About Me

Community Counseling

Atlanta, USA --> Cologne, Germany.
M.Sc. in Professional Counseling (Georgia State University)
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (University of Konstanz).

Danie Meyer, PhD

Consulting Psychologist


I have studied and practiced in Mental Health for the past 10 years. I established Cologne Counseling to offer Mental Health Counseling for individuals and groups often affiliated with Art, Activism and the LGBTQIA+ community. All walks of life are welcome. As a Trauma Psychologist, I offer Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), an empirically based, proven effective, short term CBT-based intervention designed to address PTSD and complex PTSD in individuals surviving extreme, continuous violence and catastrophes. Cologne Counseling offers support to refugees and other individuals struggling to find a spot in the mental health care system.

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. I also have branched out from clinical practice to address trauma topics as presented in civilian society. I was invited by the Temporary Gallery (Cologne, Germany) as a guest psychologist to offer “walk and talks” to discuss Art and Trauma with artists and visitors at the international Art Cologne Trade Fair (April 11-14, 2019). Currently in the works are training workshops for gallery curators to offer more comprehensive support to artists and gallery visitors for exhibitions that are potentially triggering for PTSD.

My doctoral research career was dedicated to gender similarities and differences in complex trauma and appetitive aggression. I managed the European Research Council (ERC) funded Advanced Grant Project: Memories of Traumatic Stress and Violence (MemoTV), which lasted from 2013-2018 and spanned 4 countries (South Africa, Burundi, Germany and Brazil) on 3 continents. MemoTV investigated the transgenerational epigenetic alterations associated with trauma and exposure to violence in populations subjected to ongoing conflict. Currently I serve as project Coordinator for the follow-up Proof of Concept (PoC) ERC funded Project: Young Migrants at Risk - Putting Offence Prevention into Practice (POPP). This project investigates the application of NET in the forensic context of young, unaccompanied minor refugees (UMR’s) to Germany. POPP is developing the course curriculum to be implemented in the training of lay counselors to further disseminate NET within their communities of origin. I offer NET as a therapeutic intervention and I train other mental health practitioners in using NET, designing and leading workshops in Atlanta, USA (Georgia State University, March 2019), Chicago, USA (Rush Medical Hospital, March 2019) and co-leading an international NET workshop with the originators of NET (Eremo Institute, Cupramontana, Italy, June 2019). I am a member of vivo e.V. (Victim’s Voice), an alliance of professionals experienced in the fields of psychotraumatology, international health, humanitarian aid, scientific laboratory and field research, sustainable development and human rights advocacy. I currently supervise a proposed project at Rush Medical Hospital in Chicago, USA which is a pilot study assessing the effectiveness and safety of utilizing NET with traumatized pregnant women.

Dates 2020

January, 23 2020
Presentation to the European Research Council: “Hope and Horror in the Cycles of Violence: Encouraging Systemic Change through Psychological Research”; Brussels, Belgium

March 14, 2020
Introduction to NET workshop for Movers and Shakers; Cologne, Germany

March 25, 2020
Keynote Speech for Identity on the Line Project (http://www.i-on.museum/) : “Imparting the Narrative: Memory Theory & Practice in Sensitive Interviewing”; Slupsk, Poland

April 28, 2020
Presentation at the 25th German Congress on Crime Prevention: “ERC Project: POPP- Putting Offense Prevention into Practice”; Kassel, Germany

May 23-29, 2020 Eremo Narrative Exposure Therapy Workshop, Cupramontana, Italy (www.eremonet.com)


2012-2018 Doctoral researcher, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
2013-2018 Project Coordinator, MemoTV, Konstanz, Germany
2019-present Project Coordinator, POPP, Cologne, Germany
2014-present NET Practitioner & Trauma Counselor, Cologne Counseling, Cologne, Germany


2018 Magna Cum Laude Doctoral Dissertation, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany

Professional Societies and Public Advisory Committees

2019-present vivo International e.V. (Victim’s Voice nonprofit) member


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.




Young Migrants at Risk - Putting Offence Prevention into Practice (POPP)

Project Coordinator
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

Recently Completed

MemoTV: Memories of Trauma and Violence


Project Coordinator
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.