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    Cynthia Schwartzberg, LCSW

    President



Cynthia is a Certified Brainspotting Consultant/Trainer and President Southeast Brainspotting Institute.  She has been in a monthly supervision group in NYC with David Grand since 2001 and brings her passion for Brainspotting to the larger professional community training, lecturing and consulting.  Prior to Brainspotting, Cynthia was trained in EMDR and other mind/body modalities including being on faculty with the Institute of Core Energetics teaching and presenting nationally and internationally.

She holds license in Georgia and New York and presently has a private practice in Atlanta, GA. for individuals (older teens and older), couples and groups . Cynthia brings over 30 years of experience supporting people move from trauma/internal and external conflict/pain to empowerment.  She also works with sports and performance enhancement.  As she states, “Everyone has the capacity to heal as long as they have the desire.”  

For more information visit cynthasis.com.


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    Beth A. Medina, MS, LMHC

   Vice President



Beth is a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor and is the owner/operator of the psychotherapy practice of Beth A. Wombough, MS, LMHC, PA in Jacksonville, Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Furman University and her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. 

Ms. Medina has been a therapist since 1997 and a trauma counselor since 2001, when she was initially trained in EMDR.  Today, she is certified in both Brainspotting and EMDR and is a Certified Brainspotting Consultant.  She is a life-long learner and continually updates her skills with advanced training in areas that enhance her clinical skills.

Her passion is to help others get past emotional blocks, traumatic events, bad relationships, regrettable mistakes, and anything else stopping them from having the life they desire. 

In addition to serving as the Southeast Brainspotting Institute's Board's secretary, she hold an officer position at The Performers Academy – – An innovative 501(c)(3) performing arts education and development program in Jacksonville, Florida. 
 
Ms. Medina believes every therapist should be trained in a clinically sound psychotherapy model that supports the client/therapist partnership, celebrates the client's ability to heal, and provides outstanding clinical outcomes. Helping to spread the word about Brainspotting is a deep commitment Ms. Medina and the entire SEBI Board shares.
 
For more information, visit www.BrainspottingJax.com


   



    Lisa R. Terry, LPC

    Treasurer



Lisa is originally from Indiana. She pursued her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and her Master's Degree from Georgia State University.  Lisa remained in Georgia after completing her education.  She is married and the mother of two high school aged daughters. Lisa has a private practice in Roswell, GA, just north of Atlanta where she specializes in anxiety disorders, phobias, OCD and now BSP. She was first introduced to BSP by her own therapist and found it so life-changing she decided to become certified herself.  Lisa has completed Phase 1-4 as well as the Master Class and Brainspotting Intensive with David Grand in Atlanta.  She became certified in BSP in 2017.

For more information visit www.lisaterry.com ​


 


  Taryn Peterson, LMFT

    Secretary



Originally from Oregon, Taryn made Middle Tennessee home over two decades ago. Licensed in Tennessee as a Marriage and Family Therapist, she received her Bachelor of Arts from Belmont University and her Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University. Taryn was trained first in EMDR, and then discovered Brainspotting. She has completed training in Phases 1, 2, and 4, as well as Brainspotting with Children and Adolescents and is now in the process of becoming a certified Brainspotter.

Taryn is in private practice in Brentwood, Tennessee, but spends most of her time as Lead Therapist for Lantern Lane Farm, a 501(c)(3) counseling center located on a horse farm in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. In addition to Brainspotting, she also incorporates methods such as Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, Narrative Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy in her practice. Taryn is exploring ways to use horses in the Brainspotting process, particularly with young clients. She is passionate about the hope and healing clients experience through the Brainspotting process.

Taryn counsels adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She considers it an honor to walk alongside hurting people as they face trauma, grief, anxiety, addiction, life transitions, relationship difficulties, and other challenges.

For more information, go to tarynpeterson.com.




   Vicki Steine, DSc, LCSW, BCHN, IFNCP

  Board Member


Vicki is a Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Georgia.  She earned her Dsc from California based Hawthorn University and her Masters in Social Work and Bachelors of Science in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia.  

Dr. Vicki enjoys using mind/body modalities in her practice.  She is passionate about the connection between the body and the brain.  She combines nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle skills along with mind/body exercises.  She is trained in Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping) and has now added Brainspotting to her practice.  She has completed Phase I, Phase III and Brainspotting and Addiction.  She is currently working on her Brainspotting certification. 

Dr. Vicki works with children and adults and specializes in addiction, anxiety, depression, ADHD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, and trauma.

For more information visit www.yourhealthystructure.com or email directly to vicki@yourhealthystructure.com.



   

    Sara Peterson, MS, LPC

   Board Member

    


Sara Peterson is a licensed Professional Counselor, and holds licensure in both Georgia and Wisconsin. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. In addition to her Brainspotting training, Sara is trained in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, and holds an additional trauma certificate from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She is a mind-body focused psychotherapist, and brings to her practice knowledge of and training in mindfulness meditation, breathwork, and yoga theory. 

Sara is a certified Brainspotter with extensive experience, and she truly values her up to date, continued training in this modality. Her passion is direct application -  using BSP daily in her private practice, providing service to those in pain. Her primary focus is working with individuals who are adult survivors of childhood traumas. She is well experienced in working with PTSD, attachment disorders, anxiety, co-dependency/relationship issues, domestic violence, divorce recovery, pain, and insomnia.

Sara is a founding member of The Southeast Brainspotting Institute, and served in the Vice President role for the institute until April, 2019, when she stepped out of that role into a ‘regular’ board position. She is moving to Mexico in August, 2019, but absolutely intends to remain involved in the BSP community in the South as well as in the larger world.


For more information visit sarapetersonllc.com. ​




   Heidi Birkner, MA, LPCS, LCAS

   Board Member




Heidi is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist in North Carolina. Heidi is also a National Certified Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor, and Certified Brainspotting Practitioner. Heidi owns a private practice in Greensboro, North Carolina where she provides psychotherapy, clinical supervision, and consultation services. She earned a Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Appalachian State University in 1998 and has over twenty years of experience in clinical practice.

Heidi is passionate about helping others overcome obstacles to gain self-awareness in order to thrive and engage fully in their lives. In addition to supervising the professional development of clinicians, she specializes in working with adults and adolescents in navigating challenges with mood disorders, trauma, life transitions, stress management, relationship issues, and addictions. 

Heidi is also a professional oboist and English horn player who enjoys helping performers reach optimal levels in their craft through performance expansion. Heidi has completed Brainspotting Phases 1, 2, 3, 4, and is pursuing continuing training toward becoming a Certified Brainspotting Consultant. She is committed to continued learning and uses Brainspotting regularly in her practice. She is particularly drawn to the client centered approach and the deep level of healing she sees in the process. Heidi is committed to educating clinicians on this powerful brain-body based technique and helping to increase access to Brainspotting for clients in themSoutheast.


For more information, visit: heidibirkner.com



 


  Ted McAllister

    Board Member



Ted is a new Board member and is serving as the Chair of the Community Outreach 

Committee. He brings a unique perspective as someone who has been healed of Complex 

PTSD through Brainspotting. For 50 years Ted endured the life eroding effects of C- PTSD and 

shares with all the message that Trauma can be healed and there is renewed hope for those 

seeking their own healing.




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