Doreen Downing

About Doreen Downing, PhD


I’m Doreen Downing, Ph.D., Psychologist, Founder of Essential Speaking, and Training Director of Speaking Circles® International with over thirty years of experience working with individuals, couples, and groups.

To explore how to get started on your fearless speaking journey, I offer a Free 30 Minute Anxiety Breakthrough Session. To schedule with me, Click Here. 

Earlier in my career, as I was helping others overcome their fears, I carried a hidden terror of my own. I was afraid to speak in public.

I have discovered that the key to confident speaking is being fully present and connected to my Essential Self.

After earning a degree in Sociology in the 1960’s my life path led to Malaysia as a Peace Corps volunteer. I realized that at the core of social problems were communication and relationship issues. I returned to get a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and began my private practice in the 1980’s. 

I believe my calling is to facilitate personal and professional transformation and to help people recover their vibrant inner spirit and speak without fear.

I now teach others how to dissolve stage fright forever through Private Coaching, Speaking Circles®, Fearless Speaking Workshops, and Self-Guided E-Courses. As Training Director of Speaking Circles® International, an organization dedicated to helping people speak more naturally and powerfully, I lead authentic communication seminars worldwide. I also co-lead the Speaking Circle® Facilitator Certification Program and have trained Facilitators who now practice in Canada, Europe, India, and Asia.

I offer a Free 30-minute Anxiety Breakthrough Session to explore how you can get started on your journey to be fully expressed in all areas of your life. To schedule with me, Click Here.

Recently, I started “Find Your Voice, Change Your Life” podcast. Listen to the episodes here.