Other Baha’is Who Provide Coaching or Counselling

Please Note:  In providing this list, I am not endorsing anyone, nor am I getting paid for these listings.  I simply provide names of Baha’is I’ve heard of, in the hopes that this list might be of assistance to those looking for someone to help with their concerns.

Abuse: 

Carolyn Kornatz is a social worker who has worked for over 20 years to assist individuals and couples to meet their goals and strengthen their relationships.  Increasingly her work has included those who have suffered abuse.  The tools she finds are particularly effective include Emotionally Focused Therapy; Gottman Couples Therapy and Nonviolent Communication to learn how to speak honestly and at the same time with compassion.

Simin Rahmanian is an experienced counsellor specializing in those who’ve experienced sexual abuse, including issues such as  low- self-esteem, depression, relationship, bullying, addictions, bereavement, anger-management, anxiety, abuse, and disability issues.

Addictions: 

Grace Reed:   is a skilled mediator and therapist who has been helping people work through issues of addiction, conflict, stress, confusion, and bad choices; published a book on addicted at-risk youth on the streets and in juvenile justice, aged 13 to 17.

Phillipe Copeland is a social worker and clinical assistant professor in the social work and theology program at Boston University’s School of Social Work. His interests include social justice and the impact of mass-incarceration on mental health. He provides clinical consultation to Public Defense Attorneys in developing approaches to legal defense of indigent clients; and provides individual and family therapy for children, youth and adults. His passion is in supporting the most vulnerable in their efforts to recover from mental illness and addiction.

 Alternative Health Care

Dr. Nooshin K. Darvish is a licensed naturopathic physician and a Fellow in Integrative Cancer Therapies. As a holistic clinician, she integrates western, eastern medicine, naturopathic and bio-energy medical systems,  combining the care of the mind, body and spirit to address chronic illness, cancer, women’s and men’s health, allergies and physical pain. She practices medicine like a dance, delicately integrating the qualities of the human being with the attributes of the universe to diagnose, find the root cause of illness and treat to reverse the disease and aging processes. She has trained with medical doctors, osteopathic physicians, chiropractors and holistic practitioners across North America and Europe and is involved in the training of naturopathic resident physicians across North America.

Dr Shahram Ayoubzadeh trained as a medical doctor in Senegal, and then came to Canada, where he studies Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, and became both a Naturopathic Doctor and Homeopathic Physician. His journey into alternative medicine came about because he found it heart breaking to see how powerless medicine was in facing chronic conditions and how little importance it gave to the human being as a whole organism, in mind, body and spirit. It was as if everything he learned in medical sciences – the intimate relationships of all the cells and organs, the deep communion between mental and physical pathologies, the complexity of the body’s innate ability to heal its own wounds – all of this was forgotten and reduced to prescribing a drug which in majority of the cases does nothing more than to control some symptoms.  This encouraged him to delve deeper into a rigorous and “scientific’ understanding of the complexity of the Mind-Body-Spirit connection and, as the Spirit component of this connection is completely ignored in the scientific world, he knew he had to dive deep into the vast ocean of the Sacred Writings of various religious and spiritual traditions in order to discover the pearls of wisdom hidden within the hard shells of rituals and superstitious practices and generations of blind imitations.

Rachel Illari brings more joy to the highly sensitive person through the use of essential oils.  She will help you handle emotions, tune into your body and understand how your environment affects you.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Christopher Johnson, PhD specializes in issues related to end-of-life, aging, dementia and caregiving for elders.  He’s served on the National Alzheimer’s Disease Board as well as the Disorder Nursing Home and Adult Day Care Board.  He’s interested in teaching distinctive and engaging online Dementia and Aging classes.

Anxiety and Depression:

Diana Gale:  Inner Spirit Therapy addresses: smoking, alcohol, drug, gambling & other addictions, anger management, depression, anxiety, allergies, Asthma, control issues, Bi-Polar disorder, OCD, fears & phobias, brain damage, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, memory issues, marriage & relationship difficulties, impotence, migraines, nail biting, Anorexia & Bulimia, digestive disorders, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue syndrome, bladder issues, TMJ, ulcers, high blood pressure, Restless Leg syndrome, immune & autoimmune disorders, abuse, death of a loved one, childhood trauma, aging issues, guilt, rejection, reading & math issues, school & test anxiety, insomnia, grief, job loss, nightmares, stress relief, stuttering, weight and body issues, writer’s block, etc… 

Laili Markert, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with adolescents and adults with a wide variety of psychological problems, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, adjustment disorder, and post-partum symptomotology.  She provides individual and family therapy, and also performs psychological assessment of child and adult ADHD, anxiety disorder, and other psychological problems.

Laura HarleyLaura is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through The Coaches Training Institute with a B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology  She is dedicated to helping her clients live in accordance with their life purpose and bring more balance and fulfillment into their lives. She specializes on issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship struggles, and stress management. She is also a singer-songwriter and has been writing, recording, and performing for many years. This combination of counseling and creative experience gives her a unique perspective on how one’s inner creative resources can be used to enrich one’s work and life.

Nancy Watters:  uses sound therapy to help you find relief and restore JOY to your life. I’ll show you ways to . . . quickly boost your mood, anytime, anywhere;  natural ways to reduce pain and stress; get a solid night’s sleep; overcome depression, trauma, abuse; ditch negative thinking and improve your memory.

Arthur Rowshan is a specialist with over 20 years of experience in helping people overcoming life challenges. He specializes in difficult cases – most of the people he helps are those that have been struggling with their problem for many years even though they have already sought help from psychologists, psychiatrists, and/or other health care professionals.  Those that have suffered many years of therapy with little or no results seek his expertise in solving their problems. Arthur is well known for helping people overcome anxiety, panic attacks, agoraphobia, social phobias and other phobias as well as the creator of a single-session smoking cessation program.

Soren Shamsian is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who provides counselling and psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families in English and Farsi for a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, stress, relationship, addictions, anger management, and parenting.

Tabasom Eblaghie:  provides counselling services to individuals who want to make a positive change in their lives with respect to relationships, self-esteem and career. If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, or trauma, give her a call.

Autism:

Caroline Seyedi is an Autism Intervention and Communication Specialist, offering a variety of person/family-centred services, including NLP, to individuals, parents, carers and professionals. She uses a parent-participative, naturalistic, holistic and individualized approach which is non-intensive and focuses on parents, carers and willing siblings acquiring the skills and techniques to help establish long term gains for their child and create consistency across environments. 

Business and Career:

Alice Bing is a consultant who makes joy at work easier.  She conducts speaking and conference engagements for youth and adults, and processes career assessment to help students, graduates, and working adults find the career that matches their unique profile.

Dariush KhaleghiMS (Org Psych), MBS, SPHR, ACC, integrates Baha’i Principles to his work as a leadership development facilitator, educator, and coach, enabling him to develop inspiring and innovative people and organizational solutions that enhances commitment, high performance and sustainability.  Dariush has extensive background in leadership and management in the private, public, and non-for profit sectors. In 2007, Dariush was honored with the Washington State Prestigious Governor’s Leadership Award his innovative accomplishments. Dariush helps leaders and organizations envision new and strategic possibilities, develop greater capacity, and realize their people’s potential and greatness through the integration of the spiritual Baha’i Principles. Dariush’s believe in collaboration and co-creation and his mission is to help leaders, “Envision leadership as an act of service to transform organizations into communities of meaning, purpose, and action.”  You can contact Dariush at 360 878-2706 or dkhaleghi@msn.com for a free consult.

Dimity Podger designs and facilitates learning and development processes with organisations to create, evaluate and deepen their Corporate Values Strategy and implement sustainability and CSR initiatives. She works strategically, creatively and collaboratively with leaders and teams to develop programs that build values literacy and capabilities, ownership and commitment for organisational goals, and values-inspired sustainability innovations.

Farideh Ceaser is a business launch strategist who has helped hundreds of online entrepreneurs launch big ideas, brilliantly. Whether you want to expand your business, launch a live event, e-course, podcast, digital product, e-book, album, or ad campaign, she’s here to help. She promises that your launch will be fun, creative, easy, on time, and profitable. Let her show you how.

Heather Luxion  is a career coach and Professional Certified Life Coach whose ideal clients are those who are in transition — especially when it comes to careers.

Jan Stringer is a Business Coach and co-author of Attracting Perfect Customers.

Kay Felix is a medical doctor and business coach, who helps people experience the power and beauty of work.  She works with those who dare to believe that work can be enlivening, meaningful, challenging, stimulating and prosperous and who are audacious enough to want more energy, freedom, power and prosperity at work.

Kertu and Nelson Kelem are passionate about designing and building websites and products that you will love in HTML & CSS, WordPress and Magento Commerce.  Kertu is a graphic artist and web designer and Nelson is a photographer, specializing in 3D design in developing apps and websites.

Leah Fairman:  helps small businesses leverage social media & SEO to grow business online. Her specialty is Google Plus coaching, Linked In and Twitter.

Mishkin Berteig and his team work to transform people, process and organizations!  They believe that your organization has the capacity to transform itself to be hyper-productive and highly motivated to deliver the greatest value to your clients and stakeholders, and that when you effectively engage individuals in your organization you will create dynamic teams who will dramatically improve your results, giving your organization a significant competitive advantage. They will help you to become more efficient, productive, and produce higher quality work, faster.

Moe Vara  is a strategic intervention coach, specializing in the Engineering & Construction Industry.  He says:  “Whilst my coaching practice is not purely and 100% Baha’i life coaching, many aspects of what I cover in my coaching sessions are very much Baha’i life inspired. When I was being trained as a coach by the Tony Robbins’ Institute (Robbins Madanes Coach Training Institute) I found many of the topics in line with my personal Baha’i beliefs. But a few were not totally aligned, especially when the strategy boosted personal ego as opposed to confidence. So, I have modified the strategies that I learned to suit my personal beliefs and enhanced my material with Baha’i material. My aim is to help anyone from any walk of life or background to discover their own empowered selves by themselves and for themselves.” 

Sharon Eakes:  Trainer and Executive Coach:  As a Personal Coach, I help people figure out and live their dreams. As an Executive Coach, I help people move to the next level in their work, while having a great personal life. I help teams blend their talents and reach their goals effortlessly. 

Children

Chitra T. V. is a family therapist who works with individuals, children & adolescents, couples & families, training them in life skills, parenting and emotional intelligence.  Her special interest is in facilitating improved communication and relationship in families.

Izzat Ansari provides training and counselling support for young adults, newly married couples and parents of young children.   She offers workshops for teachers and parents, and provides premarital counselling and workshops.

Kurt Asplund is a Child Mental Health Specialist working with children, youth, and families; helping clients to gain fresh perspectives, improve communications, abandon dysfunctional patterns of behavior and find new, more satisfying ways of living.

Death

 Sabah Arjomand provides “end of physical life” coaching as an opportunity to address practical, personal and family matters from a place of awareness, choice and love.  Her coaching allows individuals and families to talk openly and fearlessly with their loved ones; find peace and resolution in the midst of suffering; prepare emotionally and spiritually for death; address and handle practical matters; deal with unresolved issues; overcome regret and remorse; heal damaged relationships and embrace the purpose, beauty, and the power of this period. 

Dieticians

Sonia Navidi is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Accredited Nutritionist (AN) who is passionate about working with people to improve their health, through nutrition. Her areas of interest include plant-based diets, nutrition at different stages of the lifespan, and nutrition for cancer sufferers. She helps you sort out passing fads from science, and gives you the tools to maximize your health.

Dreams 

Richard Hastings is a dream researcher who believes that all of our dreams are moving us towards peace; and shows us how.  He has been doing dream work since 1989 and is the author of “ Dreams for Peace”.  He has traveled to the U.S., Canada, South America, and South East Asia doing dream meetings and personal change work.  His approach is solution oriented so that the participant is left not only with an analysis of the meaning of the dream, but also a solution. He has listened to several thousand dreams since he began.  Richard welcomes inquiries about dreams without charge.  If you email him your dreams, he’ll analyse them for free and send his analysis usually within 24 hours.  He also helps integrate your dreams via coaching sessions on Skype. 

 Energy 

Dr. Gail Lash offers a program called “Peace Brain” which teaches you how to use the connection between your mental and emotional bodies – the blending of the power of the mind with the force of the heart.  She provides a practical, powerful tool to change our society by purifying our hearts and mirroring this Peace into the world. 

Firoozeh Bowden is an energy coach, teaching people to open their hearts and improve their own daily lives by strengthening their connection with God.  Through this process, she helps you discover your higher purpose in the universe.  She believes that when stress is allowed to build up and store in our bodies, it closes the connection between us and God. Her clients come to her online sessions to rid themselves of daily stress and to reconnect with Divine Energy in order to refresh and rejuvenate the body so it can naturally heal itself. Her 45 minute sessions start with an assessment of your needs, followed by 25 – 30 minutes of relaxation/meditation, and finally a few minutes to get feedback.

Jan Webber has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Certified Life Coach and Life Force Energy Healer at Behavioral Medicine Solutions.  She is skilled at clearing and balancing the subtle energy body that surrounds each one of us.  Regular clearing and balancing of the chakra system that supports the  energy body can prevent disease states from manifesting in the physical body. Energy healers work with this vital energy to support you in moving toward greater health and well-being.  Recipients often have insights into the underlying issues in their lives and relationships, and find that they are able to resolve problems more easily, or that their relationship to a problem changes. Many people find that managing stress and stressful situations is easier. Many also find that they have more creative energy. Noticeable benefits may happen immediately, or over a period of time.

Leslie Platner has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a background as an RN.  She uses a combination of energetic, vibrational, and quantum healing methods such as Homeopathy, Reiki, Regeneration Healing, Breath Work, Angelic Healing, and Emotional Release Processing for healing pain (real and phantom), stress, trauma, illness, or dis-ease.

 

Fitness

 Leila Harper is a Holistic Personal Trainer who specializes in sculpting the body to suit your unique goals, bodyweight and strength conditioning, lean muscle gain, fat loss, high intensity interval training, lifestyle and nutrition modifications and, more.  For many years she performed health assessments, education, research, and disease analysis and discovered a compassion for people who suffered physically and emotionally from health-related traumas. She discovered that many of their diseases and health related problems could easily be resolved with proper nutrition and exercise. With her knowledge of solutions to serious health issues, good listening skills and a heartfelt interest in helping people improve their quality of life, Leila can help you improve your body from the inside out using a holistic approach to exercise.  Call her to start your Online Training & Nutrition or Lifestyle Consulting today!

Generalists

Bahieh KhamsiLife Coach and Psychologist helps people to live a spiritual life in the material world; choose their own life, rather than live out the expectations of others; provides a safe place to talk about challenges.

Danielle-Isabella a Wellness Coach, Yoga Teacher, Integrative Counselor & Transformative Educator who works with clients to navigate through transitions, moving closer to their true nature and towards living a life they genuinely feel connected to.  Most people find her because they’re experiencing challenge around an area in their life. But they quickly learn that this is an opportunity into a profound level of healing that they never knew possible. In other words the challenges we have in life has little to do with one’s partner/work situation/family, but usually an opportunity to heal deep-seated false beliefs about self-worth. Life challenges, tests and difficulties, or feelings of anxiety and self-doubt are often doorways to healing and connecting to our wisest selves. Her emphasis then, is on accessing and cultivating the inner voice.

Judith Auslander   is a certified life coach who asks provocative questions, offering honest feedback and inspiring you with new ideas, concepts, strategies and frameworks that will help reorient you around success, as you define it.

Julie Hutchinson is a life and transition coach.

Leyla Tavernaro Haidarian is a Life Coach and Media & Communications Specialist who closely guides you through the process of designing your personal strategy and improving your quality of life when life takes uncertain turns.   She places great emphasis on deconstructing false dichotomies in all areas of life; private, social and organizational, bringing various seemingly conflicting interests into a coherent Oneness of purpose & complementarity. Her approach includes embracing the uncertainties of life & business in order to succeed at a deep level.

Lynne Cartwright is a Bahai living in a remote community of the Pilbara Region of Western Australia. I am originally from New Zealand and have been a Bahai for over thirty years. I was taught the Faith by the first Cook Island believer Mr Peter Titi who has passed to the next world in 1984. I currently work for an organisation called Anglicare WA as a family mediator and I also provide some Employment Assistance counselling for people working in the mining and construction industries.

Michelle Koay is an engineer and counsellor who works with men in the military (dealing with anxiety, struggling with interpersonal difficulties and various forms of addiction); young girls (enabling them to perform academically, excel in their talents, develop their character and help them shape their identity and vision for their future); and men and women dealing with issues of career and spousal relationships. She likes to work with clients using emotion-focused, experiential and expressive approaches.

Peace Farideh Azad  is a trained therapist, counselor and social worker and in the last four years have   been teaching in China at the university level. I have developed my own style of coaching and guiding individuals to explore and arrive at a place of emotional healing. I am spiritual in my approach to healing and recovery. I have two graduate degrees in counseling and social work and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the U.S. I have lots of experience working with people from many cultures as I lived and worked in Africa, India, Taiwan, Brazil, Europe, The U.S. and 41/2 years in China. By birth I am Iranian and by citizenship I am American.

Seven Valleys is a global network of Baha’i therapists, psychologists and counselling professionals, providing online counselling services

Shannon Beck is a certified professional life coach who provides businesses, individuals and groups the opportunity to transform their weaknesses into strengths, their fears into action and their pain into their greatest triumph. While every client’s needs are different, the results often come in better communication, less stress, more productivity, better work and personal relationships, gained emotional intelligence and an overall better quality of life.  She specializes in helping older men (45 and up) as they work on communication, stress, relationships, professional and personal development; and finding more meaning and joy in their later years.  She also works with young women (18-35) on personal and career development, finding their own voice, strength and balance as they come into their own.

Shirley Jones provides life coaching for those who want to realize their dreams for service and contribution. This service is offered to women who want to become aware of the light green growing edge of their personal growth in order to become the best version of themselves and leave a legacy.  Spirit Matters Coaching empowers you to win all your battles.

Susheel Croft is a wellness coach who uses the writings and other sacred texts with clients of mine when appropriate, along with other tools like NLP, Virtues project strategies, hands on energy healing and other techniques.

Vanessa Stone serves as a teacher, humanitarian, alchemist, artist, leader for peace and Founder of the Amala Foundation, a non-profit organization working to create sustainable peace within and without. She provides residential retreats, immersion experiences, apprenticeship programs, international service missions, private sessions, inspired writing, photography, visionary consulting, and a myriad of other services, to help you waken to a deeper, more purposeful life. Your time with her is a celebration of remembrance, recognition and gratitude. Her guidance, compassionate listening and unwavering devotion support you in coming into direct contact with what is real and alive at the heart of all matter.

Hakomi

Hugh Smiley is a certified Hakomi therapist, teacher and founder of the Korason Method for authentic voice and dialogue, which will help you in finding and using your true and natural voice as an important building block towards genuine dialogue and relationships. Hugh teaches specific techniques which can be applied to real-life, day-to-day situations, interpersonal challenges, physical and emotional balance and health. He uses the languages of music (tone, harmony, resonance, vibration), mysticism (mindfulness, meditation, oneness, spiritual connection) and neuroscience in his practice.

Health

Susan Yazdanmehr specializes in Health Education and True Balance Healing Therapies; providing whole health assessment and balancing, spiritual empowerment utilizing energy psychology techniques as well as other energy field modalities. Recommendations for prayer, meditation, and spiritual exercises are also included. She works primarily with individuals, in person or telephone sessions, but also offers workshops on a variety of topics including on the spiritual foundations of relationships in the family.
susanyazdanmehr@gmail.com

Homeopathy

Deborah Walters is a homeopathic doctor, who specializes in anxiety, depression, chronic pain, sleep challenges, arthritis, chronic conditions and life transitions. She uses a combination of homeopathy, botanical remedies and naturopathy.

Hypnotherapy:

Chelan Harkin is a Certified Hypnotherapist whose focus is helping women resolve the underlying issues associated with disordered eating, body-image issues, relationship struggles, and low self-esteem and will help you move closer to a new and refreshing, healthy, happy and whole relationship with yourselves and your lives.

Dan Geiger Hypnotherapy:  After practicing traditional counseling and psychotherapy for 25 years he developed Inner Spirit Therapy 11 years ago based on the Baha’i Writings. This is safe effective hypnotherapy that is used in the treatment of most physical, mental and emotional problems.About 50% of his practice is online with an international clientele. He has practiced and taught hypnotherapy in dozens of countries and is currently is an adjunct professor in psychotherapy and has a private practice.  Please see his website for details.

Marriage: 

Alex Blakeson is a Certified Family Coach and Marriage Educator who works with individuals, couples, and families

Anne Heath is a Licensed Psychologist who works with individuals and couples; using solution-focused counseling and strategies from the Gottman method and Dr. Willard Harvey.

Christopher J. Johnson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; Licensed Professional Coach who works with individuals and couples via Skype. His specialty is aging and family/marriage issues
Cjj38@txstate.edu

Fariba Shaikhzadeh Vahdat is a Marriage Educator; Prepare-Enrich Certified who works with individuals and couples preparing for and currently in relationships or marriages who need assessments, coaching, and knowledge and skill-building
fariba.vahdat@gmail.com

Jackie Najafian is a Solution-Focused Therapist who works with couples in need; marriage issues after and during an affair, family issues, work balance, childhood trauma, depression, anxiety. Her spouse is Persian.

Janna Denton-Howes is a marriage coach who specializes in couples with young kids (under 10). She loves to provide bite-sized pieces of information and helpful tips and tricks to help grow your marriage day by day. Happily married for over 17 years, Janna is a real person willing to share her struggles to create a happy marriage with all the normal bumps along the way!

Kathy A. McMahon is a Clinical Psychologist and Diplomate of Sex Therapy who specializes in online couples therapy with couples living and working in different places around the world.

Katrin Modabber is a Psychologist, Family and Conflict Counselor of Positive Psychotherapy and Couples and Family Therapist.  For more than 15 years she has been studying marriages and the factors which make them happy and successful. She is fascinated by this most unique human relationship and its potential to transform people, families and society.  Her work is resource and solution oriented and during her work she puts an emphasis on the strengths, virtues and capacities each human being is characterized by.

Kelly Anne Monjazeb is a Registered Social Worker, Master Facilitator, Virtues Project™, Certified Sexual Health Educator providing Sex & Spirit Seminars; family life education; private coaching; parenting seminars; sexual wellness

Keyvan Geula is a licensed marriage, family, and child therapist specializing in mindfulness approach in therapy, transformation and education.  She received her Master of Science in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy from University of La Verne, in La Verne, California.  She offers her services as a clinician, lecturer, trainer and supervisor to a global set of clients in person and online. In her clinical work she incorporates the wisdom of the Baha’i Writings, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach, Mindfulness techniques, and John Gottman’s approach in couple’s therapy.

Lorene Ryhard is a Marriage and Family Therapist/Coach
lorene.ryhard@gmail.com

Mahsa Migalski is a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in individual and couples-work, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief work, eating disorders, and self-injury

Marzi Radpour-Wiley is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a special interest in women’s mental health issues specifically related to sexual trauma, adjustment struggles, eating disorders, and personality disorders; adolescents and adults with mood and anxiety problems

Maxcia Lizarraga is a Clinical Therapist, Marriage Educator, and Group Facilitator with over 20 years’ experience with individuals, couples, families, and organizations, with extensive experience working with couples dealing with and recovering from betrayal related to infidelity

Minoo Hatami is a Life & Relationship Coach and Educator (formerly: Counsellor & Family Mediator) who works with individuals, premarital couples, and married couples and facilitates marriage enhancement workshops.
minoo.hatami9@gmail.com

Nahid Shams is a Psychologist who works with couples, parents, and families.
Nahid.psicologa@gmail.com

Neda Najmi Nikobin is a Marriage and Family Therapist who works with couples
Neda.najimi@gmail.com

Nura Mowzoon is a psychologist providing relationship and couples coaching.  She specializes in helping couples with communication, sexual and emotional intimacy, jealousy, gender roles, trust, infidelity, cultural differences, spirituality and/or religiosity and relationships; and working with individuals on identifying what you need and want in a relationship; helping you be attractive to and attracted to a healthy match, discussing past challenges in relationship-building, ommunication issues, insecurity and low self-esteem and lack of self-knowledge.

Raymond and Furugh Switzer offer therapy and coaching for struggling couples and those wanting to enrich their relationship; and for singles searching for a committed, intimate connection.  Their philosophy is that ruptures in relationships to others, especially the struggles with our life partner, often seem to be the most painful experiences in our lives. Although these trials may seem to us the most entrenched, and impossible to work through, there is a purpose to these conflicts: they provide us with a beacon for our maturation and healing from the past. While marriage seems almost designed to bring us to the brink of despair, it also presents potent opportunities for growth and self-realization. Raymond and Furugh are both trained in Imago Therapy and find that working together with couples adds to the power of the therapeutic experience. Couples often find that the insights given from both a male and female perspective and experience add important dimensions to their understanding. In addition, having a live model of a couple exhibiting differentiation and unity in working together signal hope and can add to confidence in couplehood, a crucial element in healing marriages in distress.  Their books include Conscious Courtship and Mindful Matrimony

Riaz Mostaghim has her MA in Psychology and Special Education. She has over 25 years’ experience in marriage and family counseling, personal development, and assisting families with special need members
riazmostaghim@gmail.com

Sabah Arjomand works with couples who are new to marriage; and provides hope, healing and transformation to couples dealing with unsurmountable issues; or in marital crisis. 

Susanne Alexander, Baha’i Marriage Transformation Coach, specializing in Relationships, Marriage, and Character Development.  She is ready to collaborate with and accompany you with honesty, insightfulness, and compassion! She is skillful at matching you up with learning resources that help move you forward. Baha’i Relationships site 

Wendy Hanevold is a psychologist specializing in building secure and loving attachments; creating a sanctuary for healing complex trauma in Families, Couples, Children, Adolescents and Adults; forging bonds between members of blended families with special needs kids, guiding families who are healing after a break in connection (deployments, reunions, illness), Woven Families SM program for Couples and Families woven together through adoption (International or Domestic), Foster Care, Kinship Care and Blended Families

Mediation: 

Brenda Kotras practices in southern Ontario, Canada and can help with child custody, visitation, communication, and parenting plans

Mardi Edelstein is a mediator, facilitator & conflict coach. In her Mediation and Coaching practice, Mardi’s goal for clients is learning and self-determination, toward unique and enduring settlements.  She believes that all communication and conflict resolution is transformative, no matter what style one engages in, or how high the stakes. 

Trip Barthel is an international expert on conflict resolution, helping groups achieve consensus on difficult issues, and offering his expertise to institutions and individuals around the world.  He is guided by insights in the fields of positive psychology, learning styles, emotional intelligence, imagination, reciprocal negotiation and ethics in relation to mediation and conflict resolution.

Medical Intuitive:

Julie Walker is an intuitive with a specialty in medical issues.  You can ask all types of questions about health and wellbeing, but also anything that is on your mind about your life, family, or work. She can help discover what is going on in your body, even when the doctors are baffled. It’s vital to prepare ahead of time by writing down clear questions that you have about your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. She stays very booked, so it often takes weeks to get an appointment. If you have an urgent need, be sure to communicate that when you contact Karen and request to be fit into any cancellation that happens. To make an appt, call her assistant Karen Bermann-Mazibuko, 773-517-4637, or email kbermannmazibuko@ gmail.com.   You may want a bit of rest and reflection time right after the appointment, so try not to schedule your life too tightly up against it.

Mental Health

Laurel Anderson-Rostami, MA, LMHC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who works with individuals, couples, families and corporations. She specializes in generational trauma, chronic pain, injuries and physical illness, trauma and shock, joyful living, nutritional coaching and wellness coaching. She believes that healing is the cultivation of our spirit regardless of what the journey may be and loves to witness her clients as they uncover more of their innate capacity for healing.

Nutrition: 

Amber Maellyn is a Health and Nutrition Counselor with years of experience in the world of integrative nutrition and creative cooking.  In the medical world she’s worked with transplant and heart patients, and in her personal life, she practices yoga, pilates and meditation.  In working with you, she looks at the whole person and the importance of the mind-body connection when teaching dietary theories and the benefits of different foods,   Her job is to help you make better choices in your relationships with others, work, spirituality, and mainly, yourself. Of course, your relationship to food plays a large part in determining your level of toxicity, acidity and physical/mental well-being but that is only one piece of the puzzle.

Chloe Tortorella is a naturopath and a nutritionist working alongside medical practitioners in a multidisciplinary centre. She has a special interest in food intolerances and chemical sensitivities, post viral immune disorders.

Laila Heidema is a trained health coach who has studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts, including Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.  If you want to make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results, give her a call.

Nabil Moghaddam is a Certified Nutritional Balancing Practitioner and Detoxification Specialist, in his last year of Homeopathy.  He has a great appreciation for the mind-body-soul connection and believes a healthy body is created through both a healthy mind-set and proper nutrition. He believes that our diet affects our mental state, while our mental and subconscious programming affects our emotions which in turn affects our physical body. By addressing both, he believes a wide number of health concerns can be resolved and a return to healthy vitality achieved.

Sandra Briand is a Holistic Nutrition Coach who works with those who are willing to embrace change; take charge of their health; feel healthier and lighter, more vibrant, passionate or energetic; have a clearer mind, steadier moods and  feel more connected to their soul and spirit.  To this end, she offers lifestyle and nutrition programs, Kundalini Yoga for alleviating physical, mental and emotional pain, and she works with women to prevent breast cancer.

Pioneers

Ciara Kamara  works exclusively with expat women and trailing spouses who want to reclaim their professional life; create location independent income; ready to fight for the life you deserve AND still have the time and energy for your family.

Psychiatrists: 

Dr. Abdu’l-Missagh Ghadirian is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University Health Centre.  He’s particularly interested in building bridges between science and religion, particularly as they relate to the meaning of suffering, the mind-soul-body relationship and the interface between spirituality, medicine, science and psychology.  He has spoken in academic conferences and lectured in several universities in North, Central and South America as well as in Europe, Asia, and  Australasia.  He has done extensive research and published over 130 peer-reviewed articles in scientific and other academic journals and media. He is the author of several books, including “In Search of Nirvana”, “Aging: Challenges and Opportunities” and “Environment and Psychopathology”, “Alcohol and Drug Abuse – A Psychosocial and Spiritual Approach to Prevention” and Creative Dimensions of Suffering.

Farid Sabet, M.D. is on the list of America’s top 25 psychiatrists. His specialties include: Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Alcoholism, Anxiety and Worry, Marital problems, Bipolar, Depression, Existential or Spiritual Issues, Fears and Phobias, Fibromyalgia, Insomnia and Fatigue, Irritability, Medication Management, Impulse Control, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Relationship Problems and Thought Disorders. He also gives “second opinions”.  He believes in treating the whole person, taking into account the interaction between the biological, psychosocial, and spiritual or existential dimensions and uses all treatment modalities from the most current medications available to many alternative therapies such as herbal treatments, meditation and spirituality, energy and light therapy, diet and exercise. He believes in prescribing the minimum effective dose of any medications, titrating the brain chemistry carefully until the optimum condition is reached for each patient.

Psychologists:

 Michael Penn  is a Professor of Psychology and a licensed Clinical Psychologist at Franklin & Marshall College.  His research interests and publications include works in the pathogenesis of hope and hopelessness, adolescent psychopathology, the relationship between culture and psychopathology, and the epidemiology of gender-based violence. 

Patricia Romano McGraw is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist who provides psychotherapy and psychological evaluations with adults, adolescents, and children including marriage counseling. Her specialty areas include diagnosis and treatment of trauma-related disorders including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Interpersonal Violence and Its Effects. Evidence Based Therapies include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Family Therapy.

Taras Vavryk is a practical psychologist, business trainer and coach, working in the Ukraine and Armenia; and over Skype with individuals, groups, companies, embassies and businessmen in the areas of: conflict prevention and resolution; high impact negotiations; effective communication; stress management; and meditation.

Psychotherapy:

 Albert Schmaedick specializes in mindfulness training, holistic health therapies, psychotherapy and is a freelance consultant in the area of Detox therapy. He practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Rapid Therapy). He is a mental health adviser and consultant with more than 35 years’ experience in  child and adult psychotherapy with multicultural populations, working with adolescent children, their families, school personnel, social service agencies to design and implement psychosocial support and counseling services.  He’s also worked in an outpatient treatment center for multicultural population of young mothers targeted with addictive behaviors, and post-traumatic stress disorders. His programs promote simplicity and moderation, a ‘soul satisfying’ balanced lifestyle is the core of his philosophy of both healing and having a peaceful, joyful life.

Dr. Elena Mustakova-Possardt is an Individual, Couples & Family Psychotherapist specializing in sexual abuse and sexual identity issues.  My life’s work is about understanding and supporting this process in the individual psyche and in communities around the world. I am an educator, writer, psychotherapist, and spiritual counselor. It has been my joy for over 20 years now to accompany people on their path of becoming stronger, more true, more real. I have come to understand that human suffering is not an arbitrary affair, but a magnificent workshop in which the jewel of the human spirit is cleansed and polished, only to shine more brightly as we learn to stand strong, relinquish force, and meet life with grace. When we become aware of that reality in our lives we become spiritually literate and life is no longer a scary affair.  Whatever we struggle with, whether it is loss, disillusionment, loss of meaning and purpose, addiction, anxiety, personality disorders, or marital and relational problems, that struggle is also a profound opportunity for us to discover a larger reality, to set ourselves free, and to swim more gracefully and majestically in the ocean of life!

Flora Todaro-Luck  is an online Psychotherapist/Counselor – individual and group psychotherapy, anxiety, depression, social anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem, confidence, emotional focused couples therapy.

Julie Taylor  is a psychotherapist – I would love to work with you (as an individual) to help you find and polish your sparkle. I use an eclectic blend of Personal Coaching, NVC (Compassionate Communication), Imago Method and Trust Oriented Therapy – which is a unique and very successful blend of therapies – to develop change and ReBuild people.   

Soren Shamsian is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who provides counselling and psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families in English and Farsi for a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, stress, relationship, addictions, anger management, and parenting.

Relationship: 

Marabeth Lum, PCC (Professional Certified Coach) is a Relationship and Life Coach, based in Toronto, Canada. As an Ontologically trained life coach, educator, author and entrepreneur, she has been passionately working for years to empower and inspire people to live their best lives. She started her coaching practice and later her blog ‘Single to Smitten’ to serve as a platform for her true calling in relationship coaching. Now, she partners with women to optimize their mindset, create individualized action plans and provide effective tools and strategies to create tangible and sustainable results. In short, she helps today’s professional woman find her Mr. Right. If you’re a single man looking for your Mrs. Right – she’s happy to work with you too!

Dr. Kalen Hammann helps people get through to each other both at work and at home, helping business leaders and couples improve their relationships face-to-face and via webinars and Skype. He opens up new relationship possibilities for individuals, couples, and audiences worldwide.  He is the creator of “The Happily Ever After Relationship Formula” and the  author of the life changing book, If At First You Don’t Succeed . . . Change the Rules!” and the forthcoming book “Date Your Mate: How to Save Your Marriage from The Blahs and Live Happily Ever After.

Dr Mieko Bond is a matchmaker and family lawyer, who hopes to find the perfect match for you based on her extensive network of contacts and genuine passion to help people find love and happiness.  She will use her intuition and consider your personalities and criteria for a partner. The service begins with an initial Skype Session after you have filled out an online interview form. She will choose from her portfolio a selection of matches and you can choose which ones you would like to contact. It is a confidential service, you will not be on the website, and your identity won’t be revealed except to those people you are matched with. You can also purchase additional coaching and dating advice sessions over Skype with the Matchmaker.

Social Worker

Gayle Gonzalez-Johnson is a Social Worker and Psychotherapist who specializes in individual therapy and couples seeking help with their communication skills and numerous other relationship issues. Divorce counseling and support for post-relationship issues are commonly the focus of her therapy work, as is pre-marital counseling. She has a passion for working with parents of children of all ages, around parent-child relationships and around a variety of parenting issues.

Spiritual Coaching:

Jessie Lane is an Interfaith Spiritual Counselor and author of several spiritual children’s books.  Jessie works with those who who want to examine the spiritual gifts and opportunities latent within their life experience.  Her specialities include:  Anxiety, Stress-management, Death and Dying, Adoption, Prayer, Embodiment and/or Body Issues, Children’s spirituality, Spiritual Parenting, Spirituality and Gender, Forgiveness and Self-Esteem

Jim Tolles is a spiritual teacher who honors the heart, body, mind and subtle energy field as he helps you ground that energy and reflects back the wisdom you already have. Relaxation and focused breathing are central tools to a session, but where things go from there is entirely a spontaneous arising in that moment.

Roberto Nothaft is a life coach who helps people conquer the big changes in their lives. His focus is on accessing the infinite potentialities that lie in the spiritual path. He’s always loved the spiritual, the mystical, the eternal and brings that space into his work. He likes to help people shift out of their issues into their higher selves by focusing on the energies, sometimes dormant, residing in their spiritual realities.

Trauma:

 Adrienne Carter:  MSW with a specialty in trauma management, providing direct treatment services to traumatized individuals and setting up community based mental health services for victims of wars, violence or natural disasters working with refugees and Doctors without Borders in Nigeria, Kosovo, Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Malaysia, Myanmar, India, Iraq Liberia, Russia, South Africa and Canada.

Claudia Gold has been a psychotherapist for 20 years, and is also a massage therapist, Expressive Arts Teacher, College Teacher, Clinical Social Worker and Consultant, with a background as a Kundalini Yoga Teacher.  She has worked with clients with HIV, premature babies, brain tumors, illness, sexual violence, domestic violence, substance abuse and trauma.   She has developed, books, ecourses and teleseminars on the topic of “Shame into Joy”.  Her sessions involve deep listening and companioning you in finding a shame message (a limiting belief) that is repeating in your life, and re-framing it in a meaningful and positive way. Using strength-based focus and practices of the Virtues Project, it unlocks the past mental and emotional hand-cuffs and, tapping your wisdom, unleashes express creative and vocational gifts that have previously been in hiding, eager to be set free.  Her “Joy-Streams” exercises give surprising information about joys and passions you have left behind that you can weave into your service or business. A form of vocational counseling, it includes tools that trick you into getting to the heart of what is most essential to you, and will add deep joy and satisfaction into your career or hobby.

Douglas Waldruff, PhD:  Providing individual, couples and family counseling in a comfortable and supportive atmosphere .  Treatment specialization includes:  Personal Growth and Empowerment; Performance Enhancement; Stress Management; Trauma and Recovery; PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder); EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing); Hypnotherapy; Energy Psychology; Depression and Anxiety; Panic Attacks and Phobia; Sexual and Relationship Problems; Medical and Health concerns; Grief and Loss; Work and Career issues; Addiction & Recovery; Couples Counseling; Parenting and Family Issues; Conflict Resolution.

Kadzo Kangwana is a Licensed Psychotherapist and Certified Practitioner in Rapid Resolution TherapyTM/Rapid Trauma ResolutionTM. She supports adults and adolescents to heal trauma caused by sexual, physical and emotional abuse, parental abandonment, accidents, and the loss of loved ones. Implements Rapid Resolution TherapyTM to eliminate anxiety, depression, phobias and anger. Also assists adolescent girls and young women to address developmental and social challenges associated with lifecycle transitions.
kkangwana@gmail.com

Kimberley Hopwood is a Registered Clinical Counselor with 20 years helping Bahá’í and non-Bahá’í individuals and couples in daily, weekly, or monthly sessions, face to face, e-mail, telephone, Skype or Face Time. Brief therapy, trauma healing, intensive 2-3 day relationship interventions, support to heal from the past and create the life clients want. Techniques are tailored to situations, including CBT, DBT, EMDR, Gottman, PREP, etc., for relationship, parenting, sexual issues, PTSD, life transitions. Healing from the past, affairs, depression, anxiety, Internet addictions, stopping having the same arguments over and over, getting on the same side again. Practical, proven, skills-based, solution-focused, and supported by the Bahá’í Writings.

Leslie Asplund is a psychologist and social worker, who works with adults, couples and children; providing adolescent & family counseling; hypnotherapy and EMDR for trauma resolution as well as for weight loss and stress reduction. She helps clients gain fresh perspectives, improve communications, abandone dysfunctional patterns of behavior and find new, more satisfying ways of living.

Mary K. Radpour is a psychotherapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 30 years’ experience. She has worked with individuals, families and groups, focusing on Post-trauma symptoms, resulting from physical, emotional and sexual abuse; Phobias; Depression and dysthymia; Anxiety; Family and Relationship conflicts; Gay and lesbian relationships; Sexual issues, such as gender confusion, sexual addiction, and sexual confusion resulting from rape or abuse; Grief Counseling and Adolescent issues.  In addition to being a Certified Mediator, Mrs. Radpour has trained in the following therapeutic modalities: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Family systems and strategic family systems therapy; Hypnosis and hypnotherapy; Transactional Analysis; Dialectical Behavior Therapy; Mindfulness Focus therapy; and Rapid Trauma Resolution, a newly developed approach to clearing the effects of traumatic experiences. (See www.cleartrauma.com for more information.)  She prefers to work in person, but does offer telephone consultations which focus on problem-solving, with individuals who are feeling distressed related to situations or circumstances in their current lives.

Rebecca Tavangar is a Mental Health Counselor, Certified in “Justice, Autonomy, Restoration & Safety (J.A.R.S.)”, a Domestic Violence curriculum, and as an International Trauma Professional (IATP) She is dedicated to an integrative approach that includes an exploration of the meaning-making dynamic fostered in the application of contemplative practices such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, body-oriented therapy, yogic breathing, and Cognitive Based Therapies.

Suzanne Fani, is a Clinical Counselor/Therapist specializing in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing; Individual, Family and Child Counselling for issues ranging from depression, anxiety, marriage; Child Therapy and Trauma.

Virtues Project:

 Claire Ashmore  is a Virtues Project Master Facilitator 

Weight Loss

 Ajamu Ayinde is a Master Mental Coach. He is a Motivational Speaker who has spoken nationally and internationally on how to help student/athletes reach their health, fitness and performance goals.  A veteran of the weight loss industry, he specializes in exercise motivation and diet adherence. He received instruction in Silva Mind Control, martial arts, meditation and self-hypnosis from a very early age. He graduated from Trinity College in 1991 with a degree in Asian Studies specializing in multicultural education and performing arts. He was certified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist in 1996 and later as a Trainer in 1998. Ajamu developed the M.E.N.T.A.L. Games ™ training system based on his sports psychology research, clinical experience and performance background as a professional dancer and martial artist. He was honored with the IACT Therapist of the Year award in 2004. He works with clients remotely via Skype.

Anthony Fleming, Wellness Coach:  Have you lost your independence? Do you feel out of touch with the real you? Is your energy low and perhaps you have lost your sparkle? Have you gained weight? Has your life become predictable?  Do you have low self esteem? Perhaps your confidence has taken a back seat?… Or perhaps you do feel good and you just want more success, more happiness, more confidence, more sparkle…?

Nicole Lazar  As a Health Coach, I create a supportive environment that will enable you to achieve all of your health goals. I have studied all the major dietary theories and use practical lifestyle coaching methods to guide you in discovering which approach works best for you. Most approaches to nutrition dwell on calories, carbs, fats, proteins. Instead of creating lists of restrictions and good and bad foods, I coach my clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and free of denial and discipline. No one diet works for everyone. I will guide you to find the food and lifestyle choices that best support you. I will also help you to make gradual, lifelong changes that enable you to reach your current and future health goals.

Dr. Sheila Dean is a registered and licensed dietitian, board certified clinical nutritionist, certified diabetes educator and exercise physiologist, and is the owner of Palm Harbor Center for Health & Healing, an integrative medicine based nutrition private practice and wellness center in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Susan Peirce Thompson has a doctorate in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and teaches courses in The Psychology of Eating and Body Image.  She is a weight loss coach who will show you how and why your brain is keeping you from shedding pounds so you can get happy, thin, and free.

Victoria Laine is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist – Would you love to finally enjoy a calm, blissful belly instead of suffering from gas, bloating, IBS, gut pain, heartburn, chronic diarrhea or constipation, and weight challenges?

Do you know of anyone I’ve missed?  Please let me know!

I wish you love on your journey, and may you find the perfect person to work with you!

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