Lynette Danylchuk, PhD

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Lynette Danylchuk, PhD has been working in the trauma field since the mid-80s, starting with Vietnam Vets and people with DID.  She served 12 years on the original Board of Directors of Survivorship, and then worked for the Board of the Star Foundation for several more years.

Lynette has her private practice in San Mateo, California, where, in addition to working with clients, she continues to do periodic consultation and teaching where she sees a need, including a local graduate school, juvenile hall, or the county trauma-informed services conference.

Lynette has been adjunct faculty to graduate schools in the San Francisco area where she has taught, and been a dissertation chairperson. She has given keynote speeches and workshops across the state and at annual conferences of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and continues to take advantage of every opportunity to share what she’s learned about trauma and dissociation.

Lynette is currently President of International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and has been an active society member since 1996. She has chaired the Volunteer Committee, and the Professional Training Program, and is still a member of the Certificate Program Task Force.  Under her leadership, the ISSTD Professional Training Program has expanded to include a greater focus on Child and Adolescent courses, and an expansion of the program to South America and Spain, as well as online.  On the Certificate Task Force, Lynette’s work has helped ISSTD create the first phase of a Certificate Program, which will be the gold standard in trauma training for complex PTSD and dissociation.

The Quote

Rational authority is based on competence and it helps the person who leans on it to grow. Irrational authority is based on power and it serves to exploit the person subjected to it.
Erich Fromm

What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?

Lynette shares the story of how she came to work in the field of trauma psychology and eventually became the president of the ISSTD.

A Crucial Early Mistake

Lynette talks about a time during her early practice when she made the mistake of not taking appropriate time for herself.

Lynette’s Why

The people that I work with are incredibly inspirational, and have suffered some of the worst abuse that anyone could imagine. The miracle of the human spirit, the resilience is astonishing. This is why I continue to do this work.

Lynette’s advice

  • Learn to take a good, extensive personal history at the beginning of the therapy session.
  • Ask your clients, “What happened to you?” rather than wonder or ask “What’s your issue?”

Lynette’s go-to books

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Interview Links

Anita Sugimura Holsapple
Gabriella Grant, MA

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