Sovann is licensed professional counselor and health coach in Oregon. He has been married 25 years and has three children: 23,19 and 15 years old. His wife Julie teaches jr high and high school science. His kids have attended public, homeschool, online, homeschool co-op, private and charter schools over the years. He first took karate lessons in 1977 and has been involved in mixed martial arts and brazilian jiu jitsu for the past 18 years. He enjoys church activities. reading, social media, comic book movies and musicals.
Dr. Samantha Diaz Weinstein is a neuroscientist/research psychologist, educator, and mother of a highly sensitive child. She works to create a supportive community for highly sensitive children and their families as well as provide educational resources based on the latest neuroscience and psychology research on high sensitivity through various online platforms as well as a meet up group. She earned her Ph.D. from CUNY’s Graduate Center’s program in Biological Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience and was a visiting scholar at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. She earned a B.S. from Sacred Heart University where, upon completion of her graduate work, she also had the privilege of serving as a faculty member.
Althea Simpson founded Unicorn Life Training and Brighter Day Therapeutic Solutions. She is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S), a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), has a B.S. in Business Management, an MBA in Marketing, and an MSW in Organizational Leadership. Althea’s passion for helping individuals and families go from “Hurt to Healed” aided in her decision to return to George Mason University to complete requirements to become a Clinical Social Worker and specialize in trauma recovery. On top of all that, she is completing her Ph.D. in Business Psychology Consulting. Althea’s experience in mental health spans 15 years.
Chautè Thompson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and a Qualified Parenting Coordinator in the State of Florida. Ms. Thompson has worked for over 18 years as a helping professional. She is currently the owner and primary clinician of Inspiring Hope Counseling Services, LLC. The emphasis of her practice is Strengthening the Family Unit which enables her to assist individuals, couples, families and schools at every level of supporting families’ ability to thrive with the mission of affording them inspiration, hope, health and healing. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling specializing in forensics. Ms. Thompson is an author, speaker and the Founder of Brand New Me, LLC a business geared towards providing resources through webinars, books, retreats, conferences, churches and coaching services enabling individuals to GROW past pain of divorce and life transitions rediscovering and redefining themselves.
Anya coaches parents to become the mentor and amazing parent they’ve always wanted to be for their kids. By transforming and opening the communication between parents and their children, Anya helps parents have deep and connected conversations about anything. Anya’s specialty is helping parents talk with their kids about sex, to ensure that their kids have safe and healthy sexual relationships from the start. She has come to this work after healing her own wounds around sexual abuse, teaching high-school science for over a decade (including the reproductive system, fielding all her student’s questions!), completing her masters coursework in Education, graduating from the Interchange Counseling Institute’s year-long training program, and starting her own family.
Dr. Benjamin Caldwell is the CE Program Director for SimplePractice Learning. He is the author of five 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. He served as lead author for AAMFT’s Best Practices in the Online Practice of Couple and Family Therapy. For his advocacy work, he was awarded the AAMFT Division Contribution Award in 2013. He is a California licensed marriage and family therapist (#42723).
Shana Simmons is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. The granddaughter of a committed Norfolk Community Services Board employee, Shana’s passion for individuals with mental health needs and other disabilities is hereditary. After earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from Norfolk State University, Shana began serving youth and families as an in-home therapist. She soon after began community-based work with the Intellectually Disabled population to promote community integration and engage in crisis level clinical intervention. She later broadened her treatment focus to include work with adults and couples as a private practice psychotherapist, group therapist, and collegiate counselor. Shana has also worked as an assessment counselor and an inpatient treatment clinician. Shana is the CEO of telehealth private practice, C.O.A.C.H, LLC.
Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S is a sought after international speaker, author, and psychotherapist. Clair is the author of Attachment Centered Play Therapy; Play Therapy : Proven Strategies for Childhood Disorders, and My Many Colors of Me Workbook. In addition to being an experienced play therapist and presenter, she frequently appears on local and national media as an expert on children and family issues.
Stephanie Davis, M.Ed, LPC, CEO of Heartwork Trending Counseling and Consulting Services, PLLC. is an Educator, Youth & Young Adult Therapist, former School Counselor, and Author. Stephanie believes that counseling and educating youth and young adults is a "work of heart". With over 10 years of experience in education, she strives to change the stereotypes associated with those that seek therapy within various socioeconomic statuses, and encourage others to be a voice to bring awareness to mental health issues such as teen suicide, depression, bullying, self-efficacy and other concerns. To learn more, check out www.heartworktrending.net.
Danielle received her Master’s in Human Relations (MHR) in 2011 from the University of Oklahoma. With a focus on becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor, Danielle began working in the mental health field in 2009 in a residential treatment facility for children diagnosed with Autism, Asperger’s and behavioral issues. She went on to become an intern/case manager then therapist at Infant Parent Intervention Center focusing primarily on infant mental health and families with child welfare involvement. Moving back to her hometown in 2015, Danielle continues to work with children 2 years and up and families addressing issues in childhood trauma, disruptive behaviors, depression and improving parent/child relations. Danielle is currently co-owner of D&K Counseling Group, PLLC, a growing group practice in the Houston, Texas area. Danielle continues to be commitment to improving the perception of mental health in the African American community by engaging in continuous community work and serving as the Community Outreach and Engagement Officer of Melanin and Mental Health.
I'm a dad and parent coach, with a bachelor's degree in Sociology. I also have a growing social media following as '1 Awesome Dad' and in my group Peaceful Parenting Community.
Maria Davis-Pierre is the Founder and CEO of Autism in Black Inc. This organization aims to bring awareness to Autism Spectrum Disorder and reduce the stigma associated with the diagnosis in the black community. As a licensed therapist, Maria primarily works with parents to provide support through education and advocacy training. Her passion for working in the field stems from her personal j0urney with ASD when her daughter received the diagnosis at a very early age. In addition to therapy, Maria dons many other titles including coach, speaker, advocate, and most recently author. Maria’s unique approach to coaching and counseling exemplifies her drive and motivation toward greater acceptance and overcoming the barriers and personal struggles associated with raising a child on the spectrum.
Mawule has earned recognition for her unique contributions to the field of education and mental health. Having earned a specialist’s degree in School Psychology and national board certification as a Behavior Analyst, she uses her behavioral approach to impact the racial disparity in the educational system. Her primary focus is inequity within disciplinary practices for preschool and elementary aged children. Working to increase the cultural competencies of clinicians in the field, Mawule has presented and spoken at professional conferences and academic events on topics related to culture, race, diversity, and inclusion.
Jessica Lang, LMFT has a deep knowledge and compassion for helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse and other complex traumas. With over a decade of experience helping children and adolescents who’ve experienced multiple traumas, and as a result had trouble with emotional regulation and attachment problems, she has uses a treatment approach that integrates the body and mind connection. As an NMT certified provider, Jessica uses this brain mapping assessment tool in her private practice to help target specific areas of the brain that need special attention, and uses this information to help survivors release the trapped energy from past traumas and replace these maladaptive coping skills with healthier alternatives that are right for the individual.
Katayune Kaeni, Psy.D., PMH-C, is a psychologist in private practice specializing perinatal mental health. She was drawn to this specialty after going through Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety and Postpartum OCD with her first child. She works with her local community in San Bernardino County to provide training in perinatal mental health to local mental health and allied healthcare providers. Dr. Kat was a subject matter expert for Postpartum Support International (PSI) certification exam development. She is also a board member of PSI as well as a trainer.Dr. Kat is the creator and host of Mom & Mind Podcast, which focuses on perinatal mental health and wellness. Through interviews with experts and people sharing personal stories of healing, the podcast raises the volume on issues related to perinatal mental health. The Mom & Mind Podcast aims to give information, reduce stigma and support families in the transition to parenthood.
Krischa Esquivel has been active in the field of early education and advocacy for 22 years.
She is the author of Losing Control, A Guide to Successful Non-Violent Parenting, is sought after for her work and training on non-traditional parenting, and has been a guest on a number of podcasts, delivered keynotes and is working with other professionals in the field to publish a college text book for the California Junior Colleges on Diversity and Inclusion for all Early Care and Education students. She regularly guest lectures at colleges and universities, and conducts training and technical assistance for school districts and non-profit agencies. She is also on the Board of Directors for a charter school in the San Fernando Valley, and most recently, Krischa completed at Tedx talk on Treating Our Children Better.
Since obtaining a Master’s degree in Counseling with MFT emphasis in 2007 at CSU Fresno and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2013, Dr. Flores has worked as a therapist in a wide variety of mental health treatment settings, with a focus on Mind-Body wellness. Dr. Flores has also completed training in Yoga, Reiki, and Mindfulness, with specialization in accessible yoga, yoga for social justice and trauma-sensitive yoga. Now proudly with Center for Discovery, Dr. Flores provides clinical outreach for Ventura County and the Central California region.
Jaynay C. Johnson, MFT is an award-winning teen therapist, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. She owns Teen Talk, a premier therapy and educational company and the co-founder of The Black Brain Campaign. She was named in Huffington Post as one of the 10 black female therapists to know. She is a sought-after speaker on teen emotional issues. Featured as a media personality that has written or been featured by Black Enterprise, Thriveworks, Essence, Philadelphia Tribune, and more. She holds a BS degree from Delaware State University and a MA degree from LaSalle University. In 2017, Johnson was awarded the inaugural Phenomenal Women Award for her dedicated work with teenagers. Johnson served as the second woman to give a keynote speech at a high school since opening in 2009. Johnson is the author of Dear Teen Self: Tips to help teenage girls navigate adolescence and My Dear Teen Self: Guided Journal to help teens explore feelings/social scenarios.
Mariana is a child and adolescent clinical psychologist, writer, public speaker and educator from Panama and based in Miami, FL. Her writing and public speaking focuses in helping parents raise a generation of more kind, empathetic, and socially aware children and teens. Her writing has been featured in a variety of online publications which include Psychology Today, Psych Central, Tonic by VICE, Ravishly, Hello Giggles, among others. She specialize in a wide range of themes and topics which include: mental health, parenting, and feminism - usually, crafting pieces where all of these meet.
April Harter, LCSW is a black queer radical feminist who specializes in feminist therapy for people of color (POC) who have experienced racial trauma. She is also an anti-racism coach for white feminists who want to be authentically intersectional in their feminism.
I’ve been a great mother AND I made some huge mistakes in raising my children. I watched helplessly as my daughter repeated some of my struggles which led to emotional eating and weight gain. This caused me sadness, pain, shame, guilt, and embarrassment. As one of the co-authors of the Amazon #1 Bestseller Unchain My Legacy, I wrote about the emotional debt that I inherited and in turn passed on to my daughter. In my Healthy Relationships workshops, I share knowledge and strategies that help transform minds, lives, and relationships. I incorporate my clinical knowledge As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, my primary purpose is to facilitate healing in mother/daughter relationships, which is evident in my private practice working with teen and their mothers. I am the creator of TEEN Talk LIVE, a weekly talk show on Facebook where I engage guests in topics related to teen triumphs and challenges.