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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.


 
 

DaLene Forester-Thacker, Ph.D., LMFT  |  Past President

DaLene Forester-Thacker, Ph.D., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Redding, California. She has been in Practice since 1993 and maintains a full time private practice specializing in the treatment of Eating Disorders, Anxiety Disorders and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. DaLene was first trained in EMDR in what was then called Level one (L1) in 1994 and Level two (L2) in 1995. She became an EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist in 2000 and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant in 2006. In 2007 DaLene founded the Advanced Education Institute (AEI) where she provides clinical trainings to Mental Health professionals in EMDR as an EMDRIA approved Basic Trainer, Motivational Interviewing, Clinical Supervision, and other relevant topics of interest. DaLene is an EMDRIA Regional Meeting Coordinator and the Chair of the EMDR and Eating Disorders Special Interest Group. In the past DaLene has served on the EMDRIA Standards and Training Committee, presented at the EMDRIA Conference and has volunteered in various capacities since becoming a member of EMDRIA in 1998.
 

Terry Becker-Fritz, MS, RN, CS  |  Secretary

Terry Becker-Fritz, MS, RN, CS is a Clinical Nurse Specialist specializing in treating young children through adults who have experienced severe and early trauma. She has over 35 years in the mental health field working in most practice settings both as a clinician and director of mental health services. She currently is in private practice in Richmond, VA area. She also is one of the Regional Coordinators for the Central Virginia EMDRIA Regional Group. She uses EMDR on a daily basis and has done so since her initial training in 1992. Terry has been active in EMDRIA serving on as a chair of Administrative Committees; on the Leadership Team of the Child/Adolescent SIG; and currently is in her second tenure on the EMDRIA Board. She serves as Chair of Committees, and has been Secretary for the Board. She has provided many workshops on use of EMDR with children & adolescents at past EMDRIA conferences and for the regional group. Terry is an approved Basic Trainer and consults with professionals seeking their Certification or Consultant in Training status nationwide. Terry has been married to her husband Bill for 34 years and they have a daughter, Kadie, who is a licensed psychologist in Richmond. Kadie and her husband, Jeff, have a new daughter, Emma, who Terry is blessed to care for.

 

Diane DesPlantes, LCSW  |  Director

Diane DesPlantes, LCSW is Principal Consultant and President of S.U.R.G.E., Inc. She received her graduate degree from Hunter College Graduate School of Social Work, and has her private practice in New Jersey. She is a Master Trainer and the lead curriculum designer on Cultural Competency for The New Jersey Department of Children and Families. She has specialized in cultural humility since 1996 and has consulted independently for several years. She has served as a keynote speaker and workshop presenter at national conferences. As a member of EMDRIA, she is the Chairperson for the SIG Public Practice and Diversity. She also sits on the Membership Committee of EMDRIA.

 
 

John Hartung, Psy.D.  |  Director

John Hartung has a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver. He has taught coaching, performance enhancement, and trauma treatments in 30 countries. His books and articles on the science of innovative psychotherapies are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He has particular interest in training nonprofessionals to become involved in trauma work, and then to extend their services into the area of positive psychology.

 

He has been a university professor, program coordinator with the Agency for International Development in Costa Rica, Fulbright scholar in Peru, and for 20 years was an executive coach with the Center for Creative Leadership.

 

He is an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant, and coordinates Latin American programs for the EMDR Institute.

 
 

Ken Kernagis, MA, LPCC  |  Director

Ken Kernagis, MA., LPCC is counselor with over 20 years of experience doing EMDR Therapy. After assisting students for over 25 years at the community college, Ken "retired" and currently works at Mesa Family Practice in Farmington, New Mexico.  Ken works with teens and adults, primarily utilizing EMDR Therapy with his clients.  He has conducted various workshops and trainings for adults on probation for the past 20 years, and is widely known as a dynamic and "fun" speaker.  Ken has given keynote presentations at regional and national conferences as well as served in leadership roles with the New Mexico Career Development and Academic Advising Associations.  He is a passionate, caring therapist who strongly believes in the healing power of EMDR Therapy and it's infinite future. 

 
 

Mark Nickerson, LICSW  | Secretary

Mark Nickerson, LICSW, has been an individual and family psychotherapist in Amherst, MA for 30 years. He is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, HAP trainer, Co-Regional Coordinator of Western Massachusetts, and was 2014 President of the EMDRIA Board of Directors. He co-founded the Men’s Resource Center of Western MA, a unique organization which developed state-certified domestic violence intervention services. He is director of Parent Education for the Hampshire County Bar Association and has developed award winning innovative programs designed to reduce and resolve interpersonal conflict. He provides trainings with the Veteran’s Education Project. Mark conducts advanced EMDR trainings locally, nationally, and internationally on topics including treatment for problem behaviors, problematic anger and violence, cultural competency, interventions to dismantle social stigma and oppression, and the effective use of EMDR protocols. He is author of The Wounds Within, an expose on the challenges for war veterans, their families, and our communities.

 
      
 

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.

 
  

Carol Miles, MSW, LCSW | Director

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.

 
   

 

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.


   


Rajani V. Levis, LMFT, PPS | Director

Rajani Venkatraman Levis, MFT is a writer, counselor-educator, psychotherapist and community-builder based in San Francisco, CA. Born and raised in India, Rajani earned an undergraduate degree in Business from her home country and a Masters degree in Counseling (2005) from San Francisco State University, with a dual specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as School Counseling. She first encountered EMDR therapy as a client, and then did her basic training in 2011. She quickly went on to become certified and became an Approved Consultant in 2015. Rajani co-founded the San Francisco-South Bay EMDR Regional network and has been instrumental in creating diverse opportunities for EMDR therapists to pursue advanced training. Rajani has been an active member of the Regional Coordinators Committee, the University Committee and continues to be actively engaged with the Public Practice and Diversity SIG. 

As a bi-cultural, multilingual woman of Color, Rajani skillfully navigates the intersections of trauma, with race, culture, class and other facets of diversity in her writing, teaching and psychotherapy practice. Rajani is dedicated to creative possibilities for therapists as agents of social change. She envisions culturally congruent EMDR therapy as the art and science of building bridges between cultures and has published two chapters on this topic. Rajani is a California Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, a Certified Trauma Specialist and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant in EMDR.

 

 

 

 

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