CPTSD Foundation

"We Are Healing Trauma"
Virtual Summit for Survivors

Even though the 2020 event has concluded, you can get LIFETIME ACCESS to all of the interviews! We have created a digital product with all video recordings and transcripts for each speaker.

CPTSD Foundation is proud and honored to have brought together some of the very best 
Clinicians, Coaches, and Thought Leaders in the area of
Trauma Recovery to help equip and encourage you on your journey.

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Athena Moberg

Executive Director, The Foundation for Post-Traumatic Healing and Complex Trauma Research

Athena Moberg is an author, speaker, and advocate working in the field of Complex Trauma Recovery.

With a deep passion for helping those who have been impacted by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), she and her staff of dedicated volunteers reach thousands of survivors weekly in over 180 countries.

This foundation is her life’s work. 


Our Speakers

All of the incredible speakers who participated in the "We Are Healing Trauma" Virtual Summit 2020 have dedicated their lives
to helping survivors of all types of abuse realize that they can be who they want to be, and break free from the chains of their past.

Bessel van der Kolk

MD, Author, Researcher, Educator

Bessel van der Kolk MD has spent his professional life studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences. He translates emerging findings from neuroscience and attachment research to develop and study a range of effective treatments for traumatic stress and developmental trauma in children and adults.

Dr. van der Kolk’s work is focused on integrating therapy with science, and he has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, diversely ranging from neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, developmental trauma, yoga, and theater to EMDR.

Guy Macpherson, PhD.

Trauma Therapist Project

Guy has a doctorate in clinical psychology and is the creator of The Trauma Therapist Project, The Trauma Therapist | Podcast, and Trauma Therapist | 2.0 bringing together resources for clinicians and therapists of all kinds who are starting out on their trauma-informed journey.

Dr. Ramani Durvasula

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Best Selling Author

Dr. Ramani Durvasula is on a mission to demystify and dismantle the toxic influence of narcissism on all of our lives. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica and Sherman Oaks, CA and Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, where she was named Outstanding Professor in 2012, and a visiting professor at the University of Johannesburg. She was also the national recipient of the American Association of University Women Emerging Scholar Award.


Dr. Annita Sawyer

Clinical Psychologist Psychotherapist, Writer, Speaker

Annita Sawyer is a licensed psychologist and a member of Yale’s clinical faculty, in practice for over thirty years. Her essays and stories have appeared in a number of literary and professional journals. Her memoir was awarded the 2013 Santa Fe Writers Project Nonfiction Grand Prize.

 Lisa A. Romano

Breakthrough Life Coach and
Best Selling Author

Lisa A. Romano is a Certified Life Coach who specializes in codependency and narcissistic abuse. Through her personal struggles, she has found a way out of the confusion a codependent mind can be.

Jodi Aman

Licensed Therapist, Best Selling Author, YouTuber

Inspirationally speaking and counseling for over 20 years, Jodi shows Generation Z, their parents, and helpers how to feel worthy, empowered and in control. On her YouTube channel, Practical Miracles, she helps audiences all over the world get clarity, push past fear, and evolve their consciousness.

Rachel Grant

Sexual Abuse Recovery Coach
M.A. Counseling Psychology

Rachel Grant is the owner and founder of Rachel Grant Coaching and is a Sexual Abuse Recovery Coach. She is also the author of Beyond Surviving: The Final Stage in Recovery from Sexual Abuse.

She brings to the table a passionate belief that her clients do not have to remain trapped or confronted daily by the thoughts or behaviors that result from abuse.

Julie Hall

Journalist, Author, Speaker, Coach

Julie L. Hall is the founder of the popular award-winning blog The Narcissist Family Files, an international resource for complex trauma education and recovery. She is the author of the new book The Narcissist in Your Life: Recognizing the Patterns and Learning to Break Free, from Hachette Books, recommended by Library Journal for “all libraries, in particular university collections supporting mental health and psychiatry curriculum.”  Julie is a contributing writer at Psychology Today whose writing and interviews about narcissism and complex trauma can also be found on outlets such as HuffPost, Psych Central, Goop, Lifehacker, The Addicted Mind Podcast, and Narcissist Apocalypse Podcast.

Vennie Kocsis

Author, Artist

Vennie is  a highly-sensitive, embodied Empath, and integrated DID carrier. I live daily with the aftermath leftover from extreme child abuse. I understand the journey through figuring out the shattering of religious and sexual abuse recovery. I know the intense work it takes to find our original, authentic mind and inner child. It can happen for us. It WILL happen for us!


Shari Botwin

Author, Speaker, Clinician

Shari Botwin, LCSW, has been counseling survivors of all types of trauma in her Cherry Hill, New Jersey private practice for over twenty-two years. Her second book, “Thriving After Trauma: Stories of Living and Healing, Rowman & Littlefield,” (Rowman & Littlefield, November 8, 2019) deals with overcoming trauma including physical and sexual abuse, war-related injury, loss due to tragedy or illness and natural disasters.


Lou Bergholz

Founder, Edgework Consulting

Lou is entering his 19th year of work with Edgework and has over two decades of experience working with teams, organizations and communities on their most pressing human capital and human development issues.

For over a decade, Lou has been working to create trauma-informed interventions in the US and abroad that apply academic research and clinical practice to populations without reliable access to definitive clinical care.

Robyn Brickel

Founder and Clinical Director
Brickel and Associates, LLC

Robyn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 20+ years of experience providing psychotherapy, as well as the founder and clinical director of a private practice, Brickel and Associates, LLC in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. She and her team bring a strengths-based, trauma-informed, systems approach to the treatment of individuals (adolescents and adults), couples, and families.

She specializes in trauma
(including attachment trauma) and the use of dissociative mechanisms; such as self-harm, eating disorders, and addictions. She also approaches treatment of perinatal mental health from a trauma-informed lens.


Claudio Micco

Licensed Massage Therapist, Hypnotherapist, Owner HypnoFit Maui LLC

Claudia Micco is the owner of HypnoFit Maui LLC, she specializes in mind-body movement therapy that blends cognitive hypnosis and physical training.

She has been a global fitness expert for over 35 years. As a trainer of teachers, her methods have been shared all over the world at fitness conventions, retreats, and workshops.

Her passion is teaching movement in a way that is fun, personally meaningful, and result-oriented. She has encouraged thousands of clients to move with ease rather than pain, as well as coaching the food and mood connection. Her motto is “train the mind and the body will


Sharmi Gowri-Kriszyk

Clinical Director, Founder & Lead Clinician of Stepping Stones Psychology

Sharmi is a Specialist Trauma Therapist residing in the UK. Sharmi’s background is a doctorate training in Counselling Psychology and after working in a specialist trauma and attachment clinic for five years, she moved on to focus on the expansion of her own clinical practice that specializes in trauma healing.

Sharmi is very passionate about trauma work. She has developed a number of specialist group programs to support adult survivors of childhood trauma. One of these is a carefully planned program to support parents living with trauma. She has recently been working on a therapeutic membership package dedicated to those living with complex trauma/complex PTSD, and this is due to be launched on 1st August 2020.

Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Author, Consultant, Therapist Trainer

Arielle is a licensed clinical psychologist, EMDR therapy consultant, and certified yoga instructor with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado.

She earned her masters in somatic psychology through Naropa University and her doctorate in clinical psychology at Fielding Graduate University. Her strength-based approach to psychotherapy is called Resilience Informed Therapy, which integrates a mind-body approach to healing.

She is a core teacher with the Maiberger Institute, offering therapist trainings in EMDR therapy and somatic psychology. She specializes in PTSD, complex PTSD, grief and loss, resilience in child development, therapeutic yoga, and healing chronic pain and illness.

Genie Dawkins

Author, Confident Parent Strategist, Podcaster

Genie Dawkins is a Best-Selling author and confident parenting strategist. She uses her skills and experience as a mother of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Dyslexia to become a leader in her field by empowering families with special needs children through resources and coaching. She’s the author of the best-selling book Not My Child: Navigating Your Child’s Difficulties with IEP’s, the Joyful Family Planner, and Bedtime Worries Children’s book. She’s driven to create tools and resources that will increase parental confidence so that they can help their child reach their highest potential while creating a nurturing environment where the entire family can thrive.

Veronica Anderson

Mindfulness Facilitator, CPTSD Foundation

Veronica began her own recovery journey with a single mindful breath in 2007. Since then, she has learned that prayer and meditation are also indispensable allies on the road to healing trauma and chronic pain.
She is an entrepreneur, lives in Costa Rica, practices sustainable sacred architecture, and also mentors sensitive people in positions of leadership.
Finding the CPTSD Foundation in 2018 brought her to life, and has inspired Veronica to offer her heartfelt support to those who have survived abuse of all kinds.

Felicia Reed-Watt

Clinical Social Worker

Felicia is a clinical social worker and an interactive trauma informed therapist specializing in individual, couples and group therapy, and maintains a private practice in Rochester NY.

With over 17 years’ experience as a clinical therapist, and as a graduate of the State of New York University of Buffalo specializing in trauma informed care, she is currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise is working with survivors of trauma, individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorders, and depression. She also enjoys facilitating process and DBT groups, and providing supervision and training for social work graduate students.