Two streams of training and experience culminating in an ocean’s wealth of knowledge about health and healing
Geraldine Matus, Lay Midwife, HRHPE, PhD is the founder of the Justisse Method (1987), a fertility awareness based method (FABM). She is one of five collaborators who operate the Canadian not for profit corporation Justisse College International. Her chair in the collaborative is the college dean and academic director. She designed, wrote, and continues to refine the Justisse College curriculum. Currently Justisse College is the gold standard for secular fertility awareness educator training.
She has worked as a fertility awareness educator and holistic reproductive health practitioner since 1977 and has been active in the reproductive health freedoms movement since then. She qualified as a lay homebirth midwife in 1985 (before midwifery was legal and midwives were licensed in Canada). Between 1977 to 1986, She completed natural family planning educator training in the Billings Method, SERENA Canada, Couple-to-Couple League, and Creighton fertility awareness educator training programs. Since 1980 she has had the privilege of working with and to learn from North America's best complementary and alternative medicine physicians. Dr. Matus believes that a woman’s reproductive cycle (menstrual cycle) is the 5th vital sign of her health, and which depends on healthy and regular ovulatory and menstrual patterns from menarche to menopause.
She engages actively with the Core Competencies Committee for the Association for Fertility Awareness Professionals (AFAP) to oversee the development of standards and demonstration of competency for certification of Fertility Awareness Educators (FAE).
Hear Geraldine speak about her work and passion as a fertility awareness educator
Geraldine completed her doctorate in Depth Psychology in 2014 Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her doctoral work focuses on a psycho-physiological view of women's beauty and blood mysteries, and how they are connected to love as the glutinum mundi (glue of the world). Link to world’s geography of love dissertation and FB page Dr. Matus's work integrates her experience in sexual and reproductive health with a depth psychological view of healing. She believes a woman's conscious engagement with her beauty and blood mysteries is a valuable means for her to develop a profound honoring of her body as the vessel of her being, and in that way become wholly empowered in body ,mind, and spirit.
Geraldine's therapeutic approach integrates her competencies in holistic sexual and reproductive health and archetypal and imaginal psychology. She assists her clients in developing a profound honoring of their body vessels and psyches. Her abiding interest is in inviting women into a deeper knowledge of the "Beauty and Blood Mysteries" as they unfold in the psyches, dreams, and daily living. Additionally she adds attends to somatic awareness with respect to psyche.
Functional Medicine Continuing Education Certification (ongoing since 1989)
T3 Therapy Certificate (2016)
Natural Family Planning Practitioner (1986)
Lay Midwife (1983)
Natural Family Planning Educator (1977)
Biochemistry Certificate (1975)
Body and Soul
NDCA Ballroom Dance 12 Dances Silver (2012)
Bachelor of Arts in General Science: Music and English Literature (1999)
Areas of Speciality
Sexual and Reproductive Health
Self-Care (diet, lifestyle, psycho-spiritual, movement)
The 5th Vital Sign (menstrual cycle health)
Dreams, Imagination, Creativity, Spirituality
Love and Intimacy
Addiction and Recovery
Trauma Informed Care
Curriculum development and education
Mentoring and tutoring
Sexual and Reproductive Health
5th vital sign
Fertility Awareness Based Methods
Prenatal and Preconception care