Find a CEN Therapist

You’ve asked, and I’m finally offering answers.

You’ve sent me hundreds of emails from all over the world asking for referrals to therapists near you who understand CEN and can help you address it directly.

I have had little to offer you, until now! This is my new CEN Specialist List.

Please be patient as I gradually grow the list. It will take time.

**ATTENTION LICENSED THERAPISTS** If you are a certified or licensed therapist who has read Running on Empty and would like to help clients work through the book and/or address their CEN, we want to hear from you! Fill out this form, and if you qualify, I’ll add you to this list.

*** If you’ve also taken my intensive 5-week online CEN Recovery program, Fuel Up For Lifelet me know and I’ll give you special designation and recommendation on this list.






CEN Therapists Who Have Read Running on Empty & Completed the Intensive Fuel Up For Life Program

Carol Power, LPC, NCC –  PITTSBURGH, PA Area

I have extensive experience in counseling adults from all walks of life, have worked in outpatient chemical dependency, mental health/human services and at colleges and universities. I also provide Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services.

I work exclusively with individuals, age 21 and older. In my work, I incorporate elements of psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Concurrently, having discovered (and lived) the CEN experience, I am strongly incorporating components of Dr. Jonice Webb’s ground-breaking, enlightening and empowering work into my own practice.

In Office Visits Only

MONROEVILLE, PA Office (412) 373-3471, Ext. 214

Catherine Rodriguez, Psychotherapist, LMFT #83678 Serving Silicon Valley, located in Los Altos, CA

As someone who grew up with the experience of Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN), I deeply empathize with adults who have struggled with a sense of emptiness, unworthiness and shame in their life. The consequences of CEN are very real, although it’s difficult to put your finger on what went wrong. The problem is, what was missing in childhood has had a profound effect on fully realizing your life’s potential. It may have even resulted in chronic depression or anxiety. Inspired by Dr. Jonice Webb’s book “Running on Empty”, I am dedicated to helping adults gain emotional freedom, and reclaim a life of wholeness and vitality. I use a psychodynamic approach to help clients look at their present challenges and make sense of how CEN has impacted them. Through this empowering work, I have seen my clients courageously explore what has held them back and blossom into the person they were always meant to be. In office and by Skype for California Residents Only I can be reached by Confidential Voicemail:  650-383-7486 or by Email:

Joyce Davis, LICSW – NORTH READING, MA + Soon to be licensed in the state of Oregon

I am a Licensed Clinical Social worker in practice in North Reading MA. I received my master degree from Smith College and have been in practice since 1988 working with individuals- adolescents, adults and seniors.  I provide both short-term focused treatment and long term psychodynamic psychotherapy. I draw from a range of psychological and behavioral theories tailored to the specific needs of the individual that incorporates Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN), Cognitive Behavioral Strategies & Mind, Body & Mindfulness techniques.

I am available for In Office Sessions, Phone Sessions & Skype. (Skype only in Oregon)

I can be contacted at 978-664-4228 or

CEN Therapists Who Have Read Running on Empty 

Joanie Schaffner LICSW – BURLINGTON, MA

I have a BA in English Literature from Kenyon College, a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Boston University, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Organization Consultation and Development from The Boston Institute of Psychotherapy.

My expertise is helping people with whatever feelings, issues or interpersonal problems prevent them from living a happier life.   For over 25+ years I have helped adults affected by anxiety, depression or low self esteem, as well as individuals dealing with stressful situations such as divorce, loss or family turmoil.

I strive to provide my clients with the elements that promote real growth and change:  a better understanding of what is causing their problems, strategies that help in the moment and a therapeutic relationship that is nonjudgmental and supportive.  I find that the lens of emotional neglect can be a powerful tool in making sense of experience and creating a way forward.

Available for In Office & Skype only within Massachusetts

(781) 259-0799

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C, CDWF – Baltimore, Maryland area
I’m a clinical social worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work.
I specialize in helping people who have had traumatic experiences in childhood, particularly emotional, sexual or physical abuse and emotional or physical neglect.  I’m a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator and I use this shame resiliency model, based on the research of Brene Brown, in my work with clients who have experienced CEN. I also hold an advanced trauma certificate and I use mindfulness, self compassion and somatic methods in my work.
In Office Visits Only
Reach Laura at: 443-510-1048 or via email at 

Lourdes Viado, PhD, MFT – Las Vegas, Nevada

My experience includes over 13 years working with individuals and couples in the areas of substance abuse; marriage/relationship concerns; and childhood abuse/trauma (physical, sexual, emotional). 

I specialize in working with women at midlife who are struggling in the following areas:  relationships (intimate and familial); infidelity (affair partner or injured partner); empty nest; vocation/purpose; grief and loss; childhood sexual abuse; and childhood emotional neglect.   I also work w/ women involved in alternative families & lifestyles.

My role as a therapist involves accompanying clients on a journey to know themselves deeply, to discover what matters most to them, so they can live more authentic and meaningful lives.  As a result of the therapy process, my clients:

  • get to know their blind spots and understand their vulnerabilities
  • find out what they need most in relationship
  • learn to access and use their intuition,
  • begin to experience self-acceptance,
  • shift how they experience sadness, anxiety, anger, and other emotions,
  • reconnect with lost and forgotten parts of themselves; and
  • re-discover and heal their relationship with themselves. 

I utilize parts work (Internal Family Systems), dream work, metaphor, story/myth, and poetry in my work with clients. 

In-office visits only.

Reach Lourdes at  702-204-8089   or using the Contact Me button on her website:

Elizabeth Cush, LGPCAnnapolis, MD

I am a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in Annapolis, MD. I work with clients who have had difficult life experiences, including but not limited to childhood abuse, childhood emotional neglect, sexual assault, domestic violence, and emotional abuse. These experiences often lead to feeling numb, anxiety and depression.

I use mindfulness and meditation to help you identify and regulate your emotions, along with psychotherapy to help you understand and process the experiences that bring you to therapy.

Dr. Webb’s Running On Empty is inspiring because in not only defines childhood emotional abuse, in addition it gives concrete strategies to help you get more connected with your feelings.

 You can reach Elizabeth by phone: 410-340-8469 or email:

Beth Franchini, LPC, CDWF-C, Cumming, GA- North Metro Atlanta Area

I’m a psychotherapist (M.Ed.,LPC) with 20 years of experience doing what I absolutely love. I specialize in working with those who grew up with poor parenting, neglect or abuse.   Through my therapy process, I help my clients learn how to cope with the impact this now has on their current relationships, parenting and any area of their life this may be impacting.  I also have a strong background  in treating anxiety and depression, body image, addiction, trauma, and learning to live from a place of wholeheartedness versus perfectionism and self-defeating behaviors. I use a blend of progressive and traditional therapies I have found to be most effective for healing and transformation.  My style is warm and nurturing, relaxed but professional while assisting clients in feeling safe and supported as they process through their challenges and find resolution.  Finding Dr. Webb’s book and her wonderful resources has been a wonderful compliment to my therapy sessions.  What her book teaches is exactly the tools and understanding that most of the adults I work with will benefit from immensely.   If you live in the area I practice, please feel free to call me and check out my website to see if we might be a good fit.   Reach Beth at 770-605-3111 or via email at 

Katrina Taylor, LMFT-Associate – Austin, TX

I earned a Masters in Counseling Psychology and am a licensed therapist in private practice in Austin, TX. I specialize in working with clients who have histories of complex trauma. I help clients with past emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and yes – emotional neglect. My approach is an integration of attachment-based, emotion-focused (EFT), and accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP) theories. Clients and colleagues describe me as compassionate, insightful, attentive and dedicated to my clients healing and growth.

If you’re interested in beginning therapy with me please feel free to review my website then feel free to call to schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting you!


Thay An Marie Vázquez-Méndez, Ph D – Puerto Rico

Llevo cinco años de experiencia como psicóloga clínica trabajando con muchas personas de todas las edades con diversas manifestaciones de negligencia emocional, abuso sexual, depresión, ansiedad, duelo, etc. 

Al leer este libro “Running on Empty” , he podido poner en contexto lo que he trabajado en psicoterapia con mis clientes. Esto me ha ayudado a ponerle nombre (Negligencia Emocional) y trabajarlo directamente para lograr el progreso, la sanación y la recuperación. Mi orientación teórica es mayormente Cognitivo Conductual, pero integro técnicas experienciales y de Mindfulness. 

Para citas pueden llamar al 787-551-7300. La Clínica Psicoterapéutica Vázquez2, atendemos por cita previa, aceptamos la mayoría de los planes médicos y está ubicada en la.

Suite #15 

Edificio Vale Colón

Carr. 111 Moca, Puerto Rico

Dr. Mari Kovanen, CPsychol – London

I really enjoyed reading Running on empty and have recommended it to many people. It really is a shame that CEN is not talked about more in the wider community even if it is likely to have a significant impact on public health in form of common mental health problems. I like to work with clients with CEN.  

Recently, I wrote a blog post based on Running on Empty, outlining the symptoms of CEN. You can see it here:




Twitter       @drmarikovanen

Jennifer Clarke, LICSW – West Bridgewater, MA

I currently work at Compassion as a psychotherapist and work with pre-teen/adolescents, young adults and adults with issues such as Anxiety/Depression/PTSD/self care/self esteem/ADD/LD and assisting thru life transitions (new career, divorce, loss of a loved one) etc. I also work with couples and families. My passion is helping others heal from past childhood trauma – mainly CEN. 

Jennifer Clark, LICSW

Certified in Assessment and Treatment in Trauma Recovery

Compassion Counseling Services, PC, West Bridgewater, MA. 508-297-0015 x4

Jamie English, LCSW – Dallas, TX

I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Therapist.

I specialize in helping those with negative body image, disordered eating, and those who have experienced trauma.  I am trained in EMDR, ETT (Emotional Transformation Therapy), and Sandtray (for adults as well as children and teens).  Thanks to this work, we can now put a name on Childhood Emotional Neglect, that missing piece that explains why we aren’t as fulfilled as we believe we can be.  I would love to come alongside you as you walk through Dr. Webb’s 4 steps of recovering from CEN.

In Office Visits Only

Reach Jamie at:  (903) 399-5131 or via email at

Bob Brotchie, DipCBT – East Anglia, U.K

Following a distinguished career in emergency care, I transitioned to creating a private practice in mental health offering integrative counselling, psychotherapy, mindfulness, CBT and CEN work.

I work primarily ‘in-person and face-to-face’, but also globally online via the most secure platform. (Please enquire to learn more)

Having read Jonice’s publications it became clear I too had been living a life in receipt of the symptoms and behaviours often associated with CEN. Now my clients also benefit from the insight that assessment and recognition of an individual’s CEN narrative can bring.

“Running on Empty” is THE RESOURCE I offer each and every appropriate client during our collaborative efforts.     





Telephone (+44) 0 1638 554791

Danielle DeTora, PsyD – Lexington, MA

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Lexington, MA.  I believe people deserve to feel better about themselves and their lives.   For over 15 years, I have helped people with issues such as anxiety, depression, loss, divorce, relationship struggles, stress, low self esteem, poor coping skills, and more. 

My approach is direct and interactive but also safe and non-judgmental. I help clients alleviate the symptoms that brought them to therapy and offer the opportunity to discover and treat the underlying causes of those symptoms.   When CEN (Childhood Emotional Neglect) is one of those causes, I use various techniques (cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, mindfulness, etc.)  to help clients make progress in their recovery, so that they feel better overall.

Available for in Office sessions only.

Vinodha Joly, LMFT – Pleasanton, CA

Dr. Jonice Webb’s book “Running on Empty” has helped immensely in bringing attention to the prevalent nature of Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN) and its insidious effects in adults. Perhaps you recognize some common signs of CEN in yourself: 

  • Being highly attuned to others feelings and needs but unable to connect with your own emotions, wants and needs 
  • A feeling of defectiveness (“something is wrong with me” or “I am bad”) although outwardly seeming fine
  • Being (too) self-reliant, and
  • Filled with shame and guilt

all of which can leave you feeling empty and prevent you from living a more fulfilling life.

As an empathic and attuned practitioner, I will work with you to explore how your past affects the present, to process the deep-rooted unresolved emotional needs  that are the source of current pain, and to help you incorporate self-care, self-compassion and self-confidence within you. As you feel understood, you begin to heal and become your whole authentic self. I am often amazed at one’s innate capacity for healing and rapid progress in a therapeutic environment. It is my privilege to be alongside you, witnessing your growth and transformation.

In Office Visits Only

Phone: (925) 400-8678

Sharon Martin, LCSW – San Jose, CA

I am a licensed psychotherapist, writer, and speaker on emotional health and relationships. I’m passionate about helping individuals learn to accept and love themselves. I specialize in working with adults and teens who struggle with anxiety, perfectionism, codependency and people-pleasing. Through 20 years of work as a psychotherapist, I’ve found that valuing and caring for yourself is the key to a healthy relationship with yourself and others. I incorporate CBT, mindfulness, and positive psychology into my work. I’m a down-to-Earth therapist (which often includes some laughing and the occasional curse word). I am available for office visits in my Silicon Valley based office and would love to help you tune into what you really need, learn self-compassion, and create a fulfilling life.

phone: 408-982-6535

Maysie Tift, MFT – San Rafael, CA & San Francisco, CA 

I’m honored to support people in recovering from the “invisible” trauma of emotional neglect that Dr. Webb identified for us in her book. It’s logical, but unfortunate, that those who were neglected often unknowingly perpetuate this dynamic as adults as self-neglect. Our work together is likely to include things like meditation, journaling, emotional inquiry, improving your self-care, and honing your relationship skills. I will hold the space for you to grieve what wasn’t in your childhood, and help you move forward to wholeness and creating a fulfilling life. 

Contact me at (415) 295-2150 for a free phone consultation!

Joseph Sacks LCSW – New York, N.Y. 

Do you feel you are suffering from Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN)? Are you experiencing chronic feelings of low self-esteem and low self-worth? Are you struggling with conflicted relationships with family members? Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, or other mental health symptoms? If so, therapy with a warm, empathetic therapist who understands CEN can help!

I am a student of Jonice Webb’s work, and I strive to employ her methods in my treatment approach.

I also do Play Therapy and Parenting Counseling with children, where we can nip it in the bud and prevent CEN from ever happening in the first place!

Feel free to learn more about my approach at:

Contact me at 646-681-1707 for a free consultation. 

Available in-office or Skype

Robin S. Lipsker LICSW, CDP, CADC III, MAC –  Phoenix, Arizona

I have over 16 years experienced in the areas of anxiety, depression, complex trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), women’s issues, substance abuse, loss & grief, chronic pain, life transitions, relationships, sexuality and LGBTQ issues. I work with veterans, especially through military sexual trauma.

I work with adult individuals, adolescents, couples, and groups, employing solution-focused, narrative, and several body-centered, mindfulness-based psychotherapies including Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy CBT). I have a deep understanding of Childhood Emotional Neglect and offer work in childhood trauma issues including sexual trauma and human trafficking. I have an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of dysfunctional family systems resulting from chemical dependency, mental illness, domestic violence. I understand veteran’s issues, and workplace bullying.

My methods always respect the client as the best authority on his or her healing process, and operates on the premise that the body-mind is always moving toward healing; I see my role as facilitating that healing.

Therapy is a joint effort that is successful with hard work, energy, and courage. It provides a safe place to explore reactions, thoughts, and feelings about oneself and one’s life, and to explore how past experiences have shaped one’s view self and personal environment. The ensuing self-understanding and self-acceptance supports shedding old ways and developing new ways of responding to life. It can have benefits and risks. Since it may involve exploring unpleasant personal issues, you may temporarily experience increased discomfort, such as anxiety, sadness, guilt, anger, or frustration.

Phone: (360) 827-1666

Teletherapy or In-Office

Kendra Grimm, LPC – KLG Counseling, Inc. – St. Charles, MO 

If you have noticed that Childhood Emotional Neglect has affected who you are today and would like to meet with a counselor, I would be happy to work with you!

I believe that every individual has strengths and abilities they are able to use to address problems in life. Through the process of therapy you can better understand yourself and use that enhanced understanding for making new decisions and new actions for a better future.

I am a Christian woman who would like to work with all types of people regardless of their belief system or personal history.  

Danny Ford, M.A. – Leeds, UK

Online mindfulness coaching worldwide

Do you sometimes feel different from other people – like no one seems to understand you? Do you feel like an outsider in your own life? If so, you’re not alone. If you want to create a life where you feel worthy, lovable and fulfilled, I can help.

I’m Danny Ford, and I’m an integrative psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher. I help my therapy clients and meditation students find more love and connection within themselves, and with others. I can provide in-person counselling sessions in my office in Leeds, phone or online therapy throughout the United Kingdom, and online mindfulness coaching sessions worldwide.

You can reach me by phone for a free 15-minute confidential phone consultation by calling me at +44 7715 272633 or email me at

Certified Coaches

CEN Coaches Who Have Read Running on Empty

Carol Mutzel, RN BSN CPHWC –  Certified Professional Health & Wellness Coach (Not a Therapist) 

I specialize in working with individuals who want to create clarity and wellbeing in their lives.  As a Coach I guide, support and empower my clients to move forward in their lives in positive, healthy ways. For individuals who have experienced CEN this means many things including developing a growth mindset, appreciating personal strengths, valuing yourself, understanding your feelings, developing effective communication skills, creating self-trust and healthy self-care practices.  I also have pathways for individuals who want to “Get Unstuck” (move from what they don’t want to what they want), Mindful eating (develop a healthier relationship with food), and Healthy Life Transitions.
Acknowledging CEN and having the courage to face your unique set of challenges enables you to create a better now and a better future. I will work with you to embrace your past, your feelings and your self so that you can approach your challenges with courage and compassion. Learning how to create an upward spiral of wellbeing will enable you to create a life of resilience, meaning and fulfillment.
Please email me for a complementary 30-minute consultation.
Available by phone, Skype, or FaceTime

Wellcoaches® Certified Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Licensed Facilitator & Coach Visit Carol’s Website Carol Mutzel on Facebook

Joanne Moeller, PhD, CPHWC, CPT – Certified Professional Health & Wellness Coach (Not a Therapist) – Glasgow, UK

You may be overwhelmed at the thought of facing up to CEN and its impacts on you and your life. You may not really believe that you can heal yourself from its consequences. I totally understand that. It can be a daunting prospect. The good news is, you don’t have to go it alone. As a Coach I will support and validate your efforts to fill your Empty, nurture purpose and meaning, increase emotional awareness and self-management, and foster authentic, mutually respectful and caring relationships. From my professional experience, the process and outcomes of partnering with a Coach are the same. The process both requires and cultivates increased self-awareness, self-compassion, self-acceptance and self-care. If you yearn to experience more of these in your life and are willing to invest time, effort and commitment to attain them – I would be honoured to work with you. Available for In Office or Skype Visits +44 (0)7457 782740        Joanne’s Facebook Page        See Joanne on LinkedIn Photo thanks to Flickr and woodleywonderworks

Christi Daniels, TIWC – Self-Leadership Mentor and Tapping into Wealth Coach (Not a Therapist)

If you’re a woman who superbly tends to the mind-body-spirit or business of others, but who struggles to find time to care for yourself, you’re not alone and there is hope. Over the last twenty years of my own personal and professional exploration in healing from challenges in life that were most definitely influenced by CEN, I worked step by step to reconstruct a sense of self. It was a lonely journey and I vowed that if I ever found my way out of this I would make sure other women didn’t have to needlessly suffer. This pledge was behind starting my mentoring and coaching practice called Self-Full Living and to subsequently writing a book titled Sabbatical from “Yes”

After reading Running on Empty I recognized  myself and my clients in the pages of this book. I was able to finally relax and know the origins of what didn’t happen for us earlier in life. Through the pages Dr. Jonice Webb gave me, as I’m sure she gave you, a priceless gift of defining CEN in such an accessible way and assisting us in understanding the origins of what we’ve spent decades of our lives recovering from and part of what I now assist my clients in doing. CEN has since informed my work with clients as well as interactions with my own children and now grandchildren.

If despite your outer success, you still feel like something is missing… what’s missing is you. When we work together, it’s to reconnect with your inner experience through mindful body awareness practices, expressive arts exercises, acupressure techniques, and awareness experiments conducted in the laboratory of your own life. You learn to train part of your focus internally and recognize your body’s signals and messages, to understand what it is you prefer, what it is you want, what you value, which experiences and commitments fuel your energy and which ones drain your energy. Having constructed a sense of self as you exist in this point in time, you emerge stronger, more confident, more trusting of your inner wisdom and with more energy for whatever brings you joy and for moving forward in life. 

Available for online appointments via Skype, Zoom, audio or in office visits in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  (479) 633-7325