Calm Your Anxiety Summit 2020

Speakers Info

Dr. Helen Maffini •



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Helen is the Director of MindBE Education and the creator of the MindBE Curriculum and the Thriving Kids Program, She is the host of the 2018 Preschool Mindfulness Summit and Co-Author of Developing Children´s Emotional Intelligence and Sammy´s Next Move.

Books: Developing Children’s Emotional Intelligence (Bloomsbury Education)

Sammy’s Next Move: Sammy the snail is a travelling snail who lives in different countries

Laurel Crossley, B. A. •

Laurel’s work with families has spanned the globe for over 25 years! She has made it her mission to ensure that families are well – mind, body, and spirit. Her speaking comes from the heart, incorporating humor and real-life experiences that connect to every audience (adult, student, or parent) in a way that stays with them long after they’ve heard her speak.

She is the Founder of Children’s Wellness International and the creator of numerous children’s programs including Meditating Munchkins™, Crazy for Crystals™, and Yay! Yoga™ to support children’s mental health. Her TV Series (currently in production) and Podcast (launching September 2020) Help! We’ve Got Anxiety!™ brings families content that supports family well-being! Fun ways to support children ages 3 – 8 through meditation and mindful moments

Practical applications or practices of mindfulness.
1. Keep it simple and make it fun! Using play-based mindful activities i.e. practicing breath work, transitioning from chaos to calm, using artifacts to support calming the mind (crystals or “treasures” from nature), using animals or stuffies to soothe
2. Involve the entire family in the meditation/mindfulness practice – children model adults/older siblings/significant people (teachers, grandparents, aunts, babysitters)

Company: Laurel Crossley Wellness

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Freebie: Help! We’ve Got Anxiety! YouTube Channel

Session Title: Meditating Munchkins

Nicola Pearson

Nicola Pearson is an education consultant, author, and parent. She’s been in the field of education for over 20 years and has worked both overseas and in the UK. She’s also the owner of Minds of Wonder, which is dedicated to empowering parents to actively support their children’s learning through workshops, e-courses, and resources. In May, her children’s chapter book, Poppy’s Passport Adventures, aimed at 5-8 year-olds was published.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview
In this interview, Nicola will be discussing how anxiety affects children’s learning and how parents can help their kids, through effective strategies and tools. She’ll be shedding a spotlight on maths anxiety; looking at why it’s such an issue and how parents can take steps to prevent it in their children and what they can do if maths anxiety strikes. She’ll also be sharing some of her most effective strategies from her new e-course on raising resilient kids.


Freebie: Building Your Resilience as a Parent

Session Title: How Anxiety Affects Learning and How Parents Can Effectively Help Their Children to Cope


Janet Etty-Leal is an author, speaker, and pioneer of mindful education for children. Her creative programs combine a fusion of mindfulness and positive education tenets and have enhanced curriculum for thousands of students for over 20 years. Janet provides staff training and classes for students in all school sectors. Studies based on her programs have been undertaken by Masters and Ph.D. students in Universities in Australia and internationally.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview 
Mindful education involves more than sharing practices. To truly engage children and engender relevance and meaning an enquiry-based approach based on robust content is optimal. With this foundation, children can develop an open, creative mindset and compassionate ‘viewing frame’ in life to effectively manage challenges and anxiety. And to make conscious, kind choices for the self, others and the world.

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Company: Meditation Capsules

Freebie: Daily Doses of creative mindfulness for children

Session Title: Expanding mindful horizons for children

Books: A Head-Heart Start for Life: Creative Mindful Discoveries for Young Children

Kathy Marvel •

Kathy Marvel is a first-grade teacher and has taught in Colorado for the past twenty-six years. Kathy brings mindfulness to the classroom through daily lessons including instruction around different breathing techniques. Her latest children’s book, “And She Said Breathe” teaches some of those breathing techniques and how they can impact your brain and body in different ways. Kathy also has a video series, Operation Less Stress, available on YouTube, which includes tips on how to use mindfulness to reduce the effects of stress. Her newest podcast, The Sunshine Spotlight, provides topics related to mindfulness that help the audience to live life exceptionally. Kathy is a speaker/instructor on mindfulness and provides workshops for both adults and children.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview
When we pay attention to our breathing we slow the heart rate, lower blood pressure, and we can override the alarm response in our brain. This gives control back to the part of our brain responsible for higher-level thinking and problem-solving. As children focus on their breathing through daily practice, their brain begins to create a habit of reacting to stress and anxiety by focusing on the breath. This allows kids (and adults) to address difficult situations with thoughtful responses instead of impulsive reactions. Kathy will explain what happens in our brain when we encounter stress, discuss why breathing techniques work, and explain in detail how to incorporate these breaths into daily life.

Company Name: The Sunshine Spotlight

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Freebie: And She Said Breathe: Guide for Parents and Teachers

Session Title: Breathe Easy – Breathing Techniques for Kids (And Adults, Too)

Books: And She Said Breathe

Kari Dunn Buron •

Kari Dunn Buron taught in special education for over 30 years and developed an Autism Certificate program for graduate students at Hamline University in St. Paul MN. Kari is a founding member of the Minnesota Autism Education Network and has written several books related to emotion regulation, challenging behavior, and education. Kari has volunteered in autism communities through-out the world and has been inducted into the Illinois State University Dept of Education Hall of Fame.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview 
When children experience high levels of stress and anxiety, it can lead to a number of unwanted outcomes, including explosive behavior. High levels of stress and big emotions related to poor social negotiation skills, difficult educational demands, upsetting sensory issues, and general frustration are more common than one might think. Kari Dunn Buron will discuss some strategies for parents and teachers to use when helping children to learn about and control their own emotions.


Freebie: Using a 5-Point Scale in Times of Stress (video)
Teacher support for using Adalyn’s Clare (pdf)
Teaching Flexible Thinking (pdf)
Rethinking Your Thinks (pdf)
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Session Title: Teaching Emotion Regulation

Books: The Incredible 5-Point Scale, When My Worries Get Too Big, Adalyn’s Clare

Dr. Fiona Zandt and Dr. Suzanne Barrett

Dr. Fiona Zandt and Dr. Suzanne Barrett are clinical psychologists who each have over 18 years of experience working therapeutically with children and families in a broad range of settings. They founded Creative Child Therapy Workshops in 2014 (, providing in-person and online workshops for therapists. Fiona and Suzanne both have successful private practices in Melbourne, Australia, and provide clinical supervision. In addition, Fiona works with the Specialist Autism Team at the Royal Children’s Hospital and as a guest lecturer.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview 
Fiona and Suzanne talk about how self-talk develops and how it relates to anxiety. Strategies
for encouraging positive self-talk in preschoolers are discussed, with practical ideas for teachers
and parents.


Freebie: Thinking about thoughts

Session Title: Encouraging Positive Self-talk in Preschoolers

Books: Creative Ways to Help Children Manage Big Feelings
Creative Ways to Help Children Manage Anxiety (Our new book, Creative Ways to Help Children Manage Anxiety, is due out in October.)



Gabi Garcia

Gabi Garcia is a mama, licensed professional counselor, and picture book author. She spent 21 years learning from the children she served in the public schools, something she is immensely grateful for. Gabi writes books that support parents, educators, and caregivers in nurturing mindful, socially, and emotionally aware children. She lives with her family in Austin, Texas.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview 
Participants will learn how safety relates to anxiety as well as tools for supporting their child to
tap into their sense of safety and grow their bravery.


Freebie: Find Your Calm: A resource for parents and educators

Session Title: Find Your Calm: A mindful approach to relieve anxiety and grow your bravery

Books: Find Your Calm: A mindful approach to relieve anxiety and grow your bravery

Joshua Freedman •

Joshua Freedman is a specialist on emotional intelligence, an author, and the Chief Executive Officer of Six Seconds, a non-profit dedicated to emotional intelligence (EQ). He has helped co-develop EQ assessments and published a number of books and articles on the topic, creating an international network of consultants and coaches. – Bio from Wikipedia

Company: Six Seconds


Freebie: Emotional Intelligence tests

Session Title: How Emotional Intelligence Helps us with Anxiety

Books: Whole-Hearted Parenting: How to use emotional intelligence to create more peace, connection, and joy


Per Norrgren is the Director of Training and founder of inMindSight. Having experienced the life-changing impact of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme for himself, Per has
been passionately studying and delivering mindfulness training in a variety of settings ever since, working with schools, local charities, corporations, and government departments. In his own time, Per
supported his local community in Bedford, UK, with a free weekly mindfulness group that had some 300
members. Before moving to Portugal, Per was a Visiting Tutor at Cranfield University School of
Management in the UK where he co-developed and taught the Mindfulness for Higher Performance
programme to senior executives from around the world. Per trained as a mindfulness teacher with
Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice and with Breathworks CIC. He
maintains strong links with Bangor University as a committee member of the CMRP Friends of Bangor
Alumni Group. Per is an Oxford Mindfulness Centre Teaching Partner, this means that he has met all their partnership criteria listed here and made a commitment to contribute to mindfulness research and continuous evaluation of my teaching skills and impact.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview 
We will learn different mindfulness and breathing techniques to manage stress and find peace
when needed the most.

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Company: inMindSight


Session Title: Finding a moment of peace in a frantic world



Sherianna Boyle is an international, Emotional Detox Coach®, author of eight books, including her most recent Emotional Detox and Emotional Detox for Anxiety. She has a Masters in Education as well as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in School Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  

Sherianna has been featured in over eighty-five articles, and a featured presenter for renowned organizations such as PESI® Behavioral and Mental Health Education, Kripalu Health & Yoga Center, 1440 Multiversity University and more. Her book, The Four Gifts of Anxiety, was endorsed by the National Association of Mental Health. She is an adjunct Psychology Professor and founder of Emotional Detox Coaching® servicing clients (of all ages background and abilities) virtually worldwide. She is the co-founder of, which features her CLEANSE Yoga® virtual video collection, Emotional Detox courses, and Corporate Wellness. Sherianna is a featured expert on the Simple Habit App and host of the Emotional Detox Podcast.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

Sherianna Boyle author of Emotional Detox for Anxiety discusses how emotions either contribute to or calm your anxiety. You will learn a new way to see anxiety as well as a few tips for
calming it down naturally.

Practical Approaches
Left nostril breathing. This is when you close off the right nostril and breath exclusively through the left one for ten to twenty seconds. Your breath will be slow.

Hand Massage. Taking your favorite hand lotion massage your fingers and in between them. Notice how this brings on instant relief.

Other Information. In addition to my books, I have a platform called this is where we bring the tools to life, as calming anxiety is a lifestyle choice. Our platform is unique in that every yoga practice includes guiding you through an emotional detox while moving and stretching your body. Users are able to access these practices any time of day. We also over CLEANSE audio meditations on that platform.


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Freebie: 30 Minute Cleanse Yoga® Sample Practice

Session Title: Emotional Detox for Anxiety

Book: Emotional Detox for Anxiety

Lill Legård

Lill is a CEO, Kundalini & Intuition teacher at Lill Legard offering women tools to develop their intuitive capacities for more conscious and happy living. Lill is also currently building a school in Ukunda, Kenya, for orphans and the village children. The vision is to teach these children important life skills, not just the ordinary curriculum but also emotional coping skills.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview
In this interview, you will learn three easy tools to help your child calm their anxiety from a
yogic perspective. Learn three easy yogic tools to calm anxiety.


Freebie:  Three easy yogic tools to help the child find peace

Session Title: A yogic perspective on anxiety and three tools to help rest the mind and body.



David A. Clark


David A. Clark, PhD is a practicing clinical psychologist and professor emeritus at the University of New Brunswick, CANADA. Educated at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, ENGLAND, he is author/editor of 15 books on anxiety and depression, coauthor with Aaron T. Beck, MD a leading pioneer in CBT, and Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive and Behavior Therapies.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview 
We tend to think of anxiety as an unhealthy feeling that causes personal distress and interferes with daily living. Nothing could be further from the truth. Often anxiety is a useful emotion that helps us deal with the problems of life. In this talk, you’ll learn that how we think about our self and life circumstances determines whether we experience runaway anxiety. You’ll be introduced to mental and behavioral about strategies that show you how to dial down the intensity and persistence of your unhealthy anxiety.

Freebie: Psychology Today Blog called The Runaway Mind

Session Title: Calming the Anxious Mind with CBT

Books: The Anxious Thoughts Workbook by David A. Clark, New Harbinger Publications, Oakland,
CA, 2018.
The Anxiety & Worry Workbook by David A. Clark and Aaron T. Beck, Guilford Press, New York, 2012.

Luisa Tuzza

Luisa’s quest for happiness began in the year 2005 when she turned 35 and she started a journey in search of her authentic self. In her path, she integrated experiences coming both from her economics background and positive psychology, spirituality, and meditation studies.
In 2017, after a successful career in Sales and HR, she left the corporate world behind to work as a “Happiness Catalyst”: a consultant, trainer, and coach who helps people and organizations to reach happiness through the expression of their talent and their uniqueness.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview 
Happiness is something we deserve as a birthright. Happiness comes from within but we look for it outside, waiting for someone or something that will make us happy. In this quest for external happiness we forget who we are trying to respond to others' desires. You are unique, you are perfect as you are. Take a break, listen to your breath, and start from yourself.

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Freebie:  The Wheel of Happiness

Session Title: Happiness is a Choice We Can Decide to Make Now


Dr. Robin Alter •

A registered clinical psychologist in practice since 1979; Worked in both U.S. and Canada. Consulted to the children’s mental health system in Toronto and York Region for over 40 years; Comprehensive Private Practice offering assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults; Taught courses in psychology at York University for 20 years; Ongoing Trustee with the Psychology Foundation of Canada for the past 10 years. Has given many talks to professional and parent groups on parenting in the modern age and anxiety. Has appeared on television and radio and writes for the Canadian Broadcast Company (CBC) website on psychological issues affecting children

What we will learn in this presentation or interview
Looking for a new way to help children Understand and Manage their Anxiety? Dr. Alter will discuss a successful therapeutic formulation of anxiety along with a new clinical model for working with children and anxiety management. Dr. Alter will explain how the link between imagination and anxiety can be used effectively in treatment. This approach starts and ends with an enhancement of self-esteem to motivate children to use therapeutic tools and strategies. Learn how children’s anxiety and thinking are different from adults, and how to be more effective with children in creating fundamental change in anxiety management.

Overview: According to statistics from Canada and the United States, anxiety disorders in children are on the rise. In spite of anxiety being a debilitating condition, many children are not motivated to receive psychotherapeutic help, preferring instead to use avoidance as their defense against states of anxiety. This workshop will teach a therapeutic formulation of anxiety that has worked extremely well for hundreds of children in Dr. Alter’s private practice. She will explain how the link between imagination and anxiety can be used effectively in treatment.

This approach starts and ends with an enhancement of self-esteem and actually motivates children to use therapeutic tools and strategies. You will learn how children’s anxiety and thinking are different from adults and how to be more effective with children in creating fundamental change.

Company: Alter Psychology Prof Corp


Freebie: Psychology Foundation of Canada

I did two webinars for the Psychology foundation—Supporting Our Kids during COVID 19 and Supporting Our Kids with Special Needs during COVID 19—

Session Title: Anxiety and the Gift of Imagination

Books: Anxiety and the Gift of Imagination by Dr. Alter, and The Anxiety Workbook for Kids by Dr. Alter and Crystal Clarke, M.S. W.


Natasha Daniels •

Natasha Daniels is a child anxiety & OCD therapist, and mom to three kids with anxiety & OCD.
She is the author of Anxiety Sucks: A Teen Survival Guide and How to Parent Your Anxious
Toddler. She has helped families for over twenty years and maintains her private practice, Hill
Child Counseling. She is also the creator of the site AT Parenting Survival, the Youtube channel,
Ask the Child Therapist and the host of The AT Parenting Survival Podcast, where she helps
parents raising kids with anxiety or OCD. Her work has been featured in various places including
Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, PsychCentral, The Child Mind Institute, and The Mighty.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview
Kids can learn how to crush their anxiety if they are taught how. Natasha Daniels talks about the ways parents can empower their anxious kids to help themselves.

Company: Anxious Toddlers LLC

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Freebie: Free Webinar: 5 Things Every Parent Raising an Anxious Child Should Know

Session Title: Empower Anxious Kids to Help Themselves.

Books: Anxiety Sucks: A Teen Survival Guide How to Parent Your Anxious Toddler, How To Parent Your Anxious Toddler


Dr. Laura Markham •

Dr. Laura Markham is the author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How To Stop Yelling and Start Connecting, Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How To Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life, and now her latest book, The Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Workbook: Using mindfulness and connection to raise resilient, joyful children and rediscover your love of parenting.

Dr. Laura Markham earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Columbia University and has worked as a parenting coach with countless families across the world. Over 130,000 moms and dads enjoy Dr. Laura’s free weekly coaching posts via email. You can sign up on any page of her website,, which serves up Aha! Moments for parents of babies through teens. Dr. Laura’s aspiration is to change the world, one child at a time, by supporting parents. The proud mother of two thriving young adults who were raised with her peaceful parenting approach, she lives with her husband in New York.


Freebie: Audio gift

Session Title: Parent hacks to stay mindful when parenting young children

Books: Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Workbook

Dr. Daniel Leal •

Dr. Leal is a conventionally trained Internal Medicine physician with extensive additional education in Functional Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine. He follows a holistic approach to help his patients identify the cause of disease and getting healthy again.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview 

There is a direct association between the microbes in our gut and the way we feel. Learn about
the role of the gut-brain axis in depression and anxiety.

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Session Title: Gut Brain Axis: The role of the microbiome in anxiety and depression.

Christy Curtis •

Christy specializes in teaching others the method of ALIGNfulness—a technique of learning how to develop an inward relationship with oneself by listening to the language of the body through the practices of yoga, mindfulness, and social-emotional wellness. These practices incorporate an experiential learning process of self-awareness, self-care, and emotional regulation that lead to stress reduction, inner healing, and human connection. She is an educator, author, certified yoga instructor, mindfulness coach, qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher through UMASS School of Science Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, & Society, holds a certificate of training in Mindfulness-Based Eating (MB-EAT), and is a certified Yoga Nidra teacher through CA College of Ayurveda. As a public school educator since 2001, with an M.A. in Education Administration, she enhances the lives of students, educators, professional athletes, and working adults throughout Orange County, CA in workshops, training, and retreats.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview 
Participants will learn evidence-based practices involving a three-step approach to develop a healthier relationship with the physical experience of anxiety and bring restorative healing practices for body-mind-heart wellness.

Company: Christy Curtis Yoga

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Freebie: Christy Cutis YouTube Channel: Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Videos

Session Title:  A Three-Step Approach to Calm Anxiety

Book: Gratitude & Mindfulness Learning Journal: A Workbook for Social-Emotional Development

Iben Dissing Sandahl •

Iben Sandahl comes from Denmark and is an internationally-acknowledged public speaker,
psychotherapist, and best-selling author of The Danish Way of Parenting. She has more than 20
years of experienced insight into child psychology and education, which most naturally, anchor
the Danish way of practicing parenthood. Her books have been translated into 27 languages and
have been featured in many international newspapers all over the world. She writes for
Psychology Today, while not offering lectures, workshops, and counseling to parents, families,
public organizations, and private enterprises. Her latest release is an online course for all
parents who want to develop their skills as a parent and implement the Danish way philosophy
in practice. She is a mother of two daughters, Ida and Julie.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview 
Talking with Iben Sandahl gives you an insight into what the happiest people in the world know
about raising confident, capable kids. Iben Sandahl also explains the meaning of empathy and
why new generations need more of that to grow up to be resilient and happy young people.

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Company: The Danish Way

Freebie: Connecting through music Login: Fulfilled_Giveaway

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Session Title: The Danish Way of Parenting

Books: The Danish Way of Parenting,  Do you want to raise happy children? Parenting the Danish way online course


Ragna Gudjonsdottir

Ragna has combined all her experience and expertise to help women escape the wheel of stress by activating their soothing system so they can relax, recharge, and reconnect to themselves and find their inner peace and calm within.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview 
In this interview, Ragna will teach you how to activate your soothing system to calm your anxiety so you can recharge, reconnect, and relax and find your inner peace and calm within.

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Company: Ragna Gudjons

Freebie: Complementary Calmness Course – Get from “Arg” to “Ohm” in 5 days.

Session Title:Activate Your Soothing System

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue is an Australian independent non-profit organization working to address issues associated with depression, suicide, anxiety disorders, and other related mental illnesses. (Bio from Wikipedia)

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1000 Petals

1000 Petals is a training and consulting company based on the science and practice of mindfulness, movement, and social/emotional learning. We collaborate with educational and therapeutic organizations to implement trauma-responsive mind-body practices that create cultures of physical, mental and emotional well-being.

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