A project dear to our hearts
 Raising Our Voices
 Writing Our Lives
Stories That Want To Be Told
 The Calming Breath

 A simple technique


Military Treatment and Educator Resume 

Mary Tendall MA,LMFT

110 Boulder St., Suite A

Nevada City, CA 95959

License # MFC30654


Private practice specializing in treatment of combat trauma and adjustment       1993-present                            

National Panel Participant, “The Unseen Costs of War, Boulder, CO                    2005

Contracted with the Sacramento Vet Center to treat combat trauma  

  Individual and Group Therapy                                                                    1993-2009

Combat Trauma presentation Vietnam Veterans Memorial Conference, 

    New Jersey Vietnam Memorial                                                                   2007

Paper presentation, “Combat Trauma and the Brain”  European Society 

  for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD)  Amsterdam                       2007

Paper presentation, “Combat Trauma: Healing through Neuro-Somatic           

   Education, Somatic Awareness, and Self Regulation” ISSTD Chicago              2008

Paper presentation: “Families of Combat Soldiers: Adjustment and 

   Integration During and after Deployment” ISSTD  Washington D.C.               2009

Lecture:” From Combat Dissociation to Civilian Integration” ISSTD

   Washington D.C.                                                                                      2009

Workshop/Lecture “Elimination of Nightmares” ISSTD Atlanta                           2010  

Lecture presentation “Sexual Issues of Combat Veterans” Society for 

   the Scientific Study of Sexuality,  Houston                                                   2011  

 “What Causes PTSD?”  VietNow national conference, Wisconsin                       2011                                                                          

Lecture presentation and discussion: “When a Soldier Comes Home”

  Citizen Soldier Conference, Colorado Springs                                               2012

Speaker: “Combat Veterans and Adjustment to Civilian Life”  

   San Francisco City College Forum                                                             2012

Soldier’s Heart Retreat co-leader                                                                 2013

Workshop and support group for combat veterans and their families               2004-present


Other presentations:

  • The Soldier’s Project  - 3 half day workshops
  • Minnesota National Guard 2 day workshop with returning OIF soldiers
  • Soldier’s Heart Retreat retreat leader,  Nevada City, CA  
  • Consultant for 3 National Public Radio Segments on combat trauma (Amy Baxt)
  • Interviewed for Newsweek article on combat adjustment (Trent Gagax)
  • Author of quarterly articles for the magazine, Vietnow
  • Instructor at Phillips School of Massage “Massage and the treatment of a Combat Veteran”
  • Vietnam Veterans of America presentation  San Jose, CA

Who We Are

We make art in order not to die from the truth.

Ashlar Center for Narrative Arts is a U.S. 501c3 non-profit organization designed to serve the personal story and address the trauma it may contain. Our work is educational and skills driven -- grounded in thirty years of community based experience.

We use photos, interviews, and teach guided writing (Writing Through the Body).  For those people for whom revealing identity is unsafe or who are non-literate, they are offered an opportunity to  build a multi-media piece to contain and share the story in an abstract or symbolic form. Our goal is Witnessing and facilitating the creation of a coherent narrative for our students as they move with us toward well-being and resilience. 

Following from our initial work with Story, we collaborate with students to create a culturally relevant Self-Care program facilitated by them.

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