The Trauma Therapist | Podcast with Guy Macpherson, PhD | Inspiring interviews with thought-leaders in the field of trauma.
Inspiring interviews with thought-leaders and game-changers in the fields of trauma, mindfulness, addiction and yoga. Join Guy Macpherson, PhD at traumatherapistproject.com as we hear about the journeys of passionate mental health workers who dedicate their lives to helping others heal and thrive.

Dr. Leslie Korn is a Harvard Medical School-trained traumatologist specializing in mental health nutrition and integrative approaches to treating the mind and body.

Leslie began her clinical work as a bodyworker, yoga teacher and student of indigenous healing traditions in 1973. She lived in the jungle of Mexico for over 25 years where she founded and directed a public health natural medicine center, The Center for Traditional Medicine.

In 1994 the center joined the Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS), a non-profit Native directed research and education organization.  At the CWIS Leslie’s work focuses on indigenous food and healing revitalization with tribal communities and supporting research at the intersection of community trauma, social justice, and health.

I have an international telehealth practice specializing in mental health nutrition and cognitive well-being addressing PTSD and complex trauma, fatigue, digestive upset, depression, anxiety, sleep problems, PTSD and chronic pain. I help people get off pharmaceuticals. 

My Ph.D. is in Behavioral Medicine. I completed my clinical fellowship in psychology and religion at Harvard Medical School and 2 hospital internships in Pain and Trauma. I had a private practice in Boston for 15 years. I also completed a Masters in Public Health (MPH) at the Harvard School of Public Health and a Masters degree in Cross Cultural Health psychology.

I am a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, National Board Certified in Polarity Therapy, and National Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and National Approved Clinical Supervisor. I was the clinical director at New England School of Acupuncture, Associate Professor at California Institute of Integral Studies and I am a Core Faculty at Capella University.  I have been a research scientist in Mind Body medicine, funded by the National Institutes of Health. 

I have published 7 books including:  The Good Mood Kitchen, Eat Right, Feel Right, Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health: A Complete Guide to the Food-Mood Connection, Rhythms of Recovery: Trauma, Nature and the Body,  Multicultural Counseling Workbook and Preventing and Treating Diabetes, Naturally: The Native Way. I work with my therapy dog Xoco.

Direct download: Episode_257_-_Leslie_Korn.mp3
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Dr. Nancy Morgan returns, and I couldn’t be more excited about having her back. Dr. Morgan was a guest on episode 205. Ever since that time, I’ve wanted to have you back. Dr. Morgan epitomizes the elements of this work which I consider to be those close to my heart--compassion, authenticity, and education.

Dr. Nancy Morgan specializes both in working with adults with severe mental health challenges whose traumatic histories influence and inform their thoughts and behaviors and in providing Trauma-Focused training and supervision to future therapists.

Her primary work has been in Partial Hospitalization Program settings, Secure Residential Treatment Facilities, and Intensive Outpatient Programs, where she’s served as a clinician, manager, or most often as program clinical supervisor.  

Currently, Dr. Morgan works as the Director of Behavioral Health at LifeMoves, Northern California’s largest agency dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness where she has developed a Trauma-Focused Mindfulness-Based training curriculum whereby she provides didactics, supervises, and mentors graduate psychology students.

Direct download: Episode_256_-_Nancy_Morgan.mp3
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For over 40 years Ann Brode has focused on the relationship of body, mind, and spirit as it shapes the physical experience.

Receiving her BA in 1968, Ann spent 7 years as a motor-perceptual therapist working with young children. In this early work, she discovered that every person learns differently and everybody can change and find better balance, grace, and comfort. Seeking to help all people access their full potential for responsive awareness, Ann began extensive training with Movement Therapy and Bodywork pioneer Judith Aston.

Ann was the founder and director of the Healing Center Foundation, a nonprofit supporting integrative health and practitioners in Santa Barbara, and creator of the website, sbHealthSource.org.

For the past ten years, she has written on health and body related topics for Health Source Magazine, Santa Barbara Independent, Huffington Post and Somatic Psychotherapy Today Journal. She has also recorded and produced an acclaimed CD entitled Body Breath: Three Guided Meditations.

Direct download: Episode_255_-_Ann_Brode.mp3
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Dr. Sharon Stanley has educated thousands of healthcare professionals internationally in the principles and practices of somatic psychotherapy. Building on her research on empathy with traumatized youth, Sharon founded Somatic Transformation (ST), a trauma model and professional curriculum. ST is based on emerging research in Interpersonal Neurobiology and a phenomenological, intersubjective approach to transform relational and shock trauma.

Sharon participates in Dr. Allan Schore’s Seattle Study Group, and her work with First Nations, the study of Afro-Brazilian healing with on-going research into clinical practice has led to a fluid convergence of neurological research and professional skills.

Sharon has a clinical practice on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Direct download: Episode_254_-_Sharon_Stanley.mp3
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Anna Seewald is a psychologist and parent educator and the host of the Authentic Parenting podcast. Through the synthesis of her 20 years of rich and diverse professional experience as a psychologist and an international educator, along with her own tragic life experience, Anna helps parents to become more mindful in their communication and to create emotional connections and strong relationships.

Direct download: Episode_253_-_Anna_Seewald.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:27am PST

Fabio is a career guide, a cultural explorer, a psychotherapist, and social worker in Denver, Colorado. He is originally from Italy, and as an immigrant, is familiar with the challenges that come with living with feet in two-worlds.

He believes that our role as psychotherapists is to be healers of soul wounds and to midwife people into healthy adulthood while planting seeds of cultural hope in this time of great transition.

Fabio holds an Associate Degree in Political Science, a Bachelor in Consciousness and Social Change Studies and he is scheduled to graduate in May 2018 with an MSW.

He holds a particular interest in indigenous studies, historical trauma, post- and de-colonial psychology.

Direct download: Episode_252_-_Fabio_Fina.mp3
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This week I’m proud to announce that I have a firefighter, Carl Waggett, back on the podcast. (Carl was a guest back on episode 229 of The Trauma Therapist | Podcast.)

Carl’s on a mission to help others heal from PTSD.

He’s got a podcast, he’s doing Facebook Live, and he’s on YouTube. With everything he’s got going on I think it’s fair to say that he’s put together a pretty amazing tour de force, and all with the goal of helping others heal, and avoiding some of the missteps he took along his journey.

Carl’s been a full-time firefighter for the past 14 years, and Acting Captain for 4 of them.  After a fellow-firefighter and close friend of Carl’s ended his own life, Carl removed himself from the front line trucks only to be diagnosed with PTSD a short time afterward. Carl says he’s learning that there are many sides to this very intelligent disorder, and would simply like to share his experiences in the hope that others understand that PTSD is more of a winnable battle then you think.

Carl started his podcast, PTSD Bunker Gear For Your Brain, after his experiences with PTSD and to help other first responders.

Direct download: Episode_251_-_Carl_Wagget.mp3
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Dr. Janae Weinhold has thirty years’ experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado. She is Dean and Core Faculty in the Intercultural Open University Foundation’s doctoral program, and also co-directs a nonprofit institute and the Colorado Professional Development Center.

She is currently providing Trauma-Informed Care training for mental health professionals and clinical supervision. Since 1994 she has been offering mental health training, supervision and consultation services through a sister NGO in Kiev, Ukraine.

Janae is the author or co-author of a dozen books on developmental trauma, conflict resolution, codependency, counterdependency and psychopathology.

Her newest book, LOVEvolution: A Bioresonance Model for Healing Developmental Trauma, presents her heart-based approach for healing developmental trauma caused by disorganized caregiving and Disorganized Attachment.

Direct download: Episode_250_-_Janae_Weinhold.mp3
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Cynthia Price is a body therapy researcher. She studied massage therapy in 1981 and was in private practice for 20 years as a body psychotherapist before pursuing her doctorate to do research in the field. Now an Associate Research Professor at the University of Washington, her research is focused on the study of Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy (MABT), a body therapy approach developed to teach interoceptive awareness skills for self-care and to facilitate emotion regulation.  This work, while helpful for people from all walks of life, is particularly useful for individuals who are disconnected from their bodies due to trauma, depression, chemical dependency, chronic pain, stress or illness.

The Director of the Center for Mindful Body Awareness http://www.cmbaware.org/ in Seattle, Cynthia is committed to increasing health care access to underserved populations, and works with local and international programs to provide and improve integrative care through her research, teaching, and service.

Direct download: Episode_249_-_Cynthia_Price.mp3
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Tara is a beginning trauma therapist who works as a private practitioner in Charlotte, NC. She holds a Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Montreat College and provides evidence based therapies for trauma including EMDR and Cognitive Processing Therapy.

Tara specializes in working with women who have been sexually abused. Before becoming a licensed therapist, Tara did direct care work in inpatient and residential settings working with individuals with eating disorders, substance abuse, physical aggression, and suicidality, noting that so often these challenges were rooted in trauma. This set the stage for her specialization in trauma.

Direct download: Episode_248_-_Tara_Cantrell.mp3
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