“The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it, is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet.”


About Us

Alfred Ricci, MBA

Founder and Director

Alfred Ricci has 15 years of teaching personal development workshops, including methods to release severe stress and trauma. Rising from the ashes and harnessing the power of his early years — living in shelters, group homes, and a foster home while attending six high schools in four years — Alfred reveals how even the most daunting obstacles can be overcome.

While working in 23 countries as an international banker, Alfred Ricci experienced some very stressful business cultures. Combining his experience of releasing trauma with his knowledge of the massive stress of corporate life, Alfred's mission is to share the necessary skills to thrive in traumatic work environments.

While working with many people who were traumatized, it became necessary to create methods to release the negative energy (secondary PTSD, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma) received from his clients. Personal experience with traumatized clients led him to share these skills with First Responders.

Dr. Teyhou Smyth, LMFT

Teyhou Smyth is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#115137) focusing on Emotion Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Dr. Smyth places high value on personal development and wellness allowing for the achievement of one’s full potential, and her practice Living with Finesse focuses on stress management, corporate burnout and achieving better work/life balance for high functioning professionals who lead busy lifestyles and want to live a more fulfilling life. Teyhou believes that everyone is able to access their full potential so that they may become the best version of themselves.

As someone who comes from a multicultural and international background, Teyhou has a unique insight when it comes to people from different cultures and ethnicities. Originally from the United Kingdom, Teyhou earned her B.A in Psychology from the University of Southern California and completed an M.A. in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Dr. Teyhou went on to complete a second Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at the California School of Professional Psychology and holds a doctorate degree in Pedagogical Sciences. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine Graduate School of Education & Psychology in Malibu, California.

D'Leene DeBoer, RN, BSN

D'Leene has been in healthcare for over twenty years. This has allowed her to work with people of all ages, social classes, nationalities, cultures, a variety of diseases and disabilities. Her experience has given her the ethical, empathetic and coping skills needed to thrive in the healthcare industry.

She graduated from Linfield University-Good Samaritan School of Nursing with honors. She has a joyous and enthusiastic drive to continue learning and growing as an individual, leader and educator. She shares her passion and knowledge, inspiring and empowering others everywhere she goes.

D'Leene holds many certifications including Community Based Care, Trauma Nursing Core Course Instructor, Neonatal Resusitation Provider, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advance Life Support, Sexual Health Educator, Leadership Coach, System Channeling and Quantum Healer, Holistic Health and Wellness Coaching.


Karen Eusebio, M.S., LMHC

Karen has more than 20 years of experience in Behavioral Health in a variety of settings, Outdoor Behavioral Health programs, Inpatient and Intensive Outpatient Programs, and private practice. As Program Director in Psychiatric Hospitals, Karen is quite familiar with the toll of untreated stress on staff. She has worked with her team in developing stress-reduction practices, resulting in greater job satisfaction and increased quality of care for the patients. She is also a Life, Parent, and Business Development Coach focused on her clients' increased well-being.

In addition to her training as a therapist, Karen is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Primordial Sound Meditation, Transcendental Meditation, Reiki, Rising Star Healing System, and Emotional Freedom Technique. She has facilitated numerous workshops on Stress Reduction, Living Life Joyfully, Stress-less Parenting, Team Building, and Enhancing Corporate Culture.

Jayne Ellis

Partner, United Kindom

Jayne Ellis has worked in healthcare for over 30 years as a nurse and an educator. She is a published author and regularly speaks at conferences and events on the subject of Compassion Fatigue all over the UK.​

She founded EF Training 11 years ago to provide quality evidence-based training and then five years wrote and developed the first course in the UK that pro-actively addresses the impact of Compassion Fatigue on individuals and organisations.​

Having experienced compassion fatigue herself Jayne is acutely aware of the emotional toll that working in any caring role takes from people. She is committed to raising awareness about Compassion Fatigue and is campaigning for emotional health and safety to be seen as having equal status to physical health and safety in every industry across the UK.

Prior Engagements

Partners Against Violence


Alfred was able to set me on a journey that has changed my professional and personal life.

Heather T., B.S.W. D.Jrnl., Peel CAS Team Lead

I can proudly say that I am well on my way to becoming that leader that I always admired.

​Lisette P., Peel CAS Team Lead

Alfred and his team delivered an incredible presentation for us, teaching our small business community how to improve customer service skills with simple, actionable mindfulness techniques. We received exceptionally positive feedback from all of the small business owners in attendance!

Laura James, Vice President of Innovation
Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP)

​EQ training allowed me to take a targeted approach to increase my capacity as a leader.

​Troy C., MBA, Bell Operations Manager

I would definitely recommend the EQ training program to anyone interested in personal and professional growth.

​Jackie P., Bell Leadership Program

Alfred and his team customized a seminar specific to my strategic goals. A year later, his customer service tools have proven to be an integral part of how we handle difficult customers.

Carmen Contreras, State Farm Insurance Agent
~ A top 5% agent every year for 18 years.