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 as we hear about the journeys of passionate mental health workers who dedicate their lives to helping others heal and thrive.

Anna B. Baranowsky, Ph.D., C. Psych, is the CEO of the Traumatology Institute (Canada) and is a psychologist who works with trauma survivors. Her guiding principle has been the development of service to meet the needs of trauma survivors, their families, friends and organizations, and professionals seeking personal care and training to advance their knowledge in the field.

Dr. Baranowsky received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She is a Green Cross Scholar, Registered Traumatologist and Trainer. She serves on the board of directors of the Academy of Traumatology and is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress through the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and is recognized by The National Center for Crisis Management.

Direct download: Episode_48_-_Anna_Baranowsky_1.mp3
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Lt. Eric Strom spent 5 years active duty in the US Marine Corps from 1999-2004. In 2009, he received his Masters in Social Work and then in 2010 began serving with the Minnesota Army National Guard as a behavioral health officer. Today, Eric works in private practice in Northern Minnesota, specializing in trauma with veterans.

Direct download: Episode_44_-_Eric_Strom.mp3
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Kathy Steele has been offering consultation and training for the past 30 years in the areas of complex trauma, dissociation, and attachment.

She is sought as a consultant and supervisor, and as an international lecturer and trainer.

Kathy is a Past President and Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and has served on the Board of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), as well as served on the International Task Force that developed treatment guidelines for Dissociative Disorders.

Currently Kathy is on a Joint Task Force that is developing treatment guidelines for Complex PTSD.

Kathy has authored and co-authored numerous book chapters, journal articles, and two award winning books on trauma and dissociation with Dutch colleagues: The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation of the Personality and Treatment of Chronic Traumatization [Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology], and Coping with Trauma-related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists. One of her current projects is a third book on treatment of trauma-related dissociation focused on the issues that clinicians often bring to supervision.

Direct download: Episode_43_-_Kathy_Steele_1.mp3
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Dr. Larry Decker has been has been a student of universal Sufism for over 40 years and has been treating combat veterans for over 30 years first in the VA and now in private practice as a contract/provider.

He has published numerous articles in several technical/scholarly journals on the treatment of combat PTSD.

Dr. Decker’s book, The Alchemy of Combat, published by Omega Publications has just been released. In this book Larry presents the process of transforming a traumatic disorder into emotional and psychological growth.

Direct download: Episode_36_edited-_Larry_Decker.mp3
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Douglas W. Walker, Ph.D. is the Clinical Director of Mercy Family Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He is a Clinical Psychologist and Principal Investigator of Project Fleur-de-lis, a school-based mental health system for 60 New Orleans area schools, a member site of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (  In addition Dr. Walker is a consultant to the Association for International Schools in Africa and the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has most recently provided training and consultation for Singapore’s Institute of Mental Health in immediate and long-term mental health crisis response. 

Throughout 2013, Dr. Walker provided training and consultation to school-based mental health professionals in New York City and Long Island who served students and families impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In addition Dr. Walker assisted Nairobi’s international school community by providing care and guidance to students, parents, teachers and administrators impacted by the Westgate Mall terrorist attack and has served as technical advisor to the US State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools in Africa and Guyana’s Ministry of Health to assist in the dissemination of trauma focused, evidence – based practices.

Direct download: Episode_25_-_Douglas_Walker.mp3
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TheTrauma Therapist Live! podcasts are shorter segments in which I reflect on the themes and topics coming up on the podcast and discuss the nuts and bolts of how these themes pertain to the trauma therapist, what we can learn from them, and how we can apply them in the work we do.


My name is Guy Macpherson. I am a husband, father, brother, and a psychologist. I specialize in the treatment of trauma and early psychosis. My passion is helping trauma therapists thrive.

I do this by helping trauma clinicians engage more effectively and deeply with their clients by:

  • Sharing trauma information and materials
  • Building community
  • The Trauma Therapist Podcast
  • Coaching therapists to (re)discover their own why for this work

For the last six years I have dedicated myself to the study of trauma psychology, trauma therapy, post-traumatic growth, and most recently, the intersection of trauma and psychosis, specifically the signs of early psychosis.


  • My inspiration comes from working with the courageous individuals determined to learn and find meaning from the trials they have endured.
  • My inspiration comes from personal experience as well: My brother is a Navy SEAL veteran who suffered with PTSD.


  • A few years after my brother’s return from Iraq, and inspired by his accomplishments, I went on a two-week survival course with Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS) in the middle of Utah. It was the first time I'd ever done anything like this and it required all the courage I had. It was the middle of summer, we were hiking all day, without backpacks and just the clothes we could wear. We had water, but no food for the first four days. On the third day one of our members became ill and wasn't able to walk. Myself and another member carried this young man for the next two days. We helped him up ridges, through canyons, and tried to encourage him with every step.

I share this story because it was at that moment that I knew what I wanted to do with my life:

I want to help individuals who are in dire situations discover their strength and thrive.

My goal with the West Coast Trauma Project is to help other trauma therapists thrive--through providing actionable information, community building, inspiration and support.

Direct download: Episode_23.mp3
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Dr. Eli (Eliezer) Somer is an Israeli Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Haifa, School of Social Work.  He is the former President of both the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD, 2009-2011) and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD, 2005-2006). Dr. Somer is the founder and a scientific advisor of TDIL – Trauma and Dissociation Israel, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse.

Dr. Somer was born in Israel, a son of Holocaust survivors. He graduated high school at the Hebrew Gymnasium in Jerusalem in 1969. He served at the IDF in the War of Attrition as a tank crewman, and in the Yom Kippur War as a tank Commander. Somer served for many years as a reservist combat Mental Health Officer at the Medical Corps of the Israel Defence Forces specialising in combat stress reactions.

Dr. Somer is currently a peace activist and an advocacy activist for victims of sexual and child abuse.

Direct download: Episode_16_-_Eli_Solmer.mp3
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Maggie Phillips, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in full-time private practice in Oakland, California. She is director of the California Institute of Clinical Hypnosis and past-president of the Northern California Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

She has served on the faculties of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), American and European Congresses of Ericksonian Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, and the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA) among many others.

Direct download: Episode_11_-_Maggie_Phillips.mp3
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Episode 6: Mary Sise, LCSW, DCEP

What does it take to become a master trauma therapist? Join us as Mary Sise shares her wealth of experience and the lessons learned on her inspiring journey as one of the world’s leading trauma clinicians.

Mary Sise, LCSW, DCEP, is an international speaker, teacher, counselor, and author known for her pioneering work in the field of energy psychology relating to the treatment of trauma, and her work in exploring the spiritual dimension of the soul and its integral relationship to authentic healing. Her warm, witty, and authentic approach makes her a frequently sought after speaker.


Direct download: Episode_6_-_Mary_Sise.mp3
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Episode 3: Janina Fisher, PhD


What does it take to become a master trauma therapist? Join us as Janina Fisher, PhD shares her wealth of experience and the lessons learned on her inspiring journey as one of the world’s leading trauma clinicians.



Janina Fisher, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as both a therapist and consultant, she is also past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, a faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School.

Direct download: Episode_3-_Janina_Fisher_PhD.mp3
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Episode 4: A. Steven Frankel PhD, JD, ABPP

What does it take to become a master trauma therapist? Join us as A. Steven Frankel PhD, JD, ABPP shares his wealth of experience and the lessons learned on his inspiring journey as one of the world’s leading trauma clinicians.

A. Steven Frankel PhD, JD, ABPP, is a clinical psychologist (PSY3354) and an Attorney at Law licensed in California (SBN192014), and The District of Columbia (1009135). He is a Diplomate in both Clinical and Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He earned his PhD at Indiana University, and interned at the Psychiatric Institute of Columbia University.

Direct download: Episode_4-_A._Steven_Frankel_PhD_JD_ABPP.mp3
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Episode 1: Welcome to The Trauma Therapist Podcast

In this short introductory episode of The Trauma Therapist Podcast, Guy Macpherson, PhD, shares his goals for the podcast and the two significant events in his life which inspired him to start a podcast of interviews with master trauma therapists from around the world.

Direct download: Episode_1_-_Welcome.mp3
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Episode 2: Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD


What does it take to become a master trauma therapist? Join us as Linda Curran shares her wealth of experience and the lessons learned on her inspiring journey as one of the world’s leading trauma clinicians.



Linda Curran is a trauma specialist, veteran clinician, sought after national trainer, best-selling author on trauma and a film producer. Linda has trained thousands of mental health clinicians on trauma treatment across the country.

Direct download: EPISODE_2-_Linda_Curran.mp3
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