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Alex Castro

Alex Castro

Community Education Speaker

MALACLPCATPLCDC
Mr. Castro holds a CACIII, and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Depth Psychology. Mr. Castro is the Clinical Director and President of Life Recovery Center in Northglenn and Denver, Colorado. Mr. Castro has over 10 years of combined experience as a Drug Court Probation Officer, EMDR, DUI...

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Athena Phillips

Athena Phillips

Community Education Speaker

Athena Phillips is the owner of Integrative Trauma Treatment Center in Portland, OR. Athena continues to practice out of her Portland location and provides professional training’s on the subjects of Trauma and Dissociation Disorders locally and nationally.

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Chris Cortman

Chris Cortman

Community Education Speaker

Dr. Christopher Cortman has been a licensed psychologist in Florida for 30 years (he was eight at the time). He has facilitated over 70,000 hours of psychotherapy. He is the co-author of Your Mind: An Owner's Manual for a Better Life and Take Control of Your Anxiety. He has another book coming...

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Greg Crosby

Greg Crosby

LPCMA
Greg Crosby has served the Marylhurst community since 1980 and is a sought after trainer in community mental health and managed care organizations, residential treatment, drug and alcohol prisons and within continuing education. When not teaching, Greg maintains a private practice in therapy...

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Jill Haire

Jill Haire

MALMHCCAP
Jill Haire is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, she empowers clients by teaching skills and practicing with them in order to allow freedom of personal choice. As a Certified Addictions Professional, Jill provides psychotherapy that adds dimension to 12-Step recovery. As a former hospice...

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Joann Hendelman

Joann Hendelman

PHD
Dr. Joann Hendelman is the Clinical Director of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness. She is also Clinical Director of The Alliance Psychological Services which provides therapy for those who are uninsured or underinsured, those who historically have not had access to care. The program is...

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Jeff Jones

Jeff Jones

Community Education Speaker

LPC
Jeff is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and holds certifications of Certified Addiction Counselor III, Certified ARISE Interventionist, and Certified Intervention Professional. The focus of his private practice is trauma, addiction, and families. He has created an online family recovery...

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Kevin Kraska

Kevin Kraska

Community Education Speaker

MSWLISW-SBFA
Kevin Kraska, BFA, MSW, LISW-S has created and/or facilitated mindfulness-based seminars and retreats in the Central Ohio area since 2010, including: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) The Art & Practice of Letting Go: a day of mindfulness A Light on the Path: mindfulness for...

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Lori Johnson

Lori Johnson

Professional Education Speaker

LACLPCMA
Lori Johnson is a Licensed Addiction and Professional Counselor with a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health from The University of Colorado. Lori’s practice, In Focus Counseling LLC, is a group practice located in Lakewood, CO and the team specializes in working with individual teens,...

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Lindsey Kathleen

Lindsey Kathleen

Community Education Speaker

LPCMA
Lindsey Chadwick, MA, LPC, has worked for the Betty Ford Center Children's Program in Aurora, Colorado since 2008. She began working at the Betty Ford Center after completing her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Colorado State University. She completed her master's degree in Couple and Family...

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Ramona Peel

Ramona Peel

Community Education Speaker

As the Lead Trainer for The Institute for LGBTQ Health Equity, Ramona collaborates on creating The Institute’s training programs and leads the delivery of training to internal and external audiences. As Trans Health Navigator, Ramona is a resource and an advocate for trans and gender...

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Dorinda Burnham

Dorinda Burnham

Community Education Speaker

LMHCMSCCTP
Dorinda Burnham is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice at Changing Perspectives Counseling Group for individual, couples, and group therapy. Dorinda is an IATP Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and Specialist in Critical Incident Stress Management and Incident Debriefing....

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Dwight Bain

Dwight Bain

Professional Education Speaker

LMHCNCCCLC
Dwight guides people in rewriting their story through the power of personal change as a Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified Life Coach and Communicator. He has over 58,000 hours of clinical experience. Bain is Nationally Certified by NBCC, licensed by the state of Florida as a Mental Health...

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Tralonda Triplett

Tralonda Triplett

Community Education Speaker

PHDMPH
Dr. Tralonda Triplett is the Co-Owner and Director of Operations for the Institute for Successful Leadership (ISL). She leads ISL’s drive to foster comprehensive wellness - not just the absence of disease - in diverse populations around the globe. Over the years, Dr. Triplett has provided...

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Erin Saintil

Erin Saintil

Community Education Speaker

LCSWMSWBCBA
Erin received her undergraduate degree from the College of New Rochelle and her MSW at Fordham University. She has been licensed as a social worker to practice in New York and Massachusetts and is currently actively licensed in Florida. Through the Florida Institute of Technology, Erin completed...

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Sandee Nebel

Sandee Nebel

Community Education Speaker

LMHCMSRYTCEDS
Sandee Nebel is a licensed mental health counselor, practicing in central Florida and Tampa-Clearwater. She is a specialist in the treatment of adult populations with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, and relationship issues. Along with her work with individual clients, she...

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Corrie van Amerongen

Corrie van Amerongen

Professional Education Speaker

LISW-S
Corrie van Amerongen is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervisory designation in the state of Ohio. She completed her Master's in Social Work at the Ohio State University and has worked in healthcare for the past seven years in Columbus, Ohio. She is currently a social worker in the...

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Yshai Boussi

Yshai Boussi

Professional Education Speaker

LPC
Yshai Boussi is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 15 years of experience and licensed through the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists. He graduated with a Master's degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Bastyr University in Seattle in 2003, with a focus in...

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Amanda Marino

Amanda Marino

Community Education Speaker

BSCLCCRC
Amanda Marino is a certified Recovery and Life Coach, certified Interventionist who holds a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine. She works extensively with individuals, who are hurting from low self-esteem, addiction, and mental and emotional barriers. In the past, she has dealt with her...

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Kevin Petersen

Kevin Petersen

Community Education Speaker

LMFTMA
Kevin Petersen, MA, LMFT, is a dedicated, caring, and understanding professional who works with families in crisis. Kevin was born and raised in Palo Alto, CA and earned a bachelors from USC in 1994, and enjoyed a prosperous career in Sales and Marketing before he decided to return to school in...

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Timothy Wienecke

Timothy Wienecke

Professional Education Speaker

MALPCC
I have spent the last decade training and educating in a variety of settings on a broad range of topics. I got my start as a primary trainer for various technical positions as a Signals Analyst working with the NSA. That is where I realized I enjoy giving people the skills and knowledge they need...

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Johanna Leal

Johanna Leal

Community Education Speaker

Johanna Leal has 20 years of experience designing and implementing innovative programs for criminal justice and human services agencies, courts, schools and non-profit organizations. Some of these programs include reentry programs in prisons, parole and jails, justice reinvestment programs in the...

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Camille Schrier

Camille Schrier

Community Education Speaker

Camille Schrier, grew up In Bucks County, Pennsylvania, before moving to Virginia to pursue her undergraduate degrees. In 2018, Camille graduated with honors from Virginia Tech with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Systems Biology, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of...

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Jasmyne Kettwick

Jasmyne Kettwick

Community Education Speaker

LMFTMAMFTRPTCSST
Jasmyne Kettwick, MAMFT, LMFT, RPT, CSST, the Executive Director of Relate Family Therapy and Counseling in Centennial, CO specializes in helping children, adults, and families heal from current and past trauma. Prior to Relate, she was a Program Coordinator in a Dual Diagnosis Residential...

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Paulina Siegel

Paulina Siegel

Community Education Speaker

LCSWMSWCAC II
Paulina Siegel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC II), and master-level trained mindfulness practitioner. Paulina began her clinical career working with teens and Millennials struggling with mental health and or addiction and had the privilege of...

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Laura Beth Burkhalter

Laura Beth Burkhalter

Community Education Speaker

Laura Beth "LB" Burkhalter, Director of Community Engagement at Jade Recovery, Certified Naloxone Administration Trainer, Recovery Coach and Co-Chair of TPAS Colorado (Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services). LB is passionate about creating recovery community and connection through music and...

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Minh Tran

Minh Tran

Community Education Speaker

LMFTMA
Minh's background is in community mental health, where he has served individuals of the LGBT community, HIV-positive persons, the monolingual Vietnamese population at Special Service for Groups in Los Angeles County and Mental Health Association in Orange County, California. Even prior to...

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Melissa Wright

Melissa Wright

Community Education Speaker

MS
Melissa Wright, MS has a master's degree in linguistics. As a linguist, she has worked as a content analyst, writing coach, conversation analyst, communication consultant, and authorship attribution analyst. She has a certificate in Applied Mythology and writes about using metaphors, mythology,...

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Neil Wright

Neil Wright

Community Education Speaker

LPC
Neil Wright, LPC has a master's in Clinical Psychology and has worked for over 10 years with individuals of all ages, professions, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds in rural, suburban, and urban areas. He has provided individual, couples, and family counseling, as well as developed tailored...

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Natasha D

Natasha D'Arcangelo

Community Education Speaker

LMHCNCCCCTP
Natasha D'Arcangelo is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). She works with children, adolescents and adults in private practice in Orlando, FL. She has presented on the topic of mental health,...

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Nicole Dupre

Nicole Dupre

Community Education Speaker

Nicole Dupre is the Founder and Creative Director of Opera Del Sol, a innovative and immersive performing arts association with the vision of creating curated experiences that will cater to the imagination of a multigenerational and multiethnic audience as magical as Orlando itself. In addition...

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Genesis Games

Genesis Games

Community Education Speaker

LMHC
Genesis Games is a Gottman Trained Couples Therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor who enjoys helping college students and young adults adjust to life transitions, navigate the dating world, manage relationship issues, set boundaries with family, and develop adult friendships. She is...

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Lauren Sabo, ESQ.

Lauren Sabo, ESQ.

Community Education Speaker

Lauren brings first-hand experience as a former educator to her work serving clients in a wide range of educational matters with a focus on special education law. She works at Albeit Weiker, LLP and servs as a Guardian Ad Litem, representing children’s best interests in challenging court...

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Robert Ochsner

Robert Ochsner

Community Education Speaker

MD
A native of Colorado, Dr. Robert Ochsner completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder and graduated Magna Cum Laude in erythropoietin (EPO) biology with a minor in biochemistry. Dr. Ochsner received a Health Professions Scholarship through the United States Air...

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Jacki Gethner

Jacki Gethner

Community Education Speaker

Jacki Gethner, bodywork and massage therapist with over 30 years of experience, is a professional trainer and educator dedicated to sharing practical skills. She has shared collaborations with nonprofits, government agencies, and other health educators as a certified alcohol and drug counselor...

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Luke Johnson

Luke Johnson

Community Education Speaker

BSCCAR
Luke Johnson is the Lead Trainer and a founding member Springs Recovery Connection. Luke has trained over 180 coaches during his time with SRC. A gifted trainer, Luke claims his favorite parts of the Springs Recovery Connection CCAR© curriculum are the paradigm of treating people as a...

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Deborah Kaufman

Deborah Kaufman

Community Education Speaker

LCSW
Deborah S. Kaufman, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in individual, couples and family psychotherapy. She maintains a private practice in Sarasota, Florida. As of March 2020, she has been providing these services virtually to create another level of safety for her...

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Dr. Charles Weber

Dr. Charles Weber

Community Education Speaker

MD
Dr. Charles Weber is currently the medical director and CEO of the Family Care Center, a comprehensive outpatient mental health/addiction treatment in Colorado Springs, now with 4 locations. He is married to Dr. Rae Ann Weber, FP, who is a full-time opioid addiction treatment provider. He is a...

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Dr. Constance Clancy

Dr. Constance Clancy

Community Education Speaker

LMHCLPCNCCEdD
Dr. Constance Clancy is a holistic and behavioral health practitioner and practices as a licensed psychotherapist, certified hypnotherapist, and Life Enhancement Coach using the BrainStyles System. Constance is the author of The Gift of Change: Embracing Challenges Today for a Promising...

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Denise Josey

Denise Josey

MDMSMPH
Dr. Denise M. Josey, MD, MPH, MS graduated cum laude from Atlantic Union College having earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.  She then completed a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from Columbia University College of Physicians and...

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Alexander S. Strauss

Alexander S. Strauss

Community Education Speaker

MD
Alex Strauss, M.D. is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in both Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He received his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his Adult, Child...

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Alana Sadhu

Alana Sadhu

Community Education Speaker

MA
Alana has been rigorously involved in the field of mental health for over 10 years. Starting off in the field as an innovator, she studied child and adolescent psychology. Attending high school in a neighborhood of lower socioeconomic status, she was troubled by seeing her peers struggling with...

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Bridget Richard

Bridget Richard

Community Education Speaker

LISW-S
I was born and raised in North East Ohio where I continue to live with my husband and two children. Early in my career, I dedicated myself to the pursuit of mental wellness through my work in juvenile diversion, and support of the severely mentally ill. Soon I felt the call to specialize in...

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Tracey S. Lawrence

Tracey S. Lawrence

Community Education Speaker

Tracey S. Lawrence is the founder of Grand Family Planning LLC and author of the ground-break book “Dementia Sucks.” Having been the primary caregiver to two parents who succumbed to dementia, Tracey has a unique perspective on the issues surrounding caregiving and the challenges of...

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Alex Ribbentrop

Alex Ribbentrop

Community Education Speaker

LCSW
Alex Ribbentrop is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Virginia and Florida, Qualified Supervisor, EMDR Trained Clinician, and Certified Family Trauma Professional. Alex received his B.A. in Philosophy from George Mason University where he also completed a Master’s Degree in Clinical...

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Allison Johanson

Allison Johanson

Community Education Speaker

LCSW
Allison Johanson, LCSW has over a decade of experience treating people suffering from trauma. She is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is a Consultant in training with this modality. She is also fully trained in comprehensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy...

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Dwight Franklin

Dwight Franklin

Community Education Speaker

DOM
Dwight Franklin, DOM is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and owner of Franklin Family Wellness Institute. He is a graduate and former Professor at Florida College of Integrative Medicine, where he received a Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine. Over the course of his career, Dwight has...

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Ritu Anand

Ritu Anand

Community Education Speaker

LCSW
Ritu Anand, LCSW has over 15 years of experience working in a variety of nonprofit environments with different populations including immigrant families and adults, children with disabilities, college students, families experiencing domestic violence, and adults with severe and persistent mental...

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Allison Dickens

Allison Dickens

Community Education Speaker

LPCLCADC
Allison Dickens, LPC, LCADC, has worked in the field of addictions and mental health treatment for the past 15 years. In that time, she has worked at all levels of care with adults, adolescents, and families. She has been working at Care Plus for the past 5 years, overseeing the substance abuse...

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Michael Pipich

Michael Pipich

Community Education Speaker

LMFTMS
Michael Pipich LMFT holds a Master of Science degree in clinical/community psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Loyola Marymount University. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist (Colorado license MFT744), and he has...

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Shaina Feingold

Shaina Feingold

Community Education Speaker

LCSW
Shaina Feingold is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Trauma and Performance Specialist, with training in Brain spotting, TF-CBT, and other somatic therapy strategies. She received her Masters in Social Work from California State University, Los Angeles with a focus in trauma and forensics....

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Arthur Bain

Arthur Bain

Community Education Speaker

LMHCMCAP
In 1988, Mr. Bain was desperately seeking help with his undiagnosed anger and depression. Looking to the Church and religion, but did not find any help. In 1989, Mr. Bain became the disciple of Dr. George W. Mitchell, LMHC, SAP who helped him with his undiagnosed anger and depression, which...

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Kim Leatherdale

Kim Leatherdale

Community Education Speaker

LPCNCCATR-BCDCC
Kim Leatherdale is a well-liked presenter, board-certified coach, and licensed professional counselor who speaks to fortune 500 companies, colleges, state and national groups. She has over twenty-five years of professional experience teaching the relationship skills she herself uses. She...

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Michael Calderon

Michael Calderon

Community Education Speaker

LCSWLCADC
Michael Calderon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has been practicing clinically for nearly eight years. Michael’s clinical work includes working with adults and youth experiencing a wide spectrum of mental health disorders, couples,...

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Alyssa Ackerman

Alyssa Ackerman

Community Education Speaker

Alyssa Ackerman is a Death Doula and Grief Guide. She offers somatic, spiritual, and soul-based healing through loss (big and small). Her holistic approach to loss offers deep peace and guidance to support her clients individually and communmally through grief. She is a massage therapist and...

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Lauren Sisler

Lauren Sisler

Community Education Speaker

Beyond the Shadows is an empowering story about Lauren Sisler and her family's journey through addiction. In 2003 as a freshman at Rutgers University, tragedy struck Lauren’s world. Through her grief and despair, Lauren found the courage to continue moving forward and find success. Lauren...

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Leslie Glass

Leslie Glass

Community Education Speaker

Leslie Glass is the Co-founder of the popular website Reach Out Recovery with her daughter, Lindsey. An author and journalist, Leslie served on the Middles States Commission of Higher Education and the New York City Police Foundation. She was the author of 12 NY Times and USA Today bestselling...

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Tim Sosin

Tim Sosin

Community Education Speaker

LPCMANCC
Tim Sosin, MA, LPC, NCC, is a trauma specialist practicing in the city of Philadelphia. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified EMDR Therapist, and A-CRA Therapist. Since trauma is such an impactful common denominator within the lives of so many, Tim has devoted his career to trauma...

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Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Community Education Speaker

BAMHA
Michael is a professional Mental Health Educational, Motivational, Inspirational, Humorous, and Helpful Speaker, Performer, Keynote, Advocate, and Stand-Up Comedian with his own Workshop/Presentation called THE 3 AMIGOS OF MENTAL HEALTH that he presents at conferences, clinics, hospitals, and...

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Cheyenne Rodriguez

Cheyenne Rodriguez

Community Education Speaker

Cheyenne Rodriguez is a Dating and Relationship Coach. She started coaching in 2017. After having three kids by two different fathers and still single. She felt like she had failed at relationships! And was determined to break the cycle! All she wanted was to be happy. And to give her children an...

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Gunjani Patel

Gunjani Patel

Community Education Speaker

LPCCMANCCCCTP
Gunjani Patel-Oza is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling in California and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in FL. She is also a Trauma Specialist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Life & Wellness Coach, Speaker, Writer, and also a Podcast host of "Traumatic Transformations with Gunjani...

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Anna Locke

Anna Locke

Community Education Speaker

LPCPHDACS
Dr. Anna is a Latina licensed professional counselor and approved clinical supervisor in New Jersey with more than 15 years of experience as a mental health counselor. She graduated from Montclair State University with a doctorate in counseling. She is an assistant professor in mental health...

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