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Allan Schwartz, LCSW, Ph.D. — 1807 entries in total

Allan has authored: Advice Articles Blogs

Readers who live in the Boulder, Colorado metro area, or in Southwest Florida may contact Dr. Schwartz for face-to-face consultation. He is also available for psychotherapy through Skype video for those who are not in Florida or Colorado. He can be reached via email at [email protected] for details.

Mark Dombeck, Ph.D. — 1019 entries in total

Mark has authored: Advice Articles Blogs

Mark Dombeck, Ph.D. was Director of Mental Help Net from 1999 to 2011. Presently, he is an Oakland Psychologist (Lic#PSY25695) in private practice offering evidence-based acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and addressing a range of life problems. Contact Dr. Dombeck by calling 510-900-5123, send Dr. Dombeck email or visit Dr. Dombeck's practice website for more information.

Ask Anne — 648 entries in total

Anne has authored: Advice

Angela Oswalt, MSW — 272 entries in total

Angela has authored: Articles

Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. — 263 entries in total

Carrie has authored: Articles Blogs

It's a true blessing to have you visit my blog on mental health and wellness. I also write blogs on faith and caregiving in addition to teaching part-time for Columbia College of Missouri. For more information about my background and writing, visit my webpage at

Michael W. Adamowicz, LICSW — 201 entries in total

Michael has authored: Articles

Michael W. Adamowicz, LICSW provides evidence-based psychotherapy to teens, adults, and couples in the Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts areas. Call him at 401-264-0004 to schedule an appointment. View his website here, or read his blog here

Kathryn Patricelli, MA — 163 entries in total

Kathryn has authored: Articles Blogs

Kathryn Patricelli, MA received her Master's Degree in Counseling and Psychological Services, and holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology and also one in Philosophy with an Applied Ethics Concentration. She has worked in the past as an Employee Assistance Counselor doing individual, couples and family counseling. Her mental health interests include child development, family relationships, grief and loss work, and workplace issues.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. — 123 entries in total

Rick has authored: Blogs

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence (in 12 languages), Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (in 25 languages), Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time (in 13 languages), and Mother Nurture: A Mother's Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and on the Advisory Board of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he's been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, his work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, CBC, FoxBusiness, Consumer Reports Health, U.S. News and World Report, and O Magazine and he has several audio programs with Sounds True. His weekly e-newsletter - Just One Thing - has over 100,000 subscribers, and also appears on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major websites. For more information, please see his full profile at

Gary Gilles, LCPC — 108 entries in total

Gary has authored: Blogs

Gary Gilles is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in private practice for over 20 years. He is passionate about helping people live empowered, healthy lives. He works from the idea that we feel most contented and in control of our lives when we take action on what we value most. This typically involves choices around relationships and personal habits. He uses his expertise as a change agent in his counseling practice, his blog and his books to help people get their lives back on track. Gary's hundreds of published articles have appeared in a wide range of print and online publications. He currently publishes a popular blog entitled Relationship Matters at His books are available at You can contact Gary at: [email protected].

A. Tom Horvath, Ph.D., ABPP, Kaushik Misra, Ph.D., Amy K. Epner, Ph.D., and Galen Morgan Cooper, Ph.D. — 107 entries in total

A. Tom Horvarth, Et al has authored: Articles

Practical Recovery, established in 1985, is the world's leader in collaborative addiction treatment. Located in San Diego, California (USA), we offer a full range inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment services that are customized for each person. We rely on proven methods, informed by the latest neuroscience and addictions research. Our methods empower people to create their own solutions for healthy living, rather than relying on the 12-step powerlessness approach. Most services are provided by doctoral level, university-trained clinicians. We provide individual and group sessions; medications and detox as needed; flexible length of stay; and optional holistic healing. We offer modern comforts and conveniences such as private rooms; gourmet meals; excursions to the beach; mobile communication; and computer access. For a complimentary consultation, call 800-977-6110.

Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. — 102 entries in total

Will has authored: Articles Blogs

Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. is a seasoned clinician in private practice in Pleasanton, CA in the East San Francisco Bay area. Licensed as a psychologist in California since 1987 and in the field since 1976, he specializes in Presence-centered therapy principally with adults and couples. Presence-centered therapy is a conscious attuning to the richness of this present moment (sometimes called mindfulness or wakefulness) along with witnessing, that is, observing what the mind is up to now by looking from outside of it. His practice is centered upon inhabiting this present moment, witnessing and "buying out" of the ego-mind's unworkable patterns, desensitizing root emotional charges, and gaining effective tools to thrive in the world. He specializes in providing therapy for adults facing anxiety, significant stress, work issues, relationship challenges and depression as well as couples with marital issues, communication issues, self-defeating behavior, divorce mediation, co-parenting and pre-marital counseling. Core to his approach is installing, building and developing strong internal resources, an enhanced capacity to hold, bear and tolerate strong emotions, and highly adaptive tools to better thrive in the world.He can be reached directly through his website (featuring over 215 articles, 27 YouTube videos and pages upon pages of highly practical annotated resource links) or by email at [email protected] . Dr. Friedman is available for business consulting, business training and executive coaching (detail on his home page).

Terry McLeod — 97 entries in total

Terry has authored: Articles Blogs

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are a required part of our society, and improving business workflows with the EHR is imperative for the survival of your local mental health and addictions treatment clinics. Terry McLeod provides the bridge between the mental health and addictions professional and the technical world, as well as the glue to keep it working. Contact McLeod at [email protected] and get more information from his website and blog,

Matthew D. Jacofsky, Psy.D., Melanie T. Santos, Psy.D., Sony Khemlani-Patel, Ph.D. & Fugen Neziroglu, Ph.D. of the Bio Behavioral Institute — 85 entries in total

Matthew has authored: Articles

Authors Statement: Established in 1979, the Bio Behavioral Institute is a psychological and psychiatric clinic dedicated to the treatment and research of anxiety and mood disorders. Based in Long Island, NY, USA, the institute serves both a local and international clientele. Our staff have over 40 years of experience treating anxiety and mood disorders and have been at the forefront of scientifically supported treatments for anxiety disorders for many years. We offer a variety of programs provided by a multidisciplinary team of professionals. For more information, please visit us online at or view Bio Behavioral Institute and author biographical information on this website.

Christy Matta, M.A. — 85 entries in total

Christy has authored: Articles Blogs

Christy Matta M.A. is a trainer, consultant and writer. She is the author of "The Stress Response: How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Free You from Needless Anxiety, Worry, Anger, and Other Symptoms of Stress." She is intensively trained in DBT and has designed and provided clinical supervision to treatment programs, including a winner of the American Psychiatric Association Gold Award. Matta has a Master of Arts in counseling psychology from Boston College. For more on her consultation and trainings visit her web site For more tips and mindfulness tips and strategies visit her blog

Mark Gorkin, LCSW ("The Stress Doc") — 80 entries in total

Mark has authored: Blogs

Mark Gorkin, the Stress Doc (TM), acclaimed Keynote and Kickoff Speaker, Webinar Presenter, Retreat Leader and Motivational Humorist, is the author of Practice Safe Stress and The Four Faces of Anger. A former Stress & Violence Prevention consultant for the US Postal Service, the Doc leads highly interactive, innovative and inspiring programs for corporations and government agencies, including the US Military, on stress resiliency/burnout prevention through humor, change and conflict management, generational communication, and 3 "R" -- Responsible, Resilient & Risk-Taking -- leadership-partnership team building. Email [email protected] for his popular free newsletter & info on speaking programs. Check out his popular website -- -- called a "workplace resource" by National Public Radio (NPR). Stress Doc Mantra: "Think out of the box, perform outside the curve (the Bell Curve) and be out-rage-ous!"

Sarafin — 68 entries in total

Sarafin has authored: Blogs

Sarafin is a Toronto-based artist and writer, a student of illustration, and a self-described psychiatric survivor. She currently writes and draws a webcomic entitled 'Asylum Squad', which exemplifies the psychotic experience, satirizes psychiatry, and parodies drug culture. You can now view all of The Psychosis Diaries strips at and of course the ongoing series is available at

Natalie Staats Reiss, Ph.D. — 61 entries in total

Natalie has authored: Articles Blogs

Natalie Staats Reiss, Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist in the state of Ohio (License #6083).

Simone Hoermann, Ph.D. — 57 entries in total

Simone has authored: Articles Blogs

Simone Hoermann, Ph.D., is a Psychologist in private practice in New York City. She specializes in providing psychotherapy for Personality Disorders, Anxiety, and Depression.

Mandy Kloppers — 55 entries in total

Mandy has authored: Blogs

Mandy is a Psychologist living in the United Kingdom. She runs a private practice (see for details) and offers regular advice and tips in her blog Thoughts on Life and Love. She specializes in working with step-families and relationships (especially relationships involving mental and emotional abuse) through online skype therapy sessions.

Bob Livingstone, LCSW — 55 entries in total

Bob has authored: Articles Blogs

Bob Livingstone, LCSW, has been a psychotherapist in private practice for twenty-two years. He works with adults, teenagers and children who have experienced traumas such as family violence, neglect and divorce. He works with men around anger issues and with adults in recovery from child abuse. He is the author of two critically acclaimed books: Redemption of the Shattered: A Teenager's Healing Journey Through Sandtray Therapy and his newly released book Unchain the Pain: How to be Your Own Therapist. For more information visit

Janet Singer — 53 entries in total

Janet has authored: Blogs

As an advocate for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) awareness, Janet Singer shares what helped and what hurt in her son Dan's recovery from severe OCD. While there were many lessons learned along the way, Janet feels the most powerful one of all is that there is always hope. She is committed to getting the word out that OCD, no matter how severe, is treatable. Janet, who uses a pseudonym to protect her son's privacy, is the author of Overcoming OCD: A Journey to Recovery, published in January 2015. You can follow her blog at:

Zawn Villines, B.A. — 52 entries in total

Zawn has authored: Articles

Zawn Villines is an Atlanta-based writer specializing in behavioral health and addiction. She attended Georgia State University, Berry College, and the Catholic University of America, where she studied psychology, philosophy, and journalism. You can learn more about her at her website,

Sally Connolly, LCSW, LMFT — 50 entries in total

Sally has authored: Blogs

Sally Connolly, LCSW, LMFT has been a therapist for over 30 years, specializing in work with couples, families and relationships. She has expertise with clients both present in the room as well as online through email, phone and chat therapy. She has written numerous articles about solving couple and relationship dilemmas. Many of them can be found on her website, Counseling Relationships Online, or her blog, Relationship Dilemmas.

Pat LaDouceur, Ph.D. — 42 entries in total

Pat has authored: Articles Blogs

Pat LaDouceur, PhD, is author of the forthcoming book, The Remarkable Power of Small Choices: Simple Actions that Shape Your Life. She is a licensed psychotherapist (CA24003), Board Certified Neurofeedback practitioner, author, speaker, and former Director of Operations at a nonprofit agency. For almost three decades, Pat has taught staff, students, and her private clients to be more confident, focused and connected at work and in meaningful relationships. She has a private practice in Berkeley, CA. Subscribe to Anxiety-Free News get a copy of her e-book, "25 Ways to Reduce Anxiety in 5 Minutes or Less" at

Lorraine Benuto, Ph.D. — 27 entries in total

Lorraine has authored: Articles

Lorraine Benuto, Ph.D. is a recent graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas' doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. Her pre-doctoral internship was completed at the VA Caribbean Healthcare System working with veterans in the mental health clinic. She is currently (2009) a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the University of Nevada, Reno where she works with victims of sexual crimes at the Victims of Crime Treatment Center.

Randi Fredricks, Ph.D. — 27 entries in total

Randi has authored: Blogs

Dr. Randi Fredricks, Ph.D. is a therapist, researcher and author with a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Doctorate in Naturopathy. She works with individuals and couples and provides therapy for anxiety, depression, addiction, and eating disorders at San Jose Counseling and Psychotherapy. In her private practices in San Jose, CA. Dr. Fredricks has developed a proprietary counseling approach blending alternative medicine with traditional evidenced-based therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy and client-centered therapies. Her therapy style is sensitive, spontaneous and enlivening. Dr. Fredricks' best-selling books include Healing & Wholeness: Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Mental Health and Fasting: An Exceptional Human Experience. For more about her work, visit

Marie Monroe Doutaz, M.A., LPAT, CADC — 27 entries in total

Marie has authored: Articles

Marie is a psychotherapist and writer living in Louisville, KY. She has worked in many settings with a focus on addiction treatment and trauma resolution. She has a master's degree in Expressive Therapies and is a certified alcohol and drug counselor, a licensed professional art therapist and a batterer intervention provider.

Ria Fyffe Freil, B.A. Chemistry, M.S. Addiction Studies — 27 entries in total

Ria has authored: Articles

Ria Fyffe Freil is currently pursuing her PhD at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She has always been interested in addiction as a mental health and medical disease, and thus chose to pursue her Master’s in Addiction Studies from VCU/King’s College/University of Adelaide.

Jessica Evert, MD — 25 entries in total

Jessica has authored: Articles

Michele Happe, MA, Certified Health Coach — 25 entries in total

Michele has authored: Articles Blogs

Michele directed one of the first Eating Disorder Units in the country. After moving to Reno she set up a private practice doing primarily spiritual counseling. She got her license as a drug and alcohol counselor and had a private practice there since 1992. In 2014 she retired her license to do what she really loves, coaching. She does recovery coaching, codependency coaching, mindfulness coaching and health coaching where she helps people lose weight and develop long term healthy habits. All her work draws from very basic Buddhist Principles which when contemplated and applied contribute greatly to happiness.

Benjamin McDonald, MD — 22 entries in total

Benjamin has authored: Articles

Ashley Rooks, M.S., LASAC — 22 entries in total

Ashley has authored: Articles

Ashley Rooks is licensed substance abuse counselor with master's degrees in Psychology and Addictions Counseling. She has been working at the inpatient level of care for five years.

John Folk-Williams — 20 entries in total

John has authored: Blogs

After recovering from decades of recurring depression a few years ago, John Folk-Williams became a full-time blogger on mental health. Writing the award-winning personal blog, Storied Mind, proved to be a turning point in his struggle to end his illness. To share his ongoing learning about strategies and methods for self-help in healing, he has expanded the scope of his online writing. You can find a collection of his posts at Health Central's My Depression Connection, and also follow his new website, Recover Life from Depression.

Patrick Condron, M.Sc., MAC, CAS, ADC. — 17 entries in total

Patrick has authored: Articles

Patrick Condron has dedicated more than 15 years to the addiction treatment field, graduating with a Master's degree in Addiction Studies, contributing to the American Society of Addiction Medicine and actively advocating for the treatment of violent drug offenders.

Ondina Nandine Hatvany, MFT — 16 entries in total

Ondina has authored: Blogs

Ondina Nandine Hatvany, MFT is a licensed psychotherapist with practices in both Mill Valley and the Castro, San Francisco. Her specialty is queer, alternative and traditional relationships. She also works with singles wanting to improve or/ and find relationship. She is the former Director of the Eating Disorders program at the Community Institute of Psychotherapy in San Rafael, CA. For more information and articles, podcasts and interviews by Ondina Nandine Hatvany, MFT, please visit her website: Contact her confidential office line at (415) 381-1065 or e-mail her at [email protected]

Robert "Bob" Fancher, Ph.D. — 15 entries in total

Robert has authored: Articles Blogs

Bob Fancher, Ph.D., is the author of Health and Suffering in America: The Context and Content of Mental Health Care and Pleasures of Small Motions: Mastering the Mental Game of Pocket Billiards. He is founder, CEO, CFO, marketing director, chief clinical officer, janitor, owner, and sole employee of Life Therapy Counseling Services in Portland, Oregon.

Tracy Gartenmann, MSc Addiction Studies — 15 entries in total

Tracy has authored: Articles

Chelsea Harvey, M.A. — 14 entries in total

Chelsea has authored: Articles

Chelsea Harvey is a freelance journalist who specializes in writing about science; her passion is to make complex scientific topics accessible and useful to the public. She received her master’s degree in science, health and environmental reporting from New York University.

Buck Black, LCSW — 13 entries in total

Buck has authored: Articles Blogs

Buck Black offers psychotherapy for anger issues through his practice in the Lafayette Indiana area ( via phone, email, and office visits. He also provides anger and stress management for truckers via phone, webcam, and email at You can also follow Buck on Twitter at @TruckerTherapy or @BuckBlack.

Robin Kahler — 13 entries in total

Robin has authored: Blogs

Robin Kahler is a patient who was diagnosed with affective bipolar disorder in 1988. She works from her home in Tucson, Arizona, as an antiques appraiser and dealer. She enjoys a full-time hobby as a freelance writer. Her articles are written to offer her personal experiences (successes and failures) with her own clinical depression. She was raised in an inner-city ghetto, with a parent who was also bipolar, and her stories reflect those situations as well. She and her husband enjoy running a home-based business. They have two adult children, six grandchildren, and several pets.

Brian Thompson, Ph.D. — 13 entries in total

Brian has authored: Articles Blogs

Brian Thompson, PhD, is a licensed psychologist at Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, and Training Center in Portland, Oregon. In his therapy practice, he works with a variety of conditions—particularly anxiety—and specializes in the treatment of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder. Brian received a terminal Master's degree in counseling from Naropa University before completing his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Montana. He has completed specialty training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and he offers ACT consultation and training to other therapists. Brian is a published researcher in several peer-reviewed scientific journals. He contributes to other mental health blogs, including The Art and Science of Living Well, and one for mental health professionals called Science-Based Psychotherapy.

Yatan Pal Singh Balhara, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.N.B (Psychiatry), MNAMS, M.Sc — 13 entries in total

Yatan has authored: Articles

Dr Yatan Pal Singh Balhara is a qualified psychiatrist working in the area of substance use disorders for the past 10 years. He completed his post graduation (MD) in Psychiatry and then went on to complete his master's degree in Addiction Studies offered by King’s College London, UK; University of Adelaide, Australia; and Virginia Commonwealth University, USA.

Jennifer Bullock — 12 entries in total

Jennifer has authored: Blogs

Jennifer Bullock is a psychotherapist in the Philadelphia PA region with 22 years of experience as a group therapist and relationship coach. She has a passion for helping people create great relationships at home, work and community. Her unconventional and fun tips for living invites people to practice out-of-the-box thinking and creativity for everyday life. You can find her website at

Dramatic Health — 12 entries in total

Dramatic has authored: Blogs

HealthTheater videos are engaging. Created by teams of Emmy Award winning documentary film producers, they stand out amongst dry physician interviews or newscasts. They are produced in HD, combining commentary from leading physicians, stunning surgical and clinical imagery, and compelling, unscripted patient story. That's because our videos strive not only to educate, but also to improve the lives of our viewers through emotion and inspiration. Seeing is believing, so click here.

Daniel Sonkin, Ph.D. — 12 entries in total

Daniel has authored: Blogs

Daniel Jay Sonkin, Ph.D. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in an independent practice in Sausalito, California. For the past 30 years he has worked with individuals and couples facing a variety of problems, including anxiety and depression, the effects of trauma, relationship conflicts, and family abuse. He is the author of numerous books on family violence and child abuse, an expert witness and have spoken internationally on domestic violence, attachment and neurobiology. He is a Distinguished Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Visit his web site, Relationship Matters, at

C. E. Zupanick, Psy.D. — 12 entries in total

C has authored: Articles Blogs

Corinne E. Zupanick, a semi-retired, clinical psychologist, licensed in the state of Texas. Dr. Zupanick currently serves as the Topical Content Editor for She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association and is registered with The National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Dr. Zupanick is a strong and devoted advocate for people with mental illness, and their families. She is committed to the evidenced -based practices of psychiatric rehabilitation such as Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), supported housing, supported employment, peer support, family support, and other recovery models of psychiatric rehabilitation. She continues to provide training and consultation to service delivery systems seeking to implement contemporary, scientific, recovery-oriented approaches to treatment. She is available for training, consultation, and grant-writing services. You may reach her at ,a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected].

Dana Vince, M.A., LPC, MHSP — 11 entries in total

Dana has authored: Blogs

I help people who love each other learn to get along with each other.

Your relationship with your spouse is the most important relationship you have. Yet it can be the most difficult to maintain. It's a common question to ask why we hurt the ones we love the most. It's because it's where we are most vulnerable, and with vulnerability comes fear. In order for a relationship to be healthy, there must be a sense of emotional safety for both partners to be open enough with each other to feel connected and create a sense of deeper intimacy. Emotional safety requires compassion for one another, respect and emotional responsiveness to one another's feelings and needs. It can be very difficult for couples to achieve this and reach the level of satisfaction in the relationship they desire.

In counseling couples, I focus on teaching how to communicate in ways that build a safe emotional environment, while allowing for authenticity that creates stronger intimacy and connection. The counseling process can not only help you overcome the challenges you are facing right now, but also give you the skills and understanding to manage any challenge that comes along in the future.

Call Dana Vince for a Free phone consultation. Daytime and Evening hours are available.

Roger P. Watts, Ph.D. — 11 entries in total

Roger has authored: Blogs

Dr. Roger P. Watts, Ph.D., a psychologist and licensed alcohol and drug counselor, operates and currently provides substance abuse counseling to dozens of alcoholics and addicts. He has 23 years experience delivering health care to hundreds of patients through individual, group, and online counseling services. He has been in recovery himself for 24 years. He lives and works in Saint Paul MN, and can be reached at [email protected].

William Dubin, Ph.D. — 10 entries in total

William has authored: Blogs

William Dubin, Ph. D. is licensed by the state of Texas as a Psychologist, and is specialized in the treatment of addictions, having received the Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders from the American Psychological Association. Readers in the Austin, Texas area dealing with psychological issues (such as depression, anxiety or anger) or "incentive use" issues (otherwise known as addictions) may contact Dr. Dubin for face-to-face consultation and treatment through his practice, Psychological Assessment Referral and Treatment Services, online at Dr. Dubin's PsychARTs office may be reached via telephone at 512-343-8307

Marriage Corner — 10 entries in total

has authored: Advice

Peter Strong, Ph.D. — 9 entries in total

Peter has authored: Blogs

Peter Strong, PhD is a psychotherapist, teacher and author based in Boulder, Colorado, who specializes in Skype-based Online Mindfulness Psychotherapy for healing the root causes of anxiety, depression and traumatic stress. Visit for more information. Email inquiries are welcome. You can purchase a copy of Dr Strong's book 'The Path of Mindfulness Meditation' through, and

Marina Edelman, MA — 8 entries in total

Marina has authored: Articles Blogs

Marina Edelman, M.A., is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in private practice in Westlake Village, CA. Her specialty is working with couples and individuals facing mood disorders, excessive worry, money issues, and relationship problems. She facilitates a free women in transition support group in her office every Monday at noon. Ms. Edelman is available for private psychotherapy and can be reached directly through her website or by email at [email protected]. If you are interested in mental health updates please follow her tweets.

Jeremy Fink, LCSW — 8 entries in total

Jeremy has authored: Blogs

Jeremy Fink, LCSW, provides psychotherapy to adults, children, adolescents, and couples and is the director of The Dynamic Counseling Center in Agoura Hills, CA. He has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults who experience depression, ADHD, eating and body image disorders, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, as well as drug, alcohol, and other substance abuse. He utilizes attachment based psychodynamic psychotherapy treatment, psychobiological couples and family therapy, group psychotherapy, and facilitates linkages to community resources, such as drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, psychiatric referrals, and high school/college resources. 
 Jeremy received his B.A from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and his M.S.W. from the University of Southern California (USC).

Annie Gurton, MA — 7 entries in total

Annie has authored: Blogs

Annie Gurton is a Psychological Therapist, Counsellor and LifeCoach based in Sydney. She has been helping individuals and couples in emotional pain and difficulties for many years, and is available for sessions in therapy rooms in Manly, Brookvale, Freshwater and North Strathfield, and for clients anywhere in the world on Skype and by email. She has an MA in Psychotherapy, a BSc(Hons) in Psychology and a BA(Hons) in Humanities. She is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS), a Member of the Human Givens Institute (MHGI), the European Therapy Studies Institute, and a Clinical Member of CAPA NSW (Counselling And Psychotherapy Association). Annie can be reached via her website at or by phone at (+61) 423 632 657

Fernando Saavedra, M.Sc Addiction Studies. — 7 entries in total

Fernando has authored: Articles

Fernando Saavedra has a Masters degree from the International Program in Addiction Studies and is currently working on a graduate degree in Counseling and Development.

Steve Pavilanis — 6 entries in total

Steve has authored: Articles Blogs

Steve Pavilanis is a normal everyday guy who suffered from extreme social anxiety and panic attacks for over five years. With great determination, research, and trial and error, he has taken his life back, returning to a healthy state of wholeness and optimism. Steve now helps others through their struggles with his book, "A Life Less Anxious: Freedom from panic attacks and social anxiety without drugs or therapy", speaking, coaching, and blog.

From his own experience of overcoming debilitating anxiety, Steve shows you how to calm yourself using proven mental and physical techniques including meditation, avoid common faulty thinking traps, make life changes that encourage a more peaceful mind, and how to face and overcome your fears and achieve more freedom in your life. For more information please visit

Brenda Ankney — 5 entries in total

Brenda has authored: Articles

Brenda Ankney specializes in writing about elder care and is a contributor at Assisted Living Today, a free resource for senior living news and information and for finding assisted living facilities and independent living centers in the US. Brenda is a dedicated professional with 10 years of healthcare marketing experience who served as the marketing director for a skilled nursing facility, specializing in post-acute rehab, long-term care and memory care.

Peggy Ferguson, Ph.D. — 5 entries in total

Peggy has authored: Blogs

Dr. Peggy L. Ferguson, Ph.D., LMFT, LADC, has been in private practice in Stillwater, Oklahoma since 1990, and in the counseling field for over 25 years. Dr. Ferguson has provided inpatient and outpatient counseling services to individuals, groups, couples, and families for issues ranging from addiction to individual self-growth. For more information, please visit Dr. Ferguson's websites at and

Laura L. C. Johnson, MBA, MA — 5 entries in total

Laura has authored: Blogs

Laura L.C. Johnson, MBA, MA, LMFT, LPCC, is the Director and Founder of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Silicon Valley in Saratoga, CA. The CBT Center specializes in evidence-based therapy for anxiety, OCD and anxiety-related disorders. Laura works with adults, children, teenagers and families to help them learn new skills to reduce anxiety and increase feelings of peace and joy. Her counseling approach is compassionate and scientifically-based, using principles and techniques from cognitive behavior therapy and positive psychology.

Vickie Linegar — 5 entries in total

Vickie has authored: Blogs

Vickie Linegar is a Canadian writer living in Maine with her partner and her son. She is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and at various points in her life, of domestic violence. She shares her journey through a blog ( and through public speaking about her experience and other women's issues and is an advocate for safe, happy and healthy kids.

Mary Dyer, B.S. — 5 entries in total

Mary has authored: Articles

Mary Dyer has been writing professionally for more than 20 years. She specializes in behavioral health, writing primarily about topics related to addiction treatment and recovery.

Rebecca Morgan, LICSW — 4 entries in total

Rebecca has authored: Articles Blogs

Rebecca Morgan, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker using traditional, online and telephone technologies to deliver services in person and remotely to underserved areas. She practices Integrative Psychotherapy, using a holistic perspective that blends the common healing factors from many schools of practice. She can be reached via her website,

Julia Cottle, Ph.D. — 4 entries in total

Julia has authored: Articles

Julia Cottle has a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California Davis. After finishing work on her graduate degree, she served as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California Davis School of Medicine. In that position she coordinated a two-year ethnographic research project on Latina caregivers of elderly family members with cognitive impairment. Julia has over twenty-five years of research experience in both academic and organizational settings. She also has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at universities in Ecuador, Mexico and the United States. Julia Cottle may be reached at Cottle54321"AT"

Paul Cohen, LCSW — 3 entries in total

Paul has authored: Articles Blogs

Paul Cohen is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Queens, NY. He provides psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and groups. His clients have ranged in age from 5 to 97. His website is

Harriet Geller — 3 entries in total

Harriet has authored: Blogs

The International Primal Association (IPA) was founded in 1974 as a community of people at all psychotherapeutic levels dedicated to "promoting growth and healing through deep-feeling process." Visit the website to find a referral list of practitioners, information about the organization and its retreats, and an archive of journal and newsletter articles about primal and related therapies. Harriet Geller has been a member of the IPA since 1978. She has served on the board of directors for most of those years, and has been IPA president, secretary, convention/retreat chair, and newsletter editor. In 33 years doing deep-feeling work, her roles have included client, trainee, facilitator, and workshop leader. Please contact her at [email protected] with any questions or comments.

Harry Mills, Ph.D. — 3 entries in total

Harry has authored: Articles

Uma Ayer, M.Sc. Addiction Studies — 3 entries in total

Uma has authored: Articles

Uma Ayer received her master's Degree in Addiction Studies and holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology. She has worked with pharmacies in the past and her mental health interests include drug addiction, anxiety, depression, and treatment options.

Dan Callahan, LMSW — 2 entries in total

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Dan has been a human service professional since 1983 and specializes in addiction treatment and recovery. Dan eceived a Bachelor's of Science at the University of Stony Brook and a Masters in Social Work at Fordham University School of Social Welfare, New York City. Dan is the Program Director and COO of Solutions Recovery Center in Boca Raton, Florida, blogger at Happy Recovery and the author of two addiction recovery works: A book of recovery essays, titled, "Recovery Thinking, 90-Days to Change Your Life" and a recovery workbook "Freedom Recovery, 90-Days to Recover" that is utilized as an out-patient recovery guide and an inpatient addiction treatment workbook.

Bruce Ecker, LMFT — 2 entries in total

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Bruce Ecker, M.A., L.M.F.T., is a founding director of the Coherence Psychology Institute, co-originator of Coherence Therapy and coauthor of many clinical publications, including the Coherence Therapy Practice Manual and Training Guide. He is a frequent presenter at major psychotherapy conferences and an internationally sought clinical trainer who has taught in graduate programs for many years. He has been in independent practice in the San Francisco area for over 25 years.

Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT — 2 entries in total

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Darlene Lancer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and expert on relationships and codependency. She's counseled individuals and couples for 27 years and coaches internationally and is the author of two books: Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You and Codependency for Dummies. Her ebooks include: 10 Steps to Self-Esteem, How To Speak Your Mind - Become Assertive and Set Limits, Spiritual Transformation in the Twelve Steps and Codependency Recovery Daily Reflections. Ms. Lancer is a sought after speaker at national conferences, on radio, and to professional groups and institutions. Her articles appear in professional journals and Internet mental health websites, including on her own, and, where you can get a free copy of "14 Tips for Letting Go." Find her on, Twitter @darlenelancer, and Facebook.

Rachel Moheban-Wachtel, LCSW — 2 entries in total

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Rachel Moheban-Wachtel, LCSW currently has a private practice in New York City and specializes in singles and couples therapy, and is the creator of the Ultimate Relationship Resolution Program an audio program for couples that includes relationship advice and techniques to make fast and immediate changes in relationships. She also provides Breakthrough 1-on-1 Sessions for singles. To learn more, and receive a FREE audio sample program and Relationship Tips please visit

Amy Jo Smith — 2 entries in total

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Amy Jo has been exposed to addiction in many forms during her life, ultimately resulting in the everyday struggle of conquering her own demons. Though Amy Jo's learning has been more from the 'school of life' as opposed to formal training in the addiction, she considers herself quite in tune with addiction causes, ways to beat them and how to help others. In terms of education, she attended Southern College in Orlando, FL double-majoring in Legal Investigations and Paralegalism. You can visit her personal blog, Serious Social Issues for more information on her other interests in things that she feels we as a society need to be addressing, ranging from mental health to violent crime.

Cheryl Hinneburg — 2 entries in total

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Cheryl is working on her master's in Substance Abuse Counseling and also has several years of experience working for drug treatment centers as a content specialist.

Melissa DeCapua, DNP, PMHNP — 2 entries in total

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Dr. Melissa DeCapua is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who graduated from Vanderbilt University and has earned a doctorate degree in nursing practice.  Her background includes child and adolescent psychiatry as well as psychosomatic medicine. She currently works as a consultant for small healthcare technology companies, and she was recently won the Seattle Health Innovator award. Dr. DeCapua is a strong advocate for empowering nurses, and she fiercely believes that nurses should play a pivotal role in shaping modern health care. For more about Dr. DeCapua, check out her blog and follow her on Twitter @melissadecapua.

Brittany Tackett, MA — 2 entries in total

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Brittany Tackett, MA is a transformational life coach, writer, and speaker in the mental health field. She is the founder of the inspirational personal development blog The Buttered Muse, launching in February 2016. Brittany holds a Master of Arts in Psychology with specialization in Transformational Life Coaching and International Certificate in Behavioral Studies. Brittany partners with clients to help them gain clarity and direction, connect to a higher purpose, transform limiting beliefs, and breakthrough layers of conditioning to foster new ways of being. Her clients include young adults suffering from ADHD, entrepreneurs starting new businesses, and recovering addicts who seek support in accomplishing their goals. Learn more about Brittany and her services by visiting her LinkedIn profile:

Lauren Brande, MA Psychology — 2 entries in total

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Mental Health News — 1 entry in total

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Rashmi Nemade, Ph.D. — 1 entry in total

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Marcia Naomi Berger, MSW, LCSW — 1 entry in total

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Marcia Naomi Berger, MSW, LCSW, author of Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You’ve Always Wanted (New World Library, 2014), is a licensed clinical social worker with a private psychotherapy practice in San Rafael, California. She is a popular speaker and workshop leader, who offers simple, practical tips for enriching marriage and other relationships by using positive communication skills. Her online class, “The Marriage Meeting Program: a Strength-Based Approach for Successful Relationships,” appears on the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) site.

Emily Guarnotta, Psy.D. — 1 entry in total

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Emily Guarnotta, Psy.D. holds a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. She has a passion for working with clients struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues and her treatment approach includes providing evidence-based practices in a supportive and non-confrontational manner. She also has experience working with college students, clients with severe mental illness, and delivering crisis intervention services. In addition to her clinical work, Emily enjoys conducting research looking at characteristics associated with addiction recovery and presenting her findings at conferences around the country. Emily is currently based in New York.

Cassandra Gilley, M.A. — 1 entry in total

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Cassandra is a Master's level clinician who has worked in the mental health field for 5 years. She is currently conducting research on the effectiveness of mindfulness in helping soldiers deal with chronic pain while reducing their reliance on opiate medications. Her previous work included work with people recovering from severe mental illness and suicide attempts in a psychiatric hospital and aiding adolescents in the juvenile corrections system work towards successful reintegration into their communities. Her passion for health and wellness is also reflected in her lifestyle. She practices yoga, meditation and mindfulness and is a vegetarian who strives to be a vegan by the end of 2016!