TR 2019 Speakers

Our Keynote Speakers

Tiffany McLain, LMFT

Tiffany McLain, MFT, is a therapist consultant whose mantra is, “Full fees are the new black.” Via her business,, she helps upwardly mobile clinicians in private practice overcome their shame about marketing and making bank so they can help the clients they are truly passionate about serving. She has been featured in Psychology Today Magazine, Psych Central, Huffington Post, KGO Radio and SF Weekly.





Jo Muirhead

Jo is all about connecting people to purpose through inspiration and innovation. She is the Founder, Director and Principal Consultant of Purple Co (, a team of specialist allied health consultants dedicated to helping people who experience injury illness and trauma reclaim their lives through work. Jo is passionate about the health benefits of work and truly believes that everyone has the right to meaningful and rewarding employment. Purple Co grew out of this belief as a truncated form of PURpose for peoPLE.

Jo and her team also provide a range of career development and coaching services to professionals who are ready to explore change in their career and find the map towards career fulfillment. Jo is Uber passionate about private practice and is the author of The Entrepreneurial Clinician. She loves to empower clinicians to build profitable and sustainable businesses through doing more of the work they love, the way they love to do it (

Some of Our Other Fabulous Speakers

Dr. Talal H. Alsaleem, PsyD, LMFT

Award-winning marriage counselor and researcher, Dr. Talal H. Alsaleem is recognized as a leading expert in the field of infidelity counseling. He is the author of the acclaimed book, Infidelity: the Best Worst Thing that Could Happen to Your Marriage, and the founder of the Infidelity Counseling Center. His research interests and clinical work are focused on identifying the causes of infidelity and providing the best treatment for recovery from its impact. He developed Systematic Affair Recovery Therapy (SART) TM, a method of infidelity counseling that has helped hundreds of couples navigate the challenges of the healing journey from affairs. Dr. Alsaleem is an international lecturer and speaker. His engaging talks have helped many counselors broaden their understanding of infidelity and gain the necessary clinical tools to help their clients recover from affairs. Learn more at


Anita Avedian, LMFT

Anita Avedian, LMFT, CAMS-IV, Executive Director of Avedian Counseling Center, Executive Director of Anger Management Essentials. Anita has been practicing psychotherapy since 1996. She opened her practice in 2001 and continues to see clients in Sherman Oaks, Hollywood, Glendale, and Woodland Hills. Avedian Marriage and Family Therapy Corporation was formed in 2018, where Anita merged Anger Management 818 and her private practice into a group practice. Her specialties include working with relationships, anger, social anxiety, general anxiety, and addictions. Anita is the Executive Director of Avedian Counseling Center, with 8 locations, helping people work towards improving their daily lives and relationships.

Anger Management Essentials is an approved National Anger Management Association (NAMA) model which is used for anger management certification. Moreover, Anita is an Authorized NAMA Trainer and Anger Management Supervisor for certifying anger management specialists. She is a Certified Anger Management Specialist IV and a Diplomat Member of NAMA. Anita offers a monthly training throughout the West Coast to certify counselors in anger management. She authored Anger Management Essentials, a workbook for aggression, which has been translated into Spanish, Armenian, and Hebrew. The Teen Version was published in 2017.

Anita is very involved with the professional community. Anita is the co-Founder and President of the California Chapter of NAMA, and the Founder of Toastmasters for Mental Health Professionals. Anita is an active member of the Armenian American Medical Society (AAMS) and the Armenian American Mental Health Association (AAMHA). She also volunteers to help organize the mental health segment of the annual Glendale Health Festival.

Eliza Boquin, LMFT

As a Licensed Psychotherapist, Relationship & Sexuality Expert, Energy Healing Practitioner and Entrepreneur, Eliza Boquin works with couples & individuals to overcome past traumas, emotional pain, and destructive relationship patterns so they can begin to enjoy more healthy, satisfying, and pleasure-filled lives. You can find her working with clients at her private practice in Houston, TX, hosting workshops, and at public speaking events helping people gain the skills to reach their life & relationship goals.

She is also an active mental health advocate & co-founder of Melanin & Mental Health, LLC which promotes mental health awareness in the Black & Latinx communities. She & her business partner, Eboni Harris, are changing the face of therapy through their website, national therapist directory, Between Sessions podcast and "Therapy is Dope" merchandise.

Topics of discussion she frequently comments on include: The Unapologetic Sexual Woman, Pleasure-Focused Sexual Experiences, Healthy & Mutually-Satisfying Relationships, Chakras & Relationships, and The Black & Latinx Communities' Concerns About Going to Therapy.

She has also been featured in Cosmopolitan, Men's Health, Therapy for Black Girls Podcast, Fatherly, Bustle, ThriveWorks, Good Therapy, Stylecaster, Business Insider, Houstonia Magazine, and on Houston's Amazing 102.5 FM, and KBXX 97.9 FM - The Box.

Angela Caldwell, LMFT

Angela Caldwell, founder and executive director of SII, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles, California (#45163). Angela has been working with the self-injury population since her early days as a trainee, and now devotes most of her professional energy toward treating these individuals and families, as well as training other therapists who work with self-injury. She has given lectures on her approach to large audiences at national conferences as well as small groups at public libraries. Angela is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Pepperdine University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Clinical Psychology. She serves on the Board of Directors of AAMFT-CA, and is adjunct faculty at Antioch University Los Angeles and California State University Northridge.



Dr. Benjamin Caldwell, LMFT

Dr. Benjamin Caldwell is the author of several books, including Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs, and Saving Psychotherapy. 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 was 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 the Education Director for SimplePractice Learning.



Megan Costello, LMFT

Megan Costello, LMFT, is a person-centered behaviorist providing in-home counseling for families in Los Angeles. Megan has provided services to clients in their homes or the community for almost 15 years. Megan started her career as a behavioral technician, providing behavioral therapy under the supervision of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) before she moved into a supervisory role for Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) cases (both in- home and school-based cases). Megan continued this work as she obtained her Masters of Science in Counseling at California State University, Long Beach. Megan then added clinical work in community mental health, providing specialized support to children on the autism spectrum with trauma histories. When Megan moved into private practice, she incorporated the best of the in-home and behavioral interventions into her treatment model. She brings practical advice and strategies to her clinical work, providing specialized, comprehensive treatment to higher needs or atypical cases.

Ulash Dunlap, LMFT

Ulash Thakore-Dunlap is licensed marriage and family therapist and full-time faculty at the Wright Institute MA Counseling Psychology Program in Berkeley, California. At the Wright Institute, she advises and teaches students who are working towards LPCC and MFT licensure. Dunlap also maintains a private practice in San Francisco providing therapy and clinical supervision. Her area of interests include anxiety, relationship and transitional needs, and supporting women, and people of color. Dunlap currently serves as: co-chair of the Mental Health Board of San Francisco where board members advise their Board of Supervisors and Mental Health Director about funding, policy and services; training advisory committee member for the Minority fellowship program at the American Psychological Association; board member at MySahana a non-profit helping to reduce mental health stigma within the South Asian community; board member at the Asian-American Psychological Association, and chair for the Division of Practice within the AAPA. As an Asian Indian woman, mother to a multiracial son, wife, and community member, Ulash incorporates her experiences into her work.

Dr. Celisa Flores, Psy.D.

Since obtaining a Master’s degree in Counseling in 2007 at CSU Fresno and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2013, Dr. Flores worked as a therapist and program director in a wide variety of mental health treatment setting. This diversity of experience allowed research and training to expand her skills as a Feminist therapist with emphasis on Eating Disorders, Mindfulness and women’s issues.
With a history of providing individual, group, family, and couples counseling services, as well as therapeutic yoga services, Dr. Flores has focused on evidence-based practices, providing guidance and support in Mindfulness in Recovery, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and other self-empowerment strategies. In addition to training as a therapist, she is a Certified Yoga Teacher, also trained in Mindful Stress Reduction, Reiki and as a doula. By integrating a variety of holistic tools into recovery and wellness, she works to create a long-lasting, sustainable wellness plan.

Now proudly with Center for Discovery, providing clinical outreach for Orange County and the Central California region. This role has included national and international training and speaking engagements on eating disorders, mindfulness, yoga, body acceptance, and professional wellness, as well as facilitating accessible, body-affirming yoga annually at the Los Angeles NEDA walk. With a passion to support other therapists and community members with  understanding eating disorders and treatment as well as self-care and overall wellness, she is always working to share information, research and training.

Debi Jenkins Frankle, LMFT

I'm Debi Jenkins Frankle and I'm a loss and grief expert. I've been in private practice since 1995, specializing in grief. I was in the process of finishing my master's degree to become a therapist, when my mom died. I was devastated. I thought I just needed to go through all the "stages of grief" and I'd be okay...that's what my own therapist told me. But I started seeing grief more clearly as the underlying pain when clients seek our help.
I have seen in my own practice, as well as providing trainings to grief counselors throughout North America, that when we address and help our clients address the unresolved grief, that it significantly relieves the depression and anxiety that they have been paralyzed with. Being equipped with the tools to work with clients who have experienced loss in a way that is successful has allowed me to:

  • Have a consistently full practice that is private pay, without relying on insurance panels to fill my caseload.
  • Enjoy and feel a sense of gratitude for the work I do so that it's NOT DRAINING.
  • Experience major transformation in my clients and see tangible results of the process.

Robyn L. Goldberg, RDN, CEDRD

Robyn L. Goldberg, RDN, CEDRD, INC. Private Practice. Robyn began her career at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles as the in-patient dietitian in the Department of Cardiology. Over the last twenty two years she has developed her own private practice in Beverly Hills, CA, where she specializes in medical conditions, disordered eating, eating disorders, Health at Every Size, pre-pregnancy nutrition, preventative nutrition and people in recovery. Robyn promotes opportunity to excel in personal health and fitness maintenance through a lecture series in association with several medical groups. She serves as a Nutrition Consultant for the Celiac Disease Foundation. For the last eight years Robyn was the Nutritional Counselor for the Susan Krevoy Eating Disorders Program at The Wright Institute Los Angeles was a consultant for Panda Restaurant Group and teaches the nutrition classes for the Motion Picture Wellness Program. Currently Robyn is the Director of Nutrition Service for The Control Center, an addiction IOP, where she seeing all the eating disorder patients. She is a contributing author and is a nationally known registered dietitian nutritionist. She has been quoted in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Fix, Shape Magazine, Fitness, Oxygen, Pilates Style, Diabetes Forecast, BH Weekly, Life & Style, Girlboss and Consumer Digest. She has been on national television as the eating disorder expert on The Insider and the Associated Press (AP).

James Guay, LMFT

James Guay is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#39252) inspired by seeing his clients transform from being perfectionistic, constantly on the go, feeling empty despite their successes to a place where they can finally truly relax and pursue excellence from a greater place of self-compassion. He’s also a social justice activist with a mission to help bring more compassion into the world — especially for oppressed minorities. To advance this cause, he’s testified against conversion therapy at California’s State Capital, appeared on Lisa Ling’s Our America show, appeared on various documentaries including VICE, and has been interviewed and/or written articles for Time, NY Times, LA Times, Huffington Post, Rage Magazine and the Advocate.



Dr. Maelisa Hall

Dr. Maelisa Hall is a licensed clinical psychologist and is the Owner of QA Prep, where she offers online trainings in all things documentation and ethics.

Dr. Hall does most things online and she and her husband alternate between living on their sailboat and traveling in their RV.

Training is Dr. Hall’s true passion and she loves to help therapists connect meaning to the typically mundane task of paperwork. She encourages professionals to consider WHY they are creating policies or doing things, rather than copying from others or repeating what they have heard in the past.

In her workshop, Dr. Hall will be providing strategies for making paperwork more meaningful in daily practice, while also examining the common fears, misconceptions, ethical guidelines and risks associated with documentation and the insurance industry. Prepare for a lively discussion where multiple points of view are accepted.

Eboni Harris, LPC, LMFT

Eboni Harris is a licensed relationship therapist, co-founder of Melanin and Mental HealthTM, Founder of Room for Relations and host of Room for Relations: Sex and Relationship Podcast. Through her education she has learned the skills and techniques to help individuals and couples love better, stronger and longer. Through life she has learned that taking care of yourself is the best thing you can do for you and the ones you love. Her goal is to help adults communicate with clarity and honesty, love with passion and intention and teach their little ones the value of boundaries, compassion, and trust.




Frances J. Harvey, C.P.C.

Founder, Owner, Online Strategic Business Manager, Certified Professional Coach
I have been encouraging and helping people see their own life potential for over 35 years.

My gift of encouragement, listening, and helping others comes naturally, and my passion is to see people live the life that was purposed for them, as well as assisting them in their practice as a Strategic Business Manager. I am a Certified Professional Coach and love to be a part in assisting others in finding and attaining their goals in life and business and watching them grow and thrive.

Being the Director for one of the largest professional counseling centers in Southern California for 8 years, I know what it takes to create and run a successful private practice or group center - and having the right support team is an important key. Overseeing a staff of licensed and pre-licensed therapists and over 40 satellite locations throughout the Southland, I have been providing professional services to therapists for over 13 years and am skilled in connecting with potential clients who call looking for quality professional counseling services. Having been in the mental health field for a long time, I know the support and care clinicians need and want, to maintain, grow and thrive in their private practice.

Understanding the importance of the business component to private practice and being successful, I specialize in services and results, and provide information and training to therapists all over the world, giving them back time and peace of mind to do the healing workthey are called to do.

I have been married for 35 years - to my best friend and father of our two sons, "Opa" to our granddaughter and our 3 furry children. We enjoy traveling, camping and being with family and friends.

Marquita Johnson, LPC

Marquita Johnson is a graduate of Mercer University with a Master of Science in Community Counseling and Master of Divinity. Marquita received her undergraduate degree from Georgia State University in Psychology & Sociology. She is a licensed professional counselor, a nationally certified counselor, a board certified tele-mental health specialist, certified counseling professional supervisor in Georgia and speaker. Her specialties includes dating, relationships, divorce, step-families, and grief related to loss in relationships. In an effort to promote healthy relationships, Marquita started offering coaching services to help millennials who are dating. While working as a college counselor she discovered that students were struggling with intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships. Hence she has embraced the call as Atlanta's "Millennial Dating Coach”.



Jill Johnson-Young, LCSW

Jill Johnson-Young, LCSW is a dynamic and engaging presenter. When she is not out speaking, which is one of Jill's favorite parts of her career, she is the CEO and Clinical Director of Central Counseling Services in Riverside, California. She is a certified Grief Recovery Facilitator and specializes her private practice work in grief and loss, dementia, trauma, and adoption issues. She has more than a decade of experience with hospice and trains therapists and social workers in areas that include correctly treating childhood trauma, grief and loss, and dementia care. She holds a BA from UC Riverside and her MSW from the University of South Florida.

Jill is also the creator of Your Path Through Grief, which is a year-long, comprehensive grief support program which includes pages for therapists. She is also the author of Your Own Path Through Grief, a workbook for those in the grief process to work toward recovery, which can be used individually, in a group, or with a therapist. It is available on Amazon. She's also the author of the children's books Someone is sick- how do I say goodbye? and Someone I love Just Died: What happens now? Several books are in process, with publication expected later this year. Jill is a member of the Purple Cities coalition in Riverside and facilitates a dementia support group monthly.

Marissa Lawton, LPC

Marissa Lawton is a licensed counselor, board certified counselor, and member of the American Counseling Association.

She is also an avid online marketer and lights up helping female clinicians own their identities as thought leaders and scale their practices with personal brands.

Marissa is the creator of the Thought Leader Therapist Collective a monthly membership that guides practitioners to monetize their opinions and world view.
You can learn more at



Zeahlot Lopez, LMFT LPCC

Zeahlot Lopez is a dually licensed mental health professional and a Licensed Cosmetologist helping humans rebuild their spirit. Guided by her intuition, clinical training, life experience, and some luck she currently helps individuals and families lead a happier life! Aside from providing therapy to better the lives of her clients, she enjoys coaching entrepreneurs and those looking to increase their emotional intelligence. She also is a Keynote speaker passionate about educating others about the importance of mental health in the LatinX commuinty and empowering women. She enjoys comedy, singing in her shower, and cooking new dishes.

She also is a Keynote speaker passionate about educating others about the importance of mental health and has spoken at universities, non-profits, and various corporations in Los Angeles. She has been featured on Univision speaking on mental health as well as in Voyage Magazine, in the STEM Conference of Los Angeles, and spoken at the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Kristin M. Martinez, LMFT

Kristin Martinez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in working with people, especially women and teens, who have had childhood trauma. She is dedicated to helping people overcome their histories so that they can reach and exceed the goals they set for themselves. She is a published author and has worked in the mental health field for over 10 years. Kristin has experience working in the non-profit, government, and private sectors and has a secondary passion for infusing organizations with psychological concepts and interventions that help productivity and company morale.




Katie K. May NCC, LPC

Katie K. May is a licensed professional counselor, group practice owner and online course creator. Her teen support center serves over 200 adolescents every week and offers 14 weekly groups. Katie helps therapists market, fill and run group programs so they can make a positive impact on their clients (and their bank account) at the same time. Her Fill Your Group Fast Workshop provides an effective blueprint for how to go from zero to full group in a matter of weeks, even if you hate marketing and have no idea where to start. Learn more at






Sage Mendez-McLeish

With over a decade of experience in special education, Sage Mendez-McLeish (he/him/his) utilizes behavioral management techniques and practical instruction to guide students and clients toward achieving their learning, employment, spiritual, educational and/or life goals.

Sage helps individuals to engage in life, patiently walking trans individuals and their families through social and physical transitions, finding a college or therapeutic placement that fits individuals personalities and needs, or advocating for accommodations in the school setting. Through trust building and honest communication, Sage motivates clients and students to make better choices and helps them identify creative strategies to overcome challenges and meet an individuals goals. Sage is a college professor at Pasadena City College and CSU Dominguez Hills in Child Development and Special Education. He is a former k-12 special education teacher. His gentle and perceptive approach enables students, clients and families to open their minds and shape meaningful relationships with the world around them. Sage holds a M.A. in Special Education, an Education Specialist Credential, he is also a professional meditation teacher, and is seeking professional membership in the Independent Education Consultants Association.

Shira Myrow, LMFT

Shira Myrow is a licensed marriage and family therapist, mindfulness educator and founder of the mindfulness based Yale St. Therapy Group based in Santa Monica where she works in private practice. Shira specializes in relationship intelligence—treating couples and marriages with a focus on rebuilding attunement, repairing attachment, and creating emotional literacy. Shira also works with individuals in transition-- looking for love, in break up recovery, conscious uncoupling or moving through the divorce process. Shira has a special focus on treating attachment injuries in adult children of severely mentally ill parents (parents with borderline personality disorder, bi-polar and schizophrenia).

Shira is a regular writer for publications including Goop, Thrive Global and Mind Body Green. She has presented workshops at TED Women and has been featured as a guest on multiple outlets and podcasts.

Anna Osborn, LMFT

Anna Osborn, LMFT, owner of Life Unscripted Counseling, focuses her work on reconnecting couples and inspiring individuals. She works with couples and individuals on improving communication, deepening intimacy and changing negative patterns of disconnection in their love relationships. As a licensed psychotherapist and relationship specialist Anna provides therapy, relationship workshops and hosts speaking events that help folks create and grow the love they want. Visit for more information on Anna and her work in the Sacramento community.




Dr. Paul R. Puri

Dr. Puri is a board certified psychiatrist, in private practice in Los Angeles. He practices multiple forms of psychotherapy, including hypnosis, in addition to managing medications. He attended medical school at University of Rochester, and specialty training in psychiatry at UC San Diego. He is currently a clinical Assistant Professor at UCLA, and the president-elect of the Psychiatric Clinical Faculty Association.
In his non-clinical time he consults and writes for TV, and is the Chief Medical Officer for an online mental health hub, OOTify 




Patricia Ravitz, LMFT

Patricia Ravitz LMFT has been in private practice in Marin County CA since 1991. She specializes in treating eating disorders. She was appointed by senator Mark Leno to represent him in the Marin Democratic Party in 2009. She staffed Marin Democratic Headquarters in 2010 and 2012 and was the Marin County volunteer coordinator for Senator Barbara Boxer in 2010. Patricia was elected delegate to the California State Democratic Party in 2010. Patricia worked as volunteer staff for the Obama campaign and Obama For America from 2009-2012. In 2012 she was elected Obama National Delegate and attended the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. In 2012 she was honored by the Obama campaign who selected her to introduce President Obama at the Masonic auditorium in San Francisco.

Patricia served on the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist Board of Directors from 2015-2017 and was elected Board President in 2016. While on the BOD she promoted the development of the Grassroots Advocacy Team (GAT) and oversaw its implementation. This team lobbies and advocates in Sacramento and Washington D.C. for issues concerning MFTs and the populations they serve.

She has worked as a campaign consultant and campaign manager for several local campaigns. Patricia believes political activism is empathy in action and a natural fit for psychotherapists, whose skills and training make them valuable participants in the political arena. She believes therapists need to be agents of social justice in order to promote policies and candidates that lessen discrimination and increase the well-being of the disadvantaged. She holds two Masters of Arts degrees, one in Community Program Development and the other in Counseling Psychology.

Katie Read, LMFT

Katie Read, LMFT takes lessons from her nearly-20 successful years in the field to help clinicians grow...then OUTgrow...their practices.

Immediately upon licensure Katie was made Director of a large Transitional Aged Youth program in Oakland, CA. Later she was recruited to Direct one of Sacramento’s largest Wraparound Programs, and from there she moved into a Director of Clinical Supervision role, personally supervising 40+ interns towards licensure.

Concurrently, Katie had private practices in multiple cities, taught graduate psychology students, and wrote and created therapist training materials.

Now Katie’s attention is focused on helping clinicians grow their practices and their LIVES by serving as a top-shelf online marketing consultant and teaching clinicians how to add powerhouse revenue streams in coaching, consulting, or online course creation.

If you chuckled at any of the emails you received prior to this Conference, that was her copywriting in action. (If you thought the emails were terrible, then, ummm, Curt wrote them.)

Perry Rosenbloom

Perry Rosenbloom is the CEO & Founder of Brighter Vision, the worldwide leader in custom therapist website design. His connection to therapy and therapists runs deep: His mother-in-law owns a private practice in Jacksonville, FL, his father-in-law is in recovery and just received his 30 year chip, his Uncle (who he never met) died at a very young age due to drug use, and the heroin epidemic has hit his hometown very hard. With so many connections to therapy and therapists, he is immensely proud to be able to help support them in their work and enable them to be successful business owners.




Cori Rosenthal, LMFT

Cori Rosenthal is a Santa Monica based marriage and family therapist (#98720) and mindfulness educator in private practice at Yale Street Therapy. She incorporates mindfulness, compassion practices and Brainspotting in her work with adolescents and adults. She specializes in working with eating disorders, disordered eating, trauma, codependency, intimacy issues, anxiety and depression. Cori earned a master's degree in Psychology from Antioch University with a specialization in child studies, and is currently working toward
becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist.

Five years ago, Cori discovered the Mindful Self-Compassion program, born out of a need to cope with her own hypercritical inner voice. First incorporating the practices into her own life, she attended teacher training through the Center for Mindful Self Compassion. She now offers self-compassion practices and education in the form of workshops, an 8-week class and woven into her psychotherapy work.

Cori is passionate about helping others heal the relationship with themselves, others, food and their bodies through acceptance and self-compassion. When not working, Cori recharges by spending time with animals, her cats Sadie and Diesel, goat yoga or hugging the cows at the Gentle Barn.

Nikki Rubin

Nikki Rubin, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist (CA PSY30047; NY 019595) specializing in evidence-based therapies. She currently serves as a clinical supervisor within UCLA's clinical PhD program. She previously served as an adjunct professor and clinical supervisor at Columbia University's Teachers College, where she helped lead a shift towards training and supervision in CBT.





Mercedes Samudio, LCSW

Mercedes Samudio, LCSW is a parent coach, speaker, bestselling author, and founder of the Diversity in Parenting Conference 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




Ernesto Segismundo, Jr. M.S. LMFT

Ernesto Segismundo Jr. M.S. LMFT, of 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, 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)!




Dr. Teyhou Smyth, LMFT

Dr. Teyhou Smyth is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#115137) & Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology in Pepperdine University.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Teyhou earned her B.A in Psychology from the University of Southern California and completed a M.A. in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Teyhou went on to complete a second Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at the California School of Professional Psychology and hold a doctorate degree in Pedagogical Sciences.

Teyhou Smyth places high value on personal development and wellness allowing for the achievement of one’s full potential, and her practice Living with Finesse focuses on stress management, corporate burnout and achieving better work/life balance for high functioning professionals who lead busy lifestyles and want to live a more fulfilling life. Teyhou believes that everyone is able to access their full potential so that they may become the best version of themselves.

Teyhou Smyth divides her time between Los Angeles, London, and Dublin and runs workshops regularly focusing on the topics of stress and corporate burnout. Teyhou shares weekly articles, podcasts and YouTube videos on various topics that can help people live their best life on her website and is a contributor to the website entitled Thrive Global (by Arianna Huffington) on issues relating to stress and corporate burnout.

John Sovec MA, LMFT

John Sovec, MA, LMFT is a nationally recognized expert on the topic of creating affirmative support for the LGBTQ community. He is the clinical
consultant for The Life Group LA , adjunct faculty at Phillips Graduate Institute and guest lecturer at Alliant University and USC School of
Social Work.
John Sovec is the author of multiple publications on providing LGBTQ support, speaks at conferences nationwide, maintains a private practice
and provides training for community agencies, schools, non-profits, and professional consultation on LGBTQ competencies.
John is a nationally recognized expert on creating affirmative LGBTQ support with his work featured on The Riki Lake Show, OWN, FOX, The
Advocate, YHTV, LA Talk Radio, Broad Topics and regular columns for Huffington Post and Good Therapy.  You can learn more about John and his work at and

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.





Nicol Stolar-Peterson, LCSW, BCD

Nicol Stolar-Peterson, LCSW, BCD has over 20 years of experience working with children and families. She worked for Child Protective Services for over 11.5 years as a child abuse investigator, forensic interviewer and adoptions social worker. Nicol was licensed in 2009 and began her work as a child custody evaluator shortly there after. Nicol became a Board Certified Diplomat of Clinical Social Work in 2015. Nicol is an expert witness and her areas of expertise includes child abuse, sexual abuse, child protective services and child custody.

Nicol’s practice is located in Murrieta, CA. Nicol is also the founder and director of Kids Court & Counseling Center a non-profit that helps children prepare for court testimony and appearances if they are victims of crimes, witnesses to crimes, in foster care and/or going through a litigious custody battle where testimony occurs.

Nicol coaches her fellow colleagues all over the United States on court related matters and consults with attorneys on a regular basis. Nicol loves giving presentations and trainings. She speaks on multiple topics. One of her favorite topics is CYA, Cover Your Assets. Nicol feels strongly that the work that therapists do is important and must be protected. That is why Nicol created A site that therapists could go to and get help implementing a copy/paste court policy, learn what to write and what not to write in a court related letter and learn what they need to do, in order to have a kick ass day in court if they have to go.

Jessica Tang, LMFT

Jessica Tang is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#99814) who is currently the Clinical Director of the Self Injury Institute and also has her own private practice providing therapy for primarily adolescents and young adults. Her clinical training has its roots in working with families. She specializes in the zero to five population and their families using behavioral interventions, play therapy, and parent coaching as well as the adolescent/young adult population using family systems therapy.





Our Hosts

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




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




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