Mental Health Unmasked: Unveiling the Secrets to Sustained Sanity

Official TEDx YouTube Video Anticipated in Early March

Unmasking Mental Health:

Unveiling the Secrets to Sustained Sanity

With one billion people diagnosed with a mental health disorder, the world faces an unprecedented crisis. As an award-winning professor, author, and psychotherapist, I believe the field of mental health has unintentionally contributed to this crisis through fragmentation. Over 500 recognized psychotherapy theories exist, yet an individual psychotherapist can be skilled in only a handful. Furthermore, the field's standard treatment guidelines and ability to address physiological correlates of mental health symptoms are decades behind the research.

My proposed solution is twofold: (1) a unifying framework synthesizing theories, knowledge, and research to empower clinicians in efficiently and effectively helping all clients, and (2) empowering individuals to improve their mental health by mastering the five pillars of wellness: healthy diet, regular exercise, quality sleep, supportive relationships, and effective coping. The key lies in harnessing micro-habits, the smallest healthy habits, to bypass the stress response and challenge our inner critic. By implementing these strategies, we can address the crisis at hand and pave the way for a healthier future.

About the Speaker

Best-selling author and award-winning educator, Dr. Diane Gehart has trained hundreds of thousands of licensed mental health professionals over the past 30 years, translating complex clinical theories into easily understood principles and practices. She is the Founder of the Therapy that Works Institute, pioneering the Therapy that Works Unifying Framework for Psychotherapy, and a Professor and Program Coordinator in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at California State University, Northridge and an adjunct professor in the Doctoral Program at Chaminade University of Honolulu. She speaks internationally to professional and general audiences in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Mexico, and millions of mental health professionals around the globe rely on her YouTube channel to master their craft. Her research on effective therapy and happiness has been featured in newspapers, radio shows, and television worldwide. 

Dr. Gehart has authored over 14 books, including Mindfulness for Chocolate Lovers: A Lighthearted Way to Stress Less and Savor More Each Day, Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy, Theory and Treatment Planning in Counseling and Psychotherapy, Mindfulness and Acceptance in Couple and Family Therapy, and has edited groundbreaking collections that challenge the status quo in psychotherapy, such as Collaborative Therapy: Relationships and Conversations that Make a Difference and Collaborative-Dialogic Practices: Relationships and Conversations that Make a Difference Across Cultures and Contexts. 

The aim of her collected works is to transform contemporary psychotherapy practices to become more humanizing processes for all involved.

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About the Event

My TEDxTalk is hosted by Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada (about 3 hours northeast of Toronto).

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