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.

Sarah Peyton, Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication, teaches people how language changes relationship and the brain. She works with audiences internationally to create a compassionate understanding of the effects of relational trauma on the brain, and writes about and teaches people how words change and heal us.

Her special interest is the way that difficult events impact our automatic brain patterning, and how to transform our tendencies toward self-criticism into self-warmth. Her first book,“Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing,” is coming out from Norton Publishing.

Direct download: Episode_260_-_Sarah_Peyton.mp3
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This week, I have back on the podcast two former guests, Jamie Marich and Stephen Dansiger. Together they’ve just written a new book, Trauma, EMDR & Mindfulness Jamie Marich & Stephen Dansiger.

Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RMT travels internationally teaching on EMDR therapy, trauma, addiction, expressive arts therapy and mindfulness while maintaining a private practice in Warren, OH. She is the author of Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in Assessment, Treatment, and Working with Survivors (2014), and most recently, Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation (2015). Jamie is the founder of the Dancing Mindfulness practice and expressive arts community and actively offers EMDR therapy training through her company, Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness. 

Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, MFT is Clinical Director of Refuge Recovery Centers in Los Angeles, a cutting edge addictions treatment center, where he developed and implemented the MET(T)A Method (Mindfulness and EMDR Treatment Template for Addictions). The treatment utilizes Buddhist psychology and EMDR therapy as the theoretical orientation and primary clinical practice.   He is the author of Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers (2016) and avidly blogs and podcasts on topics related to mental health, recovery, and mindfulness.

Direct download: Episode_259_-_Jamie_Marich__Stephen_Dansinger.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:05am PST

Hilary Jacobs Hendel is a trauma psychotherapist with a focus on emotions and the body. She has an extensive background in science and psychotherapy including a BA in Biochemistry from Wesleyan University, a doctoral degree from Columbia University and an MSW from Fordham University. She is a certified psychoanalyst and a certified AEDP psychotherapist and supervisor. Hilary has published articles in The New York Times and professional journals and writes a blog called The Change Triangle. Hilary was also the Mental Health Consultant for the Emmy Award winning television show Mad Men on AMC. She lives and practices in New York City.

Direct download: Episode_258_-_Hillary_Jacobs_Hendel.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:19am PST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 9:37am PST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 8:04am PST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am PST