Jeffrey A. Kottler, Ph.D.
Workshop presenter


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, and corporate settings. He has served as a 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 leads service projects in South America, Africa, and South Asia. Jeffrey is a professor at California State University, Fullerton and lives in Huntington Beach, California.

Jeffrey has studied at Oakland University, Harvard University, University of Stockholm, receiving his masters degree in counseling at Wayne State University and his doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of Virginia.

Jeffrey’s books that 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, 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). He is also the author of several textbooks that are used in universities throughout the world including Introduction to Counseling, Applied Counseling Skills: Transforming Lives, and Learning Group Leadership.

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.

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