Candyce Ossefort-Russell is the author of the e-book, Your Grief is Your Own: Dispelling common myths about grief. She is a psychotherapist, grief advocate, writer, therapist trainer, and speaker. She has actively lived, studied, and trained in psychological, spiritual, and scientific perspectives of suffering and transformation for over 25 years and has extensive experience living through, working with, and writing about trauma, grief, and life transition. Known for her warm and emotionally engaged therapy and teaching style, Candyce is a contributor to the forthcoming book, “Clinical Applications of The Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies”.
Donald Altman is the author of Clearing Emotional Clutter: Mindfulness practices for letting go of what’s blocking your fulfillment and transformation, as well as several other books about mindfulness. He is a practicing psychotherapist and former Buddhist monk. An award-winning writer and an expert on mindful eating, he teaches in the neurobiology program at Portland State University.
Judy Chang Gummelt speaks about the process called “Alchemical Psychotherapy” as well as a relatively new modality known as eye movement therapy for overcoming post-traumatic stress, or EMDR. Judy lives and has a practice half the time in Manhattan and has started up a half-time practice right here in Portland, her second home. She has been into psychology for over 30 years with specializations in trauma (especially childhood abuse), addictions, depression, anxiety, and couples and family therapy.
Lisa Machoian discusses her book, The Disapppearing Girl: Learning the Language of Teenage Depression. There is an epidemic that threatens an entire generation of girls and young women today. It is called depression and, in it’s many forms, it is wreaking havoc on teenage girls. A former Harvard University lecturer and researcher, Dr. Machoian has devoted the past two decades to helping girls survive the desperation of their teenage years. In her role as psychotherapist, teacher, researcher, and consultant, she has witnessed it all: depression, Low self-esteem, loss of identity, cutting, burning, anorexia, bulimia, acting out, running away, and suicide attempts. But during extensive research including clinical study, Dr. Machoian discovered something about these girls that was illuminating: Despite a teenage girl’s downward spiral, which may be self-destructive, she is first and foremost hopeful.