In a society where the primary method of dealing with many of life's problems is often an unhealthy reliance on medication, Marie-Dominique Genoud provides families a simple and efficient system that helps them to cope with the emotional severance that follows a divorce, death, or adoption. Her methodology of "reliance paths" is a holistic approach for all kinds of traumas, encompassing every step from the recognition of the problem through to healing and closure. This approach, founded on self-expression and the reconstruction of social links, empowers participants to come to terms with life's painful events. Working as soon as possible on the severance, before a patient develops symptoms, enables the traumatized individual to avoid having pain turn into deep trauma. Marie-Dominique is the first Ashoka Fellow from Switzerland.