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RN, BScN, MScN, CHMPH, OAMHPJanet Lovegrove Health and Wellness Consulting www.janetlovegrove.com I have been a practicing registered nurse for over 31 years and was certified as a mental health practitioner with the Canadian Nurses Association in 2009 (CPMHN). I first learned about Life Process Transformation after the sudden death of my father in 1992. His death catapulted me into such a frenzy of caring for others that I completely neglected myself with dire consequences. I entered Life Process Transformation Therapy with Viola and then went on to train with her before beginning my own practice. I specialize in helping people cope with caregiver stress and bereavement. I also provide support to persons who are experiencing physical or mental health problems and to their loved ones. Much of my work involves writing community grants with agencies with the focus of providing programs on effective coping to the community members that they serve. These projects are in line with the Associated Medical Services (AMS) Phoenix ‘Call to Caring’ Fellowship, of which I am the inaugural Fellow at McMaster University’s School of Nursing.
B.Sc., M.A. (C. Psych)Psychotherapist (OACCPP) www.amysmiththerapy.com As a young woman, I struggled with anorexia, depression, and a general sense of meaninglessness. Despite seeking help from many professionals and self-help books, my problems only worsened. It wasn’t until I met Viola and went through my own life process transformation that I began to heal my depression and eating disorder. I returned to school and finished a B.Sc. in Psychology and then a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology. I have worked in mental health settings, including residential treatment centres, outpatient programs, hospitals, and a university campus. Knowing that I wanted to work with people using Viola’s ideas, I completed her Life Process Transformation training program for professionals. I now use Life Process Transformation Therapy in my private practice, helping people who have eating problems, depression, and anxiety disorders.
MA, MEdLiving Simply Education & Consulting www.livingsimply.ca As an adult educator and facilitator, I have worked in the areas of social change, personal growth & wellness, and leadership development for over 12 years. I hold a Master’s in Philosophy and earned my professional designation at the University of Toronto with a Master’s in Adult Education & Counselling Psychology. I first met Viola in 1998 following a dark period in my early twenties. At the time, I was grappling with a growing existential crisis that had left me feeling disillusioned and empty. Through a process of inner exploration and deep questioning, my awareness shifted profoundly. My view of the world and my role in it was transformed. Since then, I have continued working closely with Viola and now use the Life Process Transformation philosophy as the grounding for my work as an educator and activist. I believe that valuing the inner life, as individuals and as a society, is one of the most important things we can do to create deep and lasting change.
Elisha Van Harte
MSW, RSWElisha Van Harte and By Clinical Design www.elishavanharte.com www.byclinicaldesign.com I have been working in the field of child and adolescent mental health for over 15 years. Most of my work has been with youth who are at the extreme end of the continuum, suffering from psychosis, self harm, suicidal ideation, depression and anxiety, both in inpatient, residential and community capacities. I have always been drawn to this population, in part because my own adolescence was fraught with chaos. I first met Viola Fodor almost 20 years ago when I myself was a struggling teenager, lost among the many voices telling me who I was supposed to be and how I was supposed to be living my life. It was through my work with Viola that I found my self again, and the healing process began. Nearly 15 years later, now a mental health practitioner myself, I knew intuitively that there were individuals who could benefit not only from the mainstream forms of therapy, but who could benefit from the approach that Viola developed, Life Process Transformation. I completed her training program for professionals, and bring that approach specifically into my own private practice, as well as into the training and consultation services I offer to other mental health organizations.
Pamela TamesTo the workaholics, perfectionists, and overachievers out there who started their careers enthusiastically and energetically only to wind up disillusioned and defeated by the, let’s face it, stressful reality of working life...To those who tried the workshops, the nutritionist and the trainer, the apps, the meditation courses, the doing-everything-you’re-supposed-to-do only to discover that trying to get better becomes its own form of stress and a temporary fix, at best...And to those who feel they never got started at life—never found their passion, purpose, or calling—and have been trying to fill that hole in their heart with food ever since... Life Process Transformation can help. I know this because I suffered from all of the above. I was a corporate burnout who couldn’t find her true calling. I coped with stress by eating or not eating (I suffered from anorexia and then bulimia for 12 years). Through Life Process Transformation (LPT), I found a connection to my inner self and through that, completely healed my eating disorder and transformed my life. After going through LPT several times, starting in 1988, I became a certified LPT Guide in 2015. I'm based in Phoenix, Arizona, and work with clients struggling with stress-related burnout, loss of identity, and eating problems. The word Guide speaks to the fact that I'm not a therapist and I don't have your answers. But I know where you can find them and I know how to get you there. And I can tell you, it's a beautiful journey. To learn more about me and my services, please email Pamela at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sonia MontgomerieI first met Viola when I was a trainer for an emergency helpline providing assistance to those battling depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicidal ideations. During one of our training sessions, we were fortunate to have Viola as the keynote speaker and I was so intrigued by her simple, yet profound approach to self-care and self-discovery, that she soon became a touchstone for me.
For most of my adult life, I have supported myself and others while we struggled with mental, physical, and spiritual challenges such as post-traumatic stress disorder, loss, depression and anxiety, addiction, chronic illness, burnout, and divorce recovery.
When I experienced my first significant loss, I turned to Viola and worked through her Life Process Transformation program. This process developed my emotional toolbox of resources, strengthened my resolve, and opened up options that I was not aware of before I entered the program. I saw how LPT could help other individuals and motivated me to become certified as an LPT Guide. It is a privilege to assist others to gain the knowledge and skills they need to heal themselves through a natural and gentle process. LPT will help turn up the volume to hearing wisdom, knowing kindness, and bringing your own inner voice back into your life.
I wish to pay forward the generosity of Viola Fodor, health professionals, family and peers who have helped me on my daily journey towards greater serenity. I value honest communication, authenticity, problem solving, and confronting challenges gently. I recognize the importance of self-care and the benefit it has on Mental Health. I believe helping others is a part of my journey and I’m here to listen, share, and give you hope. I work in Toronto and look forward to hearing from you. Email me at email@example.com
Clinical Counselor, M.C.CFounder of Baca Youth Ministries
BACA Youth Ministries
I survived the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi of Rwanda and came to Canada in 1998 as a refugee. I am a mother of three young adults. I hold a Master’s degree in Clinical Counselor (M.C.C) and am currently employed as a Therapeutic Counselor at Alzheimer Society of Hamilton and Halton. I have worked in different areas of social change as a settlement worker, including children with ASD (Autism Syndrome Disorder), homeless women, and women that were victims of domestic violence to name a few. I was introduced to Viola Fodor’s Life Process Transformation by my employer with the idea of being trained so that I can use Viola’s work in my counseling sessions and support groups. Through the process of being trained, I realized that the training was actually helping me, both on a personal and professional level. As a genocide survivor I struggled with signs of trauma for many years. I did some inner work earlier to cope with triggers, and thought I was doing well. Through Viola’s process however, I discovered that I had developed a system of defense mechanisms to suppress the trauma and lacked awareness to recognize the real deeper issues. Because of that, I lived with an intense and ambiguous fear of whether I could possibly deal with the intensity of those emotions when I could no longer contain them. I lived with an inner voice that always reminded me how vulnerable I really was, and that questioned how I could possibly maintain any level of "normalcy" considering the magnitude of what I experienced in 1994. Now I use Life Process Transformation in my every day work, help my clients with their caregiving roles, and assist them in dealing with any other stressors they may have in their lives.
Masters in Psychotherapy Student (MCouns) - University of Edinburgh ScotlandNutritional Therapist (mBANT) Proctor Therapies
From a very young age I struggled with my weight and size and the consequences that came with it, such as the teasing by others, low self-esteem, body image issues and hating my build and myself. I developed severe bulimia with anorexic tendencies and a stunted life disabled by dis-ease. I met Viola the day I was released from what was meant to be the best eating disorder recovery program in Canada, a program which only worsened my symptoms and left me distraught and disillusioned with not only my life but the medical system as well. Upon discovering Viola’s program, I had a sense that it was the right way forward for me. It was just what I needed. I later re-trained as a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist, and now study at the University of Edinburgh in their Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy program. In due time, I will be fully trained and qualified to deliver Viola’s LPT program as a psychotherapist. For now, I offer her program as an LPT guide and am committed to helping others, as she helped me.
RSW, MSW, BSW, BA SOC, PhD (in progress)Gut Instincts
As a teenager, I lived with chronic health issues associated with Lyme disease, anxiety and an overall sense of disconnection to my self, all of which led to the development of eating issues as a means of coping. Desperately trying to change and experience relief, I threw myself into patterns of overworking, excessive exercise and a ‘health’ obsession that only further cloaked the inner struggle I was enduring. None of these forms of coping or means of will power were sustainable and as such, I once again found myself declining in health. Something within me knew there had to be another way. This led me to seek support from Amy Smith, a therapist trained in the LPT program who presented to me a very different, much deeper process of healing. Amy guided me through the Life Process Transformation program of which became a deeply transformational experience for me. As a researcher, social worker (MSW) and holistic nutritionist (RHN) I have worked in various settings in the field of mental health, including community programming/counselling supporting street-involved and homeless youth and pregnant and parenting teens, as a university professor and educator, nutritionist and counselor for teens and adults who have experienced a traumatic brain injury, eating disorders and addictions. Feeling called to and deeply inspired by Viola’s Life Process Transformation, I reached out to Viola to receive training and to be able to provide this to the clients that I work with in the areas of depression, anxiety, eating disorders and general relationship with food issues. Not only has this process transformed my own healing path and the lens in which I practice, but it has touched many of the lives of my loved ones. I continue to work closely with Viola and Amy in the work that I do.
M.A. (C. Psych)
Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO)
As a young person, I struggled for years with depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. I felt numb and disjointed, and I struggled to know what I wanted or needed. In 2008, I met a therapist named Viola Fodor. While I was seeking relief from my suffering and self-sabotaging, I had no idea that her program would take me on a much deeper journey of self-discovery. By learning to quiet my mind and open my awareness, I was able to wake up to who I am deep inside. Through the program, I came to learn that I could use my symptoms as opportunities to grow, process my emotions on a deeper level, and nurture my intuition to make choices that are right for me. As my trust and commitment to the flow of the process unfolded, I watched my symptoms dissolve. The crutches I had used for years to cope and protect myself no longer served a purpose. I developed a clarity that had never been there before, and I stopped feeling lost, off-track, and out of control. With Viola as my guide, I was able to tap into my own potential and heal myself from the inside-out.
As I discovered my newfound sense of wellness, I knew that my life was changing direction. My values shifted and I felt unfulfilled in the career I had settled into. I chose to return to school to complete a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, and I began working in the non-profit health system, specializing in mental health and addictions counselling. I continually met and worked with people who expressed a longing to know themselves, and I felt a deep responsibility to them on a human level. With my desire to continue the meaningful work that Viola's program has offered to so many others, I completed her training program for professionals. Today, I guide people through her Life Process Transformation™ (LPT) program in private practice and continue to dedicate myself to the process.
M.A. (Counselling Psychology), B.A., RSSW
(Registered member with both OCSWSSW and CCPA)
Counsellor, Hospice Niagara
I am a counsellor specializing in the psychosocial (emotional, psychological, mental, social, spiritual) aspects of dying, death and bereavement for both patients and caregivers. Caregiver stress in end of life care has been a long standing interest of mine. I became a caregiver at the young age of 13 and this role continued in different capacities. It has had an enormous impact on me and I came to realize that I did not always consider my own self care needs as I cared for others. Stress and the health impacts of caregiving for those with life-limiting illnesses was a dedicated focus in my undergraduate and graduate studies and has become my career passion. I engage in both group and individual support in this line of work.
I was very fortunate to be selected by my employer to complete Viola’s Life Process Transformation (LPT) training for professionals. The intention was to prepare me to facilitate the LPT program to caregivers whose loved one has a life limiting illness. What I didn’t realize was that during my training, I would undergo my own powerful personal transformation. When one understands, believes in and lives by the foundation of the work they deliver to others, they offer a deeper level of knowledge and evidence of its validity. LPT is this type of work. I have a deeper sense of myself, trust my own intuition, am capable of processing my emotions more effectively, and have found more balance and have deeper inner peace. I will now have the honour of facilitating Viola’s Life Process Transformation to caregiver’s in my community so they will also have the opportunity to personally benefit from this powerful work.
Director of Programs & Services, Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
I bring over twenty years of professional experience to working with and for people living with physical and mental health problems. For thirteen of those years, I was the primary caregiver for a close family member. Despite my professional experience, and like many other caregivers, I found myself struggling in isolation with no clear options while often experiencing feelings of guilt that whatever care I provided was never good or perfect enough. I held onto that guilt and perfectionism for years after my caregiving role ended.
I was introduced to Viola’s Life Process Transformation (LPT) training for professionals through a work project that was meant to help me offer clients a new approach to holistic self-care. It soon became apparent that LPT had come into my life when I needed it most, taking me through my own journey of growth, self-love, self-awareness and self-exploration.
It is the combination of these professional and personal experiences that drives my passion to continue to advocate for those who are living with mental health concerns, including dementia, and their caregivers. LPT for caregivers will now be offered through a community project overseeing the development of a Niagara Caregiver Network. I am excited to have the opportunity to share this program of self-exploration and personal growth with others who are on their own caregiving journey.