Bernhard M. Strauss


Prof. Bernhard Michael Strauss is currently Full Professor of Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena, Germany and head of the Institute of Psychosocial Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital. He completed his training in psychology at the University of Constance (Southern Germany), and his doctorate at the University of Hamburg. Following a five year position at the Psychiatric Hospital of Hamburg University (Department of Sex Research), he worked as an Associate Professor at the University Hospital at Kiel (Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy) between 1986 and 1996. During this time he completed his psychotherapeutic training as a psychoanalyst with additional special trainings in group psychotherapy as well as sex therapy.
As the head of the Institute at Jena University, he was/is involved in research projects from the fields of psychotherapy research, psychooncology, prevention, medical and psychotherapeutic education, health psychology etc. Bernhard Strauss was a member of the Executive Committee of the German Society for Sex Research; he is past president of the German College of Psychosomatic Medicine and the German Society for Medical Psychology, and Past President of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR).
He has published almost 60 books, more than 250 book chapters and more than 460 journal articles.

Lynne Rigaud


Psychotherapist, supervisor, and trainer. She works in private practice and as an addiction counsellor in a national addiction organization in France. Supervisor of pluri-disciplinary teams in addiction centers. Trainer in substance abuse and addiction for professionals in juvenile detention centers and other organizations. Vice chair of the Science and Research committee of the European Association of Psychotherapy and Vice President of the French Federation of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

Mick Cooper


Mick Cooper is an internationally recognised author, trainer, and consultant in the field of humanistic, existential, and pluralistic therapies.  He is a Chartered Psychologist, and Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton.  Mick has facilitated workshops and lectures around the world, including New Zealand, Lithuania, and Florida. Mick’s books include Existential Therapies (2nd ed., Sage, 2017), Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy(2nd ed., Sage, 2018), and Integrating Counselling and Psychotherapy: Directionality, Synergy, and Social Change (Sage, 2019). Mick’s principal areas of research have been in shared decision-making/personalising therapy, and counselling for young people in schools.  In 2014, Mick received the Carmi Harari Mid-Career Award from Division 32 of the American Psychological Association. He is a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Academy of Social Sciences. Mick’s latest book explores the contribution that counselling and psychotherapy theory and practice can make to wider social progress and justice: Psychology at the Heart of Social Change: Towards a Progressive Vision for Society (Bristol University, 2023).

Jon Frederickson


Jon Frederickson, MSW, is on the faculty of the Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) Training Program at the New Washington School of Psychiatry. Jon has provided ISTDP training in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Italy, Switzerland, India, Iran, Australia, Canada, the U.S., and the Netherlands. He is the author of over fifty published papers or book chapters and seven books, including Co-Creating Change: Effective Dynamic Therapy Techniques, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Learning to Listen from Multiple Perspectives,The Lies We Tell Ourselves, Co-Creating Safety: healing the fragile patient, Healing Through Relating: a skill-building book for therapist, and the forthcoming Clinical Thinking in Psychotherapy: how to do it and how to teach it..
His book, Co-Creating Change, won the first prize in psychiatry in 2014 at the British Medical Association Book Awards, and it has been published in Farsi, Polish, Hebrew, and Slovak, and is being translated into Spanish and Croatian. His book The Lies We Tell Ourselves has been translated into fourteen languages. And his book, Co-Creating Safety is being translated into German, Polish, Hebrew, and Slovak. He has DVDs of actual sessions with patients who previously failed in therapy at his websites and There you will also find skill-building exercises designed for therapists. He writes posts on ISTDP at

Gary Burlingame

Gary Burlingame

Gary M. Burlingame, PhD is Professor and Chair of the Brigham Young University Psychology Department and affiliated with clinical psychology doctoral. His scholarly work is focused on factors that lead to effective small group treatments for mental/medical illness and measurement. He has contributed over 70 books, technical manuals and chapters and 170+ peer reviewed articles. Dr. Burlingame has served as a consultant to over 20 federal, state and private entities including the White House, Department of Labor, Food & Drug Administration with career awards recognizing his contributions from national (American Psychological Association; American Group Psychotherapy Association)
and international (German College of Psychosomatic Medicine) associations. He is the current president of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.

Giulia Altera

Giulia Altera

Dr. Giulia Altera is a Psychotherapist and Clinical and Forensic Psychologist.
She is a certified ICEEFT (Institute of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy) Trainer, Supervisor and Therapist in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She was chosen by Dr. Sue Johnson as a trainer and has been trained by her and several EFT mentors.
She is also one of the founders of the EFT Italia Community and Director of the EFT Nord Italia Center.
She is also co-founder of the EFT South-Southeast Brazil and EFT Northeast Brazil communities. She conducts trainings – Externship, – Core Skills, AIRM Workshop, EFIT Workshop (Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy), Experiential Workshop „The Wisdom of Emotions” and mini courses on EFT approaches and for training EFT Therapists who want to conduct „Hold me Tight®” groups.
Giulia is currently responsible for EFT training in Brazil and Italy and for looking after the EFT communities on Brazilian soil so that they can be born and grow in an atmosphere of collaboration, unity and mutual generosity.
Before EFT, she specialized with honors in Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy at the Miller Institute in Genoa. After completing a Master’s degree at level II at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of Genoa in Criminology and Forensic Psychiatric Sciences. She also completed International Training in the treatment of Trauma and Dissociative Disorders with Dr. Kathy Steele (International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD).
She is also a Certified Schema Therapist.
She wrote a chapter together with Dr. Ana Rizzon in the book Schema Therapy entitled: Emotionally-Focused Interventions.
With great care and passion, she deals mainly with problems relating to families, couples, and in particular with couples of trauma survivors with personality disorders (individual and couple), and LGBTQ couples.