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Regina is a Spanish singer songwriter, percussionist and medicine woman based in London. Harnessing music as the divine language to unite the community under one heart beat through the power of the drum. She has shared her medicine music for the last 20 years creating a community connected to nature and ceremony. Photo Credit: Amy Hart Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D. has been a teacher for the past forty-five years and is the author of 17 books translated into 28 languages. He is an advocate for mindfulness and introducing the importance of spirituality back into Psychology. Life Coach. Award-Winning Social Entrepreneur. Best-Selling Author. Professional Dancer. These are just some of the words that describe who Chen Lizra is. Through the Power of Somatic Intelligence, she has developed new techniques that are literally transforming people’s lives every day. Joyce Marter has been a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor since 1998. Joyce is a blogger for PsychCentral and The Huffington Post and is routinely consulted as a psychological expert in the media. She has been featured in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, CNN and MTV. Dada Gunamuktananda trained in meditation, yoga, philosophy and natural health sciences in Australia, the Philippines and India. He has been a qualified meditation teacher of Ananda Marga since 1995 and has taught meditation in Australia, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and North America. Over the last thirty years Len has practiced as a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, Rolfer and dream researcher. He obtained his PhD in Counseling Psychology in 1981. He has led numerous seminarson on Depth Psychology, the use of dreams for psychological and spiritual guidance, and the power of meditation for potentiating creativity and health. Rabbi Elazar Bloom is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in couples and families. He regularly publishes on the intersection between the Hebrew Bible, relationships and psychology and maintains a private practice in Hollywood, FL. Dr. Susan Pazak is a Clinical Psychologist licensed in California and a Life Coach providing services in Orange County, California and via telehealth throughout the United States. Dr. Pazak has been counseling and coaching people for over 15 years guiding people to be their best selves, mind, body and spirit, managing anxiety and addictions and relationships skills. Carl Safina’s work has been recognized with MacArthur, Pew, and Guggenheim Fellowships, and his writing has won Orion, Lannan, and National Academies literary awards and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. He has a PhD in ecology from Rutgers University. Ashley S. Ray incorporates both eastern and western therapeutic methods into her holistic psychotherapy practice. She holds a license in Clinical Social Work (LCSW-S), is certified in Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy (TIYT), is a 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), a Certified Reiki Healer and an active Shamanic Practitioner. Dr. Lori Brotto is a Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and a Registered Psychologist. She is the director of the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory where research primarily focuses on advancing the science of psychological and mindfulness-based interventions for women’s sexual health. Imi Lo is an award-winning mental health professional, a Specialist Psychotherapist, Art Therapist, and author. She sits at where art, culture, psychology, and spirituality meet, and her mission is to inspire and empower emotionally intense, sensitive and gifted individuals to rise from being the ‘misfits’ to being the leaders of the world. Ma Nithya Swathanthirapriya Ananda is an integrated practitioner of Sanatana Hindu Dharma and a disciple of Swamiji, H.H. Bhagavan Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is an avid explorer of the Self and offers an abundance of wisdom to the public through her YouTube channel. Joanne Macgregor is a Counselling Psychologist in South Africa with over twenty years’ experience in therapy and training. In her psychology practice, she uses compelling, relatable stories as metaphors in therapy and hypnotherapy to help her clients grasp challenging truths, life lessons and inspirational messages. Dr. Irwin is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified therapeutic hypnotherapist in private practice in West Los Angeles, California.. A trauma specialist, she practices EMDR we well as Neurolinguistic Programming, Emotion Free Therapy and Time Line Therapy as adjuncts to psychotherapy and clinical hypnosis. Joan Halifax Roshi, PhD is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and author. She is Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order, her work and practice for more than three decades has focused on engaged Buddhism. Dr. Jasmonae Joyriel is a sex and trauma expert who attended Spelman College before earning her MA from Northwestern University and her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from University of Denver. She is currently the owner of the Austin based psychology practice, Ignite Anew. Dr. Joyriel has received numerous invitations to speak locally and internationally about mental wellness; trauma and healing; burnout and entrepreneurship; and of course, relationships, sex, and eroticism. Her strong background in working with high-risk and high-achieving populations make her perfectly suited to hold space to explore complex and multifaceted conversations and begin to discover real solutions. Shauna Shapiro PHD is a professor, best-selling author, and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness and compassion. Dr. Shapiro has published over 150 journal articles and co-authored three critically acclaimed books translated into 16 languages.
She has been an invited speaker for the King of Thailand, the Danish Government, Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Summit, the Canadian Government, and the World Council for Psychotherapy, as well as for Fortune 100 Companies including Google, Cisco Systems, Dr. Pepper, the National Basketball Association, Proctor & Gamble, and LinkedIn. The New York Times, BBC, Mashable, the Huffington Post, Wired, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal have all featured her work. Dr. Shapiro is a summa cum laude graduate of Duke and 3 million people have watched her TEDx talk What You Practice Grows Stronger. Silan Eser is a clinical psychologist originally from Turkey, Istanbul. She has a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology and Health Services from Goldmiths College. After starting university, she found her passion in research in psychology, focusing on conspiracy theories and personality differences. Silan diagnoses and treats mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. She currently resides in Istanbul, Turkey. Nick Mazza is Professor and Dean Emeritus at the Florida State University, College of Social Work. Nick, a marathon runner, holds Florida licenses in psychology, clinical social work, and marriage and family therapy. He has been involved in the practice, research, and teaching of poetry therapy for over 45 years. Jennifer Parker, MSSW has 37 years’ experience with intimate partner violence (IPV) therapy and training. Jennifer writes a blog and presents workshops on intimate partner abuse interventions.
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