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  • Collection: A Community of Heart

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In this time of increasing world-wide disasters -both natural and man-made- and in the wake of September 11 th , I have joined many of my colleagues in thinking about how lucky we are to be able to offer some relief from the grief, loss and trauma…

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When I think back to when I learned EMDR compared to now, I marvel at the numbers of people who are trained in this methodology. I can go anywhere in the world and know that there will be some eager mental health care worker wanting “to talk EMDR.”…

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Bob Tinker is no stranger to trauma. It began when he was 5 years old and his mother died of breast cancer. In retrospect, he realized that this event caused a reaction in his father that led to his developing PTSD symptoms resulting in alcoholism.…

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Over the many years that I have known David Wilson, each time I meet or talk with him I learn something I did not know before about him. Whether he is telling me about his latest invention, or a new concept in research, or something about one of the…

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When I think of Sandra Wilson, I think of a kaleidoscope of dynamic shapes and colors coinciding with the different facets of her life: caring friend, wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist, psychologist, researcher, humanitarian, wilderness…

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Silvia Guz was born in the municipality of Santo André in the metropolitan region of São Paulo, Brazil. Her father’s family emigrated from Poland during WWI and her mother’s came from Syria. Her parents, Icchok and Stela, grew up in the same town and…

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Mazal Menaham lives in the southernmost tip of Israel called South Arava, near the Red Sea. It is the junction where Israel, Jordan and Egypt come together and is a peaceful part of the country. Her parents were Malka, who was born in Jerusalem, and…

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Sombat Tapanya grew up in a loving home, where people appreciated learning. His father, Sriwang, was an elementary school teacher and lived in a small province in the North of Thailand. He was known in his community and probably met his mother,…

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Although Jinsong Zhang is a soft-spoken woman, she has had a strong impact on psychiatry in China. She was born in 1966 at the beginning of the chaotic years in China, also known as the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. She is a native of…

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When you first get to know my good friend and colleague, Bennet Wolper, you would not think that his early life was filled with neglect and abuse. He is the person in the room towards whom people gravitate because of his wonderful smile and positive…

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Ana M. Gomez is our Colombian-born colleague who now lives in the United States. Her mother, Elizabeth Ramirez, and father, Pedro Jose Gomez, met each other in Cali, Colombia. He was in the military and later became a schoolteacher and she was a…

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Louise Maxfield has been one of the most prolific and interesting women that I know. She was born in Southend-on-Sea in London to parents who found each other in a hospital ward during WW2 when her father was dying from a ruptured appendix and her…

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Susan Rogers’ recounting of her life is as clear and as straightforward as her teaching. Her father, George Phillips Rogers, was from Corry, Pennsylvania and her mother, Mary Louise Warren, was from Fairfield,Connecticut. They met in college and…

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Carol Forgash is one of our EMDR community treasures. Her parents were immigrants; her motherwas from Belarus, and her father was from Galicia. They came to Brooklyn, New York as childrenand later met at a basketball game in their mid-20s. They only…

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Susana’s love of her family, her community and her country are the guiding principles that inspire the choices in her life. She is the sixth child of seven born to Tarsicio Uribe and Susana Ramirez in Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco and in the…

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Gyða Eyjólfsdóttir was born in Reykjavik, Iceland. Gyða’s father, Eyjolfur Thor Georgsson, was working as a taxi driver when he met Dora Olafsdottir, who was working at the taxi station. They instantly became friends. After his marriage ended, he and…

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How does one choose one’s way in life? Bessel van der Kolk believes that “Lives are accidental and unexplainable. Stuff happens and then life is never the same, and you can’t explain why. We are subject to the whims of the universe.” Even though he…

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In 1995, Mark went from being a Marine to joining the Navy and becoming a “squid”, as there were no medical facilities in the Marines. It was a shock to go from the clean-cut appearance of the Marines to seeing sailors wearing beards and looking like…

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Lourdes (Lulu) Medina comes from the Republic of the Philippines, an archipelago of 7,107 islands bordered by the Philippine, Sulu, South China and Celebes Seas and the Luzon Strait. In 2013, the Philippines has become the world’s 12th most populous…

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Turning points in our lives often contain earth-shaking events precipitating a change in worldview sometimes over time and sometimes in a flash. Margaret, or Peggy as we know her, Vasquez Moore has had a number of these: moving to South America; the…

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Mona Zaghrout-Hodali is Head of Counseling in the Rehabilitation services of the East Jerusalem YMCA, which provides services throughout East Jerusalem and the West Bank and extending in training and supervision to other areas in the Middle East and…

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Despite roots that go deep into American history, Katherine Davis’ experience in life has turned her into a woman who deeply understands the diversity of the human spirit.Although Kathy’s ancestors did not arrive on the Mayflower, her family came to…

EMDR therapy administered to patients with cancer has proven to be effective in the reduction of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and PTSD diagnosis remission. The main objective of this study was to measure the PTSD scores and diagnosis…
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