Dr. Lars Davidsson, MRCPsych, FRSM, MEWI, is the Director of Psychiatry at the Anglo European Clinic. He applies an evidence-based, pragmatic approach to Psychiatric Health Care, combining Medication and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to treat client's quickly and efficiently.
During the last six years, Dr. Davidsson has been engaged with the local Criminal Justice Mental Health team. In addition, he has extensive experience appearing in court. Dr. Davidsson has appeared before Magistrates Courts, Crown Courts, County Courts and Military Tribunals. He is able to provide reports within most areas of General Adult Psychiatry but takes a special interest PTSD, Anxiety and Mood Disorders, and Transcultural Psychiatry.
Dr. Davidsson has undergone continuous formal training in Report Writing and Court Appearance and is a member of The Institute of Expert Witnesses. He has provided more than 600 reports in Civil and Criminal matters over the last nine years.
Anger Problems / Anger Management
Anxiety - Generalised Anxiety Disorder with or without Panic Attacks
Health Anxiety / Hypochondriasis
Simple and Complex Phobias - Dental, Driving, Social, etc.
Jessica Chaudhary, MD,is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with specialties in Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology. Her practice includes General, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry.
Dr. Chaudhary has wide ranging experience using a variety of different treatment modalities. She offers individualized care based on the client's specific problems, concerns, and preferences. Dr. Chaudhary can provide all services through TELEHEALTH.
Dr. Chaudhary is in private practice and a consultant to attorneys nationwide. She is a clinical instructor at Yale University and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Consulting Areas Include: • OB-GYN and Psychiatry - Pregnancy and post partum-related psychiatric problems • Impaired Professionals - Physicians, nurses, mental health care providers, attorneys, executives, and other professionals and professional organizations • Substance Abuse Disorders • Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Neurocognitive Disorders, and Co-Morbid Psychiatric and Medical Conditions
David Friedler, LMHC, MPH Is an expert in the regulatory standard of care in Nursing Facilities, Psychiatric, Alcohol/Substance Use Rehabilitation Facilities as well as Group Homes for the disabled. He has worked in clinical and administrative roles in these environments over four decades. He has extensive experience with survey compliance, Federal and State regulation, JCAHO and CARF accreditation, OSHA compliance and policy and procedure development.
Areas of Expertise:
Long Term Care
Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation
Behavioral Health / Psychiatric Care in Drug Treatment Facilities
Dr. Danny Allen, Consultant Adult Psychiatrist is fully trained and experienced in report writing and regularly appears as an Expert Witness in Family Proceedings. Dr. Allen is an Approved Clinician, approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983 and a Cardiff University accredited Expert Witness and a member of the Expert Witness Institute, the Academy of Experts and the Society of Expert Witnesses. He holds consultancies with Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Workplace Health (Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust) The Maidenhead Clinic, Phoenix Mental Health Services/Cardinal Clinic and BMI The Shelburne Hospital.
Dr. Allen appears in court regularly in public law cases. He has undertaken a number of high profile cases for Customs and Excise and the Crown Prosecution Service, including alleged rapes and murders. Dr. Allen provides services for lawyers, social services and businesses. His reports are also available to Employment & Housing Tribunals and Employers and Licensing Authorities.
Linnda Durre', Ph.D., Licensed Psychotherapist, (FL License #MH6058) is an expert witness, psychotherapist, family counselor, intern supervisor, international speaker, corporate trainer, author, business consultant, adjunct college professor, and a magazine, Internet, and newspaper columnist. Her four areas of court expertise are Family Law, Personal Injury Law, Employment Law, and Criminal Law.
Litigation Support: With over 46 years of experience, she consults to attorneys and has been qualified as an expert witness in nine (9) states - Florida. Alabama, California, Arkansas, Georgia, Connecticut, Washington, Tennessee, and Iowa - in the areas of Personal Injury, PTSD, Family and Couples Counseling, Divorce, Child Custody, Relocation, Drug and Alcohol Counseling, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Abuse by Psychotherapists, as well as Age, Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation Discrimination. Her 400-page doctoral dissertation and research in the latter area was cited to pass legislation in several states.
Dr. Durre' has hosted and produced four radio shows, two of which were call-in advice shows and two are interview shows. Her current show "Linnda Durre' Interviews" airs daily for one hour on www.VegeRadio.com. at 4 PM ET, 3 PM CT, 2 PM MT & 1 PM PT. Dr. Linnda Durre' has hosted and produced two call-in advice TV shows, including being selected in a national search of 200 applicants, to host, "Ask The Family Therapist," on America's Health Network (AHN), which was associated with Mayo Clinic and each show aired daily for two hours from Universal Studios Orlando.
She has appeared on Oprah, 60 Minutes, O'Reilly (twice), Today Show, Good Morning America, Canada AM, Daytime, Donahue (twice), Sally Jessy Raphael, People Are Talking, Home Show, Hour Magazine, Home and Family Show, Disney Channel, and the local and/or national news on NPR, PBS, CBS, ABC, NBC, CW, and Fox.
Dr. Durre' has been interviewed, cited, and/or quoted by the NY Times, LA Times, Forbes, WSJ, IBD, Business Week, SF Chronicle & Examiner, Toronto Globe & Mail, Albany Times Union, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Orlando Business Journal, Orlando Sentinel, Parade Magazine, Alternative Medicine Magazine, CNN Online, Washington Parent Magazine, Screen Actor Magazine, Florida Magazine, Pasadena Star News, Orlando Magazine, Women's Health Magazine, and others.
Here's how businesses can institute new polices requiring all employees to participate in fun and informative workshops to overcome ageist assumptions about younger workers or seniors. Get rid of prejudices and limiting beliefs that prevent camaraderie, productivity, and profits.
Age discrimination is a global phenomenon and perpetuates unfair, unjust and untrue stereotypes of seniors. Corporations think they are saving money by replacing older workers with younger ones. Cheaper doesn't mean better. Widespread lawsuits claiming and proving ageism are a way seniors can fight age discrimination and change laws.
If not dealt with, addiction can be a greased pole to self-destruction and bankruptcy. For people in powerful positions, such as CEOs, doctors, executives and company founders, attempting to conduct business without the use of their full faculties is a very dangerous proposition.
Treating people equally, focusing on the work, honest communication and doing what you love -- four basic values that legendary record producer Sir George Martin, "the CEO of The Beatles," used with the most successful, creative, zeitgeist-changing, consciousness-raising band in the history of musi
In SURVIVING THE TOXIC WORKPLACE, business consultant, radio show host, and psychotherapist Dr. Linnda Durré teaches workers how to take matters into their own hands and put a stop to toxic workplace behavior.
Teo Ernst, PsyD, ABPP, is a Clinical Psychologist licensed in California. He is board certified in forensic psychology, a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Ernst received a PsyD (Doctor of Clinical Psychology) from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He completed his doctoral internship at Napa State Hospital and his postdoctoral fellowship at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs/UCSF Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Abuse Program. Clinical Experience - Dr. Ernst has experience working with a rich and diverse range of ethnic and socioeconomic groups, religions, and sexual orientations. Past clinical experiences include college counseling, community mental health, inpatient psychiatric treatment, crisis work, and VA treatment. In addition to private practice, he currently teaches family therapy part-time at UCSF, as a voluntary clinical faculty member.
Areas of Interest and Experience:
Trauma, neglect, and posttraumatic stress disorder
Presentations and Seminars - Dr. Ernst provides delivers presentations for organizations including the San Francisco Bar Association, UCSF, the First District Court of Appeals, and many others. Selected topics include:
Coping with the Emotional Toll of Legal Practice
Managing Challenging Personalities: A Fiduciaries’ Practice GuideManaging Challenging Personalities: A Fiduciaries’ Practice Guide
Strategies for Working Effectively in Legal Practice with Mental Illness
Client Control, Family Dynamics, and Competency in Estate Planning
Alameda Office 1402 Park St., Suite C Alameda, CA 94501 Telephone: 415-913-8096
Expertise: Specializing in applications of clinical psychiatry to legal issues in civil and criminal matters at the interface of Psychiatry and the Law. Has served as an evaluator or expert witness in about three hundred cases in State and Federal courts in matters relating to:
Mental State at Time-of-the-Offense Evaluations
Insanity Defense / Diminished Capacity
Civil & Criminal Competency Evaluations
Competency to Stand Trial / Competency to Waive Miranda Rights
Independent Medical Evaluations / Psychiatric Disability
Personal Injury / Pain & Suffering / Emotional Distress
Workplace Violence Assessments
Evaluations under Americans With Disabilities Act
Fitness for Duty
Professional Background: Certified by ABPN in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Psychiatry and Law Program at MCP Hahanemann University. Director of Psychiatry & Law Program and Director of Correctional Mental Health Services Program/Provider of Mental Health Services for the City of Philadelphia Prison System. Formerly Director of Psychiatry & Law Program at the Medical College of Virginia. M.D. Degree -University of Massachusetts. Psychiatry Residency & Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship -Tulane University Medical Center.
Wills are generally contested either on the grounds that the testator lacked Testamentary Capacity (was incompetent to make a will at the time of signing it) or the testator, because of his/her mental state, was subject to Undue Influence (i.e. if there is evidence of coercion, manipulation, deception, compulsion, intimidation, etc.) or an Undue Influence secondary to a thought disturbance (such as delusions affecting the testator's free will in making decisions).
Gloria Kardong, MD, DLFAPA, DABPN is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with specialties in Psychotherapy and Psychomarmacology. He practice includes General, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry as well as Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Kardong has a broad experience using a verity of different treatment modalities. She offers individualized care based on the client's specific problems, concerns and preferences. In full time private practice in Palo Alto, CA for the past 25 years, Dr. Kardong is a Psychiatric Consultant for Stanford University Schools of Law and Medicine, the California Medical Board, and private attorneys nationwide. She is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical Center and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Kardong has been named a Top Doctor in Silicon Valley by San Jose Magazine for over a decade. Specialty Areas Include:
OB-GYN and psychiatry - Pregnancy and post partum-related psychiatric problems; infertility; gynecology; menopause / hormonal issues; PTSD / childhood sexual abuse / adult consequences and relationship / sexuality issues
Impaired Professionals - Physicians, nurses, mental health care providers, attorneys executives and other professionals and professional organizations
Prudence L. Gourguechon, MD, founder of Invantage Advising,provides insight into the Psychology behind Critical Business Behavior, Decisions, and Strategy. Using concepts from psychology, neuroscience, and psychoanalysis, she offers the most comprehensive theory available about the depths of the human mind, motivation, emotion, and irrational individual and group behavior.
Dr. Gourguechon's work is based on theory and practice that combines a profound general knowledge of how human beings operate with a uniquely individualized approach. Clients of Invantage Advising get tailored, personalized advice, guidance, and insight.
Consulting Services - As a business consultant, published author, and invited speaker, Dr. Gourguechon developed a unique 5-point tool based on core cognitive competencies and character traits for assessing a leader’s ability to carry out high-level responsibilities. As an expert in the Psychology of Leadership and Decision Making, she is particularly interested in the conditions leading to and the consequences of executive malfeasance. She enjoys working with entrepreneurs and startups, helping them navigate the challenges of different stages of business development including staying healthy and forming partnerships.
Leadership Assessment and Development
Executive Coaching regarding Critical Career Decisions
Emotional Finance - Improving Professional Investor Performance
Developing Rising Women Leaders
A psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in active clinical practice since 1983, Dr. Gourguechon is Yale and Michigan-educated, and Northwestern-trained. She is Past President of the American Psychoanalytic Association, former Northwestern Faculty, and former Dean of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.
Dr. Gourguechon has clinical expertise in trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, problems with relationships and work.
Leaders are entrusted with the fate of their stakeholders, their enterprises, their nations. Yet the process of choosing leaders, whether its by search committees, boards or voters rarely looks at the essential character traits and cognitive capacities that all effective and ethical leaders must have. This slim but sophisticated volume provides a unique model and practical tools for assessing leader capability, based on a five-point model of fundamental competence: empathy, self-discipline, trust, critical thinking and self-awareness. Without these five capacities, or at least sharp awareness of their deficiencies, no leader can build a strong and effective organization, secure loyalty and communicate effectively.
Smart investors need to know about inevitable psychological and emotional forces that will affect their decision making. This book helps investors understand the lesser known phenomena of regression and disavowal and how to stop them from leading to critical errors, why they will inevitably make mistakes, the importance of self-awareness and how to deal with anxiety.
UCLA-trained double-boarded psychiatrist (adult and child & adolescent psychiatry) in active clinical practice. Experienced in academic psychiatry, community mental health, inpatient psychiatry, residential treatment, incarcerated juvenile treatment, and private practice outpatient care. Lived and worked in Europe, Asia, and Central America--proficient in Japanese, Spanish, and French. One year of public school teaching experience. Undergraduate education in classical music, history, and literature. Experienced in medical-legal consultation for medical record review and deposition preparation, as well as expert witness testimony for child and adult emotional injury cases, representing both plaintiff and defense. Private practice in Los Angeles specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry since 2013. Candidate in adult psychoanalysis since 2012 at the Psychoanalytic Center of California (PCC). Taught seminars at both the PCC and the Maple Counseling Center, focusing on the integration of medication treatment and psychotherapy.
2013-Present Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry Private Practice
2012-2014 Staff Psychiatrist LA County DMH
2010-2012 Staff Psychiatrist Pacific Hospital
2010 Staff Psychiatrist St. Elizabeth Hospital
2012 Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Harbor-UCLA
2010 Adult Psychiatry Residency University of Cincinnati
2007 MD Medical College of Wisconsin
1995 BA University of California Berkeley, First Honors
Board certified in Adult Psychiatry
Board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) for State of California DWC
In the absence of physical evidence or eyewitness testimony, establishing a criminal charge of child sexual abuse often boils down to a “he said, she said” weighing of credibility of the accuser and accused. As the burden of proof lies on the prosecution to establish the charge beyond a reasonable doubt, witness testimony becomes paramount in determining the outcome of the case. If the alleged victim is suffering from a serious mental illness, such as psychosis, that impairs one’s ability to either accurately recall the alleged abuse or distinguish reality from fantasy, witness credibility will suffer, and the defendant will likely be found not guilty. For both plaintiff and defense counsel, when there is any suspicion of psychotic illness in the accuser, it is critical to assess the following before trial: type and severity of mental illness, genetics, drug use, previous abuse, and neglect.
Michael Levittan, Ph.D. is an Expert Witness, Psychotherapist, Media Consultant, and Lecturer at UCLA Extension and California Graduate Institute. Dr. Levittan works as an expert witness on cases involving domestic violence, child abuse, post-traumatic stress, anger issues, child custody, school violence. He is director of a certified Domestic Violence/Anger Management program and has numerous articles published on violence and abuse.
Dr. Levittan presents at UCLA, National Alliance on Mental Illness, L.A. Superior Court, U.S. Marines, Hillsides Children's Home, Loyola Marymount Univ, International Conference on Violence, Abuse, Trauma, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Grief & Loss Conference, The Maple Center, Womens Shelters.
What is the biggest insult, the nastiest put-down that a boy can suffer? What is the most shameful indignity, the most humiliating comment that a man must endure? It is to be referred to as a woman! It is to be called a name that compares one to a woman or to a part of a woman's body.
Anger management is one of the "hot" phrases of the 21st century. It is a concept that is often used, often suggested, but little understood. A good working definition of anger management is: "The insertion of rational thought into a mind that is consumed with anger."
In today's world, anger management has become a necessary concept to understand and practice in order to effectively navigate the challenges of family, work, school and social life. It is commonly thought that managing angerinvolves not getting angry anymore.
Ray S. Kim, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist focused on providing individual, couples, and family therapy, as well as Forensic Evaluations for adults and juveniles. Areas of Consultation:
Child and Adolescent Issues
Sex Offender Evaluations
Violence Risk Assessments
Dr. Kim is currently the Director of Chicago Metropolitan Forensic Services at the Illinois Department of Human Services where he supervises a team of clinical psychologists and social workers who evaluate the placement of individuals into forensic facilities. He also serves as the Director of Clinical Training at Chicago Metropolitan Forensic Services where he developed and supervises a forensic practicum program which provides opportunities for specialized clinical training in the area of forensic psychology.
Dr. Kim was one of the first psychologists trained by the Illinois Department of Human Services to evaluate sex offenders for sexual dangerousness under the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act. He is also among the first to be certified as a Licensed Sex Offender Evaluator and Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider in Illinois.
Certifications - Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Board Certified Forensic Psychologist, Licensed Sex Offender Evaluator, Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider, Board Registered Mental Illness/Substance Abuse Provider, Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, Fellow of the American College of Advanced Practice Psychologists, Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association, Diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Specialties, National Register of Health Service Psychologists. www.experts.com
Forensic psychological evaluations have become a valuable resource for the criminal justice system by addressing important forensic questions. For instance, assessing risk for violence can help courts make appropriate decisions on issues such as sentencing, granting privileges, and community reintegration. If an individual is assessed to be a high risk for future violence, a judge has grounds to order a more restrictive setting compared to someone who is a lower risk for recidivism. By tailoring court decisions based on accurate psychological evaluations, the community is safer while the defendant's rights are also protected.
This manual was written to provide guidelines for restoring competency to defendants in a structured and efficient manner. Practical information is presented to assist forensic providers from their patient’s initial finding of incompetency to the final disposition of the case. In addition, instructional materials and other resources are provided, which include definitions of court terminology, educational activities, competency tests, court report templates, and a certificate of completion. Forensic providers are encouraged to customize the contents of this manual to comply with specific State statutes.
When minors violate a criminal statute, they enter the juvenile justice system rather than the adult criminal system. Although differences exist, both court systems recognize the competency to stand trial law. Just like adults, it would be unfair for juveniles to proceed in the legal process if they were deemed incompetent to stand trial because they did not understand the court proceedings against them or could not adequately assist in their defense. The purpose of this book is to educate minors about the juvenile justice system and prepare them for their day in court.
The correctional system has become the largest provider of mental health care in our society. Due to the prevalence of mental disabilities in the criminal justice system, many defendants are found Incompetent to Stand Trial. However, defendants do not usually understand what it means to be incompetent, let alone what to do about it. The purpose of this guidebook is to help defendants better understand why they were found incompetent, what they can do about it, and how to get the best possible outcomes.
Psychiatry Pain Management Consultant Richard Sobel
Richard M. Sobel, MD, DFAPA, has over 30 years of experience practicing Adult Psychiatry and Pain Management / Medicine. His specialty focus is in Pain Medicine, for which he has sub-specialty board certification, Psychotherapy, and Psychopharmacology. Dr. Sobel believes in a collaborative, mutually-respectful doctor-patient relationship when recovering from mental illness and daunting chronic pain. His treatments include Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology, Pain management, including medication monitoring, and Suboxone. Specialty Areas:
Anxiety / Panic Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Depression / Mood Disorders
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD
Workers Compensation / Disability
Dr. Sobel is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical School. A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Sobel is immediate Past President and continues to serve on the board of the Greater Philadelphia Pain Society, one of six regional chapters of the American Pain Society. He is a Representative of the Pennsylvania Psychiatry Society to the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices and Pain Management Work Group of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. In 2014, Dr. Sobel was the recipient of the Dean's Award for Excellence in Education at Jefferson Medical College and, in 2013, was nominated Practitioner of the Year by the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society. View Dr. Sobel's Expert Witness Profile.
The Steinfirst Group was established to strengthen, primarily, non-profits. Principal, John F. Steinfirst, LCSW, has over 40 years of experience in Clinical Social Work, Supervision, Program Development, and Management, and as CEO for 20 years of a $30 million mental health, child welfare, social services agency.
Mr. Steinfirst is responsible for transforming the Fred Finch Youth Center from a traditional residential treatment center to a multifaceted, modern organization based on wraparound and other innovative and best practice principles. Under his leadership, services to youth and families throughout California expanded dramatically and the annual budget grew from $2 to $30 million.
He and his team developed and implemented one of the most comprehensive affordable housing, mental health, and vocational training programs for Transitional Age Youth as well as one of the first residential and day treatment programs for developmentally disabled consumers with mental health problems. Activities also included spearheading significant policy changes that improved services to California youth and families.
As Interim CEO at multiple agencies he has rescued agency from bankruptcy and secured CEO, transformed failing agency through new contracts, and improved staff morale.
As a licensed psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and executive coach, consulting services include:
Diana Birch, MD, has extensive experience acting as an Expert Assessor and Expert Witness in a variety of Family and Child Care Actions both civil and criminal. She is very experienced in working with young people and families, particularly in child neglect and protection, family disturbance, substance abuse and domestic violence.
Dr. Birch is a leading authority on:
Teenage Pregnancy and Early Parenting
Assessments - Day, Age, Emotional, Outpatient, and Community assessments
Physical, Emotional and Sexual Abuse
Factitious Illness (Munchausen)
Family Conflicts such as Child Alienation
For twenty years, Dr. Birch ran a residential assessment unit where she evaluated high risk families, substance and alcohol abuse patients and dealt with an age range from babies to grandparents. She now conducts assessments on an outreach and community basis.
Dr. Birch has also worked with individuals and "private" cases such as custody disputes. The assessment work and medico legal context has meant that over 50 cases are reported on each year with equivalent court appearances. This has been formally evaluated in published work.
Dr. Birch is a:
Member of the Academy of Experts (Checked expert)
Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (for whom she is also an assessor for Paediatric Consultants)
Fellow Royal Institute Public Health
Fellow of Royal College of Physicians
Fellow of the Society for Adolescent Medicine (USA).
A belief is a conviction adhered to often in the face of factual evidence to the contrary. This paper inevitably represents my beliefs moulded by my experience of working with teenagers in London and tempered by my knowledge of the work of my colleagues.
Children suffer the traumas and injustices of warfare and conflict without the ability to influence or control their circumstances. As refugees they become the flotsam of society drifting from one inhospitable country to another in search of safety. They have been with us for generations, their numbers fluctuating and their distribution changing as the adult world decides who to wage war on next.