Trainers

Hanna Nowicki

(LLB, BA Psych., Postgrad. Soc. Admin, Cert IV Training & Workplace Assessment)

Hanna’s background is in social work, psychology and law. Her professional experience is wide ranging. She has worked in suicide prevention, mental health, child protection, multi-cultural practice, and taught social policy at university. She has developed and presented multiple workshops on personality disorders, self injury, suicide risk assessment, depression, engagement techniques and introduction to mental health.

Jeff Riggenbach (PhD)

Dr Jeff Riggenbach is one of the most sought after trainers in North America in the area of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and personality functioning. His best-seller, The CBT Toolbox: A Workbook for Clients and Clinicians, was recently named one of the 30 best self- help books for depression. His recently published BPD Toolbox: A Practical Evidence-Based Guide to Regulating Intense Emotions, won two Benjamin Franklin awards for being among the best books in the categories of psychology and self-help.

Debra Alvis (PhD)

Dr Alvis is a professor at the University of Georgia, a researcher and author of a number of academic papers on brain-based therapy and advanced mindfulness. Her interest is in applying practical and easy to implement techniques that can positively rewire the highly specialized systems that comprise our brains.

Melanie Greenberg (PhD)

Melanie Greenberg, PhD, is a practicing psychologist and executive coach in California, and an expert on managing stress, health, and relationships using proven techniques from neuroscience, mindfulness, and CBT. Dr Greenberg is a sought after presenter and a key-note speaker. Her book The Stress-Proof Brain is an Amazon bestseller in Neuroscience.

Jonah Paquette (PhD)

Jonah Paquette, PhD., is a clinical psychologist, speaker, and author. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, and completed his doctoral training at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is the author of Real Happiness: Proven Paths for Contentment, Peace, and Well-Being, a research-based self-help book in which he distils the key findings in the fields of happiness, and offers user-friendly tools to achieve lasting well-being.

John Arden (PhD)

John Arden, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in neuroscience. He is an internationally known as consistently rated as one of the most knowledgeable and insightful presenters. Dr Arden is the author of 14 bestselling books, including Brain2BrainThe Brain Bible, Rewire Your Brain, and Brain-Based Therapy with Adults and Brain-Based Therapy with Children and Adolescents.

David Kessler

David Kessler is one of the most well-known international experts and lecturers on death and grieving , reaching hundreds of thousands of people through his books, television appearances and lectures to both professional and non-professional audiences. “On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss”

Pavel Somov (PhD)

Pavel Somov, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, presenter and author. He holds a PhD from State University of New York at Buffalo, USA, and is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, USA, and Moscow State Pedagogical University, Russia. Dr Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK).

Daniel Fox (PhD)

Daniel J. Fox, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, international speaker, and award winning author. He has been specializing in the treatment and assessment of individuals with personality disorders for over 15 years in the state and federal prison system, universities, and in private practice.

Daniel Short (PhD)

Daniel Short, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist internationally recognized for his work in short-term therapy , Ericksonian hypnosis, and anger and domestic violence. He devotes most of his time to a private practice in Scottsdale, AZ, while also writing and teaching to professional audiences around the globe.

Patrick McGrath (PhD)

Dr. McGrath is the author of The OCD Answer Book and the workbook Don’t Try Harder, Try Different. He is also the Director of the Centre for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders at Alexian Brothers Behavioural Health Hospital. Currently, Dr. McGrath directs both a Partial Hospitalisation and an Intensive Outpatient Program for OCD and anxiety.

Sheri Van Dijk (MSW, RSW)

Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW, is the author of seven DBT books, including The Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder, Calming the Emotional Storm, and Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens, the focus of which is to teach clients how to use mindfulness practice and DBT skills to help them live emotionally healthier lives.

Margalis Fjelstad (PhD)

Margalis Fjelstad, PhD, has been a Marriage and Family Therapist for nearly thirty years. Through her 35 years of teaching at CSUS in California and then Regis University in Colorado, she has trained hundreds of graduate students to become therapists. She founded Threshold Educational and Counselling Services in Sacramento, California.

Terry Fralich (LCPC)

Terry Fralich, LCPC is a former adjunct faculty member of the University of Southern Maine Graduate School and a Co-Founder of the Mindfulness Retreat Centre in Maine, USA. He has led more than 400 seminars throughout the USA and internationally, including mindfulness, the latest developments in neuroscience and meditation, treatment of anxiety and depression and CBT.

Jennifer Sweeton (PhD)

Jennifer Sweeton is a clinical psychologist specializing in neuroscience applications to psychotherapy. She completed her doctoral training in clinical psychology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, the National Center for PTSD, and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Christopher Willard (PhD)

Christopher Willard, Psy. D. is a psychologist and consultant specializing in mindfulness-based psychotherapies. He teaches at Harvard Medical School, and leads dozens of workshops each year, both in the USA and internationally. He is the author of the bestselling books on Mindfulness.

Courtney Armstrong (MEd. LPC)

Courtney Armstrong, MEd. LPC, is a professional counsellor, clinician and a presenter specializing in grief and trauma recovery. She is a Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Certified Master Practitioner of Rapid Resolution Therapy, and a sought after media guest.

David Nowell (PhD)

Dr. Nowell is a clinical neuropsychologist in private practice in Massachusetts (USA). One of his passions is the translation of neuropsychological and brain research to functional and understandable terms which clients, families and practitioners can quickly put to use to solve real problems.

David Carbonell (PhD)

Dr. Carbonell is “America’s Anxiety Coach”, and the author of the Panic Attacks Workbook (Ulysses Press, 2004). He was one of the first psychologists in the U.S. to develop a private practice devoted solely to the treatment of anxiety disorders, and continues to practice full time in Chicago today.

Brett Deacon (PhD)

Dr. Deacon is a clinical psychologist and associate professor of psychology at the University of Wyoming where he teaches courses in abnormal psychology and psychotherapy, supervises doctoral student therapists, and maintains a private practice. Dr. Deacon has received awards for his research and teaching.

Mitch Abblett (PhD)

Mitch Abblett is a clinical psychologist, clinical administrator, supervisor and trainer. He has appeared on numerous regional television programs in USA, and has written in professional periodicals regarding children’s mental health needs. Dr. Abblett also works as the Clinical Director of Judge Baker Children’s Center’s Manville School.

Cathy Moonshine (PhD)

Dr. Moonshine is a clinical psychologist with additional credentials in chemical dependency treatment. Her current position includes Director of Internship Training Program, Associate Director of Pacific Psychology Clinic, and Assistant Professor at The School of Professional Psychology at Pacific University in Portland, Oregon.

Sharon Freeman Clevenger (MSN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP)

Sharon Freeman-Clevenger is the Founder and CEO of the Indiana Centre for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is an associate faculty member in Psychology and Biology at Indiana/Purdue Universities and former member of the Executive Board of Directors of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy.

Jennifer Patterson (PhD)

Jennifer Patterson, PhD, is the clinical director of the MidAmerican Psychological Institute (MPI) in Joliet, Illinois and MPI’s Clinic for Compulsive Behaviours which aims to use evidence-based treatment for behaviours like hoarding, self-injury, and emotional eating.

Jennifer Abel (PhD)

Dr. Jennifer Abel is a scientist-practitioner specialising in the cognitive-behavioural treatment of anxiety disorders who has been in clinical practice for over 20 years.  She served as the Associate Director of the Stress and Anxiety Disorders Institute at Penn State, USA under the direction of the leading expert in Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) T.D. Borkovec.

Annellen M. Simpkins (PhD) and C. Alexander Simpkins (PhD)

Annellen M. Simpkins, PhD. and C. Alexander Simpkins, PhD. are clinical psychologists and authors who work in close collaboration. They specialize in neuroscience, psychotherapy, meditation and hypnosis.  For the past 15 years they have been involved in translating neuroscience research findings.

Andrew Heck (PhD)

Andrew Heck, Psy.D, ABPP, is an experienced presenter and clinician within the field of geriatric psychology. A licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia, USA, Dr Heck currently works as the Director of Clinical Services and the Research Director at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital in Burkeville, Virginia.

Anna Baranowsky (PhD)

Anna B. Baranowsky, Ph.D., C.Psych, is the CEO of the Traumatology Institute (Canada) and is a psychologist who works with trauma survivors in Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Baranowsky received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She is a Green Cross Scholar, Registered Traumatologist and internationally recognized Trainer.

Clifton Mitchell (PhD)

Clifton Mitchell Ph.D., is an international clinical trainer and keynote speaker who has a love for teaching and over 23 years of training experience. He delivers practical information in a uniquely entertaining, fast-paced style that is filled with humor and examples from his experience in mental health. For over 15 years, he has studied and presented seminars on methods for dealing with resistance in therapy.

Eric Gentry (PhD)

Dr. Gentry is an internationally-recognised leader in the study and treatment of compassion fatigue. Under Prof. Charles Figley’s direction, Gentry developed the Accelerated Recovery Program for Compassion Fatigue with Anna Baranowsky, Ph.D., and Kathleen Dunning.

Lane Pederson (PhD)

Dr. Lane Pederson is the author of “The Expanded Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Manual: Practical DBT for Self Help, and Individual & Group Settings” and “Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Training in Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment Setting”.

Leslie Lundt (PhD)

Dr. Lundt is a psychiatrist in private clinical practice in Boise, Idaho, where she treats children, adolescents and adults. She has practiced psychiatry and addiction medicine for the past 21 years and treats clients with bipolar disorders. In addition, she has conducted numerous clinical research trials as a primary investigator.

Greg Lester (PhD)

Dr. Lester is a clinical psychologist in practice in Colorado and Texas. He has specialised in Personality Disorders for over 25 years, and has been a participant in multiple studies that form the basis for the DSM V revision of the section on Personality Disorders. Dr. Lester is considered the most in-demand trainer on the topic of Personality Disorders, and has trained more professionals on the topic than any other individual.

Jerold J. Kreisman (M.D)

Dr. Kreisman is board certified in Psychiatry and is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurology & Psychiatry at St. Louis University.  He is past president of the Missouri Psychiatric Association, and has been designated a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.  Dr. Kreisman also pursues independent research interests, and has published over twenty articles and book chapters.

Robert Nay (PhD)

Dr. Nay has written two graduate textbooks, numerous invited chapters and articles in professional journals and served as associate editor of the academic journal Behaviour Therapy. He has trained over 4,000 mental health professionals in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) approaches to anger management and relationship issues.