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.

In the last two decades, Jamie Redford has written, directed or produced over a dozen films, including the award‑winning HBO documentaries The Big Picture, Toxic Hot Seat and Mann v. Ford.

Jamie co‑founded the Redford Center with his father in 2007 as a vehicle to make documentaries that inspire positive change. He holds a B.A. in creative writing and film from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an M.A. in literature from Northwestern University.

Direct download: Episode_143_-_Jamie_Redford.mp3
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Peter M. Bernstein, PhD, FAPA, MFT is founder and director of the Bernstein Institute for Trauma Treatment in Petaluma, CA. In private practice since 1974, Peter holds a doctorate in clinical psychology as a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Dr. Bernstein specializes in the field of emotional and physical trauma and is the author of Trauma: Healing the Hidden Epidemic. A veteran of the Vietnam War era, Peter completed advanced infantry training at Fort Ord on the Monterey peninsula.

The Bernstein Institute offers individual, couples, and group therapy and uses Reichian-Myofascial Release Therapy (RMFR), a unique and proprietary modality developed by Dr. Bernstein for healing trauma, PTS, and other behavioral health issues.

Direct download: Episode_142_-_Peter_Bernstein.mp3
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Tracy is a nutrition therapist, registered licensed dietitian and attuned eating coach in private practice providing in-person, phone and online counseling since 2006. Tracy specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and eating problems for both adults and children.

Tracy’s experiences center on counseling and coaching in outpatient and intensive outpatient eating disorder settings and mindful, intuitive eating individual and group sessions. She maintains both an in-person and online practice with people from all over the country. Tracy has worked with individuals and groups on healing their worries with food, weight, body image and movement, championing their freedom through connection with their inner wisdom, using nutrition information gently and relying on intuitive eating.

Tracy also uses a personality based psychological and spiritual system called the Enneagram to help clients see where habitual ego patterns get them stuck (especially with food or body image issues) and how to operate more from the current moment as well as somatic tracking, grounding, resourcing and other tools to help people feel their own experiences to foster embodiment.

Direct download: Episode_141_-_Tracy_Brown.mp3
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Daniel Siegel, MD is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry.

He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, founding co-investigator at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities.

Dr. Siegel is the founding editor of the Norton Professional series on Interpersonal Neurobiology, now with 50 textbooks in publication.

His books include Mindsight, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, The Developing Mind, Second Edition, The Mindful Therapist, The Mindful Brain, Parenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, MEd), and the three New York Times bestsellers: Brainstorm, The Whole-Brain Child (with Tina Payne Bryson, PhD), and his latest No-Drama Discipline (with Tina Payne Bryson, PhD).

He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx.

Direct download: Episode_140_-_Dan_Siegel.mp3
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Dr. George Lindenfeld is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology awarded by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He served as a Resident in Medical Psychology at the University of Oregon Medical School in Portland, Oregon. His career as a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist spans a 45 year time period. He has been certified in EEG Biofeedback and Neurofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America as well as by the Academy of Certified Neurotherapists.

Direct download: Episode_139_-_George_Lindenfeld.mp3
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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 raising the awareness of trauma and 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
  • The Trauma Therapist Podcast
  • Trauma Therapist elite

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.

Direct download: Episode_138_-_Live.mp3
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Nicole Marcia, MA, ERYT 500 has taught therapeutic yoga classes and offered individual sessions to trauma survivors struggling with trauma and addiction since 2004.

She also trains yoga teachers and clinicians in the trauma-sensitive yoga theory and techniques required to support trauma survivors in their healing, long-term stability and recovery.

In 2009, Nicole was awarded a master’s degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. Since then, she has been employed by the Provincial Health Services Association at their Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions.

She serves as the director of training at Yoga Outreach, is a faculty member at Ajna Yoga and the Vancouver School of Yoga and a curriculum developer and instructor the Langara College Continuing Studies.

She teaches at Onsite, the treatment arm of North America’s first safe injection site and is a member of Bridge for Health and the Breathe Network which connects survivors of sexual violence with healing arts practitioners.

Direct download: Episode_137_-_Nicole_Marcia.mp3
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Monique Danielle is a Yoga Educator, Trauma Survivor, Student of Trauma-Focused Experiential Therapies, and the Founder of the Vivasana Center in Naples, Florida.

Monique and the Vivasana faculty offer a truly unique Psychologically-Informed™, Trauma-Aware, Residential Yoga Teacher Program which emphasizes cross-discipline collaboration and cooperation and focuses on empowering people to reach trauma survivors, people in recovery, and military vets.

Monique set the organization up to offer need-based partial tuition scholarships for low-income individuals, as well as full tuition scholarships for spouses of active duty military personnel.

Monique has also created and manages a successful yoga program for the Naples Shelter for Abused Women, contracts with Humana’s Corporate Wellness Division, and teaches for the county school district and government complex. She seeks to partner with forward thinking treatment centers and behavioral health professionals.

Direct download: Episode_136_-_Monique_Funk.mp3
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Athena Phillips is the owner of Integrative Trauma Treatment Center in Portland, OR and Vancouver Integrative Counseling in Vancouver, WA. She continues to practice out of her Portland location and provides professional trainings on the subjects of Trauma and Dissociative Disorders locally and nationally.

Athena has worked in social services in some capacity for over 20 years, and has been a practicing therapist for 10 of those years. She was in solo private practice for 5 years prior to opening her group practices; it was during this time that her specialization in trauma and dissociation became her focus. Her group practice offers integrative, progressive care that includes psychotherapy, support groups, medication management, acupuncture and massage from a prism of honor, hope and reverence.

Direct download: Episode_135_-_Athena_Phillips.mp3
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Amy Sugeno, LCSW, got her start as a wildlife biologist, studying a variety of species, mostly birds and bats. Over those 16 years, she consistently noticed how healing and restorative nature and the outdoors can be for people.

Now a therapist, Amy integrates ecotherapy, or nature-based therapies, into the healing process of her clients. She has worked at nonprofit agencies for the past 10 years with adults and older teens affected by domestic violence and sexual abuse. More recently, Amy has opened a small private practice in Marble Falls, Texas, where she provides ecotherapy to individuals and small groups, and particularly enjoys working with issues around adoption and attachment trauma.

Direct download: Episode_134_-_Amy_Sugeno.mp3
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Debbie Seldon has been working with children, adolescents and families for the past 12 years, specializing in working with trauma and sexual abuse survivors and breaking the abuse cycle.

Debbie has experience working with a variety of cultural groups and religious backgrounds and was previously based in Western-Sydney working as a child sexual assault counselor though for the past five years has been operating in Bondi Junction in her private practice.

Direct download: Episode_133_-_Deb_Seldon.mp3
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Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, MFT is a licensed Somatic Psychotherapist. She is an International teacher of Psychology and trains health professionals in California, Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Europe and starting in China next year.

Manuela co-directs and teaches at the Hakomi Institute of California that hosts her Trauma training: From Trauma to Dharma. (starts again in April 2016) This training integrates current Neuroscience of Trauma Theory, Somatic and Mindfulness based Interventions with Dharmic Teachings and embodied Meditation Practices.

In addition Manuela has trained in various methods of working with trauma (e.g.Somatic Experiencing) and counseled survivors of political oppression, torture and trauma for the past 25 years. Her recent book: 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness. Practical strategies for emotional Health and Wellbeing, has been published by by W.W. Norton. (2015)

Direct download: Episode_132_-_Manuela_Mischke-Reed.mp3
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Karla Helbert is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a Compassionate Bereavement Care® provider certified through the MISS Foundation and the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Family Trust, and a certified yoga instructor.

Karla’s psychotherapy practice has a focus on loss, grief and bereavement, working in particular with those affected by trauma and traumatic death.

Karla’s therapeutic approach is eclectic, drawing on existential, experiential and person-centered approaches. She uses non-traditional therapeutic modalities including trauma focused psychoeducation, mindfulness, meditation and yoga based therapy, breath work, expressive arts, ritual and logotherapy. Karla is a certified yoga instructor with Integral Yoga® and has training in Integrated Movement Therapy ™ a holistic therapy approach using yoga’s philosophical, spiritual and physical framework to address the needs of a whole person. She is also a reiki practitioner and aromatherapist, and uses these modalities in individual ways with clients as well in her own personal practices to support and address spiritual and emotional needs.

Direct download: Episode_131_-_Karla_Helbert_2.mp3
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Ryan Van Wyk is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in St. Louis Park and St. Paul, Minnesota.  He is the founder of  MN Trauma Project, an organization that aims to increase accessibility to trauma informed care in the state of MN and that is moving towards non-profit status.

Ryan is a Captain and behavioral health officer in the MN Army National Guard. He currently works full time for the Melrose Center, an eating disorders treatment center, where he is one of the lead therapists in a co-occurring disorders program treating eating disorders and substance use disorders.

Direct download: Episode_130_-_Ryan_Van_Wyk.mp3
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Dan Griffin is back on The Trauma Therapist | Podcast. You’ll recall that Dan was with us for the first time on episode 82. I invited Dan back for one reason--because he’s a vital and inspiring voice in the area of treating trauma in men.

In this second interview I asked Dan to get into more detail about the work he does, his teachings, and why the focus on men and trauma.

Check out this second interview with Dan.

Direct download: Episode_129_-_Dan_Griffin.mp3
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Danny Brom is the Founding Director of the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma of Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem.

Dr. Brom is a certified clinical psychologist and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare of Hebrew University. The trauma center creates new responses to unmet needs of traumatized populations. The Center includes a clinical and training center, and projects for young children, the Ethiopian Jews in Israel, released soldiers and children with problems of emotion regulation.

Among Danny Brom’S publications are the books Treating Traumatized Children: Risk, Resilience and Revery (Brom, Pat-Horenczyk & Ford, eds., 2009) and Helping Children Cope with Trauma: Individual, Family and Community Perspectives (Pat-Horenczyk, Brom & Vogel, eds., 2014) His main effort goes to bridging the gap between scientific data and the development of service provision in the community.

Direct download: Episode_128_-_Danny_Brom.mp3
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Gretchen Schmelzer, PhD is a licensed psychologist, trained as a Harvard Medical School Fellow. She is a trauma survivor, who has worked for twenty-five years with the complex issues of trauma, integration and behavior change across every level of system from individuals, to groups, to large systems and countries, including her role as the expert consultant Frontline for their documentary on Alaskan survivors of priest sexual abuse (aired April 19, 2011).

She leads programs using leadership development and trauma-informed emotional intelligence to help communities worldwide engage in the difficult public health issues confronting them such as AIDS and Domestic Violence. She is working on a book on long-term trauma and you can read more from Gretchen at her website, Emotional Geographic.

Direct download: Episode_127_-_Gretchen_Schmelzer.mp3
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Miriam Taylor is a UKCP registered Gestalt psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer who has been in private practice since 1995. Her background was in adult education before training as a counsellor and psychotherapist.

Working as clinical lead of a young peoples’ service  pointed her towards specialising in trauma, and for several years she worked in a specialist trauma service.

Miriam’s particular interest is in the relational integration of trauma and the role of the body. She teaches in the UK and internationally, is an Academic Consultant and examiner for Metanoia Institute, London, and is an associate of Relational Change. Publications include  ‘Trauma Therapy and Clinical Practice: Neuroscience, Gestalt and the Body’ published by the Open University Press in 2014.

Direct download: Episode_126_-_Miriam_Taylor.mp3
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Tara S. Dickherber is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist in private practice in St. Charles, Missouri.  She works exclusively with individuals who have survived trauma; from sexual violence to veterans with PTSD.

Tara blends clinical hypnotherapy, memory reconsolidation and humor to help her clients overcome the sometimes haunting effects of trauma. It is Tara's passion and goal to heal her clients and aid other practitioners in also finding their style as trauma therapists.

With this in mind, Tara is publishing her first book titled Laughter: The Best Medicine: How Humor can Help Your Clients and Alleviate Burnout. Tara also guest presents at various workshops with Courtney Armstrong, LPC focusing on the effective treatment of trauma. (Episode 107 on The Trauma Therapist Podcast)

Direct download: Episode_125_-_Tara_Dickherber.mp3
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Mark Gerow is the Director of the Mind Body Spirit Program at Mountainside Treatment Center (drug/alcohol rehab) in Canaan, CT.  Mark spent 12 years in the Armed Forces, a decade as an actor then transitioned to the teachings of yoga.  He is the founder of Lunarhythms Yoga with 22 years teaching experience in all aspects of this science to now include trauma-sensitive therapies.

Direct download: Episode_124_-_Mark_Gerow.mp3
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Andrew Hahn Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of Guided Self Healing (GSH), an energy psychospiritual mindbody framework for healing our deepest trauma.  Andy teaches workshops nationally on the Enneagram and the Essence Process (which he developed). He received his B.A. from Harvard University and his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Hahnemann University. Andy has been a faculty member in the graduate counseling programs at Lesley College and Northeastern University.

Direct download: Episode_123_-_Andy_Hahn.mp3
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Barbara Neiman is an Integrative Occupational Therapist, Yoga Teacher 200RYT, a Coach and National Seminar Presenter. She is the author of Mindfulness and Yoga Skills for Children and Adolescents: 115 Activities for Trauma, Self Regulation, Special Needs and Anxiety. She teaches courses on Yoga and Mindfulness for Trauma and Self-Regulation to health care providers around the country. As a mind body practitioner of Body Mind Centering since 1989, Barbara has taught healing, movement, and meditation classes to hundreds. Her website is barbaraneiman.com.

Direct download: Episode_122_-_Barbara_Neiman.mp3
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Rebecca Bloom is a Board Certified Art Therapist, Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a level 2 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy practitioner.

Over the last fifteen years, she has provided counseling, training, and consulting services in Art Therapy for trauma, anxiety, depression and multicultural competency. She is the author of Square the Circle: Art Therapy Workbook and the soon to be published Attachment and Attunement: Art Therapy coloring book.

Direct download: Episode_121_-_Rebecca_Bloom.mp3
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Laura Reagan, MSW, LCSW-C, is a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, blogger, consultant, and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator practicing in the Baltimore, Maryland area.

Laura started her career working with survivors of trauma in a sexual assault crisis center, first as a volunteer in 2002 and later as a full time employee. She and her family relocated to Maryland in 2006, and she began working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence there prior to grad school. During her first year internship at the University of Maryland School of Social Work she had the opportunity to work with immigrants and refugees who were survivors of torture and war trauma. She continued working with survivors of sexual and physical violence, including child abuse, during her clinical internship and after graduation. She is now in private practice focusing on clients who are survivors of childhood abuse and neglect, and she is fascinated with helping people who work with survivors of trauma to address self care and vicarious traumatization.

Direct download: Episode_120_-_Laura_Reagan.mp3
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A J Popky is an EMDRIA approved consultant who was instrumental in the formation of the EMDR Institute over 25 years ago and is a Certified Consultant in EMDR, EMDRIA, & EMDR HAP, also Certified in Ericksonian Hypnosis and an Accelerated Master Practitioner/Modeler of NLP.

He developed the DeTUR protocol (Desensitization Triggers & Urge Reprocessing) for substance abuse and dysfunctional behaviors, and trains and presents seminars internationally. He also trains and consults Department of Defense (DoD) therapists at Military bases worldwide on PTSD, Trauma and addictions and is also involved working with our Wounded Warriors where 10 hours of EMDR psychotherapy is combined with Equine Assisted psychotherapy.

Direct download: Episode_119_-_Arnold_J._Popky.mp3
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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 raising the awareness of trauma and 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
  • The Trauma Therapist Podcast
  • Trauma Therapist elite

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.

Direct download: Episode_118_-_Begin.mp3
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Kimberly Ann Johnson is a Certified Sexological Bodyworker and near-certified Somatic Experiencing practitioner. A lifelong yoga student and teacher, she leads workshops throughout Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, Portugal and the US on the intersection of women's sexuality and spirituality. After living in Brazil for eight years, she now resides in San Diego, CA, where she has a thriving private practice, specializing in birth injury, birth trauma, and sexual healing.

Direct download: Episode_117_-_Kimberly.mp3
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Sandra is often referred to as the 'pioneer' in the field of pathological love relationships (relationships with partners who have narcissism or psychopathy) and for identifying cognitive dissonance as an aftermath form of existential trauma.

She is the author of 7 books, hundreds of articles on the topic, documentaries, and just completed a research project with Purdue University on the topic.

Sandra provides in-depth training for mental health professionals in The Institute's Model of Care Approach for Treating the Aftermath of Pathological Love Relationships.

Direct download: Episode_116_-_Sandra_L._Brown.mp3
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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 raising the awareness of trauma and 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
  • The Trauma Therapist Podcast
  • Trauma Therapist elite

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.

Direct download: Episode_115_-_The_Process.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Episode_114_-_Knowing_being_Doing.mp3
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Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and the director of the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research unit at the University of Western Ontario.

She established the Traumatic Stress Service and the Traumatic Stress Service Workplace Program, both services that specialize in the treatment and research of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related comorbid disorders.

Ruth currently holds the Harris-Woodman Chair in Mind-Body Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario.

Her research interests focus on studying the neurobiology of PTSD and treatment outcome research examining various pharmacological and psychotherapeutic methods.

She has authored more than 100 published papers and chapters in the field of traumatic stress and is currently funded by several federal funding agencies. She regularly lectures on the topic of PTSD nationally and internationally. She has recently published a book Healing the traumatized self: consciousness, neuroscience, treatment with Paul Frewen.

Direct download: Episode_113_-_Ruth_Lanius.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Episode_112_-_Live.mp3
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Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an award-winning science journalist interested in exploring the intersection between neuroscience, immunology, and the deepest inner workings of the human heart.

Her most recent book, Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal, examines the lifelong consequences—both emotional and physical—of adverse childhood experiences, and offers readers suffering from chronic conditions a window to healing.

Donna’s other works include The Autoimmune Epidemic (Touchstone, Simon & Schuster, 2008, 2009), which investigates the causes of a growing environmental health crisis, and The Last Best Cure (Hudson Street Press / Penguin, 2013), which chronicles a year-long journey to test a variety of mind-body therapies in order to unlock the restorative powers of the brain. She is also the author of A groundbreaking book showing the link between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and adult illnesses such as heart disease, autoimmune disease, and cancer—Childhood Disrupted also explains how to cope with these emotional traumas and even heal from them. (Perseus, 2003).

Direct download: Episode_111_-_Donna_Jackson.mp3
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Bethany Brand, Ph.D. specializes in the assessment and treatment of trauma related disorders including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dissociative disorders (DDs).

She has over 25 years of clinical experience, including training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, and at Sheppard Pratt Health System’s Trauma Disorders program.  She is a Professor of Psychology at Towson University.

Dr. Brand has been honored with numerous research, teaching and clinical awards and served on several national task forces that developed guidelines for the assessment and treatment of trauma-related disorders.

Dr. Brand is the Principal Investigator on an international treatment study of DDs (the TOP DD studies).  Dr. Brand is the Principal Investigator on a series of studies that are developing methods for distinguishing DDs from other conditions including malingered DDs. She has delivered clinical and research presentations around the world. In addition to assessing and treating patients, Dr. Brand serves as a forensic expert.

Direct download: Episode_110_-_Bethany_Brand.mp3
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Anna Berardi, PhD., Lic Marriage & Family Therapist, Lic Prof Counselor Director of the Trauma Response Institute and Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at George Fox University - Portland, Oregon.

Anna’s specialty in trauma includes work as a private practitioner, graduate mental health educator, with special emphasis on directing the TRI, including the post-graduate certificate in trauma response services.

The approach of the institute is to prepare a variety of professionals to understand human struggle and response through a trauma-informed approach, whether working with k-12 students, individuals, couples, or families overwhelmed with a sudden trauma, or coping with the long-term consequences of trauma.

Another unique feature of their trauma-informed approach is recognizing the role issues of privilege and marginalization play in creating and exacerbating one's exposure to traumatic events. I view all forms of trauma work as an element of social justice work, just as social justice principles inform our assessment of trauma's cause and impact.

Direct download: Episode_109_-_Anna_Berardi.mp3
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Sara Jacobovici (pronounced Yakobovich) is a Creative Arts Psychotherapist. Sara has been working in the health and mental health field for 30 years, specializing in using the creative arts in Trauma work. She received her Bachelor's of Music from McGill University in Montreal and her Master's in Creative Arts Therapy from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. Sara was born in Israel to Romanian parents, grew up in Canada, studied and worked in the United States and is now living and working In Israel.

Direct download: Episode_108_-_Sara_Jacobovici.mp3
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Courtney Armstrong is the author of The Therapeutic “Aha!” (2015) and Transforming Traumatic Grief (2011)In her 20 years of practice as a licensed professional counselor and grief and trauma specialist, she has helped thousands of clients recover from trauma and experience deep personal transformation.

Courtney also offers training to mental health professionals, showing them how to use creativity, care, and humor to elicit transformation for their clients and make trauma recovery less painful. She is a regular contributor to magazines like the Psychotherapy Networker and The Neuropsychotherapist and has appeared on CBS Radio News, NPR affiliates, and networks in Europe, Asia and Australia.

Direct download: Episode_107_-_Courtney_Armstrong.mp3
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Over the past decade, Molly Boeder Harris has worked in community-based rape crisis centers as a medical and legal advocate, provided crisis support and prevention education for students on college campuses and has directed a campus Women’s Center.

During that time, she also became a certified yoga instructor and has since been teaching yoga at rape crisis centers, yoga studios, counseling clinics and social service agencies.

In 2012, Molly founded The Breathe Network, a national, non-profit organization that connects survivors of sexual violence with sliding-scale, trauma-informed, holistic healing arts practitioners.

Molly holds a Master’s Degree in International Studies and a Master’s Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. Most recently, Molly began training in Somatic Experiencing, the trauma-resolution method developed by Dr. Peter Levine, with the intention of synthesizing her work as a yoga instructor teaching trauma survivors with this revolutionary technique.

Direct download: Episode_106_-_Molly_Boeder.mp3
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Monica O'Connell MA LMFT LADC is located in Minneapolis and provides national training on the intersections of trauma, addiction and mental health. She works with the nations' only LGBTQ exclusive dual diagnosis treatment center where she offers supervision and trauma therapy.

She has a thriving private practice supporting clients and providing consultation and supervision. Her dog Louie is a certified therapy dog and visits the treatment center frequently.

Direct download: Episode_105_-_Monica_Oconnell.mp3
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Dr. Slonim is a board certified psychiatrist (in Israel and in California) and has been practicing in Beverly Hills since 1984. She is the medical director of D.S.A. Medical Clinic.

Dr. Slonim graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tel Aviv University Medical School, Israel, in 1974.

Dr. Slonim has integrated energy psychology in her practice and was a co-director of NATO projects, teaching her unique Sabotage Correction Technique (SCT), on how to remove subconscious sabotage. She is the author of the book The First Key, How to Remove Subconscious Sabotage.

She also specializes in trauma care and closely work with Mashabim Trauma Center, in Israel, treating veterans.

Direct download: Episode_104_-_Daphnaslonim.mp3
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Iryna Natalushko is a practicing and teaching therapist living in Ukraine, trained in art therapy with a trauma therapy concentration at the George Washington University graduate art therapy program (2008-2011) via a Fulbright Scholarship.

Iryna uses intensive trauma therapy, developed by her professor, Dr. Linda Gantt, PhD  (episode 46 on The Trauma Therapist Podcast) and her late husband psychiatrist Louis Tinnin, and its adaptations, to work with adults and families with a history of traumatic experiences that have not been fully integrated and which continue to influence their lives.

Iryna collaborates with the international charity Caritas in the Ukraine and local NGO Psychological Crisis Services of Ukraine to train volunteering psychologists in trauma-focused interventions. She is now kickstarting a crowdfunding project through Iniegogo to be able to provide trauma therapy to underprivileged Ukrainians who cannot otherwise afford professional trauma treatment service.

Iryna has lately been invited to join the national Ukrainian art therapy association to facilitate international connections. She is also a visual artist and a yoga/mindfulness practitioner, both practices which profoundly inform her vision and practice.

Direct download: Episode_103_-_Iryna_Natalushko.mp3
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Dr. Kathy Platoni served as a U.S. Army psychologist for more than three decades, doing heavy lifting on behalf of the nation as an expert in combat stress control and war trauma. She served as a volunteer debriefer to the NYPD following the attacks of 9/11, and as an on-the-ground mental health professional for troops in two combat zones during multiple deployments.

She is a survivor of November 2009 Fort Hood Massacre, and has been an outspoken survivors' advocate since.

As a survivor of the Fort Hood Massacre herself, Dr. Platoni is an outspoken advocate of the declaration of the mass shooting as an act of terrorism. She believes that the wounded and their families should receive benefits long overdue those who continue to suffer from this act of war.

Dr. Kathy Platoni's mission is to assist those in her care to learn and master those skills and abilities that enable them to reduce their own suffering...from chronic pain, chronic and terminal illnesses, and from any degree of psychological injury and trauma.

Direct download: Episode_102_-_Kathy_Platoni.mp3
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Prof. Mooli Lahad is a senior medical psychologist and has been working with individuals, civilians as well as soldiers and veterans, suffering from PTSD since 1975.

 

Dr. Mooli is the founder and president of the Community Stress Prevention Center in Kiryat Shmona Israel, the oldest center in the world that deals with community as an ecological entity for recovery and healing pre- and post critical incidents.

 

Dr. Mooli is the author & co-author of 35 books on resiliency and coping from early childhood to old age and has developed the integrative model of coping and resiliency


The "BASIC PH" model of coping and resiliency, developed by Prof. was the first to describe coping as an on-going effort to manage life challenges. This is the first book to be published on this world-renowned approach, widely used as an effective resiliency assessment, intervention, and recovery model. Underpinning the model is the suggestion that every person has internal powers, or coping resources, which can be mobilized in stressful situations; the effort to survive coming from a healthy rather than a pathological instinct.

Direct download: Episode_101_-_Shmuel_Mooli_Lahad.mp3
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Teresa Descilo, MSW, MCT is the Founder and Executive Director of the Trauma Resolution Center, formerly known as Victim Services Center.

Founded in 1995, the TRC is the first trauma-focused Community Mental Health Center and state licensed substance abuse program in the US. Teresa has always believed in the resiliency of the human spirit and in the ability of each being to expand consciousness and tap inner strengths. She has explored many paths and cultures over the decades and has collected many effective techniques for dealing with stress, raising awareness and connecting to one’s spiritual source. She always found it unreasonable that anyone should be permanently labeled and identified with any condition, as most things pass or can be worked through with some discipline and diligence, with the benefit of gaining strength and awareness. Teresa founded her agency on these values.

Direct download: Episode_100_-_Teresa_Descilo.mp3
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Anita Sugimura Holsapple is a filmmaker, not a therapist. She is also the daughter of a Vietnam veteran, who has written and directed the incredible, forthcoming film Battlefield home: through the lens of the daughter of a Vietnam Vet.

Anita has more than 14 years experience in broadcast as a television news and field producer in both domestic and international markets.

Her knowledge in the field of PTSD and trauma stems from her own personal experiences of being raised in a dual PTSD household.  Anita’s mother is a WWII survivor of the bombing of Japan, and her stepfather is a 2x USMC Combat Vietnam Veteran (1/9)

Anita’s current film is called Battlefield home: through the lens of the daughter of a Vietnam Vet, and it was just awarded the Award of Merit from the Accolade Global Film Festival.

Anita holds a Master's of Science degree in Conflict Analysis & Resolution. Anita is a Board Member for Women In Film & Television- Louisiana as well as an Advisory Board Member of Tactical 16, a veteran owned publishing organization.

Anita has spoken at The Soldier's Project and Wives of War conferences, as well as other trauma and military related venues. Anita has also volunteered with the WGA Veterans Writing Program in Los Angeles, and the Veteran Writing group of San Diego at Camp Pendleton.

Direct download: Episode_99_-_Anita_Sugimura.mp3
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Lynette Danylchuk, PhD has been working in the trauma field since the mid-80s, starting with Vietnam Vets and people with DID.  She served 12 years on the original Board of Directors of Survivorship, and then worked for the Board of the Star Foundation for several more years.

Lynette has her private practice in San Mateo, California, where, in addition to working with clients, she continues to do periodic consultation and teaching where she sees a need, including a local graduate school, juvenile hall, or the county trauma-informed services conference.

Lynette has been adjunct faculty to graduate schools in the San Francisco area where she has taught, and been a dissertation chairperson. She has given keynote speeches and workshops across the state and at annual conferences of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and continues to take advantage of every opportunity to share what she’s learned about trauma and dissociation.

Lynette is currently President of International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and has been an active society member since 1996. She has chaired the Volunteer Committee, and the Professional Training Program, and is still a member of the Certificate Program Task Force.  Under her leadership, the ISSTD Professional Training Program has expanded to include a greater focus on Child and Adolescent courses, and an expansion of the program to South America and Spain, as well as online.  On the Certificate Task Force, Lynette’s work has helped ISSTD create the first phase of a Certificate Program, which will be the gold standard in trauma training for complex PTSD and dissociation.

Direct download: Episode_98_-_Lynette_Danylchuk.mp3
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Gabriella Grant is the director of the California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care. Her background includes heading the nation’s first community corrections-based victim advocacy program and running a three-year project funded by the California Department of Public Health to  increase access to domestic violence shelters by women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

The domestic violence shelter project showed that it is possible to increase capacity to serve women with co-occurring disorders by understanding trauma and developing programs that respond to people’s need for safety.

Gabriella brings to the Center a long history of professional experience developing innovative programs for female offenders, crime victims, and domestic violence survivors. Through this work she has also gained an understanding of how program design, policies and procedures can positively affect the people being served.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Amherst College, a Latin teaching certificate from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy and a Masters in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Gabriella has taught at the primary, secondary and university levels and has trained professionals, advocates and consumers in a wide variety of setting.

Direct download: Episode_97_-_Gabriella_Grant.mp3
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Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S is Senior Vice President of Clinical Development with Elements Behavioral Health. He has developed clinical programs for The Ranch outside Nashville, Tennessee, Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu, and The Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles.

A licensed UCLA MSW graduate, and personal trainee of Dr. Patrick Carnes, he is the author of Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men and Sex Addiction 101: A Basic Guide to Healing from Sex, Porn, and Love Addiction, and co-author with Dr. Jennifer Schneider of both Always Turned On: Sex Addiction in the Digital Age and Closer Together, Further Apart: The Effect of Technology and the Internet on Parenting, Work, and Relationships, along with numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters.

An author and subject expert on the relationship between digital technology and human sexuality, Mr. Weiss has served as a media specialist for CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Network, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Today Show, among many others. He has also provided clinical multi-addiction training and behavioral health program development for the US military and treatment centers throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Direct download: Episode_96_-_Rob_Weiss.mp3
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Dr. Sam Himelstein is a Licensed Psychologist and works in the Alameda County Juvenile Hall. He founded and governs the Center for Adolescent Studies, and has written extensively on clinical work using mindfulness with young people, including two books: A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Working with High-Risk Adolescents (Routledge, 2013), and Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents: A 12-Session Curriculum (Routledge, 2015).

Direct download: Episode_95_-_Sam_Himelstein.mp3
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Dr. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, TX, and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.  He serves as the inaugural Senior Fellow of the Berry Street Childhood Institute.

Dr. Perry is the author, along with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered.

His most recent multimedia books, BRIEF: Reflections on Childhood, Trauma, and Society and RESILIENT: Six Core Strengths for Healthy Development were released in 2013.

Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions.

Direct download: Episode_94_-_Bruce_Perry.mp3
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A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development.

Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.

For twelve years Dr. Maté worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site.

With over 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience and extensive knowledge of the latest findings of leading-edge research, Dr. Maté is a sought-after speaker and teacher, regularly addressing health professionals, educators, and lay audiences throughout North America.

As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with AddictionWhen the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, and co-authored Hold on to Your Kids. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages.

Dr. Maté is the co-founder of Compassion for Addiction, a new non-profit that focuses on addiction. He is also an advisor of Drugs over Dinner.

In addition, Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.

Direct download: Episode_93_-_Gabor_Mate.mp3
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Ashley Davis Bush, LICSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in southern New Hampshire with over twenty-five years experience in the mental health field.

She is also the author of six self-help books, including Transcending Loss and Shortcuts to Inner Peace, and Simple Self-Care for Therapists: Restorative Practices to Weave Through Your Workday.

 

She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and hosts a podcast on webtalkradio.net called “Embracing Change.”

Direct download: Episode_92_-_Ashley_Davis_Bush.mp3
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Dr. Peter Bernstein is founder and director of the Bernstein Institute for Trauma Treatment in Petaluma, CA. In private practice since 1974, Peter holds a doctorate in clinical psychology as a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

He specializes in the field of emotional and physical trauma and is the author of Trauma: Healing the Hidden Epidemic. A veteran of the Vietnam War era, Peter completed advanced infantry training at Fort Ord on the Monterrey peninsula.

The Bernstein Institute offers individual, couples, and group therapy and uses Reichian-Myofascial Release Therapy (RMFR), a unique and proprietary modality developed by Dr. Bernstein for healing trauma, PTS, and other behavioral health issues.

Direct download: Episode_91_-_Peter_Bernstein.mp3
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Odelya is a trauma survivor who became a therapist, trainer, facilitator and consultant with over a decade of experience working with survivors and aid workers in locations of conflict and trauma.  She has worked for the UN, governmental institutions, and NGOs in the US, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Odelya focused on trauma studies in three graduate studies programs, earning a Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation as a Fulbright scholar at Eastern Mennonite University, a Masters in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University, and a PhD in which she researched efficacy of strategies for mitigating secondary traumatic stress in aid workers, also at Lesley.

In her practice she works primarily in an expressive therapies modality, supported by wholistic approaches to trauma integration, especially nutritional awareness and sensory integration.

Before relocating to the Washington, DC area with her husband and twin sons in April, 2015, Odelya resided in the Philippines, Lesotho and Israel. 

In addition to training and consulting for organizations, government agencies, and individuals in these and other locations, she has provided expressive eTherapy by phone and Skype to aid and development workers worldwide.

Her personal self-care interests include parenting, reading, dancing, music, puzzles, yoga and meditation, cooking, and movies.  For more on herwork as a trainer, consultant, and writer on stress and trauma-related topics, see her website on Expressive Trauma Integration at www.eti.training.

Direct download: Episode_90_-_Odelya_Kraybill.mp3
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Helga Luest is a recognized trauma expert, keynote presenter, and trainer. Helga’s professional focus to facilitate positive social change stems largely from her own life experiences. She survived an attempted murder in 1993 and, more recently, domestic abuse.

Helga currently works with Abt Associates where she is managing editor of SAMHSA News (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and communications officer with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Helga founded Witness Justice, a national nonprofit that made a significant imprint for survivors of violence and trauma, and led those efforts from 2001 to 2014. Helga continues the vision and work of Witness Justice without the organizational structure, advocating for positive social change while providing strategic programs, trainings, and presentations. Her new initiative is called Trauma Informed - or TraumaInformed.org.

Direct download: Episode_89_-_Helga_Luest.mp3
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Michele Rosenthal is an award-winning PTSD blogger, bestselling and award-nominated author, founder of HealMyPTSD.com, and a former faculty member of the Clinical Development Institute for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.

Host of the radio program, Changing Direction, Michele is also a trauma survivor who struggled with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for over twenty-five years before launching a successful “healing rampage.” She has been 100% free of PTSD symptoms for several years. Michele's most recent book is Your Life After Trauma: Powerful Practices to Reclaim Your Identity (W. W. Norton).

Direct download: Episode_88_-_Michele_Rosenthal.mp3
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Amber is a longtime practitioner of body centered arts and sciences (Somatic Psychology, Life Impressions Bodywork, energy medicine, cranio-sacral therapy, yoga, and shiatsu), a board-licensed mental health professional, and an advocate of human rights. She is an award winning dance movement therapist and an authorized Continuum Movement Teacher.

Amber has worked for almost 20 years with people who have survived human rights abuses, war, natural disaster, as well as with humanitarian response teams. She is currently Director of Restorative Resources Training and Consulting, and its non-profit counterpart, Trauma Resources International, and is a clinical adviser with The Center for Victims of Torture.

She has pioneered the use of somatic, movement, and creative arts psychotherapies in cross cultural contexts, such as complex humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters.

Direct download: Episode_87_-_Amber_Gray.mp3
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Ron Gellis, Ph.D. has been a Clinical and Forensic Sports Psychologist in California for over 30 years and specializes in PTS, TBI, addictive and/or co-occurring disorders. Ron was a Navy Psychologist during the post Vietnam Era during which time he treated and worked with the first wave of Vietnam veterans with PTSD.

Ron has established The Integrated Recovery Foundation, a program designed to assist Veterans and First Responders who have issues with PTS, TBI, addictive and/or co-occurring disorders.

As an athlete, I have played soccer in high school and college. I have run 20 marathons with times ranging from 2:58-4:02 with most times between 3:05-3:20, during my 20's to 50's. In that time I ran countless 1/2 marathons, 10 & 5k's. I have also completed a variety of Olympic and Sprint Triathlons. I have been a scuba instructor for over 20 years with personal passion for underwater photography. At the age of 60, I started CrossFit. I have been CrossFitting for almost 7 years and have qualified for the World CrossFit Games as a Masters athlete 3 times. I am also a level 2 CrossFit Coach.

Direct download: Episode_86_-_Ron_Gellis.mp3
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Usha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College as well as in Independent Practice in Cambridge, MA.

She has presented nationally and published peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on the topics of immigration, trauma, cultural competence and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Usha has served as the chair of the Multicultural Concerns Committee for Division 39 (Psychoanalysis), as a member of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) in the American Psychological Association, and as a member of the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration.

Direct download: Episode_85_-_Usha_Tummala-Narra.mp3
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Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW, Vice President of Strategic Development, Klingberg Family Centers, New Britain, Connecticut specializes in treatment of traumatized children and their families. She created the Restorative Approach™ , a trauma- and relationship-based treatment method.

She is a Faculty Trainer for Risking Connection® and an Adjunct Faculty at the University of CT School of Social Work. She travels nationally to train treaters on trauma-informed care, specializing in improving the daily life of treatment programs. She was the 2011 Connecticut Social Worker of the Year. She is the author of Trauma Informed Care: The Restorative Approach published by NEARI Press.

Direct download: Episode_84_-_Patricia_Wilcox.mp3
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Lee Klinger Lesser, MS, has developed and led retreats for Veterans since 2008, integrating her experience of mindfulness and meditation into accessible programming for Veterans. She has been leading workshops in the mindfulness practice of Sensory Awareness since 1976.

She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Honoring the Path of the Warrior, a non-profit program that provides a safe environment for veterans to rediscover meaning, purpose, and joy in their lives through mindfulness, meditation and community.

Direct download: Episode_83_-_Lee_Lesser.mp3
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Dan Griffin is the author of three ground-breaking publications: A Man’s Way through Relationships: Learning to Love and Be LovedA Man’s Way through the Twelve Steps, and Helping Men Recover (co-author).

As an international speaker, trainer, and consultant for treatment programs, recovery courts, and mental health programs, Dan is focused on developing gender-responsive, trauma-informed services for men.

He has a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Kansas and received a certificate in Counseling from Hazelden. Dan has been in recovery since May 1994 and leads retreats and workshops throughout the country to help men deepen their emotional recovery and enhance their relational competence. He is know for cutting edge interventions for men's treatment, unique insights into men's experience of trauma, and leadership in advancing the conversation on men's issues in addiction and recovery.

Direct download: Episode_82_-_Dan_Griffin.mp3
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Mark Lilly is the founder and Board President of Street Yoga, an internationally recognized non-profit which provides yoga and mindfulness classes to at-risk populations in Portland and Seattle.

Mark is a mindfulness and communication trainer who has taught workshops all over North America to widely diverse audiences including physicians, nurses, social workers, police officers, therapists, and countless others. Mark has developed many specialized mindfulness curricula in addition to the core and advanced Street Yoga trainings, including specialized work for young people recovering from sexual abuse, and workshops for adults moving through entrenched traumas or grappling with high-intensity communication situations.

For Mark, yoga is an everyday survival skill, a practice he has shared with thousands of youth through Street Yoga. He still lives with the tremors of traumas past and realizes the delicate line between suffering and awakening. His teaching emphasizes cultivation of the best within each of us by using the authentic stories and experiences that illuminate our being and drive our teaching to places of deep truthfulness.

Mark has developed the core and advanced Street Yoga trainings as well a yoga curricula used for specialized work with young patients recovering from illness or injury in the hospital, for young people recovering from sexual abuse, and workshops for adults moving through entrenched traumas or grappling with high-intensity communication situations.

Through it all, he brings a lightness and love to his teaching that is rooted in humility, grace and joy.

Direct download: Episode_81_-_Mark_A._Lilly.mp3
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Today, The Process of Becoming a Trauma Therapist. This episode is based on a recent blog post and inspired by the interviews I've been doing on the podcast.  

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
  • Trauma Therapist elite: a membership site for new trauma therapists

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.

Direct download: Episode_80_-_Becoming_A_Trauma_Therapist.mp3
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Laura is the founder and director of the Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of the book Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others.

Laura has worked directly with trauma survivors for 28 years and is known as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure. She has worked nationally and internationally training a wide variety of individuals including zookeepers and reconstruction workers in post-Hurricane Katrina, community organizers and health care providers in Japan, U.S. Air Force pilots and Canadian firefighters.

Laura holds a master of social work degree, is an associate producer of the award-winning film A Lot Like You, and was given a Yo! Mama award in recognition of her work as a community-activist mother.

Direct download: Episode_79_-_Laura_Van_Dernoot.mp3
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Terri Messman-Moore earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University in 1999. From 1998-1999, she interned at the National Center for PTSD in Boston Massachusetts. From 1999-2000, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, where she was trained in several empirically-supported cognitive-behavioral treatments for PTSD, including Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).

Dr. Messman-Moore is currently the O’Toole Family Professor of Psychology at Miami University, in Oxford Ohio.

She is also the Director of Clinical Training for the department’s Clinical Psychology PhD program. She teaches undergraduate courses focused on interpersonal trauma, as well as graduate courses on Trauma-Focused Therapy for adults.

She is a licensed psychologist in Ohio and provides clinical intervention to trauma survivors on a limited basis.

Direct download: Episode_78_-_Terri_Messman-Moore.mp3
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Dr. Toni Heineman is a clinical psychologist who has been in private practice (treating children, adults, and families) in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years.

She is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and has taught and supervised interns, graduate students and psychiatric residents and presented at numerous local and national professional meetings.

Dr. Heineman has authored a wide range of journal articles, as well as the book, The Abused Child: Psychodynamic Understanding and Treatment.

She is the co-editor of, Building A Home Within: Meeting the Emotional Needs of Children and Youth in Foster Care as well as Relationship-Based Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults.

Her forthcoming volume, Relational Treatment of Trauma: Stories of Loss and Hope will be released in August 2015.

Dr. Heineman was selected as a fellow by Zero to Three for the 2003-2004 National Leadership Initiative, and also awarded a Draper Richards Social Entrepreneur Fellowship, the Social Entrepreneur Award from the Manhattan Institute, and a 2008 Purpose Prize.

Direct download: Episode_77_-_Toni_Heinemann.mp3
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Edward Tick, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized transformational healer, psychotherapist, writer and educator. Co-Founder and Executive Director of Soldier’s Heart, he works internationally on the psychospiritual and cross-cultural healing of military and war trauma and on holistic and psycho-spiritual healing.

He was the U.S. Army’s 2012 trainer in the holistic healing of PTSD, training over 2,500 chaplains and officers. He continues to work with the Army and Air Force.

Ed is the author of five books including the groundbreaking War and the Soul. His newest book, Warrior’s Return: Restoring the Soul After War, was just published.

Direct download: Episode_76_-_Edward_Tick.mp3
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Sheela Raja, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and author of the book, Overcoming Trauma and PTSD.

She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she teaches Health Communication and Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Raja received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her internship and post-doctoral training at the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Boston, MA.

She is a highly sought after speaker and has given invited talks at federal, national, and community agencies on the topic of post-traumatic stress. Dr. Raja has a passion for making evidence-based psychology accessible and is a regular guest contributor to local and national television networks, including CBS-Chicago and CNN. She is a blogger for the The Huffington Post, and has been quoted as an expert source in numerous print and online publications.

Direct download: Episode_75_-_Sheela_Raja.mp3
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Beck is an addiction counselor originally from Los Angeles California, and is currently on the Board of Directors for NALGAP (The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies).

Beck is the Assistant Director of Clinical Services at Pride Institute in Minneapolis, MN. as well as a National Speaker on topics of the LGBTQ community and substance abuse.

Beck has a special focus on the Transgender community, trauma, addiction, and helping treatment facilities and clinicians better serve the Trans community.

Direct download: Episode_74_-_Beck_Gee-Cohen.mp3
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Randy Noblitt, formerly an Air Force clinical psychologist, is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University in Los Angeles where he teaches ethics, adult interventions, and a fourth year advanced clinical elective, Trauma and Dissociation.

His main clinical and scholarly interest is in ritual abuse and dissociation. He is the principal author of Cult and Ritual Abuse: Narratives, Evidence, and Healing Approachesnow in its third edition (Praeger, 2014). and also co-edited Ritual Abuse in the Twenty-First Century: Psychological, Forensic, Social, and Political Considerations, (Robert Reed, 2008).

Along with a team of dedicated colleagues, Dr. Noblitt hosts a dissociative disorders study group at the Los Angeles campus of Alliant International University that is open to other helping professionals and students.

Direct download: Episode_73_-_Randy_Noblitt.mp3
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Cathy Malchiodi, PhD is a leading international expert, syndicated writer, and educator in the fields of art therapy and art in healthcare.

She is a research psychologist, a Board Certified and Licensed Professional Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and has over 25 years of experience and education in trauma intervention and disaster relief and integrative approaches to health.

Cathy is the founder, director and lead faculty member of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, dedicated to teaching trauma-informed intervention that integrates neurodevelopment, somatic approaches, mindfulness, and positive psychology.

Cathy’s blog, Arts and Health at Psychology Today Online covers topics related to art therapy, expressive arts therapy, trauma, body-mind approaches, neuroscience and the arts, creativity, and integrative health practices. Cathy is a recognized force in international education, program development and advocacy for trauma survivors and the accessibility of trauma-informed care.

Direct download: Episode_72_-_Cathy_Malchiodi.mp3
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Robert T. Muller trained at Harvard University, was on faculty at the University of Massachusetts, and is currently at York University in Toronto.

Dr. Muller was recently honored as a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD) for his work on trauma treatment.

Dr. Muller is the author of several books. His psychotherapy bestseller, Trauma and the Avoidant Client, in its third printing, has been translated and won the 2011 ISSTD award for the year's best written work on trauma.

Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up,  talks about how to navigate the psychotherapy relationship with trauma survivors. And his new trauma book is titled, Trauma & the Struggle to Open Up:  From Avoidance to Recovery & Growth.

As lead investigator on several multi-site programs to treat interpersonal trauma, Dr. Muller has lectured internationally and has been the keynote speaker at mental health conferences in New Zealand and Canada.

He founded an online magazine, The Trauma & Mental Health Report, that is now visited by over 100,000 readers a year.

With over 20 years in the field, he practices in Toronto.

Direct download: Episode_71_-_Robert_Muller.mp3
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Dr. Omar Minwalla is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Sexologist and the Director of The Institute for Sexual Health in Beverly Hills, California.

Dr. Minwalla is the founder of the Sex Addiction-Induced Trauma Model, which recognizes the traumatic impacts on others of sexual acting out disorders.

Since 2006, Dr. Minwalla has articulated the alarming lack of recognition and treatment of trauma among partners and spouses of sex addicts. He has challenged the “traditional sex addiction model” as patriarchal, narcissistic in scope, a form of victim-blaming, and in desperate need of revision. The Institute for Sexual Health remains one of the only treatment facilities that utilizes a sex addiction-induced trauma model to treat those impacted and victimized by sexual acting out disorders.

Direct download: Episode_70_-_Omar_Minwalla.mp3
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Dr. Fredrike Bannink MDR is a clinical psychologist and a Master of Dispute Resolution based in Amsterdam.

She is an internationally recognized CBT, Positive psychology and Solution-Focused presenter and trainer and the author of more than 25 books. She is also a Mental Health Trainer for Doctors without Borders.

Direct download: Episode_69_-_Fredrike_Bannink.mp3
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With a professional background in both yoga and treatment industry marketing, as well as a personal history of perseverance and recovery, Monique brings a uniquely balanced perspective to her work.

She has been teaching trauma-aware, Psychologically-Informed Yoga ™ in large group and private one-on-one settings since 2006. Keenly interested in the intersection between yoga and behavioral health services, Monique has been published in Addiction Professional Magazine and several other local/national publications. Though not a clinician, she has earned a graduate level certificate in The Clinical Foundations of Trauma from State University of NY, Buffalo, and dedicated much of her life to volunteering in environments that serve disenfranchised or traumatized individuals.

Monique recently launched a Psychologically-Informed Yoga Teacher training program that focuses on serving those in the helping professions. She is also in the process of developing a pilot yoga program which launches this month at the The Shelter for Abused Women in Naples, Florida More about Monique and her work can be found online at Vivasana.net

Direct download: Episode_68_-_Monique_Funk.mp3
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Debi Grebenik, Ph.D., LCSW, is the director of a Colorado Child Placement Agency that specializes in trauma work in their foster care program as well as their community and clinical programs.

She is a part-time professor in a Master's of Social Work program and also maintains a small private practice for failing adoptions or families with acute trauma histories. She loves to bake, run, read, and play with her 7 grandchildren.

Direct download: Episode_67_-_Debi_Grebenik.mp3
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Elaine Miller-Karas LCSW is the executive director and co-founder of the Trauma Resource Institute. She is adjunct faculty at Loma Linda University’s School of Social Work and Social Ecology and has both orchestrated and presented at international projects throughout the world.

Her work in Africa included training the Kenyan Association of Professional Counselors and the 2007 Conference to end Female Genital Mutilation.

Elaine’s book is titled Building Resilience to Trauma: The Trauma and Community Resiliency Models.She co-authored the Trauma and Community Resiliency Model workbooks as well as contributed to to the Rescue: Stories of Healthcare Workers at the Scenes of Disaster.

Direct download: Episode_66_-_Elaine_Miller.mp3
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The Trauma 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.

Today: Mindset. Specfically the mindset of the trauma therapist. This topic fascinates me because it's all about us a therapists being aware of who we are, how we are and the level of our awareness. In addition, it involves us being mindful of our hopes, wishes, expectations of and for our clients, as well as the plans we might have for our clients.

Direct download: Episode_65_-_Mindset.mp3
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The Trauma 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.

In this episode I talk about the Stabilization phase of the 3-Part Trauma Treatment Model. Specifically I talk about the many opportunities within this phase for us as clinicians to connect and communicate with our clients, as well as to build rapport with and provide psychoeducation to our clients. How do we as new trauma therapists keep it all together while maintaining composure, presence and empathy?

Direct download: Episode_64_-_Stabilization.mp3
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Tom Kavanaugh is an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and has a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Psychology. Tom is Licensed Master Trainer in PhotoReading Whole Mind System™ as well as in Neuro Linguistic Programming™.

Tom has created The R.E.L.E.A.S.E. Method™, a multi-faceted protocol, based upon accelerated learning techniques that release attachment to the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress.

Direct download: Episode_63_-_Tom_Kavanaugh.mp3
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Direct download: Episode_62_-_Jamie_Marich.mp3
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Laura Brown is a feminist trauma psychologist who practices psychotherapy and forensic psychology in Seattle and has published extensively on topics related to trauma treatment, feminist practice, cultural competence, ethics, and LGBT concerns.

She is the founder and director of the Fremont Community Therapy Project, a training clinic serving low-income individuals.

Her first popular press book is: Your turn for care: Surviving the aging and death of the adults who harmed you.

Laua is a late-in-life student of aikido.

Direct download: Episode_61_-_Laura_Brown.mp3
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Rick Bata is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 20 year’s experience in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of domestic violence.

Rick, a Vietnam veteran, is also a Military & Family Life Consultant and Contractor with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and provides coaching, education and support to help families adjust to military life and the deployment cycle(s).

As a trauma specialist, Rick has been providing pro bono services to returning combat veterans dealing with issues of PTSD and Combat related stressors since the onset of the Gulf War.

His current passion is as Visionary and CEO of The Warrior Project of San Jose.

Direct download: Episode_60_-_Richard_Bata.mp3
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The Trauma 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.

Today I talk about essential skills and interventions for new trauma therapists. These are the fundamental skills that every trauma therapist must be equipped with, and the ones which provide a solid foundation for creating rapport, building safety, and developing mindfulness with your clients.

Direct download: Episode_59_-_Trauma_Therapist_Live.mp3
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Dr. Carla Smith Stover is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South Florida.

In addition, she holds a clinical faculty appointment at Yale University Child Study Center. She has extensive clinical experience with families impacted by trauma and domestic violence and has provided trainings in best practices and intervention for domestic violence and trauma nationally.

Dr. Stover has been the principal investigator on multiple studies examining the efficacy of outreach and intervention efforts for families impacted by domestic violence and other traumas.

Direct download: Episode_58_-_Carla_Stover.mp3
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Jim has been a practicing social worker since 1976 & is currently in private practice in Salt Lake City.

He works extensively with sexual trauma survivors, with special attention to male survivors and to issues surrounding dissociation. Jim is a founding member of MaleSurvivor.org and is Co-Chair of the Weekends of Recovery retreat program.

He was the recipient of the Richard Gartner Outstanding Clinical Services Award at the 2010 International MaleSurvivor Conference in New York City.

Direct download: Episode_57_-_Jim_Struve.mp3
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Sebern Fisher has integrated Neurofeedback and psychotherapy in her treatment of developmental trauma in adults and adolescents for the past 17 years.

Prior to adopting Neurofeedback, Sebern was the clinical director of a residential treatment program for severely disturbed adolescents for fifteen years. While there she introduced the understanding of the impact of attachment rupture and was the first to implement DBT in a residential setting.

In April, she published Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain with W.W. Norton.

Sebern consults and trains on the integration of Neurofeedback and therapy, nationally and internationally.

Direct download: Episode_56_-_Sebern_Ferry_Fisher.mp3
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The Trauma 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.

Today: 5 Things I've Learned from Interviewing 50 Master Trauma Therapists. This was based on a blog post I wrote which recieved a lot of comments on LinkedIn and so wanted to do an episode on it as well.

Direct download: Episode_55_-_Thingsve_Learned.mp3
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Lisa Ferentz, a lcsw, has been in private practice for over 30 years and is a nationally recognized expert in the treatment of trauma.

She is an Adjunct Faculty member at several Universities, and is the Founder of “The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education,” now in its eighth year of providing continuing education to mental health professionals.

Lisa is the author of “Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Traumatized Clients: A Clinician’s Guide,” now in its second edition, and “Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors: A Workbook of Hope and Healing.”

In 2009 she was voted the “Social Worker of Year” by the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work.

Direct download: Episode_54_-_Lisa_Ferentz.mp3
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Dr. Dori Laub was born in Cernauti, Romania on June 8, 1937. He is currently a practicing psychoanalyst in New Haven, Connecticut who works primarily with victims of massive psychic trauma as well as their children.

Dori is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and Co-Founder of the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. He obtained his M.D. at the Hadassah Medical School at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel and his M.A. in Clinical Psychology at the Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. He was Acting Director of Genocide Study Program (GSP) at Yale between 2000 and 2003. Since 2001, he has served as Deputy Director for Trauma Studies for the GSP.

Dr Laub has published on the topic of psychic trauma, its knowing and representation in a variety of psychoanalytic journals and has co-authored a book entitled Testimony-Crises of Witnessing in Literature, Psychoanalysis, and History with Professor Shoshana Felman.

Direct download: Episode_53_-_Dori_Laub.mp3
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Dr. Jamie Marich is the author of three books on trauma: 
Trauma Made Simple (2014), 
Trauma and the Twelve Steps (2012), 
and EMDR Made Simple (2011).

She travels internationally as an invited continuing education speaker on topics connected to trauma, addiction, and mindfulness. She is the creator of the Dancing Mindfulness practice and now leads a team of international facilitators in the mindfulness and trauma-informed practice. Marich still maintains a private practice in her hometown of Youngstown, OH, primarily specializing in EMDR as a treatment modality.

Marich began her career as a humanitarian aid worker in post-war Bosnia from 2000-2003, an experience she will be sharing through a TEDx talk in January 2015.

Direct download: Episode_51_-_Jamie_Marich.mp3
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Geri Lynn Weinstein-Mathews has been providing therapy for more than 20 years. Within that time she played a significant role delivering care to the Firefighters of New York City in the wake of the September 11th attacks. Recently Geri Lynn has turned her efforts to documentary filmmaking with her film Justice Denied to advocate and educate on the subject of rape in the military, and specifically male survivors of sexual assault in the military.

Direct download: Episode_50_-_Geri_Lynn_Weinstein-Matthews.mp3
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