Breaking free through healing conversation: Moving beyond abuse and trauma – Fleury and Barthel

Kim Barthel and Theo Fleury are presenting the following workshop at our conference

Breaking free through healing conversation: Moving beyond abuse and trauma.

Theo Fleury and Kim Barthel introduce a novel healing model that provides a mass public audience with an understanding of the influence of early attachment, trauma, addiction and healing. By weaving Theo’s personal story through Kim’s blending of science and theory, the co-presenters intend to eliminate the feeling of shame that is often experienced by those touched by abuse, neglect and trauma. This interactive conversation between Theo, Kim and their audiences has received high profile national Canadian exposure through media coverage and is aimed squarely at engendering compassionate understanding and action towards those who journey through healing from emotional trauma. This honest, vulnerable and meaningful public conversation between therapist and client eases the stigma attached to ‘going for counselling’ and minimises the barriers for sufferers seeking help. We look forward to sharing our model and experience with the psychodrama psychotherapy community.

About Theo

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Theo Fleury is perhaps best known for his time on the ice: NHL Stanley Cup Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist, World Cup Junior Champion. In 2009 Theo wrote the best selling novel, “Playing With Fire”. In which he tells his story of a troubled home life, years of sexual abuse, coping with pain through drugs and alcohol, overcoming addiction, as well as his meteoric rise and descent in the NHL.

Telling his story enabled Theo to share his darkest moments and ultimately offer hope and help. He understands the fear, the pain and the ruined lives of those also abused.

“I thought that my journey of recovery had hit a wall. There were still some holes left to fill. Working with Kim and understanding what happened to my brain from the attachment and abuse I suffered as a kid and adolescent helped me get to a place of understanding which in turn took my new outlook on life to another level. I love to learn and do whatever it takes to absorb as much information as I can. I want to be the best me I can be because I know in the end my journey can help others who have had similar experiences.”

Today Theo’s mission statement is to help as many people get to where they want to go has taken shape in many forms, whether meeting people for a brief moment on the street or as a dynamic inspirational speaker with the intention of creating healing through conversation. He loves people, their stories and their journeys. He is committed to daily transformation through personal growth through self-reflection, mindfulness and new action. His compassionate spirit allows others to feel safe and whole through experiencing his vulnerability.

Theo has been awarded the Canadian Humanitarian Award, The Queen’s Jubilee Medallion; he is an Honorary Chief and recipient of the Aboriginal Indspire Award. Most recently, Theo has been awarded with an honorary doctorate in Science from University of Guelph-Humber for outstanding contributions to the Mental Health of Canadians. Theo pursues excellence in all areas of his life.

About Kim

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Kim integrates the science of occupational therapy and neurobiology with cutting edge practice to support the conscious evolution of the human spirit. With 30 years of experience in the field of occupational therapy, Kim’s approach to serving clients is visionary and eclectic yet grounded and easy to integrate into your daily life.

Kim began her career as a pediatric occupational therapist serving children and adolescents with a broad spectrum of neurological and developmental disabilities. As the owner of Labyrinth Therapies in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Kim developed the first free-standing occupational therapy clinic outside of socialized medicine in Western Canada in 1989. This pioneering
centre provided therapy services for children and developmentally disabled adults servicing Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Northwestern Ontario.

Sensory processing and the neurobiology of attachment, abuse and addiction are the emphasis of Kim’s current practice,writing and teaching. Certified in the S.I.P.T. and extensive clinical experience mentored by master clinicians has lead Kim to develop expertise in Sensory Integration Therapy and what she calls “Sensory Processing Intervention”. Kim began
studying sensory processing in 1982 while in university and has relentlessly researched, practiced and expanded her ideas in this field since those early days. Kim has brought the concepts of sensory processing to diverse populations, including children and adults with autism, attention deficit disorder, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, but more profoundly to
populations with complex disorders combining psychiatric etiology and attachment based challenges.

Kim is now a world-renowned teacher and therapist, most active in the fields of relational trauma and sensory processing. Her revolutionary process reinforces the importance of relationship in therapy; blending the art of intuitive inquiry with cutting
edge developments in neuroscience.

Learn more about Kim’s work at Labyrinth Journeys

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