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!**

 

 

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.

The Oboe–For Me and You

“You see what fun you can have with your music, ha ha” The scratchy, flinty French-accented voice came from my summer oboe teacher, Joseph Robinson, who was patiently and warmly showing me how to play music rather than strings of notes on the instrument. He was lovingly making light of one of his teachers, Marcel(…)

Cities of Refuge

What does a City of Refuge look like to you? is it a stone walled primitive city, a refugee camp in a third world country, an internal place where you go to be alone, to hide, to find peace or reconciliation, or safety? Or a place to go to chill out when stuff goes awry?(…)

Women of Purim

Purim is next weekend. For some, it’s the holiday excuse to dress up, be silly, an listen to the whole Megillah–literally: and we’re required to become so drunk that we can’t tell the heroes’ names from the villain’s in the story.  The story of Purim is called the Book of Esther. Growing up, I learned(…)

The Ki Tissa of Recovery

When we allow release to come, we find ourselves on the same sojourn through the wilderness our ancestors took; and if we allow ourselves to open to our potential, we may find the strength and maturity we so hope to develop along the way. Ki Tissa is the section of the Israelites’ journey from Mitzrayim(…)

Bo: What a Plot!

The reading for last Shabbat was parasha Bo, which is the 10th chapter of the 2nd book of the Torah, which is called Shemot in Hebrew, or Exodus in English. Imagine it is Kabbalat Shabbat, here is my d’rasha for you, about Bo: Has anyone seen the film, ‘The Ten Commandments’? Anyone seen it…lately? Ok.(…)

Who Made Miracles שעשה נסים

Tonight I kindled the Chanukkah lights for the seventh night in a row. At my hospital work, I had a full day of attending calls to visit patients and led a group in our hospital’s psychiatry department. I realized that now I’ve gone and done it; I am officially a ‘working stiff’, as my grandmother,(…)

On Rosh HaShanah It’s Okay to Ask

Summer’s over, well almost. Here on Commercial Drive where I live, it’s still okay to sit at an open-air patio and tuck into a plate of jerk chicken, or sample a selection of Belgian beers with a cone of pomme frites, or sip an espresso and argue in your home tongue about soccer stats . Last(…)