Dr. Gabor Maté

About Dr. Maté

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

Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.

For twelve years Dr. Maté worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site. With over 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience and extensive knowledge of the latest findings of leading-edge research, Dr. Maté is a sought-after speaker and teacher, regularly addressing health professionals, educators, and lay audiences throughout North America.

As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, and co-authored Hold on to Your Kids. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages.

Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.

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“I didn't know that at the centre of my being there was a dark and lonely place where a little boy's heart had hardened to stone. I didn't know. Then, this week, you came; armed with language and love, you showed me the long forgotten entry to that secret place. Made brave by your words and inspired by your ideas, I have begun to pull open the cask of myself and shine a light on his hurt. As with anything worth doing, and with all things human, language is the beginning and ending of what we are. Done right, it can transform us into something more. Your words do that. For all you have sacrificed to stand in the fires of life and speak with the voice of truth, my deepest thanks.“

“I am a high school health teacher in Michigan. I want to thank you for your books and YouTube channel! It is very difficult to teach my students about early and chronic stress and its lifelong consequences. Your work has been of great value to me and my students. Textbooks are written to reaffirm the power of the powerful. Your books liberate people to think and live as human beings. Being a resilient, compassionate person who can think and reason, [I see that] is being destroyed by our greed-based culture in North America; I have few resources to turn to. Your work is a blessing.“

“I am writing to say how great an impact you have had on the quality of my life and the life of my nine month old son. Listening to your talks has given me validation and confidence to continue to listen to my instincts despite many criticisms and social pressures. With all my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you. Though we have never met, you have such a direct and positive influence on my life, I hold you as a dear friend. “

“Your writing and approach to care is a refreshing and necessary change from the norm. It has been far and away my most valuable resource and motivator in coping with my substance abuse, stress, and ADD. I truly can't put into writing how much of an impact your work has made on my life! “

“I watched some of your talks in youtube and was deeply touched by them. The courage of your heart, the compassion and the dignified suffering that you bring out reminds me of what it truly means to be human. I want to thank you for this gift you have given me and wish you the best from my heart. “

“I am 23 years old and on the verge of completing my recovery from pornography addiction. I discovered you by chance upon seeing a poster with your face on it stapled to a light post in downtown Toronto advertising your April talk. After discovering that you specialize in addiction I ran out the next day and bought three of your books and I haven't looked back. Your YouTube talks and books are having a profound influence. I'm shedding some tears writing this but I just wanted to tell you that you are the first positive male role model I have ever had in my life. “

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