CYNTHIA GRGURIC

International Psychologist, PhD, MA, LMHC

I have lived and worked internationally in Korea, Japan, Germany, Italy, and Britain providing consulting for the U.S. military on issues of separation, cross-cultural adjustment, stress management, work-life balance, relationship issues, and pre and post deployment resiliency. I also worked in the United Arab Emirates providing individual, family, and couples counseling. I specialize in international crisis response with certificates in International Trauma Studies, Forced Migration and Asylum, Justice Rapid Response Training, Employee Assistance Specialist, Skills for Psychological Recovery, Critical Incident Stress Management, Strategies for Trauma Awareness, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

I have provided consultation for humanitarian workers on and off site throughout Africa and Asia on cultural adjustments, compassion fatigue, work-life balance, resiliency in post conflict, stress management, and frequent traveling/family separation. I have provided onsite support for USAID and US Embassy staff in Conakry, Guinea in response to the Ebola crisis and in Kampala, Uganda for Foreign Service Nationals escaping South Sudan and Republic of Georgia regarding loss and management change.

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Through workshops, management consults, and individual sessions for several large and small global humanitarian organizations, I have provided tools for resilience, stress management, trauma-informed care, and well-being. Some of the organizations include USAID in Uganda, Guinea and the Republic of Georgia as well as International Rescue Commission, Church World Service, Youth Crime Watch Liberia, and Emma Development (Kurdistan). During my 20+yrs providing critical incident response, I have led countless groups on grief/loss, trauma, and stress management and guided management through crisis and/or in hostile environments. Throughout the pandemic, I facilitated multiple support groups, presentations, and consults.

I have presented on International Employee Wellness Programs at the American Psychological Conference, wrote a chapter on rape as a weapon of war for a book on terrorism, and presented my research on rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

I have also taught as an adjunct professor on Combat Trauma, Organizational Multicultural Counseling, and Performance Management.

Now based in NYC I provide on-site Critical Incident Stress Management on work place trauma as, provide consultations and presentations on wellness for organizations, while also maintaining a private practice.

Professional Credentials
Advanced Training
 

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

DC, 2020

International Criminal Investigation Training Certificate/Expert Roster

Helsinki, Finland, 2016

Forced Migration and Asylum Certificate

Bologna, Italy, 2016

Eye Movement And Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

New York, NY 2016

Employee Assistance Specialist Certificate

January 2016

Skills for Psychological Recovery

New York, NY 2014

Critical Incident Stress Management

Philadelphia, DE 2006

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

New York State, 2006

International Trauma Studies Certificate Columbia University

NY 2005—2006

Certificate in Attendance Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience

Eastern Mennonite University, 2005

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

State of Illinois, 1995—2000