Our esteemed group of regular guest lecturers and group leaders
Diane Hilleary, LCSW, CEDS-S
Diane founded the Atlanta Center for Self-Compassion, because she strongly believes in the profound transformative power of MSC's practices.
"All of us struggle with an inner critic that nags us about the ways in which we are falling short. Mindful Self-Compassion is the first step in emotional healing," says Diane. "The principles of MSC, when practiced over time, allow us to turn inward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings with a spirit of openness, curiosity and love."
For more information about Atlanta Center for Self-Compassion, please visit www.atlantaselfcompassion.com.
Dr. Jackie Pray
Jean Rowe, LCSW, OSW-C, CJT
Jonathan discovered sound as therapy after his experiences and recovery from anxiety. As a touring musician, he knew the power of music to move our emotions; but following this experience, he understood its potential as a healing force. Since then, he has used his intuition, experiences and studies to explore the role of sound and music in the healing arts and create new ways for people to relax, enhance self-healing and expand their self-awareness.
Jonathan frequently gives talks and facilitates workshops on sound therapy and meditation, which include appearances at TedX, National Spiritual Living Conference, GA State Social Workers Conference, Emory Wellness Center and Wigwam Wellness Festival. His sound therapy tracks have been used by millions of people, and can be streamed on YouTube, Spotify, SoundCloud and Insight Timer. They are also used by the Centergy yoga classes offered at Gold's Gym nationwide. He continues to explore ways in which sound, as therapy, can help people to relax, de-stress, enjoy deeper meditations and feel great.
Juliett Stovall, PhD, MSW, MEd, LCSW
Dr. Kelli Ritter, PhD, LPC, NCC, CPCS, CDWF-C
Dr. Kelli Ritter earned her Ph.D. in Counseling from Georgia State University in 2003. Beginning her career in 1993, she has spent the last twenty-seven years working with individuals and families in various roles through counseling, parent education and consulting services. As an Associate Professor in counseling for many years, Dr. Ritter is most proud of developing the very popular Wellness and Resilience in Counseling elective course at Argosy University, Atlanta. She currently works in private practice specializing in anxiety relief, mental health nutrition and amino acid therapy. Dr. Ritter provides workshops, retreats and trainings in the areas of gut health, wellness and wholehearted living. Dr. Ritter is EMDR trained, a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®, a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator & Consultant, and a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.
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Mark Dannenfelser, MA, MPS, LPC
Mark is adjunct lecturer in the graduate division of philosophy and theology at Spring Hill College and the Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory University commissioned lecturer on contemplation and Centering Prayer.
Nan is a certified aromatherapist through the Heal Center in Atlanta, as well as an AADP (American Association of Drugless Practitioners) Certified Essential Oil Coach. She co-developed EnneaEssentials© — a process that combines the wisdom of the Enneagram with the wisdom of essential oils — to support individuals on their journey toward emotional, mental and spiritual wellness.
Nina Kram Schlachter, D.O.
Dr. Schlachter practices integrative and holistic psychiatry. Because psychiatric diagnoses are diagnoses of exclusion, medical conditions, nutrition, support systems and lifestyle are important to know if considering medications and can be as important as medications. Dr. Schlachter practices with full disclosure and partners with her patients for optimum wellness. She is presently in private practice in Atlanta working with a team of other treatment experts.