Healing with David Kessler

Speaker Series

A Conversation with

Dr. Gabor Maté and David Kessler


The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture 

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What is trauma and why is it so widespread yet so misunderstood?

  • Understanding the complexities of trauma.
  • How does trauma show up in our world?
  • Why do we need to create a trauma-informed society?
  • How does this culture sabotage healthy child development?
  • How do we emerge from trauma?
  • What does healing look like?

 Dr. Gabor Maté

A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is known for his expertise on a range of topics including trauma, addiction, stress, and childhood development.

After 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, Dr. Maté worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in over thirty languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness.

His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver.

His newest book, The Myth of Normal is due out this fall.

David Kessler

David Kessler is a grief specialist, speaker, and author of six books, including his latest bestselling book, Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. He co-authored two books with Elisabeth Kubler Ross. His first book, The Needs of The Dying received praise from Saint (Mother) Teresa.

David’s personal experience as a child witnessing a mass shooting while his mother was dying in a hospital helped him begin his journey. For most of his life, David has taught physicians, nurses, counselors, police, and first responders about the end of life, trauma, and grief. However, despite his vast knowledge of grief, his life was turned upside down by the sudden death of his twenty-one-year-old son.

He now facilitates a new model of online grief groups that are attended by people worldwide and he leads one of the most respected online grief certificate programs. He is the founder of Grief.com which has over five million visits yearly from 167 countries.