About The Truman Group: Our Team
The founders of the Truman Group, collectively, have years of experience living overseas and firsthand knowledge of the challenges and rewards of expatriate life. They decided to found the Truman Group after recognizing the difficulty many English-speaking expats encounter in finding adequate mental health care while living and working overseas.
Dr. Sean Truman
Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Truman grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, where his father worked for the United Nations. He attended the International School of Kenya in Nairobi where his mother was a teacher. Dr. Truman graduated from Reed College where he majored in psychology and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut, and was a National Institute of Mental Health Fellow at the Yale University School of Medicine, where he worked both at the Child Study Center and in the Department of Psychiatry. He is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he cares for adults, adolescents and couples. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Truman has worked as both a researcher and a professor of undergraduates and graduate students in psychology.
Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer
Susan Bernstein is the co-founder and Managing Director of the Truman Group. She holds an MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. As a consultant with McKinsey & Company and a senior strategist with a boutique brand strategy firm she has advised global Fortune 500 companies, major nonprofit organizations and start-ups across a range of categories on growth strategy and improved performance. Prior to earning her MBA she worked with arts and education organizations in Los Angeles and San Francisco to increase the impact of their programs and services. Earlier in her career she taught public school in South Central Los Angeles as a corps member with Teach For America. She has lived, studied and worked overseas throughout much of Asia, Western and Eastern Europe.
James Rosow, PhD, LP
Director of Clinical Services
James Rosow is a licensed clinical psychologist with a doctorate in clinical psychology. He has been in private practice for more than 15 years and specializes in individual therapy with children, adolescents and adults. He relies on both psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral interventions to treat a wide range of psychological and emotional problems. Through extensive clinical experience he has developed expertise in depression, anxiety, adjustment problems, school/professional underachievement, and relationship issues. He also offers treatment to couples and to families. His previous clinical positions include Director of Clinical Training at the Brooklyn Children’s Psychiatric Center and Assistant Director of the Proctor Academy Charter School in Trenton, NJ. James has lived and worked abroad in Spain.
Emily Boland, MSW, LCSW
Director of Clinical Operations
Emily Boland has lived and worked as an expatriate for over a decade in various parts of South America and Western Europe, and she knows first hand what it is like to live far from home. Over the course of the last 20 years she has worked as a clinical social worker in a wide range of settings, including inpatient and outpatient care, school based programs, and residential treatment. She approaches clinical work collaboratively with her patients, and she views the therapeutic process as a partnership with each individual client. As an expatriate, Emily has developed a specialty in and has completed extensive training in cross-cultural work.
Latavia Agada, MSW, LCSW
Latavia is a licensed clinical social worker who is dedicated to assisting people in realizing their potential and achieving their goals. She sits with her clients as an interactive listener and a source of support. She believes in people’s ability to persevere and overcome life’s challenges. Latavia has studied sociology/anthropology, Russian, and clinical social work with an emphasis in international social welfare. She is currently pursuing her PhD in international psychology concentrating in trauma. Latavia has worked with troubled children and teenagers, immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities, and people who were in crisis or who have struggled with anxiety, depression, trauma, and mental illness. Latavia uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), solution-focused therapy, the Grief Recovery Method and mindfulness amongst others to help people on their journey towards wholeness. Latavia has lived and studied in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Africa.
Claudia Andrei, PhD, LP
Claudia Andrei holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies in NY and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Prior to her transition into private practice, Claudia worked in hospital settings (Beth Israel Medical Center), community mental health clinics and teaching institutes (she held the Clinical Director position at The Village Institute for Psychotherapy in NYC). Claudia’s clinical work focuses on the treatment of adults and couples experiencing depression, anxiety, relational difficulties, trauma and trauma-related symptomatology. She uses a broad range of clinical modalities, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, relational and interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, affect focused dynamic psychotherapy as well as breathing and mindfulness techniques. Claudia lives and works internationally.
Lou Bartholome, MA, LP
Lou Bartholome is a psychologist who sees older adolescents, adults, and couples. He was originally trained in both psychodynamic and family systems therapy, and over the course of his professional career he has increasingly employed an integrative approach that incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, solution oriented therapy, EMDR, and John Gottman’s marital therapy. His approach is flexible and tailored to the needs of each client. Lou has worked in educational settings, community service agencies and medical clinics, and has been in private practice for the last seventeen years, and has worked with the expatriate population for over nine years.
Marla Berman, MSW, LCSW-R
Marla Berman is a licensed clinical social worker with over twenty-six years of experience as a mental health professional working in a range of clinical settings. She received her Master of Social Work from New York University. Marla has an additional five years of training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis through the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in New York City. While Marla’s theoretical foundation is psychodynamic and insight oriented, her approach to working with clients is adaptable and practical. She helps people increase awareness of how their feelings, thoughts and life experiences impact the choices they make in the here-and-now. Marla is also interested in the neurobiology of trauma and its application in psychotherapy. She has extensive experience working with the LGBTQ and non-binary community. For much of her career, Marla worked with both adults and children coping with chronic and terminal illness while on staff at a major teaching hospital. She has also taught graduate level social work interns doing their field placements in the hospital. Marla currently resides in New York and maintains a private practice.
Jessica Bowen, MSW, LCSW
Jessica Bowen received her master’s degree in social work from Loyola University-Chicago and completed training in the Infant Mental Health program at the Erikson Institute. Jessica is credentialed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist in Illinois and as an Infant Family Specialist (IFS) through the MI Association of Infant Mental Health. Her areas of focus include anxiety, depression, attachment, LGBTQIA populations, self-esteem, trauma, addiction, anger management, PTSD, and grief counseling. Jessica has over a decade of experience working with children, adolescents, families, couples, and individuals of all ages. She has provided psychotherapy in a variety of mental health settings including acute inpatient children’s hospitals, residential treatment and private practice. Jessica tailors treatment to the needs of each client, using evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), EMDR, Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Narrative and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). She has lived and worked internationally.
Miranda Campbell, PhD, LP
Dr. Miranda Campbell is a licensed clinical psychologist who holds a Ph.D in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to her graduate work, she earned bachelor’s degrees in both psychology and music from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her areas of clinical expertise are in health and rehabilitation psychology, where she has over 10 years of experience training and practicing in university counseling centers, hospitals, and the Veterans Health Administration. Dr. Campbell’s therapeutic approach is warm, client-focused, collaborative, and rooted in evidence-based practice. Her primary orientation is Cognitive Behavioral, with additional proficiencies in Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and the use of mindfulness and relaxation techniques. She specializes in the treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders, chronic pain, adjustment to medical illness, and helping clients achieve health goals. Dr. Campbell has a particular interest in improving access to mental health services for rural and underserved populations.
Marta Casbeer, MSW, LISW-CP
Marta T. Casbeer is a bilingual (English and Spanish) licensed clinical social worker who is also credentialed as an addiction counselor. Her areas of focus include anxiety, depression, ADHD, self-esteem, trauma, addiction, anger management, PTSD, domestic violence, and marital/family counseling. Marta has worked both in the United States and internationally in outpatient and inpatient clinics, substance abuse clinics, community mental health, the Army and Air Force Mental Health Clinics, and as an adjunct professor of social work. She has significant experience working with expatriates, local clients, and active duty personnel and their dependents, working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. Marta tailors treatment to the needs of each client, using evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapy, among others. Marta has lived in Asia, Europe, United States and South America.
Lauren Christensen, PhD, LP
Lauren Christensen holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and is a licensed psychologist. She has worked in a variety of settings as a clinician, including private practice in the East Coast of the US, as well as part of a pre-deployment medical team for the Department of Defense. Lauren’s private practice work has been primarily focused on the treatment of adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, grief, and adjustment to change and life transitions. Lauren uses an individualized approach in therapy, combining cognitive, mindfulness, and acceptance-based theories to help clients identify obstacles and achieve their goals. She has lived and worked internationally.
Geeta Chugh, PhD, LMSW
Geetanjali “Geeta” Chugh, is a licensed social worker in New York and a licensed clinical psychologist in India, with an active global private practice. She specializes in working with individuals healing from trauma; loss and grief; addressing relationship and family concerns; navigating significant life transitions; and seeking personal growth and development, with a special interest in women’s mental health. Geeta has a PhD in clinical psychology from All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi and a masters in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Geeta has worked with culturally, economically, and demographically diverse populations in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, clinics and universities in both India and the US. Having lived and worked in both individualist and collectivist cultures, she has insight into the ways that can shape views of personal and professional success and achievement, as well as the traditions of family and relationships. As an integrative therapist, her therapeutic craft draws from third wave cognitive behavioral, humanistic, and psychodynamic therapy in combination with trauma-focused and somatic practices like emotional embodiment, mindfulness, movement and breath work. She believes that melding these modalities creates a dynamic lens for cognitive and emotional awareness and positive transformation.
Alyssa Clayden, MSW, LISW
Alyssa Clayden is a licensed independent social worker who has provided international mental health services for more than two decades in a wide variety of settings. Having lived, worked and raised a family across five continents, Alyssa is passionate about providing high-quality individualized mental health services to expatriates. She believes that every person brings expertise, strengths and skills to their lives and relationships, and she views collaboration and space for humour as key components of any successful mental health work. Alyssa is researching transcultural elements that impact mental health, factors such as intergenerational, personal and collective traumas and events, in pursuit of a PhD.
Sarah Conti, MSW, LCSW
Sarah Conti is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience working in clinical, academic and research settings. For more than 10 years, Sarah worked at McLean Hospital as a social worker providing direct care in outpatient, inpatient and residential settings. Sarah holds an MSW from Boston College and has since returned to teach at the graduate level. Throughout her 12 years in private practice, Sarah’s clinical emphasis has been on relationship-building, mindfulness and acceptance-based practices, and supportive problem-solving, and she aims to offer her clients the tools they desire to improve their lives. Sarah specializes in working with clients and families around life transitions, issues related to mental health challenges, adoption, fertility and women’s reproductive health. She uses a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities, providing brief, solution-focused therapy and longer term psychotherapy that each draw from attachment theory and behavioral, mindfulness, and acceptance-based therapies. Sarah has lived and studied abroad in France and Romania. She currently resides in Connecticut.
Marilyn Cooperman, PhD, LP
Dr. Marilyn Cooperman has been in practice for over 30 years as a psychologist in private practice, as a therapist and supervisor in a college counseling center, and as the consulting psychologist to the director, staff and parents in a preschool setting. Dr. Cooperman’s orientation is integrative. She draws from a broad-based theoretical framework (including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) which allows her to use the strategies, modalities and skills best suited to the needs of the individual client. For the past four years, Dr. Cooperman has focused both her individual and group work on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She has found ACT, a cognitive behavioral therapy in which mindfulness is an integral part, to be particularly effective in helping clients succeed in making desired changes and achieving their goals. Her practice focuses on adolescents and adults coping with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, identity issues, trauma, PTSD, grief and adjusting to life transitions.
Racheal Cowan, MS, CCC-SLP
Racheal Cowan is a licensed and certified speech language pathologist. She holds a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Racheal has experience working with children and their families in a variety of settings, including homes, daycares, preschools and elementary schools. She has an ability to establish a strong rapport with people of all ages, and is dedicated to providing high quality individualized speech and language therapy services to children and their families, providing parent education and evidence-based therapy practices driven by the needs and interests of the child. Racheal has experience working with a wide range of children, including children with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, hearing impairment, cleft lip and/or palate, developmental delays, language delays, articulation disorders, phonological disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, and fluency disorders such as stuttering. Racheal currently resides in Minnesota and maintains a private practice in the Twin Cities area.
Heather Demir, MSW, LMSW
Heather Demir is a licensed clinical social worker with over a decade of experience working with transient individuals, cross-cultural families, military members and parents. She has lived in Japan and Kosovo, and currently resides in Istanbul, Turkey. Heather has a strong interest in the significance of early relationships and the mind-body connection, engaging in specialized training in attachment science, interpersonal neurobiology, and polyvagal theory. Heather draws from her experiences as an expat, a member of a cross-cultural family, and a military reservist in her work with clients. She tailors her approach to the needs of her clients and draws from many evidence-based therapeutic interventions including cognitive behavioral, dialectical, narrative, solution-focused, family systems and mindfulness. Heather works with a range of clients, including those with adjustment difficulties, cross-cultural relationship issues, developmental trauma, trauma in adulthood, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, ADHD and grief.
Angela DeVita, PhD, LMFT
Angela DeVita holds a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, as well as a doctoral degree in depth psychology. Dr. DeVita has worked extensively in private practice, providing care to individuals struggling with anxiety, self-doubt, overwhelming emotion, as well as relationship challenges that are exacerbated by transitions and cultural adjustment. She integrates an eclectic blend of approaches including somatic body psychotherapy, depth psychology, mindfulness, family systems, internal family systems (IFS), emotionally focused therapy (EFT), creative arts, and mind-body wellness. She is experienced working with expatriates, international teachers, medical and healing professionals, location-independent entrepreneurs, writers, college students, and diverse multicultural clientele. Angela has personal experience as an expat, and has lived and worked in various parts of Western Europe.
Laura Dimmick, PsyD, LP
Laura Dimmick holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and is a licensed clinical psychologist. She has provided psychological services across multiple settings, including private practice, community mental health clinics, university counseling centers, and a VA-sponsored center for returning combat veterans and their families. Dr. Dimmick’s clinical work has focused primarily on treatment of adults and older adolescents coping with a variety of presenting concerns, to include anxiety, depression, eating and body image issues, relationship issues, trauma, grief, and adjustment issues via major life changes and transitions. She has also focused on working with LGBTQ+ individuals and families and on peak performance work with students and athletes. Dr. Dimmick has an integrative style that incorporates cognitive-behavioral therapy, relational and interpersonal therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, DBT-informed approaches, emotion-focused therapy, and solution-focused therapy, and she tailors therapeutic work to the specific needs of each individual. As an adolescent and young adult, Dr. Dimmick lived in Munich, Germany, where she attended and graduated from the Bavarian International School; she has since lived in Australia and Western Europe and currently lives and works internationally.
Andrea Doyle, PhD, LICSW
Dr. Doyle is a licensed independent clinical social worker. A seasoned practitioner, she refined her clinical work and training while on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and West Virginia University, and also as a doctoral student at the University of Washington. Dr. Doyle has been trained in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) by Dr. Marsha Linehan, the founder of the treatment. This training follows her earlier education in psychodynamic approaches to clinical therapy at McGill School of Social Work and the Institute for Community and Family Psychiatry in Montreal. She is currently pursuing Practitioner Certification in Mentalization, an attachment based in psychodynamically-oriented therapy. In addition to her time in Quebec, Dr. Doyle has lived and worked in France and British Columbia. She has worked in numerous clinical arenas, including hospitals, community-based agencies, disaster response, adolescent homelessness, employee assistance and independent practice. She has particular expertise in working with people experiencing profound distress. Her clinical expertise and interests include: Women and Trauma, Disaster Response in the Workplace, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mentalizing and Evidence Based Psychodynamic Theory and Practice.
Yaffa Dyckman, MSW, LCSW
Yaffa Dyckman is a licensed clinical social worker with over a decade of experience treating adults in mental health clinics and in private practice. Yaffa specializes in treating clients with anxiety, depression and PTSD, and sees clients whose trauma originated in childhood or adulthood. Yaffa is an EMDR-certified clinician and is extensively trained in STAIR/NST, another trauma informed modality that combines both CBT and attachment theory. She utilizes these modalities within a psychodynamic framework. Yaffa completed her master’s in social work at Adelphi University and underwent postgraduate training at the Training Institute for Mental Health in New York City. She serves as a volunteer with Connect and Change, an organization that offers pro bono therapy to victims of intimate partner violence. Yaffa spent several years of her youth living abroad and is currently based in New York.
Jennifer Eckel, MSW, LCSW
Jennifer Eckel is a licensed clinical social worker with years of experience providing psychotherapy to adolescents, adults and couples. She has worked within a wide range of settings including community mental health, inpatient and outpatient facilities, school-based programs, federal law enforcement agencies and private practice. Jennifer focuses primarily on issues around anxiety, depression, grief and trauma. Her approach to therapy is based upon a variety of theories and modalities, including but not limited to: Attachment Theory, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), EMDR, Mindfulness, Object-Relations Theory and Psychodynamic Therapy. Jennifer has worked in the United States, Russia, Cambodia and the Czech Republic.
Fran Ellers, LCSW, LMFT
Fran Ellers changed careers in midlife to obtain a master’s degree in social work, specializing in couple and family therapy; she has clinical licenses in both specialties. She first practiced therapy with individuals, couples, and families in her home state of Kentucky, then moved overseas with her family for four and a half years, living in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Fran understands how hard it can be to cope with depression, anxiety, or relationship problems on top of the stresses of living abroad; she saw clients and led resilience workshops in her own expatriate community. She uses a range of therapeutic approaches that draw from her strengths-based social work background, her family systems training, and her training in Gottman Method couple therapy.
George Ellis, PsyD, LP
George Ellis has worked internationally for over 20 years in conflict and post-conflict zones. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and is a licensed psychologist. He is also certified in school neuropsychology. George has over 30 years-experience providing cross-cultural psychotherapy, staff supervision and case consultation, conflict resolution and peace building, and stress management training. Until recently he worked in an active conflict zone as a Senior Psychologist/Stress Management Advisor for a multinational organization in Eastern Europe, developing and implementing programming to address complex stress reactions. Throughout much of his career he has specialized in working to support people living in challenging conditions, helping them manage crises, address the unpredictable nature of living in diverse multicultural settings, and learn to manage their own nervous systems to improve their health and well-being.
Scotty Enyart, LCSW, PhD
Scotty Enyart practices as an LCSW and has a Ph.D. in international psychology. He has extensive travel experience to over 20 countries. His travels have focused on understanding how different cultures approach psychological issues. Dr. Enyart has worked with the military for the past five years in 12 countries in Asia providing mental health therapy to deployed sailors. Dr. Enyart also has experience working with expats, children and families/bicultural families on a broad range of issues. He has an integrative approach to therapy that incorporates cognitive-behavioral, narrative, relational, insight-oriented, mindfulness, and solution-focused therapy. He tailors therapeutic work to the specific needs of each individual.
Karen Findon, PsyD, LP
Karen Findon holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in treating children, adolescents, and families. She honed her clinical skills in both inpatient and outpatient settings, where she developed a theoretical approach that recognizes how our early family experiences shape how we view ourselves and the world around us. During her graduate studies she participated in research projects that explored the relationship between trauma and psychological functioning and has devoted a great deal of her professional career to treating youth in the foster care system who have endured abuse and neglect. Karen tailors her evidence-based approaches to meet each client’s unique needs. Depending on the individual’s symptoms and goals, her therapeutic interventions may include interpersonal, psychodynamic, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, family systems and/or existential applications. She is passionate about the power of the therapeutic process and believes that everyone possesses the capacity to transcend and live a meaningful and fulfilled life.
Christy Fink-Amador, MSW, LICSW
Christy Fink-Amador is an LCSW with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, residential facilities, community mental health, schools, hospitals and in private practice. Christy’s main focus has been in trauma and crisis work, but she also has experience with ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, relationship issues, self-esteem, and stress. She utilizes a variety of treatment modalities, such as cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, EMDR, family systems, and brief therapy. She works collaboratively with her clients to determine the best therapeutic approach.
Bruce Gimplin, MSW, LICSW
Bruce Gimplin has been a licensed clinical social worker for nearly 20 years. His life and professional experiences inform his work with diverse cultures and individual events that can bring someone to seek help. He has worked in private practice, clinics and urgent settings serving individuals, couples and families. Bruce personalizes his therapeutic approaches to meet the individual’s need, and uses CBT, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused, Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Narrative and other evidenced-based treatments. He sees late adolescents through adults and has deep experience in Trauma, Grief/Transitions, LGBTQ, Dependency, Anxiety/Depression and Parenting issues. Bruce is originally from New York City and has lived in many places, most recently moving from Seattle to Madrid.
Rick Ginsberg, PhD, LP
Rick Ginsberg is a psychologist licensed in Colorado and Maine and considers working with the international community an honor. He takes a strength-based, integrative, and collaborative approach to his work, with an eye on de-stigmatizing mental illness but with a keen clinical outlook that helps him approach client difficulties with respect, integrity, and clarity. Originally trained in family systems and narrative approaches, he utilizes traditional cognitive-behavioral approaches as well and typically works with clients on an insight basis through existential approaches. Rick has worked in hospitals, community mental health organizations, university counseling centers, organizational development consulting firms, and private practice. He has been in private practice for 15 years and provides services to adolescents, adults, and couples.
Olaf Gitter, PhD, LP
Olaf K. Gitter is a licensed psychologist who, after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii, spent three years on active duty as a clinical psychologist in the US Army serving the military community in the US and Europe. Later he gained experience working in inpatient and forensic settings in California and Hawaii. After his retirement from the State of Hawaii Adult Mental Health Division in 2014, he became a private practice psychotherapist primarily assisting clients suffering from anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders as well as interpersonal and sexual concerns. He has lived in Germany, France and Puerto Rico and is bilingual in English and German. Prior to becoming a psychologist he studied anthropology and Asian Studies.
Julie Gray, PsyD, LCSW
Dr. Julie Gray has served in the mental health field for over 20 years as an administrator and therapist, providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in community and medical settings, schools, corrections and private practice. Julie treats a variety of psychological and emotional issues, specializing in trauma, depression, anxiety, adjustment/life transitions and addictions using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Seeking Safety, Family Systems and EMDR. Julie has a doctoral degree in psychology, with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the Jane Addams School of Social Work in Chicago. She also holds a certificate in School Social Work and practices as Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Julie believes that every individual has the innate ability to heal themselves and considers herself a guide in that process. She strongly believes in the mind and body connection and is currently training to become a Bioenergetics Therapist.
Lisa Hackel, PhD, LP
Lisa Hackel is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in private practice in New York for over 25 years. In addition to her doctorate in clinical psychology, she has a certificate in bioethics and teaches students at Albert Einstein Medical School. Dr. Hackel has extensive experience and expertise working with individuals who are navigating a life transition or stressful period, including work or relationship difficulties, serious health-related challenges, infertility, and separation and divorce. She is also a Family Mediator and a Child Consultant in the divorce mediation process, helping parents who are separating or divorced to improve communication and manage conflict around parenting issues. Her work with clients is collaborative and primarily integrates insight-oriented and family systems approaches. Dr. Hackel believes that during difficult times therapy can bring clarity to an individual’s unique experience and help them to identify and mobilize areas of strength and resilience.
Lisa Z. Hekel, MSW, LCSW
Lisa Hekel is a licensed clinical social worker, who has been providing clinical treatment for over 18 years in a variety of settings including private practice, school-based, outpatient and disaster/crisis response. As an expatriate, Lisa has spent over ten years providing personalized services world-wide, using her experiences to support individuals and their families living cross-culturally, including issues related to unaccompanied deployment. Her work with active duty military and veterans focuses on adjustment and trauma issues using an integrative style of mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral interventions. She specializes in issues related to grief, loss, and attachment, through a solution focused approach. Lisa has extensive experience working alongside international schools providing guidance for teachers and administrations in regards to the unique needs of transient students and their families. She meets clients where they are at and guides them through purposeful and goal oriented practice.
Michael Hirschel, PhD, LP
Michael J. Hirschel is a licensed psychologist. He has a strong interest in multiculturalism, which inspired him to complete an internship at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology (CMTP) in Boston and later brought him to the Truman Group. Dr. Hirschel has worked in a variety of settings such as university counseling centers, inpatient hospitals, and employee assistance programs. He has been trained in both cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) approaches, working collaboratively with clients to tackle the goals which they bring to therapy.
Jaime Hopkins, PhD, LP
Dr. Hopkins is a licensed psychologist with over 15 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She has specialized training in the assessment and treatment of children with a variety of behavioral, emotional and learning needs, inclusive of autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, anxiety and depression. Dr. Hopkins has worked extensively as a collaborative partner with parents and school teams to promote positive, supportive learning environments for all children. Her therapeutic work with adults utilizes an integrative approach, drawing from a variety of treatment modalities including CBT, mindfulness, and person-centered therapy, with the therapeutic relationship as the cornerstone of the process. Dr. Hopkins’ role as a military spouse has allowed her the opportunity to live and work abroad for much of her career, bringing a high level of sensitivity and cultural understanding to her practice. She aims to provide a safe, encouraging place for patients to navigate toward personal growth. Outside of her therapeutic work with the Truman Group, Dr. Hopkins provides consultation and support to military counselors providing substance abuse treatment across military installations in Europe.
Mariana Iurcovich, MA, LP
Mariana Iurcovich is a licensed clinical psychologist with three decades of experience working with adults, young adults, the LGBT community, couples and families. Born in Argentina, Mariana has worked in many regions throughout the world including much of South America, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa. In addition to providing individual therapy, Mariana has experience teaching and training health professionals, and implementing and supervising counseling programs in multiple countries. An expat herself, she has a particular specialty assisting with challenging cross cultural transitions, and helping family members adjust to changes related to these transitions.
Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart, MA, LP
Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart has been a practicing psychotherapist for more than thirty years. She also has extensive international experience and has lived abroad in Mexico. She has spent time working with the United Nations on leadership development in the Caribbean Nations, and designing cross-cultural training with companies in Europe, the Pacific Rim, and Central America. Thérèse specializes in mindfulness-based practices and cares for adults, couples and families. She is a published author; her most recent book is Mindfulness and the 12 Steps: Living Recovery in the Present Moment.
Alicia Janik, PsyD, LP
Dr. Alicia Janik is a licensed clinical psychologist, holding a doctorate in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in human sexuality education, with over 15 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings. She believes in a collaborative and strength-based approach, tailoring therapy to meet an individual’s needs and foster long-lasting personal growth within the context of a trusting relationship. Dr. Janik uses an integrative style, incorporating insight-oriented, narrative, and solution-focused approaches, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and working from multicultural, relational, and social justice frameworks. She is passionate about promoting cross-cultural communication and understanding, with years of experience living and working overseas as an expatriate in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe. Dr. Janik’s areas of expertise include working with international schools to promote community strength and well-being, supporting women and families navigating perinatal health (fertility, prenatal loss, pregnancy, the transition to parenthood, and postpartum care), supporting and empowering members of the LGBTQ+ population and their families, and working with adolescents and adults who are experiencing major life transitions, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, relationship challenges, and issues surrounding identity development.
Stephanie Johnson, MSW, LICSW
Stephanie Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker with 25 years of experience in international communities. Throughout her career, she has held therapy and leadership posts in both healthcare and educational settings. After completing an anthropology degree from the University of Virginia, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa creating environmental sustainability projects. In 1995, she received an MSW from Smith College with an emphasis in psychodynamic therapy. Since 2009, Stephanie has worked in international schools in Switzerland, Singapore and Croatia where her roles have included school counselor, child protection lead and health center director. Stephanie uses an integrative approach with clients and is skilled at forming positive connections to create collaborative change. While she is comfortable working with a wide range of issues, her specialities include adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, loss, adjustment and the complexities of living overseas. She is certified as an intercultural trainer from the Interchange Institute and also holds a European Certificate of Psychotherapy.
Eva Kant, MSW, LCSW
Eva Margot Kant is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service, with specialized postgraduate training in Family and Couples Therapy from The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy. She is also certified in sex therapy from The New York University School of Medicine. Prior to entering private practice, Eva held positions as a medical social worker at a number of New York City hospitals and still serves as a patient advocate for those facing chronic and life-limiting illnesses. A sought-after speaker at graduate schools of social work, she has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.
David Karlson, MA, LMFT
David Karlson is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has worked with individuals and families for over 12 years. He is experienced working in a variety of settings including community mental health, inpatient and outpatient facilities, school-based programs, and telehealth. David is trained in systemic family therapy (SFT) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and uses a strengths-based and client-centered approach to help clients achieve their emotional and relational goals. David has also served in multiple deployments overseas as an army officer and currently serves with the Minnesota National Guard. He is trained as a Master Resilience Trainer, teaching CBT techniques to soldiers. David has lived and traveled extensively in South America, Europe and the Middle East.
Lydia grew up in a suburb of the Twin Cities and later attended Macalester College, where she studied psychology and creative writing. She has previously served in various senior editorial roles for her college newspaper and humor magazine, worked as a graphic designer and freelance copy-writer, and most recently as a psychiatric assistant in an adult mental health unit in a hospital.
Alex Karydi, PhD, LMFT
Dr. Alex Karydi is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has focused her research and clinical work on the impact of minority stress on LGBTQI populations, focusing on youth navigating their gender identity. She has a master’s in clinical psychology, a postgraduate diploma in research psychology, a Ph.D. in clinical sexology, and a Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy. She has worked in various settings including school systems, the justice system, social services, and behavioral health. In 2015, she was appointed Program Director for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health – Office of Suicide Prevention where she was responsible for establishing the first state office for suicide prevention, embedding Zero Suicide framework in the state mental health care system, and developing the state school suicide prevention program. In addition to her work with the Truman Group, she is the Project 2025 Director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a nationwide initiative to reduce the annual rate of suicide in the U.S. by 20 percent before 2025.
Judy Katz, MS, LMFT
Judy Katz is a licensed marriage and family therapist who holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology and has been working in the mental health field for 20 years. Judy has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health facilities, substance abuse treatment facilities and in group practice. While she incorporates different modalities of therapy into her practice, Judy draws heavily on psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behavioral therapy theories. She works primarily with adults 18 and older, both individually and in couples. Judy has a great deal of experience working with depression, anxiety, trauma, sobriety maintenance and relational issues. Additionally, having lived as an expatriate in Israel, Judy is acutely aware of the challenges and complexities involved in living a life overseas.
Marcus Klein, PsyD, LP
Dr. Klein is a licensed clinical psychologist with a doctorate in clinical psychology. He has worked in a variety of settings including medical centers (Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles), schools, and community mental health clinics specializing in treating and assessing children, adolescents, adults, and families. Marcus utilizes an integrative approach incorporating cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, existential, and solution focused interventions. Marcus has specific specialization in treating children and adolescents who have experienced trauma using trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and has also done research on the phenomenon of posttraumatic growth among young children. In addition to his therapeutic work, Dr. Klein also lectures on the intersection of religion, spirituality, and psychology. As an expatriate who moved overseas with his family of six, Marcus knows firsthand the unique challenges of living far from home for both individuals and families.
Jill Kristal, PhD, LP
Jill holds a Ph.D. in clinical and research psychology and has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 20 years. While living in London, Jill ran the American Counseling Center where she worked extensively with the expatriate population. She spent more than a decade living abroad, and developed significant interest and expertise in treating the mental health needs of expatriates. In addition to her clinical work, Jill has cultural transition programming specifically for international families, and is the co-creator of Transitional Learning Curves, an organization that helps families and companies address the multiple adjustments that come with life as an expatriate. She speaks and writes regularly about expatriate experience and, in addition to her work with the Truman Group, has a private practice where she treats children, adults and couples.
Kendrick LaFleur, MSW, LCSW
Kendrick LaFleur is a licensed clinical social worker who has been working in the social work field since 2009. He earned a bachelor’s in psychology and master’s in social work from the University of Utah, and spent time living overseas as a young adult. His areas of expertise are in helping clients manage anxiety, depression, addiction, compulsive behaviors, grief, and trauma, and he is especially interested in helping people across a variety of ethnic and cultural identities. Kendrick’s primary approach is to use mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), but he also draws influence from acceptance commitment therapy (ACT) and trauma-focused CBT. He is also trained in eye-movement desensitization reprocessing therapy (EMDR). Kendrick works with individual adults, teens and couples, and strives to support his clients to create positive change as they move through difficult life challenges, ultimately leading to deeper self-insight and inner calm.
Valerie Le Cann Jones, MA, LMFT
Valerie Le Cann Jones is a licensed marriage and family therapist with an MA in marriage and family therapy from Fairfield University and a BS in psychology from Union College. Her previous clinical roles include serving as Program Director with Center for Discovery, a residential program for adolescents suffering from eating disorders, Clinical Supervisor with LifeBridge Community Services, working with a diverse population experiencing mental health challenges, Survivor Care Navigator for the town of Newtown, working with families of children who survived the tragic shooting in Sandy Hook, and finally, Clinician at Liberation Programs, working with a population in recovery from opiate addiction. Valerie was raised by French parents in the US until age 13 before moving to France to live there until returning to the US for college. Valerie has both experienced and witnessed the devastating results of trauma both in her family of origin and as a community member of Sandy Hook. She views trauma through a systemic lens and understands the importance of working with the entire family when focusing on resiliency and trauma recovery. Currently, Valerie lives in Connecticut with her family and their therapy dog-in-training, Oliver.
Kim Leong, PhD, LP
Kim Leong is a licensed psychologist who grew up in Hong Kong. She earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University, and was a Harvard fellow with joint appointments to Judge Baker Children’s Clinic and Children’s Hospital of Boston, Department of Psychiatry. Of her 28 years as a psychologist, over 21 years have been spent living and working in India, South Africa, Nigeria, Washington D.C., Macedonia, Nicaragua, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. Kim has treated adult, child and adolescent expatriates from diplomatic, missionary, private sector and military communities throughout her international postings. She has trained pre-doctoral students and lay counselors in in-patient, out-patient, academic and community clinic settings. Kim has a depth of experience in treatment of loss, trauma, relationship issues, adjustment, cultural and spiritual issues, and psychometric assessment.
Meg McNulty, MA, LMHC
Meg McNulty holds an advanced master’s degree from the University of Colorado in counseling psychology. In addition to providing psychotherapy to children, teens, families, and couples for over 20 years, Meg has worked as a school counselor and has served as clinical supervisor and executive director to several community mental health agencies. She also sat on the State of Maryland’s Mental Health Disaster Corps and Colorado’s Critical Incident Team. As a natural collaborator, Meg uses attachment, trauma, and social justice lenses in her work to better understand her client’s lives. Coming from a humanistic stance, Meg works within the family systems and dialectical behavioral frameworks. Along with her partner, Meg has raised her sons in East Africa and currently resides in the Pacific Northwest.
Michelle Michalkovic, MSW, LCSW-R
Michelle Michalkovic holds a master’s degree in clinical social work with over twenty years of experience working in private practice, community mental health, emergency services and local government. Michelle has worked with individuals, couples, families and groups in helping them seek clarity in complicated situations and empowering them to find and utilize their strengths to live authentically. Michelle’s clinical work focuses on bringing hope to people experiencing grief, anxiety, stress, depression, relational challenges, toxic behaviors, trauma, life transitions, self-doubt, self-injury, suicidal ideation and the exploration of past experiences as they relate to the present. She uses a range of clinical modalities that are flexible, tailored to the individual and include person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment theory, brief therapy, strengths coaching, trauma-informed care, positive psychology and mindfulness techniques. Michelle lived and worked abroad in Switzerland for ten years before returning to the United States.
Denise Miles, PsyD, LP
Dr. Denise Miles is a clinical psychologist who has worked in wide-ranging settings such as private practice, oncology medical units and most recently the Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, DC. She concentrated her graduate training in the areas of family systems and psychodynamic orientations. Since that time, Dr. Miles has expanded her modalities to include cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused therapies and accelerated resolution therapy. Within her private practice she specializes in treating adults, couples, and families who are struggling with depression, anxiety, adjustment/life transitions, trauma, insomnia, and interpersonal difficulties. Dr. Miles collaborates with her clients to combine treatment techniques into a personalized and effective treatment process. She has lived and worked in Africa and Europe and travels internationally for work.
Colette Molloy, MSW, LICSW
Colette Molloy is a licensed independent clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience in clinical work with children, adolescents, adults and families. Colette’s therapeutic approach is individualized, culturally responsive and informed by developmental, attachment-based, and insight-oriented theories that value the therapeutic relationship and process. Colette can also integrate short-term, cognitive behavioral approaches. She has practiced and supervised in a variety of settings with individuals and families of all ages. Colette’s areas of focus include life/developmental transitions, identity development, relationship difficulties, school challenges, anxiety, depression, adoption, grief/loss and trauma. In recent years, Colette has worked more closely with adults in their transition to parenthood, prenatal loss, postpartum concerns and adoption. She has completed training in trauma-informed child parent psychotherapy (CPP), a parent-infant/early childhood evidence-based practice, and is included on the national CPP Provider Roster. Colette has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and has a bilingual-bicultural family.
Bethany Mueller, MSW, LICSW
Bethany Mueller is a licensed independent clinical social worker with over a decade of experience providing psychotherapy in a variety of settings. Bethany specializes in treating trauma-related disorders, depression, anxiety, emotion-regulation problems and helps support the maintenance of substance use abstinence. She received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington in Seattle and completed a fellowship in the treatment of substance use disorders. Bethany is trained in cognitive behavior therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and motivational interviewing. She completed extensive training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and has several years’ experience leading her own DBT trainings. Bethany draws from her knowledge of evidence-based therapies and uses a collaborative, strengths-based approach to meet her clients where they are and help them reach their therapeutic goals. She has traveled extensively, including spending several months in India, and regularly visits family abroad. Bethany currently lives in Minnesota.
Vanessa Myles, MD
Dr. Myles is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in the U.S. and Germany. She holds a medical degree from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany and completed specialty training in Psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Vanessa has extensive research and clinical experience and has worked in a variety of in-patient and out-patient settings in the U.S. and internationally. She is trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, but draws from a wide variety of clinical approaches to tailor to individual needs and create a comfortable space for psychological exploration and growth. She has extensive experience with a broad range of issues including adjustment reactions, depression, anxiety, trauma, identity issues and the complex nature of expatriate challenges. In addition to her clinical work with the Truman Group, Vanessa maintains a private practice in Cologne, Germany and is an active member of the regional expatriate community.
Mariana Naldi, PhD, LP
Mariana Naldi holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and is a licensed health service provider in psychology with the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. She has provided psychotherapy and psychological assessment services to ages 14 and up in a variety of settings across the U.S. and Western Europe, including community mental health clinics, private practice, residential substance treatment centers, primary care clinics, and medical hospitals. She has been licensed to practice independently since 2014 and has worked with individuals, couples, and families managing various forms of anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, adjustment and stress, bereavement, anger, substance dependence, comorbid medical and mental health difficulties, intellectual disabilities, and serious mental illness. Her background in health psychology guides her understanding of each person as a whole and complex being. She believes everyone is deserving and capable of emotional growth, psychological insight, and wellness.
Diane Nickeson-Mendheim, MSW, LCSW
Diane Nickeson-Mendheim is a licensed psychotherapist with over fifteen years of experience where she has helped clients address physical and emotional pain, cope with stress, and move through adversity. She has lived as an expatriate for more than ten years, including time in the Philippines, Albania, and Slovenia, where she has helped expatriates navigate the unique experience of living abroad. Diane has advanced certifications in several mind-body therapies, including emotional freedom technique (EFT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR), guided imagery, mindfulness meditation, and yoga instruction. Diane specializes in helping clients find relief from anxiety, heal trauma, recover from loss, and reduce symptoms of chronic pain and headaches.
Natalie Peacock, MSW, LCSW
Natalie Peacock received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah. As a licensed clinical social worker, Natalie has over a decade of experience working with children, adolescents, families, couples, and individuals of all ages. She has provided psychotherapy in a variety of mental health settings including acute inpatient hospitals, residential treatment and long-term outpatient therapy. Natalie is a Level 2 Gottman Certified therapist and enjoys working with couples, including those in the LGBTQ+ community. Natalie sees clients who are experiencing anxiety, life transitions, women’s issues, depression, grief and loss. She generally uses an eclectic person-centered, strength-based approach that draws upon cognitive behavioral therapy and emotion-focused therapy skills. In her work, Natalie seeks to find solutions that will help her clients make the changes they desire and create meaning in their lives.
Lisa Pittman, PhD, LP
Dr. Lisa Pittman is a licensed psychologist who has lived and worked in the United States and Southeast Asia. She has practiced for over 18 years in multiple settings, including community mental health and college counseling centers, schools and in private practice. Dr. Pittman’s areas of interest and expertise include working with adolescents and adults from diverse backgrounds on a wide array of issues, including anxiety, depression, adjustment/transition, self-esteem/self-confidence, grief/loss, identity, and the mental health of athletes. Dr. Pittman uses cognitive behavioral therapy, with a focus on using strengths, as well as humor, to alleviate areas of distress or frustration, incorporate approaches to promote and maintain growth, and ensure that the individual has a support system in place to reinforce and continue the process outside of therapy. She sees the client as the expert on themselves, and views therapy as a collaborative experience, with the goal of helping individuals become their best selves.
Sarah Pogue, MSW, LICSW
Sarah Pogue holds a master’s degree and is licensed as an independent clinical social worker. Sarah has lived and worked as an expat for more than ten years, and is currently located in Guatemala. She has worked extensively in the LGBTQIA community and has specialized training in psychotherapy, breathing & mindfulness techniques, brief solution-focused therapy, and cognitive behavioral techniques. Her counseling experience has focused primarily on individuals dealing with anxiety, transitions, adjustment, depression, relationship & intimacy concerns, as well as gender, and sexuality. Sarah has completed continuing professional education in dynamic psychotherapy with the Washington School of Psychiatry.
Sarah Pole, MSW, LCSW
After beginning her career in international development, Sarah fell in love with therapy and obtained her master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. A licensed clinical social worker, Sarah worked in outpatient mental health for many years before entering private practice. Creating a trusting, honest, and supportive relationship where clients feel safe to explore their difficulties is at the center of her work, and she sees this as the foundation of all therapy. Sarah specializes in trauma and neuroscience-informed work, which explores how past events are stored in the body and brain to speed the process of healing. Sarah is trained in EMDR and completed her Somatic Experiencing Practitioner training in 2021. Originally from the UK, Sarah moved to the US in her early twenties, has lived in India and Brazil, and currently resides in Spain. She considers herself a permanent ex-pat and is passionate about supporting others who have experienced the joys, fears and challenges of international life.
Jill Riemer, MSW, LCSW
Jill is a licensed clinical social worker with more than a decade of experience working in outpatient mental health and integrated health programs including foster care and school programs in both urban and rural locations. She believes in the connection between the physical and emotional self and the importance of treating the body as a whole. She has helped children, adolescents, and adults overcome trauma, and cope with depression, anxiety, life transitions, addiction, and family & relationship conflicts. Utilizing a strengths-based approach Jill helps each client identify their personal competencies, goals, and motivation for change. Jill has extensive training and experience in DBT, schema therapy, CBT, brief strategic therapy, and is a certified professional in Integrative Medicine for Mental Health. She has lived and worked in both New York and Israel.
Abby Ruble, MA, LPC
Abby is a licensed professional counselor who has lived and worked in Morocco, Serbia, the US, and Brazil. She has worked in schools as a counselor and social worker for the past 15 years, and in her own private practice for the past five years. Abby has a background in special education, working with the LGBTQ+ population, and has worked in a residential treatment center for youth. She is well-versed in DBT and has experience working with clients with a history of trauma and PTSD, addiction, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Abby has also worked in career coaching and academic advising. Abby’s approach is holistic and solution-focused.
Angelina attended the University of Minnesota, where she studied Spanish and minored in Chicano Studies. She lived abroad for her studies in Toledo, Spain and later attended Hamline University, CUNY Lehman College, and the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, earning a certificate in Teaching English and a Foreign Language, credits towards a master’s of education, and certification in mind-body wellness. Angelina possesses an innate curiosity and has a love of learning, travel, and health and wellbeing. She has worked as a teacher and has served in a variety of operations and customer care roles in the healthcare field.
Johanna Smith, MSW, LCSW
Johanna Smith is a licensed clinical social worker with a master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Denver. She has worked with adults, families, and teens for over 15 years. A true global nomad, Johanna has lived in 10 different countries in Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Johanna brings an integrative approach to therapy drawing on training in systems theory, emotionally-focused couple therapy, trauma treatment (EMDR) and mindfulness-based approaches. Johanna has a passion for helping people live their best lives. In addition to her clinical work, she has served as an international school counselor, family support specialist, and pro-bono psychotherapist with refugees and asylum seekers. She is skilled at helping clients move through the darkest places in their lives and emerge with a greater sense of joy and purpose.
Ren Stinson, PhD, LP
Ren Stinson is a board-certified clinical psychologist with 10+ years of experience as a therapist and trainer in university counseling centers, community mental health settings, and the Veterans Health Administration. Ren has specialties in PTSD treatment, trauma-related mental health, anxiety coping skills, and working with clients who struggle with emotion regulation. Starting with a strong therapeutic relationship, he uses evidence-based psychotherapies to help clients meet their therapeutic goals. Ren is formally trained in cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, and cognitive processing therapy. He has a research and teaching background in multicultural psychology, including cultural identity development, coping with racism and other oppression, and LGBTQ+ care. He provides trainings and workshops on behavior therapy and multicultural psychology in the U.S. and internationally. Ren was born in Tokyo, Japan and spent his early childhood in Oakland, California before moving to Kobe, Japan where he attended international school as a teenager. He currently resides in Minnesota.
Meg Sussman, PhD, LP
Meg Sussman is a clinical psychologist who has been in private practice for over twenty-five years. She maintains a private practice in New York where she specializes in working with families of divorce including as a therapist for parents and children, a parent coordinator and as a therapeutic supervisor to help children reunite from parents from whom they have been estranged. Meg is also a court appointed forensic evaluator in custody matters who has worked in a variety of jurisdictions and presented to both lay and professional audiences regarding this topic. Meg has extensive experience working with adolescents having worked on the adolescent inpatient unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Westchester Division. She recently retired from Purchase College where she was a staff psychologist at the Counseling Center, where she saw a wide range of young adults. Dr. Sussman draws from a wide variety of orientations including family therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Carmen Taylor, MA, LMFT
Carmen Taylor is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over two decades of experience practicing in a wide variety of clinical settings. Her clinical work has focused primarily on the treatment of adults, couples and families coping with concerns such as relationship and family issues, depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, addiction and grief. Carmen has worked intensively with LGBTQ+ individuals, active duty military and veterans, and has served as a volunteer in South Africa and Mexico. A Clinical Fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Carmen has an integrative trauma-informed therapeutic approach that incorporates cognitive-behavioral therapy, strength-based therapy, solution-focused therapy, and family systems therapy.
Cynthia Tems, PhD, LP
Cynthia Tems holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and is a licensed psychologist. She has spent the majority of her professional career living and working internationally in Saudi Arabia, England, and Norway, as well as in the U.S. She has over 27 years of experience working with a diverse multicultural, international clientele composed of both expatriates and local clients. She has offered international telepsychology services for 15 years. Cynthia works with children, adolescents, and adults, providing individual, couple, and family psychotherapy. She also has extensive experience providing psychological and psychoeducational assessment services.
Katie Trupiano, LPC, NCC
Katie is a national board certified licensed professional counselor with experience working in schools and in community mental health. She has worked in both the juvenile and adult judicial systems, and with the LGBTQI+ community. Katie takes an integrated approach to counseling involving concepts of mindfulness and solution-focused therapies and using a combination of techniques from cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, Gestalt, strengths-based, and positive psychology. She has specialized training in trauma-informed care, self-compassion and substance abuse. Katie has lived and worked abroad in Switzerland, the Netherlands, and China while raising a family composed of two third-culture kiddos.
Erin Valentine, LP, PsyD
Dr. Erin Valentine is a licensed clinical psychologist who has lived and worked in a number of countries from South America to the Middle East. She currently resides in the United States. Over the past decade, she has provided psychological services in various settings, including hospitals, community clinics, child development centers, schools/preschools, and private practice. Dr. Valentine’s clinical practice most often focuses on work with children and families. She has specialized training in infant mental health, developmental disabilities and differences, parent-child relationship issues, adoption, childhood behavior and development, attachment and bonding, and perinatal mental health. In addition, she has worked with adults coping with a variety of presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and adjustment to major life changes and transitions. Dr. Valentine sees therapy as a collaborative endeavor that is individualized with each client. She takes a holistic approach to working with children and adults drawing on a background in relationship-informed therapies, cognitive and behavioral therapy (CBT), attachment and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and practical problem solving. Growth, compassion, respect, individuality, and humor are important values in her therapeutic work.
Jane Vanelli, MSW, LICSW
Jane Vanelli has a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University and over 30 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents in hospital and community settings. She has lived and worked abroad in a number of countries including Senegal, Egypt, Thailand and India, and understands the unique challenges of expatriate life and cross cultural adaptation, including issues specific to third culture kids and re-entry. Jane has specialized training and experience with grief, loss, attachment and bereavement, as well as parenting issues, PTSD, anxiety, depression and crisis management. She uses a broad range of clinical modalities, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and mindfulness.
Leslie Wechsel, MSW, LCSW
Leslie Wechsel holds a master’s degree in clinical social work and has lived in seven countries throughout Africa, Europe and the Middle East while working and raising a family overseas and in the U.S. Leslie has a broad range of experience providing counseling in private practice, schools, and government and non-government agency settings. She specializes in working with adults and adolescents, helping them with mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, trauma and grief, interpersonal conflicts, and adjustment issues. Her approach is client-centered and rooted in research and evidence-based approaches, including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), trauma recovery (EMDR), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Leslie loves being able to combine her experience of living in many different cultures far from home with her dedication to helping others heal and build fulfilling lives that reflect their goals.
Heather Witthoff, MSW, LCSW
Heather Witthoff holds a master’s degree in social work and is a licensed clinical social worker. For 20 years she has worked in the field of mental health, providing psychotherapy to children, teens, adults, couples and families in outpatient, community, school and private practice settings. For the last 30 years, Heather has been living transatlantically between Chicago and Barcelona where she provides support and counseling to U.S. and international families. She also served as a Military & Family Life Consultant providing support to service members and their families stationed at U.S. bases throughout Europe. She treats a wide range of psychological and emotional challenges including anxiety, depression, transitions, relationship and sexual issues. Heather utilizes an integrative approach that incorporates aspects of insight-oriented, relational, narrative, emotionally-focused (EFT), and solution-focused therapy. Eclectic and flexible in her work, she focuses on meeting the individual needs of each client using the therapeutic relationship as a vehicle for change.
Samantha Wright, MA, LPC
Samantha Wright is a licensed professional counselor in the DC Metro area. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dartmouth College, and her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of San Diego. Samantha specializes in treating trauma and in working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder, as well as treating body image issues, anxiety, depression, and self-injury. Samantha has training and experience in CBT, exposure and response prevention, motivational interviewing, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). She has experience working with a variety of populations in different settings including outpatient mental health programs, residential settings, private practice, primary care settings, and community mental health clinics. She has lived in Switzerland, has studied abroad in France and Spain, and is familiar with the boarding school experience. Samantha believes that every client needs an individualized treatment approach. Her practice incorporates culturally-sensitive elements of psychodynamic work to help clients explore their past and present circumstances and traumas in order to promote increased self-awareness, relief from stress and anxiety, better relationships, greater life satisfaction, and improved overall health.
Alyssa-Monet attended Florida International University where she studied psychology. She has worked as a medical scribe in a variety of patient-centered care facilities, including in an adult mental health hospital unit. Alyssa-Monet is currently studying performance psychology with the goal of helping facilitate optimal performance across a variety of domains. She is a graduate member of a sorority whose members are active participants in community and international affairs.