About Us

SES is a non-denominational, non-profit Canadian charitable society staffed by volunteers.  We offer assistance to people who are experiencing psychospiritual and transformational crisis. We can be reached by telephone or email.  We listen to your story – what’s happening for you. We don’t provide counselling, we provide support and information. If we can’t answer all your questions we will try to refer you to someone who can. If you want to talk to a qualified psychotherapist consult our National Referral Directory or call us and we will try to connect you to someone near to you.


Volunteers who staff the phone line have personal knowledge of non-ordinary states of consciousness or spiritual emergence, and have been through an extensive training program. Enquiries are invited from registered psychotherapists in all Canadian provinces who have experiential knowledge and a history of working with clients in spiritual crisis.





I have led a varied, creative, and interesting life, and have always been very sensitive to what I would call ‘the Other’…..that is – the unseen part of experience. I grew up feeling a strong and close connection to the unseen world and saw and felt things that others around didn’t seem to be aware of. I struggled to find ways to integrate my intuitive and sensitive nature with the harshness of the world I saw, and weave the threads of beauty and harmony that I felt connected with into the sometimes dark and frightening fabric of the life I was living.


I was drawn to becoming a counselor so I could walk alongside others who were struggling, and continue to learn and grow through my interactions with the people I’ve been blessed to work with. I consider the wide range of life challenges, including loss, trauma, addiction, depression, and fear to be some of the many gateways that we encounter on this journey of growing familiar with and becoming our true Being.


I believe in the inter-connectedness of all things, and that the paths we walk and the threads we weave have meaning and purpose that goes beyond what our minds or wills can plan out.


I love music, and have played various instruments over the years, and feel that music can touch us on a very spiritual and deep level.



Brian Farlinger


Brian is a director with Spiritual Emergence Service (SES). He was inspired to somehow offer support for those in Transformational crisis or Spiritual Emergency by his own spiritual crisis experience.


Brian is a Registered Acupuncturist (RAc) in British Columbia who has studied many forms of holistic healing including Acutonics and Phytobiophysics. He has also studied holistic counselling.


Brian is very much interested in creativity and the arts, from music to photography, from fashion to film, from theatre to fine art.


Brian is committed to supporting individuals in Spiritual Emergency with openness and compassion.



Mahmud Nestman


Mahmud Nestman is a member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and the International Association of Counselling Hypnotherapists. His counselling 
practice is located in Vancouver, B.C. 
Canada where he welcomes individuals, 
couples and families.


He has over 40 years experience in counselling, training and supervising counsellors, and in facilitating the Journeys of Transformation workshops.


He is the Founder and Director of the Cura Institute for Integrated Learning, a broad-based educational and therapeutic body supporting a psycho-spiritual orientation to learning, healing and transforming. Cura is Latin for care of the soul, and the offerings of the Cura Institute are intended to create a climate of care for the core essence of individuals.


The following models of Counselling and Therapy have been essential parts of Mahmud’s learning path: Gestalt Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy and Non-Violent Communication (NVC).


Mahmud has integrated these therapeutic approaches with his spiritual path and priceless lessons learned from his work with clients. This integration and experience has led to the development of a new model of counselling/therapy, known as Trust-Oriented Therapy (TOT). TOT is a model of therapy with trust as its foundation. The therapist trusts in their own inner resources, the inner resources of their clients and the moment-to-moment process of interaction between counsellor and client. The primary intention of TOT is to assist clients to access and trust in their own inner resources.