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At 74, Steve is semi-retired, and still busy as ever, doing search (in contrast to research) developing and honing new methods and protocols for therapeutic change, and writing about them.
As a practicing Psychologist, I see 25 clients a week and also run a group practice of 14 therapists, with offices in Royal Oak and Livonia, Michigan. I am also the Co-Director of Uncommon Practices, where we help psychotherapists create their Ideal Practice through the systematic study of business and marketing principles. We specialize in Internet Marketing and Community Networking, and deliver a wide range of training programs and webinars that are affordable, convenient and focus on practical results in the real world of private practice.
Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.
Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., is the Director of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, a non-profit organization in suburban Philadelphia that trains mental health professionals, nationally and internationally, in Cognitive Therapy. She is also Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982 and currently divides her time among teaching and supervision, administration, clinical work, program development, research, and writing. Dr. Beck has written nearly 100 articles and chapters and made hundreds of presentations, nationally and internationally, on a variety of topics related to cognitive therapy. She is the author of the widely adopted textbooks, Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond, translated into over 20 languages, and Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems. Her other books include Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders and The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy. She has written extensively on a cognitive behavioral approach to weight loss, including The Beck Diet Solution and two other books for consumers. Dr. Beck is a founding fellow and past president of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a non-profit organization that certifies mental health professionals in cognitive therapy, and has been a consultant for several NIMH research studies.
Claudia Black, MSW, PhD
Claudia Black, M.S.W., Ph.D. is a renowned addictions and codependency expert, author and trainer internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. Since the 1970s Dr. Black's work has encompassed the impact of addiction on young and adult children. She has offered models of intervention and treatment related to family violence, multi-addictions, relapse, anger, depression, sex addiction and women's issues. Dr. Black designs and presents training workshops and seminars to professional audiences in the field of family service, mental health, addiction and correctional services. She is the Sr. Editorial Advisor for Central Recovery Press and serves as Senior Clinical and Family Services Provider for Las Vegas Recovery Center. Claudia is the author of over a dozen books and has produced several audio CDs and over twenty DVDs related to addiction and recovery.
Ashley Davis Bush
Ashley Davis Bush (formerly Prend), LCSW, ACSW is a psychotherapist and grief counselor in private practice in Epping, New Hampshire. She is also a writer and the author of several self-help books: Transcending Loss and Claim Your Inner Grown-up. Her work focuses on coping with losses, searching for meaning, maximizing one's potential, finding inner peace, and navigating transitions. Currently she is working on a book entitled, Shortcuts to Inner Peace: 50 Quickies for Frazzled Folks.
Lynn Grodzki, LCSW, MCC
Lynn Grodzki, LCSW, MCC (Master Certified Coach) is a nationally-known and respected business coach who can help you become more profitable and purposeful in the business of therapy during these times of economic uncertainty. Visit her website to see helpful, free information for therapists, including: free articles, free introductory consultation, free online assessments and a free list of helpful resources. Download the first chapter of her newest book: Crisis-Proof Your Practice: How to Survive and Thrive in an Uncertain Economy and take a look inside one of her many books.
Daniel A. Hughes, PhD
Daniel A. Hughes, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist practicing at the Quittie Glen Center for Mental Health in Annville, PA. His specialization is in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, centering around Attachment Focused Treatment for Childhood Trauma and Abuse. Their motto is to create a "PLACE" for the special children in our lives. Playfulness, Love, Acceptance, Curiosity, Empathy.
Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT
Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice and a faculty member of the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City. For the past 10 years, Jean has provided psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups. His expertise includes family and relationship issues, substance abuse and recovery, sexual and gender identity, trauma, disaster relief and cultural adjustment. In addition to teaching family therapy at the Ackerman Institute, Jean has presented nationally and internationally on addiction counseling, couples therapy, gender and sexuality. His innovations have been published in professional books and journals as well as magazines and blogs in the U.S., Europe and Canada. He is the author of the article From Otherness to Alliance: Transgender Couples in Therapy.
Barry McCarthy, Ph.D. is a diplomate in clinical psychology, a certified sex and couple therapist, and professor of psychology at American University. Barry practices individual, couple, and sex therapy at the Washington Psychological Center. Barry's primary professional interests involve understanding, treating, and relapse prevention of sex dysfunction, especially issues involving sexual desire. His three most recent books Men's Sexual Health, Barry McCarthy and Michael Metz, Routledge 2008; Discovering Your Couple Sexual Style, Barry and Emily McCarthy, Routledge, 2009; and Enduring Desire, Michael Metz and Barry McCarthy, Routledge, 2010; are focused on understanding healthy sexuality and preventing sexual problems. Barry has published 85 professional articles, 21 book chapters, and 13 books-focused primarily are couples , intimacy, and sexuality topics. In addition he has presented over 300 workshops both nationally and internationally.
Olivia Mellan is a Washington, DC psychotherapist, speaker, money coach and author who is a groundbreaker in the field of money conflict resolution and money psychology. Author of five critically-acclaimed books, Mellan writes a monthly column in Investment Advisor magazine. She teaches teleclasses to mental health and financial professionals, as well as to the general public (Men, Women & Money: Bridging the Gap), and she has been frequently interviewed on the TODAY Show, Oprah, and ABC's 20-20. Mellan also facilitates retreats with generations of wealthy heirs to enhance communication and improve stewardship of family wealth. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Dr. Rubin Naiman is the sleep and dream specialist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona's Center for Integrative Medicine, directed by Dr. Andrew Weil. He is director of Circadian Health Associates, a group that provides information, goods and services in support of a new, integrative medicine approach to sleep and dreams. Dr. Naiman is a leading authority on sleep and dream services for health resorts and spas, provides professional consultation and training around the globe and is in private practice in Tucson, Arizona. He is the author of a number of groundbreaking works on sleep, including Healing Night, the Science and Spirit of Sleeping, Dreaming and Awakening, The Sleep Advisor, an innovative software program that evaluates and offers recommendations for healing sleep problems, and Healthy Sleep (with Dr. Andrew Weil), a unique audio book that approaches sleep from an integrative medicine perspective.
Tammy Nelson PhD has offices in Ridgefield and in New Haven. She works with individuals and couples to enhance, restore and recover passion in their relationship and create intimate, connected partnerships. Through Imago Relationship therapy, sexuality counseling, and recovery from infidelity, sex addiction, or benign neglect, Dr Tammy Nelson can help partners communicate and become motivated to stay connected. A vital and healthy interest in sex and a passionate curiosity in life is the way to keep a relationship alive for a long, long time. Tammy Nelson PhD is a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, a Board Certified Sexologist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and the author of several books including Getting the Sex You Want (2008). Her website is www.drtammynelson.com
What works and what doesn't work in people’s lives is a result of how their brains are organized. Childhood conditioning, old habits and stressful situations "switch off" many parts of the brain. That makes people disorganized, forgetful, anxious, irritable, depressed, helpless, etc. Brain Upgrade® is a proprietary system that applies the most up-to-date neuroscience in a practical way to “switch on” the brain and create coherence in an exceptionally rapid way. When brains are more coherent, undesirable emotional states, attitudes and beliefs disappear. These undesirable states are locked into people’s bodies, posture, and muscle patterns. We tap into this "brain-body connection" with targeted activities to create a shortcut to amazing changes on all levels: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. Paula Oleska, M.A., has been integrating brains for over 20 years. She offers professional training to individuals who are interested in including Brain Upgrade in their practice.
Charlotte Reznick, PhD
Charlotte Reznick PhD is a child educational psychologist, an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at UCLA, and author of the LA Times bestselling book The Power of Your Child's Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success (Perigee/Penguin, 2009). In addition to her private practice in Los Angeles, she creates therapeutic relaxation CDs for children, teens, and parents, and teaches workshops internationally on the healing power of children's imagination. You can find out more about her at http://www.ImageryForKids.com
Sophie Slade, Ph.D., is a psychologist and certified Imago Relationship Therapist, Workshop Presenter and Clinical Instructor, with practices in Montreal and London where she offers Imago Relationship Therapy to couples. With husband, David Howarth, she presents Getting the Love You Want and Keeping the Love You Find workshops to couples and individuals in French and English in Montreal, the UK and elsewhere, most recently Dubai. As a member of the Imago Faculty she trains offers trainings for therapists and educators internationally. With her warmth and humour she creates a safe environment for personal growth, relationship healing and professional learning. She is an author, poet and creator of new training programmes.
Steven Stosny - Love without Hurt Boot Camps for Resentment, Anger, or Emotional Abuse. The male-friendly approach to turning chronic conflict into compassion has been widely featured in the media, including three Oprah Winfrey Shows. Dr. Stosny has treated more than 3,000 couples for various anger and relationship problems through Compassion Power, the organization he founded and directs. He is the author of Love without Hurt. With Pat Love, he coauthored How to Improve Your Marriage without Talking about It.
David Treadway and his family, Kate, Michael and Sam have written a book together about their experience dealing with David's life threatening cancer. Home Before Dark: A Family Portrait of Cancer recounts our experience as we tried to find new ways of holding each other and sharing our fears and frustrations while trying to stay connected. Our book is ultimately not about cancer or death. It's about living as well as one can with the sharp, sudden awareness of an everyday fact: we are all on borrowed time. Ours is not a unique story. It is the human condition, simply intensified by circumstance. We all live on the knife's edge. This is our family's experience of it.
LifeForce Yoga is an evidence-based protocol of ancient Yoga practices designed for mood management that includes yogic breathing, guided imagery, intention/affirmation, tones, meditation, hand gestures, postures, iRest/Yoga Nidra, and Nondual strategies . LifeForce Yoga complements other Yoga styles and therapeutic modalities. The LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training includes strategies adapted for a clinical setting. LifeForce Yoga is practiced as the first yogis practiced, resting on the fundamental belief that all that we need to heal is already within us. It is a practice of compassion that creates a big enough container to embrace and accept all the dualities of mood. The practice is adapted to the student, so each individual can move into a more balanced and positive emotional, mental, and physical state of equanimity and self-awareness. LFYP Training is offered to mental health professionals who practice Yoga. There are two 50-hour levels of certification and mentoring. CEUs www.yogafordepression.com.
The non-profit Relationship Training Institute in San Diego (Executive Director David B. Wexler, Ph.D) provides education, consultation, and treatment for relationship development and enhancement and the prevention and treatment of relationship violence, RTI offers internationally-recognized professional training conferences utilizing the STOP Program model in the field of domestic violence. RTI also is a pioneer in developing innovative models of enhancing relationships through group programs and couples’ therapy. Dr. Wexler is the author of When Good Men Behave Badly, Is He Depressed or What, Men In Therapy, and The Adolescent Self. The California Psychological Association has designated Dr. Wexler as a Master Lecturer and he received their award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology. Dr. Wexler also received the prestigious Practitioner of the Year award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (APA Division 51). To contact Dr. Wexler and RTI about professional training/consultation, please go to
Mary Jo Barret
Richard P Brown
The Heart and Soul of Change Project (HSCP) is a practice-driven, training and research initiative that focuses on what works in therapy, and more importantly, how to deliver it on the front lines via client based outcome feedback. Embracing the values of social justice and an expectation that recovery is possible for everyone, HSCP is about making you better at what you do for the very reason you became a helper to begin with-to make a meaningful difference in as many lives as possible. The strength of what the client brings to the change process and the impact of the alliance inspired Barry Duncan, the director of HSCP to name the popular book about the common factors as well as this Project-the client is the Heart and the alliance is the Soul of therapeutic transformation. Systematic feedback allows both to be empowered for maximum client benefit.
Linda Perlman Gordon
Joe Kort, PhD, LMSW
James Levine & Associates, P.C. (JLA) is a private consultation and therapy group with more than thirty clinicians. Located in western Massachusetts, we have two outpatient sites and see over 1000 clients per month, two-thirds of whom are children and adolescents (and their families). In addition, we contract with over 50 school districts and small businesses by assisting them with behavioral consultation, psychological evaluations and professional development. Clinicians are trained in cutting-edge approaches and specialize in a variety of areas, including trauma, disruptive behavioral disorders, autism spectrum disorders and mood disorders. Our long-distance consulting and training program, using a mix of on-site services and videoconferencing, has garnered attention from across the United States. The group is founded and directed by James Levine, Ph.D., LICSW, a long-time lecturer, consultant and practitioner whose award-winning book, Learning from Behavior, is now published in paperback and will be released internationally during 2010.