Joan Heartfield, Ph.D. began her professional career with an MFA in Dance, Drama, and Theatre from the University of Hawaii. She received her MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch West, and also became the Director for The University for Humanistic Studies, Maui Branch. She earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 1985, from The Professional School for Psychological Studies. Joan has been a counselor, writer, and workshop leader since 1980, and has taught at Esalen and Kripalu Institutes as well as given training and workshops nationally and internationally. She is passionate about empowering human beings in compassionate communication and radiant health.