Durwin Foster
Specialization
Emotional Intelligence & self-awareness


My approach can be summed up as "feel. better. now.". Each of those single words opens to a deeper understanding, based on integral psychology, about how human change happens. You need to feel anything you haven't wanted to feel. You need to know what are your strengths and have a vision of how to build on them. And you need to be able to "let go, and let life", to connect your own will with an always greater context that exists right now. You will guided in applying this deceptively simple three-step process in order to heal from any emotional wounds you might carry, while growing into your deeper potentials in self, health, relationship and career :).

About

Durwin Foster, MA, CCC, has learned the science of effective therapy through rigorous academic training. Completing a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia, Durwin is certified at the national level through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). Durwin completed all required doctoral level coursework and trained in supervision, while performing research on the benefits of mindfulness training. A recipient of the Mind and Life Institute’s Varela Memorial Award, he was invited to a scientific conference with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In practice for more than 15 years with both individuals and couples, Durwin engages in ongoing professional development. Durwin recently completed education in Emotionally-Focused Therapy for Couples, adding to his previous training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. A close student of Ken Wilber, Durwin has recently trained in Full-Spectrum Mindfulness, an approach that combines mindfulness with developmental psychology to help us wake up from our dreams of separation, while also growing into our greatest potentials. Besides his professional qualifications, part of what makes Durwin effective as a therapist is a longtime commitment to his own personal growth and development. He regularly practices integrative meditation, jogging and weightlifting for physical health, and personal therapy to address family-of-origin issues. For social support, he participates in a network of like-minded others. Durwin brings an enduring, sincere interest in the well-being of others to his practice. If you need a trusted ally in a time of emotional difficulty, or want a coach to help you grow into your greatest potentials, you’ve come to the right place.

Location and Language:

  • America/Vancouver
  • English

Qualifications

  • 15
  • University of British Columbia
  • 2003
  • #0345 CCPA

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Integral Ethics for a Better You

In this article, I will provide a brief introduction to the practice of integral ethics. One way to define the word “integral” is as “comprehensive.” Therefore, the benefit of taking an integral approach to the ethical dilemmas we may face is that an integral approach allows us to honor the complexity of these situations. When we make decisions that embrace and honor complexity, we are more likely to experience positive outcomes for both us and the other people in our world. The integral ethical-decision making model and process that Dr. Tim Black and I developed, with guidance from Ken Wilber, facilitates the wise embrace of complexity by parsing ethics into four key domains that correlate to the interior and exterior of reality, as well as its individual and collective aspects. Analyzing ethics in this way gives us ethics itself, as well as morals, behaviors and laws. The relationship between these four domains is perhaps best understood with the assistance of visuals, as follows:
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Voice Dialogue for Healing Our Narcissistic Wounds into Wholeness

A.H. Almaas identifies 18 "I-states" or "ego-states" associated with healing narcissistic wounds. This is the kind of work we need to do in order to take care of the shadow aspects, projected outward, that result in, for example, authoritarian political characters appearing on the global scene in leadership positions. We can use "voice dialogue" to enact whichever of these I-states seem most relevant to our experience at the moment, giving us a kind of map of the territory and a way to navigate it towards wholeness. Here are the 18 I-states: "fake self"; "hard self"; "wounded self"; Betrayed self; raging self; pointless self; lost self; shameful self; rejected self; spacious self; self-active self; depressed self; helpless self; trusting self; ideal self; loving self; essential self or unique self. In voice dialogue what we do is "speak" TO that self and then AS that self, which helps us to fully accept it. Once fully accepted, a difficult sub-personality will usually "let go" on it's own. With self-states that are "true" and healthy, we don't need to let go of them. “That which is true can never be lost”. References: A.H. Almaas,
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It’s NOT All In Your Brain! What YOU Can Do About Feeling Depressed…

You might be feeling “down in the dumps” lately, even like you have “lost your old self”. You may have noticed that you are sleeping quite a bit less than you used to, or are sleeping a fair bit more. Your eating patterns might have changed. You might be finding it harder to concentrate at work, or that you are more irritable with loved ones. You might even have noticed that you have lost your sense of hope for the future, or are feeling helpless about your present circumstances. When you are experiencing a group of symptoms like this, you might be dealing with depression. In addition to consulting with your trusted primary care physician, you can benefit from educating yourself about behavioral, psychological and interpersonal changes you can make in order to feel better again. Change is possible. You can feel well. I can help. Where Does Depression Come From and What Can You Do About It?
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