Our Speakers

Benjamin E. Caldwell, Psy. D.

Dr. Benjamin Caldwell is the author of five books, including Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs, which is now on its fourth edition, and Saving Psychotherapy, which has been the focus of several invited conference presentations. He serves as adjunct faculty for California State University Northridge and The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. In his role as Chair of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee for the California Division of AAMFT, he has been directly involved in California’s first-in-the-nation ban on reparative therapy for minors, and he drove the change in title from “intern” to “associate” for prelicensed MFTs and PCCs. For his advocacy work, he was awarded the AAMFT Division Contribution Award in 2013. He is a California licensed marriage and family therapist (#42723) and maintains a private practice in Los Angeles, specializing in working with couples.

Paul Gilmartin

From 1995 to 2011 Paul Gilmartin co-hosted TBS’ Dinner and a Movie and has been a stand-up comedian since 1987. His credits include Comedy Central Presents: Paul Gilmartin, numerous Bob and Tom albums, comedy festivals and the Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Paul is a recovering alcoholic/addict and has been sober since 2003.  He is also an incest survivor and has been in treatment for depression since 1999.  He is a big believer in therapy and support groups.

Paul hosts a weekly audio podcast, The Mental Illness Happy Hour, consisting of interviews with artists, friends, listeners and the occasional mental health professional about all the battles in our heads; from medically diagnosed conditions, past traumas and sexual dysfunction to everyday compulsive, negative thinking.   It gets about 600,000 downloads per month, has a 5/5 iTunes rating where it frequently occupies the top spot in Self-Help, was chosen by Esquire as one of the best podcasts of 2016 and is featured in the 2013 PBS Documentary “A New State of Mind.”

You can learn more about Paul and The Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast here: www.mentalpod.com.

Maelisa Hall, Psy.D.

Maelisa Hall, Psy.D. specializes in teaching therapists how to connect with their paperwork so it’s more simple and more meaningful. The result? Rock solid documentation every therapist can be proud of! Check out her free online Private Practice Paperwork Crash Course, and get tips on improving your documentation today. Learn more at www.qaprep.com.

Kelly Higdon, LMFT

Kelly Higdon, LMFT is a psychotherapist in virtual practice and the co-founder of Business School Bootcamp for Therapists. She is passionate about helping therapists build private practices without the burnout. She believes that private practices that are viable and successful is one of the important ways to combat mental health stigma in our communities.



Miranda Palmer, LMFT

Miranda Palmer, LMFT has been coaching and consulting with therapists for 10 years and has helped thousands of therapists tap into the full potential of a career in the mental health field. She is co-creator of the Business School Bootcamp for Therapists that is helping therapists build, rebuild, and streamline private practice from the ground up to create more ease, more happiness, and spend more of their time working with awesome clients. Go and take over 10 hours of free trainings at https://www.zynnyme.com




Mercedes Samudio, LCSW

Mercedes Samudio, LCSW is a parent coach, speaker, and bestselling author who helps parents and children communicate with each other, manage emotional trauma, navigate social media and technology together, and develop healthy parent-child relationships. Mercedes started the #EndParentShaming movement as well as coined the term Shame-Proof Parenting – using both to bring awareness to ending parent shame. You can read more about her parenting expertise at http://shameproofparenting.com.


Ernesto Segisumdo Jr. M.S. LMFT

Ernesto Segismundo Jr. M.S. LMFT, of Fylmit.com. Ernesto wears many hats in the mental health community: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Adjunct Professor at Hope International University, Adjunct Professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Owner of FYLMIT.com, and Owner of CAV Family Therapy Inc. In talking with Ernesto, it is so clear that he loves supporting psychotherapists in creating an online presence effectively, as well as legally and ethically. Ernesto is paving the way for clearer guidelines on what we can do to get more visibility online without getting in trouble with our licensing boards (or becoming clinically ineffective)!

Howard Spector

Howard Spector is the CEO and Co-Founder of SimplePractice. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Howard has been involved with successful technology companies and has developed and established his first product, TrackYourHours. He has his MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute.



Katie Vernoy, LMFT

Katie Vernoy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, coach, and consultant. As a helping professional for two decades, she’s navigated the ups and downs of our unique line of work. She’s run her own solo therapy practice, designed innovative clinical programs, built and managed large, thriving teams of service providers, and consulted hundreds of helping professionals on how to build meaningful AND sustainable practices. In her spare time, Katie is secretly siphoning off Curt’s youthful energy, so that she can take over the world. Learn more about Katie at www.katievernoy.com.


Curt Widhalm, LMFT

Curt Widhalm is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice in the Los Angeles area. He is a Board Member at Large for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, a Subject Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Adjunct Faculty at Pepperdine University, and a loving husband and father. He is 1/2 great person, 1/2 provocateur, and 1/2 geek, in that order. He dabbles in the dark art of making “dad jokes” and usually has a half-empty cup of coffee somewhere nearby. Learn more about Curt at www.curtwidhalm.com.


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