Jonah Paquette, Psy.D.
Psychologist, Author, and International Speaker
Greetings and welcome to my website! Here you can find information about my work, my upcoming speaking schedule, and my writing.
I'm a licensed psychologist, author, and international speaker, specializing in the science of well-being. I provide workshops, keynote talks, media appearances, and consultation on the science of happiness. It's my passion to disseminate the science of well-being to a broad audience, including schools, businesses, professional organizations, and health professionals. Whether you are an individual or organization, it would be my sincere pleasure to work with you!
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where I lived until my early twenties. With much of my family remaining there, and growing up a die-hard Knicks and Yankees fan, it was difficult leaving the Big Apple. But like many people, I felt drawn to the West Coast, where new adventures awaited. After graduating college at Columbia University in 2004, I moved to California to start graduate school at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium in Palo Alto. For the next five years, I had the privilege of training in a variety of clinical settings, including VA hospitals, college counseling centers, and community mental health agencies. I also had the good fortune of being mentored by some of the leading psychiatrists and psychologists in the field.
Although the training I received during these years was invaluable, I couldn't help but feel that there was something missing from mainstream mental health approaches. Namely, there was (and remains) an incredible emphasis on illness, pathology, and suffering. But what about the other side of the coin? During graduate school, I began to supplement my traditional training by learning more about wellness, happiness, and psychological well-being. I stumbled across the burgeoning field of "positive psychology," which studies these topics as well as things like character strengths, virtue, and happiness. This interest soon developed into my passion, and remains so to this day.
Today, I wear two hats in my professional life. First, I am the Assistant Regional Director of Mental Health Training at a large HMO in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I help oversee the mental health training programs across twenty medical centers in Northern California. And second, I provide trainings, consultations, keynotes, and seminars on topics related to wellness, happiness, and reaching your full potential. In 2015, I released my first book, entitled Real Happiness, a self-help book outlining seven proven paths to happiness and well-being. More recently in 2018, I released by second self-help booked, entitled The Happiness Toolbox, which provides an array of tools and handouts for both readers and practitioners alike. In June 2020, my third book was released. Entitled "Awestruck," it focuses on the science of awe and how we can cultivate more awe and wonder in our lives.
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Thank you again for taking the time to check out my site! I appreciate your interest in my work, and look forward to helping you harness the skills needed to develop lasting happiness and wellness.
Speaking, Media Appearances, Consulting, and Retreats
Professional Workshops and Seminars
If you're a mental health clinician or healthcare professional, I'm pleased to offer professional workshops on the science of happiness. These typically range from one to six hours in length, and provide an overview of the current research on happiness and well-being along with practical tools for increasing life satisfaction and happiness in daily life.
I've presented both nationally and internationally through organizations such as the Cape Cod Institute, PESI, Institute for Brain Potential, Psychotherapy Networker, TATRA, Kaiser Permanente, and more. For my current speaking schedule, click here. For rates and further information, please use the contact information tab at the bottom of the page.
Over the past few years, I've had the opportunity to make frequent media appearances to discuss issues related to happiness, well-being, positive psychology, and awe. This has included appearances on the radio, television, and podcasts, as well as having articles published through popular online and print outlets such as mindbodygreen, Conscious Lifestyle magazine, and the Psychotherapy Networker Magazine.
If you're interested in having me on your show or podcast as a guest to discuss the science of happiness and well-being, or are interested in having me write a guest column or article on your site, please contact me for further information.
Presentations for General Audiences
While I love giving presentations to professional audiences, one of my true professional passions is to deliver seminars, talks, and keynotes to the public at large. Whether you're a company, organization, or school, I'm happy to come and present on the science of happiness, and teach your audience or group more about the benefits of well-being.
Whether you're a company looking to gain an edge in the marketplace, or an organization looking to improve the well-being of its employees, I'm thrilled to offer consultation on applications of positive psychology in the workplace. Increasing happiness and well-being in the workplace has been linked to a host of benefits, including improved physical and emotional health, enhanced immune system functioning, increased compassion and social relationships, and improved cognitive functioning. Please contact me for further information about this service.
2021 Speaking Schedule:
January 9th: 6-hour Science of Happiness webinar sponsored by TZK Seminars. For information and registration, please visit http://www.tzkseminars.com
January 18th: IBP CBT
January 22nd: TZK CBT
February 4th: Power to Fly Wellness Event
February 8th: Science of Happiness International Conference (Ukraine)
February 12th: The Happiness Edge -- Fostering Well-Being in the Workplace. Check out https://www.ibpceu.com for more information.
February 20th: TZK Awe
March 8th: TZK CBT
March 15th: Well-Being At work (KP Internal)
March 18-21st: Psychotherapy Networker Symposium
April 3rd: TZK Positive Psych
April 12th: IBP CBT
April 21st: Hirose event
May 6th: Awestruck: How the New Science of Awe Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Connected. Check out https://www.ibpceu.com for more information
May 8th: TZK CBT
May 11th: BetterUp Awe & Wonder
May 20th: IBP Happiness Edge
May 21st: TZK Awe
May 24th: IBP CBT
June 6th: IBP Trauma
June 5th: TZK CBT
June 25th: TZK Positive Psych
July 9th: TZK CBT
July 24th: 3-hour Science of Awe seminar (webinar) sponsored by TZK Seminars. For information and registration, please visit http://www.tzkseminars.com
August 2nd: TZK CBT
August 16-18: Cape Cod Institute
August 21st: TZK Positive Psych
October: 4 day happiness retreat pesi
November 1st: Hirose Positive Psych
November 29th: Hirose CBT
Sampling of Past Speaking Engagements:
Institute for Brain Potential
Cape Cod Institute
US Journal Training
Power to Fly
Jack Hirose & Associates (Canada)
In June 2002, I released my newest book entitled "Awestruck: How Embracing Wonder Can Make You Happier, Healthier, and More Connected." In it, I explore the science of awe, including its impact on our physical health, emotional well-being, and overall lives. It also includes over 60 easy-to-use practices to bring greater awe into your own life. To purchase, please visit this link
My previous books include Real Happiness and The Happiness Toolbox. I'm thrilled to continue my journey of offering readers new ways to live a fulfilling, happy, and meaningful life.
For more information about my first book, Real Happiness, please visit the following link: https://amzn.to/2GAoNZt
For more information about my second book, The Happiness Toolbox, please visit the following link: https://amzn.to/2DSNgFA
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Education and Experience
Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)-- PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium
Doctoral Dissertation: Positive Psychotherapy for Anxiety and Stress
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)-- Columbia University
Double Major in Psychology and History
Selected Professional Experience:
Kaiser Permanente, Vallejo, CA
Assistant Regional Director of Mental Health Training, Northern California. Helps in the administration and leadership of nearly 200 mental health trainees spanning 20 medical centers. In my clinical practice, I provide individual and group psychotherapy to a broad range of patient populations, and provide hospital/emergency room coverage.
Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael, CA
Postdoctoral Residency in Chemical Dependency Services
Loma Linda VA Medical Center
Predoctoral Internship with rotations in Adult Outpatient, Chemical Dependency, and Geropsychology/Rehabilitation
Selected Training Experience:
Stanford University Medical Center, Inpatient Unit
San Jose VA Medical Center
Goodwill Industries of Silicon Valley
San Jose Job Corps, Mental Health Services