Get to know the PTI team.
Deb Kennard | Founder & Trainer
“Anything that keeps you from being a shining star is either a memory or a lie.”
With more than 20 years of clinical practice, Deborah Kennard developed Personal Transformation Institute. In 2008 she went through extensive EMDR Trainer Training with Dr. Francine Shapiro. In addition to over 2 decades of EMDR experience, she is also certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. This combination brings you the most powerful EMDR basic training as well as a full range of advanced training opportunities.
We have now developed an amazing PTI team of trainers and training coaches. A part of our mission is to include the most comprehensive post-training support. During the training we use the social engagement model to keep participants engaged and open to learning. We put effort into demonstrating resources for the training that can be applied to clients.
We simplify complex trauma so you can use the attachment and somatic theory with clients. Our concepts bring together years of various trauma trainings in a practical way to make EMDR treatment even more safe and powerful.
Alice Stricklin | Trainer
We are created with the capacity for connection, growth, and healing. Sometimes things occur in our lives that block this natural order. I have dedicated my career to finding ways to walk along side others when this natural process is interrupted by pain.
Alice began her career over 10 years ago in the study of Marriage and Family Therapy. Her focus in training has centered around working with children, teens, and adults who have experienced trauma. Through her journey, Alice acquired training in EMDR Therapy.
Early on, she saw significant results with clients where people were finally able to heal from past hurts and grow past their past and begin forming new and healthier connections. Because of their success and testimony, Alice decided to deepen her understanding and use of EMDR therapy by becoming certified and later training to become a consultant through EMDRIA for other clinicians interested in becoming trained in EMDR Therapy. Alice is passionate about the helping people heal from the blocks of trauma as quickly and naturally as possible so they can move on with their lives. She is just as passionate about teaching other clinicians how to do this well. She continues to seek her own growth then offers new wisdoms to others.
Alice continues to work with clients of all ages, specifically those who have been pained by sexual abuse, neglect, childhood abuse, sexual assaults, and spiritual abuse. She has found ways to incorporate the model of EMDR with most any client who seeks her help.
Alice is located in Lebanon, TN, and does consultations via internet, phone conference, or face to face in either her Nashville or Lebanon office.
Wanda Holloway, Psy.D. | Trainer
“I believe that every individual has the capacity to change and become whole in both body and mind, given the right desire, conditions and support. In the pursuit of that change there is often an innate desire to fill the void in one’s life by creating a trusting relationship that produces healing from past wounds and allows one to see the potential to heal and become whole.”
Wanda Holloway, PsyD adds a depth of clinical expertise as well as a gentle, kind spirit to Team PTI. Her goal of healing the mind and body concurrently has been an aspiration in her work for many years and is finally being realized after being trained in EMDR and this has incited a desire to train others to also achieve this integrated outcome.
Dr. Holloway initially began her career in the field of addictions working in a treatment center in AR for substance use, during which her interest in women in codependent and addictive relationships began. She expanded that interest to include treating eating disorders, obesity and body image issues integrating the use of Bio and Neurofeedback in this treatment, all the while recognizing the significance of connecting both body and mind in the treatment of the whole person. Her interest and training in trauma has been evident throughout her career and she has also been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Progressive Counting (PC) and is Board Certified in Biofeedback.
She became trained in EMDR in 2011 and since that time has not only pursued certification but has completed the requirements as an Approved Consultant through EMDRIA and now has become a trainer with PTI. She has worked under the tutelage of Deb Kennard since 2015, and has been taught the importance of Attachment trauma with a Somatic approach which has underscored her belief of healing the body and mind concurrently.
She currently resides in Springfield, MO with her husband, two daughters and son-in-law, and four grandchildren. She is very active in her church and is on the Pastor’s Council, is the Director of Women’s Ministry, and plays the violin on the worship team.
Susan Wendelborg, LCSW | Trainer
Susan Wendelborg, LCSW adds a depth of experience and knowledge in somatic and attachment theory as well as a depth of humor to PTI. Susan studied Social Work in both undergraduate and graduate school having been drawn to the field by a passion for social justice. (Which was baffling to her family of origin. Then again, she always told them they shouldn’t have taken her to church if they didn’t want her to end up like that.)
She has over 20 years’ experience working in a variety of mental health settings and with a broad population of clients. Susan was trained in EMDR 2011 and continued her learning to become a Certified EMDR Therapist in 2013. She began working with PTI in 2016 to become an Approved Consultant and EMDR Trainer. (And to personally transform despite her best efforts to the contrary.) In 2017, Susan established and assumed the role of Regional Coordinator for the Western Oregon EMDRIA Regional Network.
Susan has completed Level 1 training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and will begin Level 2 training in 2018. She recently established Oregon EMDR, LLC and is cultivating this as a clinic specializing in EMDR and Somatic therapies to treat trauma and foster the development of other clinicians. (Wish her luck.)
Susan is grateful for (her husband and dogs and) the opportunity to enjoy meaningful work and evolve as a therapist with clients, and a teacher and consultant with other clinicians.
Erica Bonham | Trainer
“Often times, the strategies we have used to survive crisis or trauma end up not serving us in our present lives. EMDR therapy helps to integrate what is working and let go of that which no longer serves us. I believe every person is capable of a vibrant, authentic, open-hearted life and we are not defined by the things that happen to us.”
Erica is honored to be a trainer-in-training with the Personal Transformation Institute and has already learned so much that has deepened her practice and effectiveness with clients and consultees. She is passionate about guiding clinicians through their learning process and truly loves both teaching and EMDR therapy. She describes her style as down-to-earth, compassionate, honest and at times, humorous. She is also inspired by the values of non-violence, compassion and healthy boundaries that PTI exemplifies.
Erica is is a licensed professional counselor in Arvada, Colorado just outside of Denver. She has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health and doing HIV/AIDS education and counseling in Namibia, Africa. She is also a certified yoga instructor and has taught yoga in the Denver Woman’s Prison and at a shelter that served women and children struggling with homelessness. She draws on these experiences to inform her small private practice and specializes in serving LGBTQ clients, adult survivors of childhood abuse and spiritual trauma and attachment and somatic-focused EMDR consultation. She was trained in EMDR in 2011, became certified in 2013 and became a certified consultant in September of 2017. She and her partner have two spunky little boys and she enjoys making them giggle, having dinner parties with friends, hiking in the Rockies and practicing yoga.
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