• Jeffrey Kottler, PhD
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    Who is Jeffrey Kottler?

    Jeffrey A. Kottler is a professor, psychologist, author, consultant, workshop leader, keynote speaker, and social justice advocate who has spent the past 40 years working throughout the world to promote personal and professional development among professionals and marginalized groups.

    Jeffrey has worked as a teacher, counselor, therapist, and consultant in a variety of settings including a preschool, primary and secondary school, university, mental health center, crisis center, medical school, and corporate settings.

    Fulbright Scholar and Professor

    Jeffrey has served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Peru and Iceland and worked as a Visiting Professor in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Nepal, and other countries throughout the world. He also led service projects in South America, Africa, and South Asia. Jeffrey is a Clinical Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry at the Baylor College of Medicine, located in the Houston Medical Center. He is also Professor Emeritus of Counseling at California State University, Fullerton.

    Jeffrey has studied at Oakland University, Harvard University, University of Stockholm, receiving his Master’s Degree in Counseling at Wayne State University and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Virginia.

    Jeffrey has been a professor of counseling, psychology, and education for the past 40 years, as well as designing and teaching courses in Freshman Programs, Honors Programs, Leadership, Semester at Sea, and offering service-learning programs in social justice and advocacy.

    Published Author

    Jeffrey’s books have been translated into more than two dozen languages and have been adopted by universities throughout the world. He has authored textbooks for counselors, therapists, and teachers, as well as those on stress management and success in college. He has written dozens of books for practicing therapists and teachers, as well as several highly successful trade books for the public that describe rather complex phenomena in accessible prose.

    Some of his best known works include: On Being a Teacher, On Being a Therapist, Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy, Divine Madness: Ten Stories of Creative Struggle, Stories We’ve Heard, Stories We’ve Told, On Being a Master Therapist, Change: What Really Leads to Personal Transformation, Learning Group Leadership, The Therapist in the Real World, and the New York Times bestseller, The Last Victim: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers, which has been made into a feature film (Dear Mr. Gacy).


    A humorous and captivating speaker, Jeffrey engages audiences in provocative, personal, and poignant journeys. His charismatic and motivational talks and workshops challenge people to look deeply at the issues in their lives that matter most.

    The goals of his presentations are not only to inform and entertain, but to transform people in the ways they think, feel, and act. His objective is not merely to present content or ideas but to move audiences emotionally so that the content becomes memorable and everlasting.

    Why I wanted to talk to Jeffrey Kottler 

    While I was working on my first book ” The Behavior Architect” I was failing left and right and I felt that I needed to talk to someone who already succeded in the feat that I tried to achieve: Create a book that helps people to change. 

    Jeffrey Kottler wrote more than 100 Books in the field of therapy, change, counseling and personal development, and it’s fair to say that few people on this planet were better equipped to give me advice. 

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    Jeffrey Kottler, PhD
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    Jeffrey Kottler, PhD

    Jeffrey A. Kottler is one of the foremost authorities and prolific writers in the fields of counseling, psychology, advocacy, and education. He is the best-selling author of more than 100 nonfiction books that address a wide range of subjects including personal development, group leadership, professional development of psychotherapists and teachers, social justice, and a variety of contemporary issues related to helping and healing, leadership, creativity, and personal meaning-making. His books have been translated into more than two dozen languages and include a New York Times bestseller and a few that have been produced as feature films.

    Jeffrey is Clinical Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas. He is also Professor Emeritus at California State University, Fullerton. He is the Founder of Empower Nepali Girls, an organization that supports and mentors at-risk girls and leads service projects to assist the needs of refugees and other marginalized groups around the world.



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