Experts from the film “Light in the Darkness”
Cherie Lindberg, the owner of Get Connected Counseling & Consulting, LLC, has been in the counseling field for more than 20 years. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Brainspotting Trainer & Consultant. She is also certified in Imago Relationship Therapy and trained in EMDR.
She is one of the founders of Midwest Brainspotting Institute a nonprofit dedicated toward Brainspotting education and programs to serve the community to understand mind/body relational therapies
Her specialties include performance enhancement, life transitions, personal growth, anxiety disorders, marital therapy, stress management, PTSD, and ego state therapy.
“In reflecting on my life thus far, I now realize it is my life purpose to support and inspire people in waking up (being conscious and present). Learning to intentionally stay connected to self, relationships and community keeps us all moving toward well-being and a fully enlivened life. It is very exciting and uplifting to see people heal and become fully alive again.”
Cherie brings her wisdom and effective therapy called Brainspotting to the mainstream market to help heal those afflicted with PTS and other restrictive and disabling results from traumatic experiences. She offers the option to get inside of yourself to make the changes necessary for long term sustainable healing from these experiences.
Donese Worden, NMD, Board-Certified Physician, Researcher, and Global Educator is the featured, medical expert in the Light in the Darkness documentary. Dr. Worden is reknown for identifying unique healing modalities and bringing them to the forefront putting her on the vanguard of integrative, naturopathic medicine. She has the distinction of a Masters in Communication, and was a former news anchor, and host of talk shows for NBC and ABC.
Donese frequently appears as a guest on various television and radio shows, including regular spots on Gaia TV. She is currently a co-host for OMTimes’ flagship radio show, The Truth in Medicine, and also has a monthly appearance on the Regina Meredith Network for her web series, Health Bites. Dr. Worden has signed with Arizona PBS for a weekly television series called Dr.Worden’s Health Hot Seat and is currently in negotiations to move the show to a national network. The show provides alternative and traditional practitioners the opportunity to face off on medical issues, with Dr. Worden as a wise and judicious mediator helping viewers make sense of evidence from both vantage points. Dr. Worden has been featured on the cover of the National Speakers Association’s magazine as one of the top speakers in the nation. She lectures worldwide, training physicians and educating the public on a variety of medical and health topics.
Highly regarded for her life-changing work, she won the 2014 Hope Award for her significant contribution to the prevention and education of behavioral health. This award is given annually by Sierra Tucson, one of the country’s premier mental health hospitals and residential treatment facilities. Donese is passionate about educating people to take charge of their health using the best treatments from both conventional and natural modalities. A sought-after keynote speaker, Dr. Worden’s corporate clients have included State Farm Insurance, Boeing, The Mahoney Group, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Vitamin Shoppe, and Vitamin Discount Center. She is also a continuing medical education (CME) lecturer for the American Academy of Pain Management, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, IOICP, ICIM, IPC, AOCPMR, ANMA, NANP, and various medical schools including U of A, ASU, Berkeley, SCNM and U.S. hospitals.
Dr. Seahorn has been a classroom teacher and administrator for forty years. She has taught as an adjunct professor for Colorado State University and several universities in the Denver area. For the last ten years she has been teaching a class on Neuroscience and Learning at Colorado State University. Jan has a BA in English/Elementary Ed., an endorsement/license in middle school education and administration, a MA in Gifted and Talented, and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Organizational Systems. Her background includes an in-depth understanding of neuroscience research and effective instructional practices, organizational systems and change. She conducts numerous workshops on the Neuroscience of Learning & Memory Systems and the effects of “at-risk” stress environments on brain development.
Dr. Seahorn co-authored the award-winning book with her husband, Tears of a Warrior: A Family’s Story of Combat and Living With PTSD. The theme focus is on trauma and how it can impact the brain, body, and emotional development of an individual. Much of the research focused on Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and understanding how to identify and work with first responders and veterans who have experienced trauma and associated stress. She and her husband Tony work extensively with military personnel, veterans, first responders and families on how trauma impacts the brain. She also works with schools and communities on how trauma experienced in childhood through abuse, neglect, and other environmental conditions impact learning and behavior. She has written two other books, When Crap Happens Grow Zucchini: A Book on How to Live with Dying and Appreciate the Crap Foul Wisdom: Identifying the Turkeys and Eagles in your Organization and Life. A third illustrated book on her PTSD poem, Silent Scream, is currently in production. Dr. Seahorn’s TED Talk on post-traumatic stress can be viewed on You tube. Janet and Tony have two adult sons, Chad and Christopher who enjoy living and working in the Rocky Mountain Region. Tony & Janet share their home with two Black Labradors, Trooper – a certified service dog, and Brody, a puppy being trained as a therapy dog to work in children’s court systems, hospitals, and schools. The family enjoys travel and outdoor activities: history, geography, hiking, fly-fishing, rafting, snow skiing and anything that puts them in touch with nature. Janet also volunteers with several animal shelters in Colorado.
PTSD disrupts the lives of average individuals as well as combat veterans who have served their country. The person experiencing the trauma often then impacts the lives of his/her family, friends, and workplaces. PTSD does not distinguish between race, age or gender and often goes undiagnosed. Even with proper diagnosis, many individuals do not know where to turn to get help. Society needs to understand the aftermath of trauma especially combat trauma and how to prepare for warriors when they return home.
What passion will you bring to market that imprints lives? I heard this today from Rory Vanden, “You are most powerfully positioned to serve the person you once were.” When I heard this, my core purpose became crystal clear for the first time ever. Everything I do and teach facilitates the fundamental core of empowering people to thrive again, by dissolving whatever it is that has taken them into a place where they have forgotten who they are, assisting them to return to self-love and worthiness. Self-love and worthiness are often missing in most people I serve. These pieces went missing in my own life for some time. For the past 13 years, I have been absolutely passionate about journeying with people as they return to their beautiful truth, light, love, joy and worthiness. I know I can bring this piece to a broader market that will imprint lives beyond the space of my wellness office. I am adept in trauma release stored both physically and emotionally in cells. I help my clients create actionable affirmations. I teach people how to create vibrant food for a vibrant life. My homework often calls attention to what ushers in joy. There are layers that tap into mind, body and spirit. I support all these pieces holistically. My passion is in restoring self-love and worthiness in every person whose life I am gifted to touch.