Miami 4 Life

Guest Speakers

We are blessed to have world renowned experts speak at our events, sharing their professional perspectives on practical life strategies that fall within the framework of our mission. Get to know a few of our guest speakers below and register for our next free seminar. 

Dr. John Gottman

Dr. John Gottman is a preeminent figure in the realm of marriage and relationships. As a pioneering psychologist, he has reshaped our understanding of human connections. Dr. Gottman earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University and co-founded the Gottman Institute, where he developed the groundbreaking “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” concept in relationships. His renowned “Gottman Method” of couples therapy equips individuals with practical tools to enhance communication and resolve conflicts. His influential books, including “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” and “The Relationship Cure,” have guided countless couples towards healthier, more resilient relationships. Dr. John Gottman’s enduring legacy, carried forward by the Gottman Institute, continues to transform and strengthen relationships worldwide.

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Professor Marc Shulz

Professor Marc Schuz is a distinguished figure in the field of happiness research, renowned as the co-author of “The Good Life” and a co-director of Harvard University’s groundbreaking longitudinal study on happiness. With a Ph.D. in psychology, he has devoted his career to unraveling the secrets of well-being. His influential book provides practical insights into leading a fulfilling life, resonating with a global audience. Through his work at Harvard, Professor Schuz’s research continues to illuminate the path to lasting happiness, inspiring individuals worldwide to pursue a more contented and meaningful existence.

Professor Robert Emmons

Professor Robert Emmons, hailing from the University of California, Davis, is a distinguished scholar and renowned authority on the subject of gratitude. His illustrious career has been marked by groundbreaking research and the authorship of several influential books that have reshaped our understanding of the power of gratitude in enhancing human well-being. With a profound commitment to the study of positive psychology, Professor Emmons has dedicated himself to unraveling the myriad ways in which gratitude fosters personal growth, resilience, and happiness. His books, including “Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier” and “Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity,” have not only educated but inspired countless individuals to embrace gratitude as a transformative force in their lives. Professor Robert Emmons’ work continues to empower people to cultivate gratitude, leading to more fulfilled and meaningful lives.

Gabor Maté M.D. and Daniel Maté

Gabor Maté M.D. and Daniel Maté are the dynamic father-son duo behind the New York Times bestseller, “The Myth of Normal.” Dr. Gabor Maté, renowned for his expertise in addiction, mental health, and trauma, has been a transformative force in the field of medicine. Collaborating with his son, Daniel Maté, a skilled writer and musician, they have created a groundbreaking work that challenges conventional notions of normalcy. Their book offers profound insights into the complex interplay of human behavior, emphasizing compassion and understanding in our approach to mental health and well-being. Together, they have ignited important conversations and paved the way for a more empathetic and inclusive understanding of what it means to be human.

Professor Everett Worthington

Professor Everett Worthington is a distinguished authority in the field of forgiveness and a prolific author. His remarkable career has been dedicated to understanding and promoting forgiveness as a transformative force in human relationships and well-being. With a profound commitment to psychological research, Professor Worthington has authored numerous influential books that have illuminated the power of forgiveness, including “Forgiving and Reconciling” and “Moving Forward: Six Steps to Forgiving Yourself and Breaking Free from the Past.” Through his extensive scholarship and tireless advocacy, he has not only expanded our understanding of forgiveness but also offered practical guidance for individuals seeking healing and reconciliation in their lives. Professor Everett Worthington’s work continues to inspire and guide people towards a path of forgiveness and emotional well-being.

Dr. Nance Kirsner, Ph.D.

Dr. Nancy Kirsner, P.H.D.: Nancy Kirsner is a seasoned mental health practitioner with over 40 years of diverse experience in the field. She is a multifaceted expert, specializing in individual psychotherapy, couples therapy, marriage and family therapy, and board-certified group therapy. Nancy’s extensive background includes roles as an occupational therapist, art therapist, assistant dean of women, marriage and family therapist, and counseling psychologist, offering her a broad and comprehensive perspective on life and change. She is also a certified positive psychologist and a practitioner of psychodrama and sociometry, enriching her approach with experiential and practical elements. Nancy’s philosophy centers on co-creation and positive relationships, believing that individuals have the potential to reach their goals through empowerment and choice. Her uniqueness lies in her diverse skill set and compassionate heart, providing clients with the tools and skills needed to lead independent and fulfilling lives.

Gus Castellanos, M.D

Dr. Gus Castellanos is a distinguished neurologist who has seamlessly integrated his medical expertise with a profound understanding of mindfulness. With a stellar career in neurology, he has not only excelled in diagnosing and treating neurological conditions but has also become a leading advocate for mindfulness as a means to holistic well-being. Dr. Castellanos has shared his wisdom through lectures and publications, bridging the gap between neuroscience and mindfulness to empower individuals to enhance their mental and emotional health. His work represents a unique fusion of medical science and mindfulness, offering a holistic approach that enriches the lives of many.

Dr. Faith Drew

Dr. Faith Drew is a distinguished therapist and educator known for her expertise in fostering healthier and more fulfilling relationships through the “Hold Me Tight” approach, based on the groundbreaking work of Sue Johnson. With a deep understanding of attachment theory and couples therapy, Dr. Drew has dedicated her career to helping couples reconnect and strengthen their bonds. Through her Weekend Marriage Workshops, she provides a supportive and transformative space for couples to explore their emotions, improve communication, and rekindle intimacy. Dr. Drew’s commitment to the principles of attachment and emotional connection has made her a respected figure in the field of couples therapy, offering hope and healing to couples seeking to revitalize their relationships.

Sheila Wray Gregoire

A celebrated author and passionate advocate for thriving marriages with a deep commitment to helping couples strengthen their relationships, Sheila Wray Gregoire is best known for her book “The Great Sex Rescue,” which sheds light on the importance of healthy, fulfilling sexual intimacy within marriage. Sheila’s work transcends traditional boundaries, encompassing a range of topics related to marriage, family life, and faith. Her insightful writings and engaging presentations have inspired countless individuals and couples to enhance their relationships, creating a deeper sense of connection and intimacy. As a prominent voice in the field of marriage and relationships, Sheila Wray Gregoire continues to empower and educate, fostering love and understanding in homes around the world.

Dr. Trish Leigh

Dr. Trish Leigh is a pioneering Cognitive Neuroscientist renowned for her groundbreaking work known as the Brain Rewire Method, which focuses on healing and empowering individuals to overcome anxiety, attention issues, and internet addiction that can impede brain function. With a multi-disciplinary approach, she offers powerful digital programs, remote neurofeedback, personal coaching, and individual intensive sessions to help you break free from mental challenges and rediscover your authentic self. Dr. Leigh’s expertise and unwavering commitment to brain health are your keys to getting unstuck and living a more fulfilling, focused life.

Dr. Stefanie Carnes

​Dr. Stefanie Carnes is a distinguished figure in the field of addiction and recovery. As a clinical psychologist, author, and thought leader, she has dedicated her career to helping individuals and families overcome the challenges of addiction and regain control of their lives. Dr. Carnes is widely recognized for her expertise in the areas of sex addiction, trauma, and relational healing. She has contributed significantly to the field through her clinical work, research, and writings, making a profound impact on the lives of countless individuals seeking recovery and healing.