The Team

Dr. Lori LeydenDr. Lori Leyden – Psychotherapist and Newtown Relief Team Leader

Lori Leyden, PhD, MBA teaches and facilitates healing work with heart-centered leaders in the fields of healing arts, spiritual growth, business, humanitarianism and philanthropy. With over thirty years experience, she is a uniquely qualified psychotherapist, author, workshop leader, inspirational speaker and business consultant. After a near death experience, Lori developed The Grace Process, a transformative spiritual practice for heart-centered living. She is the author of The Grace Process Guidebook and The Stress Management Handbook: Strategies for Health and Inner Peace available in English, Spanish, Arabic and Korean. Lori holds a doctorate in Health and Human Services with a concentration in psychoneuroimmunology, and a masters degree in Business Administration with a concentration in management.

Inspired by the resilience of orphan genocide survivors she works with in Rwanda, Dr. Leyden founded the non-profit Create Global Healing (CGH) and established Project LIGHT: Rwanda – the world’s first international youth healing, heart-centered leadership and entrepreneurship program. Project LIGHT is a new form of humanitarian aid nurturing our next generation of young people to heal, work and lead us into a peaceful future. She is the Executive Producer of the soon to be released documentary Project LIGHT: Rwanda, A story of heart, healing and humanity. Dr. Leyden is now heading The Tapping Solution Foundation’s Newtown Stress and Trauma Relief Project.,


Nick OrtnerNick Ortner – Tapping Expert and a Co-founder of “The Tapping Solution for Newtown: Stress and Trauma Relief Project”

Nicolas Ortner is the CEO of “The Tapping Solution,” and Creator and Executive Producer of the breakthrough documentary, “The Tapping Solution,” which explores EFT or “tapping”, a healing tool based on ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. Nick has also produced the “Tapping World Summit”, a free worldwide online event currently heading into its fifth year, which has been attended by over 500,000 people. (

As a resident of Newtown, CT, Nick is extremely passionate about helping the people of his community heal.


Jessica OrtnerJessica Ortner – Tapping Expert and a Co-Founder of “The Tapping Solution for Newtown: Stress and Trauma Relief Project”

Jessica Ortner is a co-producer of the breakthrough documentary film on EFT / Meridian Tapping, “The Tapping Solution.” She studied digital journalism with the New York Film Academy, in conjunction with NBC News, and has been interviewing experts in the personal development field since 2007, having conducted over 200 broadcast interviews to date.

For the past eight years, Jessica has traveled the world working with and training under many of the leaders in the field of personal development. She is trained as an NLP Master Practitioner and is certified in hypnosis. She combines her experience in the field with her knowledge of tapping to create tap-along audios that have been used by thousands of people around the world, with great results.


Alex Ortner Alex Ortner – A Co-Founder of “The Tapping Solution for Newtown: Stress and Trauma Relief Project”

Alex Ortner is a co-producer of many of The Tapping Solution programs, including the yearly Tapping World Summits. As an internet expert, he is at the heart of the Tapping Solution team, constantly working behind the scenes to make sure that everything runs cohesively to be able to run projects smoothly. He has a passion for personal development and helping others with Tapping. He is trained as an NLP Master Practitioner and is certified in hypnosis.

Alex lives in Sandy Hook, CT, less than 2 miles away from Sandy Hook Elementary School with his wife and two young kids. Thankfully his children attend a different school and were safe during the terrible tragedies of December 14th, 2012. Alex is deeply committed to helping the people of his local community overcome the stress, anxiety, overwhelm, trauma and so much more caused on that day.


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