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.

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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