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At TherapyTribe we are committed to providing our readers with professional, accurate and digestible references on important mental health and therapy topics. Our experts regularly review and update our articles to include the latest treatment modalities and philosophies. Learning all you can about mental health is an important first step toward feeling better.


Dr. Ilene S. Cohen Ph.D

Dr. Ilene S. Cohen, Ph.D.

“Dr. Ilene” S. Cohen, is a psychotherapist, professor, blogger, and author of the popular self-help guide When It’s Never About You. She has recently co-authored a self-help book that combines modern psychology and ancient spiritual wisdom titled, “It’s Within You.” Dr. Ilene’s work regularly appears in top psychology publications, like Psychology Today.

After graduating from the University of Tampa with a B.A. in Psychology, Dr. Ilene obtained her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. Both her books and her practice are fueled by her passion for helping people achieve their goals, build a strong sense of self, and lead meaningful lives. She is also guided by a passion for service and lends her time to multiple charitable causes around the world. Dr. Ilene resides in Miami, Florida with her husband and two young daughters. Doctor Ilene’s books are available on Amazon, as well as her website, where you can get a free copy of her ebook “Just Say No.”

Read more @ doctorilene.com

Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT

Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT

Darlene Lancer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an expert author on relationships and codependency. She has counseled individuals and couples for 30 years and coaches internationally. Darlene is a prolific author as well as a sought after speaker in the media and at professional conferences.

Her books include: Dating, Loving, and Leaving a Narcissist: Essential Tools for Improving or Leaving Narcissistic and Abusive Relationships, Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You and Codependency for Dummies. Darlene has also written several ebooks, including: 10 Steps to Self-Esteem, How To Speak Your Mind – Become Assertive and Set Limits, Dealing with a Narcissist: 8 Steps to Raise Self-Esteem and Set Boundaries with Difficult People, “I’m Not Perfect – I’m Only Human” – How to Beat Perfectionism, and Freedom from Guilt and Blame – Finding Self-Forgiveness. Darlene’s books are available on Amazon, as well as her website, where you can get a free copy of “14 Tips for Letting Go.”

Read more @ whatiscodependency.com

Sari Cooper, CST, LCSW-R

Sari Cooper, CST, LCSW-R

Sari Cooper is the Founder and Director of The Center for Love and Sex, a group practice specializing in sex therapy. Sari is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor with over 20 years in practice. She is an internationally recognized expert in the field of couples therapy and sex therapy, presenting at professional sex therapy conferences and offering webinars on her website centerforloveandsex.com and the host of Sex Esteem®, a YouTube show featuring interviews with experts in the field. In addition to therapy, Sari leads groups for folks interested in increasing their Sex Esteem® intelligence for themselves, their relationships and as parents.

Sari is a featured expert appearing on a wide variety of media outlets including: CBS This Morning, Dr. Oz, The Wall Street Journal, oprahmag.com, CNN, Refinery29, Bustle, and HuffPost. Sari has written her Sex Esteem® blog on Psychology Today, HuffPost and her own site. She is currently working on a book.

Read more @ centerforloveandsex.com

Emily Mendez, M.S., Ed.S.

Emily Mendez, M.S., Ed.S.

Emily Mendez is a mental health writer and expert in the areas of mental health and substance abuse. As a former private practice psychotherapist, Emily specialized in treating adults and children suffering from depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and substance abuse. Her credentials include Ed.S in Counselor Education, Master’s in Community Counseling, and Bachelors in Psychology.

Emily has been quoted as a mental health expert by leading news sites like INSIDER, Family Circle, Bustle, Fatherly, Brit + Co, Romper, Elite Daily and more. She is also the author of Four Behavioral Treatments for Migraines Worth Trying. A prolific blogger for more than 5 years, Emily has expanded her passions to include health, fitness, and travel.

Read more @ emilymendez.com

Dr. R.Y. Langham, Ph.D.

Dr. R. Y. Langham, Ph.D.

Dr. R. Y. Langham holds a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (M.M.F.T.) from Trevecca Nazarene University and a Ph.D. in Family Psychology from Capella University. She is currently a medical, health & wellness contributor, copywriter, researcher and psychological consultant for Livestrong magazine, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Disorders.org, Healthline, CIGNA, Psychology Today and numerous medical doctors, psychologists, and psychiatrists.

Dr. R. Y. Langham has over a decade of experience writing and editing medical, health & wellness, dating, marriage, love, and psychological articles as well as self-help guides for a variety of popular magazines, newspapers, and companies. She was the Medical Review copyeditor for CIGNA for 3 years and co-authored a marriage and family textbook used by college students across the US.

Read more @ drrylangham.webs.com

Jenna Jarrold, MS, LPC

Jenna Jarrold, MS, LPC

Jenna Jarrold is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She graduated from University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and received her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. In addition, Jenna is a Certified EMDR therapist and an LGBTQ+ affirming therapist. Jenna is currently employed at the Thriveworks as a counselor where she utilizes an integrative approach including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT), and mindfulness to help individuals with a range of challenges. 

Jenna is also a passionate mental health writer focusing on topics such as Eating Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Gender Identity Disorder, Substance Abuse, Dissociative Disorders, Stress Management, Healthy Coping Skills, and Training CBT/DBT. Jenna also has experience creating educational content for college-level programs, and generating subject matter for national mental health exam preparation courses.

Read more @ thriveworks.com

Hailey Shafir, LCMHCS, LCAS, CCS

Hailey Shafir, LCMHCS, LCAS, CCS

Hailey Shafir is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist and Certified Clinical Supervisor working out of Raleigh, NC. Hailey sees clients through her private practice, where she specializes in helping adults with issues like shame, addiction, trauma, and anxiety.

In addition, Hailey provides clinical supervision and continuing education trainings for mental health and addiction counselors through her company Therapy Cred. She is the developer and owner of the Plan-it Therapy treatment planning cards for therapists and IndyWind, a small shop where she sells handmade art. Hailey has over a decade of experience in mental health and addiction counseling and uses this knowledge to write articles and self-help resources for several websites. Her work has been featured in publications like Forbes, Entrepreneur, Vice, Inside Hook, Psych Central and Very Well Mind. She is passionate about empowering people with accurate and up-to-date information that can help them make informed choices and improve their mental and emotional wellbeing.

Read more @ keepcounsel.com

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