COURTNEY ARMSTRONG, LPC, MHSP
Courtney Armstrong, LPC, MHSP, has over 20 years’ experience and is a Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy who has trained thousands of mental health professionals nationally and internationally in creative, brain-based strategies for healing trauma. She is a bestselling author of the book, The Therapeutic “Aha!”: 10 Strategies for Getting Clients Unstuck and Transforming Traumatic Grief and contributes to publications such as the Psychotherapy Networker, Counseling Today, and The Neuropsychotherapist. She has been featured as a trauma and grief expert on national television and radio programs and is the owner/director of Tamarisk: A Center for Mind-Body Therapy in the state of Tennessee.
Financial: Courtney Armstrong is in private practice. She is an author for WW Norton and receives royalties. Ms. Armstrong receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Courtney Armstrong is a member of the Institute for Rapid Resolution Therapy.
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
Mary Jo Barrett, MSW,
is the founder and director of Contextual Change and coauthor of Treating Complex Trauma: A Relational Blueprint for Collaboration
and Change and The Systemic Treatment of Incest.
Financial: Mary Jo Barrett is the founder and director of the Center for Contextual Change.
Non-financial: Mary Jo Barrett has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
HEDY SCHLEIFER, MA, LMHC
Hedy Schleifer, M.A., L.M.H.C., is an internationally known couples therapist, workshop presenter, and clinical trainer. She's pioneered the training of Imago Relationship therapists internationally. She's the founder of the Tikkun Learning Center, an educational institution through which she trains therapists in Encounter-Centered Couples Therapy.
MARGARET NICHOLS, PH.D.
Margaret Nichols, PhD, has been a licensed psychologist and AASECT Certified sex therapy supervisor working in the LGBTQ community for 35 years. She founded the New Jersey Hyacinth AIDS Foundation and is the founder and president of the Institute for Personal Growth. Her recent publications include chapters in textbooks Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy and Systemic Sex Therapy.
Chris Lyford is the Editorial Assistant at Psychotherapy Networker, where he writes the magazine's "Digest" pieces on occasion, performs editing tasks, and manages social media.
MARIAN SANDMAIER, MA
Marian Sandmaier is a freelance book editor living in Merion Station, Pennsylvania. She's a features editor for the Psychotherapy Networker.
RON TAFFEL, PH.D.
Ron Taffel, PhD, is Chair, Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in NYC, the author of eight books and over 100 articles on therapy and family life.
TERRENCE REAL, LICSW
Terry Real, LICSW,
is an Internationally Recognized Family Therapist, Speaker and Author. Terry founded the Relational Life Institute (RLI), offering workshops for couples, individuals and parents around the country along with a professional training program for clinicians wanting to learn his RLT (Relational Life Therapy) methodology.
A family therapist and teacher for more than 25 years, Terry is the best-selling author of I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression
(Scribner), the straight-talking How Can I Get Through to You? Reconnecting Men and Women
(Scribner), and most recently The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Make Love Work
(Random House). Terry knows how to lead couples on a step-by-step journey to greater intimacy – and greater personal fulfillment.
A senior faculty member of the Family Institute of Cambridge in Massachusetts and a retired Clinical Fellow of the Meadows Institute in Arizona, Terry has worked with thousands of individuals, couples, and fellow therapists. Through his books, the Institute, and workshops around the country, Terry helps women and men, parents and non-parents, to help them create the connection they desire in their relationships.
Terry’s work, with its rigorous commonsense approach, speaks to both men and women. His ideas on men’s issues and on couple’s therapy have been celebrated in venues from “Good Morning America”, “The Today Show” and “20/20”, to “Oprah” and The New York Times.
A proponent of “full-throttle marriage,” as described in The New Rules of Marriage,
Terry has been called “the most innovative voice in thinking about and treating men and their relationships in the world today.”
The New York Times
book review described Terry’s work as: “A critical contribution to feminist psychology (that) brings the Men’s movement a significant step forward.” Robert Bly hailed it as “moving onto new ground in both story and song. Exhilarating in its honesty.”
Terry’s Relational Life Institute grew out of his extensive and empathic experience. He teaches people how to make their relationships work by providing products and services designed to teach the principles of Relational Life™, so that everyone can enjoy full respect living and craft a healthy life legacy.
Financial: Terry Real is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Terry Real has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
Richard Simon, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and for the last 40+ years has been the editor of Psychotherapy Networker, the most topical, timely and widely read publication in the psychotherapy field. As editor, he has received every major magazine industry honor, including the National Magazine Award.
DAVID WHYTE, HONS
David Whyte, Hons, poet, author, and internationally acclaimed speaker, is the author of eight books of poetry and four books of prose, including Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment & Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words.
KENNETH V. HARDY, PH.D.
Kenneth Hardy, Ph.D.,
is director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships and professor of marriage and family therapy at Drexel University.
SUSAN JOHNSON, ED.D.
Dr. Sue Johnson,
is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.
Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, and Professor, Clinical Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Canada, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Dr. Johnson is the author of numerous books and articles including Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families
(2019) The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection
(3rd edition, 2019) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors
Sue trains behavioral health providers in EFT worldwide and consults to the over 75 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT. She also consults to Veterans Affairs and the U.S. and Canadian militaries.
Financial: Susan Johnson receives compensation as a tenured professor for the University of Ottawa. She receives royalties as an author for Little Brown, ICEEFT, Brunner Routledge, and Guilford Press. Dr. Johnson receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Susan Johnson has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
WILLIAM DOHERTY, PH.D.
William Doherty, Ph.D., is a professor and director of the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project at the University of Minnesota. His books include Helping Couples on the Brink of Divorce: Discernment Counseling for Troubled Relationships, with Steven Harris. He is cofounder of Better Angels, an initiative to depolarize America.
RICK HANSON, PH.D.
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.,
is a psychologist, a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkley, and a New York Times
best-selling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Hardwiring Happiness
(Harmony, 2016), Buddha’s Brain
(New Harbinger, 2009), Just One Thing Card Deck
(PESI, 2018), and Mother Nurture
(Penguin, 2002). He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs. A summa cum laude
graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.
Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook University, served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and was President of the Board of FamilyWorks, a community agency. He began meditating in 1974, trained in several traditions, and leads a weekly meditation gathering in San Rafael, California. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 114,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity.
He enjoys rock-climbing and taking a break from emails. He and his wife have two adult children.
Financial: Rick Hanson is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Rick Hanson has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Diane Cole is the author of the memoir, "After Great Pain: A New Life Emerges" and writes for The Wall Street Journal and many other publications.
BARRY JACOBS, PSYD, LP, DBTC
Barry Jacobs, PsyD, is the director of behavioral sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program. He’s the author of The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers, and coauthor with Julia Mayer, Psd.D., of AARP Mediations for Caregivers.
RYAN HOWES, PHD, ABPP
Ryan Howes, PhD, ABPP, is a writer and clinical professor at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology.
JEROME KAGAN, PHD
Jerome Kagan, Ph.D., has conducted groundbreaking research on inborn temperament, personality, and the interaction of biology and psychology. His books include Temperamental Thread: How Genes, Culture, Time and Luck Make Us Who We Are, Galen's Prophecy, and An Argument for Mind.
LIND SEAL, KIRSTEN
Kirsten Lind Seal, PhD, is a marriage and family therapist in private practice and an adjunct assistant professor of MFT at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Her research has been published in JMFT and Psychology Today, and she cohosts a biweekly segment on relationships on WCCO (CBS) TV’s Midmorning show.
Financial: Kirsten Lind Seal is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Kirsten Lind Seal has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Julia Mayer, PsyD, specializes in women’s identity, caregivers, and relationship issues. She’s the author of A Fleeting State of Mind.