Every Tuesday at 11 a.m. PST, 2 p.m. EST, Dr. Michael McGee hosts the podcast “How to Love”, which explores and offers practical advice for feeling lovable, loving, and being loved. Dr. McGee and his guests discuss personal stories of realizing love—the challenges and the successes. Below are short profiles of each person he talks to.
Dr. Berger is a talented psychotherapist and considered by most the leading authority on emotional sobriety. His pioneering efforts in understanding emotional sobriety has helped us understand the critical role emotional sobriety plays in optimal recovery.
Dr Berger is also a popular recovery author who has written extensively about the experience of recovery, the important topic of emotional sobriety, integrating modern psychotherapy and the 12 Steps, the psychological forces operating in the 12 Steps, and the psychological forces that undermine recovery. His most recent book is scheduled to be released in June of 2021 and is destined to be a classic, 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety. He has also written the recovery mainstay 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery, 12 Smart Things to do when the Booze and Drugs are Gone, 12 Hidden Rewards of Making Amends and 12 More Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery.
Robert Weiss PhD, LCSW is Chief Clinical Officer of Seeking Integrity LLC, working with sex, porn, and substance/sex addicted men. He is an expert in the treatment of adult intimacy disorders and related addictions. A clinical sexologist and practicing psychotherapist, he has created intimacy focused clinical treatment programs in the US, overseas, and for the US Military. He serves as a subject matter expert for major media outlets including CNN, NPR, The New York Times, and Newsweek, among others. He is the author of 10 books, including Prodependence, Sex Addiction 101, and Out of the Doghouse. His Psychology Today blog, Love and Sex in the Digital Age, has over 18 million readers to date, and his podcast, Sex, Love, & Addiction, has more than 550,000 downloads since its inception in 2019.
Rick Hanson, PhD is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author. His books have been published in 29 languages and include Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture – with 900,000 copies in English alone. His free weekly newsletter has 185,000 subscribers and his online programs have scholarships available for those with financial need. He’s lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. An expert on positive neuroplasticity, his work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, NPR, and other major media. He began meditating in 1974 and is the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. He loves wilderness and taking a break from emails.
Emily Slingluff writes and speaks about the huge importance of parenting. As she says, how the parent treats the child from the beginning matters to the child forever. Answering the cry from the crib is important! If the parent continues to kindly answer all questions from the baby, toddler, and teenager, the parent will likely have a child who feels worthy, loved, and happy with life. And happy people usually want to be kind and helpful to others! She explains that a dictator parent, teaching the child with commands and punishment, will probably have an insecure child because the child was not allowed to help with decisions. Emily has been speaking and writing about parenting for many years. Her book, A Present to the Newborn, is a special teaching tool for all parents. In her book, Parenting Without Punishment, she writes just three chapters, explaining parenting in three points: Realize the importance, set a goal, and reach the goal.
Healing Painful Relationships
Bill's work has been called the 'penicillin of psychology'. He's been featured on OPRAH and recommended by the Wall Street Journal. As a former divorce attorney, 15% of Bill's clients never divorced and the ones that did, were able to part as friends. He is a multi-book author - his latest is Get Your Power Back and his book, How to Heal a Painful Relationship, became a national best seller. The Texas Counseling Association thinks so highly of Bill Fergurson, that they asked him to deliver the keynote address at their annual convention. Bill has taught his approach to over 2,300 counselors and therapists.
Sibling Relationships - Rifts & Repair
Dr. Karen Gail Lewis, has worked for over 4 decades as a family and sibling therapist, incorporating a variety of ways to help individuals, couples and families. She holds a masters degree in social work and a doctorate in consulting psychology. She has published hundreds of articles and more than 8 books and has garnered quite a bit of media attention and accolades as a national and international speaker.
Less Talk, More Love
Phil DeLuca points out the pitfalls of emotional communication when we are overwhelmed and our frontal lobes are not working. He explains how to handle these periods of emotional hijack that can derail a relationship.
John Vespasian is the author of eleven books about rational living, including When everything fails, try this (2009), Rationality is the way to happiness (2009), The philosophy of builders (2010), The 10 principles of rational living (2012), Rational living, rational working (2013), Consistency: The key to permanent stress relief (2014), On becoming unbreakable (2015), Thriving in difficult times (2016), Sequentiality: The amazing power of finding the right sequence of steps (2017), Undisrupted: How highly-effective people deal with disruptions (2019), and Asymmetry: The shortcut to success when success seems impossible (2020).
Vespasian has lived in Germany, Italy, France, Spain and The Netherlands. His books combine his passion for history, investing, and personal development, reflecting his philosophy of rational living, productiveness, and respect for the individual. "The purpose of my work is to draw practical lessons from history," he explains. "If you want to make good decisions, you have to look at the big picture, and learn from the wisdom accumulated in centuries of human experience."
"Knowledge is the only valid response to stress, the only formula that can make you more effective," Vespasian argues. "My books contain the wisdom I have accumulated in decades of research. It's all about learning from other people's successes and mistakes, and figuring out how to apply those principles to your own life. In every book, I go through biographies and historical events with the goal of extracting from them lessons we can use right now."
Empathy Conquers Stress
Meritxell is a professional writer, entrepreneur, life coach, speaker and communicator. Graduated in Hospitality Management, Post-graduated in Marketing, Health Coach by Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC, IAC and ACC Coach by ICF. Published author of El Arte de la Empatía. Aprende del poder de tu sensibilidad Editorial Amat 2019 (The Art of Empathy). Meritxell Garcia is an empath and highly sensitive people expert that coaches companies, individuals and groups to envision and reach their full life potential. Her strength is in working to create the practical habits and patterns we can use every day that create the life and the environment we so desperately need.
Dr. Ed Daube
I am retired after 32 years working with incarcerated young women the vast majority of which had histories of multiple abuse. They also were not highly educated. In order to communicate with my clients, I had to develop both a metaphor for understanding feelings and an easy to understand method of moving past their disdain and hatred of their abusers. The metaphor I developed was mastering emotions as tools and the "method" was forgiveness which focuses on the young woman as the "forgiver" and not the abuser as the "forgiven". Ed Daube, Ph.D., The Emotions Doctor, is the author of two books both of which are Amazon Best Sellers: Emotions as Tools: a Self Help Guide to Controlling Your Life not Your Feelings and Beyond Anger Management: Master Your Anger as a Strategic Tool.
Living Full Out
Nancy Solari is an inspiring example of living the life you want with a positive mindset, regardless of the challenges you face. She is the founder of Living Full Out, a motivational company created to assist people in realizing their dreams. Her unique life experiences and education give Nancy the ability to empathize and guide people. As a Life Coach, she assists clients in building motivation, resources, and strategies to reach their desired goals. In addition to writing and personal coaching, Nancy is an accomplished speaker, reaching diverse audiences throughout the United States. She also hosts the national radio show, Living Full Out with Nancy Solari, which features inspiring guests and attracts callers seeking tangible, on-the-spot advice and motivation. Living Full Out provides inspirational content via multiple platforms: published articles, social media, a YouTube channel, and online courses for business and personal growth.
Toxic Relationships for Empaths & Narcissists
A survivor of childhood abuse, Dr. Rita Louise has emerged as a gifted empath and talented clairvoyant medical intuitive. She is a Naturopathic physician and the founder of the Institute Of Applied Energetics that trains students in the art of medical intuition, intuitive counseling, and energy medicine and former host of Just Energy Radio. She has authored six books and produced several feature-length and short films. Dr. Louise has appeared on radio, television and in movies and has lectured on health and healing, ghosts, intuition, ancient mysteries and the paranormal. Her books and articles have worldwide circulation. Dr. Rita Louise’s new book The Dysfunctional Dance Of The Empath And Narcissist takes an in-depth look at the dynamics between the loving, compassionate, and often selfless empaths and those willing to take from them, the self-serving narcissists, and endeavors to uncover the unconscious patterns that keep them trapped in cycles of abusive, toxic relationships.
Healing Sex Addiction
Alexandra Katehakis, Ph.D., L.M.F.T. is Founder and Clinical Director of the Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles, faculty for the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals, the recipient of the 2018 IITAP Leadership, and 2012 Carnes Award. She is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist/Supervisor and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist/Supervisor. Dr. Katehakis’s most recent books includeSexual Reflections: A Workbook for Designing and Celebrating Your Sexual Health Plan(2018) andSex Addiction As Affect Dysregulation: A Neurobiologically Informed Holistic Treatment(2016).
Secret Porn Addiction & Recovery
Joshua Shea is a recovering pornography addict and the author of The Addiction Nobody Will Talk About: How I Let My Pornography Addiction Hurt People and Destroy Relationships (2018), He’s a Porn Addict…Now What? (2019) and an upcoming book Porn and the Pandemic (July 2020) looking at the spike in online pornography use during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. Shea has appeared on over 100 podcasts, television and radio shows using his personal story to promote the ideas that porn addiction spans all demographics and those with a problem should seek help before it’s too late, as it became in his case.
Prior to admitting his addiction, Joshua was a prominent magazine publisher, award-winning journalist, film festival founder and politician in central Maine. As his 20-year addiction was reaching a critical level in late 2013, Joshua made the error of engaging a teenage girl in an online chatroom, for which he was arrested and served six months in jail.
In 2017, Joshua launched RecoveringPornAddict.com. He has also contributed articles about recovery to TheFix.com and Recovery Today magazine and has developed and presented a porn addiction lecture for churches, libraries and other groups. Sober since early 2014, Joshua still lives in Central Maine with his wife and two children.
Living a Clear and Guided Life
In his first book, Clear Vessels, Steve shares the story of his life transformation and the methods it took to get him there. This spiritual, yet practical, book will help “seekers” to become finders, while rediscovering their true power. Steve grew up in South Dakota, a land that is as beautiful as it is demanding. Hard work and perseverance were the recipes for success for the generations who settled this land. While these traits seemingly served Steve well, there came a point where he was forced to question this belief system. There must be more to life than working hard for someone else’s definition of success. And where does God fit into all of this? Through an opening caused by life’s circumstances, Steve learned what a kind and compassionate Universe we live in. Joy, ease, and awareness are much more productive than “efforting” through life. Steve hopes that his book will help others navigate life in a more natural and abundant manner. Residing in Wisconsin, Steve enjoys nature, college football, music festivals, and motorcycle riding.
People often refer to Jeffrey Gurian as a “Renaissance Man”, because he’s involved in so many things. He’s a doctor, lecturer, and motivational speaker, but he’s also a comedy writer, performer, director, author, producer, and radio personality, and not always in that order.
He’s also an author with seven books, the last two in what he calls his “Happiness Series”, both best sellers on Amazon. The first is called Healing Your Heart, By Changing Your Mind – A Spiritual and Humorous Approach To Achieving Happiness and his latest book Fight The Fear-Overcoming Obstacles That Stand In Your Way, was a #1 Release in several categories including “Medicine & Psychology”, and “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.”
Grandparents raising Grandchildren
Beth Tyson, MA, is a psychotherapist, childhood grief and trauma expert, and a children's book author.
She earned several years of experience as a clinician working with children and families and as a teaching assistant in the graduate program for counseling psychology at Eastern University.
While practicing as a trauma therapist within the child welfare system, Beth earned her certificate in adoption from Rutgers University. Beth is a CASA volunteer and a Voices for Children Coalition partner, advocating for youth in the foster care system in Delaware County, PA.
Beth uses her expertise in childhood trauma to help families and organizations operate from a trauma-sensitive and healing-centered approach. She helps her clients understand the biological impact of trauma on the brain and autonomic nervous system.
Beth is a mental health educator for families and organizations. She uses trauma-responsive models to implement the skills necessary for the emotional well-being of children impacted by trauma and other adverse childhood experiences (ACES). She provides educational training to schools, workplaces, non-profit organizations, caregivers/families, among others.
In the last year, Beth was featured on InStyle.com, PsychReg.org, PsychCentral.com, The United Ways of CA, RVN TV, BYU Radio, and many other media outlets advocating for foster and kinship families impacted by trauma and loss.
Kathy Tuccaro went from Addict and Homeless, to driving the world’s biggest truck. She overcame a lifetime of trauma and abuse – went from losing her nursing career due to alcoholism and became homeless at the age of 42. One decision changed her life from standing beside “Toothless Joe” on the street, to operating the largest equipment in the world! Kathy authored the book Dream Big! and now travels the world working with women in shelters, youth in schools, juvenile centers, prisons, and communities who crave change.
Kathy talks about sexual abuse, consent, domestic violence, self-esteem, addiction, careers, speaking up and she gives hope to the hurting.
Healing from Betrayal
After a few major betrayals, Dr. Debi Silber wanted to understand how the mind works, why people do these things and how she could can heal. That search led her to a PhD program in Transpersonal Psychology (the psychology of transformation and human potential). While there, Dr. Debi Silber did a study on betrayal - what holds us back, what helps us heal and what happens to us physically/mentally/emotionally when the people closest to us lie, cheat and deceive. That study led to 3 groundbreaking discoveries which she speaks about in her latest TEDX talk, "Do You Have Post Betrayal Syndrome?”
Master Life's Work
David Taylor-Klaus is a speaker, author, and leadership coach on a mission to unearth and unleash the personal mastery of entrepreneurs and senior executives. Since 2008, DTK has empowered his tribe to take an active, intentional, and dynamic role in their development and create the kind of life rhythm that enables them to build profitable businesses, raise thriving families, and live wildly fulfilling lives.
His best-selling new book Mindset Mondays with DTK: 52 Ways to REWIRE Your Thinking and Transform Your Life is available on Amazon worldwide.
Overcoming Trauma and Abuse
Sarah Griffiths is a highly specialized trauma and abuse therapist. Having recovered from the trauma of her own past abuse, bullying at school, and a long marriage to someone suffering from covert narcissism, she now runs two successful businesses. Her newest venture, SallyG.com, uses her skill as a hypnotherapist, along with coaching and traditional therapy techniques to help others rapidly heal from their past, firmly putting it behind them so that they can achieve their full potential and live the lives they deserve, just as she has done.
Recovering from Addiction
Andrew Mann is 42 years old and lives in Bergen County, NJ. He is an author and part-owner of a Solar Energy business. He is a recovering addict who also suffered from anxiety attacks since age 12 and depression his whole life. After years and multiple failed attempts, he was finally able to beat his addiction and has now devoted his life to helping people who suffer from addictions and issues related to childhood abuse. He has a fiancée, two stepchildren, two dogs, three cats, and they live in Bergen County, NJ. He enjoys surfing, exercises, alternative energy, boxing, MMA, writing and doing podcasts/radio shows about the book while getting the message out that "If an addict like me can get clean, anyone can!"
How to Live a Fantastic Life
Harriet Tinka was a gorgeous model-turned student at the University of Calgary. Featured on haute couture runways and in fashion magazines, she chose to turn her back on the soul-crushing pressure to be the "ideal female body." Instead she chose to go to university and focus on getting an education. During this period, one of her friends began to turn critical, mean and possessive, until one night he attacked her. She was beaten, abducted and sliced up with a butcher's knife. It was a miracle she survived, but the trauma left her with a big "why me?" That is until she met a 9-year-old who helped her get her head turned around. Today, she is a highly-regarded empowerment youth worker, ultra-marathon runner, accountant and mother of three. She exudes vivacity, health, strength and emotional balance.
How to Experience Heaven on Earth
David Essel is the number one bestselling author of 10 books, a counselor, master life coach, international speaker and radio host whose mission is to positively affect over 2 million people each day. For 38 years, his work was endorsed by the late Dr. Wayne Dyer, Chicken Soup for the Soul author Mark Victor Hansen, actress and TV & Radio show host Jenny McCarthy and many others. David is a leader in personal development, a master life coach in relationships and business.
In the Mind of Cults
I'm a licensed psychologist with experience in PTSD & addictions. I have been working in the field of addiction recovery for over 10 years, and I also specialize in treating PTSD via EMDR and Brainspitting.
Purpose and Metamorphosis
Laurie D. Wheeler, DiHom, DipGem, C.Ht, C.PLSR works in a holistic approach which restores the whole person, the totality of mind, body and soul, by nurturing them on their path to develop a healthy and more authentic self. She looks at illness as the method of imbalance, in which the body communicates its disturbance, and works in illnesses from colds to cancer. Laurie’s highest mission is to work with the principles of true healing and the energy force it seeks to transcend.
Dreaming Big: From Addiction and Homelessness to Success
Kathy Tuccaro went from Addict and Homeless, to driving the world’s biggest truck. She overcame a lifetime of trauma and abuse – went from losing her nursing career due to alcoholism and became homeless at the age of 42. One decision changed her life from standing beside “TOOTHLESS JOE” on the street, to operating the largest equipment in the world!
Pease in a World of Confusion
Faust Ruggiero is a published author, clinical trainer and a therapist who has worked in settings that have included clinics for deaf children, prisons, nursing homes, substance abuse centers and inpatient facilities. He continues to provide counseling services for veterans, first responders, law enforcement and other emergency personnel. During his tenure as the President of the Community Psychological Center in Bangor, Pennsylvania, he developed the Process Way of Life counseling program.
Skills for Kinship-Care Families
Beth is a psychotherapist and therapeutic children’s book author who specializes in grief and trauma. She also hosts webinars and regularly does podcasts and radio interviews. Her area of special focus is on trauma coaching for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren due to addiction and other mental health problems.
Turning Learning Challenges into Strengths
Stefan Liner is the owner of the award-winning production company, Liner House and the author and publisher of books for those who find it difficult to read. Liner House has recently branched out into book publishing with a focus on books for reluctant readers and a desire to give them books that remove barriers to reading.
The Anatomy of Intimacy
Dr. Judith Anderson is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in couples and family therapy. Recognized as an expert on divorce, remarriage, and blended families, her practice focuses on couples and families. She also works effectively with individual adults and adolescents. Her private practice has been in Irvine and Laguna Beach for more than 20 years where she is part of a multidisciplinary group of independent practitioners.
What love Is
THOM RUTLEDGE, LCSW, psychotherapist, author and speaker has experienced both sides of the therapeutic relationship -- as clinician and as client. He blends his personal recovery from depression, addiction and excessive self-criticism with 30 years of professional experience to guide his clients, readers, and audiences from self-judgment and perfectionism toward genuine self-compassion. Thom's trademark sense of humor, a down-to-earth practicality, and his own compassion are the common threads that run throughout his unique brand of self-help psychology.
The Hidden Mystery of Human Connectedness
Stephen G. Post is Professor of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine & Founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics. Previously he was Professor of Bioethics in the Department of Bioethics of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He also taught at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Post is the author of “God and Love on Route 80: The hidden Mystery of Human Connectedness” and “Why Good Things Happen to Good People” (with co-author Jill Neimark).
Mental Wellness in Turbulent Times
Jenny Delacruz is the CEO of Cobbs Creek Publishing. She understands how the books that children read helps them make sense about themselves and their world. Jenny has an M.S in Counseling and minored in African & African American Studies. Her background and experience in counseling and social work is nearing 2 decades – focusing on helping children deal with trauma, anxiety, and depression. She is of Haitian descent and creates books that help children fall in love with world history and process current events. Her desire to have the freedom to create unique books led her to start this publishing company and write children books.
Love and Mindfulness
Wendi is a licensed professional counselor with specialized training in family and couples therapy. She is pursuing a post-graduate degree in sex therapy.
Surviving Grief with Conscious Gratitude
Kris Francoeur, writer, and educator, is a grieving mother who has found joy and light again through the practice of conscious and deliberate gratitude, unconditional acceptance and connection with nature. A graduate of Middlebury College, Kris earned master’s degrees in both Counseling Psychology (Union Institute of Vermont College) and Educational Leadership (Castleton University), and Kris writes with authority about grief and moving forward in our hectic and stressful world. A published author of fiction, Kris has published three romance novels (More Than I Can Say, That One Small Omission and The Phone Call) with Solstice Publishing using her pen name Anna Belle Rose. All three of her novels are widely available through online retailers and bookstores, or on Kris’s website.
Full Spirit Workout
Kate Eckman is the author of The Full Spirit Workout and a Columbia University–certified executive leadership coach. She leverages her experience as a well-known communications, performance, and mindfulness expert, accomplished entrepreneur, and elite athlete to equip leaders with the tools, methodology, and energetic boost they need to excel. Kate’s work is rooted in neuroscience, positive psychology, and whole-person coaching techniques. Passionate about mindfulness practices for both brain and body health, Kate is a meditation teacher and course creator for Insight Timer, the world’s number-one ranked free meditation app.
Psychospiritual Applications of Tarot
Dr. Art Rosengarten is a licensed Jungian-based psychologist with 40 years of private practice as a psychotherapist. He is also a meditation teacher, author of Tarot of the Future: Raising Spiritual Consciousness, and a widely-recognized speaker and expert in the psychospiritual applications of Tarot.
Transform Life Challenges to Everyday Peace
Dr. Dravon James is the founder of Everyday Peace, the host of Everyday Peace on Unity Radio, a Life Coach, and the author of Freedom is Your Birthright. As an inspirational speaker, Dravon’s goal is to educate, empower, and inspire others to build the life of their dreams no matter what shows up in their lives- good, bad, or otherwise. Her journey began in poverty on the South Side of Chicago. Though she had always dreamt of a career on the stage, Dravon went on to earn a doctorate in pharmacy from Creighton University and has worked as a pharmacist all of her adult life. Along with her medical career and theatrical aspirations, Dravon has also always had a keen interest in personal development. After reading Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking in college, she went on to make a lifelong study of the power we all have to create the life we want.
Cyberpsychology, Cyberbullying, Cyberstalking and Psychiatric Illness
Dr. Nuccitelli is an expert on cyberbullying, cyberstalking, online predation, online deception, internet safety and internet addiction. He is also adept at discussing current events that involve mental health, psychological dysfunction, relationships, cybercrime, and offline crime. Since creating iPredator in 2010, Dr. Nuccitelli has volunteered after work and on weekends helping the cyber-attacked, internet addicted, character assassinated and people targeted by online assailants (aka, iPredators). As the owner of a NYC based group psychology practice, Dr. Nuccitelli is skilled at discussing mental illness, psychopathy, interpersonal dynamics, human consciousness, and addiction.
Race Relations—Yesterday and Today
As a historian and expert in race relations, Mr. Boyd has authored three volumes in a books series - The Road from Money. The series is adapted from family stories - featuring his aunt beginning in 1927 in Money, Mississippi. He has woven in history and the times of Jim Crow in the South, the Great Migration to the north; civil rights, plus music and historical events of the times. Topics include: Race Relations in America (Black Lives Matter), Business, Education, American and world/military history and world culture and geography. He also provides a unique insight into the world of the TV/film industry. In addition, as a substitute teacher he can speak to the issues facing today's youth.
Happiness Resides in Deep Self-Love
I am from a small suburb of Chicago, went to school at Southern Illinois University and studied how to make the world more sustainable with Bucky Fuller. I also first learned meditation in southern Illinois. This led me to a journey to India to live in an Ashram with my Guru for almost a year and deepen my personal journey towards the transcendent truth within. After this intensive time of Yogic meditation I returned to the United States and moved to Northern California to continue my spiritual journey. As a result of my inner work, I developed a strong desire to able to assist others with their journey in life and so enrolled in the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology to secure my PhD. This was a deep and rich experience for me and exposed me to leading teachers and their tools for assisting people. After graduating I then worked for many years both with individuals with Autism and Intellectual disabilities and people wanting meditation practices and spiritual and psychological growth. I have run Yoga Teacher Trainings, Yoga Therapy Trainings, Meditation and Yoga Retreats and Meditation groups for many years. Amid this work I have been fortunate to have a long term marriage and two wonderful grown sons as well as a wonderful spiritual community. I love to read magical novels, hike in nature, be with friends and grow in loving wisdom. The journey of spirit through the struggles of our personal lives to the deep inner connection with the transcendent has been my personal path and the path I assist others with.
Choose your Struggle
Jay Shifman is an addiction and mental health speak, writer, consultant , coach, and advocate. Jay is over ten years in recovery from prescription pill addiction. He works with those ready to choose the next step in their mental health journey.
Health Fails, Spouse Bails
New York Times bestselling author Kristina Grish covers various lifestyle topics, including health, relationship, celebrity, pet, fashion, fitness, and pop-culture trends for national magazines. She’s contributed features, essays, and profiles to Marie Claire, Real Simple, Cosmopolitan, Martha Stewart Living, Fitness, Martha Stewart Weddings, Women’s Health, Health Magazine, Shape, Men’s Health, Huffington Post, Outside, Vibe, and Teen Vogue. For over three years, she penned a column for Cosmopolitan magazine called “For Keeps,” where she dished about her marriage at the time. Her words reached at least three million Cosmo subscribers in the U.S., and her pieces were frequently picked-up abroad.
Living with Chronic Illness
Nancy B. Sayle is a 30 year veteran of the music industry. Her clients have ranged from Rob Zombie, Marky Ramone to YES, Steve Vai, and many others. In 2009 Nancy was diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS. Since her diagnosis she has been facing the challenges of living with a catastrophic illness which robbed her of her ability to maintain an active lifestyle. This challenge, however, lit a fire within her to raise awareness about MS and the importance of the quality of life for others. With the love and support of her family, friends and clients Nancy held the first ever Rock Against MS Concert and founded the Rock Against Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Today Nancy is an MS warrior and advocate for living a quality life with MS.
Hypnosis to Triumph over Life Obstacles
Tim Phizackerley of BritainsFastestHypnotist.com is a hypnotist, therapist, and mind coach specializing in treatment of addiction, PTSD, and trauma. Tim uses rapid, deep hypnosis and other fascinating tools to end addictions, cure trauma, fix relationship problems and change lives. You can see reviews and video clips on his website here. Featured in the national press, on radio and on TV, Tim's work has benefited hundreds of thousands of people. He was also featured in the hit book From Rock Bottom To Sober Forever: The story of how a hopeless alcoholic, resigned to an early death, found complete freedom from her addiction. In his practice, Tim Phizackerley is an expert in hypnotism and uses high-speed ultra-deep methods to solve problems that otherwise seem hopeless. His work on Post Traumatic Stress was recently endorsed by a team of professional neuroscientists as having yielded the best and most rapid PTSD treatment known. He has mental health treatment programs being used in UK schools right now.
Florence Ann Romano
Creating a Village
Florence Ann Romano, (www.FlorenceAnnRomano.com), is an author, philanthropist, and childcare and village advocate who has always had a special place in her heart for children. She worked as a childcare provider for over 15 years and believes the key to a family’s success lies in focusing on what she calls THE TRIFECTA - parent, child, and caretaker working in unison toward common, family goals. Florence Ann is the co-host of the podcast Finger Painting the Future, and her YouTube Series, Windy City Nanny, sheds light on the variety of childcare challenges we see across the country.
How to Live a Fantastic Life
Dr. Allen Lycka has been acknowledged as one of the leading cosmetic dermatologists in the world for three decades. A pioneer in cosmetic surgery, he helped to develop laser assisted tumescent liposuction – an advanced body sculpture technique, and Moh’s Micrographic Surgery, an advanced means of removing skin cancer with 99% success. He has lived and practiced in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada since 1989. He’s written 17 books, 30+ academic papers and hosted the number one Internet radio show in the world – INSIDE COSMETIC SURGERY TODAY. He is co-founder of Doctors for the Practice of Safe and Ethical Aesthetic Medicine and founder of The Canadian Skin Cancer Association. He has won the prestigious Consumers Choice Award For Cosmetic Surgery for 16 consecutive years.
In 2003, Dr. Lycka’s life changed drastically when he suddenly developed a right foot drop and then misdiagnosed as ALS (Lou Gherig’s disease). Still, he maintained his status as a leading cosmetic doctor for 30 years. Because of what he learned, he is co-authoring the book THE SECRETS TO LIVING A FANTASTIC LIFE with Harriet Tinka, a former fashion model and Woman of Distinction. He is also currently co-authoring two more books – one with Corie Poirer, BLU TALKES PRESENTS: BUSINESS, LIFE AND THE UNIVERSE and one with Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul fame), THE PILLARS OF SUCCESS. Currently acknowledged as a leading expert in LIVING A FANTASTIC LIFE and TURNING POINTS, he is a transformational speaker, thought leader, coach and mentor. Dr. Lycka is happily married to Dr. Lucie Bernier-Lycka (for 38 years) and they have four daughters, seven grandchildren. He counts his family as his most important accomplishment.
Natalie Marie Brobin
Everyday Self-Care and your High-Needs Child
Natalie Brobin who has a Journalism degree writes about parenting, trauma, loss, grief and life. A registered yoga instructor and a Yoga Recovery 2.0 Coach, she’s been published in The Mighty, Thrive Global and Light Hustler. She’s also been featured in and on multiple media outlets for her advocacy on behalf of Turner Syndrome—the rare genetic disorder her daughter has. A dedicated volunteer for the Turner Syndrome Society of the United States, Brobin is currently working on a book called Everyday Self Care During Grief. Her blogs can be found at www.everydayself-care.com. She recently moved to California and enjoys daily walks on the beach.
How to Live a Fantastic Life
I am from Pittsburgh, PA and currently live in Johnstown, PA. I am the proud Dad of two kids. Madelyne is a Junior at Ohio University and Marissa is in their Freshman year at Ohio University. When they were much younger, like typical kids they would bring many picture books home from school. I am an avid reader (although a lazy writer) and I always encouraged them to read a lot and think for themselves. Although we discovered a few books that found a special place on our bookshelf, I have to admit that many of the books they brought home seemed like they had little value. ..to me or to them. Until we read “The Giving Tree”. That story inspired me to start thinking about writing my own children’s story. Something just for me, Madelyne and Marissa. I like to write, I even wrote a novel in my twenties, but had never tried a story for children. I began with a few silly ideas that I could ‘plug’ their names in to keep their interest. One evening, after tucking them in for the night, I sat listening to music and the entire basic idea of this little raindrop just came to me. A little raindrop who wants to be something other than what he is.
Living and Lovinhg Through Grief
Having gone through the experience of the poor health leading to the death of two husbands, as well as the deaths of my father, mother, aunts, and uncles as well as many friends, I have much experience in the grieving process, and I have learned to face life with love, optimism, and joy. I have kept journals and written to express myself most of my life. This led me to a career of teaching writing and writing books. So, after my second husband died, I naturally turned to writing to help deal with my grief. Then I discovered that I could use writing to help friends deal with grief, too. My new book, Loving and Living Your Way Through Grief: A Comprehensive Guide to Reclaiming and Cultivating Joy and Carrying on in the Face of Loss, will provide guidance for navigating the downs and ups of that unfamiliar territory. I retired on the beautiful island of Maui after a rich and varied career in owning and operating businesses ranging from an ambulance company, to a live theatre, to a school of arts, to an art gallery, to a café and catering company. I also worked as a nurse and in Human Resources and Quality Assurance. I taught writing and composition at the university level for many years being a pioneer in online education. My passions are ceramics, acting, directing, designing, weaving, quilting, and cooking, especially vegan, and I am a certified vegan Chef. I have been active in The American Association of University Women, the Editorial Board for The Bakersfield Californian, the Ethics Committee of Kern Medical Center, the board of Bakersfield Community Theatre, and the Potter’s Guild of Ventura County. I spend my time now writing and teaching others to write to deal with all kinds of grieving. And when I am not writing, I am enjoying the beauty of Maui.
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