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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 psychologist, author, and international speaker, specializing in the science of well-being. I provide workshops, keynotes, media appearances, and consultation on the science of happiness. My previous books include Awestruck, Real Happiness, and The Happiness Toolbox, all of which focus on how we can find greater happiness and meaning in our lives.


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!

 

About Me

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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 my 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. 

Check out Real Happiness:

Check out The Happiness Toolbox:

Check out Awestruck

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. 

 

Services

Speaking, Media Appearances, Consulting, and Retreats

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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.

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Media Appearances

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.

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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.

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Consulting

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.

 

 Speaking Schedule

2022 Speaking Schedule:


January 3rd: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Institute for Brain Potential)

January 8th: CBT for Depression & Anxiety (TZK Seminars)

January 10th: Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Institute for Brain Potential)

January 12th: Embracing Awe & Wonder (Kripalu)

January 19th: Embracing Awe & Wonder (Kripalu)

January 22nd: Awestruck (TZK Seminars)

January 24th: The Happiness Edge (Institute for Brain Potential)

January 26th: Embracing Awe & Wonder (Kripalu) 

January 27th: Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Jack Hirose Seminars)

February 2nd: Understanding and Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Institute for Brain Potential)

February 2nd: Embracing Awe & Wonder (Kripalu)

February 12th: Advanced CBT (TZK Seminars)

February 12th: The Happiness Edge (Institute for Brain Potential)

February 19th: Applied Positive Psychology (TZK Seminars)

February 25th: The Benefits of Awe & Wonder (The Clinic)

March 10th: Happily Even After -- Fostering Joy In Difficult Times (Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Washington, DC) - live, in-person

March 13th: Rediscovering Wonder (Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Washington, DC) - live, in-person

March 14th: Understanding and Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Institute for Brain Potential)

March 18th: Advanced CBT for Depression & Anxiety (TZK Seminars)

March 23rd: The Happiness Edge (Institute for Brain Potential)

March 26th: Awestruck (TZK Seminars)

March 29th: Understanding and treating PTSD (Institute for Brain Potential)

April 1st: Changing How We Feel By Changing How We Think (Institute for Brain Potential) -- live, in-person (Ukiah, CA)

April 2nd: Changing How We Feel By Changing How We Think (Institute for Brain Potential) -- live, in-person (Eureka, CA)

April 7th: Changing How We Feel By Changing How We Think (Institute for Brain Potential) -- live, in-person (Chico, CA)

April 8th: Changing How We Feel By Changing How We Think (Institute for Brain Potential) -- live, in-person (Redding, CA)

May 11th: Understanding and Treating Anxiety Disorders (Institute for Brain Potential) -- live, in-person (Dublin, CA)

May 16th: Understanding and Treating Anxiety Disorders (Institute for Brain Potential) -- live, in-person (Folsom, CA)

May 18th: Understanding and Treating Anxiety Disorders (Institute for Brain Potential) -- live, in-person (Sacramento, CA)

May 20th: Understanding and Treating Anxiety Disorders (Institute for Brain Potential) -- live, in-person (Palo Alto, CA)

May 23rd: Understanding and Treating Anxiety Disorders (Institute for Brain Potential) -- live, in-person (San Francisco, CA)

May 27th: Understanding and Treating Anxiety Disorders (Institute for Brain Potential) -- live, in-person (Reno, NV)

June 2nd-June 5th: Happiness & Yoga Retreat (PESI Retreats and Seminars) -- live, in-person event (Sedona, AZ)

June 11th: Positive Psychology (TZK Seminars)

June 18th: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TZK Seminars)

July 11th: Advanced CBT (TZK Seminars)

July 21-22: 2-day Applied Positive Psychology (Jack Hirose Seminars) -- live, in-person (Calgary, Canada)

July 25-26: 2-day Applied Positive Psychology (Jack Hirose Seminars) -- live, in-person (Calgary, Canada)

July 29th: Awestruck (TZK Seminars)

August 15th: Advanced CBT (TZK Seminars)

August 22-26: 5-day Positive Psychology and Awe Intensive Retreat (Cape Cod Institute) -- live, in-person (Eastham, MA)

August 29th: Positive Psychology (TZK Seminar)


Sampling of Past Speaking Engagements:

Institute for Brain Potential

PESI

Happify

Cape Cod Institute

US Journal Training

Genentech

Psychotherapy Networker

JFK University

Kaiser Permanente 

TZK Seminars

BetterUp

Power to Fly

Jack Hirose & Associates (Canada)

TATRA (Australia)

PSIEO (Turkey)

 

Books

In June 2020, 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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Speaking Inquiries

Keynotes, Workshops, and Seminars

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