Anne Wessels-Paris, PhD, author
is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has practiced psychotherapy for over 25 years, and has specialized in the use of empathy for self-growth and development.
She is the author of Standing at Water’s Edge: Moving Past Fear, Blocks, and Pitfalls to Discover the Power of Creative Immersion (2008, New World Library.) Dr. Paris has presented her ideas on TV, radio, newspaper, and podcast broadcasts. She has given many presentations and lectures to a wide range of audiences.
In addition, Dr. Paris co-founded the Cincinnati Center for Self Psychology, a training/educational institute for mental health professionals in the theory and practice of Self Psychology Theory. She served as President and Faculty member of CCSP.
Dr. Paris serves as Midwest Editor for the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP) e-forum newsletter. She is a member of The American Psychological Association, and The International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology.
Marian Brickner, Photographer
is an animal behavior photographer who lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Her whimsical photographs capture “the individual who happens to live in the body they have.” Marian’s photographs have appeared in National Geographic for Kids, Missouri Conservation Magazine, and Nature Conservancy Magazine, among many others.
Her photo is the cover for Franz de Waal’s book, “The Bonobo and the Atheist.” Her photographs are the center piece for the following books: “I’m Lucy: A Day in the Life of a Young Bonobo,” (afterword by Jane Goodall), “Animals Don’t Wear Lipstick”, “What are They Thinking”, “Paws on a Line (Claws and Hoofs Too)”, “Seasoned Dogs”, “Mutts and Rascals”, “Tale of Dales”, “With Bright Shiny Faces”, “What’s a Family Anyway?” and more.
Marian’s photographs for The Empathy Way Series were taken over a twelve-year period at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida. Marian sits quietly, unobtrusively, for hours waiting to get “the right shot” of bonobos interacting with each other naturally. Her patience and ability to immerse into the community of bonobos has produced these stunning photographs of these amazing individuals.