Esteem Dynamics

Dr. Douglas J. Lisle, Ph.D.

Doug Lisle is an evolutionary psychologist and co-author of The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health and Happiness.  He and his colleagues (Jennifer Howk and Richard Seidel) have developed a revolutionary method for approaching life challenges and improving self-confidence and self-esteem.  They describe their approach as Esteem Dynamics — an approach with clinical insights derived from evolutionary psychology.

Central figures having major influence on the development of Esteem Dynamics include Richard Dawkins, John Tooby and Leda Cosmides, David Buss, Robert Trivers, Steven Pinker, and Geoffrey Miller. All of these individuals are considered world-leading theorists in evolutionary theory and human psychology. Somewhat surprisingly, insights from these trailblazers has yet to reach mainstream clinical psychology, and thus major advances stemming from some of the world’s greatest thinkers have yet to be systematically applied to problems of helping people improve their lives.  Esteem Dynamics is the first such effort, and weds Dr. Lisle’s 30-years of clinical experience to the deep insights into human nature only recently available via evolutionary psychology.

Dr. Lisle received his undergraduate education from the University of California, San Diego.  He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia, and was then appointed Lecturer in Psychology at Stanford University.  His research and clinical interests include health and wellness, self-esteem, relationship satisfaction, the treatment of anxiety and depression, the genetics of individual differences, and optimizing achievement motivation. In addition to his work with Esteem Dynamics, Dr. Lisle lectures widely on health and wellness.

Dr Lisle is available at selected days and times for a one-to-one, personal phone consultation. You may book an appointment using our online scheduling tool by clicking the button below.

If you would prefer, you can also set up an appointment with Dr. Lisle directly by email.

All consultation times are in Pacific Time.

Thirty minute consultation – $75
One hour consultation – $150

Please Note Disclaimer:
Telephone consultations with Dr. Lisle are not psychotherapy and cannot be reimbursed by insurance.

Dr. Jennifer W. Howk, Ph.D.

Dr. Jen Howk is an author, researcher, and interdisciplinary social scientist who uses the powerful insights of Esteem Dynamics both academically and clinically.

She earned her B.A. with honors from the University of Washington in Seattle, and completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science at Harvard University. Dr. Howk’s graduate work and ongoing research explore questions at the intersection of social vulnerability, resilience, and well-being.

Dr. Howk is a born and raised Alaskan, but now calls Santa Rosa, California home, where she works as both the Director of the TrueNorth Health Foundation and a lecturer and psychology coach who applies the Esteem Dynamics framework to a variety of clinical problems.

Dr. Howk’s clinical interests are wide-ranging, but she is especially passionate about helping clients through problems of esteem processes, romantic misery, addiction and recovery, and mastering the pathways of human motivation.

Dr. Howk is available on selected days and times for a one-to-one, personal phone consultation. You may reserve an appointment using our online scheduling tool by clicking the button below.

If you would prefer, you can also set up an appointment with Dr. Howk directly by email.

All consultation times are in Pacific Time.

Thirty minute consultation – $75
One hour consultation – $150

Please Note Disclaimer:
Telephone consultations with Dr. Howk are not psychotherapy and cannot be reimbursed by insurance.

ESTEEM DYNAMICS

Esteem Dynamics is a new approach to motivation and well-being pioneered by Doug Lisle and Jennifer Howk.

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