What is Thanatology and Who are Thanatologists?

Thanatology is a comprehensive field of study that examines every facet of death, dying, and bereavement. Thanatologists are care providers, clinicians, practitioners, educators, researchers, and others emerging from a wide variety of educational backgrounds, professional disciplines, and occupations who practice within the scope of death, dying, loss, grief, and bereavement and "share a common language" with other  professionals.  The Certified Thanatologist designation is achieved after completing several hours of training and education in the field in addition to passing a required examination.

What is EMDR Certification and Consultation?

EMDR interventions can be provided by any professional with Level 1 and 2 Basic training.  After this, the therapist is considered "EMDR trained", provided they also complete associated consultation hours.  A therapist may call themselves an "EMDR Certified therapist", after they have completed Level 1 and 2 Basic Trainings in addition to validated hours of consultation, clinical sessions and completion of EMDR Advanced training supported by a consultant. 

My goal is to provide a secure foundation for EMDRIA Certified clinicians to make the transition to successful professional development as Consultants In Training (CIT) and Approved Consultants. Succeeding as a CIT and AC requires more than knowledge of the eight phases of EMDR therapy and the standard procedural steps. CITs and ACs are intimately involved with the formation of EMDR clinicians.

                                          Being a certified EMDR therapist means you have committed to excellence in care and quality of services, with a deepened                                                         knowledge of EMDR.   As a certified therapist, you may also be a Consultant In Training (CIT), to allow you to provide consultation                                             services to other providers who seek advanced practice skills and certification.  I am currently a Consultant In Training to offer                                                   these services to other professionals seeking to advance their skill sets.

What is a Gottman 7 Principles Leader?

A Gottman 7 Principles Leader is a person with advanced training through the Gottman Institute's research based interventions who is qualified to teach 7 Principles Workshops.  As a Level 1 and 2 Gottman trained professional, I am able to offer these interventions to couples individually and in workshop settings to apply the skills of the Sound Relationship House based on the book "7 Principles of Making Marriage Work".   Workshop goals are to disarm conflicting verbal communication; increase intimacy, respect, and affection; remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy; and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship (www.Gottman.com).  See "Couples Workshop" section to register.

Spirituality and Religiousness

I have been blessed to study aspects of spirituality and religiousness since grad school at the University of Michigan..  There I participated in 2 studies with varieties of religious experiences called the Life Transitions Study as well as another study, GEMINI, which studied religious leaders and how genetics would interface with them as leaders. 

These 2 experiences proved valuable as I began researching the concept of Religious Trauma.  I began with Marlene Winell's book "Leaving the Fold" as I began to think about patient's experiences leaving a religion of choice.  I have studies these aspects of spirituality and religiousness for quite sometime and am hoping to continue to validate patients in leading whole, happy and healthy lives.  

In my studies at the University of MIchigan, I was involved in the Life Transitions study under the direction of friend and colleague, Elizabeth A.R. Robinson, PHD.  This was a descriptive and exploratory study investigating changes in alcoholics' spirituality and religiousness from treatemtn entry to 6 months later and whether those changes were associated with drinking outcomes.