Instructors

John Kim
Therapist
My name is John Kim and I’m an author and licensed marriage family therapist. I discovered the power of group work while working with addicted teens in nonprofit nearly a decade ago. At the time I was also going through my own rebirth after divorce and started a blog called The Angry Therapist. I pulled the curtain back and showed himself by practicing transparency and sharing my story, something therapists are taught NOT to do. I started working in unconventional ways, meeting clients at coffee shops, on hikes, and in gyms. Running groups at the beach, the park, and online. I thought if we’re going to talk about life, let’s do life while we’re talking. Through my decade of helping thousands, both on and offline, I learned that we don’t have to do this alone. There is tremendous power in growing with others. We are tribal creatures. We were never meant to do it by ourselves. That’s the greatest misconception about self help, the word “self.” That’s why I created the TAT LAB. So you don’t have to do it alone like I did. You can have the support of a thriving community. And it can be fun, casual over clinical. I believe this is the new way to grow.
Vanessa Bennett
Therapist
Vanessa Bennett made the transition from corporate to wellness after years of doing her own inner work while searching for something more fulfilling. A yogi and therapist who brings her passion for Mindfulness, Depth, Buddhist, and Yoga Psychology into her own life as well as in her work with her clients, she is a Ny'er at heart and a Californian by soul. She loves connecting with people while helping them connect to themselves, which usually includes helping them discover who that Self really is. She teaches codependency and mindfulness.
Dene Selkin
Therapist
Dene Selkin is a therapist, a yogini, a tenacious wisdom seeker and a California soul through and through. in her work with clients, she is known for her nurturing presence and authenticity. she specializes in offering tools for moving through anxiety, understanding our addictive patterns and communicating more effectively in our relationships. she is passionate about facilitating group immersive experiences and retreats. Dené is also co-host of the podcast, Cheaper than Therapy. Her Lab classes include “Reparenting yourself”, “Singlehood / Expired Relationships”, and “Addiction recovery.”
MaryCatherine (MC) McDonald
Therapist
MaryCatherine (MC) McDonald is a PhD and a certified life-coach She has been researching, teaching, and coaching for 10 years. She has written several book chapters and articles on trauma and mental illness, and wrote a book on traumatic memory that was published in 2019. MC has coached people through all sorts of traumatic life experiences - combat, sexual assault, childhood trauma, death of a loved one, relationship abuse, infidelity, career transitions, gender identity issues, family dynamics, divorce, coping with mental illness diagnosis. In trauma group, we focus on understanding trauma more deeply, demystifying both the symptoms and the healing process, and connecting and supporting one another as we cope.
Charlene
Life Coach
Charlene is a certified life coach and a natural-born shaman by ancestral lineage. Though she used to have a "normal" life, as a survivor of domestic violence, trauma, and Kundalini awakening, her story is a hero's journey of triumph over darkness. Her work reflects her lived experience on the lightning path of transformation, weaving together both science and spiritual by incorporating positive psychology, neurobiology, and applied meaning theory with the esoteric knowledge of shamanic healing, energy medicine, and intuitive gifts for power results. In her experience it’s only when we work with all aspects of ourselves - mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual - that true transformation and healing is possible.
Lindsay Burke
Therapist
Lindsay is a licensed psychotherapist, behavior interventionist, life coach, mental health consultant, martial artist and founder of LIFTtherapy. With over 15 years of experience working with adults, children and their families in various home, school, clinical and hospital settings, Lindsay is dedicated to working, with integrity and humility, towards the enhancement of the mental health and well-being of all individuals, couples and families through treatment, consultation, coaching, and teaching about mental health. In therapy, she is known for her warm, playful, strength-based and “keep it real” approach. She served as a professional coach and “guide” to a family on the (Re)Connect Series show produced by Kelly Ripa airing on Disney+, runs groups and workshops for The Angry Therapist, and has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, The Good Men Project, The Lexington Herald Leader, Life & Style Magazine, PopSugar, InTouch Magazine, AllTreatment, Medium, RelationUp, P-Therapy, JRNI and ElephantJournal. In the meantime, Lindsay teaches and trains in mixed martial arts, practices yoga, plays the piano and enjoys soaking up as much nature as possible with her family. Lindsay is running the group: Recovery from Narcissist Abuse.
Inertia Dewitt
Therapist
Inertia Dewitt is a therapist, coach, performance artist, and all around creative spirit. In combination with her clinical training in depth and somatic psychotherapy, she draws from over 15 years of embodied experience in dance, yoga, improvisation and other performance based practices to provide rich experiences for her clients to reclaim their creative potential and heal themselves in body, mind and soul.
Adrian O'Donnell
Therapist
Adrian O'Donnelll was a London and New York City theatre actor for over fifteen years when he was jolted out of his “ordinary world” and “called to the adventure” of training to be a therapist and therapeutic coach, when he found out he was becoming a father five years ago. He is leading the “breaking through mental blocks” group with a focus on the “hero’s journey” and “slaying those dragons!”
Barbara Haynes
Life Coach
Barbma Haynes is a skilled coach, thoughtful teacher and experienced trainer with 20 years of experience in health, wellness and business. Barbara’s passion for life comes from her strong belief in the importance of 360 degrees of wellness. She has a passion for incorporating mindfulness into her work and supports this passion through her study and teaching of movement, yoga and meditation over the last 20 years. Barbara also draws from her business background with 17 years in small business as a real estate developer and 15 years of corporate consumer marketing experience at companies including, Schwab, Washington Mutual and Activision. Barbara graduated from UCLA with a BA in English, she is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Registered Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher, Precision Nutrition Coach and @jrnicoaching. Barbara’s classes include live meditations, yoga Nidra, and work / life balance.
Sean Cardinalli
Life Coach
Sean is a life coach, writer, and activist who was one of John Kim’s first JNRI Coaching students. His coaching style tends to include the 12 Step recovery perspective and experience that saved his life and livelihood over a decade ago. Sean looks forward to the dialogue so often stoked by classes like these which encourage us to be vulnerable as we share our life’s details. He believes that in hearing each other’s stories, we find fellowship and healing. Sean will be focusing on sex & love addiction and he’s prepping a class on the creative process. He still orbits the Hollywood life from a (relatively) safe distance and has a wonderful time geeking out with his two teenage kids.
Milly Murillo
Life Coach
Milly Murillo is a trained astrologer with years of experience and a certified life-coach @jrnicoaching. She combines her love for these tools in order to give clarity to those who work with her. Her love for astrology began as a young girl always curious about the esoteric because her mother was a believer in the esoteric. As she got older she recognized how valuable coaching was to me personally, so she decided to get certified in order to share that with others. All of this led her to create a blog, Astro Consciousness, in which I write not just about current planetary transits, but about what they’re trying to teach us using coaching methods. Currently working on a certification on Positive Psychology, her approach to coaching is one in which she is fully present and receptive to whomever is in front of her so that they know that between us there is safe-space to simply be.
Jenn Reddy
Life Coach
Jenn is a Life Coach who works with people of all ages and walks of life. She has been coaching for more than 25 years under different titles - Peer Educator, Health Educator, Birth and Postpartum Doula, Companion for the dying, Exceptional Children Aide and Advocate, and Coach. Her background has helped her become especially skilled at speaking ready-to-be-heard truths to clients working on finding and honing their superpowers. She believes that the stories we tell about our experiences have extraordinary power. Creating our own narrative of our life, leaning on our strengths and values, and finding what it is that makes us thrive is the recipe for a life we have autonomy over and joy living. She lives with her family in the hills of Appalachia
Joanne Smallwood
Austin Fitz
Fitness Instructor
Grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. Attended Colorado Mesa University where I swam competitively at a high level. and achieved a bachelors degree in exercise science. majored in kinesiology the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to the human body. Minored in personal training/corporate wellness. Been coaching and personal training for about five years in the Hollywood area. My home gym is formally known as CrossFit Hollywood, but has recently changed to Hollywood strength and performance.
Tess Brewer
Assistant
Tess is John's assistant and does behind the scenes work for TAT lab. A break up from a toxic relationship introduced her to The Angry Therapist and now she can't get enough of the self improvement world. You'll find her in various Zoom groups, especially MC's trauma group, eager to improve herself just like you guys. When she's not doing work for John or TAT lab, she's writing screenplays, posting on her blog, or listening to vinyls with her two cats.
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