About Doreen Downing, PhD

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I’m Doreen Downing, Ph.D., Psychologist, Founder of Essential Speaking, and Training Director of Speaking Circles® International with over thirty years of experience working with individuals, couples, and groups.

To explore how to get started on your fearless speaking journey, I offer a Free 30 Minute Anxiety Breakthrough Session. To schedule with me, Click Here. 

Earlier in my career, as I was helping others overcome their fears, I carried a hidden terror of my own. I was afraid to speak in public. 

I have discovered that the key to confident speaking is being fully present and connected to my Essential Self.

After earning a degree in Sociology in the 1960’s my life path led to Malaysia as a Peace Corps volunteer. I realized that at the core of social problems were communication and relationship issues. I returned to get a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and began my private practice in the 1980’s. 

I believe my calling is to facilitate personal and professional transformation and to help people recover their vibrant inner spirit and speak without fear.

I now teach others how to dissolve stage fright forever through Private Coaching, Speaking Circles®, Fearless Speaking Workshops, and Self-Guided E-Courses. As Training Director of Speaking Circles® International, an organization dedicated to helping people speak more naturally and powerfully, I lead authentic communication seminars worldwide. I also co-lead the Speaking Circle® Facilitator Certification Program and have trained Facilitators who now practice in Canada, Europe, India, and Asia.

I offer a Free 30-minute Anxiety Breakthrough Session to explore how you can get started on your journey to be fully expressed in all areas of your life. To schedule with me, Click Here.