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Get ready for the best psychotherapy event in six years
December 12-17, 2023 | Anaheim, CA

Celebrating 38 years, the most anticipated psychotherapy event of the year is making its grand return to Anaheim, CA. Over five plus education-filled days, enjoy an integrated forum where the masters of psychotherapy, breakout thinkers, and on-the-ground professionals will connect, engage, support, and reinvigorate your passion for the field of psychotherapy—all in the city of Anaheim. Join us in the home of the most magical, imaginative, and innovative place on Earth. See for yourself what the Evolution conference is all about!

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Conference Highlights

Meet with the field’s leading innovators in our world-class exhibit hall, peruse the exclusive onsite bookstore, unlock local deals for Anaheim's globally sought attractions, and so much more!

Conference for Psychotherapy Professionals
Practice-Changing Days
Globally Renowned Speakers
Who is Eligible to Attend?

The conference is open to professionals with a master’s degree or equivalent in mental health and health-related fields from accredited institutions as well as graduate students in accredited programs in mental health and health-related fields who supply a letter from their department certifying their student status as of December 2023.

Marriage and Family Therapists
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists
Psychiatric Social Workers
Pastoral Counselors
Nurse Practitioners
Graduate Students in Accredited Programs in the Above Fields
And more...

Why Attend Evolution 2023?

A ‘persistent and consistent offering of the very best of the field’

The 2023 Evolution of Psychotherapy meeting is a golden opportunity for mental health professionals. 

Professor and therapist Gary Quan: "Evolution brings together the world’s best career psychotherapists, providing a unique opportunity to meet, learn from, and collaborate with the very best clinicians in our field. Evolution’s 2023 faculty lineup is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity we may not have again, and I am excited about the possibilities around this year’s event – for myself, my colleagues, and the students who are entering the field of psychotherapy."

See why one of our beloved alumni choose to return again and again, and why you should consider joining us in Anaheim this year. 


2023 Announced Speakers

Here are some of our confirmed speakers for the 2023 conference in Anaheim later this year. Check back for an updated star-studded lineup as we continue to announce more in the coming weeks and months!

Daniel G. Amen, MD
CEO and Founder Amen Clinics
Ellyn Bader, PhD
CEO-Co-Founder & Director, The Couples Institute
Claudia A. Black, PhD
Clinical Architect of Claudia Black Young Adult Center & Senior Fellow, The Meadows
David D. Burns, MD
Emeritus Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford Medical School
Eli Coleman, PhD
Professor Emeritus of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health, University of Minnesota Medical School
Robert B. Dilts
Founder, NLP University
Stephen Gilligan, PhD
Psychologist and Owner, Encinitas, CA
John and Julie Gottman, PhD
Co-Founders, The Gottman Institute
Temple Grandin, PhD
American Academic, Animal Behaviorist, Author, Consultant, Autism Spokesperson, Faculty Member with Animal Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University
Steven C. Hayes, PhD
Foundation Professor of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno
Harville Hendrix & Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD
Chancellor, Imago International Training Institute
Sue Johnson, EdD
Director, International Center for Excellence in EFT
Rob Kapilow
Composer, Conductor, Author, Music Commentator, G. Schirmer, Norton/Liveright
Otto F. Kernberg, MD, FAPA
Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Medical College
Camillo Loriedo, MD, Ph.D.
Founder and Director, Istituto Italiano di Psicoterapia Relazionale
Cloé Madanes, LIC, HDL
President, Madanes Institute
Christina Maslach, PhD
Professor of Psychology, Emerita, University of California, Berkeley
Gabor Mate, MD
A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, expert on topics of addiction, stress and childhood development.
Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D., ABPP
Visiting Professor Emerita, Rutgers Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology
Donald Meichenbaum, PhD
Psychologist, Distinguished Retired Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Waterloo, Ontario; Research Director, The Melissa Institute
Scott D. Miller, PhD
Founder, International Center for Clinical Excellence
William R. Miller
Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of New Mexico
Stephen W. Porges, PhD
Distinguished University Scientist, Indiana University
Terry Real, LICSW
Founder, Relational Life Institute
Martin Seligman, PhD
Professor of Psychology, Director Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania
Daniel Siegel, MD
Co-Founder and President, Mindsight Institute
Derald Wing Sue, PHD
Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
Stan Tatkin, PsyD, LMFT
Founder, PACT Institute
Michele Weiner-Davis, LCSW
Founder, The Divorce Busting Center
David Whyte
Renowned Poet, Philosopher, and Speaker
Michael D. Yapko, PhD
Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice
Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD
Director, The Milton H. Erickson Foundation
Therapy, by its very nature, is an unusual conversation. Its methods are unusual. But the unusual serves a purpose, namely, evocative impact.

Jeff Zeig, PhD

It was a phenomenal conference and terrific experience! The speakers were amazing experts, the booths were very informational, and the food was delicious! Thank you, Dr. Zeig, for your brilliant vision and dynamic leadership in bringing the mental health community together from all over the world, during these challenging times, for another awesome and legendary conference! I learned so much and networked rigorously!

Tina Liu-Tom, Psychologist

This was my first time attending the conference and thought it was very well organized with excellent speakers and content. I left the conference interested to learn more about several modalities/interventions and skills to practice the following week.

Amanda Olson, Clinical Social Worker

It was a great experience. I appreciated the range of options for sessions and the presentations were excellent and very relevant and informative. I learned a great deal and was impressed with the organization and continuity of the topics.

Christine Austin, Licensed Professional Counselor