Hal Runkel


Hal Edward Runkel, MS, MMFT, LMFT is a world-renowned expert on helping people and organizations courageously face their conflict and find their peace.

A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and registered conflict mediator, Hal is an internationally acclaimed speaker, having touched audiences with his humor and practical wisdom throughout the U.S. and 17 countries around the globe. Hal is the New York Times bestselling author of ScreamFree Parenting and ScreamFree Marriage, which have reached hundreds of thousands around the world, and have been translated into 11 languages. Hal and the ScreamFree message have been featured on over a thousand media outlets, including over 40 appearances on NBC’s Today Show, countless local TV and radio stations around the country, and in numerous publications like Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and The Huffington Post.

After earning both a BA and MS in philosophy & theology, Hal obtained his Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University. That was when he began to create and practice the ScreamFree philosophy.

“Throughout my education I was continually drawn to two ideas: the power of calm, and the power of the individual. Throughout my life, however, I was the last individual you’d see as calm. With a few less-than-ideal moments in my childhood, I was emotionally volatile as a teen and young adult. In short, I was a screamer, in many different ways. Thankfully, life led me to a marriage partner who, because of her own struggles, could love me through that. But I still needed to change.

This especially became apparent as I became a father. That’s when I started my own journey of family therapy, and that’s when ScreamFree began to form itself into a total relationship philosophy. I didn’t know then it would become my life’s work, but as I began to see ScreamFree’s effect in my own family, and then on other parents, spouses, leaders, and organizations, I couldn’t help but keep saying yes to each new opportunity to share it with others.”

Hal and his wife, Jenny, started dating when they were teens and now have been married for 23 years. They are constantly striving to stay calm and connected with each other and their two teenagers, Hannah (19), and Brandon (17). They both consider Houston their hometown, but since 2000 they’ve called Atlanta home.



  • Norcross, GA
  • 678-672-6410

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