Author Bio

Denver private practice clinical psychologist Susan Heitler, Ph.D., educated at Harvard and then NYU, has led the way in bringing new advances in understandings of conflict resolution to the field of psychotherapy and also to marriage education. Dr. Heitler has published extensively. Her (1) book for therapists, "From Conflict to Resolution," (2) "Power of Two" book, workbook, and website for couples, and (3) her latest book, "Prescriptions Without Pills," focus on how to sustain well-being and relationship success. Frequently quoted in magazines and news articles, Dr. Heitler may have set the record for the most couples written up in the popular former Ladies Home Journal column, "Can This Marriage Be Saved?" The posts on her blog on have received over 13 million reads. Dr. Heitler has recorded continuing education webinars for on treating narcissism, on conflict resolution in couples therapy, and on visualization techniques for accelerating treatment of negative emotions. The website offers continuing education credits for reading her books. In addition, Dr. Heitler has given full-day workshops for many state psychological associations on couples therapy and in 18 cities around the U.S. for PESI on Anxiety: New and Effective Treatment Options. Internationally, Dr. Heitler's books have been translated into six foreign editions. Dr. Heitler has lectured in Austria, Australia, Canada, China, Israel, Spain, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Lebanon. Most recently she was invited to be the keynote speaker In Beirut at the first pan-Arab psychology conference where she was asked to speak on the how-to's of collaborative conflict resolution. A front-runner in the integrative therapy movement, Dr. Heitler initially called her integrative conceptual map of emotional health, distress, and psychotherapy "conflict resolution theory." Her master therapist video The Angry Couple, shown in marriage counseling training programs world-wide, uses that terminology. Recently however she has been referring to this comprehensive theory by the more user-friendly term, bump theory.

Articles by Susan Heitler, Ph.D.