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Douglas R. Kelley, PhD, CH, CSL

Doug Kelley has spent his life learning, developing, and teaching concepts that can be applied to one's life whether secular or spiritual. He has trained thousands of managers, ministers, and leaders as well as helped hundreds via life-coaching and spiritual counseling. In addition to a PhD in Metaphysical Science, he is a Certified Hypnotist (CH), Certified Seminar Leader (CSL), and an accomplished professional speaker, trainer, life coach, minister, and author of many published books and numerous courses in the fields of human development, metaphysics, leadership, relationships, and anomalous research.

While he has certainly seen his share of tragedy and defeat like most people, he refuses to allow this to kill his spirit. Dr. Kelley is a leader, a doer, and a make-it-happen type of person. He takes an open-minded, yet grounded approach on all things and has an insatiable thirst for knowledge and growth. After over 35 years involved in the ministry, metaphysics, leadership and management training, and anomalous research, he is currently using his experience and knowledge to explore, research, and teach the full spectrum of metaphysical  and metapsychological concepts for the potential benefit of all people. Doug resides in southwest Florida along with his wife, Tracy, and their three cats.

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Doug Kelley's Work

Doug Kelley is an eclectic individual with many interests. His work primarily consists of researching and understanding the human condition as well as empowering the human spirit. He conducts his work in several areas summarized below. Visit the respective websites for more information.

Metaphysical Ministry


Dr. Kelley's ministerial career began decades ago at the age of 21 when he was appointed as an associate minister. A few years later, he was appointed to the position of full pastor. Since that time, Doug's mission has been to empower the human spirit through education and by helping people get past the things that hold them back. To this end, he founded the International Church of Metaphysical Humanism (ICMH Church) to provide an alternative approach to viewing and understanding human consciousness and existence. Over the years, he has developed and honed several proprietary metaphysical concepts including the Life Leadership ParagonTM upon which his ministry's 9 Principles of Belief as well as all of his courses are built (see the next item). 

Metaphysical Teaching


Dr. Kelley also founded the Institute of Metaphysical Humanistic Science (IMHS) as one of the primary methods for providing education in metaphysical topics and practical life skills. IMHS is a part of ICMH Church's ministry program and offers non-academic PhD degrees in a variety of metaphysical topics such as Metaphysical Science, Spiritual Counseling, Life Coaching, Hypnosis, Holistic Healing (Reiki), Paranormal Science / Parapsychology, and Ufology. Students must apply themselves and study diligently to graduate. The International Metaphysical Practitioners Association (IMPA) was also founded to serve as a reputable association for IMHS graduates and other metaphysical practitioners. IMPA also accredits IMHS courses and offers accreditation to other metaphysical schools. In October 2015, Thomas Francis University was launched to offer standalone and certification courses.

Anomalous Research


Dr. Kelley is the founder, president, and Chairman of ParaNexus Anomalous Research Association ParaNexus is a professional trade association of dedicated and progressive ufologists, parapsychologists, and enthusiasts focused on researching and understanding the human condition through the scientific study of aerial, psychical, and anomalous phenomena, its reality, its reach, and its impact on humanity. Doug’s greatest area of interest and research in the field of anomalous research is the impact of such phenomena on the human condition including the role that a person's unique socio-religious and cultural beliefs have on the type and extent of any paranormal activity experienced. He blends this anthropological approach with an open mind, a make-it-happen attitude, and a deep belief in the indomitable power of the human spirit. He is an outspoken advocate for the need of education in the paranormal field as well as remaining objective and grounded regarding evidence of anomalous phenomena. Doug also hosted ParaNexus Universe, a weekly radio program aimed at helping anomalous researchers. While this show is no longer active, archives of over 150 shows are available on the ParaNexus website.



In late 2001, Dr. Kelley founded Empowered Recovery for non-alcoholics in alcoholic relationships. This program is designed to candidly help the family and friends of alcoholics to recognize, understand, and resolve an alcoholic relationship. In 2006, Doug completed his ground-breaking book on alcoholic relationships entitled, Alcoholic Relationship Survival Guide. This book has helped thousands of people better understand and resolve toxic, alcoholic relationships worldwide. The eBook version is currently provided at no charge on the ER website. The site also offers a free forum for people to get help and support.

Leadership and Management Training


For many years, Dr. Kelley taught leadership, management, and assertive communication skills to thousands of managers in seminars across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. He has also presented corporate in-house training to a number of companies. This experience allowed him to develop many personal and professional leadership concepts and models, such as the aforementioned Life Leadership ParagonTM as well as a behavioral profile and an assertiveness profile. Doug's style of speaking is down-to-earth and conversational; but he doesn't hold back from asking direct questions that make people think. Dr. Kelley is available for in-house training on a variety of business and personal growth topics. Click on the contact tab above to request additional information.   

Transpersonal Life Coaching, Spiritual Counseling, and Hypnosis


Dr. Kelley is an extremely effective coach and counselor and has helped hundreds of clients. In 2005, he developed a unique approach to coaching/counseling called Life Leadership Coaching --A Transpersonal Approach to Self-Completeness. This approach is not only effective in helping people reach goals, but also goes deeper into removing blocks and helping people grow spiritually. Life Leadership Coaching is taught in the IMHS Degree Program. Dr. Kelley is available for coaching or spiritual counseling. Click on the contact tab above to request information.

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What Others Have Said

Below are just a few of the hundreds of testimonials received over the years. See Dr. Kelley's other websites for more testimonials.

About Dr. Kelley's Teaching
  • "Doug Kelley helps us to understand the information, push ahead, and encourages us to be the best that we can be. He is very personable and he truly cares about each of his students on a personal and educational level." --Deanna M., Canada

  • "Dr. Kelley wants only the best from his students, and expects nothing less! He gives advice and guidance in your lessons; at times making you re-think your answers. He approaches his subjects based on a realistic belief of his subjects and the philosophy behind Metaphysics." --Camille E., North Carolina

  • "Dr. Doug Kelley is by far the best teacher I have ever had, demanding my best so that I stretch myself to think and grow, but encouraging me in a warm and friendly manner." --Arron F., Texas

  • See more teaching testimonials at the Metaphysics Institute.

About Dr. Kelley's Coaching/Counseling
  • "If you want the truth presented in a no-holds barred, objective, in-your-face manner for grown-ups-only (when you need it), then you want to talk to Doug. His style of honesty laced with the compassion of 'having been there' helped turn my life around—quickly and permanently. Many thanks!" —Diana C., Director of Marketing

  • "Doug . . . your impact has been tremendous on my life. You helped me get through a difficult time in my life by bringing insight into an alcoholic relationship I was unable to remove myself from. Previously I had felt that I had very little control over the things that were happening to me and around me. You provided me with the necessary tools and honest, even sometimes tough advice to help me realize that I already had the strength and resources to deal with things and move forward with my life! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!" —Linda W., Quality Assurance Engineer

  • "When I first started coaching sessions with Doug my life was in chaos. I was confused, depressed and did not know where to turn any longer. I had sought help from other professionals and although they listened to me, I never felt that anyone truly understood how I was feeling or would be able to help me. It was discouraging. Doug was different because he asked the tough questions that made me look further into myself, questions that no one else had ever asked me before. Although he spoke to me honestly, directly, to the core and with no sugar coating, it was never without empathy and kindness to me as a person. He did not give me the answers but patiently and relentlessly guided me until I figured them out for myself. He taught me how to like myself again and how to be responsible for my own happiness. My life has turned in a completely new and positive direction since I have been coached by Doug. I have grown and changed in ways unimaginable to me before. I am happy and excited to begin each new day. I would highly recommend Doug’s coaching to anyone in need of support or advice of any kind. I can assure you it will be a life-changing decision you will not regret." —Joelle R., Legal and Business Affairs Coordinator, IMAX Corporation, Ontario, Canada

  • "Doug Kelley and his Empowered Recovery program saved my life. While searching for answers to why loved ones can put their addictions above all else, Doug showed me that the answers lie within one’s self. His gentle coaching style belies the wisdom he possesses in helping to understand that alcoholics and drug addicts make their own choices and their loved ones are not responsible for those choices. He challenges you in a “no holds barred” yet empathetic way to look inward and find the strength to accept your pain, grieve your losses, rediscover yourself and find the strength to not only move on, but become a better, well rounded individual who recognizes that you have control over no one but yourself. He has taught me that I have the choice to wallow in self-pity or to take control of my future. His coaching style is one of compassion and not trickery. He will not box you into a corner and leave you to ponder in obscurity. His experiences have taught him that though the answers lie within, not everyone knows where to look and he points you in the right direction allowing you to discover, at your own pace, the answers you seek. Recovery from loss of any kind is an individual journey and Doug recognizes this. He has not forgotten the unbearable pain and will not tell you to deny it, but help you find a way to cope until you discover the inner strength that he knows you hold within yourself, and to move forward. To speak to Doug Kelley is to learn what a friend really is. He is accepting and non-judgmental. While so many others tell you what you ought to be, Doug will help you rediscover who you really are and how to be comfortable with that. Not only has my life been saved, but it has been enriched by the privilege of having Doug as my friend." —Lawrence Y., Kittery, Maine

About Dr. Kelley's Speaking and Training


  • "Doug was excellent--head and shoulders above trainers in other seminars I've attended. He kept it interesting, lively, and involved life lessons for personal development along with the explicit subject matter in the course title." —Anonymous, Atlanta, GA

  • "Dr. Kelley spoke to us as if we mattered as people and humans, as well as managers. I gained helpful knowledge to apply in my personal life as well as my career. Thank you!" —Linda M. Rawlings, CSR, Cobb Emergency Vet Clinic, Atlanta, GA

  • "Dr. Doug Kelley was and is very knowledgeable, has great communication skills, was clear and understandable, and is very well prepared. Dr. Kelley is a role model for future public speakers. Dr. Kelley, thank you very much for the advice and for listening!" —Cruz G., Supervisor, National Western Life, Austin, TX

  • "I attend outside training and now also do some training myself. I usually hope to come away with a few learning points, but Doug and the materials absolutely exceeded my expectations. I'm not a rookie and this was really good stuff!" —Rick E., Global Lean Coordinator, Energizer, Akron, OH

  • "The training was productive, I learned a lot, and the interaction with people was great. Doug is an amazing speaker!" —Neslly L., Claims Supervisor, Wayside Youth & Family, Boston, MA

  • "How refreshing to work with someone so fluent in his material. Doug practices what he preaches, as evidenced in his actions and demeanor during breaks." —Charlotte V., Controller, St. Gobain Performance Plastics, Fairlawn, OH

  • "Doug's clear and easy style of speaking to a group makes it easy for participants to learn and get involved in the discussion." —Jeff H., CSM, Stock Building Supply, Atlanta, GA

  • "Doug Kelley is a well spoken person. He is very articulate in his words; works well with his audience. Doug, can I borrow you for my salon?" —Bonnie J., Owner, Splashes Boutique, Cherry Hill, PA

  • "Excellent! Best one [seminar] I have ever attended. Dr. Kelley is right on target in approach and delivery; presents materials in a fresh and applicable manner. Bravo!" —Greg E., Asst. Manager, Texas Dept. of Public Safety

  • "Doug Kelley is an awesome speaker! Easy to listen to--has an ability to draw the audience into his presentation. One of the most useful seminars I have every attended!" —Tina S., RN, Clinical Manager PACU, Tuomey Health Care Systems, Atlanta, GA

  • "I feel the trainer truly cared about helping us make a difference. I believe this is more than just a job or going through the motions for him. Doug took the time to help individuals with specific workplace issues." —Debbie D., Programming Administrator, CMC, Evansville, IN

  • "Doug left me with a positive feeling running through my veins. He's infectious! It would be great to have him just walk around my company and talk to everybody. Hello positive reality check!" —Ben S., Client Services, Hoover's Online, Austin, TX

  • "Doug is very passionate in coaching and delivery. He is very well rounded and can communicate effectively with all personality styles. He never makes anyone feel uncomfortable." —Phyllis G., F & B Training Supervisor, Harrah's Entertainment, Metropolis, IL

  • "Today's class was outstanding and filled with extremely helpful and wise information that I am able to add to my life skills. Doug has an outstanding knowledge of human nature and how to deal with all types of challenging personalities. He's hired!" —Regina Q., Asst. Land Use Administrator, New Castle County Gov't, Wilmington, DE

  • "I liked Doug's insights--fresh and innovative; not just a repeating of other's thoughts." —Maria H., Research Scientist, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Evansville, IN

  • "Doug was very informative, delightful, very professional, and an expert in the field. He showed a remarkable attitude toward the student's learning and attaining the proper understanding... of performing professionally." —Rita J., Senior Operator, Memphis Fire Department, Memphis, TN

  • "Doug, the Assertiveness Training was wonderful and enjoyable. You've shown me the areas of my weakness and how out of balance I am because of my lack of self-acceptance. I have never seen it so clearly. I truly believe this knowledge will help me to grow and improve personally and professionally. —JH, Manager, Tallahassee, FL

  • "If I can remember to use even part of what I learned today, it can make a big difference in furthering my management abilities. Great seminar! Doug was not only knowledgeable, but personable, entertaining, and engaging enough to keep me riveted." —James A., IT Manager, Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute, Orlando, FL

  • "The information in the seminar was valuable, but Doug's style and interpersonal skills made the seminar personal and powerful." —Betsy D., Director of Clinical Services, DOS Healthcare, Miami, FL

  • "Doug did a wonderful job in this training session. He was funny, open, and let us have fun as we learned." —Chris H., Purchasing Agent, Tallahassee, FL

  • "Doug's insight and approach was refreshing. His practical knowledge was a wealth of information that I can use in my own management practice." —Mike M., Customer Service Manager, Fort Knox National Company, Elizabethtown, KY

  • "Doug encouraged interaction among the group; ideas were practical and useful. This seminar exceeded my expectations! Well done!" —Temple O. R., MD, Medical Director, Bond Community Health Center, Tallahassee, FL

  • "This was a definite eye-opener and informative experience. As a first-year manager, I gained significant insight on how to deal with many current employee issues. Doug truly did inspire me to continue in my management career path and to believe in myself." —Jennifer D., Office Manager, Law Office, Miami, FL

  • "Doug was well educated and gave a good seminar.... He was very well informed and gave us good ideals. Thanks Doug! 'You planted a seed' today." —Harriet C., Supervisor, Cardinal Brands, Inc., Cynthiana, KY

  • "Doug, you have an awesome grasp on the concepts which was evident by the way you gave examples and modeled conversations. Thank you! What a great Communicator!" —Vera M., Senior Training Manager, Discover Card, Phoenix, AZ

  • "Doug was engaging, actually funny at times, made the day comfortable, and you felt like he truly cared about the seminar participants. I'd hire him!" —Jim C., Account Services Director, Hoover's Inc., Austin, TX

  • "Doug Kelley was excellent, excellent, excellent!" —CIW, Chicago

About Dr. Kelley's Empowered Recovery Program
  • "Absolutely the best [information] I have ever encountered to help individuals and friends understand the workings of alcoholism, the effects on family and friends and how to cope with life. The "Nonalcoholic Bill of Rights" is so true, people need to live by it daily." —Eric

  • "I feel like I have awakened since I found Empowered Recovery; Empowered Recovery has and is giving me strength that I didn't realize I needed." —L.W.

  • "To say thank you is a definite understatement to ER. I feel that for the first time in my life, I can actually breathe.... This is truly indescribable. Thank you." —DeDe

  • "You helped me switch the light on - thank you so much." —Linda X

  • "Dear Doug, just wanted you to know of how much you and your site have helped me through these tough times." —A

  • "Thank you so much… I do thank God that there are great people like you out there that help those in need. God Bless you Doug." —J :)

  • "How is it that you always know exactly what to say without judging? It's wonderful to have a group that is so understanding. Thanks!" —K

  • "This is the most helpful information I've ever read, bless you for giving people access to this online." --R

  • See more testimonials on the ER website.

Contact Doug Kelley

Dr. Doug Kelley resides in SW Florida (Eastern Time Zone). He can be contacted by email at or by phone at 941.456.9995.