Ruth L. Schwartz, Ph.D. co-founded Conscious Girlfriend in 2013. A writer, healer and teacher for over three decades, she has a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology, and studied relationship coaching with world-renowned experts Gay and Katie Hendricks, bestselling authors of Conscious Loving and many other books. She also has extensive training in energy medicine, shamanism and hypnotherapy, and has helped hundreds of individuals and couples access inner guidance, heal trauma and create more joyful lives. Author of seven books, including Soul on Earth: A Guide to Living & Loving Your Human Life, Ruth has taught at six colleges and universities. She lives in Oakland, CA, and works with clients and students worldwide by phone and Skype.
Amber Ault, M.S.W., Ph.D. is a frequent guest teacher in Conscious Girlfriend programs. A sociologist and psychotherapist, Amber coaches people across the globe on understanding crazy-making relationships and offers them practices that empower them to move into lives infused with love, ease, confidence, and creative delight. Amber is the author of The Wise Lesbian Guide to Getting Free From Crazy-Making Relationships, The Five Step Exit: Skills You Need to Leave a Psychopath, Narcissist, or Other Toxic Person and Recover Your Happiness Now, and the forthcoming Wise Lesbian Guide to Love. Her academic work includes research on lesbian, bi, and trans experience/s, including a Ph.D. dissertation on lesbian and bisexual women’s identity formation during the early years of the AIDS crisis, articles on lesbian and bi identities, hate crimes, and Gender Identity Disorder as mental health diagnosis. She has written for The Washington Blade, Our Lives Magazine, and other LGBT outlets, and served as the first producer of the LGBT radio show, Queery. More about Amber at www.amberault.com
Michelle Murrain, Ph.D., was a co-founder of Conscious Girlfriend and the co-creator of many of our programs. Michelle has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, a 30+ year Buddhist meditation practice, and attended seminary. She brought a unique combination of scientific, spiritual and technical knowledge to Conscious Girlfriend, with particular passion for helping women, especially women of color, develop self-love and self-compassion. Eventually, after many years of struggling with gender dysphoria, Michelle realized that her health and happiness required her to change gender, and live as a man. The person formerly known as Michelle Murrain now continues his journey of consciousness under the name Maxwell Pearl. However, Michelle’s legacy lives on throughout this website and in the many Conscious Girlfriend materials she co-created.
And now, it’s all about you.
Are you ready to become a Conscious Girlfriend?
A conscious girlfriend is a lesbian or queer woman who gains – or embarks on the process of gaining! – the tools, skills and understandings that lead to truly happy intimate relationships.
We’re passionate about helping women become conscious girlfriends, because that’s what it takes to build and maintain relationships that are deeply intimate, passionate and joyful – relationships that “just work,” rather than feeling like a lot of work.
Why “conscious?” Because becoming more conscious – more observant, more aware, more thoughtful – about what happens both inside of you, and between you and your girlfriend – is a huge first step to becoming able to create your relationship destiny.
In other words, being conscious is all about having more choices – and making the choices that bring you happiness, rather than drama, fights and heartbreak!
Whatever you’re struggling with, we’ve been there, in one way or another – and we can help you get where you want to go!
The sad truth is that if you don’t take steps to develop new skills and ways of being, your old patterns are likely to repeat… and repeat… and repeat, no matter who you meet.
But once you learn how to be a conscious girlfriend, a whole different relationship world can open up for you.
We’re here to help!
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(And the fine print: While the resources and tools we share emerge from our extensive personal and professional experience and research, the information on this site should not be construed as – or used in place of – professional psychotherapeutic or medical assistance.)