Tracey Cleantis, LMFT

Tracey Cleantis, LMFT, is in private practice and also writes for Psychology Today, Huffington Post and on her own blog, "La Belette Rouge," where she combines her humor and expertise in helping people in desperate pain get to the other side of impossible, and she does so with the kind of straight talk that's counterintuitive in this "never ever give up" culture. Her programs provide a practical roadmap through loss and grief of all kinds -- including infertility, divorce, death of a loved one, career loss, and even loss of a dream like being an astronaut, an actor, or a player in the NBA.

Tracey Cleantis, a therapist, writer, and speaker, is the ONLY expert in the world who has made the vitally important distinction between giving up what isn't working as the key to finding real happiness. Her expertise, ideas and insights have experts talking: Lee Woodruff, Cal Newport, Laura Munson, Jamie Cat Callan, and Melanie Notkin and others are all excitedly talking about what a unique and important distinction Tracey is making in the field of happiness and what a unique voice she has. Tracey is not just another dry expert, she is the ultimate cheerleader and friend who helps you figure out what dreams will make you happy and which need to be grieved and let go. Tracey's deep understanding of the field is derived not only from her clinical experience as a therapist and writer but also from her own difficult personal journey to her next happy. Using personal story, clinical insights and understandable actions steps, Tracey can help any audience understand how their dreams may be holding them back from their true happiness.

Through both professional and personal experience, Tracey asks you to question your dreams. If the dream is costing you your health, wealth, relationships and sanity, then it may be time to pull the plug and move on to another, better, attainable dream -- and to be not just okay with that decision, but ultimately be thrilled with it. She does so with the kind of straight talk that's counterintuitive in this "never ever give up" culture. No one else is talking like this on the national stage.

Tracey has a warm, funny and personal touch that gently guides you to where you need to go. She makes therapeutic work approachable. Using her considerable clinical skills, in a down to earth way, she helps her audiences take simple action steps towards their real happiness, with dramatic results. Working with Tracey is like taking a journey with a wise and comforting friend. She will help you determine if your dream is the one you need to get to your next happy or if it is time to let go.

Tracey is a LMFT in private practice in Pasadena and Valencia, California. She writes for Psychology Today, Huffington Post and on her own blog on www.traceycleantis.com, in all her writing and speaking Tracey uses humor to make difficult topics easier to deal with. Tracey has published essays, fiction, and poetry in various publications, including the Sojourner and Mode Magazine, and her interviews and advice have been featured in stories in Psychologies Magazine, Redbook, Yahoo News, Salon.com, and on Fox News Boston.

Her forthcoming book, The Next Happy: Let Go of the Life You Planned and Find a New Way Forward (published by Hazelden on March 3, 2015), is a practical roadmap through loss and grief of all kinds and a new path to happiness

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