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The Resiliency Center: A Healing Arts Collaborative in Ambler, PA

EMDR – For Healing & For Peak Performance

By Elizabeth Venart

Elizabeth Venart is the Director of The Resiliency Center and a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). EMDR is a trauma-informed, comprehensive treatment approach that addresses the source of current struggles (such as depression, anxiety, relationship problems) in order to free clients from the weight of the past and empower them to live more joyful lives.

EMDR was first developed as an effective method to address trauma, anxiety, and phobias. Since then, it has been adapted for a variety of client concerns – with amazing results. When we can visualize a desired dream yet have difficulty taking the steps necessary to achieve it – or when we “know” the solution to a struggle but feel it is impossible to act on that knowledge – we are likely responding to the influence of the past. EMDR goes directly to the source of that influence – to heal past experiences on a physiological and energetic level.

The theory of EMDR posits that all beliefs, no matter how irrational they may seem today, and all behaviors, regardless of whether or not they currently serve us, make sense when seen in the early context in which they were created. When the early traumatic experiences that gave rise to unhealthy thoughts and behaviors are processed and cleared through EMDR, people become free to think and act in positive, proactive ways. Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD, a psychiatrist and researcher who has led comparison studies with EMDR and other treatment approaches, concluded that EMDR is more effective than medication in reducing symptoms and has quicker, more generalized, and longer lasting results than either traditional therapy or medication.

As an EMDR counselor,
Elizabeth has worked successfully with people experiencing anxiety, those with recent or distant traumatic experiences, those at a career impasse who seek to make changes, and also those wishing to optimize their performance and create more joy in their lives. She believes in an integrative approach to healing and often partners with practitioners who offer bodywork or biofeedback to accelerate and support clients’ healing process.

For more information on her work, visit To schedule an initial consultation, contact her at or 215-542-5004.

For more information on EMDR, visit the EMDR Institute at , watch a video segment at or read the article, “What is EMDR” by Gregory Smith at

Play and Family Therapy

Kathleen Krol, one of the practitioners at the ResiliencyCenter, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist, who works with children, young adolescents and families.

“My approach to treatment is family focused and comprehensive, incorporating family therapy, parent education, play therapy and sand tray therapy. I find the most effective way to treat the presenting symptoms and problems of the child is by combining individual work with the child with supportive feedback and education for the parents. When a treatment addresses the “root” or underlying cause of behaviors, healing has a more longer lasting effect and is systematic in positively impacting the dynamics of the family as a whole. Children and adolescents who are experiencing anxiety, depression, behavior problems, trauma, grief and loss or abuse  may benefit from treatment that combines family therapy with play therapy and sand tray. Play Therapy and Sand Tray help children develop self-control and mastery, increased attention and focus, adaptive coping strategies, increased frustration tolerance, improved self-esteem and mood, reduced anxiety and adjustment to issues of trauma and loss and healing from abuse.”


This fall, Kathleen will be presenting a workshop in collaboration with her colleague Jeff Katowitz called “More Ways to Building Healthier Connections with Your Children.” This workshop which will be held on September 26 is part of the free monthly workshop series at the ResiliencyCenter. The workshop provides the opportunity for parents to assess their existing relationship with their children and teens. Through dialogue and interactive role-plays, parents will observe and explore the difference between effective and ineffective listening skills. Parents will gain greater awareness of how children and teens might perceive a situation and some strategies for effective communication skills to improve parent/child interactions.


If you are interested in learning more about either the workshop or family and play therapy, please call Kathleen at 215-289-3101 or email at


The ResiliencyCenter is in the process of creating a new Professional Development Training Series where professionals from a variety of disciplines can come together in community, learn, and share experiences. Join us this Fall as we launch the first programs in the series – on Practitioner Wellness, Integrative Trauma Treatment, Art Therapy, Play Therapy, and White Racial Identity. All programs are eligible for CEUs. Stay tuned to The Resiliency Center website at for up-to-date information.


If you are a social worker, marriage and family therapist, or professional counselor and have a program you would love to present, please contact or call 215-542-5004. We are particularly interested in those trainings that highlight creative approaches, practitioner self-awareness and self-care, energy psychology, and topics of trauma and resiliency. Going forward, we hope to expand our trainings to include continuing education programming for educators, nurses, and massage therapists as well.

1st Friday FREE Film Series: Rabbit-Proof Fence

Friday, 9/4 at 7:30 pm

Following an Australian government edict in 1931, black aboriginal children and children of mixed marriages were gathered up and taken to settlements to be institutionally assimilated. In Rabbit-Proof Fence, award-wining author Doris Pilkington traces the story of her mother, Molly, one of three young girls uprooted from their community in Southwestern Australia and taken to the Moore River Native Settlement. There, Molly and her relatives Gracie and Daisy were forbidden to speak their native language, forced to abandon their heritage, and taught to be culturally white. After regular stays in solitary confinement, the three girls planned and executed a daring escape from the grim camp.

More information at

Upcoming Programs & Events

Beginning QiGong

Tuesdays at 6:30 pm – Classes from 9/8 - 10/6

Classes will introduce students to Qi and the discipline of Qi Gong movements. Classes will be approximately 45-60 minutes and meet on consecutive Tuesdays. Participants will learn sitting and standing postures to help decrease stress, aid sleep and digestion, and relieve pain. Please bring a cushion to sit on. Class size not to exceed 9 students. Cost is $10 – and FREE to military veterans. Call Patricia Sweeney at 215-500-6871 to register.


Introduction to Meditation

Thursdays, 10 – 11:00 am, Classes from 9/24 – 10/29

In this beginner’s course on meditation, participants will learn deep relaxation, breath awareness, mindfulness techniques, and guided imagery for centering and balance. The instructor, Carol Pomplun, is a pioneer in the holistic health movement with thirty years experience in meditation, holistic healing, and education. To register for the class, please call The Resiliency Center at 215-542-5004.


How to Be Comfortable in your own Skin, Anytime, Anywhere

2nd Monday of Every Month at 7:30 pm

Ever wonder how some people get to do, be, or have whatever it is they want? How some people seem at peace with themselves & the world and succeed on their own terms as they live life by their own design? Join life and business coach Paula Gregorowicz for a 90-minute workshop which will help introduce you to the crystal clear clarity, unshakeable confidence, and unstoppable courage that comes from being comfortable in your own skin. This journey of exploration will combine presentation, experiential exercises, discussion, & skill-building so that you will walk away with new awareness and how-to's you can apply right away to your own life or business. Contact Paula at or call 215-450-2549. Learn more at


Staying Resilient in your Job Search

Begins 9/14 - & Meets every Monday, 10 – 11:30 am

Join us for a meaningful dialogue about staying resilient in your job search. We will explore tools for empowering yourself during this transition and focus on both support and practical strategies and resources.  This weekly group provides ongoing support to those who are unemployed, those seeking to change their careers for greater work-life balance, and those who seek to create meaningful and financially rewarding self-employment opportunities. Contact Resiliency Center Director Elizabeth Venart at 215-542-5004 to find out more – and sign up at


Clinical Supervision Groups - Led by Elizabeth Venart, LPC

Clinical supervision groups provide counselors with an opportunity to learn new information, gain additional perspectives, reflect on the interplay between self and client, and receive group support. Participants present cases for clinical review, assist one another in exploring challenging clinical questions, and gain greater self-awareness. Research on vicarious trauma, professional hazards, and counselor wellness has consistently found clinical supervision and peer consultation to be powerful antidotes to the stresses of the work. Groups are held weekly on Wednesdays from 4:00 – 6:00 pm and Thursdays from 8:30 am10:30 am. To learn more and inquire about joining a group, please call Elizabeth at 215-542-5004 or email her at More information can also be found at


More Ways for Building Healthier Connections

Saturday, 9/26, 1-3 pm

This workshop is part of the ongoing FREE monthly workshop series at The Resiliency Center. Through dialogue and interactive demonstration learn communication strategies that will foster healthy and rewarding interactions with your children. Join Family and Play Therapist Kathleen Krol, LCSW, RPT and Marriage and Family Therapist Jeff Katowitz, LMFT for this interactive and meaningful talk. Pre-registration is recommended - as space is limited. Contact Kathy at or 215-289-3101 to join the dialogue!

FREE Group Meditation - Led by Dean Solon

Join us every Tuesday morning at 8:30 am and Thursday evening at 7:30 pm to practice cultivating and sharing clarity & compassion. The unfolding awareness and mindfulness of meditation may be summed up with this simple expression: A knowing of things as they are.

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