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Reneau Peurifoy is an internationally known author, therapist, and teacher. Over his four-decade career he has written books that have been translated into multiple languages. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television programs as well as on many podcasts. The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), the nation’s primary organization for anxiety-related problems, has invited him to speak at eleven of their national conferences.

Peurifoy’s ability to reduce complex ideas into simple, easy-to-understand terms and apply them to daily life can be seen in his books that have been translated into multiple languages. It’s also the reason he has been invited on numerous radio and television programs as well as multiple podcasts. One of the forces that drives his work is his desire to provide people with tools that can help them live happier and more productive lives.

Born and raised in California, Peurifoy received his master’s degree in counseling from the University of San Francisco and worked for twenty years as a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in anxiety disorders and trauma. It was during this time that he wrote his first book, Anxiety, Phobias & Panic: Taking Charge and Conquering Fear, that has now sold over 200,000 copies.

After publishing two more books that became known in multiple languages, Peurifoy retired from private practice to teach at a local college. He is now retired from teaching and has finished a new book, Why You Feel the Way You Do, that will be released in 2023. He is especially excited about this project as it has allowed him to research the new discoveries being made in affective neuroscience – the science that explores the biological circuits in the brain that generate emotions.

Peurifoy continues to live near the capitol of California. He is married and has two grown children. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar and gardening.