About Planet Therapy

planet-therapy.com exposes, explains, redefines and offers longterm solutions in the fight against the the disciplines and rituals supporting the problems of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.

Design & Editorial Team Continuing Education Advisory Advisory Board
Research Team Contributing educators Writers

Our planet-therapy.com Vision is :

Education Vision

To consolidate the world of online professional mental health continuing education training through the sites accredited American Psychological Association (APA) CE workshops, offered 24 hours a day 7 days a week. planet-therapy.com community of learners includes the unlicensed mental health care professionals and students worldwide.

Disordered Eating Vision

To offer fresh perspectives and longterm solutions to combat the global epidemic of disordered eating

Public Learning Vision

To provide in depth, contemporary solutions and information to individuals, couples and families. To offer a platform of discussion where professionals and the public consumer come together to learn about their health, healing and solutions.

Community Learning Partnerships Vision

To offer the most expansive array of educational and therapeutic information by forming extensive global partnerships.

Disordered Eating

planet-therapy.com is available to everyone worldwide who has been in some way effected by the tyranny of disordered eating. Anorexia, bulimia and binge eating are the focus of intense discussion provided by mothers, fathers, partners, teachers, nutritionists, doctors, therapists. In addition, we provide the voice of experience of young and older women and men who currently struggle and those that have gone free.

Public Learning

planet-therapy.com pulls back the curtain that presently divides private professional talk from public consumption and discussion. We have levelled the playing field by valuing all knowledge as expert knowledge, We believe that every persons story holds wisdom and has something to offer.

APA approved Continuing Education

planet-therapy.com is temporarily not approved by the American Psychological Association of (APA) to provide Continuing Education (CE) credits necessary for professional approval and third party insurance billing.

planet-therapy.com is not currently able to provide CE online audio mental health education and training workshops, worldwide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Inherent benefits to the mental health professional community are convenience, accessibility, specialized learning, and significant cost savings.

Community Learning Partnerships

planet-therapy.com firmly believes in the importance of sharing mental health information from all corners of the world. We partner ourselves with a vast array of brilliant ideas and knowledge from around the globe.

Continuing Education Advisory

William D. Lax, PhD, ABPP
Director of Continuing Education

Dr. Lax is a co-founder of planet-therapy.com. He holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is a Diplomate in Family Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is a former Associate Chairperson of the Department of Clinical Psychology, Antioch New England Graduate School in New Hampshire. Dr. Lax is the author of
numerous articles in the fields of psychology and family therapy. He is the Secretary and Co-Chair of Continuing Education for the Academy of Family Psychology. He is currently Vice President and Senior Project Manager at Vermont Technology Partners, Inc., a Web development and Internet consulting firm in Brattleboro, Vermont, where he specializes in consultations to health care professionals.

Design, Development and Editorial Team

Jon Carlson, Psy.D., Ed.D.
C.E. Development

Jon Carlson, Psy.D., Ed.D. is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University, University Park, Illinois and a Psychologist with the Wellness Clinic in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. In addition to serving as the long-time Editor of The Family Journal, Jon is the author of 30 books in the areas of psychotherapy, family therapy, marital enrichment, consultation, and Adlerian psychology. Some of his best known works include: The Intimate Couple, The Disordered Couple, Brief Therapy with Individuals and Couples, Health Counseling, Theories and Strategies of Family Therapy, and Time for a Better Marriage. He and Jeffrey Kottler have co-authored Bad Therapy, The Mummy at the Dining Room Table and The Finest Hour.

Jon has also developed and produced over 150 commercial videotapes that feature the most prominent leaders in the field (including the professionals featured in his books) demonstrating their theories in actions. These videos are used to train the next generation of practitioners. He also has worked as the school counselor and psychologist for 25 years at the Woods School in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Clare Coughlan, BSc
Director of Communications

Clare supervised all Marketing and Advertising on the Saturn brand for General Motors while at Cossette Communication-Marketing, Canada’s top Advertising Agency. In 1998 she was awarded the annual Outstanding Performance Award by the Agency in recognition of her talent and creativity. Clare was approached by Bell Canada and made the transition from Agency to Client side to manage and launch e-Business to all English Canada for the Small & Medium Business target group. Inspired by the possibility and integrity behind the planet-therapy offering, she joined planet-therapy full-time in the Autumn of 2002. Clare brings a wealth of experience and insight to the Design and Editorial Team.

Stephen Madigan MSW, MS, Ph.D. Managing Editor

Dr. Madigan is a co-founder of planet-therapy.com. He is responsible for all written and audio content and development. Dr. Madigan’s therapeutic work has been highlighted in numerous International newspapers and featured in NEWSWEEK Magazine, The Psychotherapy Networker, Canada’s CBC Radio and America’s National Public Radio. His expertise in working with couples, families and individuals is the focus of two “Family Therapy with the Experts” videos, distributed worldwide by Allyn and Bacon publishers in New York. Dr. Madigan has taught his unique therapeutic style to tens of thousands of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, physicians and mental health workers worldwide. He has been invited to present his ideas throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, as well as twenty major cities in the US.

For the past ten years Dr. Madigan has worked both as the sole therapeutic provider with the Canadian and American film industry personal and as a consultant to numerous international eating disorder programs. He has also worked as a script consultant to over 60 TV and movie productions. Dr. Madigan is the founder of Yaletown Family Therapy Inc. with offices in Toronto and Vancouver. He is the co-founder of the highly acclaimed Anti-anorexia/Anti-bulimia League. For workshop training information please contact Dr. Madigan

Martin Mills Systems Architect

Martin Mills is a Toronto-based artist and new media architect. He specializes in providing digital solutions for community organizations and creative professionals. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Martin studied art at University of Toronto and is presently studying computer science at Oxford University in the UK.



Research Team

Edward Mills DPH, MSc Cand. (Oxon), FRIPH

Ed is the Director of Research at the Canadian College of NaturopathicMedicine. Ed is also the chair of the Evidence-Based Allied Health Working Group. Ed is most recently completing his graduate studies at the University of Oxford examining herb-drug interactions and the methodologies required to notice true reactions. He is the recipient of
several grants examining allied health use in infectious disease. He has conducted several randomised controlled trials in both clinical incidence and patient decision making. He is an Essiac Oxford Scholar.



Advisory Board

Victoria Dickerson, Ph.D.

Victoria Dickerson, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with a practice in Los Gatos, California. She is a co-founder of planet-therapy. com and a co-founder of Bay Area Family Therapy Training Associates in Cupertino, California. She is well published with a professional book (If Problems Talked, with Dr. Jeffrey Zimmerman, Guilford, 1996) and numerous articles and book chapters. She is an adjunct lecturer at Santa Clara University,has been the director of two training centers, and continues to offer workshops worldwide She currently specializes in working with women in their 20’s, with a new book coming out in 2004 through Putnam/Penguin publishers.


Elliot Goldner MD, FRCP

Dr. Goldner is the head psychiatrist for all community mental health services in the province of British Columbia, Canada. He is a professor of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, and travels extensively to teach in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and Thailand.

Neil Jordan, BA

Mr. Jordan is one of Irelands most highly acclaimed prize winning authors. In addition, Neil is an Oscar Award winning script writer and Director of such films as “The Crying Game”, “The End of the Affair,” “Michael Colins,” “The Butcher Boy,” “In Dreams,”, “Interview with a Vampire”, and “Mona Lisa”.

Anne Madigan, MD. MSW, MSC.

Anne Madigan MD holds an MSW from Carleton University, an MSC in Health Policy from The London School of Economics, and an MD, CCFP from McMaster University. Anne is a practicing Family Physician in downtown Toronto with a particular interest in the interplay between physical and mental health issues. As a practicing psychotherapist and medical doctor she both challenges and embraces the tennents of traditional psychiatry with her patients. Anne has a professional and personal interest in the area of mind body medicine and the effects of meditation as a form of healing.

Imelda McCarthy Ph.D.

Dr. McCarthy is one of Ireland’s most internationally acclaimed psychologists. She is the Department Chair of Family Therapy and Social Policy at the University College Dublin, in Dublin Ireland. She constantly travels and lectures throughout Europe, Scandinavia, North America, and the Carribean. Dr. McCarthy brings a wealth of knowledge and important global psychotherapeutic knowledge to planet-therapy.com.

Vincent John Vincent BA

V. J. Vincent was recently nominated for A Canadian Lifetime Achievement Award for New Media. Internationally recognized as a virtual reality pioneer, Vincent specializes in melding art with learning, technology and business. As President and Managing Director, Vincent is the driving force behind the Vivid Group and Jestertek. Vivid Group/Jestertek has created and delivered state-of-the-art video gesture controlled applications to a myriad of markets worldwide—including: Video Conferencing, Art Galleries; Location Based Entertainment Facilities—for Amusement Parks, FamilyEntertainment Centers, and Arcades; Museums, Science Centers; Halls of Fame; Zoos and Aquariums; Corporate Offices; Retail Locations and Malls; Corporate Promotions and Tours; TV/Film productions; Stage and Theatre productions; Education and Training; Rehabilitation, Disability, and Fitness markets. Vincent speaks on the future directions of these merging technologies of art, learning, technology and business. on the lecture circuit, and as a keynote speaker at numerous international multimedia, educational and TV/telecomconferences, He also played a role in promoting the multimedia industry as co-creator, co-producer, and co-executive director of the IDMA (International Digital Media Awards)

Charles Waldegrave, PhD

Charles Waldegrave is a psychotherapist and well known social justice advocate and policy/economic planner in New Zealand. His brilliant policy and economic development initiatives are known worldwide and he and his team have consulted with the many foreign governments. Charles Waldegrave is also an Anglican Priest with close contacts with the council of Bishops worldwide.



Contributing Educators

planet-therapy.com is supported by the planets preeminent psychiatrists
and psychologists, including:


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One Comment

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