7th Direction Psychotherapy, Assessment & Consulting
Dr. Eduardo Duran has been working as a clinical psychologist for over two decades. Much of his clinical and research work has concentrated on working with the legacy of historical trauma. Historical trauma is the trauma that occurs in families and is then passed on to the following generation unless the trauma or soul wounding is dealt with.
Through that process he has learned that wounding of the spirit has been endured by most people in the world and the lessons learned from this work is relevant to most people presenting with therapeutic issues.
Dr. Duran has extensive experience in all aspects of psychotherapy. His practice over the years has been based on working with clients from their needs and gives them choices as to the methods that they may feel most comfortable with.
Dr. Duran has served as a professor of psychology in several graduate settings and continues to teach, and lecture in community settings all over the world.
Eduardo Duran was born in northern New Mexico and at age 14 his family relocated to California. He worked in the fields as a migrant farm worker and at age 17 enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served for 6 years on board submarines and other vessels during the Vietnam war. Once he was discharged he became interested in psychology and began his studies and at the same time began working for the Navy as an engineering psychologist.
His path took a turn after his last visit with his grandfather in that he changed career trajectory to that of becoming a clinical psychologist. He attained his PhD degree and has since worked in community settings until the past year. Presently, he is in private practice and consulting where he can bring all that he has learned into the consulting or therapeutic endeavor.
Dr. Judith Firehammer has over 15 years experience as a therapist, counselor and clinical psychologist. Dr. Firehammer works extensively with families and has worked with issues ranging from daily problems of adjustment to more serious diagnoses that may involve addiction, dysfunction and/or serious mental disorders.
Dr. Firehammer is very proficient in the use of play therapy with children and their families. Play therapy involves an open ended approach in which play behavior is interpreted for the family in order that they can have insights into the problematic family situation. Some of the methods of play therapy involve toys in the therapy room as well as sandtray therapy. Sandtray therapy is a powerful tool in which children or adults create a world with an assortment of toys in a sandbox. These worlds are then interpreted by the therapist and clients find this type of nonverbal approach very effective especially with children who at certain ages are not able to express verbally what they are feeling.
Dr. Judith Firehammer was born and raised in Bozeman. This gives her a deep understanding of the community and some of the issues that surround life in and around Bozeman. Dr. Firehammer is not bound to the office and is willing to go to the schools and meet with teachers, counselors and staff in order to gain a fuller assessment into the child's and family issues that may be problematic to them.