of support and practice, called Meditative Counseling. Drawn from over 30 years of working with people one-on-one and in various sized groups and settings, it generally involves a combination of conversation (inquiry). meditation and practical instruction. This approach can be short or long term i.e. weeks, months, even years; weekly or bi-weekly and in-person or on-line. Whatever works best for you!

During our time together, we will identify the area(s) of life where you are having difficulty, or want to excel even more, through greater focus, mental clarity, self-compassion, resilience and skillfulness. Together we will create a customized “bundle” of re-frames, meditations and mind-training practices for you to do this. I personally believe that in this age of distress, distraction, information overload and dopamine addiction, if you are not intentionally training your mind, you are in a real sense falling behind!

People who reach out to me are often working with:

a feeling of being stuck.

challenges at home or at work.

the loss of a meaningful orientation to life.

serious illness injury or a related loss of capacity.

a mental challenge.*

the prospect of dying and death, yourself or with someone you love.

the strangeness and uncertainty of these times, which includes the looming distress of climate change, late stage capitalism and other aspects of the poly-crisis that we are living through.

[*Meditative Counseling is not therapy or psychotherapy, but it can be used to complement it. Meditation is not recommended if you are experiencing a psychosis or serious delusional states, and should be used very, very carefully in trauma work.]

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I have also been finding some interest by clients, in studying Buddhist ideas and  practices, mostly in a non-religious way!

Sessions are usually a little over an hour, and cost $100 which includes HST
A sliding scale is available, depending on need.

If you have any questions or want to book a session, please contact me at jacquie.ken@gmail.com

 

Testimonials:

“In a world of cookie cutter many-stepped programs that futilely promise change and always fall short, Ken Hood has provided me many opportunities and tools to effect real change in a complicated life.  His wisdom, insight and knowledge have provided very real changes in my outlook on life, my behaviour and my satisfaction with life as it is and could be.  His Buddhist based methodology has been the perfect complement to psychological problems that I’ve been trying to tackle for years and he has brought me a very long way in a very short time.  His ability to tailor the subject matter to help with healing is very much a central part of my success in change.  My love for Buddhism not withstanding, he has made the subject matter so applicable and appropriate that mini-revelations occur in each of our sessions.  Ken has become my favourite hour of every week and I’m very glad to be ‘incepted’ each time.  Thank you, Ken, for the growth and healing you have contributed to with each hour.”
Andrew, in his 40’s

 

 

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