Spiritual Medium, Intuitive Coach, Author, Teacher
Shirley Riga’s life changed dramatically in 1981 when her youngest daughter was born with two liver diseases. For her own sanity, Shirley searched for tools she could use to help herself and her family, and she found Dr. Susan Jeffers’ book Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. It was a resource she latched onto for many difficult years and events. As a trained practitioner in Psychosynthesis Counseling and drawing on her life experiences, Shirley wrote Tools for the Exceptional Parent of a Chronically-Ill Child (Strong Voices Publishing, 2016) a self-help book offering helpful daily advice to caregivers, and then a workbook, Tools for the Caregiver: A Workbook for Finding Yourself Through Caregiving (Strong Voices Publishing, 2018) a workbook to help manage your caregiving journey.
In 2011, Shirley became a licensed instructor for Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. Wanting to integrate a spiritual dimension into her work, Shirley completed a two-year Spiritual Director certification program through the Rowe Center. She chose this program because it helped expand her awareness of the many ways the sacred manifests in people’s lives. This training helped develop her deep listening skills, compassion and awareness of each person's essence. As a spiritual guide, she can help people explore their connection to the divine however they define that. Shirley is effective in helping people who are at a crossroads in their lives or at a standstill, because fear is always an operating factor. She has a special interest in supporting caregivers, people experiencing bereavement, and the LGBTQIA community.
Shirley is active in the community supporting women's fight for their rights and recognition. She is a producer of the highly-acclaimed musical We Did It For You! Women's Journey Through History. This is the story of how women in America got their rights, told by the women who were there. Shirley has developed an empowerment workshop that uses the strength of these characters combined with techniques from her Feel the Fear workshops.
"Very often fear keeps us from moving ahead with our lives. The trick is to Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway." -- Dr. Susan Jeffers
Praise for Tools for the Exceptional Parent of a
“A wonderful guide for one of the most difficult roads in life's journey. Shirley Riga's courage and openness in the face of these challenges is contagious, and her hard won advice will help other parents cope with similar difficulties. The emphasis on taking care of one's self in the midst of it all is a timeless and important lesson for all caregivers.” – Karen Osborn, author and parent of a chronically-ill child
“This book is a guide for parents of children living with serious illness not only addressing medical challenges, but also offering pathways for the protection of the “person” who is suffering. Living with an ill child is a huge burden, and often not adequately shared by partners, family or friends. I was deeply affected by this book, and you will be as well."-Richard J. Grand, MD, Attending Physician, Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Boston Children’s Hospital