Lact - Palo Alto School Representative

Palo Alto School Representative

Center for training, intervention and research
Systemic approach and hypnosis

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Katharina ANGER

Renowned speaker and co-founder of the Center for Systemic Action. She is a research associate at the MRI in Palo Alto and at the Brief Therapy Center, CAIPSI in Mexico City and at the Erickson Institute in Madrid. She is also a supervisor at the YAI National Institute for the Disabled, an organization that helps people with mental disabilities and their families throughout their lives.


Psychiatrist, child psychiatrist, psychotherapist. Trained in Ericksonian Hypnosis, Problem-Oriented Brief Therapy (Palo Alto), EMDR (Additional Facilitator Training, EMDR Supervisor), Mediation Pedagogy. He is a trainer in hypnosis, brief systemic therapies, EMDR/HTSMA. He is the designer and organizer of the HTSMA training courses (Hypnosis, Strategic Therapies and Alternative Movements). He is the director of the Mimethys Institute in Nantes.


Psychiatrist and President of the French Association of Criminology

Nora Bateson

filmmaker , writer, political adviser and international speaker. She is the daughter of Gregory Bateson and granddaughter of William Bateson and is president of the Stockholm-based International Bateson Institute (IBI), a research group specializing in transcontextual research on human and other living systems.

Alexandrina BEAU

A psychiatrist trained in hypnotherapy and family therapy, she is enriched by the strategic approach of Palo Alto. Manager of the Family Therapy Center at NANCY Hospital.

Mario Blaise

Mario Blaise is a doctor of medicine, holder of a DES (Diploma of specialized studies) in Psychiatry and a DESC (Diploma of complementary specialized studies) in Addictology. He has been a Hospital Practitioner in General Psychiatry since 2007. Since September 2014, Mario Blaise has been Head of Unit at the Marmottan Medical Center in Paris, specializing in problems with legal or illegal products, or drug-free addictions. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Addiction Federation since 2015. He is the author of several articles and contributions to books on addiction.


Hospital psychiatrist, head of the Loire-Atlantique therapeutic family care department, Blain CHS. Lecturer in Nantes at the Faculty of Psychology (Cognitive and Clinical DESS) and at the EBU of Medicine: DU Addictions, DU Therapeutic Hypnosis, DU Pain. Family therapist, addiction service of Nantes University Hospital. Pedagogical manager and trainer at the Arepta-Institut Milton Erickson in Nantes. Trainer at the CHTIP in Paris. Co-author with Y. Doutrelugne, O. Cottencin, L. Isebaert and D. Megglé of Brief interventions and therapies: 10 concrete strategies, crises and opportunities, Masson editions, 2016.


 He was trained in classic intra-psychic approaches, Boenergy sobab & A.Lowen NY 1978, brief systemic therapy from and the Palo Alto school with P.Watzlawick, J.Weakland and R.Fisch, as well than to Ericksonian hypnosis in San Francisco and Arizona, with J.Zeig, E.Rossi, E.Greenleaf, N.Poncelet, etc. On his return from the USA he founded the Milton H. Erickson Institute in Belgium in 1984, he has been practicing clinical hypnosis for more than 30 years as a therapist and trainer.


Therapist, coach, supervisor and trainer in strategic systemic approach, associated with LACT. He teaches at the IAE of Paris within the Master of Administrations and Companies the module "Organizations and behaviors".

Marie-Christine CABIE

Psychiatrist, psychotherapist, head of the Paris 11 psychiatry center at the Saint Maurice Hospitals. Author of: For a brief therapy. The patient's free choice as an ethic in psychotherapy.


Dr. Boris CYRULNIK is a French neurologist, psychiatrist, ethologist and psychoanalyst. Head of a clinical ethology research group at the Toulon-la-Seyne hospital (1972-1991), he published his first book, Mémoire de singe et parole d'homme in 1983 . Director of education since 1996 at the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences of Toulon, President of the National Center for Cultural Creation and Diffusion of Châteauvallon (since 1998), President of the Annie and Charles Corrin Prize on the memory of the Shoah (since 2005 ). Boris Cyrulnik is best known for developing the concept of “resilience” (being reborn from suffering). He also participated in the Attali commission on the obstacles to growth, led by Jacques Attali and installed on August 30, 2007 by Nicolas Sarkozy. He has published about thirty books.


Psychologist, psychotherapist and co-founder of LACT, of which she is the president. She directs the OCD and Anxiety Disorders Cinics in partnership with the European center the OCD Clinic. She teaches and trains via the web at the relationship clinic within the international school LACT. Within the CSAPA of Montreuil, she has a consultation specializing in addiction disorders and supervises the team. She is the co-author of several books and regularly gives conferences.


Doctor in psychology, family therapist, educational manager of the French Institute of EMDR, EMDR facilitator, EMDR supervisor and EMDR supervisor specialized in children and adolescents.

Robert DILTS

Since 1975, Robert DILTS has been one of the main researchers and developers of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and its applications to the fields of health, education and business. Robert Dilts is an internationally renowned writer, coach, consultant and researcher.  


Independent psychiatrist in Rennes since 1992, hypnosis practitioner and trainer. He is the author of various books and articles: From loyalty to betrayal. How not to be depressed anymore? in the journal Hypnosis and Brief Therapy. (2014); The Clandestine Ages. in the journal Hypnosis and Brief Therapy. (2013); Anorexia in young girls: from chrysalis to butterfly. in the journal Hypnosis and Brief Therapy (2008); Cure eating disorders. SATA Editions. (2006).

Nathalie DURIEZ

Lecturer in clinical psychology and responsible for three university degrees at the University of Paris-8. Her research and publications focus on family therapy, processes of change and resilience, emotional regulation, addictions and suicidal behavior. She works as a family therapist at the Monceau center in Paris. She is a trainer in the systemic approach and in family therapy.

Vincent GERARD

Vincent GÉRARD holds a master's degree in clinical psychology and postgraduate training. For more than 25 years, he has been offering concrete, rapid and effective therapeutic tools to people who are confronted, at some point in their lives, with a personal, family, professional or emotional problem. He is a lecturer, he has trained many psycho-medico-social workers in Belgium, France, Switzerland and Luxembourg.


He is a psychologist, psychotherapist, author and trainer. He was one of the first NLP students at UC Santa Cruz; Milton Erickson and Gregory Bateson were his mentors. After receiving his doctorate in psychology at Stanford University, he is one of the great teachers and practitioners of Ericksonian hypnotherapy.


Doctor in Psychology, Director of Training at the Institute for Family and Human Systems Studies in Brussels. Honorary Professor at the Free University of Brussels and Founding Member of the European Association of Family Therapy, of the Belgian Group of Trainers in Systemic Psychotherapy and of the Belgian Association of Interveners and Systemic Psychotherapists. She is editor-in-chief of Cahiers critiques of family therapy and network practices.

Michael Hoyt

Independent psychologist in Mill Valley, CA. He is the author and editor of numerous books on Brief Psychotherapy, including "Brief Therapy and Beyond", "Capturing the Moment" and "Single-Session Therapy By Walk-In or Appointment". He was honored as a Contributor of Note by the Milton H. Erickson Foundation and named a Distinguished Lecturer in Continuing Education by the American Psychological Association and the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors.


Psychologist and psychotherapist at the Korzybsky Institute in Bruges. Mental coach and sports coach.

Isabelle LUGNIER

Currently HR Director of the animation studio Illumination Paris, Isabelle Lugnier has acquired experience in international human resources management in the worlds of consumer goods (Colgate Palmolive, Energizer), entertainment (Walt Disney Feature Animation, CANAL + Group) and luxury (Shiseido, Richemont group). Trained in the systemic approach of Palo Alto and positive psychology, Isabelle Lugnier also teaches in the master media of SciencesPo Paris.


Psychologist, psychotherapist and researcher at the CTS of Arezzo. Head of the Milan office, affiliated to the CTS. Author of the book: "Changing the past. Overcoming traumatic experiences with strategic therapy".


he is the founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence, an international consortium of clinicians, researchers and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavioral health services. Mr. Miller conducts workshops and training in the United States and abroad, helping hundreds of agencies and organizations, both public and private, achieve superior results.

Alain Morel

Psychiatrist, Managing Director of the OPPELIA association, President of the Association for Research and Promotion of Experiential Approaches (ARPAE), Co-founder of the European Federation of Drug Addiction Workers.

Emanuela MURIANA

P sychologist and psychotherapist, specialized at the CTS of Arezzo directed by Giorgio Nardone, and at the MRI of Palo Alto with Paul Watzlawick. She is a researcher and lecturer at the School of Specialization in Strategic Therapy and a professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Siena. She is also responsible for the affiliated practice of Strategic Therapy in Florence, where she carries out clinical and consulting activities.


He is the founder with Paul Watzlawick of the Strategic Therapy Center of Arezzo.
Currently he works in research, training and therapy at the Center for Strategic Therapy in Arezzo. He is director of the Higher School of Brief Strategic Therapy. He is the author of numerous books and he gives conferences, seminars, workshops and workshops to the general public around the world.


Dr. Robert Neuburger is a psychiatrist, systemic therapist specializing in couple issues. He teaches at the Free University of Brussels, trains and supervises therapists in France and abroad. In addition to being scientific director of the CEFA (Center for the study of the family association) and vice-president of the French Society for Family Therapy, each month he receives a Internet user for his first session of therapy.


Professor of therapeutics option Internal medicine. Specialist in cardiology and angiology. Graduated in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Pharmacology. Psychotherapist-Analyst.
Specialist in addictive behaviors, anorexia and the management of pain and trauma.

Claudette PORTELLI

PhD in Psychology, CTS psychologist, trainer and coach (Italy - Malta). Author of "Knowledge through change", " Obsessions, compulsions, manias: understand them and overcome them quickly" and "Le nuove dipendenze".


Management consulting. Business coach and Professional counsellor. Member of CTS. Co-author of "The winning company".

Chiara RATTO

Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Researcher at the CTS of Arezzo (Italy). Head of practice in Milan, Brescia, Seregno (MB) and Borgomanero (NO).

Wendel RAY

Research director at the MRI of Palo Alto. Professor of Family Systems Theory in the Masters and Doctoral Programs in Couple and Family Therapy at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM). Founder and Director of the “Don D. Jackson Archive”.


Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Researcher and Professor at the Strategic Therapy Center of Arezzo.


One of Milton Erickson's favorite students, Dr. Ritterman is a pioneer in the integration of hypnosis and family therapy. She has trained thousands of psychotherapists worldwide in her methods of working with couples and families. Dr. Ritterman's many published articles focus on couples, time, interacting trance, and states of mind.


Psychiatrist. Specialist assistant in the adult psychiatry sector 75G01/02 at the Esquirol hospital and at the CMP du Figuier, Paris 4th. Trainer at the AFEHM (French Association for the Study of Medical Hypnosis). Speaker at Canaldanse, hypnosis and dance workshops.

Stéphane SANÇOIS

He worked for nearly twenty years on HR issues. He has been working for ENGIE Corporate HR for eight years. Very involved in personal development and training, he notably trained in leadership & change management and then in strategic systemic coaching with representatives of the Palo Alto school. He was successively involved with students from ESC St Etienne (BA EM Lyon) then ESSEC, but also within the Corporate University.  


Professor of Psychotherapy at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Psychologist and family therapist. He developed the Open Dialogue approach.

Benedicte SERVAIS

A graduate in social sciences, she was first trained in the systemic approach oriented family therapy to specialize in 1996 in the Systemic and Strategic model of Palo Alto. Psychotherapist, Trainer, Supervisor and Research Associate at the Gregory Bateson Institute. Recognized as an Expert by the Courts, she fulfills missions of mediation and judicial expertise ordered in the context of conflicting parental separations and adoption.


Clinical psychologist. Expert in Ericksonian psychotherapy and clinical hypnosis. Executive Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Phoenix. He has years of experience in diverse settings such as Domestic Violence Agency, University Counseling Center and in the school sector with the Department of Special Education.


Family and couple psychologist. Director of the Family Therapy Clinic at MRI Palo Alto. Associate Professor of Family and Couple Therapy at California State University East Bay.

Gregoire VITRY

Director and co-founder of LACT. Scientific director of the international LACT research program and director of the international LACT training school with CIRCÉ.


Bruce E. WAMPOLD: is Emeritus Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the Research Institute at Modum Bad Psychiatric Center, Vikersund, Norway.