To develop a worldwide organization that offers free online and in-person meetings, resources, and a variety of events to help people who are healing from addiction and recovering from trauma.
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Achara uses compassionate coaching for complex trauma to support survivors of sexual abuse, racial trauma, religious trauma, narcissistic abuse, domestic violence, and high-conflict divorce. With over 20 years of experience in mentorship and communication disorders, she is also dedicated to helping clients with ADHD and parents of children with ADHD understand executive functioning skills and the neurological aftereffects of trauma. As a trauma survivor herself, using her education, unique skills of courage and resilience, and lived experience, she is able to provide safe spaces for her clients to be seen and grow into their authentic selves in order to develop secure attachments in relationships. For more information: https://acharatarfa.com
As a person in recovery, Nadine understands the challenges that people struggling with “addiction” may face. She believes that understanding, educating, and raising awareness of how trauma plays a role in addiction is a fundamental step in ending the cycle of addiction around the world.
“I have a history of disordered eating and attended Overeater’s Anonymous on and off for over 30 years. I found the program and support helpful. I wasn’t alone anymore! I developed a loving relationship and trust with my sponsor. She validated my experiences and loved me unconditionally, which brought me tremendous healing.
Recently, in my 50s I discovered IFS. It has changed. My. Life! It is a completely different paradigm than 12 step programs, one that resonated with me on a profound level. I fell in love with IFS… and found that it provided a roadmap for deep healing from the trauma underlying my addictions. Trauma is at the root of addiction and in IFS, Self-compassion is at the root of healing. Compassion, which is love, heals inner conflict and suffering. This is done by befriending all aspects of ourselves and developing an internal relationship of self-love.
The IFS language and paradigm is unique. I found myself longing to share my IFS experience of healing with others utilizing the model. But there were no IFS support programs for folks like me in recovery from addictions and trauma. Then one day I had an epiphany. Why not create support groups based on IFS language and principles!? Hence, PATH was born.”
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David M Kerwin celebrated thirty-nine years of recovery on December 11, 2021. He has been an RN since 1975 and is an Addiction and Dual Diagnosis Counselor. He owns and operates a Life & Recovery Coaching practice in Central Illinois. David is also Level I, II & III trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS) as well as IFS Couples, Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO).
David and his lovely wife have been married over forty-five years. They have been blessed with four adult children and seven grandchildren. In his free time, David enjoys painting.
Body Confidence and Food Freedom Workshop Facilitator
As a registered, licensed dietitian for over 20 years and nutrition therapist, Diana offers a non-diet approach in setting a foundation of curiosity for clients to discover their own eating philosophy and beliefs. She partners with other IFS colleagues to offer introductory and continuing education courses to other nutrition professionals. She is a Level 3 certified IFS practitioner, serves as training staff for many trainings and retreats, and participates in IFIO couples’ training. She offers consultation to dietitians and therapists interested in integrating IFS into their practice. Diana offers safety and warmth to all people regardless of shape, size, age, faith, gender, ethnicity, skin color, and sexual orientation
This workshop will begin the gentle inquiry of your hunger in a parts mapping experiential exercise. We’ll explore who’s hungry, what you’re hungry for, and how to identify when it’s time to eat!
In this workshop, we’ll spend time defining fullness and satiety and our innate wisdom in knowing when to end the meal. In an experiential exercise, you’ll discover the parts of you at odds with each other around fullness and begin to develop a deeper understanding of their needs and what drives them to fulfill those needs.
This workshop encourages exploration of the sensations in our body that affect how we see ourselves and expose the parts expressing those to our compassion. We’ll also see how body diversity is expected, and how we can learn to encourage and respect the variations we see.
In this experiential workshop, we’ll set out to discover:
Bloom Your Authentic Self Workshop Facilitator
Maria Mellano and Nadine Lucas, LICSW/CP, is an experiential psychotherapist licensed in Massachusetts as a clinical social worker with over twenty years of experience. Maria is an IFS trained, certified psychodramatist, soul-aligned money and business coach and course creator. Maria is passionate about creating transformational growth in her clients’ lives, devoted to living and teaching a life led by the heart. She works with clients of all genders to heal and integrate the mind, body, and soul so they can grow purposeful lives they love.
Laura Lively is a Certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) practitioner and a Certified Life Coach. Using IFS, Laura healed the Parts of her that used alcohol as well as used IFS to lose over 150 lbs., which she’s now kept off for over 3 years. After finally changing lifelong issues with her weight because of the work she did with IFS, she trained and became certified so that she could help others experience healing, as she did
Nadine is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and Certified Soul Collage® Facilitator. She has been providing therapeutic services to children, teens, parents, and adults for over 30 years. Treatment settings include adolescent psychiatric hospitals, adult residential programs, public/private schools, and community outpatient treatment centers. Nadine received her Master of Science degree in Counseling from Fitchburg State University and earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University. She founded PATH as a means to connect with others in recovery who follow the IFS model of healing.
Healing is possible! We Invite you to join our compassionate communities where you can make meaningful connections and receive support on your PATH to Addiction and Trauma Healing.
PATH is an international non-profit organization centered on improving the lives of people all over the world struggling with addiction and trauma. As a voice for recovery, we bring individuals together, creating compassionate, HEART-centered communities where people can grow and thrive by HEaling from Addiction and Recovering from Trauma.
We are guided by Internal Family Systems, Mindful Self-Compassion, body-oriented procedures, and trauma-informed practices, seeking to embody a sense of safety and care as we heal.
Trauma-informed yoga sessions that help folks to mindfully move their bodies and get in touch with their bodies, mind, and spirits; rebuilding yourself into the healthiest version of yourself.