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 field of trauma. Join Guy Macpherson, PhD at traumatherapistproject.com as we hear about the journeys of passionate workers in the field of trauma, addiction, yoga and mindfulness and learn what's inspired them along their path and to pursue their calling to help others heal and thrive.

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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_205_-_Nancy_Morgan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:35am PST

Jenny Watt, M.A., is a Registered Clinical Counselor  with specialized training in EMDR Therapy. She has a special interest in working with adults, parents, and couples whose painful childhood experiences are keeping them from enjoying fulfilling lives and is approved to provide services for individuals in the Crime Victims Assistance Program.

Prior to her work in private practice, Jenny worked with marginalized children, parents, and families as a family therapist in a non-profit setting.

Through her experiences, Jenny discovered the importance of trauma-informed practice and became dedicated to trauma work. She is committed to encouraging positive growth and change in the community through her passion for counseling and healing.

Direct download: Episode2020420-20Jenny20Watt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:44am PST

Dr. Karen Treisman is a London-based highly specialized clinical psychologist. She has worked in the NHS and children’s services for several years and has also worked cross-culturally in both Africa and Asia with groups ranging from former child soldiers to survivors of the Rwandan Genocide.

Karen has extensive experience in the areas of trauma, parenting, and attachment, and works clinically using a range of therapeutic approaches with families, systems, and children in or on the edge of care, unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people, and adopted children.

In addition to holding a doctorate in Clinical psychology, Karen has undergone a range of specialist trainings including in EMDR, Narrative Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Sensory Attachment Intervention, and Theraplay.

Karen currently works as a Clinical Lead for a court assessment and intensive parenting intervention team for children on the edge of care and in proceedings. Karen is also the director of Safe Hands and Thinking Minds training and consultancy services.

Karen is an external consultant, trainer, and assessor to Barnardos Adoption Service, Grandparents Plus, PAC-UK, Hope for families, and the Fostering Network and a member of the CoramBAAF health group advisory committee, as well as a reviewer for the Journal of adoption and fostering.

Karen regularly presents at local, national, and international trauma, parenting, and attachment conferences. Karen is the author of the Routledge published book Working with relational and developmental trauma in children and adolescents.

Direct download: Episode_203_-_Karen_Treisman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:51am PST

Today I’m excited to have back, Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis.

I first interviewed Thema back on episode 52 of the podcast. Thema is one of those rare individuals who is pretty much capable of doing everything: She’s a psychologist, an artist, and an ordained minister, a dynamic speaker and as you’ll hear from this interview, she’s inspiring and empowering.

In this episode, Thema shares her knowledge and expertise on the subject of racial trauma, a topic I have yet to cover on this podcast.

Thema is an Associate Professor of psychology at Pepperdine University. She is director of the Culture and Trauma Research Lab and associate editor of the journal Psychological Trauma. She is the author of the book Thriving in the wake of trauma: a multicultural guide and editor of the book Surviving Sexual Violence.

Thema is a past psychology representative to the UN and a past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women. She is a researcher, clinician, advocate, and survivor.

 

Direct download: Episode_202_-_Racial_Trauma_With_Thema_Davis.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PST

I’m excited to announce that Helen Thomas is back on the podcast.

I first interviewed Helen back on episode 180 of the podcast.

After that interview, I knew that I’d want to invite Helen back. She has much to share not just about working with individuals within the context of trauma, but of facilitating trauma groups, as well.

I asked Helen if she’d share her knowledge and experience of working with trauma groups. This is something I’ve been remiss in addressing so far on the podcast. So here we go.

Helen Thomas holds a Master of Counseling degree from Arizona State University, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Arizona, and a Registered Clinical Counsellor in the province of British Columbia, where she currently resides.

Helen has experience in domestic violence shelter settings and transitional housing programs. She has practiced therapy in trauma-informed community mental health agency settings, as well as a government-funded counseling program for women who have experienced violence in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

Helen currently practices privately in Downtown Vancouver. Her counseling practice, Liv Wellness, offers EMDR therapy, trauma process groups for female adult survivors of child sexual abuse, and skills-based empowerment groups for women. Its home on the web is www.LivWellness.ca.

Her passion project, Take Back Childhood Campaign, has a mission of eradicating child sexual abuse by breaking the societal silence, increasing awareness and education, and supporting research and effective treatment for survivors of CSA. You can follow along on Twitter at TBC Campaign.

Direct download: Episode_201_-_Helen_Thomas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:05am PST

Today, for the first time I interview two guests, a therapist along with her client. Seanne Larson Emerton and Geri Henderson have an interesting relationship which has evolved over the past several years. It began as therapist and client and after several years shifted into that of co-authors.

Seanne Larson Emerton, L.M.F.T., L.I.M.H.P., has been in private practice for over twenty five years and is the owner of a group counseling practice and EAP called Family Resources of Greater NE, P.C.

Seanne enjoys her work as a marriage and family therapist and a strategic life coach and especially appreciates the power of working with systems, whether family or organizational, using emotional intelligence assessment and coaching.

Geri Henderson, PhD is an English teacher andi has taught in the US but mostly overseas in countries worldwide. She is currently teaching literature and writing in Europe for the University of Maryland, having previously spent two years in Asia.

Seanne and Geri are co-authors of the book, Healing from Incest: Intimate Conversations With my Therapist.

Direct download: Episode_200_-_Seanne_Larson_Emerton.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:43am PST

Roberto Rodriquez, M.A., is a Licensed Associate Marriage, a Family Therapist and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has over ten years of experience in the treatment of substance use disorder.

He has worked in intensive outpatient settings and residential settings, providing transformative experiences for adolescents, men, couples, and families. Rob is highly experienced in facilitating Helping Men Recover groups (providing co-occurring disorder, gender-responsive, trauma-informed services for men).

Rob currently works with the Marc Hertz Consulting firm in Saint Paul, MN.  He is the co-author of Exploring Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Men with Dr. Stephanie Covington.

This is the only research-based, brief intervention program related to trauma for men published by Hazelden. Rob is currently engaged as a consultant with the Connecticut Women’s Consortium, and a staunch supporter of the curriculum, Exploring Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Men.

Direct download: Episode_199_-_Roberto_Rodriguez.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:34am PST

Jean-Paul Bédard is an author, advocate, elite endurance athlete, and  was named one of the "50 Most Influential Canadians" by Huffington Post.

In 2013, Jean-Paul disclosed to family and friends that he is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and rape. As a result, he turned to long-distance running to help him battle his addiction and mental health issues. Since that time, he has become an international advocate for other survivors of sexual violence.  In 2014, Jean-Paul ran the iconic Boston Marathon twice in the same day in a highly publicized campaign. In 2015 he was awarded the "Golden Shoe Award" for being named "Canadian Runner of the Year". 

As a Brooks sponsored athlete and veteran of over 130 marathons and ultra marathons, Jean-Paul represented Canada in the prestigious Comrades Marathon in South Africa, a grueling 90km race through mountainous terrain. In the fall of 2015, Jean-Paul ran the Toronto Waterfront Marathon three times in the same day to demonstrate the resiliency of survivors of trauma.

Direct download: Episode_198_-_JP_Bedard.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:34am PST

Paul Riedner is the Executive Director of the startup non-profit called the Veteran Resilience Project which uses EMDR to address a number of after-effects of military service and war.

Paul has an Economics degree and an MBA focused on business anthropology and consumer behavior. From 2006 - 2010 he was a Deep Sea Diver in the US Army. Since returning from war and the military, Paul began exploring how to use art to express his changing perspectives and to connect the public with the experiences and struggles of returning veterans.

Direct download: Episode_197_-_Paul_Riedner.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

Jan Winhall M.S.W. R.S.W. F.O.T. is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and Coordinator with the Focusing Institute in New York City. She is a member of the International Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy Association and Director of Focusing On Borden, a training centre where she teaches Focusing and supervises therapists. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer with the University of Toronto Master of Social Work program.

Jan has worked in the area of trauma and addiction for over 30 years. Early on she was drawn to Gene Gendlin’s work called Focusing, a contemplative practice that facilitates a state of integration between mind, emotion and body awareness. This embodied state gives fresh direction in dealing with life problems and wounded places. It can be taught in 6 steps and is practiced in partnerships. Focusing Oriented Therapy provides a profound relational context offering healing experiences.

Jan has written a chapter, ‘Understanding and Treating Addiction with the Felt Sense Experience Model’ (Greg Madison Editor, Emerging Practice in Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy, Innovative Theory and Applications (178-193). London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Her Felt Sense Experience Model offers a departure from the traditional pathologizing framework in treating trauma and addiction, emphasizing the power of Focusing as a tool for attaining emotional regulation.

Direct download: Episode_196_-_Jan_Whitehall.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:13am PST