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Dominica Applegate

Dominica Applegate is dedicated to the art of self-discovery and creative expression with a passion for creative art. She’s got a deep-rooted passion for helping others heal emotional pain and trauma, as her own journey through love addiction has served as a catalyst for her own healing and beautiful transformation. Find out more at


Jen Anderson, LCSW

Jen Anderson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), sobriety coach, former alcohol enthusiast, and writer living in Florida.


Karl Benzio

Dr. Karl Benzio is a Christian psychiatrist, writer, speaker, blogger, and frequent media guest expert. He started Lighthouse Network, which helps people navigate life’s storms and find healing. Lighthouse Network has great relationships with many Christian and secular treatment options around the country and, as your advocate and guide, can quicken and ease the process of getting to your best treatment option.

Karen Doll, PhD

Karen Doll, PhD

Karen Doll is a Licensed Psychologist who has been practicing for 18 years, primarily in the area of assessment. She has her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and provides consulting for organizations in the areas of selection, leadership assessment, talent management, and developmental coaching. She deals with individual issues in the workplace such as performance challenges, addiction, personal development, and leadership growth.


Dr. Nancy Irwin, PsyD, C.Ht

Dr. Nancy Irwin is a primary therapist and hypnotist at Seasons Malibu, a luxury rehab center in Malibu, California. She runs a private practice in Los Angeles and is a bestselling author of You-Turn: Changing Direction in Midlife. Dr. Irwin has appeared on numerous national TV programs, including Anderson Cooper, The Doctors, CNN, CNBC, MSN, and Bravo. Visit her website at


Dr. Ben Michaelis, PhD

Dr. Ben Michaelis is a clinical psychologist in full-time private practice in Manhattan. Dr. Michaelis writes and speaks regularly about mental health, creativity, and motivation. He is the author of numerous popular and scholarly articles and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Dr. Michaelis is a frequent guest on nationally syndicated TV shows such as NBC’s The Today Show, The Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, and MSNBC’s Your Business. Dr. Michaelis is the author of Your Next Big Thing: 10 Small Steps to Get Moving and Get Happy. You can get the 1st chapter of his book by signing up here.


Colleen Mullen, PsyD, LMFT

Dr. Colleen Mullen, Psy.D., LMFT is the founder of the “Coaching Through Chaos” private practice in San Diego, California. She specializes in outpatient addiction treatment, relationships in conflict, treating symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD. You can contact Dr. Mullen through her website at


Jim LaPierre, LCSW, CSS

Jim LaPierre LCSW, CCS, is a recovery ally, clinical therapist, and addictions counselor. He publishes weekly for the Recovery Rocks section for the Bangor Daily News and welcomes your questions and concerns via


BreeAnn Russ

BreeAnn Russ is a mother to seven children, a wife, an entrepreneur and business-owner, writer, and a survivor. After going through some very rough moments in life, she shares her experiences with others so they may learn the lessons in an easier fashion than she had to. If sharing even one event in her life spares someone else, she wholly believes it is worth her time and effort.