CRYSTAL HAWK, AB, MEd, is a Gestalt psychotherapist/educator and Therapeutic Touch (TT) practitioner in private practice. She’s been teaching TT since 1980, studying with its developers, the late Dolores Krieger and the late Dora Kunz, at their Advanced Invitational Healers workshops. She co-founded The Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario, and has served in many positions on its Board. For 21 years Crystal co-produced an Annual Advanced Ontario Therapeutic Touch Retreat. She’s appeared in “The Mystery of Mind” a CBC-TV national science show, hosted by David Suzuki, and on several national Canadian TV shows. Crystal was awarded an Honorary Life Membership in The Nurse Healers-Professional Associates International, Inc. (USA) and is a recipient of their Founders Award. She served as their Research Chair for four years and is recognized as a Qualified Teacher of the American TT organization. She has also received their first International Award for her work in bringing Therapeutic Touch to Canada. Crystal’s taught various aspects of TT and Imagery extensively across Canada, in the USA, as well as in London (UK), Moscow (Russia), Tbilisi (Georgia) and Denpasar (Bali).
For 18 years she’s been volunteer teaching at Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto – for people living with cancer. Five years ago she developed a program for the members called, “Self-Care with Therapeutic Touch” and the book, Be Your Own Healer: Self-Care with Therapeutic Touch is based on that program.
For the past 22 years she’s been incorporating Energy Psychology into her practise and teaching EFT – Emotional Freedom Techniques – in many locations and at conferences, and has co-authored several EFT research studies. She also works with clients in this modality, personally and by phone or SKYPE.
In 1980 she developed a drugless Migraine Pain Control Program. She taught workshops for those who get migraines and also taught professionals to teach the Program. In 1986 she collaborated with a Toronto family physician, Dr. Mel Borins, to teach this Program in a Toronto High School. This feasibility study, sponsored by the Department of Community and Family Medicine, University of Toronto Medical School, was published in the Canadian Family Physician and is posted on this site. Her booklet, Migraine Pain Control, which can be ordered from this site, explains the program and gives step by step directions to put it into practice.