I come from a long line of Doctors and Healers on my father's side, and a long lineage of Intuitives on my mother side. In addition, I have dedicated my life to learning, which has included studying with some of the top internationally recognized teachers in the fields of hypnosis, meditation, psychology, biology, neurology, philosophy, expressive improvisational arts, psychic development and healing. Below is a list of some of the many beautiful, extraordinary teachers I have had the pleasure of studying with, in-depth, including a 10 year apprenticeship with one of the top Ericksonian Hypnotherapists in the world.
Apparently, I have lived up to my name in a very deep spiritual sense: I am truly "Dr. Lerner" in the best sense of the word, continually broadening my perspectives, so that I may offer my clients the best solutions possible, to their often quite remarkable issues. I look forward to supporting your personal blossoming, so that you can truly discover why you are here and learn to share all your gifts, with deep joy and satisfaction.
BLESSINGS ON YOUR WAY!
Suzanne Improvisation Lerner, PhD
A small portion of my Background and Training:
Vice President, N. California Society for Hypnosis
Invited Presenter at the International Milton Erickson Hypnosis Congresses
Apprenticed for 10 years with Stephen Gilligan, PhD, considered one of the top Ericksonian Hypnotists in the World
Meditating since I was 16 years old
Spent the good part of 4 years studying Advaita ("The Power of Now") in Lucknow, India with HR Poonja-ji (disciple of Ramana Maharashi)
Several initiations with H.H. the Dalai Lama including 10 day Kalachakra Initiation & Blue Medicine Buddha Initiation
Regular sitting with Jack Kornfield at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
One year full internship plus additional externship in "Internal Family Systems" (IFS) with Dick Schwartz, PhD, who teaches a remarkable application of Family Systems therapy, for working with your various inner subpersonalities at IJR, Chicago, IL
3 years on-going trainings and personal work with gifted Gestalt teacher Chris Price, long time teacher at Esalen Institute, in Big Sur, CA
Intensive Study of Virginia Satir, Robert Assagioli, John & Helen Watkins and Hal & Sidra Stone's models for working strategically, creatively and effectively with our internal conflicted personas.
EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUES (EFT): Certified Levels 1, 2 & 3 with Gary Craig, the founder of EFT. Research on EFT at the University of California, Berkeley together with Dr. Dawson Church. Presentations with Gary Craig and Dawson Church at the World Presidents Organization (WPO) Assisted Gwyneth Moss in her first USA EFT training. Additional intensive EFT studies with Carol Look, Nick Ortner, Pamela Bruner, David Feinstein and a number of EFT Pioneers.
MATRIX REIMPRINTING: Certified Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner. Participated in 52 weekly classes with Sasha Allenby, who is coauthored with Karl Dawson of the groundbreaking "Matrix Reimprinting: Using EFT." Assisted Sasha in her Vancouver Matrix Reimprinting Training.
Spent 4 months in Brasil, studying with Spirit healer, Joao de Deus (John of G*D), and also with Thafkeshkeshkya, a Fulnio indigenous healer
Training with Polarity Expert & Healer James Kent
Study with Adam Dreamhealer, remarkable healer who began at 15, healing his mother of MS.
5 day intensive and on-going study with Donna Eden, world reknown healer and author of Energy Medicine.
5 day intensive and on-going study with the great Intuitive Sonia Choquette
On-going study with Carol Ritberger, the extraordinary Medical Intuitive, whom many therapists, nurses, acupuncturists and even doctors consult
Director of Human Research for Marti Seligman's "Learned Helplessness//Learned Hopefulness" studies at the University of Pennsylvania
Intensive Training with Aaron Beck's group, studying cognitive interventions for depression and anxiety
12 weeks intensive training with Dr. David Burns in the T.E.A.M. approach. Dr. Burns is honored worldwide as one of the founding fathers of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with his book "Feeling Good" having sold over 4 million copies. His TEAM approach builds upon CBT, adding a crucial emphasis on how to assess and enhance motivation, together with a variety of other powerful and effective therapeutic innovations.
EXPRESSIVE IMPROVISATIONAL ART THERAPY:
Baba Olatunji Nigerian musician & healer 5 years apprenticeship
Anna Halprin, who healed herself of cancer thru expressive arts, 4 years
Manfred Fishbeck of Group Motion, 5 years
Singing & Sounding:
Various members of Bobby McFerrin's Improvisational Voicestra, including several years of study with Rhiannon, Joey Blake, & Dave Worm
Jai Uttal, amazing Kirtan improvisational singer, two 10 day intensives, and on-going study
Tahir, ecstatic Sufi chanter, one month intensive study
Dave Stringer Kirtan Flight School culminating in a performance at Shakti Music Fest in Joshua Tree, CA
Personal Theater & Improvisation:
Ruth Zaporah, ACTION theater, four years, on-going classes
Nina Wise, Solo Biographical Performance Pieces, three years
Painting: Michelle Cassou, The Painting Experience, several classes together with an intensive at Esalen Institute
Shiloh Sophia McCloud, Visionary Artist and Teacher of Intentional Creativity. Several Classes including "Queen of Her Own Heart" and "Fearless Belonging" together with Shilo Shiv Suleman
Dr. Suzanne Lerner Psychologist, Hypnotherapist Advanced IFS & EFT Practitioner PSY# 11485 Working Locally in Santa Cruz & Monterey & Around the World by Phone, ZOOM & Skype firstname.lastname@example.org 415-275-4607