About the Author
Dr. Kayta (Kathleen) Curzie Gajdos is a psychologist who works with individuals, couples, and families. She has experience and training in the fields of alcohol and drug addictions, hypnosis, family therapy, Jungian theory, meditation and mindfulness, grief and trauma, EMDR, ETT, sandplay therapy, and dreamwork. Dr. Gajdos developed a practice in the Pittsburgh area, where she also wrote for the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic’s Family Therapy Newsletter.
Dr. Gajdos has published in the American Psychological Association Bulletin, The Family Psychologist, and in the Swedenborgian publications, Chrysalis and The Messenger. Illness, Crisis and Loss has published her articles on intergenerational grief as well as on the compassion of Käthe Kollwitz and Mr. Rogers. She has taught at the graduate level at West Chester University and Wilmington University, and has supervised psychologists in training. Having served as field faculty for Vermont College of Norwich University and the Union Institute’s Center for Distance Learning, she most recently served as external faculty for Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Living in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Dr. Gajdos has been a columnist for the Chadds Ford Post and the Kennett Paper. Now, her Mind Matters column appears online in Chadds Ford Live. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Gajdos facilitates a grief support group, SAM (Survivors of Accident and Murder) for the Mental Health Association in Delaware. Active in disaster relief with the Red Cross and Medical Reserve Corps, she is the Disaster Resource Network coordinator for the Delaware Psychological Association. She participated in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts as a member of teams from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
In the past, she has led workshops at Temenos Retreat Center on themes such as inter-generational grief, meditation, the shadow, and shame. She also facilitated numerous times a “Griefs of Birthing” ritual for those who suffered losses of procreation (abortions, miscarriages, infertility, etc.). Most recently, Dr. Gajdos has been a presenter at several Creativity and Madness Conferences, as well as the Won Institute and the Community for Integrative Learning (in Wilmington, Delaware).
She is a member of the American Family Therapy Academy, the American Psychological Association, the Delaware Psychological Association, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, the Association for Death Education and Counseling, International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, Emotional Transformation Therapy International Association, and the EMDR International Association.
She serves on the Delaware County Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities Advisory Board, and on the Board of Governors of the Greater Philadelphia Society of Clinical Hypnosis, as well. Woven into her professional career, she is active in walking, swimming, dancing, and writing.