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Two-Eyed Seeing Counseling: Indigenous Medicine for Mental & Emotional Well-Being For Health Practitioners & Laypersons

with Lewis Mehl-Madrona & Barbara Mainguy


Doctor Lewis Mehl-Madrona has dedicated much of his long career to reconciling traditional Indigenous healing knowledge with modern evidence-based scientific paradigms and to demonstrate that a number of Indigenous healthcare modalities can be every bit as efficacious as mainstream medical methods, if not more so, in the treatment of many psychological disorders.

In this 2-day intensive workshop, we will begin by exploring a Maori approach, “Two-Eyed Seeing,” which uses the art of listening and observation without assuming outcomes to empower patients to successfully come to grips with a range of mental issues, including psychotic episodes. We will compare Native and current mainstream counseling techniques with a special focus on the concept of the “soul wound,” i.e. intergenerational trauma and internalized oppression, and how it can be healed.

We will then delve into two other modalities: Method of Levels (MOL) and Narrative Therapy.

, a cognitive approach to psychotherapy, helps us listen to ourselves, teaches us how to negotiate between conflicting values, and equips us with tools to change self-destructive behavior and improve our decision-making capacity.

Narrative Therapy
is a form of psychotherapy that helps patients identify their values and skills using the transformative power of storytelling. Stories teach us meaning and purpose and how to live and behave in the world. We will learn how to use stories and judge them with a critical eye to decide if a particular story is true and good for us and our family and community (and the planet!).

We will conclude the weekend by discussing how Indigenous mental health therapies can speak to other cultures. We will also place a special emphasis on the crucial importance of the concept of forgiveness in mental health.

Note: A Google Classroom with lots of resources (videos, articles, links) and a way for attendees to begin a conversation prior to the workshop will be provided. Access to the Google Classroom will be given upon registration.

This workshop is recommended for:

  • laypersons
  • mental health practitioners
  • medical doctors
  • nurses
  • social workers
  • counselors and psychologists

CEU’s, CME’s will be made available

Special Note for Maine Residents:
Lewis would also like to invite Maine residents who would like to join him face-to-face in a socially distanced environment at the University of Maine to participate in live demonstrations of how to apply these methods during this workshop.

Note: This program will be offered online. Sessions of all our online programs will be recorded and shared with registrants after each is completed for a limited time only.


  • Prerequisites: N/A
  • Supplies list for the class: N/A
  • Zoom Software Requirements: This is an online course that requires Zoom webinar software. Zoom is easy to use. Click HERE to make sure your computer is set-up correctly.

A Two-Day Workshop
Saturday – Sunday, January 30 – 31, 2021
10:00 am – 1:00 pm & 3:00 – 6:00 pm EST (each day)

Two-Eyed Seeing Counseling: Indigenous Medicine for Mental & Emotional Well-Being For Health Practitioners & Laypersons

  • 2 Session(s)
  • Jan 30 2021 10:00 AM EST





Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD., a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology, has been on the faculties of several medical schools, most recently at the University of New England. He has long worked in aboriginal communities and developed uniquely aboriginal styles of healing and healthcare.

Barbara Mainguy, MSW, a behavioral health clinician and psychotherapist who works with tribes in Maine, serves as a psychotherapist at Cornerstone Behavioral Health in that state and as Director of Education for the Coyote Institute in Orono. She has taught hypnosis for the American Psychiatric Association and the New England Society for Clinical Hypnosis, and some of her areas of specialization include: using psychotherapy with patients diagnosed as psychotic; working with people in chronic pain; and exploring the interface between art, psychotherapy and healing.


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