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Dr. Richard L. Pimental-Habib, Ph.D., C.C.H., is an author, counselor and psychotherapist, and holds a doctorate in clinical hypnotherapy with an emphasis in mind/body wellness. His masters training was in psychodynamic psychotherapy, developmental psychoanalytic psychology, and marriage, family, and child counseling. In addition, he has post-doctoral training and certifications in clinical hypnoanalysis and past-life regression therapy. His undergraduate work was in fine arts, at the University of California.
Dr. Rick is a long-time supporter (and sometimes participator) in the Arts. He has been a psychotherapist and educator for over 23 years, and during that time has practiced, consulted and volunteered throughout the Southern California and Southeast Florida HIV and GLBT communities, lecturing and training peer counselors to work in HIV mental health. As a bereavement counselor for the country’s first AIDS hospice, located in Los Angeles, he designed a one-year follow-up bereavement program that continues to serve as the model for such programs nationwide.
Dr. Rick is the author of EMPOWERING THE TRIBE ~ A Positive Guide to Gay and Lesbian Self-Esteem and THE POWER OF A PARTNER ~ Creating and Maintaining Healthy Gay and Lesbian Relationships
He has written extensively on HIV-related grief and grief counseling. Dr. Rick has been a featured expert on numerous radio programs and a regular columnist for a variety of national parenting magazines, gay and lesbian publications, alternative newsweeklies, and more.
Dr. Rick currently resides in the Chattanooga, TN area, where he offers individual, relationship, family, and group counseling. Along with book-touring and consulting, Dr. Rick teaches meditation classes in Chattanooga, and workshops for diverse religious, spiritual, and community organizations throughout the country. He writes a very successful weekly mind/body/spirit column, “Shrink Rap,” for the Chattanooga Pulse, and is presently working on his third book.