Rhonda Barovsky, LCSW, PsyD, is a Level 5 certified TEAM therapist and trainer. In 2013, Rhonda’s life changed dramatically when she attended a 4-Day Intensive taught by David Burns, MD. After that Intensive, she dedicated herself to learning and practicing TEAM-CBT.
Rhonda is the host and producer of David Burns, MD’s Feeling Good Podcast. She is the founder of the Feeling Great Therapy Center, a group of TEAM therapists. Her clinical practice is in Walnut Creek and Oakland, California. She has taught TEAM in Mexico City, Ahmedabad, India, and Warsaw, Poland. Rhonda leads a (free) weekly online International TEAM Training Group open to anyone worldwide with Richard Lam, LMFT, and is an instructor/small group leader in Dr. Burns’ weekly Stanford TEAM Training Group.
Her specialty as a therapist is working with people who have experienced trauma, (especially sexual trauma such as rape or childhood sexual abuse), people who are coping with depression and anxiety, and people who want to work on relationship issues. She supplements TEAM therapy with Hypnotherapy, EMDR and Ketamine Assisted Therapy.
Yehuda Bar Shalom serves as head of the educational counseling program at Israel’s Ramat Gan Academic College. The author of four books and editor of two others, he has taught TEAM CBT trainer worldwide. While President of Hebraica University in Mexico City, he spearheaded the introduction of TEAM in Latin America.
Silvina Bucci is a Level 3 TEAM CBT Therapist, she lives in México City where she has a private practice. She is certified through the Feeling Good Institute, the Gottman Insitute and the World Coaching Corporation. Certified Couples.
Therapist by the Gottman Institute in Seattle, Washington. Professional Coach with accredited certification and granted by World Coaching Corporation and Ontological Coaching SC.
Graduated and certified as a facilitator of relationship workshops and seminars, she conducted conferences with three main themes: "Interpersonal Relationships", "New parents and changes in the relationship", and "Premarital, tools for the future".
Victoria Chicurel is a level 4 has a clinical practice in Mexico City. She is a TEAM CBT therapist/trainer and teaches TEAM at the Universidad Hebraica. She is also the lead trainer of the first North American low-intensity CBT program at Uncommon Good in California’s Pomona Valley.
Victoria has a degree in Clinical Psychology from the Mexican Institute for Couples, a master's Degree in Individual and Couple Psychotherapy from the Mexican Institute for Couples, Diploma in Crisis Intervention. By the Institute of Training and Attention in Psychology, S.C., Diploma in Gestalt. Mexican Institute for Couples, Diploma in Family Violence. Institute of Training and Attention in Psychology, S.C., Diploma in adolescence and addictions.
Heather Clague MD, MPH is a psychiatrist and level 5 certified TEAM therapist and trainer with a private practice in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology in Oakland, California. Heather teaches extensively in the US and internationally in Mexico, India, and Poland, and is a sought-after presenter to teach the Five Secrets of Effective Communication in medical settings. She co-leads the enthusiastically received Feeling Great Book Club, the TEAM-ACT workgroup, and the Monday night TEAM case consultation group, is a faculty member at All Things CBT, and leads groups that offer deep practice in the Five Secrets of effective communication. She has been featured on the Feeling Good Podcast and her writing has been published on psychotherapy.net. In addition to her work as a TEAM therapist and trainer, Heather provides psychiatric consultation in the public hospital system in Alameda County. When not working as a psychiatrist, she may be found singing, biking and gardening. Heather believes that the willingness to face fears cracks the world open and lets the light shine through.
Donna Fish is a Level 4 TEAM CBT Therapist/Trainer . She lives in New York City where she consults, teaches and runs a private practice. Following her career as a professional dancer, Donna had an interest in and developed a specialty in treating eating disorders. With this expertise she has been a guest lecturer and adjunct faculty member of Columbia School of Social Work, NYU School of Social Work and Harvard Medical School Continuing Ed. Dept.
Following the publication of her book (Take the Fight out of Food) Donna taught workshops across the US and Canada, hosted a WEB MD series on Living Well with Depression and was the keynote speaker for the Minnesota School Board Annual Convention. She was seen on multiple television networks, and has written multiple articles for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. Recently, Donna was featured with Fareed Zakaria on the podcast Go Ask Ali: Our New World Inside and Out and can be heard on the David Burns Feeling Good Podcast speaking on Eating Disorders. (No.259)
Donna recently taught at the TEAM European Conference in Poland, and she continues to train therapists worldwide in her workshops, as well as supervising and training therapists at the Center for Study of Anorexia and Bulimia in NYC.
Leigh Harrington has a clinical practice in Davis, California. She has been Chief Resident at Stanford University’s Department of Psychiatry and a faculty member at the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry. Leigh is a founding member of the Feeling Good Institute, a faculty member at All Things CBT, and leads the training and coaching program TEAM Therapy Training.
Mark Noble, Ph.D., is the most unusual and surprising member of our faculty. He has been involved in the fields of stem cell biology and neurobiology for over 35 years, and is considered to be one of the pioneering figures in the field of stem cell biology. The work of his laboratory on the precursor cells that give rise to the myelin-generating oligodendrocytes of the brain and spinal cord included such advances as precursor cell discovery, carrying out the first repair of damaged tissue by transplantation of purified precursors cells that were expanded in vitro, the first extensive studies on the differences between precursor cells in developing versus adult animals, and the first discovery that precursor cell function is regulated by the basic metabolic function of the oxidative status of a cell. All of these discoveries became the foundation for studies in multiple laboratories around the world.
His interests in the treatment of depression led Dr. Noble to contact David Burns to learn more about TEAM CBT, and to a unique role for Dr. Noble in the TEAM CBT community. At his first visit with Dr. Burns, at Stanford University, Dr. Noble was so surprised by the rapid emotional recoveries obtained with TEAM CBT – and particularly the ability of Dr. Burns and his colleagues to obtain recovery from severe depression, anxiety or related disorders in a single two-hour therapy session – that he set out to try and understand TEAM CBT from the perspective of brain function. Recognizing that the current understanding of emotional challenges could not explain the ability of Dr. Burns and colleagues to obtain rapid recovery in individuals who had not had benefit from years, and often decades, of psychotherapy and/or medications, Dr. Noble provided a series of organizing principles that help to understand how and why TEAM CBT is so effective. This research has been associated with the writing and free distribution (under Creative Commons licenses) of multiple guides to TEAM CBT that are used by therapists and their patients around the world. These include A Brief Introduction to TEAM CBT, A Brain User’s Guide to TEAM CBT, Exploring the Daily Mood Log and TEAM CBT is an Advanced Technology of the Mind. Dr. Noble also has recorded multiple podcasts with Drs. David Burns and Rhonda Barovsky, both of whom are teaching in the Warsaw-based training program for therapists who wish to learn TEAM CBT. In addition, Dr. Noble was invited by Dr. Burns to contribute a chapter on the neuroscience of TEAM CBT for Feeling Great, which was the first time that Dr. Burns has invited an outside author to contribute to one of his books.
Andy Persson is a therapist working in Bristol, U.K. using TEAM-CBT with people in the outdoors. He has a counselling practice, walking and talking with clients in parkland in the city. He also works online with clients around the world. After graduating from Cambridge University, Andy entered the world of community work, managing a youth and community centre, before moving into a teaching career. It was later in life that he entered the field of counselling. Initially prompted by the impact exercise had had on his own mental wellbeing, he wanted to find a way of combining the benefits of moving with talking therapy. He is a keen endurance runner and has participated in a number of extreme races and challenges that have included running the 1400km length of Britain; completing a 400km race in 3 days and nights without sleep and running 350km non-stop back and forth in a tunnel. Since discovering TEAM-CBT, he has applied this same determination and dedication to learning about and using the approach to benefit the clients he sees in his practice, and now to training others in the approach. He is a level 3 Certified TEAM Therapist and helps lead the development of TEAM-CBT in the UK. He has run training groups for therapists new to TEAM-CBT, both in the U.K. and worldwide and was honoured to be on the faculty for the first intensive workshop in Poland last year and is also helping organise one in the U.K. this year.
Steve Reinhard is certified at Level III at the Feeling Good Institute. He introduced TEAM CBT in India in 2014 and has been active as a small group leader in TEAM training worldwide. He has particular interests in low-intensity CBT, the treatment of chronic pain, and the role of CBT in cancer care.
Nivedita Singh founded and directs Co-Create Change in Uttar Pradesh, India. Co-author of a book on treating behavioral problems in children, she is an associate member of the International Positive Psychology Association and a visiting faculty member at Delhi University and the Amity Institute of Behavioral and Allied Science.
Mariusz Wirga is the medical director of the Psychosocial Oncology program in the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute in Long Beach, California. The author and co-author of books, book chapters, scientific and popular articles, he is on the Board of Advisors of the National Association of Cognitive Behavior Therapists and developed and leads Beat the Odds, Cancer Survivorship Program for patients and families.