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Board of Directors

Evelyn Wright, LCSW  |  President

Evelyn Wright, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker in Rolling Hills Estates, California.  She has been in private practice on a full-time basis in 2003 specializing in Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Eating Disorders, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Attachment and Abuse, with an emphasis in child and adolescent therapy.  Upon completing graduate school at the University of Southern California in 1998, she began her career with clinical intervention and play therapy with abused and neglected children at UCLA’s Department of Pediatrics.   Seeking more effective clinical interventions and methods of assisting clients and addressing childhood issues, she became an EMDR Certified Therapist in 2011 and later trained in the EMDR Trauma Recovery/HAP R-TEP Protocol.  In addition to having been a member of the Child/Adolescent SIG and Public Practice and Diversity SIG, Evelyn has also been an active member of the Advocacy Committee.  She is also active in the Association of Play Therapy and Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association. She has been a guest lecturer on child development, temperament, cross-cultural and transracial adoption, and behavioral issues.  Evelyn is passionate about assuring that our returning wounded warriors as well as those victimized by crime, abuse, and disasters receive the benefits afforded for transitions in life through EMDR.

 

 

Carol Miles, MSW, LCSW  |  President Elect

Carol Miles MSW, LCSW, a clinical social worker specializing in individual, family and group psychotherapy, maintains a private practice in Covington and New Orleans, LA, with a broad spectrum of clients. A graduate of LSU School of Social Work in 1981, Carol specializes in clinical social work, with over 30 years’ experience as a social worker in clinical, administration, and marketing with the public and private sectors. Among her areas of passion and expertise are working with clients who have eating disorders and trauma. She is certified in EMDR therapy and has additional training in DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). Carol has often presented at statewide conferences and to general audiences on topics ranging from eating disorders, assertiveness, EMDR Therapy, DBT and developing a private practice. She has taught as an adjunct professor at the Tulane School of Social Work since 1998.

 

Additionally, she is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and EMDRIA Approved Provider of EMDR therapy. She has been a member of EMDRIA since 2008, shortly after being trained in Part 1 & 2 in 2007 in New Orleans through the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs (now the Trauma Recovery). She served as a member of the Conference Committee for many years and has been the Chair of the University Special Interest Group. She is currently the Regional Co-Coordinator of South Louisiana.

 

 

Mark Nickerson, LICSW  |  Secretary

Mark Nickerson, LICSW, has served on the EMDRIA Board for six years and was Board President in 2014. He has been a psychotherapist in Amherst, MA for 30 years, is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, and an EMDR Institute Trainer. He conducts a range of advanced EMDR trainings nationally and internationally on topics including treatment for problem behaviors, problematic anger and violence, cultural competence, and the effective use of EMDR protocols. He has developed award winning innovative programs designed to reduce and resolve interpersonal conflict and is the originator of the Cycle Model as an approach to assessing and treating problem behaviors. He is editor/author of Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally-Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy: Insights, Strategies and Protocols (Springer, 2016) and The Wounds Within (Skyhorse, 2015), an exposé on the challenges for war veterans and their families.

 

 

Wendy Byrd, LPC, LMFT  |  Director

 

Wendy Byrd, LMFT-S, LPC-S is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Counselor specializing in individuals, couples and families. She maintains a successful private practice in Austin, TX. As an EMDRIA Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant, Wendy utilizes EMDR in her practice on a daily basis.

 

Prior to opening her practice in 2007, she worked with adolescents and children in a residential treatment facility conducting individual and group psychotherapy. She served as the President of Austin Association for Marriage and Family Therapists for 5 years. During her time as president Wendy helped to increase the membership by nearly double. She has presented at local and national conferences on integrating EMDR into couples therapy. Currently she is an EMDRIA Regional Co-Coordinator of Central Texas and a facilitator for basic EMDR training with The Institute for Professional and Creative Development. She is also a certified Imago therapist and co-leads Generations Dialogue workshops as well as Safe Conversations couples workshops.

 

 

Jim Cole, Ed.D.  | Director

 

James Cole, Ed.D. moved to Ellensburg, Washington after taking an early retirement from The University of Alaska Fairbanks where he was the Director of Health and Counseling and held academic rank in the Departments of Psychology and Education. He spent four years on the EMDRIA board before returning to this current term. Francine Shapiro trained him in 1997. He has served as chair of both the membership committee and the advocacy committee. He is currently a psychologist in private practice that is a regional coordinator, and a consultant for both EMDRIA and Trauma Recovery. He has given presentations at EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) conferences in Toronto and Montreal and EMDR Canada (EMDRAC) conferences in Vancouver and Toronto.

 

Dr. Cole has seven books. Two include forewords by Desmond M. Tutu and The Dalai Lama. His most recent publication is on the reenactment protocol in a soon to be released book edited by Marilyn Luber. He also has a chapter “The Reenactment Protocol for Trauma and Trauma Related Pain,” which is a chapter in the book EMDR Solutions: Pathways to Healing, edited by Robin Shapiro.

 

Jim is a retirement procrastinator.

 

 

Marisol Erlacher, LPC  |  Director

 

Marisol Solarte-Erlacher is a licensed psychotherapist and consultant, practicing in Denver, CO. Prior to establishing her private practice, she worked in the non-profit sector for more than ten years, most recently as the Program Director at Sisters of Color United for Education and as a bilingual/bicultural therapist at the Rape Assistance and Awareness Program. Marisol is deeply committed to the development and delivery of efficacious therapeutic services to Latinx survivors of sexual assault and interpersonal violence. She has presented to the National Latino/a Psychological Association Inaugural Conference, Midwest Association of Latino Psychologists, National Sexual Assault Conference and has conducted extensive research into ethnic and ego identity among Latino/a adolescents. She was a member of the Colorado State Sexual Assault Prevention Team. She also provided consultation for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and has developed integrated violence prevention curriculum for Denver Public Schools. Marisol has also worked as a clinical supervisor and instructor at the University of Colorado at Denver.

 

 

Sara Gilman, PsyD, LMFT  |  Director

 

Dr. Gilman, an LMFT since 1986, obtained her doctorate degree in 2017 with her dissertation focus on the effects of cumulative traumatic stress exposure in first responders and the use of EMDR as an early intervention. She is CEO of Coherence Associates, a professional group of EMDR Therapists in San Diego, CA, is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Past-President of the EMDRIA Board of Directors. As a former San Diego Firefighter/EMT, she has blended her Mental Health expertise with her boots-on-the ground experience. The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress awarded her Fellowship status for her extensive work in utilizing EMDR with first responders. As author, speaker, and consultant, Dr. Gilman is passionate about building resiliency in first responders around the world.

 

 

Kriss Jarecki, LDCSW-R  |  Director

 

Kriss has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1987. She is a faculty member of Trauma Institute/Child Trauma Institute and is a consultant and trainer for Progressive Counting and EMDR. She is a co-regional coordinator for the WNY EMDR Regional Network and served on the EMDR International Associations’ Standards and Training Committee for 4 years. Kriss is currently in private practice serving children through adults and treats challenges such as PTSD, self-injurious behaviors, depression, anxiety, phobias, and adjustment issues. She worked for 7 years as a field instructor for the UB School of Social Work and has over ten years’ experience as a clinician and supervisor in the field of chemical dependency. She has published articles in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, Traumatology and Counseling and Psychotherapy Research.

 

 

Mischa Cohen Peck, MA, MSW, PhD  |  Director

(historically known as Michael David Peck)

 

Dr. Peck is a leader in trans* and gender diverse communities; she serves on the board of TransSpectrum of AZ (www.transpectrumaz.org), and is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (www.wpath.org).  She owns and operates Q Counseling in Phoenix, AZ, and specializes in working with sexual and gender minority persons across the lifespan.  During her academic career (San José State University, Arizona State University), Dr. Peck received multiple research and training grants, taught undergraduate and graduate courses, and published numerous scholarly articles.  She also has been a leader in the Arizona Trauma Recovery Network (www.aztrn.org).   

 

Lifelong, Dr. Peck has been described as “engaging” and “inspiring;” she continues to be an energetic and dynamic presenter at professional, community, and continuing education events where she teaches about issues related to aging, trauma, sexual and gender diversity, and clinical interventions.  Always with a strong sense of social justice, her history includes grassroots activism (ACT UP, Queer Nation) and a long history of volunteer service, board membership, and civic service.  During her spare time, she is a gourmet cook, metalsmith and jewelry-maker, collector of art, purveyor of culture, writer, and the best friend of Eloise, a beautiful whippet.

 

 

Sharon Rollins, MS-LPC, NCC  |  Director

 

Sharon Rollins, MS-LPC, NCC has provided counseling through Family Counseling & Children’s Services, a Division of the Family Health Center in Waco, TX, for 25 years. She works with children, teens, and adults from diverse populations and with a variety of presenting problems. She took a year off to serve as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in New Zealand in 1998 and then returned to the Family Health Center to continue her counseling career. She was trained in EMDR in 2000 and has since become Certified and an Approved Consultant in EMDR Therapy. She served as EMDRIA Regional Coordinator for the Heart of Texas Region for over 15 years before recently passing that role on to another clinician. She has served as a member and co-chair on the EMDRIA Standards and Training Committee for a number of years. She also served previously on the EMDRIA Board of Directors from 2007 to 2010 and was President of the Board in 2009. Sharon was honored with the Outstanding Contribution and Service to EMDRIA Award in 2015.

 

In addition to her clinical job, Sharon currently enjoys working as a training facilitator and presenter for EMDRIA Approved training provider Rick Levinson and teaches his EMDR Therapy training through the Diana R. Garland Graduate School of Social Work at Baylor University. She is also presently assisting the Waco Police Department in establishing a network of EMDR Therapists who can treat First Responders in the Waco community.

 

 

Jorge Torres-Sáenz, Psy.D.  |  Director

Jorge Torres-Sáenz is a licensed clinical and community family psychologist in both the state of Oregon and the state of Washington, where he lives.  He has worked in social services agencies the majority of his 36 years in the field.  The settings have been in outpatient, inpatient, public and private hospitals, research and private practice with all ages of individuals.  He currently works for the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic.  As an approved supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy he also has done consultations, mentoring and supervision of psychotherapists.  As a Motivational Interviewing trainer and certified as an Incredible Years Parent Group leader he enjoys using these skills to assist parents in their journeys with children.  Dr. Torres-Sáenz started working in the trauma field while pursuing his master’s degree in Family Therapy in Houston working with incest and sexual abuse survivors and their families.  He continued this field of work at the doctoral level working with the victim assistance program of the Denver Police dealing mainly with suicides, homicides, rapes and death and was able to complete his doctoral paper on children that witness domestic violence at a time that this area was not thought of as related to trauma.  Upon graduation he participated in a community intervention one year after the Rodney King riots in Compton Watts through Drew University of Medicine & Science.  Currently, his trauma works relates mainly to migrant farm workers many who are disenfranchised immigrants.

 

Dr. Torres-Sáenz was first trained in EMDR in Mexico in 2002.  As a member of the EMDRIA membership committee for four years, he served briefly as the chair for the Public Practice & Diversity Subcommittee and has also has been a member of the Public Practice and Diversity SIG.  He is currently certified in EMDR and is a consultant in training.  He has been able to bring three HAP trainings to the agency where he works. Dr. Torres-Sáenz also served on the Washington State Examining Board of Psychology for 10 years. He looks forward to being part of what will be a bright future for EMDR as an unparalleled type of psychotherapy intervention.

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