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The goal of EMDRIA Monday Member Spotlight is to showcase our incredible members, who are respected and admired for their community dedication, strong work ethic, and professional leadership.

 

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Featured Members

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

 


 

February 2018 Featured Members

 

Linda Bowers

Licensed Professional Counselor

Tucson, Arizona

EMDRIA Membership Profile Link: http://emdria.site-ym.com/member/linda_bowers


1. I've been a member of EMDRIA for:  Seventeen Years.

2. EMDRIA membership, to me, means: Being a part of a community of professional that strive to make the world a better place for all human beings struggling with trauma and related issues.

3. Most meaningful accomplishment: January marked 18 years since I embraced EMDR as the primary therapy for my practice and not a day goes by that I regret it. Nor do my clients. 

4. In my free time, I: have always painted (oils, watercolors, charcoals), and continue to dabble today. Beyond that I embrace yoga and am a amateur movie buff.

5. Best professional advice I ever received: My mentor, Anne Roe, told me "just do it and go with it".

 

 

Michelle Richardson

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Audubon, New Jersey

EMDRIA Membership Profile Link: http://emdria.site-ym.com/member/michelle_richardson


1. I've been a member of EMDRIA for:  Three and a half years.

2. EMDRIA membership, to me, means: Being part of an elite, and highly trained group of professional that are committed, driven, and passionate about the healing work that they do with their clients.

3. Most meaningful accomplishment: Owning and operating a trauma-informed women-centered counseling practice.

4. In my free time, I: practice yoga, and also enjoy taking trips to our family cottage on a lake in Maine in the summer.

5. Best professional advice I ever received: "Work on yourself personally and find what makes your soul happy."

Sheila Marker

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Counseling Care

Burnsville, Minnesota

EMDRIA Membership Profile Link: http://emdria.site-ym.com/member/shelia_marker


1. I've been a member of EMDRIA for:  Five years.

2. EMDRIA membership, to me, means: Having resources and being a part of offering hope and healing to all.

3. Most meaningful accomplishment: Becoming a certified EMDR therapist.

4. In my free time, I: Baking, kickboxing, spending time with my family and grandchildren, traveling, music, and photography. 

5. Best professional advice I ever received: "Every person you meet is a potential door to a new opportunity both personally or professionally."

Toni Rahman

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Traveling Healer

Columbia, Missouri

EMDRIA Membership Profile Link: http://emdria.site-ym.com/member/toni_rahman


1. I've been a member of EMDRIA for:  Ten years.

2. EMDRIA membership, to me, means: That if people know about EMDR anywhere in the world, they can find me.

 3. Most meaningful accomplishment: Raising my daughters to be trauma resilient.

4. In my free time, I: Like to travel, meet alternative healers, hearing their stories, and building networks between them.

5. Best professional advice I ever received: "Self care first." "Don't practice in isolation."

 

January 2018 Featured Members

Nancy Cusack

Licensed Clinical Professional, Cusack Counseling Therapy

New Brunswick, Canada

EMDRIA Membership Profile Link: http://emdria.site-ym.com/member/nancy_cusack


1. I've been a member of EMDRIA for: Five Years.

2. EMDRIA membership, to me, means: A professional association that promotes EMDR, assisting the public to locate clinicians, offer a variety of resources for it's members.

3. Most meaningful accomplishment: Becoming EMDR Certified

4. In my free time, I: Paint, do yoga, lift weights and support charities and rescues for cats; I also have 7 cats of my own, along with 2 teenagers and 3 dogs.

5. Best professional advice I ever received: "Practice self care ... lots of it!"

 

 

 

 

Leo Mora

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Journeys Counseling and Consultation

Harker Heights, Texas

EMDRIA Membership Profile Link: http://emdria.site-ym.com/member/leo_mora


1. I've been a member of EMDRIA for: 7 Years.

2. EMDRIA membership, to me, means: Providing cutting-edge professional development and advanced skill enhancement needed in the complex and varied world of trauma recovery.

3. Most meaningful accomplishment: Seeing scores of clients come to know personal freedom as a result of applying the EMDR protocol. 

4. In my free time: My wife and I like to develop and enhance family relationships among our 3 daughters and their families.

5. Best professional advice I ever received: "Know EMDR well and do everything in your power to excel and promote excellence in trauma recovery".

 

 

 

Jo-Anne Beggs

Registered Social Worker

Ontario, Canada

EMDRIA Membership Profile Link: http://emdria.site-ym.com/member/joannebeggs


1. I've been a member of EMDRIA for: 6 Years.

2. EMDRIA membership, to me, means: An association that offers my clients the peace of mind knowing that I am trained, certified, and practicing EMDR as per EMDRIA's guidelines.

3. Most meaningful accomplishment: To hear someone say "it doesn't bother me anymore" is extraordinarily exciting and gratifying!

4. In my free time: I do spiritual practices, spending time by bodies of water or in the woods, watch movies, laugh with my partner.

5. Best professional advice I ever received: Go into private practice! It give me the flexibility I need while allowing me to create an amazing practice with fantastic clients and pursue issues of particular importance to me.

 

 

 

Yechiel Benedikt

Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

Lakewood, New Jersey

EMDRIA Membership Profile Link: http://emdria.site-ym.com/member/yechiel_benedikt


1. I've been a member of EMDRIA for: 2 Months.

2. EMDRIA membership, to me, means: An opportunity for career growth and development.

3. Most meaningful accomplishment: becoming a social worker and catering the needs of underserved populations.

 4. In my free time: I participate in sports, cycling, learning, and family time

5. Best professional advice I ever received: Take one model or approach to completion rather than tasting many models.

 

 

 

Shannon Limerick-Gnas

Licensed Psychologist

Beaver, Pennsylvania

EMDRIA Membership Profile Link: http://emdria.site-ym.com/member/shannon_limerickgnas


1. I've been a member of EMDRIA for: 1 year.

2. EMDRIA membership, to me, means:  An opportunity to advance my knowledge and use of EMDRIA resources to meet certification and hopefully, eventually meet consultant requirements.

3. Most meaningful accomplishment: Becoming a mother.

 4. In my free time: I practice ministry, spend time with my family, swim, garden, bird watch, read and being out of doors, whether the woods, beach, porch, or back yard.

5. Best professional advice I ever received: Connect with others who practice EMDR so you are not practicing in isolation.

 

 

 

 

December 2017 Featured Members

 

Merrill Powers

Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

Auburn, California

EMDRIA Membership Profile Link: http://emdria.site-ym.com/members/?id=28490943


1. I've been a member of EMDRIA for: 12 Years.

2. EMDRIA membership, to me, means: Connection and support from my EMDR family.

3. Most meaningful accomplishment: Raising two sucessful kids; traveling twice to Uganda to train therapists in EMDR therapy.

4. In my free time, I: Go hiking, snowshoeing, and XC skiing; spend time with family and grandchildren.

5. Best professional advice I ever received: Never stop learning; stay engaged with new challenges.

 

 

 

Quandra Chaffers

LCSW, Sexual Abuse & Sex Solutions

San Francisco, California

EMDRIA Membership Profile Link: http://emdria.site-ym.com/member/quandra-chaffers


1. I've been a member of EMDRIA for: 2 Years.

2. EMDRIA membership, to me, means: Community of healers dedicated to walking people through the most difficult moments of their lives, and leading them safely.

3. Most meaningful accomplishment: Became a Consultant-in-Training this year; took a risk on myself by starting a private practice.

4. In my free time, I: Love reading graphic novels; also read and write a bit of fan-fiction.

5. Best professional advice I ever received: "Don't believe that you have to reach a certain level of experience before sharing your knowledge-base with the world".

 

 

 

Mehmet Oguz

M.D., Psychiatrist-Psychotherapist

Turkey

EMDRIA Membership Profile Link: http://emdria.site-ym.com/members/?id=50762193#


1. I've been a member of EMDRIA for: 2 Months.

2. EMDRIA membership, to me, means: Communication with other professionals; experience sharing; member of your family.

3. Most meaningful accomplishment: Treating the traumatic soldiers in the Turkish Air Force.

4. In my free time, I: Go biking, fishing, drinking in social platforms, take stones from the sea.

5. Best professional advice I ever received: One of my clients who I have studied "Exam anxiety and panic disorder", is now working with Elon Musk.

 

 

 

Meredith Strauss

LCSW, Light Street Psychotherapy

Short Hills, New Jersey

EMDRIA Membership Profile Link: http://emdria.site-ym.com/members/?id=35201774#


1. I've been a member of EMDRIA for: 2 Years.

2. EMDRIA membership, to me, means: Being connected to EMDR practitioners and staying on top of the research and learning opportunities.

3. Most meaningful accomplishment: Choosing to change my career at 38 years old. That led me to follow my dharma, and re-direct my life towards using my skills to help heal others.

4. In my free time, I: Practice yoga, meditation, go hiking in the woods with my family and dog.

5. Best professional advice I ever received: "Don't be afraid to take risks and trust the process"

 

 

 

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