DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
Not long ago, cognitive behavioral therapy and medication management were the mainstays for trauma-informed care. Now more than ever, patients and clinicians alike are seeking deeper, more somatic, and holistic attachment theory-based forms of treatment to re-write the trauma narrative, such as somatic psychology and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
The pandemic brought about significant changes in our stability, sense of community, and political and economic landscapes. Because of this added stress, we're all experiencing a heightened level of sensitivity, which has resulted in multifactorial trauma responses, an impact that spans nations, ages, and socioeconomic statuses.
Re-Write focuses on the healing journey of the trauma survivor, utilizing easy-to-use methodologies for long-lasting effects. Readers can use the workbook in whatever order they choose, experiment with different techniques from different modalities, and find the ones that meet their needs the best.
Duygu Balan, LPCC developed her expertise in intergenerational trauma while working as a clinical counselor in New York City, treating patients on society’s margins. A licensed psychotherapist, she is the co-author of Re-Write: A Trauma Workbook of Creative Writing and Recovery in Our New Normal and a contributor to the best-selling medical textbook, Big Book of Emergency Department Psychiatry.
Born in Germany and raised in Istanbul, Duygu’s upbringing provides her with a fresh perspective on how to navigate the tension between cultures, adverse childhood experiences, and attachment wounding through hope and resilience. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.