Mental Health Speaker, Author, Trainer and Consumer Advocate

Carol Kivler

Professional mental health speaker, author, thought leader, trusted advisor to international business executives, Carol Kivler is also a passionate  advocate for mental health. A survivor of four bouts of treatment-resistant depression, she battled this devastating and debilitating mental illness with courage and faith to a full and sustained recovery.

Carol is an ardent advocate for consumers struggling with depression and mental illness. Through her four books, mental health presentations and Courageous Recovery, Inc., her 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, Carol works tirelessly to overcome stigma and misrepresentations that still surround those suffering from mental illnesses. As a consumer advocate and mental health speaker, she tells the story of the treatment that saved her life, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), and shares strategies for maintaining sustained recovery and mental wellness. Her motivational presentations resonate with mental and medical health professionals, consumers, their families and friends, inspiring compassion, understanding and hope.

Carol is an authentic, riveting, and memorable motivational speaker. Her high-energy and compelling mental health presentations change thinking and encourage participants to move from mental illness to the realm of mental wellness. Read More >>


  • Carol Kivler, M.S. smashes the common stereotype of the unemployed, incapable or demented individual with a mental illness. Her message of recovery, productivity and successful living is one that any individual who has, lives with or is a health care provider must hear. A successful business woman, courageous advocate and warm human being make Mrs. Kivler, a voice of reason and hope for all whose lives are touched by mental illness.
    (Rev) Ben Evans, DD, DNP, RN, APN, Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse Associate Vice President, Behavioral Health Services, Bergen Regional Medical Center
  • Both the interns and the more experienced residents were fascinated by Ms. Kivler's talk, and wished for more. She provided living confirmation of many of the things the residents are taught-the effectiveness of ECT, the value of a long term trusting relationship with a psychiatrist, the importance of genuinely listening to the patient, and the impact of ordinary human kindness. The interns could have had no better introduction to the relationship with the patient.
    Kimberly R. Best, MD, Albert Einstein Medical Center
  • Your Grand Rounds presentation, “The Other Side of Psychosis” was exceptionally well received by our department. Thank you once again for taking the time from your busy schedule to join us and share your expertise and advocacy.
    Joseph Austerman, D.O., Chair, Psychiatry Grand Rounds Committee, Cleveland Clinic
  • Thank you, Carol, for having the courage to speak so openly at our Grand Rounds series about your journey of recovery. Your heartfelt testimonial of optimism and resilience is moving and inspirational, and is an invaluable message for professionals and lay people alike.
    Jonathan Krejci, Ph.D., Director of Training and Research, Princeton House Behavioral Health
  • Carol Kivler's discussion of her journey is compelling, candid and provocative. Everyone in the audience left not just informed, but transformed.
    Joy Jones, Director of Community Relations, Psychiatric Institute of Washington
  • Your unfailing dedication to breaking down the barriers of stigma related to depression and ECT is exemplary. If only others would have the courage to follow in your footsteps, mental health treatment would no longer be hidden in the shadows. Carol, you are a true gift to humanity. I am personally blessed by your life journey and commitment to improving the quality of life for individuals with psychiatric disabilities and their family members as well as your devotion to bringing the real-world into the academic setting.
    Mary D. Moller, DNP, ARNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN, Specialty Director, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Yale University School of Nursing
  • Carol's presentation was the best Grand Rounds we have had at the Cleveland Clinic this year.
    Tatiana Falcone, M.D., Cleveland Clinic