MEET The Speakers

HOST - Nuala McKeever

Nuala McKeever is a professional comedy writer and performer and an amateur student of the human condition. After having her own show on television, she has written five plays, the most recent of which, In The Window, toured to Edinburgh, the USA and India. Nuala is a regular occasional presenter on BBC Radio Ulster. After the death of her partner in 2013, she became interested in the practice of Zen Buddhism, taking lay vows in 2017. During lockdown she managed to finish her first novel (writing, not reading!) stay sane and put on weight. She lives in Belfast with her cat Lolli and an addiction to potato crisps that she has just wrestled into submission. Nuala is currently writing a new stand up comedy show for the Open House in Bangor this August.


Janina Fisher

Professor, Clinical psychologist, Lecturer and Therapist

Dan Siegel

Clinical professor of psychiatry and author

Deb Dana

Clinician, consultant, lecturer, Coordinator - Traumatic Stress Research Consortium, Kinsey Institute

Peter Levine

Lecturer, Author, Founder of Somatic Experiencing

Bessel van der Kolk

Psychiatrist, Author and Educator

Dr Kenneth V. Hardy

Professor, Author, Consultant

Richard Schwartz

Founder Internal Family Systems and The Center for Self Leadership

Patricia Gerbarg & Richard Brown

Breath-Body-Mind, researcher/trainer/author

Caroline Welch

Author, Speaker

Dr Laurence Heller

Founder, NeuroAffective Relational Model™ (NARM)

Sue Carter

Professor, Author, Speaker

Gabor Maté

Renowned Speaker and Best Selling Author

Efu Nyaki

Professor, Speaker

Sebern Fisher

Integrating Neurofeedback and Psychotherapy in trauma treatment

Angela Findlay

Artist, Writer, Speaker

Lisa Schwarz

Psychologist, Consultant, Educator

Stephen Porges

"Distinguished University Scientist"/Professor. Polyvagal Theory Neuroscientist

Elaine Miller-Karas

Author, Speaker

Jeffrey Mitchell

Clinical Professor of Emergency & Health Services

Judith Rees

Specialist Public Health Nurse, VIG Practitioner

Amanda McIntyre

CEO - The For Baby’s Sake Trust

Siobhan O’Neill

Professor, Speaker

Ros Townsend

Psychotherapist, trainer, author

Derek Farrell

Lecturer, Trainer, Consultant, Chartered Psychologist, Psychotherapist


Stephen Hughes

Trainer, Speaker

Vivian McKinnon

Therapeutic Practitioner, Trainer, international Public Speaker

Jade Irwin

VP - YMCA National Executive Committee

Alex Bunting

Director of Inspire’s Mental Health & Addiction Services

Margaret Bateson

VSS Chief Executive Officer

Rachel Gibbs

Assistant Director Healthcare in Prisons - N. Ireland South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust