Dr. Thelma Giomi

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Portrait of the authorTHELMA GIOMI, a clinical psychologist and writer, is a native of New Mexico.
She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with honors from the University of New Mexico with a Ph.D. in Clinical and Developmental Psychology. After a National Institute of Mental Health sponsored post-doctorate at Pittsburgh Child Guidance Center, she returned to Albuquerque to work at the University of New Mexico Mental Health Center, where she held joint appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology. Her name appears in Who’s Who listings including: of American Women, in the West, in Emerging Leaders, Among Human Service Professionals, The Directory of Distinguished Americans, and Women in Business and many others.

In addition to a private practice working with individuals, families, schools, health care providers and groups, focusing on issues of living constructively with chronic illness, well being and creativity, Dr. Giomi is the co-creator of an active meditation process. She consults with individuals and groups to create “Share the Care” groups for patients and caregivers. She is the originator and facilitator of a series of workshops using active participation and unique creative processes to enhance relaxation, spiritual renewal and personal revitalization.

Dr. Giomi’s writing both in poetry and novels embraces the issues of living a constructive and purposeful life. Diagnosed with Systemic Lupus many years ago, Dr. Giomi has never let the disease define her. Working with it and through its many manifestations Dr. Giomi has managed to be the primary caregiver of five family members who have passed from cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. While caring for loved ones she wrote when energy and time allowed. Her mother’s dying wish was for her to publish all her writings “because so many people need to hear your beautiful words. You must make them available. The ones who need them will find them.”

Earlier published works include: Jaleo, Poems of Encouragement, a collection of poems encouraging those with chronic illness and the compassionate allies in their lives, and Winter’s Invitation, a collection of poems celebrating the adult experience of the holiday season. The numerous awards for her poetry include the Albuquerque Tribune for both first and second place, national awards and publications in anthologies, including the The Enabled Writer, The Best of the Enabled Writer, Sparrowgrass, Crosswinds Weekly, American Poetry Annual, National Library of Poetry, The American Poetry Association, New Mexico Per Gazette, Small Canyons 5 Anthology,and many others. She is frequently published in newspapers, newsletters, professional journals and in magazines like, Victoria. Dr. Giomi is the author of three novels, Weather’s Storeand Running from Mercy, and Telling Stories in Daylight.

Dr. Giomi is a frequent reviewer for the American Psychological Association. She has served on numerous boards including New Mexico Services for the Handicapped, the Board of the New Mexico Citizens for Physician Retention, and currently Cancer Survivors Now. She maintains the legacy of The Debra Giomi Memorial Origami Crane Cards that serve as gifts of hope and peace to those diagnosed with cancer, their families and friends. She is a member of Southwest Writers Workshop, New Mexico State Poetry Society, other community activities and organizations, as well as the New Mexico Psychological Association.

As an author, psychologist and public speaker, Dr. Giomi emphasizes the indomitable spirit in each of us, our ability to live constructively with illness or disability, and the role of compassion and caring in a vital life.