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Biography

Ana M Gomez, MC, LPC born in Colombia (South America)  is a psychotherapist in private practice, author of several books, chapters and articles, and a lecturer internationally known for her innovative work with children and adolescents.

Ana Gomez is an EMDRIA approved consultant; an EMDRIA advanced training provider, an EMDR Institute and  EMDR-IBA trainer and a trainer of trainers.

Furthermore, Ana has received training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, Theraplay, Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), and the use of the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI). She  has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families affected by trauma and adversity for almost 25 years. Ana has presented in more than 35 cities in the USA. She has also presented in multiple cities in Canada (Calgary, Vancouver, Kelowna, Penticton, Toronto), Australia (Sydney, Melbourne), New Zealand, Japan, Spain (Madrid, Barcelona), UK, Argentina, Chile, Brazil (Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba) , Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala and Costa Rica. 

Keynote Addresses:

  • ECHO Conference: EMDR Therapy: New Frontiers in Theory, Research and Clinical practice. Los Angeles, CA, March 15, 2019. 
  • EMDR UK & Ireland Association 2018 Conference: Generational Wounds: Attachment & Dissociation in Children. London, UK, March 23, 2018.
  • EMDR International Association 2017 conference: EMDR Therapy with Children with Complex Trauma: New Frontiers in Theory, Research and Clinical Practice. Bellevue, WA, August 26,2017. 

  • EMDR 18thEurope Conference. Generational Wounding: Ending the Cycle: Using EMDR Therapy with Children and Their Parents.Barcelona, Spain. July 1, 2017.

  • EMDR Japan Association Conference. EMDR Therapy with Children with Complex trauma. Tokyo, Japan. August 4, 2017

  • EMDR Iberoamerica Conference. El trauma Intergeneracional: Un Modelo EMDR Enfocado En El Apego Para Sanar a Los Padres, al Niño y Fortalecer su Vinculo.  Buenos Aires, Argentina. October 31, 2016.

  • Annual Childhood Trauma Conference: Touchstone Behavioral health. Keeping the Right-Brain in Mind: The EMDR-Sandtray Protocol. Phoenix AZ. May 20, 2016.

  • 46thAnnual Southwestern School for Behavioral Health Studies Conference. Broken Bonds, Broken Selves: Healing the Mind, the Heart, the Body and Integrating the Self. Tucson, AZ, August 20, 2015.

  • Annual Childhood Trauma Conference: Touchstone Behavioral Health. Attachment, Trauma and the Legacy of Dissociation.  Phoenix AZ. February 28, 2014.

  • Annual Childhood Trauma Conference. Touchstone Behavioral health. I See You, I Feel You, I Know You: Mentalization and the Development of the Coherent Self.Phoenix AZ. February 28, 2013.

  • EMDR Iberoamerica Conference. Te Veo, Te Siento, Te Conozco: El apego, La Mentalización y La TerapiaEMDR. San Jose, Costa Rica. October 31, 2013.

  • EMDR Brazil Association Conference. EMDR with Children & Adolescents. Brasilia, Brazil. September, 2009.

Ana has developed seven Advanced Workshops with over 80 hours of content, and teaching materials. These workshops have been presented in person and virtually to large audiences in over 20 countries and 100 cities on four continents. Furthermore, Ana developed the following protocols:

  • The EMDR-Sandtray protocol
  • An attachment-informed EMDR program for healing intergenerational wounding and reparing the parent-child attachment bond
  • The safe-calm place protocol and RDI using olfactory stimulation.
  • A 90-hour graduate program in traumatology and EMDR therapy that  she has taught at the "Universidad del Rosario" in Bogota- Colombia.

She is the author of ”Dark, Bad Day...Go Away", a book for children about trauma and EMDR which has been translated into four languages. Ana also developed and created “The Thoughts Kit for Kids” which is part of a series of games and tools designed to make EMDR treatment developmentally appropriate for children. Ana Co-authored with Dr. Francine Shapiro, an article on the use of EMDR therapy with children, published in 2013 in Canada. Her latest book published in the US is titled "EMDR Therapy and Adjunct Approaches with Children: Complex Trauma, Attachment and Dissociation", this book has already been translated and published in Portuguese and will be released this year in Spanish.

Awards:

  • Ana was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Arizona Play Therapy Association in 2011.
  • In 2012, Ana received the Sierra Tucson "Hope Award" given to a professional that substantially contributed to education in the field of mental health.

In addition to helping children and adolescents, Ana also specializes in working with adults dealing with  issues of depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, complex PTSD, dissociation and grief issues. 

On a personal level, Ana enjoys nature and loves to dance to all kinds of music, especially salsa.  She also loves to spend time with her husband, her family and friends, and her beloved pets. Ana treasures moments of silence, play and laughter as well as the connection with others. 

Publications:

  • Gómez, A. M.(2019). Let’s Have a Visit with Our feelings: A Book for Children to Increase Emotional Tolerance and Acceptance. Agate BooksPhoenix, AZ.

  • Gómez, A. M.(2018). Stories and Storytellers: The Thinking Mind, the Heart and the Body- A Book for Children about Healing and EMDR Therapy. Phoenix, AZ.

  • Gómez, A.M. & Paulsen, S. (2016). All the Colors of Me: My First Book about Dissociation. Phoenix, AZ: AGATE Books.

  • Gomez, A. M. (2013). EMDR and Adjunct Approaches with Children: Complex Trauma, Attachment and Dissociation. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
  • Gomez, A. M., & Shapiro, F. (2013). EMDR Therapy with Children: Journey Into Wholeness. Child and Family Professional, 15 (3), 20-30.
  • Gomez, A. M. (2012). Healing the Caregiver System: Working with Parents within a Comprehensive EMDR Treatment. Journal of EMDR practice and Research, 6(30, 136-144. doi: 10.1891/1933.6.3.136.
  • Gomez, A. M. (2009). The Thought Kit for Kids. Phoenix, AZ. Author.
  • Gomez, A. M(. 2009). Using Olfactory Stimulation with Children to Cue Resource Development and Installation (RDI). In Luber, M. (Ed.), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Scripted Protocol Special Populations. New York: Springer.
  • Gomez, A. M(. 2009). Using Olfactory Stimulation with Children to Cue the Safe or Happy Place. In Luber, M. ​ (Ed.), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Scripted Protocols Special ​ Populations. New York: Springer.
  • Gomez, A. M.(2007). Dark, Bad…Day Go Away: A Book for Children About Trauma and EMDR. Phoenix, AZ.