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.
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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 is now the Operations Director at Emotion Dynamics Inc. She was a lead instructor of the first 6 cohorts of the DEI licensing program, and she is double licensed as a DEI Trainer and DEI Consultant. Amanda is currently taking a break from teaching and consulting.
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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 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 the Befriending series of courses (Fear, Anger, Sadness, and Shame), which are introductions to how the emotions work and how to work with them skillfully.
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 has also created the Awakening to Your Emotions workshop, which helps people learn about their emotions in a relaxed and accessible morning session.
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.
Randall Buskirk is the co-creator (with Gregg Rozeboom) of the Welcome Home: Returning to Your Native Language course.
Randall sees the movement of the body, movement of thoughts, and movement of the emotions as three sides of the same coin – and he wishes that he’d known that a lot earlier in life. However, any time is the right time to learn it. He loves to help people realize their untapped resources and the inherent capacity they have to live a life they love.
Randall is a licensed Dynamic Emotional Integration® Trainer, yoga instructor, and certified Z-Health® Movement Reeducation Specialist.
Randall’s DEI work focuses on understanding the 17 emotions and their empowering information, and on helping people act skillfully with the energy that their emotions bring to them. He helps people cultivate a stronger body, a more creative mind, and a more emotionally-fluent heart.
Heather Giasson is the creator of the Discover Your Emotions as Allies workshop that explores how emotions are trying to help us and introduces them as wise messengers. Heather has found that allowing emotions to have a voice, learning how they communicate with us, and how they fit into the puzzle of mind, body, and spirt is a wonderful journey that can support us in our lives across relationships, careers, health, and more.
Stepping into a dialogue with emotions is often a new and tender experience, and she respects her students’ inner knowledge while providing space for them to welcome their emotions and learn new skills to bring them – and their powerful messages – into conscious awareness.
Heather is a dual-licensed Dynamic Emotional Integration® Trainer and Consultant and a Registered Acupuncturist. She sees developing an empowered relationship with emotions as a modern-day super-skill, because emotions are everywhere, yet are often allowed nowhere.
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Camilla Jørgensen is the creator of the Essential Boundaries course for bodywork professionals, which is based on her own journey of learning how to build healthy boundaries in her own career.
She is a certified massage therapist and a double-licensed Dynamic Emotional Integration® Trainer and Consultant who is studying education and psychology in order to bring DEI concepts to people who grew up with emotionally immature parents.
Camilla sees emotions as wise guides and precise messengers from the deepest part of us. Growing up, her emotions were suppressed, neglected, and often shamed, and she didn’t learn how to engage with or understand them. Learning to do that with DEI has been a huge gift for her — it has changed her life – and she teaches because she wants to share that gift with others.
Camilla's focus is on sharing how to engage wisely with your emotions and develop robust and mature empathy.
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Sandi Davis is the creator of the Empathy and Self-Care course that helps people understand how to be an empathic presence without burning themselves out. Sandi’s ingenious Empathy Wheel activity helps people access the Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model easily so that they can begin to develop empathy that’s adaptive and supportive.
Sandi is a licensed Dynamic Emotional Integration® Trainer and Consultant whose work centers on helping people integrate the deep wisdom of the soul as they navigate the challenges of everyday living. She knows that our empathy and emotions are meant to bring us more into the world, not to overwhelm and keep us from it. They are meant to be wise and supportive guides, pointing us toward wholeness.
Sandi helps people explore ways to work with their emotions and empathy, and weave them into the larger story and meaning of their lives.