Co-Counseling Community. Mutual Aid. Trauma Focused.
Atlanta, USA --> Cologne, Germany
B.A. in Religion (Haverford College)
M.Sc. in Professional Counseling (Georgia State University)
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (University of Konstanz)
things make sometimes sense
Here we can be alone together.
Founded by outsiders for other outsiders.
We help ourselves.
Cologne Counseling was established to offer a place for us to gather together, heal wounds and re-build our relationships. Our community members are often affiliated with Art, Activism and the LGBTQIA+ community.
Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) is one of our favorite tools. NET is an empirically based, brief intervention designed to help individuals navigating the fallout of traumatic experiences and chronic stressors.
I train and utilize translators from diverse backgrounds to assist me while implementing NET. I also supervise new NET practitioners and lay counselors. I am under direct supervision of my Doctor Father, Professor Emeritus Dr.Thomas Elbert, one of the original creators of NET.
May 11, 2022
Narrative Exposure Therapy the Collective
Spring 2020-Spring 2022
Cologne Counseling went online. Community Members from every corner of the globe!
March 25, 2020
“Imparting the Narrative: Memory Theory & Practice in Sensitive Interviewing”
Identity on the Line Project (http://www.i-on.museum/) :
January, 23 2020
“Hope and Horror in the Cycles of Violence: Encouraging Systemic Change through Psychological Research”
Presentation to the European Research Council(ERC) in Brussels, Belgium
Established Cologne Counseling as a Co-Counseling Community
|2018||Magna Cum Laude Doctoral Dissertation, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany|
Professional Societies and Public Advisory Committees
|2021||Board of Advisors for Elnor
|2019||active member of vivo International e.V.
Meyer-Parlapanis, D., Elbert, T., 2015. Torture and its Consequences, Psychology of. In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 24. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 434–441. ISBN: 9780080970868
Augsburger M, Meyer-Parlapanis D, Bambonye M, Elbert T and Crombach A (2015) Appetitive Aggression and Adverse Childhood Experiences Shape Violent Behavior in Females Formerly Associated with Combat. Front. Psychol. 6:1756. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01756
Meyer-Parlapanis D, Weierstall R, Nandi C, Bambonyé M, Elbert T and Crombach A (2016) Appetitive Aggression in Women: Comparing Male and Female War Combatants. Front. Psychol. 6:1972. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.0197
Meyer-Parlapanis D, Siefert S and Weierstall R (2017) More Than the Win: The Relation between Appetitive Competition Motivation, Socialization, and Gender Role Orientation in Women's Football. Front. Psychol. 8:547. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00547
Augsburger M, Meyer-Parlapanis D, Elbert T, Nandi C, Bambonye M and Crombach A (2017) Succumbing to the Call of Violence – Sex-Linked Development of Appetitive Aggression in Relation to Familial and Organized Violence. Front. Psychol. 8:751. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00751
Meyer-Parlapanis, D, Elbert, T, Schauer, M (2017) MEMOTV - Epigenetic, neural and cognitive memories of traumatic stress and violence - FP7. doi: 10.21820/23987073.2017.2.45
Meyer, D. (2018). Deconstructing the Cycles of Violence: Female Experiences of Appetitive Aggression (Doctoral dissertation). Konstanz, Universität Konstanz.
Stevens, N. R., Miller, M. L., Soibatian, C., Otwell, C., Rufa, A. K., Meyer, D. J., & Shalowitz, M. U. (2020). Exposure therapy for PTSD during pregnancy: a feasibility, acceptability, and case series study of Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET). BMC psychology, 8(1), 1-18.
POPP: Putting Offence Prevention into Practice
Research on the effectiveness of NET with Unaccompanied Minor Asylum Seekers (UMA’s) with a history of violence and the development of a curriculum for training NET therapists in Germany
MemoTV: Memories of Trauma and Violence
Research on the epigenetic, cognitive and neural underpinnings of violence and traumatic stress in 4 different international and transgenerational populations exposed to continuous conflict and violence.