Kate Cook, LPCC, TEP, lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she practices as a therapist, educator and consultant. Since 1986, Kate has been facilitating groupwork and psychodrama in a wide variety of venues. For many years, she created and directed experiential groups for juvenile and adult offenders in the Santa Fe County Detention Center. She has been a consultant for organizations including the Santa Fe Youth Shelters, Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center, Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department and Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority. Kate earned her national certification as a trainer in Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama in 1994, and has since provided training and consultation locally and nationally. Kate has also been a core faculty member of Southwestern College, a graduate program in Counseling and Art Therapy, since 1990. She is the founder- director of their CEU/certificate program in Interpersonal Neurobiology, Somatics and Action Methods, and formerly, the certificate program Psychodrama and Action Methods . Most recently, Kate has worked with trial lawyers using psychodrama. In her spare time, Kate is an adventurous outdoorswoman and engaged grandmother.
Bonnie has spent decades as an in-the-trenches therapist, and is now a highly respected supervisor, teacher, speaker-presenter and author who has spent the last years dedicated to integrating the discoveries of neuroscience into the art of therapy. She co-founded the Center for Nurturing the Heart with the Brain in Mind (Portland, OR), and is founder and former executive director of Center for Hope and Healing (Irvine, CA). Bonnie's work as a therapist has focused on helping trauma survivors and those with significant attachment wounds reshape their neural landscape to support a life of meaning and resilience. To date, Bonnie has authored numerous books including: Being a Brain-Wise Therapist: A Practical Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, The Brain-Savvy Therapist's Workbook, and her newest, (co-edited with Susan Gantt), The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Group Psychotherapy and Group Process.
John Olesen teaches in the INSAM certificate program. John is a Psychodramatist living in San Francisco, CA. He is the Clinical Supervisor of the Shanti L.I.F.E. Program (Learning Immune Function Enhancement), a PNI-based experiential intervention for HIV+ people. He was the former chair of the National Board of Examiners for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama and was co-chair of the 2006 ASGPP Conference in San Francisco.
Carol is a licensed professional clinical counselor and registered nurse. She is a nationally board-certified practitioner of Psychodrama, Group Psychotherapy and Sociometry and is a member of the American Board of Examiners for Psychodrama, Group Psychotherapy and Sociometry. She maintains a private practice as a psychotherapist in Albuquerque, NM with a focus in grief, loss and trauma and is a faculty member of Southwestern College a graduate school for Counseling and Art Therapy. Carol uses psychodrama and experiential methods in her private practice as well as in the graduate courses she teaches. Her professional life encompasses a varied and broad range of experiences. Having devoted many years working as a Registered Nurse in a variety of clinical settings, she has integrated this knowledge and experience base into her work as a psychotherapist. She has been facilitating workshops providing psychodrama, sociodrama and experiential approaches in her community for many years and has presented at both local and national conferences. Deeply inspired by psychodrama’s transformative powers, Carol’s passion is to create opportunities for people from all walks of life to experience the power of this method.
Francesca Rose Bottos, MA, LPCC is a native born New Mexican and has been deeply influenced by the culture and diversity she has grown up within. While in college she traveled to New Zealand where she studied Maori and Polynesian culture and ethnomusicology and has continued to travel and develop cultural appreciation and awareness. Her passion for culture and creativity has been applied to her career by writing several creative programs for youth empowerment within schools and being the Executive Director, program developer and youth group facilitator at BackTalk for seven years. She also has done contracting work with agencies and schools for the last five years. She specializes in working with with adolescents, individuals, mothers and families. Currently Francesca is in private practice at Living Waters Institute along with Kate Cook and Helga Perez. She is devoted to incorporating creativity, interpersonal neurobiology, music, group work and social and emotional intelligence into her practice.