S.A.F.E. EMDR Basic Training with Children, Teens and Families

Written by Deborah Kennard, PTI Founder The Personal Transformation Institute is excited to announce a new EMDRIA approved S.A.F.E. EMDR 6-day basic training with a focus on working with children, teens and families.  We have a team of talented trainers and training coaches, many of whom are experts in using the SAFE EMDR model with [...]

Why are we called Personal Transformation Institute?

Deborah Kennard, MS, PTI Founder We are called the Personal Transformation Institute for a reason.  We offer an invitation for Personal Transformation for all who seek it.  Notice we say all who seek it and not all who need it.   This includes: Training Participants Training Staff Consultants Consultants-in-Training All who receive the benefit of [...]

The Dance of the Answer

Alice Stricklin, LMFT,MPHis an EMDRIA Approved Consultant in EMDR and a PTI Trainer               It was our 9th or 10th session.  They all blurred together.  It almost felt like de ja vu.  We weren’t getting anywhere. The client was not experiencing any movement and was getting frustrated.  I was [...]

The 4 E’s of Resourcing: The S.A.F.E. approach to resourcing

Written by Deborah Kennard, Founder of Personal Transformation Institute.     The concept of resourcing causes much confusion in the therapy world. There are resources like “grounding” and the “container exercise” that many view as techniques to be performed on the client, rather than an open-ended offering. Often therapists think of resources as a thing they [...]

Relaxation Techniques Don’t Work: The confusion between mindfulness and relaxation

  By Deb Kennard, Founder of Personal Transformation Institute Have you tried relaxation techniques? Maybe you have used a variety of podcasts, guided meditations, or other resources to help you relax after a long, tension-filled day. Those exercises may have helped you feel better in the moment but relaxation techniques are like putting a bandaid [...]

Memory: How the Past Manifests Within the Truth of the Moment

By Deborah Kennard, MS, PTI Founder When you hear the word “memory” what comes to mind? Maybe it’s something positive, like a fond memory from your childhood. Or maybe the word “memory” activates for you a string of unpleasant life events. Either way, the word itself activates in your system a network of stored perceptions [...]

Welcome Bennett, a Luminous, Shining Star!

I am forever changed by the brilliance of love, manifesting as a tiny baby boy named Bennett. On Saturday, November 10, 2018 I met a brilliant shining star at 7:36 p.m. Bennett was born and before I saw his face I knew his light. I've known him forever in my heart and now I get [...]

Permission to be Patient

“Whether you’re patient or not, time will pass, life will continue to move forward. Choosing patience simply makes the journey less nerve-racking.” Franco Colomba Alice Stricklin, LMFT is a PTI Trainer. She lives near Nashville, TN. One of the greatest gifts we can offer ourselves and clients is permission to engage patience. Our American culture [...]

Welcome and Trust: A Journey to Authentic Spirituality

"Faith in the biblical sense does not mean maintaining that certain assertions are true; rather it is a relationship of trust between humanity and God. God believes in us. God trusts us and hopes that we return the compliment. Because God has confidence in us, we can develop a healthy self-confidence."-Richard Rohr Alice Stricklin, LMFT [...]

Relationship, Balance and Connection with Authentic Spirituality

 Author, Alice Stricklin, LMFT, MFT is a trainer for PTI, Personal Transformation Institute Alice has a special interest in how to work with Christian clients with S.A.F.E. EMDR.  She is in private practice in Lebanon, TN. I identify myself as several things.  I am a mom, a wife, a marriage and family therapist, a trauma [...]

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