Ronald A. Alexander, PhD is a licensed psychotherapist, leadership consultant, clinical trainer, & the author of the widely acclaimed book, Wise Mind, Open Mind. He is the Executive Director of the OpenMind Training® Institute in Santa Monica, a leading edge organization that offers personal and professional training programs in mindfulness based mind-body therapies, transformational leadership, and meditation. His unique method combines ancient wisdom teachings with positive psychology and creative thinking into a comprehensive integrated, behaviorally effective mind-body program. This system combines techniques that support strategies of personal, clinical, and corporate excellence and growth.
Alexander has been a leading pioneer in the fields of Mindfulness Based Mind-Body Therapies, Gestalt Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Ericksonian Mind-Body Therapies, Holistic Psychology, Leadership Coaching, Integrative and Behavioral Medicine since 1970. He is a long time extension faculty member of the UCLA Departments of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Entertainment, a lecturer in the David Geffen School of Medicine and an adjunct faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute and Pepperdine Universities. He is an associate member of the American Psychological Association, a clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and a Diplomat in professional psychotherapy in the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine and Counseling. He has also been a consultant and leadership coach working with the entertainment industry and corporations for over 30 years.
Dr. Alexander conducts professional and personal training programs throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Russia, Australia, and Asia. He is frequently featured at The New York Open Center, New England Educational Institute, Spring Workshops & Alternatives in London, England, Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, Exhale Center for Sacred Movement, Gestalt Institute of Sydney & Northern Rivers in Australia, Colorado Free University, NICABM and Santa Monica Yoga Works.
Certified Thought Coach
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Wise Mind, Open Mind offers a powerful three-step mindfulness approach to help you navigate times of unwanted change, rediscover your inner well of creativity, and move forward with passion and purpose. This book combines techniques drawn from contemporary mind-body approaches, Buddhist psychology, mindfulness, creative thinking, and positive psychology to show you how to tap into your gifts and create a practical plan for personal transformation that will help you move through the challenges you face. You'll learn to overcome the five common hindrances that may be keeping you from true fulfillment and happiness. Finally, you'll be able to embrace your circumstances, utilizing them to create a renewed personal vision and welcome new possibilities and greater creativity into your life.
Though it's nearly impossible to imagine, times of personal crisis and upheaval are opportunities for self-reinvention and heightened artistic expression. Whether you are healing from a severed relationship, experiencing a job loss, or coping with another traumatic life transition, you can renew your strength and find new passion and purpose after things fall apart.
"…an outstanding guidebook to applying mindfulness practices to artfully navigate times of change and crisis."
- Judith Orloff, MD, author of Emotional Freedom
"...a lucid and inspiring guide on the spiritual path!"
- Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of Radical Acceptance