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Duygu & Yener Balan: Recovering into a New Normal

This week, Jenna sits down with trauma specialists Duygu & Yener Balan to discuss their recent book, Re-Write: A Trauma Workbook of Creative Writing and Recovery in Our New Normal, what it was like collaborating on a book in the throes of the pandemic, and what recovering means to them.

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Duygu Balan, LPCC

A psychotherapist specializing in intergenerational trauma, Duygu Balan, LPCC developed her expertise in intergenerational trauma while working as a clinical counselor in New York City treating patients on society's margins. Along with co-authoring Re-Write: A Trauma Workbook of Creative Writing and Recovery in Our New Normal with her husband Yener, she also worked as a contributor to the best-selling medical textbook, Big Book of Emergency Department Psychiatry: A Guide to Patient Centered Operational Improvement. Born in Germany and raised in Istanbul, Duygu's upbringing provides her with a fresh perspective on how to navigate tension between cultures; adverse childhood experiences; and attachment wounding through hope and resilience. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Yener Balan, MD, DFAPA

Yener Balan, MD, DFAPA is a healthcare executive and board-certified psychiatrist. In addition to co-authoring Re-Write: A Trauma Workbook of Creative Writing and Recovery in Our New Normal with his wife Duygu, he also co-authored the best-selling medical textbook, Big Book of Emergency Department Psychiatry: A Guide to Patient Centered Operational Improvement. He is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and currently is the vice president of behavioral health and medical specialty services for a major health care organization. Yener has extensive years of experience working in high volume emergency departments, is an expert in hospital operations including work in the emergency room, health care business and management, and has given lectures and workshops worldwide. Yener was born and raised in New York City, and while he still misses the East Coast, has made a home for himself in the San Francisco Bay Area where he lives with his wife Duygu and their 11-year-old son.


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