“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” - Rabindranath Tagore
Vanessa Crites is a person in long-term recovery who has more than 16 years of 12-step recovery experience and expertise, leading one-on-one mentorship and group sessions, and 5 years of psychospiritual Sacred Medicine work to deepen her inner knowing, consciousness expansion, and a closer connection to Source. From a profoundly empathetic place and no-nonsense approach, she walks alongside clients to get to the Truth and to find the Higher Self from a place of radical curiosity and acceptance with the goal of transforming core wounds to discover the true nature of the Ego and deconstruct limiting beliefs.
Having experienced severe childhood trauma, chronic complex illness and pain, and addiction, Vanessa did extensive trauma and shadow work to learn how these experiences shaped her world and how to cultivate a beautiful life that is not dictated by the past. Vanessa holds the space for clients to explore and discover their own expression, feelings, and emotions without judgment or consequence. Your voice matters. Your experience matters. Your truth matters.
Devoted to dropping pretense, stigma, and judgment, Vanessa works with clients to develop a practice of sitting with our experiences, processing them in a safe, observational way, with no pressure to fix, change or alter to discover our own personal Truth. She believes that only focusing on "love and light" and bypassing the darker side of life invalidates the true complexity and value that pain, grief, trauma, longing, suffering, and fear have as profound teachers in our human experience - all of it is honored as valuable and not something to be fixed or pathologized, but rather embraced.
“I believe we are each our own healers, and the work is discovering and developing trust in our own innate instinct,” she says. “It is from within where we find healing as well as profound personal freedom.”