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Dr. Lori Leyden

Lori Leyden PhD, MBA, is an internationally known stress and trauma healing expert and uniquely qualified psychotherapist, author, workshop leader, inspirational speaker and humanitarian. Lori holds a doctorate in Health and Human Services with a concentration in psychoneuroimmunology, and a master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in management.

Inspired by the resilience of orphan genocide survivors she works with in Rwanda, Lori founded the non-profit Create Global Healing and established Project LIGHT: Rwanda – the world’s first international youth healing, heart-centred leadership and entrepreneurship program. She is the Executive Producer of When I Was Young I Said I Would Be Happy, an award-winning documentary chronicling the inspiring transformation of Project LIGHT Ambassadors.

Lori established the first US community-based, trauma healing project based on EFT/Tapping. She now leads Rapid Response Trauma Relief and Resiliency Services operating in Rwanda, Australia and the United States.

With her unique brand of heart-centred humility, humour and grace, Lori finds the miracles that are possible out of tragedy and has brought comfort, peace and hope to thousands around the world.

Dr. Peta Stapleton

Dr. Peta Stapleton is a registered clinical and health psychologist and Associate Professor at Bond University (Queensland, Australia). She embraces evidence-based practice and is passionate about new and innovative techniques to support behaviour change. 

Peta is a world leading researcher in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT or Tapping) and has led a world first study investigating the impact of EFT in the brain through a fMRI study.  She has been awarded the Harvey Baker Research Award for meticulous research in energy psychology by the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology, and also the greatest contribution to the field of Energy Psychology. Peta has been awarded the Global Weight Management Congress Industry Professional Award of Excellence, Gold Coast Business and in 2019 Peta was named Psychologist of the Year by the Australian Allied Health Awards.

She has authored The Science Behind Tapping: A Proven Stress Management Technique for the Mind and Body (Hay House), which won Best self-help book in the 2019 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest.

See Peta’s Professional Research Page at Bond University for publications.

Alja Hopkins

Alja Hopkins has over twenty years’ experience as a social worker, both in Europe and Australia. Alja has worked in an Australian frontline setting since 2007 in both government and non-government sectors and specialises in trauma informed therapeutic specialised care.

Alja’s areas of expertise are complex trauma relief, PTSD, including complex PTSD, anxiety/depression, grief/loss, pain (including chronic health issues) and perinatal maternal and family health.

With a professional background in clinical social work and psychotherapy Alja is passionate about supporting her clients, colleagues, and the wider community by using evidence based complementary energy psychology in her work, inclusive of EFT/Tapping and HeartMath®.

Alja provides individual and group clinical supervision to health professionals (and related fields) as a result of her extensive experience as a clinical supervisor. Alja is also a founder of Coherence Personal Counselling, her own private practice.