Dr. Joan Samuels-Dennis

Founder, Becoming Institute Inc.

Resilience & Reinvention – Overcoming Hardships and Challenges – Motivational Stories and Techniques

Dr. Joan Samuels-Dennis, Ph.D., is a trailblazing force in the field of psychotherapy, internationally recognized for her transformative approach to trauma recovery. Her groundbreaking psychotherapeutic technique – the Becoming Method™ – has revolutionized how we understand and treat the physical, mental, and spiritual responses to trauma. As the Dean of the School of Psychotherapeutic Innovations at the Becoming Institute, the first Black-led, Black-focused, and Black-serving institute for psychotherapy education, she is shaping the future of the profession with a focus on diversity, equity, and excellence.

With a career spanning over two decades, Dr. Joan’s expertise as a trauma recovery specialist has left an indelible mark on individuals, families, and communities worldwide. Her interdisciplinary background, encompassing nursing, psychology, mental health promotion, and philosophy, informs her holistic approach to healing, empowering clients and students alike to achieve resilience and well-being.

In addition to her leadership and clinical roles, Dr. Joan is a dedicated advocate committed to social change. As Chair of the National Healing Journey, she spearheads efforts to address historical traumas within the Afro-descent community, advocating for healing and reconciliation from the enduring impacts of colonization, enslavement, and systemic racism.


An accomplished author with influential works such as “490: Forgive and Live Fearlessly,” Dr. Joan’s writings continue to inspire and guide readers globally. Her compassionate commitment to healing and her profound insights into the human experience make her a respected voice in the field.

Proudly Jamaican-Canadian, Dr. Joan resides in Kamloops, BC, with her loving husband and cherished family. Her passion, expertise, and unwavering dedication to advancing the field of psychotherapy and fostering healing in individuals and communities attest to her enduring legacy and impact.