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Chantal Desmoulins



Born in France, Ms. Desmoulins channeled her passion for research and her intellectual curiosity into the study of foreign and French literature and linguistics at the University of Grenoble. She holds a DEA (advanced diploma equivalent to six years of post-graduate study) from The Center for Research of the Imaginary (Centre de recherche sur l'imaginaire – CRI, Stendhal University - Grenoble 3, France), where she focused her research on the study of the organized system of images.

In 1981 she met Dr. Alain Amouyal, and was so impressed by the psychological power of his music that she invested her considerable expertise in symbolism, anthropology, psychology and pedagogy into the organization of his research, drafting of a therapeutic protocol and analyzing the results.

Since 1985, Ms. Desmoulins has supervised the implementation of The Catharsis Technique – a specialized method of graphic expression under the induction of Dr. Amouyal's music, designed to facilitate the emergence of repressed emotions – at facilities in France, Switzerland, and the United States.  She trains medical and mental health personnel nationally and internationally and has delivered more than 100 conferences world-wide.

Today, Ms. Desmoulins specializes in the training of practitioners for private practice, retirement homes, and rehabilitation centers, and supervises the analysis of the patients' drawings. This ongoing relationship with both the practitioners and the patients allows her to ensure the utmost quality in the application of The Catharsis Technique, and to maximize the positive results for the patients.

Alain Amouyal


CO-FOUNDER OF CATHARSIS TECHNIQUE & CAP - Composer of CT & CAP-Programmatic Music

Trained and practicing for over 30 years as a dental surgeon, with his DDS diploma from the Aix-Marseille II University (France), Dr. Amouyal began his musical journey as a guitarist and bassist in a rock band at age thirteen. He is one of the designers of an internationally recognized recording studio, which he directed for 15 years.

As a composer, Dr. Amouyal has had over 15 CDs recorded and released by his company Silcord S.A. Publishing, and distributed by Eroica Classical Recordings. He had the privilege of recording his first symphonic work with the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Voices at Abbey Road Studio 1 in London in 1999.

Dr. Amouyal began improvising on the organ at age twenty-three, and followed with formal studies in ear-training and music theory. Realizing that his organ improvisations had a profound effect on those listening, he began to play recordings of his music at his dental practice and remarked that the majority of his patients experienced a release of tension and relaxation.

A psychiatrist colleague became curious as to what therapeutic effect Dr. Amouyal's music would have on his patients, and began using the music for graphic expression sessions in his clinic. A 5-hour musical program was created, intended for use by psychiatrists and psychotherapists, who still use it 25 years later with great success.

Together with Chantal Desmoulins, and with the cooperation of mental health professionals in France and Switzerland, Dr. Amouyal experimented with thousands of drawings from thousands of patients as he selected which of his compositions he would construct into what became the central tool of The Catharsis Technique and the Catharsis Application Program.

Dr. Amouyal is presently developing a large-scale art-therapy project, The Orpheus Project.

Dr. Christian Simonin


PhD in Neuropsychiatry

Dr. Christian Simonin is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist working both in private practice and a rehabilitation Center. In his book, The Intelligence of the Living (Testez Editions, 2009) co-written with Dr. Alain Horvilleur, several pages devoted to the Catharsis Technique enrich the chapter on the intelligence of the body.



9, rue Jean Baptiste Say

69001 Lyon

Email: simonin.chr@wanadoo.fr

Anne-Marie Brissy Pace


Anne-Marie BRISSY PACE is active as a psychotherapist holding a Professional Master of Psychopathological Psychology and Somatic Clinic.

After working for ten years in a hospital environment, in the fields of psychiatry and the somatic (units of pulmonary diseases, cardiology, neurology, nephrology and trauma), she now develops a private practice with adolescents and adults.

After a university education which mainly focused on Freudian psychoanalysis, she was trained in sexology, psycho-genealogy, biological decoding, and expressive art therapy with the Catharsis Technique. In addition she is experienced in psycho-corporeal and emotional therapies such as Rebirth.

She offers therapies for both individuals and groups to help patients focus on the totality of their person in order to find harmony between the physical, emotional, mental and even the spiritual levels. She accomplishes this through her work that focuses on the presence and awareness of breath and bodily sensations which allows patients to put into words and meaning the pains they suffer from.

Dr. Mania Hekmati


Dr. Mania Hekmati is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles with over fifteen years of experience helping people from various ages and backgrounds deal with the challenges of past trauma, relationships, career issues, loss and grief.

She blends humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral techniques geared towards the unique needs of each individual. Dr. Hekmati’s therapeutic approach is eclectic and collaborative. After assessing the situation, she chooses a treatment approach that will bring you the most benefit in the client’s healing. Realizing that each person’s challenges are unique to themselves, Dr. Hekmati strives to understand people as individuals rather than a specific diagnosis or label.

Dr. Hekmati utilizes CAP as a powerful therapeutic tool that in helping clients in exploring their emotions in order to mobilize positive mental forces that bring into play constructive feelings.

Dr. Hekmati is in private practice in Beverly Hills and works with children, adolescents, couples and families.

Dr. Lisa Hirsch Cordeiro


Lisa Hirsch Cordeiro has a master in counseling degree and a doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology with a Forensic/Legal focus. She is a seasoned clinician and fierce advocate. She is considered a child and adolescent specialist but is also passionate about working with veterans. She recently developed a non-profit, Experiential Learning and Growth Network which will provide CAP and other complementary services to eligible youth and veterans. Dr. Hirsch Cordeiro has a private practice in Petaluma, CA where she is married and raising two children.

"I am honored to be a facilitator of the CAP program. As a seasoned therapist, I have found that not all clients, especially children, benefit from cognitive or talk therapy. The CAP program allows the client to naturally work with internal conflicts in a gentle yet profound manner. I completed the entire program in order to become a facilitator, and was amazed at how much insight was gained from each session and analysis. This program would benefit anyone who is interested in better understanding him or her self. However, it is especially inspiring to find such a standardized program that can truly aid clients with serious clinical and unresolved emotional conflicts."

Marie-Dominique Pecorini


A graduate from the Faculty of Medicine of the Salpêtrière (Paris) in the field of speech therapy, Marie- Dominique Pecorini became a specialist in the treatment of numerous conditions such as deafness, autism, dyslexia, stuttering, cognitive development.

She is a member of the Word-Stuttering Association, a lecturer, tutor and teacher of speech therapy (France and Switzerland). Ms Pecorini continued her professional education becoming a graduate of the Caycedian Sophrology as well as obtaining a Masters in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) from the Resources NLP Institute in Belgium.

Trained in the Catharsis Application Program by Chantal Desmoulins in 2006, she incorporated this methodology into her private practice, mainly in the re-education of stuttering (children and adults) and in the case of mutiness or severe language difficulties. Convinced by the results she obtained, she decided to develop the use of the Catharsis Application Program in France in the field of speech therapy.

Lindsay Preissner


Over 12 years of administrative experience including customer service, auditing, record management, data entry, and payroll.

High computer skills.

Education & Training:

Associate of Arts Degree, Southwest Texas Junior College, Uvalde, TX (2008 – 2010)

Certificate, MS Word Intermediate/Advanced Course, Sanford, NC (2001)

Certificate, Information Mapping Procedures, Information Mapping, Inc., Sanford, NC (2001)

Certificate, ASIP Systems Assistant Instructor Course (SINCGARS), US Army, Fort Bragg, NC (1999)

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