Dan Guerra

Facilitator/Coach

“We do not have to be slaves to our own minds. We can make changes at 
any time,” says Dan Guerra, Psy.D., a leading expert in behavioral 
change and stress management. Dr. Guerra’s innovative treatments help
 people emerge better versions of themselves so they’re more fulfilled
 in their personal relationships, successful in their careers, and they enjoy an 
overall improvement in the quality of their lives.

Dr. Guerra’s unique approach draws on traditional psychotherapy,
 Eastern philosophy, mind-body approaches, and the dramatic arts to
 tailor treatments to his clients. His tireless pursuit of healing and
 freeing people from negative behavioral patterns has led him down many
 different avenues. Dr. Guerra is a psychologist, psychotherapist,
 mindfulness meditation teacher, educator, executive coach, playback
 theatre actor, author, and public speaker. “What unites this list is 
a commitment and desire to address emotional suffering, and to address 
the personal and professional effectiveness of individuals and
 groups,” he says.

He has studied Western and Eastern approaches to wellness with equal
 fervor, bridging the great thought divide between classical analysis 
and more contemplative practices through a refreshingly pragmatic
 “whatever works, for whom, when, and under what circumstances” 
treatment approach. “I believe in solutions to problems so I prefer 
to keep all options open and see how different schools of thought work 
together,” he says. “I also believe that people have significant 
inner resources and strengths that guide them toward healing and
 growth.”

One fundamental of Dr. Guerra’s work is the mind-body connection. He 
sees many physical ailments as having a strong relationship to the
 ways people think. “A lot of people who live with a chronic pain or
 other medical condition tend to hold on to a lot of stress in the body 
and mind. This can contribute to depression and anxiety. Let’s say
 there is a back injury and their career is compromised, but working is
 a strong part of their identity. So now they may be frustrated and 
angry, perhaps fighting with their spouse or loved ones, and taking a
 lot of pain medication. They seek medical treatment and need surgery
 and maybe the surgeon needs to remove a vertebrae, or fuse their 
spine, and they’re still not back to work and they’re tense and
 anxious and depressed. It’s a chicken and egg problem — the medical
 problem may be upheld by anxiety and anxiety may exacerbate the
 medical problem. They may go back to their physician and have multiple
 surgeries because that may be all they know is available to them to 
deal with the problem.” Dr. Guerra maintains a successful private practice and an active
 calendar as an executive coach. His breakthrough work in the corporate
 sector helps companies see the value in developing their employees 
across the matrix of organizations. He has coached over 500 managers 
of top companies across the globe in leadership skills that include
 gaining personal awareness, influencing, and learning better
 self-management to be more effective leaders. “The connection between 
executive coaching and clinical work is that aspect of human nature
 that reaches for positive change and greater effectiveness,” he
 explains.

Dr. Guerra brings nearly twenty years of experience and distinguished
 academic accreditation to his work. Dr. Guerra received a B.A. in 
Psychology with an emphasis in behavioral and neuroscience research
 from Franklin & Marshall College. He completed his masters and
 doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University of
 Pennsylvania. He has completed a certificate program with the
 Executive Coach Academy in New York City, is certified in the
 WholeBrain Creativity NBI™ (Neethling Brain Instrument Assessments), 
and is qualified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs 
Personality Type Indicator© (MBTI©), the Bar-on Emotional
Quotient-Inventory (EQ-i©), and the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode
 Instrument (TKI). Daniel is a member of the ORGDYNE Coach Consultants 
Consortium. He was on staff as a rehabilitation psychologist at NYU
 Medical Center: The Rusk Institute from 2000-2003, a faculty member at
 The Albert Einstein School of Medicine from 2004-2011 and a consulting
 psychologist for Beth Israel Medical Center from 2004-2011. In 2001,
 he co-authored a manual that guides mental health clinicians on how to
 address the needs of first responders to disasters based on the events
 surrounding 9-11.

His progressive spirit has led him to some pioneering work. For 15 
years he has taught mindful mediation courses which apply the basic 
tenets of classical and Hatha yoga to health and well being. He is 
also a member of Village Playback Theatre, a form of theatre that 
since the 1970s has used improvisation to reenact the personal stories 
of those often underserved and underrepresented including the mentally 
ill, prison populations, and those who have experienced social
 injustice. “We invite people from the audience to tell their story and
 then we perform it for them in real time through improvisation, 
acting, and music. These performances can range from someone shouting out that they had a bad day at work [everyday life experiences], or
 someone reciting a 20-minute story with all of its dynamism,
 complexities, and often, emotional pain. It’s a cathartic experience
 for these audience participants which often leaves them feeling
 validated and understood,” Dr. Guerra explains.

Currently, Dr. Guerra, along with a colleague, is writing a book, an 
accessible guide on good self care practices and stress management.
” All of us experience stress daily on some level and often ignore the
 basic fundamentals of good self care. What does it mean to manage
 stress well and care for oneself adequately? I want anyone who picks
 this book up to find something that resonates with them that they can
 easily integrate into their daily life,” Dr. Guerra explains. The
 practical tools in this book (in its final stages of edits, scheduled
 to be released in 2013) are the culmination of years of research,
 informed experiences, and decades of direct contact with individuals 
and groups to create a psychology of health and well being. The
 unifying goal in all of my professional work is to help others lead a
 richer, more satisfying life.”