ABOUT CHRISTIE SPROWLS, Psy.D
Growing up traveling the world I developed a deep passion for many diverse peoples and cultures. The richness of the sights, sounds, colors and textures ignited in me a deep appreciation for difference of all kinds. Living in Africa, Asia, South and Central America enriched my life tremendously, and continues to be a treasured experience. As magnificent as this experience was, I also witnessed a great deal of suffering. This awoke in me a desire to be of service and led to my work as a psychologist. I am a board licensed Psychologist in the state of Texas and have practiced as a psychologist and therapist in Austin, Texas since 1987. During this time I have served as the Clinical Director for St. David’s Medical Centers Adult and Adolescent Psychiatric Services, and have been an Adjunct Professor, International Trainer and Executive, Personal and Work-Life balance Coach. Another way I chose to be of service was to become a trainer for the EMDR Institute Humanitarian Assistance Program and have conducted trainings since 1994. Most often I am called to disaster sites for this work, and I have trained in Indonesia, China, Bangladesh, 7 countries in South and Central America, Turkey, Japan, and Cuba, as well as in disaster sites closer to home, such as New Orleans, Fort Hood, and Oklahoma City. I have worked with UNICEF, the United Nations and the US Army and various agencies and NGOs. I am one of just seven authorized trainers of the EMDR Institues Regional Trainings and conduct EMDR trainings twice yearly in Texas. I am truly passionate about my work and feel fortunate to have found a career that affords me so much personal satisfaction. The privilege to participate in and witness the growth of my clients is my greatest reward. For fun you will find me enjoying life’s adventures: hiking on the Great Wall in China or in Big Bend, walking around Lady Bird Lake, kayaking in the Northwest, dancing, listening to music, gardening or simply cooking and laughing with my friends and family.
Christie Sprowls Psy.D. is a board licensed Psychologist in the state of Texas and has practiced as a psychologist and therapist in Austin, Texas since 1987. During this time, she has served as the Clinical Director for St. David’s Medical Center’s Adult and Adolescent Psychiatric Services, and has been an Adjunct Professor, International Trainer and Executive, Personal and Work-Life Balance Coach. Dr. Sprowls is an EMDR Therapy trainer and has conducted trainings since 1994. She has done trainings in places such as Indonesia, China, Bangladesh, seven countries in South and Central America, Turkey, Japan, and Cuba, as well as in disaster sites closer to home, such as New Orleans, Fort Hood, and Oklahoma City. She has worked with UNICEF, the United Nations, the US Army, various agencies and NGOs. She is one of the authorized trainers of the EMDR Institute’s Regional Trainings and conducts EMDR Therapy trainings twice yearly in Texas. She has written a Chapter on EMDR Scripted Protocols on Hoarding Disorder (Luber, Ed. 2015).
About Priscilla Marquis, Ph.D.
I grew up in a multicultural neighborhood in a dynamic household where there were always new people and ideas. My mother instilled in me a love of different cultures. With a behaviorist for a father, I had the opportunity to meet many of the founding fathers of behavior therapy such as Joseph Wolpe and Andrew Salter. This led me to a natural curiosity about people, the world and the field of psychology. I earned my Bachelor’s degree at U.C. Berkeley in psychology and minored in Spanish literature. I became passionate about the injustice in Central America and worked as an activist after college. While earning my Ph.D. I had the opportunity to participate in Dr. Shapiro’s second EMDR training in 1990. I rapidly moved from a skeptic to an EMDR proponent. At my practicum at La Clinica De La Raza, I used EMDR with my first client who turned out to have DID. Together with many therapists in the San Francisco Bay Area, we networked to learn how best to apply this new treatment method. Dr. Shapiro was an inspiration. She encouraged my father and me to do a humanitarian training of EMDR in Managua in 1991. This started a more than 20 year tradition of doing humanitarian trainings in EMDR all over the world, including places like Bangladesh, Mexico and Venezuela with EMDR-HAP and an independent training project in Cuba with Christie Sprowls. I also had the opportunity to facilitate EMDR training in France, using my French as well as training in England. I did my dissertation on the efficacy of EMDR for Public Speaking Anxiety. I was part of the research team that did research on the efficacy of EMDR in an HMO setting at Kaiser in Santa Clara. I started working with OCD at Kaiser Santa Clara in 1995. I became the Anxiety Team Leader at Kaiser San Francisco starting in 1996 and have had an ongoing OCD group until 2015. I have done groups in Cognitive Therapy for Anxiety, Social Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety Overview, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and groups for the Intensive Outpatient Program. As part of my fascination with trying to understand what EMDR is doing in the brain, I became fascinated with neuropsychology. I currently work as a neuropsychologist and a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist in private practice. I do consultation for EMDR Therapy and enthusiastically donate time as an EMDR Trainer to EMDRHAP, Trauma Recovery.
Dr. Priscilla Marquis is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist who works in Private Practice in San Francisco. She was first trained in EMDR Therapy in 1990 and did one of the first EMDR Humanitarian trainings in 1991 with John Marquis, Ph.D. She has done EMDR trainings around the world with EMDR HAP and the EMDR institute as trainer and or facilitator. She has published on EMDR as one of the authors of the Kaiser study. She has written a Chapter on EMDR Scripted Protocols on Hoarding Disorder (Luber, Ed. 2015).