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Compassionate Inquiry Therapist in San Diego

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Trusted Compassionate Inquiry Therapist in San Diego

We are all a unique combination of our experiences. Our childhood, our environment, and the people around us all inform our innermost thoughts—the good and the bad.

Gabor Maté’s Compassionate Inquiry helps you explore the stories you tell yourself, consciously and subconsciously, to understand where your harmful beliefs are rooted and guide you to the possibility of letting them go.

About This Model

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You can liberate yourself from the unconscious dynamics that run your life if you understand them.

Average Treatment Duration:

4 months - 1 year



Applicable Conditions




Why Try Compassionate Inquiry in San Diego?



Shay, your Compassionate Inquiry therapist in San Diego, always leads with care.


The deeper you dive into your past, the more insight there is to gain about your future.


Compassionate Inquiry can help you free yourself from the hidden lies that control you.


Shay starts each session by creating a calm environment where clients can feel safe.

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What to Expect

The Compassionate Inquiry Process


Step One

Every therapy model Shay practices begin with a one-on-one consultation. This helps Shay evaluate which therapy technique is right for you.


Step Two

Compassionate inquiry consists of a series of guided conversations designed to uncover the root of your hurt. Often, our hurt is woven into the fabric of who we are and how we operate. Recognizing and uncovering that is how we can truly let it go.


Step Three

Healing with compassionate inquiry is often as physical as it is mental or emotional. Releasing the parts of yourself that weigh you down mentally may also bring physical relief and help you reconnect to your body.

Meet Shay

Hi, I’m Shay 👋 I work with the mind, body, and brain, bringing a variety of skills that allow you to work with trauma in the way you need. Whether it is EMDR, Compassionate Inquiry, IPNB, somatic therapy, Neurofeedback, IFS, or other trauma-informed practices, we will work so you can find relief without it feeling scary or too hard.

When therapy is working, you will notice you start to feel more present and begin shifting how you see yourself. With regular practice, you may even feel relief from the burden of the past. You don’t have to feel like you’re stuck sleepwalking. Together, let’s move your life forward.

Compassionate Inquiry Therapist in San Diego

Frequently Asked Questions

Where did compassionate inquiry come from?

Compassionate inquiry was created by Dr. Gabor Maté, a brilliant physician specializing in palliative care, addiction recovery, and mental illness.

How do I know if compassionate inquiry is right for me?

Many different types of clients can benefit from seeing a compassionate inquiry therapist. The best way to find out if compassionate inquiry is right for you is to meet with Shay for a short consultation.

What are the 7 pillars of compassionate inquiry?

The 7 pillars of compassionate inquiry are:

  1. compassion
  2. respect
  3. acceptance
  4. insight
  5. healing
  6. freedom
  7. connection to humanity
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Find Your Way Back to Yourself

If you’re battling trauma or anxiety, you deserve compassionate support from someone who truly sees you. Book your 15-minute consultation with Shay today.

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