Team

Karla McLaren

Amanda Ball

Sherry Jean Olander

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Karla McLaren, M.Ed is an award-winning author, social science researcher, and empathy pioneer. Her grand unified theory of emotions revalues even the most “negative” emotions and opens startling new pathways into self-awareness, healing, and healthy empathy. She is the founder and CEO of Emotion Dynamics Inc. and the developer of Empathy Academy.

Her applied work, Dynamic Emotional Integration® (also known as DEI) is a trailblazing approach to emotions and empathy that reveals the genius and the healing power within the emotional realm. Since 2015, Karla has taught and licensed DEI Trainers and Consultants around the world.
 

Amanda Ball, MS is the reason Dynamic Emotional Integration® exists as a unique program. As a dedicated reader of Karla's work, Amanda proposed the idea of basing her postgraduate studies and internship on the work in The Language of Emotions and The Art of Empathy.

DEI was born from her vision and dedication, and Amanda now has her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. She is a lead instructor of the DEI licensing program, and she is double licensed as a DEI Trainer and DEI Consultant. Amanda also teaches in the DEI Practitioner's licensing track for mental health professionals.

Sherry Jean Olander, LMT impressed us here at Empathy Academy in her first days as a student. Sherry’s questions were deep and complex, and she displayed a strong working knowledge of the DEI skills and concepts. We are so lucky to be able to work with her!

Sherry is double licensed as a Dynamic Emotional Integration® Trainer and Consultant, and she is a lead instructor of the DEI education and licensing program. She is also the creator of the Elemental Balance course and the Emotion Prep for the Holidays mini course.

Sherry is also a lead instructor in the Soul Tending program, and she shares her affinity for elemental balance in many courses here at Empathy Academy.

Jennifer Nate

Anchen Texter

Chris Bodwitch

Jennifer Nate became a licensed Dynamic Emotional Integration® Consultant in 2017, and she is an instructor in the DEI education and licensing program. She also became a licensed DEI Trainer in 2018. 

Jen came to Empathy Academy during a period of deep reflection about her past choices and re-evaluation of her future goals. While reading Karla McLaren's The Language of Emotions, she quickly realized that she had to deepen her knowledge of emotions and empathy so she could help bring this novel approach to more people.

Jen is also a lead instructor in the Soul Tending program, and she shares her love of art and creativity in many of our Empathy Academy courses.

Anchen Texter, BA, LMT, is the creator of Befriending Anger and Befriending Sadness, the first two courses in an introductory series for each of the emotion families, which include anger, sadness, fear, and of course, happiness!

Anchen's path to becoming a dual-licensed Dynamic Emotional Integration® Trainer and Consultant first began when she experienced strong emotions during massage sessions – emotions which turned out to be those of her clients! She discovered The Language of Emotions, which explained what she was feeling, and The Art of Empathy, which told her how (it was emotion contagion, one of the Six Essential Aspects of Empathy).

Anchen had continued creating courses, including Befriending Fear and Befriending Shame, which provide excellent information and support for everyone.

Chris Bodwitch is the creator of Your Empathic Body, an introductory series for working in embodied ways with the four families of emotions - anger, sadness, fear, and happiness.

Searching for ways to embrace her grief from personal losses and interact with her anger more consciously, Chris found The Language of Emotions and The Art of Empathy. After reading them, she recognized the deep connections between emotions and movement.

As a performing artist and educator, she has always used improvisation to explore the unspoken truths that the body communicates to her. To her surprise, this ability to notice and engage with everything in the moment was a source of humor, lightness, and empathy.

Now, as a licensed Dynamic Emotional Integration® Trainer, Chris is thrilled to share how to learn from our brilliant emotions and bodies, and discover awareness, healing, and pleasure.

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