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.

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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