Board of Advisors

Sandra L. Brown, MA

Sandra L. Brown, M.A., is the founder of this Association as well as The Institute for Relational Harm Reduction & Public Pathology Education. A former psychotherapist in the field of psychopathology and survivor trauma, Sandra is an accomplished and respected community educator on the intersections of mental illness, personality disorders, violence, and recidivism. She is a clinical lecturer and trainer, TV and radio guest, and an author. Her books include the highly popular How to Spot a Dangerous Man Before You Get Involved, the award-winning Women Who Love Psychopaths: Inside the Relationships of Inevitable Harm With Psychopaths, Sociopaths & Narcissists, as well as the clinically relevant Counseling Victims of Violence: A Handbook for Helping Professionals.

More about Sandra’s professional accomplishments is available at her website

George K. Simon, Jr., Ph.D.

George K. Simon, Jr., Ph.D., is an internationally-recognized expert on manipulators and other problem characters and the author of 3 bestselling books: In Sheep’s Clothing (which has been translated into twelve foreign languages), Character Disturbance, and The Judas Syndrome. He’s made appearances on several major television (Fox News NetworkCNNCBS 48 Hours) and radio programs and is also the host of a weekly internet program on UCY.TV called Character Matters.

Dr. Simon served for several years on the Arkansas Governor’s Commission on Domestic Abuse, Rape and Violence, is a past President of the Arkansas Psychological Association, and is a Board Certified Diplomate in Forensic and Clinical Psychology (ACFEI). More information about Dr. Simon’s experience, current writings, and other engagements can be found here.

Bree Bonchay, MSW, LCSW

Bree Bonchay, MSW, LCSW, is a licensed psychotherapist with almost two decades of experience working in the field of mental health and trauma recovery. She specializes in helping people recover from pathological relationships, and shares her insights about pathology in her blog, Free From Toxic. Her articles have been featured in major online magazines, and she has appeared on radio as a guest expert. She is the author of the book, I Am Free, which is the market’s first non-fiction anthology about surviving and healing from pathological relationships. She is also a public speaker, facilitates workshops, and the founder of World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day, which is celebrated every 1st of June.

William P. Brennan, M.Ed., LMHC, CAP

William P. Brennan, M.Ed., LMHC, CAP, holds a master’s degree in Counseling Education from Florida Atlantic University and is a psychotherapist who is a Certified Addictions Professional, Trauma Professional, and is EMDR certified with experience in inpatient, outpatient, and private practice levels of treatment. He has worked with survivors of Pathological Relationships for the last ten years and has co-facilitated narcissistic abuse recovery in individual, group, and retreat formats.

Contact Bill through his Facebook page or via email at

Julie Butler, MACP

Julie Butler, MACP, RP, is a graduate of Yorkville University’s Master of Counselling Psychology program. She is registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Julie serves an adult, individual population at Grandi & Associates in Windsor, Ontario and is a treatment provider for the Victim Quick Response Program of Windsor & Essex County. Trained in CBT, DBT, Brainspotting, and EMDR, she employs an eclectic, client-centered approach to promote recovery after relational trauma.

Contact Julie via email at

Carl Gacono, Ph.D., ABAP

Carl Gacono, Ph.D., ABAP, is an internationally known forensic expert with over 80 professional publications. His Asheville, NC, practice includes conducting psychological evaluations and psychotherapy from a reality- based/existential approach. 

Relevant to his participation in the Association is Dr. Gacono’s work related to psychopathy, antisocial personality, and other personality disorders. Dr. Gacono works with the victims of psychopaths, and families with one or more members that have personality disorders. More information about Dr. Gacono’s practice and credentials is available here.

Claudia Paradise, LCSW-R

Claudia Paradise, LCSW-R, has been in practice since 1995. She serves on the executive committee of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy’s Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia. Claudia is personally and professionally passionate about the education, treatment, and prevention of self harm and narcissistic abuse through her writing and public speaking. Additionally, she provides supervision and teaches at an institute level. She is an eclectic practitioner who employs analytic theory, DBT, CBT, somatic, and EMDR therapies to treat adults, couples, and children in her New York office. She is committed to the understanding of narcissism and sociopathy and their wide-reaching effects on the individual, the family, and the environment.

More information about Ms. Paradise’s experience and affiliations is available on and on LinkedIn.

Sherri L. Renner, JD

Sherri L. Renner, JD, is the founder and owner of LawYou America and its members-only Association for Pro Se Advancement, through which she focuses her years of litigation experience on helping self-represented litigants. Most of the pro se litigants helped through LawYou are survivors of pathological love relationships who are involved in family court proceedings with their former partners. Ms. Renner also works closely with the Institute in creating relevant educational materials for judges and other legal professionals.

To contact Ms. Renner or access LawYou’s resources, visit the website.