Aphrodite Matsakis is a true visionary in the world of healing. Her book is a superb resource that paves the way to hope and healing for returning warriors, their spouses, their families, their medical and mental health professionals, and all those who care about them. Well done, Aphrodite! --Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman, U.S. Army, Ret., Author of On Killing and On Combat
You do not have to be or know a veteran to be helped by this book. Read Back from the Front slowly from front to back. Listen to each and every story and to Matsakis's wise and clear advice. You will see yourself somewhere in its pages, and it will change how you think about the war and about the soldiers and non-soldiers we send off to do our fighting. --Thomas Palaima - Dickson Centennial Professor of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin, MacArthur fellow and specialist in the ancient and modern experience of war and violence
About the Author
Dr. Matsakis is an internationally recognized trauma specialist in areas such as post-traumatic stress disorder and other anxiety disorders, clinical depression, and addiction and related issues and their impact on relationships and the family. She has authored twelve books self-help books for clients and therapists; two professional textbooks; three book chapters; and a book on the Greek-American experience. Dr. Matsakis has over thirty years experience counseling individuals, couples, and families, and six years experience teaching at the university level. She has conducted trauma-processing, pain-management, anger-management, self-esteem, and guilt-processing groups and has presented seminars on these and other topics nationally and internationally to both professional and lay audiences. Following the bombing in Oklahoma City, she was called upon to assist survivors and professionals. She has also presented at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day and at national conferences on sexual assault and anxiety management. She has testified on traumatic and stress reactions, addiction, mood disorders, and issues pertaining to racial discrimination. Dr. Matsakis received a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis, an MA in Secondary Education from Stanford University, and an MA and PhD. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland.