Services

Specialty Programs:

Music and Spirituality: A circle program that engages the natural healing of spirit through listening to and/or creating music and song with others. Available for hospitals, mental wellness programs, faith communities and more.

Bereavement Support: A facilitated group program providing support and education during the grief and transition periods following loss. This program can be in person or via virtual meeting space. Individual bereavement support is available, also.

Writing and Storytelling: I have had the pleasure of creating and facilitating writing programs for spiritual wellness. These workshops include techniques for writing  and engaging in one’s spiritual growth. My Recovery Narrative, Ink™ programs are designed  as a space to grow and explore with one’s peers-in-recovery, in honest self-expression, and as writers without labels.

Presentations and Workshops: I am happy to provide educational presentations on the topic of spiritual care and growth, such as my six-part series, “Leonard Cohen’s Poetry of the Soul”, or other themes of interest.

Spiritual Growth and Care:

Spiritual Care Counselling: For individuals is provided in a safe and sacred space, allowing reflection and conversation during times of transition, times of spiritual questioning, and periods of deepening one’s spiritual growth and practices.

Clinical Spiritual Consultation is a good choice when you are in transition and/or seeking new meaning and purpose and self-definition.

© Susan J Katz 2019

Together we invite personal exploration through deep listening, perceptive questioning, and compassionate stewardship.

There is no diagnosing or treatment of illnesses, and thus it is not psychotherapy, although sessions may be therapeutic.

As a professionally trained and insured hospital Chaplain, I provide secular as well as faith-based services to people of all genders and abilities. I am a Member of NAJC, the Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains and the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care.

**Come prepared to discover and learn what you already know: from the inside–out!**

 

 

Take 5 for Cello Music al fresco

The Psalms were meant to have a music and rhythm, and for good reason. The pleasure today was in the surprise of this found music…

Remembering Orlando: Sacred Words and Music

The tragedy at the Pulse Club in Orlando has created another time of wandering in chaos for so many people: the shooting victims, their families and friends, the United States, LGBTQ people everywhere, and the world.

Narrow Bridges and Narrow Places

Fear from all quarters is headlining the news these days. People are afraid. Some are afraid of losing their familiar way of life, some of losing their long battle for hard-won rights; some are expecting their path to be free of obstacles, others are creating obstacles to draw attention.

Road Trip Rainbow

Having unveiled the past’s mundane Wizard’s promises of spiritual quick-fix through ‘sacred practices’ we can now choose to invest our time in building a meaningful spiritual practice.

My Chaplain’s View of ‘Hail Caesar!’

God is nigh in the new Coen Brothers’ film, ‘Hail Caesar!’.

Tisha B’Av: Raphael’s Voice and Finding the Soul in D*

The reflective steps toward the Jewish New Year traditionally begin with the communal observance of Tisha b’Av…

Try This! Slow Down, Surrender, and Recalibrate

Recently, while remaining in the slow lane of recovery from a long string of illnesses, I was invited to relax into a poetry circle. The work began by reading Richard Siken’s poem, ‘Self-Portrait Against Red Wallpaper’. Its lyrically rolling themes of surrender and recalibration hooked my tired attention. For the past eight weeks, every time(…)

A Bruckner Farewell to Jude

I just came home from attending a Symphony concert this evening. The program was filled with unfamiliar pieces written by familiar composers, Prokofiev and Bruckner. These selections had much in common, particularly their apparent roaming from theme to theme and modulation of mood and modes. My mind has been filled with too much information this past(…)

Vayeitze: Man-O Manischewitz

I read the story and wonder how hard it is for the family of a visionary like Joseph to let go of their fearfulness for his differences and recognize his unusual ways as gifts, instead.

Liminal Constructs

We walk in the constructs of our daily lives, but when natural events suddenly trump our constructed ones, we end up in the liminal space between the two.