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About Soldier's Heart


OUR MISSION: Soldier’s Heart is a veterans’ return and healing project addressing the emotional and spiritual needs of veterans, their families and communities. Soldier’s Heart promotes and guides community-based efforts to heal the effects of war based on strategies presented in “War and the Soul”.

Soldier’s Heart, a project of International Humanities Center, is dedicated to our veterans’ successful return. 

Ed Tick, PhD, Director

Dr. Edward Tick, author of the groundbreaking book “War and the Soul” and founder of Soldier’s Heart, is a practicing psychotherapist specializing in veterans with PTSD. Ed received his master’s in psychology from Goddard College, Vermont and his doctorate in communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Ed has been in private psychotherapy practice since 1975 and began focusing on veteran’s issues in 1979. His pioneering work with Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or, in his words, ‘loss of the soul’ is the basis for his recent book “War and the Soul”. He continues his healing work with veterans and other trauma survivors with innovative yet time-honored methods. Ed has extensively studied both classical Greek and Native American traditions and successfully integrates their methods into modern clinical work. Ed, a widely published writer, is the also the author of “The Golden Tortoise: Journeys in Viet Nam”, “Sacred Mountain: Encounters of the Vietnam Beast”, and “The Practice of Dream Healing: Bringing Ancient Greek Mysteries into Modern Medicine”.

Kate Dahlstedt, Co-Director

Kate holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology as well as post graduate certification from the Hartford Family Institute. She has been in private practice for over two decades. As a therapist and workshop leader Kate specializes in grief and loss, trauma, and depression. She is also an adjunct professor at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY and a published writer.

Paula Griffin, Administrative Assistant

Paula has a BA in Sociology. She has extensive expereince in counseling and social work with individuals and families who are in distress. She loves people, the outdoors, and has a passion for restorative justice.

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Soldier’s Heart
PO Box 8564
Albany, NY 12208
500 Federal St. Suite 303
Troy, NY 12180

For more information about Soldier’s Heart, or to contact Dr. Ed Tick, please email us at

To reach Kate Dahlstedt, Co-Director, email

or call 518.274.0501

To reach Paula Griffin, Administrative Assistant, email

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