17 Experts in Integrative Mental Health

IMHU Faculty

Our expert faculty are all highly-esteemed thought leaders in the field of integrative mental health. Most have extensive training in social work, psychology or psychiatry—and all have vast experience working with people.  As a result, IMHU can offer Continuing Education credit for most of our courses!

The expert faculty represent diverse cultures and a variety of effective skills to guide disturbed individuals towards health and improve our ailing mental healthcare system. Each also realizes that the spiritual aspect of life has a vital role to play in optimizing wellness and improving healthcare systems, even though spirituality takes shape in diverse ways.

Our current list of expert faculty:

  • Mary Ackerley, MD, MDH, ABIHM, is a Harvard and Johns Hopkins trained board certified psychiatrist and board certified integrative physician who understands both the biochemistry of the brain and nutritional medicine.  She is open and curious to all possibilities in the realm of health, and continually looks for answers to chronic physical and mental illness that may fail to surface in the mainstream. She is particularly interested in elucidating the relationship between the brain, hormones and the immune system.
  • Sylene Almeida, MD is a pediatrician from Brazil who uses an integrative approach to help her young clients with emotional disturbances and cognitive disabilities. She has developed her own line of Flower Essences for Mental Health (Flores do Vento/ Flowers of the Wind), and also practices a Japanese form of energy work (Jin Shin Jyutsu) finding them both useful for managing mental health.
  • Alan Bachers, PhD  teaches about the Positive Potential of Neurofeedback Technologies for helping heal from anxiety, depression and learning disabilities. Neurofeedback is non-invasive, has no negative side effects, and is pain free. Research has shown it has positive results in the form of increased peace of mind and improved ability to maintain focus.
  • Dan Benor, MD is a wholistic psychiatrist and teacher of WHEE, an effective way to relieve pain, anxiety and depression and complications of post-traumatic stress disorder. (WHEE is a Wholistic Hybrid derived from EMDR and EFT). Dr. Benor trains individuals How to Use WHEE.
  • David Berceli, PhD is an international expert in the areas of trauma intervention and conflict resolution. He is also the founder and CEO of Trauma Recovery Services.  For the past 22 years he has lived and worked in nine countries providing trauma relief workshops and designing recovery programs for international organizations around the world.
  • Emma Bragdon, PhD is an integrative therapist and coach, the founder and director of Integrative Mental Health for You and the Foundation for Energy Therapies. She facilitates a series of courses now to introduce the full spectrum of integrative mental healthcare. She also teaches about subjects related to Spiritual Emergency, Spirituality and Mental Health.
  • Dan Booth Cohen, PhD facilitates Constellation Family Therapy in the Prison System as well as teaching psychotherapists how to use it in their private practice. He  teaches about Using Constellation Work with Deep Seated Problems.
  • Jamy Faust, MA and Peter Faust, MAc facilitate groups based on the classic family constellations of Bert Hellinger and train new facilitators in this work.  Peter Faust is a licensed acupuncturist and energy healer.  Jamy is a holistic psychotherapist and energy healer.  Together they introduce The Constellation Approach, their new process that blends constellation methodology, energy medicine and consciousness studies for family lineage healing.
  • Sandra Glickman, MA, was licensed as a psychotherapist in CA but on moving to Iowa chose to work as a ‘spiritual counselor’.  She combines her previous training in psychotherapy with her skills and experience as an awakened “realizer” and adept.   She is also a teacher for Waking Down in Mutuality.
  • James Greenblatt, MD is an integrative psychiatrist, author and clinical faculty member at Tufts Medical School. After many years as a psycho-pharmacologist, he became acutely aware that although medications are effective in reducing psychiatric symptoms, they do not address underlying biochemical imbalances and have many undesirable side effects. He  speaks about Addressing Biochemical Imbalances and Unique Biochemical Profiles.
  • David Healy, MD is a psychiatrist, researcher and author from Wales.  His 2012 book, Pharmageddon, is a meticulously documented review of current practices in psychiatry. Dr. Healy  encourages viewers to come to grips with the ambiguities cited as evidence that support claims by the pharmaceutical companies. He also suggests ways to return psychiatry to its original mission of true healing.
  • Eric Leskowitz, MD is a staff psychiatrist at the Pain Management Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, MA. He teaches at Harvard and Tufts Medical School. He  teaches about Integrating Approaches such as Hypnosis, Meditation and Energy Healing with Conventional Psychotherapy.
  • Alexander Moreira-Almeida, MD, PhD Founder and Director of “The Research Center in Spirituality and Health” in Brazil, is also a Professor of Psychiatry at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, School of Medicine. Dr. Almeida has been active in research on the mind-brain relationship and delved deeply into the practical aspects of bringing spirituality into psychiatric practice.
  • Judith Pentz, MD is a holistic, alternative/integrative psychiatrist with board certification in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. She  teaches about Combining the Best of Western and Integrative Medicine to stimulate our natural healing mechanisms. The modalities she employs include orthomolecular/nutritional options, homeopathy, targeted amino-acid therapy, breathing techniques/meditation as well as other options.
  • Scott Shannon, MD is a psychiatrist specializing in working with youth and adolescents. He has been a leader in advancing the ideals of an integrative approach to mental health care and often presents about the impact of nutrition and micronutrients. He is President of the American Board of Holistic and Integrative Medicine (2011-2013). He is part of a two-part program about Integrative Mental Health for Youth and Teens: (How to Avoid Another Newtown Massacre) that addresses youth and the faculty and counselors who guide them.
  • Shawn Tassone, MD, PhD is an OBGYN who practices Integrative Medicine.  He has a deep interest in shamanic practices.  He will be speaking about the role of the transpersonal in healing and sharing stories of how the transpersonal manifests in his life as a surgeon.

Our list of expert faculty continues to grow…stay tuned!