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Author’s Corner
Including Graduates of the AIWP-Sponsored Universities

Dr. Natalie Rogers, Ph.D., R.E.A.T.

Natalie Rogers, author of The Creative Connection: Expressive Arts As Healing, and Emerging Woman: A Decade of Midlife Transitions, is a pioneer in expressive arts therapy, leading trainings in Europe, Russia, Latin America, Japan, and the U.S.
Natalie Rogers, Carl Rogers’ daughter

Dr. Rogers trained and practiced as a psychotherapist. Natalie founded the Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy Institute and its parent organization, Resources for Creativity and Consciousness, in 1984, where she has participated as teacher, trainer, workshop facilitator, consultant, and board member from that time and will continue until its closing in 2005. She is a full professor (adjunct) at the California Institute of Integral Studies, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and Distinguished Consulting Faculty at Saybrook Graduate School. She is an artist, mother, and grandmother.

Carl Rogers: A Daughter’s Tribute
A remarkable CD-Rom

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Natalie’s website is

Kim Chernin, Ph.D.

In the words of the Author…..

I want to speak to my readers. I want to say what is on my mind, raising controversial issues, turning over ambiguities, talking directly, without the intervention of publishers or publicists or pages or books. I want to be known and I want to know you.


— excerpted from Jerilyn Fisher, Jewish American Women Writers

On May 7, 1940, as Rose Chernin went through labor, she was reading a book between contractions: On the Woman Question, by Lenin’s comrade Clara Zetkin. Ushering Kim into the world with that book by her side, Rose may have hoped to inspire Communist vision and activism in the adult her baby would become; instead, she seems to have unknowingly augured her daughter’s commitment to and gift for writing about women.

Born in the Bronx to two fiercely committed Marxists, Kim Chernin was exposed from the start to leftist teachings and impassioned political involvement. As a child, she marched with her mother, helped hand out Party leaflets, sang organizing songs, and overheard weekly Party meetings. Yet the Marxist teachings of Chernin’s parents did not result in her later commitment to revolutionary ideologies and activism; rather, she became a poet, a mystic, and an interpreter of women’s psychological experiences. These interests and capacities seem to have stemmed from the extended family circle of compelling storytellers.

For young Kim Chernin, one early source of inspiration for writing came from her shtetl- born grandmother, Perle, who created Yiddish tales for other women to use in their letters abroad. Chernin was also influenced by her storytelling father, Paul Kusnitz, who liked to recite Pushkin and delighted his daughter with daily “homespun tales.” Rose Chernin, another gifted teller of tales, sometimes left Kim bored with her didactic stories “about madness, revolution, the struggle to survive…” (Crossing the Border). Yet from her mother, too, Kim learned to harness and relish the power of the ranconteur.

Current Work


by award-winning and bestselling authors Kim Chernin, Ph.D. and Renate Stendhal, Ph.D.

A groundbreaking, taboo-smashing book for every lesbian couple who has already tied the knot or is getting ready to walk down the aisle.

I have recently published the following books:

20th Anniversary edition of In My Mother’s House with new material.
The Girl Who Went and Saw and Came Back

My correspondence, notebooks, collected papers and unpublished writings are archived at the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College.

During the last several years I have worked on three manuscripts:

A Novel: If I were a Black Girl
Essays: Life’s Long Learning: Lessons with Unintended Teachers
A Memoir: Kaddish for My Sister

I have decided to not publish these for the time being, but to go on writing and accumulating manuscripts. After twenty-five years of an active publishing life it seems a sane and peaceful way to proceed.

Kim’s web site is:

Renate Stendhal, Ph.D.    (with Kim Chernin, Ph.D.)


September 1 2014

Press contact: Michele Karlsberg         

The first relationship guide book for married and soon-to-be married lesbians

“The underlying message of the book is that radical honesty is what keeps a relationship whole and alive. No pressure is exerted on couples to be sexual. Instead, the overall intention is to help us ‘recover the body’s lost capacity for pleasure,’ which means being open to a multitude of ways of expressing affection and intimacy.”

                                                            — Lesbian Connection


by award-winning and bestselling authors Kim Chernin, Ph.D. and Renate Stendhal, Ph.D.

A groundbreaking, taboo-smashing book for every lesbian couple who has already tied the knot or is getting ready to walk down the aisle.

Now that lesbian couples are stepping into full recognition by culture and society, there is more pressure to succeed as a couple – and potentially a family. There is also the invitation to fill the age-old institution with a new spirit and new forms of living.

Until now, nobody has told lesbian couples how to succeed in their marriage. Nobody has yet told them how to keep sex and romance alive “until death do you part.” Lesbian Marriage: A Love & Sex Forever Kit is a life-changer, giving couples the tools they need to build and maintain a passionate, fulfilling marriage.

Lesbian Marriage: A Love & Sex Forever Kit offers couples:

  • shrewd advice and handy tools for the major challenges of lesbian marriage
  • fun lists of what to do and not to do when faced with these challenges
  • realistic and effective guidance to keep sex and romance hot
  • taboo-breaking revelations about what really goes on in bed
  • encouragement to see the anxieties and pitfalls of lesbian marriage with humor
  • reassurance that the new pressures to succeed in lesbian marriage can be met creatively
  • inspiration to say ‘I do’ every day of your life

Lesbian Marriage: A Love & Sex Forever Kit is 160 pages, illustrated with amusing, sexy drawings. It entertains and educates with humor and a lot of common sense (the least common kind of sense).

With this unique toolkit, the authors, who are also relationship experts, continue their pioneering work on women and sex. Here they are sharing their own experience as well as that of friends and clients of different backgrounds, ethnicities and ages. After a cross-cultural relationship of 28 years, Kim Chernin and Renate Stendhal are now a married couple.

Kim Chernin, Ph.D., is the author of 17 books, among them the bestselling The Hungry Self, the classic In My Mother’s House and the memoir My Life As a Boy. 

Renate Stendhal, Ph.D., has published several books, among them a relationship guide for couples, True Secrets of Lesbian Desire, and the award-winning photo-biography Gertrude Stein in Words and Pictures.

ISBN #: 978-0615992365

Find out more about the book at

To order the book, please visit

Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D., A.T.R., R.E.A.T.

“The voice of the creative self is our creative conscience. It keeps us on track”
– Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D., A.T.R., R.E.A.T.

Lucia Capacchione is a Registered Art Therapist, workshop leader and the best-selling author of 13 books. Her innovative methods spark and nurture creativity in all areas of life.

She originated:

The Creative Journal Method, blending writing with drawing

Healing through writing and drawing with the non-dominant hand

The Visioning process of life design through collage and journaling

Inner Child/Inner Family healing through the expressive arts

Dr. Capacchione was originally a professional artist who studied with Corita Kent at Immaculate Heart College in Hollywood, and worked for designer Charles Eames. She later became a Montessori-trained child development specialist, and was one of the first Head Start directors in the U.S.

After successful careers in both art and education, she stumbled onto the healing power of art and of journaling with her non-dominant hand while struggling with a mysterious life-threatening illness. Her full recovery without medication led to a new career as an art therapist. She received her master’s in the Goddard College external degrees program and her Ph.D. through Summit University of Louisiana under Mel Suhd’s mentorship.

Methods which Dr. Capacchione developed in her private practice are being used worldwide for treating addictions, trauma, and childhood abuse. Many of her books are used as texts in courses on therapy, psychology, writing, art, career development and applied creativity. Her work is being used in mental health and recovery programs, medical centers, school systems (kindergarten through college), prisons, health and healing programs, spiritual retreat centers, business, and industry. She has conducted workshops throughout the U.S., Canada, Italy, England, Australia and Mexico.

Dr. Capacchione is director of the Creative Journal Expressive Arts Certification Training for professionals. This year-long training prepares individuals to teach, counsel and coach using Dr. Capacchione’s methods. This Independent work/study program has attracted professionals from a variety of career paths including counselors, teachers, health care professionals, career and life coaches, artists, educators and more.

Books & Audio Programs:

The Creative Journal

The Power of Your Other Hand

The Well-Being Journal

The Picture of Health: Healing Your Life with Art

Lighten Up Your Body, Lighten Up Your Life

The Creative Journal for Teens

The Creative Journal for Children

The Creative Journal for Parents

Recovery of Your Inner Child

Creating a Joyful Birth Experience

Putting Your Talent to Work

Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams

Living with Feeling: The Art of Emotional Expression

The Wisdom of Your Other Hand (5 tapes) Sounds True

The Picture of Health (CD Well-Being Journal Meditations)

The Sound of Feelings (CDs with Jessie Allen Cooper’s music)

Lucia’s website is:

Grant McFetridge

Title:  Subcellular Psychobiology Diagnosis Handbook: Subcellular Causes of Psychological Symptoms

Date of Publication:  Nov 1, 2014

Diagnostic Subcellular Psychobiology

This groundbreaking work shows how psychological and physical symptoms arise from damage inside the cell itself. For the first time, psychological symptoms that range from trauma to serious mental illness can be understood as perceptions of biological problems at a subcellular level.

This handbook is specifically designed as a desk reference for therapists and psychiatrists diagnosing and treating clients. Containing over 50 diseases and disorders of the cell, each entry gives a brief description of the cause, an illustration of the subcellular biology, differential diagnosis, and the standard psychological-like techniques that treat these biological issues quickly and effectively.

Radical change to the field of psychology is now possible with this approach, including a needed shift to ‘pay for results’ billing. This first generation of subcellular cases includes:

  • the epigenetic origin of generational, associational, and biographical trauma
  • why trauma techniques sometimes won’t work
  • the fungal disease cause for schizophrenic voices
  • how suicidal feelings originate from birth trauma
  • subcellular perceptions that cause spiritual emergencies
  • a cross reference to ICD-10 categories
  • and more…

 Grant McFetridge Ph.D. is the founder of the Institute for the Study of Peak States. He is a pioneer in the field of prenatal and trauma psychology, and the developer of the Whole-Hearted Healing® regression technique. His background is multidisciplinary: he still occasionally teaches electrical engineering at a university in California. 

This book was specifically written as a textbook for therapists who have been trained by Dr. McFetridge or his teaching staff. However, it was also written to introduce the new field of subcellular psychobiology to therapists, psychiatrists and physicians. 

 Where to find the book

For more information or to contact Dr. McFetridge, go to our website at

Other books:

The Basic Whole Hearted Healing Manual, by Grant McFetridge and Mary Pellicer MD, 2004

Peak States of Consciousness: Theory and Applications, Volume 1: Breakthrough Techniques for Exceptional Quality of Life, by Grant McFetridge with Jacquelyn Aldana, James Hardt and Zivord Slavinski, 2004

Peak States of Consciousness: Theory and Applications, Volume 2: Acquiring Extraordinary Spiritual and Shamanic States, by Grant McFetridge with Wes Gietz, Scott McGee and Adam Waisel MD, 2005.

Peak States Therapist’s Manual, by Grant McFetridge et al, 2005

Phillip Ziegler

Phillip Ziegler, Ph.D, practiced law in the late 1960’s and left that career when he encountered the Human Potential Movement. He went back to school and earned his MA in Psychology in 1975 and was licensed in the same year as a Marriage and Family Therapist.  He has been in private practice in Oakland, CA since becoming licensed.  He was on the faculty of the Graduate Psychology Program at John F. Kennedy University and continues to teach workshops in the CEU programs at JFK and Santa Clara University. In addition to writing numerous published articles he is author of A Skeptic’s Guide to the 12 Steps: What to Do When You Don’t Believe, published in 1991 by Hazelden and co-author, with his wife Tobey Hiller, of Recreating Partnership, A Solution-Oriented, Collaborative Approach to Couples Therapy, published in 2001 by WW Norton.

A Skeptic’s Guide to the 12 Steps has been described as “an intensely personal intellectual and spiritual journey through the 12 Steps.”  Kim Chernin said of the book, “An especially courageous undertaking . . . . My own skepticism about the Twelve Step process has been radically altered by [Phillip Z’s] convincing demonstration of its deep spiritual core.”  Can be ordered from,,

Recreating Partnership is a book for psychotherapists, counselors, marital therapists, ministers and others who work with couples to help them turn around troubled marriages and build enduring relationships. Unlike many other approaches to couples therapy, the authors demonstrate how they go about helping couples revitalize what they call the couple’s “Good Story” narrative and to reduce the influence of each partner’s “Bad Story” narrative.  Theirs is a strength based, solution focused approach that has proven effective with even the most challenging relationship problems.  Dr. Pepper Schwartz, Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Washington and author of Love between Equals said of this book, “The authors of this beautifully written book give invaluable insights into what couples need to turn their relationships around during therapy . . . . These gifted therapists give us step-by-step techniques to help couples reframe their conversations and perceptions of who they are together.  This is one of the clearest and most creative books I have ever read on couples therapy.”

Phillip’s books can be ordered from and  Also see the authors’ webpage for more information on the book:

Linda Joy Myers, Ph. D.

Author of Becoming Whole: Writing Your Healing Story & Don’t Call Me Mother
Find the Storyteller in you–make magic with words!
New blog:


Becoming Whole: Writing Your Healing Story

Don’t Call Me Mother: Breaking the Chain of Mother-Daughter Abandonment

The Music Man

Who Am I, Anyway?
Orders and Inquiries:

Linda Joy Myers
San Francisco Bay Area
(510) 524-3898

Cat Saunders, Ph.D.

Author of “Dr. Cat’s Helping Handbook: A Compassionate Guide for Being Human”


About “Dr. Cat’s Helping Handbook”
(originally published in 2000; third edition published in 2015)
available on

For thousands of years, the socio-religious injunction to put others first has clouded the issue of self-care. After all, there will always be others, so if you put others first, who will take care of you?

Since cultural and religious conditioning has emphasized compassion for others, this book seeks a rebalancing of the “self versus other” dilemma by championing equal rights for self-care.

Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean you’re supposed to handle everything yourself without help. Taking care of yourself simply means that you are responsible for yourself, including asking for help. This book can help you take better care of yourself by encouraging you to discover, respect, and provide for your own needs.

The human heart will never be satisfied with caring only for the self. You can trust that if you take care of yourself, you will naturally want to care for others. And if you make sure that your own needs are met, your concern for others will arise from a genuine desire to give without expectation of return.

“Dr. Cat’s Helping Handbook” is a well-designed, easy-to-read guide with 55 in-depth chapters and 500-plus margin quotations by people from all over the world. The book’s message is simple: Be compassionate with yourself and take good care of yourself. If you do this, it will be the best gift you can give yourself, humanity, and the planet.

Praise for “Dr. Cat’s Helping Handbook”:

“Dr. Cat’s Helping Handbook is a treasure. Its carefully gathered quotes alone make the book worth having. Cat has created a work of truth, power, and beauty.” —Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom”

“Dr. Cat’s Helping Handbook is a valuable resource for those who seek to build stronger and more respectful relationships with themselves, others, and the world. I heartily recommend Cat’s warm and openhearted style and the way she treats readers as partners on the path of personal growth.” —Laura Davis, author of “The Courage to Heal”

About Dr. Cat:

Cat is a counselor and consultant, death doula, and nonsectarian minister in private practice since 1985 in Seattle, Washington. In addition to “Dr. Cat’s Helping Handbook,” she is the author of more than 200 articles and interviews, many of which have been reprinted in periodicals throughout the United States and abroad.

From a series of 1300 daily drawings completed in 1983-1987, Cat created a deck of healing cards called “Shadow and Light: Images of Change and Transformation for Women in Recovery” (published in 2007).

Cat has been interviewed on radio and television regarding her counseling practice, her work with anger, and her series of articles on death. In addition, her lifelong devotion to interdisciplinary forms of prayer led her to found Rent-A-Monk, which makes certain aspects of her spiritual work available to others.

To honor Cat’s lifelong passion for work with death and dying, she serves as a “death doula” to provide end-of-life care and support for individuals and their families. When people close to death are comatose or otherwise verbally impaired, Cat helps them convey their needs and wishes nonverbally when they are unable to communicate in more conventional ways.

For more information about Cat and her work, please visit