Doreen Downing PhD

How to speak without fear with Doreen Downing

With my coaching programs, I safely guide you so you can…

  • Reach a calm, centered, and powerful inner core
  • Be your true self and speak with ease
  • Engage your listeners and radiate confidence.

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

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 with Doreen Downing, PhD, 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.

For more information about EssentialSpeaking with Doreen Downing, PhD.

I offer a Free 30-minute time to chat session to explore how you can get started on your journey to be fully expressed in all areas of your life.

I experienced profound transformation in myself and witnessed it in others. It was a safe space for overcoming a deep-seated fear. I loved it!


Doreen makes it possible to take the risk of exposing fear and anxiety in a safe, learning environment.


I learned a great deal from Doreen. I feel that I had a chance to explore some deep-seated fears about public speaking either to an individual or a group, and through that exploration found my power.


7 STEP GUIDE TO FEARLESS SPEAKINGPodcast host, Dr. Doreen Downing, helps people find their voice so they can overcome anxiety, be confident, and speak without fear.

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