About The Truman Group
The founders of the Truman Group, collectively, have years of experience living overseas and firsthand knowledge of the challenges and rewards of expatriate life. They decided to found the Truman Group after recognizing the difficulty many English-speaking expats encounter in finding adequate mental health care while living and working overseas.
Dr. Truman grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, where his father worked for the United Nations. He attended the International School of Kenya in Nairobi where his mother was a teacher. Dr. Truman graduated from Reed College where he majored in Psychology and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and was a National Institute of Mental Health Fellow at the Yale University School of Medicine, where he worked both at the Child Study Center and in the Department of Psychiatry. He is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he cares for adults, adolescents and couples. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Truman has worked as both a researcher and a professor of undergraduates and graduate students in Psychology.
Susan Bernstein is the co-founder and Managing Director of the Truman Group. She holds an MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. As a consultant with McKinsey & Company and a senior strategist with a boutique brand strategy firm she has advised global Fortune 500 companies, major nonprofit organizations and start-ups across a range of categories on growth strategy and improved performance. Prior to earning her MBA she worked with arts and education organizations in Los Angeles and San Francisco to increase the impact of their programs and services. Earlier in her career she taught public school in South Central Los Angeles as a corps member with Teach For America. She has lived, studied and worked overseas throughout much of Asia, Western and Eastern Europe.
Claudia Andrei holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies in NY and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Prior to her transition into private practice, Claudia worked in hospital settings (Beth Israel Medical Center), community mental health clinics and teaching institutes (she held the Clinical Director position at The Village Institute for Psychotherapy in NYC). Claudia’s clinical work focuses on the treatment of adults and couples experiencing depression, anxiety, relational difficulties, trauma and trauma-related symptomatology. She uses a broad range of clinical modalities, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, relational and interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, affect focused dynamic psychotherapy as well as breathing and mindfulness techniques. Claudia lives and works internationally.
Lou Bartholome is a psychologist who sees older adolescents, adults, and couples. He was originally trained in both psychodynamic and family systems therapy, and over the course of his professional career he has increasingly employed an integrative approach that incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, solution oriented therapy, EMDR, and John Gottman’s marital therapy. His approach is flexible and tailored to the needs of each client. Lou has worked in educational settings, community service agencies and medical clinics, and has been in private practice for the last fifteen years, and has worked with the expatriate population for over seven years.
Emily Boland has lived and worked as an expatriate for over a decade, and she knows first hand what it is like to live far from home. Over the course of the last 20 years she has worked as a clinical social worker in a wide range of settings, including inpatient and outpatient care, school based programs, and residential treatment. She approaches clinical work collaboratively with her patients, and she views the therapeutic process as a partnership with each individual client. As an expatriate, Emily has developed a specialty in and has completed extensive training in cross-cultural work.
Lauren Christensen holds a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Psychologist. She has worked in a variety of settings as a clinician, including private practice in the East Coast of the US, as well as part of a pre-deployment medical team for the Department of Defense. Lauren’s private practice work has been primarily focused on the treatment of adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, grief, and adjustment to change and life transitions. Lauren uses an individualized approach in therapy, combining cognitive, mindfulness, and acceptance-based theories to help clients identify obstacles and achieve their goals.
Dr. Marilyn Cooperman has been in practice for over 30 years as a psychologist in private practice, as a therapist and supervisor in a college counseling center, and as the consulting psychologist to the director, staff and parents in a preschool setting. Dr. Cooperman’s orientation is integrative. She draws from a broad-based theoretical framework (including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) which allows her to use the strategies, modalities and skills best suited to the needs of the individual client. For the past four years, Dr. Cooperman has focused both her individual and group work on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She has found ACT, a cognitive behavioral therapy in which mindfulness is an integral part, to be particularly effective in helping clients succeed in making desired changes and achieving their goals. Her practice focuses on adolescents and adults coping with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, identity issues, trauma, PTSD, grief and adjusting to life transitions.
Vanessa Dabel is a Licensed Psychologist with a combined doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology. She has clinical experience in various settings, including behavioral health, child welfare, and university counseling centers. Vanessa has worked with individuals across the lifespan, with a primary focus on adolescents and young adults. She has helped clients manage depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, attachment and relationship issues, career decision-making challenges, and ADHD. She has also focused on issues of oppression and marginalization in minority clients, trauma, and identity concerns. Vanessa incorporates cognitive-behavioral, relational, psychodynamic, multicultural, and strengths-based approaches into her therapeutic style. She sees therapy as a collaboration between the client and the clinician, with the primary goal of meeting the client’s specific needs.
Angela DeVita holds both a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as a doctoral degree in Depth Psychology. Dr. DeVita has worked extensively in private practice, providing care to individuals struggling with anxiety, self-doubt, overwhelming emotion, as well as relationship challenges that are exacerbated by transitions and cultural adjustment. She integrates an eclectic blend of approaches including somatic body psychotherapy, depth psychology, mindfulness, family systems, internal family systems (IFS), emotionally focused therapy (EFT), creative arts, and mind-body wellness. She is experienced working with expatriates, international teachers, medical and healing professionals, location-independent entrepreneurs, writers, college students, and diverse multicultural clientele.
Laura Dimmick holds a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She has provided psychological services across multiple settings, including private practice, community mental health, university counseling centers, and a VA-sponsored center for returning combat veterans and their families. Laura’s clinical work has focused primarily on treatment of adults and older adolescents coping with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship issues, trauma, grief, and adjustment issues via life changes and transitions. She has also focused on working with LGBTQ individuals and families and on peak performance work with students and athletes. Laura has an integrative style that incorporates cognitive-behavioral, relational, insight-oriented, mindfulness, and solution-focused approaches and tailors therapeutic work to the specific needs of each individual.
Fran Ellers returned to graduate school in midlife to obtain a master’s degree in social work, specializing in marriage and family therapy; she has clinical licenses in both specialties. She first practiced therapy with individuals, couples, and families in her home state of Kentucky, then moved overseas with her family, where she has lived for four years. Fran understands how hard it can be to cope with depression, anxiety, or relationship problems on top of the stresses of living abroad; she now sees clients and leads resilience workshops in her own expatriate community. She uses a range of therapeutic approaches that draw from her strengths-based social work background and her family systems training.
Scotty Enyart practices as an LCSW and has a Ph.D. in International Psychology. He has extensive travel experience to over 20 countries. His travels have focused on understanding how different cultures approach psychological issues. Dr. Enyart has worked with the military for the past five years in 12 countries in Asia providing mental health therapy to deployed sailors. Dr. Enyart also has experience working with expats, children and families/bicultural families on a broad range of issues. He has an integrative approach to therapy that incorporates cognitive-behavioral, narrative, relational, insight-oriented, mindfulness, and solution-focused therapy. He tailors therapeutic work to the specific needs of each individual.
Karen Findon holds a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in treating children, adolescents, and families. She honed her clinical skills in both inpatient and outpatient settings, where she developed a theoretical approach that recognizes how our early family experiences shape how we view ourselves and the world around us. During her graduate studies she participated in research projects that explored the relationship between trauma and psychological functioning and has devoted a great deal of her professional career to treating youth in the foster care system who have endured abuse and neglect. Karen tailors her evidence-based approaches to meet each client’s unique needs. Depending on the individual’s symptoms and goals, her therapeutic interventions may include interpersonal, psychodynamic, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, family systems and/or existential applications. She is passionate about the power of the therapeutic process and believes that everyone possesses the capacity to transcend and live a meaningful and fulfilled life.
Rick Ginsberg is a psychologist licensed in Colorado and Maine and considers working with the international community an honor. He takes a strength-based, integrative, and collaborative approach to his work, with an eye on de-stigmatizing mental illness but with a keen clinical outlook that helps him approach client difficulties with respect, integrity, and clarity. Originally trained in family systems and narrative approaches, he utilizes traditional cognitive-behavioral approaches as well and typically works with clients on an insight basis through existential approaches. Rick has worked in hospitals, community mental health organizations, university counseling centers, organizational development consulting firms, and private practice. He has been in private practice for 15 years and provides services to adolescents, adults, and couples.
Lisa Hekel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has been providing clinical treatment for over 18 years in a variety of settings including private practice, school-based, outpatient and disaster/crisis response. As an expatriate, Lisa has spent over ten years providing personalized services world-wide, using her experiences to support individuals and their families living cross-culturally, including issues related to unaccompanied deployment. Her work with active duty military and veterans focuses on adjustment and trauma issues using an integrative style of mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral interventions. She specializes in issues related to grief, loss, and attachment, through a solution focused approach. Lisa has extensive experience working alongside international schools providing guidance for teachers and administrations in regards to the unique needs of transient students and their families. She meets clients where they are at and guides them through purposeful and goal oriented practice.
Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart has been a practicing psychotherapist for more than thirty years. She also has extensive international experience, including working with the United Nations on leadership development in the Caribbean Nations, and designing cross-cultural training with companies in Europe, the Pacific Rim, and Central America. Thérèse specializes in mindfulness-based practices and cares for adults, couples and families. She is a published author; her most recent book is Mindfulness and the 12 Steps: Living Recovery in the Present Moment.
Alicia Janik is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, holding a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a master’s degree in Human Sexuality Education. Her primary areas of clinical expertise include supporting women and families navigating perinatal health and wellbeing (fertility, prenatal loss, pregnancy, and postpartum care), the LGBTQIA population, adolescents and adults experiencing life transitions, depression, anxiety, grief, relationship challenges, trauma, and issues surrounding identity, gender, and sexuality. She believes in a collaborative and strength-based approach, using an integrative style (incorporating insight-oriented, narrative, mindfulness, solution-focused, acceptance and commitment therapy, relational, and cognitive-behavioral approaches). Dr. Janik tailors the therapy process to meet an individual’s immediate goals and to foster long-lasting personal growth. She is passionate about serving the expatriate community given her experiences living and working overseas and her interest in promoting cross-cultural communication and understanding.
Lydia grew up in a suburb of the Twin Cities and later attended Macalester College, where she studied psychology and creative writing. She has previously served in various senior editorial roles for her college newspaper and humor magazine, worked as a graphic designer and freelance copy-writer, and most recently as a psychiatric assistant in an adult mental health unit in a hospital.
Jill holds a Ph.D. in Clinical and Research Psychology and has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 20 years. While living in London, Jill ran the American Counseling Center where she worked extensively with the expatriate population. She spent more than a decade living abroad, and developed significant interest and expertise in treating the mental health needs of expatriates. In addition to her clinical work, Jill has cultural transition programming specifically for international families, and is the co-creator of Transitional Learning Curves, an organization that helps families and companies address the multiple adjustments that come with life as an expatriate. She speaks and writes regularly about expatriate experience and, in addition to her work with the Truman Group, has a private practice where she treats children, adults and couples.
Kim Leong is a licensed Psychologist who grew up in Hong Kong. She earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University, and was a Harvard fellow with joint appointments to Judge Baker Children’s Clinic and Children’s Hospital of Boston, Department of Psychiatry. Of her 28 years as a psychologist, over 21 years have been spent living and working in India, South Africa, Nigeria, Washington D.C., Macedonia, Nicaragua, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. Kim has treated adult, child and adolescent expatriates from diplomatic, missionary, private sector and military communities throughout her international postings. She has trained pre-doctoral students and lay counselors in in-patient, out-patient, academic and community clinic settings. Kim has a depth of experience in treatment of loss, trauma, relationship issues, adjustment, cultural and spiritual issues, and psychometric assessment.
Dr. Myles is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in the U.S. and Germany. She holds a medical degree from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany and completed specialty training in Psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Vanessa has extensive research and clinical experience and has worked in a variety of in-patient and out-patient settings in the U.S. and internationally. She is trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, but draws from a wide variety of clinical approaches to tailor to individual needs and create a comfortable space for psychological exploration and growth. She has extensive experience with a broad range of issues including adjustment reactions, depression, anxiety, trauma, identity issues and the complex nature of expatriate challenges. In addition to her clinical work with the Truman Group, Vanessa maintains a private practice in Cologne, Germany and is an active member of the regional expatriate community.
Dr. Park holds a medical degree from the University of Vermont, and is board-certified in Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine. She graduated from Williams College, and after medical school, completed her specialty trainings at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Psychiatry Residency Program and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health General Preventive Medicine Residency program. Sylvia has lived and worked internationally, and in a variety of clinical settings, such as an outpatient clinic in New Zealand, the Veterans Administration in Baltimore, Maryland, and a quaternary trauma center at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Maryland. Her true passion is to use psychodynamic counseling to help others feel more balanced and whole. She has helped people with a wide range of problems, including anxiety, lack of focus, a traumatic past, and issues with identity and belonging. Currently, Dr. Park maintains a private practice in Berlin, Germany, where she counsels mostly expatriates.
Sarah Pogue holds a master’s degree and is licensed as an independent clinical social worker. Sarah has lived and worked as an expat for more than ten years, and is currently located in Guatemala. She has worked extensively in the LGBTQIA community and has specialized training in psychotherapy, breathing & mindfulness techniques, brief solution-focused therapy, and cognitive behavioral techniques. Her counseling experience has focused primarily on individuals dealing with anxiety, transitions, adjustment, depression, relationship & intimacy concerns, as well as gender, and sexuality. Sarah has completed continuing professional education in dynamic psychotherapy with the Washington School of Psychiatry.
James Rosow is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He has been in private practice for more than 15 years and specializes in individual therapy with children, adolescents and adults. He relies on both psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral interventions to treat a wide range of psychological and emotional problems. Through extensive clinical experience he has developed expertise in depression, anxiety, adjustment problems, school/professional underachievement, and relationship issues. He also offers treatment to couples and to families. His previous clinical positions include Director of Clinical Training at the Brooklyn Children’s Psychiatric Center and Assistant Director of the Proctor Academy Charter School in Trenton, NJ.
Abby is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has lived and worked in Morocco, Serbia, the US, and Brazil. She has worked in schools as a counselor and social worker for the past 15 years, and in her own private practice for the past five years. Abby has a background in special education, working with the LGBTQ+ population, and has worked in a residential treatment center for youth. She is well-versed in DBT and has experience working with clients with a history of trauma and PTSD, addiction, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Abby has also worked in career coaching and academic advising. Abby’s approach is holistic and solution focused.
Meg Sussman is a clinical psychologist who has been in private practice for over twenty-five years. She maintains a private practice in New York where she specializes in working with families of divorce including as a therapist for parents and children, a parent coordinator and as a therapeutic supervisor to help children reunite from parents from whom they have been estranged. Meg is also a court appointed forensic evaluator in custody matters who has worked in a variety of jurisdictions and presented to both lay and professional audiences regarding this topic. Meg has extensive experience working with adolescents having worked on the adolescent inpatient unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Westchester Division. She recently retired from Purchase College where she was a staff psychologist at the Counseling Center, where she saw a wide range of young adults. Dr. Sussman draws from a wide variety of orientations including family therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Cynthia Tems holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and is a Licensed Psychologist. She has spent the majority of her professional career living and working internationally in Saudi Arabia, England, and Norway, as well as in the U.S. She has over 27 years of experience working with a diverse multicultural, international clientele composed of both expatriates and local clients. She has offered international telepsychology services for 15 years. Cynthia works with children, adolescents, and adults, providing individual, couple, and family psychotherapy. She also has extensive experience providing psychological and psychoeducational assessment services.
Katie is a national board certified licensed professional counselor with experience working in schools and in community mental health. She has worked in both the juvenile and adult judicial systems, and with the LGBTQI+ community. Katie takes an integrated approach to counseling involving concepts of mindfulness and solution-focused therapies and using a combination of techniques from cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, Gestalt, strengths-based, and positive psychology. She has specialized training in trauma-informed care, self-compassion and substance abuse. Katie has worked abroad in three countries while raising a family composed of two third-culture kiddos.
Jane Vanelli has a master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and over 30 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents in hospital and community settings. She has lived and worked abroad and understands the unique challenges of expatriate life and cross cultural adaptation, including issues specific to Third Culture Kids and re-entry. Jane has specialized training and experience with grief, loss, attachment and bereavement, as well as parenting issues, PTSD, anxiety, depression and crisis management. She uses a broad range of clinical modalities, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness.
Megom spent her childhood growing up in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Thimphu, Bhutan. Since graduating with a degree in International Affairs from Lewis and Clark College, she has worked with various nonprofit organizations. She recently completed a year of work in Thailand as a Business Development Officer for an international non-profit. Megom is currently pursuing her Master’s in International Development from the University of Kent in Belgium.
Leslie Wechsel holds a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work and has lived in seven countries while working and raising a family overseas and in the U.S. Leslie has a broad range of experience providing counseling in private practice, schools, and government and non-government agency settings. She specializes in working with adults and adolescents, helping them with mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, trauma and grief, interpersonal conflicts, and adjustment issues. Her approach is client-centered and rooted in research and evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma Recovery (EMDR), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Leslie loves being able to combine her experience of living in many different cultures far from home with her dedication to helping others heal and build fulfilling lives that reflect their goals.
Jacque Wiersma holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and has been trained in the psychoanalytic traditions of both Freud and Jung, as well as more eclectic modalities. In addition to being in private practice for most of her career, she has worked as the head of the North Memorial Medical Center Child Guidance Clinic in Minnesota, and trained interns, residents and psychologists in training at numerous teaching hospitals and universities in the US. She currently teaches at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Her clinical interests center on attachment issues in children and adults, the lives of creative professionals at midlife and later, people coping with autoimmune disorders, and the unique experiences of expatriates. She spent her undergraduate career at Antioch College dropping in and out of school to live and work internationally. Currently, she works with international clients and volunteers as a psychologist in Nicaragua whenever possible.
Heather Witthoff holds a Masters degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. For 20 years she has worked in the field of mental health, providing psychotherapy to children, teens, adults, couples and families in outpatient, community, school and private practice settings. For the last 30 years, Heather has been living transatlantically between Chicago and Barcelona where she provides support and counseling to U.S. and international families. She also served as a Military & Family Life Consultant providing support to service members and their families stationed at U.S. bases throughout Europe. She treats a wide range of psychological and emotional challenges including anxiety, depression, transitions, relationship and sexual issues. Heather utilizes an integrative approach that incorporates aspects of insight-oriented, relational, narrative, emotionally-focused (EFT), and solution-focused therapy. Eclectic and flexible in her work, she focuses on meeting the individual needs of each client using the therapeutic relationship as a vehicle for change.