The Opening Door- Show 62: Wendy Walsh

November 30th, 2013
Tired of the endless dating game and hook ups? Don’t miss this enlightening conversation about detoxing your imtimate life with Dr Wendy Walsh, psychologist and author of the The 30-Day Love Detox.  Listen as she shares this simple yet revolutionary road map to finding lasting love in a modern world.  Our conversation melds scientific research, anthropological truths, and proven techniques to help you lift your expectations and reality to finding the love you want and give up the junk food guys…
wendy-walshDr. Wendy Walsh is a leading expert and author on sex and relationships. Each week, she delivers insights into the psychology of sex, love, gender roles, parenting and other human behaviors on national television shows such as CNN, Fox’s “The O’Reilly Factor” and Investigation Discovery’s “Happily Never After.” As resident expert at, no subject is taboo in her popular advice column. She brought her trademark no-holds-barred style to season four of the Doctors and the show was nominated for a 2012 daytime Emmy award. Dr. Walsh has written three books including “The Boyfriend Test,” “The Girlfriend Test” and the best-selling “The 30-Day Love Detox.” Dr. Walsh also lectures on evolutionary psychology and human mating strategies at California State University Channel Islands. She holds a B.A. in Journalism, a Masters degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She has appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, The Ricki Lake Show and The View.

The Opening Door- Show 61: Valerie Alexander

November 23rd, 2013

Learning the language of happiness is no different than learning Greek or Chinese argues Valerie Alexander, author of Happiness as a Second Language.  From identifying the colors of your own happy moods to applying the vigorous practice verbs of becoming happy, Valerie has written the text book on the practical matter of becoming happier.   Her thoughtful and entertaining approach to creating a more positive and fulfilled life is worth studying.  Don’t miss this talk that will make you think about how to speak with your heart.

Valerie AlexanderValerie Alexander is the author of acclaimed self-help book, “Happiness as a Second Language,” and the founder and head writer of the popular blog, Speak Happiness.A working screenwriter since 2001, Valerie has written for Joel Schumacher, Catherine Zeta Jones, Ice Cube, and others.  She directed the award-winning short film Making the Cut, and is the creator, producer and director of “The Wedding Matters,” “Say I Do,” and “Life Support,” three successful commercial campaigns in support of marriage equality.

Prior to becoming a writer-director and author, Valerie was a corporate securities lawyer, an investment banker and an Internet executive in the Silicon Valley.  She lectures around the country with her entertaining talks, “How Women Can Succeed in Hollywood (Despite Having Female Brains)” and “Speak Happiness! A Workshop for Learning Happiness as a Second Language.”


The Opening Door- Show 60: Joseph Goldstein

November 16th, 2013

Waking up is the only real task of our life time and finding a teacher to bring the  esoteric teachings of meditation and mindfulness to life is a gift.  Joseph Goldstein gentle wisdom will guide you in everything from the the relationship between motivation and effort,  living peacefully with impermanence and not personalizing our challenges.  This is a program not to be missed if you are looking for a practical guide to mindfulness, Joseph is the guide you have been waiting for to wake up your life.

Joseph-GoldsteinJoseph Goldstein has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where he is one of the organization’s guiding teachers. In 1989, together with several other teachers and students of insight meditation, he helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.

Joseph first became interested in Buddhism as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand in 1965. Since 1967 he has studied and practiced different forms of Buddhist meditation under eminent teachers from India, Burma and Tibet. He is the author of A Heart Full of PeaceOne Dharma: The Emerging Western BuddhismInsight Meditation: The Practice of FreedomThe Experience of Insight, and co-author of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom and Insight Meditation: A Correspondence Course.


The Opening Door- Show 59: Tammy Nelson

November 9th, 2013
 Are you having problems with you sex life?  Recovering from an affair?  Then you don’t want to  miss this enlightening and provocative conversation with one of America’s leading sex therapists and author, Tammy Nelson.  She has helped thousands of people get the sex they want and rethink their sexual agreements for a more passionate and healthy intimate life.

Tammy-bio-pic2Tammy Nelson, LPC is a licensed psychotherapist and author with over 20 years experience working with individuals and couples. In her private practice she helps couples increase the passion in their relationship using empathic dialogue and other forms of intimate communication. She holds a PhD in Sexology from the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists, and a Masters of Science Degree in Art Therapy and Psychology, she is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Sexologist, a Diplomate of the American Board of Sexologists, a Registered Art Therapist, and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor as well as a Certified Imago therapist, an Advanced Clinician and Certified Imago workshop presenter. Tammy is the founder and Director of the Center for Healing in Connecticut, a holistic psychotherapy center providing psychotherapy, massage, hypnosis, as well as groups, workshops and classes that support a balanced, holistic lifestyle. Tammy is the author of several books including “The New Monogamy”, “Getting the Sex You Want” and “Whats Eating You?” She travels world wide to train therapists, doctors and health practitioners. Her passion is to help couples increase their connection regardless of boredom or conflict. Tammy works with clients of all genders, sexual identities and ages to re-charge their relationships and create long term connection.


The Opening Door- Show 58: Mirabai Starr

November 2nd, 2013
How we face our dark nights of the soul defines our life course and not just the moments of deep crisis.  Mirabai Starr, author and translator for ancient mystic teachers shares her timeless wisdom with compassion.   Mirabai’s latest work with the ancient saints Francis De Assisi and St Theresa offers compelling insights into how love and connection surrounds you.  Don’t miss this tender and optimistic look into your own heart.
Mirabai Starr teaches philosophy and world religions at the University of New Mexico, and is the author author of the forthcoming books, St. Theresa of Avila: Passionate Mystic (on sale Nov. 2014) and Saint Francis of Assisi: Brother of Creation.  She has also authored  new translations of Dark Night of the Soul  (Riverhead, 2002) and The Interior Castle (Riverhead, 2003). She is also the author of God of Love (Monkfish, 2012). She lives in Taos, New Mexico.