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West Grey resident, poet, Egyptian scholar adds Compassionate Inquiry Addiction Coach to his resumé

Daniel Kolos, Compassionale Inquiry coach

Daniel Kolos, a resident of Durham, came to this area in 1989 and continued his career as an Egyptological consultant until 2010, giving lectures on ancient Egypt, attending conferences around the world and guiding tours to Egypt annually. After his 'retirement', he moved from Priceville to Durham where he mentored a group of emerging poets.

On June 1, 2014, he attended a workshop led by Dr. Gabor Maté, Mind-Body approaches to Addiction Recovery at the Harmony Centre in Owen Sound. Learning that addiction was not necessarily a disease, but a response to unresolved early childhood trauma, Daniel began to follow Dr. Maté's teachings and in 2018, enrolled in his Compassionate Inquiry process to relieve the trauma that causes people to turn to addiction to soothe their emotional pain.

According to Dr. Maté, the practice of Compassionate Inquiry is a powerful therapeutic approach that unveils the level of consciousness, mental climate, hidden assumptions, implicit memories and body states that form the real messages in clients that their words both express and conceal.

After a year of intense studies, which one of his students, a clinical psychologist, called a PhD-level intensity, he flew to Vancouver with 17 other Compassionate Inquiry students to be examined by Dr. Maté. Among these 17 students were Sat Dharam Kaur, ND, who practices Naturopathy at her office at Trillium Healing Arts Centre in Owen Sound, and Lara Longo, a licensed psychotherapist, also practicing in Owen Sound. All 18 students received their certifications from Dr. Maté.

Daniel wrote a book about his experiences, Responsible? Hell No!, to explore his own childhood trauma and to show that no one is responsible for what happens to them in childhood.

In December 2018, Daniel launched his new career as a Compassionate Inquiry Addiction Coach. When it became evident that personal coaching would not be possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, he moved his coaching practice online.

Daniel Kolos has an active presence on Facebook. His page is called Intelligence of the Heart where one can find information on his insured coaching practice, 38 short videos about trauma — where it comes from, why it develops, how to approach it, how to resolve it, etc.

He is also building his new website Inquiries are welcome at


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