About Dr. Ronald Alexander

Ronald Alexander, Ph.D.

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Ronald A. Alexander, PhD

Ronald A. Alexander, PhD is a licensed psychotherapist, leadership consultant, clinical trainer, & the author of the widely acclaimed book, Wise Mind, Open Mind. He is the Executive Director of the OpenMind Training® Institute in Santa Monica, a leading edge organization that offers personal and professional training programs in mindfulness based mind-body therapies, transformational leadership, and meditation. His unique method combines ancient wisdom teachings with creative psychology and creative thinking into a comprehensive integrated, behaviorally effective mind-body program. This system combines techniques that support strategies of personal, clinical, and corporate excellence and growth.

Alexander has been a leading pioneer in the fields of Mindfulness Based Mind-Body Therapies, Gestalt Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Ericksonian Mind-Body Therapies, Holistic Psychology, Leadership Coaching, Integrative and Behavioral Medicine since 1970. He is a long time extension faculty member of the UCLA Departments of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Entertainment, a lecturer in the David Geffen School of Medicine and an adjunct faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute and Pepperdine Universities. He is an associate member of the American Psychological Association, a clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and a Diplomate in professional psychotherapy in the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine and Counseling. He has also been a consultant and leadership coach working with the entertainment industry and corporations for over 30 years.

Dr. Alexander conducts professional and personal training programs throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Russia, Australia, and Asia. He is frequently featured at The New York Open Center, 1440 Multiversity Center, Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, Gestalt Institute’s of Sydney, Northern Rivers and Relational Gestalt Center, in Australia, GNJ Gestalt Network Japan, NICABM and Santa Monica Yoga Works.

Clinical Psychotherapy Bio

Ronald A. Alexander, PhD, MFT, SEP is a psychotherapist, leadership coach, and clinical trainer. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the states of California and Colorado (CA Lic. #MFC7707 & CO Lic. #253). Dr. Alexander is a seminar leader and conducts trainings for professionals nationally and internationally in Mindfulness Based Mind-Body Therapies, Somatic Experiencing Therapies, Gestalt Therapy, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Mindfulness Meditation and Psychotherapy. He received his certificate of training as a SEP (somatic experiencing practitioner) from the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute in Boulder Colorado. He consulted with and received treatment from Milton H Erickson MD. He personally trained with Ernest Rossi and Steven Gilligan in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy as well as with Daniel P. Brown of the Harvard Medical Cambridge Hospital professional training’s seminars in hypnosis and hypno-analysis. He was trained and certified by the Los Angeles Gestalt Therapy Institute and with Erving and Miriam Polster PhD of the Gestalt Training Center of La Jolla. He also received training and supervision in Somatic Experiencing Therapies, Contemporary Gestalt and Family Therapies, Psychoanalytic Self-Psychology, Relational and Object Relations Therapies. He is a lifetime associate member of the American Psychological Association and clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Dr. Alexander was Chairman of the Psychology Department and Director of Clinical Training at Ryokan College for 18 years. He is a long time extension faculty member of the UCLA Departments of Humanities, Social Sciences and Entertainment, and a lecturer in the David Geffen School of Medicine. He is a member of the adjunct Graduate Faculty in Psychology at Pepperdine University and Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara and is a long time workshop leader at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA and The New York Open Center.

Dr. Alexander is the originator of the OpenMind Training® Institute, a leading edge organization that offers personal and professional training programs in mindfulness based mind-body therapies, transformational leadership, and meditation. He has been practicing, studying, and teaching meditation, holistic psychology and mindfulness based mind-body methods since 1970. He is a consultant and coach in Mindful Zen and the Art of Leadership (East-West approach to leadership training) for small businesses, organizations, the entertainment industry, executives, entrepreneurs, and individuals.

During his studies of mindfulness based mind-body methods Alexander traveled extensively in Nepal, Bali, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India. He was ordained in the lay Zen tradition. His yoga and meditation studies include extensive practice in Buddhist and yoga psychology, Tibetan Buddhism, Vipassana, Zen, Vedic (non dual), and Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa yogas. He was certified as one of the early Kundalini yoga teachers and was a co-founder of the Kundalini Research Institute. Here he conducted scientific research on yoga and meditation in conjunction with the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas, the Topeka Veterans Administration Hospital, the Santa Rosa Psychiatric Hospital, and Sonoma State University.

Coaching and Leadership Bio

Dr. Ronald Alexander, PhD is a leading Executive and Leadership Coach, and Communication and Core Creativity Consultant with a private psychotherapy practice in Santa Monica, California. His extensive training includes core creativity, conflict management, Gestalt therapy, leadership and organizational development, and vision & strategic planning. He pioneered the early values and vision based models for current day leadership and professional coaching. He studied with and was influenced by noted leaders in these fields such as Ken Blanchard, Warren Bennis, Umberto Materana and Francesco Variela and was one of the grandfathers of coaching along with Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins and Jack Canfield. Alexander began to work in the Technology, TV, Film and Music businesses and with individuals in the mid 70’s long before the field had the definition of coaching and consulting. Dr. Alexander specializes in Mind-Body therapies and has been studying and teaching Mindfulness Meditation, Creative Visualization and Transpersonal Psychology since 1970. He is a pioneer in combining Eastern and Western techniques that support strategies of personal and corporate excellence including core creativity, leadership skills, communication and conflict resolution.

Dr. Alexander began his coaching career over thirty years ago by providing Stress Management, Holistic and Behavioral Medicine training workshops to corporate clients. He also worked very closely with Hollywood talent in his private practice and soon became sought after by entertainment executives interested in developing core creativity, leadership and communication skills within their companies. Today Dr. Alexander is a well-known consultant and coach to the artistic talent, management and production staff in the Motion Picture, Television and Music Industries. His entertainment clients include Universal Pictures, Sony Entertainment (film and music), Walt Disney Studios, ABC Television, Telemundo, RCA, MCA and DGC (David Geffen Company). He has also provided leadership and coaching training for employees from computer and software companies including Apple Computer, Microsoft and Sun Micro systems. In addition, Dr. Alexander teaches OpenMind Training’s such as Mindful Zen and The Art of Leadership throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia, Japan and Australia.