Hanna Nowicki

(Postgrad. Soc. Work, LLB, BA Psych)

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.

Evelyn Field


Evelyn Field is a practising clinical psychologist, professional speaker, media commentator and author with extensive clinical and personal experience in dealing with the trauma of loss and abuse. She has been helping school and workplace bullying victims for over 30 years, as well as training and writing about both workplace and school bullying.

Tanya Robinson

B.A. (SW) (US) M.S.D. (UP), N.E.C. (UNISA), A.H.S. (UNISA), D.Phil. (US), Ph.D. (NWU), Ph.D. (UCT), Ph.D. (UNISA), Reg. M. (UNSW).

Dr Robinson majored in social work, psychology, sociology, and criminal justice and has clinical and forensic practice experience. She is a passionate academic and has obtained her 4th PhD in Criminal Justice. Tanya is an Extraordinary Associate Professor (NWU) and an Honorary Research Fellow (KZNU). She takes on Court-appointed work and is a specialist in family assessments and forensic investigations where children are involved.

Colleen West, LMFT

Colleen is an IFS Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant with twenty years of training and experience resolving simple and complex trauma, and more than a decade training clinicians.

Ben Furman, M.D.

Dr Ben Furman is an internationally recognised psychiatrist, trainer and therapist. He is renowned internationally as a trainer of solution-focused therapy and an active innovator of solution-focused methods and tool for therapists, leaders and staff of organizations.

Carol Kershaw, Ph.D.

Carol Kershaw is Co-Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Houston. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, and an Approved Consultant for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She specializes in translating the latest findings in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and neurobiology into simple, practical tools, which people can apply to everyday challenges.

Bill Wade, Ph.D.

Bill Wade is Co-Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Houston, and is accredited as both a marriage and family therapist and professional counsellor, holding supervisory status with both capacities. He is a Clinical Fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is a member and Approved Consultant with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Judy Lovas, Ph.D.

Judy Lovas (PhD) specialises in psychological and physical outcomes of Evidence-based Relaxation Therapy. Judy lectures in Psychology at Australian College of Physical Education and Cellular Health, Psychoneuroimmunology and Evidence based Relaxation Therapy at Nature Care College, Sydney.

Alex Korb, Ph.D.

Alex Korb, PhD, is a neuroscientist, writer, and coach. He has studied the brain for over 20 years, and is the bestselling author of The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time which was translated into many languages. He earned his undergraduate degree in neuroscience at Brown University and then later completed a Ph.D. in neuroscience at UCLA.

Amanda Petrik-Gardner, LCPC

Amanda Petrik-Gardner is an Accredited Clinical Professional Counsellor in the State of Kansas, USA. She specializes in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviours, Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours like Trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder) and Excoriation (skin picking disorder), Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and other Anxiety Disorders.

Linda Graham, MFT

Linda Graham is a clinical psychologist with Master Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.  She’s an experienced psychotherapist and mindful self-compassion teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area, USA.  Linda is the author of the award-winning Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being, and the new book, Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster.

Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D.

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.

Ross Rosenberg, M.Ed., LCPC, CADC, CSAT

Ross Rosenberg is a psychotherapist, international speaker, author, professional trainer, and codependency (Self-Love Deficit Disorder™), narcissism, trauma and sex addiction expert. He owns Self-Love Recovery Institute, where his work as a writer, psychotherapist, seminar leader, keynote speaker, professional witness is featured. His trainings, which feature all original work, have been presented in 30 states and twice in Europe and he is regularly featured on TV, radio and online.

Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D.

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, Psy.D.

Jonah Paquette, Psy.D., 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, Ph.D.

John Arden, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in neuroscience. He is internationally known and consistently rated as one of the most knowledgeable and insightful presenters. Dr Arden is the author of 15 bestselling books, including Brain2BrainThe Brain Bible and Rewire Your Brain. His latest book is entitled Mind-Brain-Gene: Toward the Integration of Psychotherapy.

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, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D.

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, Psy.D., MS, MA

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, Psy.D.

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, Ph.D.

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.

Leo DeBroeck, MS, LMHC, CMHS, MHP

Leo DeBroeck is a Mental Health Practitioner and Child Mental Health Specialist in Washington State (USA). He is CBT Plus certified through the University of Washington and Harborview Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress Centre. He has completed his Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology at Eastern Washington University with his thesis on factors in suicide. He has experience working with children and adolescents at an intensive inpatient program in Spokane, Washington for several years.

Brett Deacon, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D.

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.

Robert Cox, LPC

Robert Cox, LPC, is the author of Recovery Method: Autism Treatment From a Trauma Perspective, an accredited mental health practitioner, a clinical consultant and a university lecturer. He specializes in trauma with focuses in addiction and autism.

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, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D. and C. Alexander Simpkins, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D.

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.

Tonya Miles, Psy.D

Dr. Tonya Miles is a licensed psychologist working in private practice in Overland Park. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from University of Missouri-Columbia, she completed a Master of Science in Guidance & Counseling from Missouri State and earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Forest Institute in 2004.

Leslie Lundt, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D.

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.

Bruce M. Cappo, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Cappo started Clinical Associates, P.A. in 1992 and practices as a board certified licensed psychologist in this multidisciplinary private practice setting which includes offices throughout Kansas and Missouri (USA).

Robert Nay, Ph.D.

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.

Renée McDonald


Renée McDonald, BSSc, BCs, has been a Counsellor and Psychotherapist for over 19 years. She is a PACFA Clinical Counsellor, Psychotherapist, an Accredited Supervisor, degree qualified and trained Coach and mentor to hundreds of clinicians in the field. She is a Senior Professional Member and Registered International Online Clinical Supervisor with the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO), as well as running an ACTO approved, internationally accredited online therapy training company.