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 field of trauma. Join Guy Macpherson, PhD at traumatherapistproject.com as we hear about the journeys of passionate workers in the field of trauma, addiction, yoga and mindfulness and learn what's inspired them along their path and to pursue their calling to help others heal and thrive.

We close out the holiday republishing with this gem. Ed Tick pretty much embodies everything I’m attempting to do with this podcast: He exudes a certain genuineness and passion for this works that is infectious and inspiring. I remember finishing the interview with him on fire. I was that excited, and I wanted to translate that into the work I do with my clients as well as The Trauma Therapist Project.

I hope you enjoy this one. Again!

 

Direct download: Episode2020920-20Edward20Tick.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:38am PST

We continue this month revisiting some of my favorite interviews. Today we listen to the incredible Lisa Ferentz, LCSW.

Lisa is one of those individuals who has the admirable combination of empathy, humor, and compassion together with the skill of a master therapist. (I loved talking with Lisa so much, and respect so much the way she works that I invited her to share her passion on Trauma Therapist | 2.0. You can check out Lisa’s video here.)

Lisa 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 Trauma Survivors: 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_208_-_Lisa_Ferentz.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

As I indicated last week, this month we’re going to be revisiting some of the incredible interviews on the podcast. This episode with Peter Bernstein has to be included. Peter lays bare in an open, honest and inspiring way the struggles and joys of one person’s journey from high school dropout to becoming a trauma therapist. This episode provided me with so much inspiration for the work I do. I hope you’ll find it equally as inspiring.

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_207_Peter_Bernstein.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:03am PST

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_206_-_Manuela_Mischke-Reed.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:04pm PST

Dr. Nancy Morgan specializes both in working with adults with severe mental health challenges whose traumatic histories influence and inform their thoughts and behaviors, and in providing Trauma-Focused training and supervision to future therapists.

Her primary work has been in Partial Hospitalization Program settings, Secure Residential Treatment Facilities, and Intensive Outpatient Programs, where she’s served as a clinician, manager, or most often as program clinical supervisor.

Currently, Dr. Morgan works as the Director of Behavioral Health at LifeMoves, Northern California’s largest agency dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness where she has developed a Trauma-Focused Mindfulness-Based training curriculum whereby she provides didactics, supervises, and mentors graduate psychology students.

Direct download: Episode_205_-_Nancy_Morgan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:35am PST

Jenny Watt, M.A., is a Registered Clinical Counselor  with specialized training in EMDR Therapy. She has a special interest in working with adults, parents, and couples whose painful childhood experiences are keeping them from enjoying fulfilling lives and is approved to provide services for individuals in the Crime Victims Assistance Program.

Prior to her work in private practice, Jenny worked with marginalized children, parents, and families as a family therapist in a non-profit setting.

Through her experiences, Jenny discovered the importance of trauma-informed practice and became dedicated to trauma work. She is committed to encouraging positive growth and change in the community through her passion for counseling and healing.

Direct download: Episode2020420-20Jenny20Watt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:44am PST

Dr. Karen Treisman is a London-based highly specialized clinical psychologist. She has worked in the NHS and children’s services for several years and has also worked cross-culturally in both Africa and Asia with groups ranging from former child soldiers to survivors of the Rwandan Genocide.

Karen has extensive experience in the areas of trauma, parenting, and attachment, and works clinically using a range of therapeutic approaches with families, systems, and children in or on the edge of care, unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people, and adopted children.

In addition to holding a doctorate in Clinical psychology, Karen has undergone a range of specialist trainings including in EMDR, Narrative Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Sensory Attachment Intervention, and Theraplay.

Karen currently works as a Clinical Lead for a court assessment and intensive parenting intervention team for children on the edge of care and in proceedings. Karen is also the director of Safe Hands and Thinking Minds training and consultancy services.

Karen is an external consultant, trainer, and assessor to Barnardos Adoption Service, Grandparents Plus, PAC-UK, Hope for families, and the Fostering Network and a member of the CoramBAAF health group advisory committee, as well as a reviewer for the Journal of adoption and fostering.

Karen regularly presents at local, national, and international trauma, parenting, and attachment conferences. Karen is the author of the Routledge published book Working with relational and developmental trauma in children and adolescents.

Direct download: Episode_203_-_Karen_Treisman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:51am PST

Today I’m excited to have back, Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis.

I first interviewed Thema back on episode 52 of the podcast. Thema is one of those rare individuals who is pretty much capable of doing everything: She’s a psychologist, an artist, and an ordained minister, a dynamic speaker and as you’ll hear from this interview, she’s inspiring and empowering.

In this episode, Thema shares her knowledge and expertise on the subject of racial trauma, a topic I have yet to cover on this podcast.

Thema is an Associate Professor of psychology at Pepperdine University. She is director of the Culture and Trauma Research Lab and associate editor of the journal Psychological Trauma. She is the author of the book Thriving in the wake of trauma: a multicultural guide and editor of the book Surviving Sexual Violence.

Thema is a past psychology representative to the UN and a past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women. She is a researcher, clinician, advocate, and survivor.

 

Direct download: Episode_202_-_Racial_Trauma_With_Thema_Davis.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PST

I’m excited to announce that Helen Thomas is back on the podcast.

I first interviewed Helen back on episode 180 of the podcast.

After that interview, I knew that I’d want to invite Helen back. She has much to share not just about working with individuals within the context of trauma, but of facilitating trauma groups, as well.

I asked Helen if she’d share her knowledge and experience of working with trauma groups. This is something I’ve been remiss in addressing so far on the podcast. So here we go.

Helen Thomas holds a Master of Counseling degree from Arizona State University, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Arizona, and a Registered Clinical Counsellor in the province of British Columbia, where she currently resides.

Helen has experience in domestic violence shelter settings and transitional housing programs. She has practiced therapy in trauma-informed community mental health agency settings, as well as a government-funded counseling program for women who have experienced violence in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

Helen currently practices privately in Downtown Vancouver. Her counseling practice, Liv Wellness, offers EMDR therapy, trauma process groups for female adult survivors of child sexual abuse, and skills-based empowerment groups for women. Its home on the web is www.LivWellness.ca.

Her passion project, Take Back Childhood Campaign, has a mission of eradicating child sexual abuse by breaking the societal silence, increasing awareness and education, and supporting research and effective treatment for survivors of CSA. You can follow along on Twitter at TBC Campaign.

Direct download: Episode_201_-_Helen_Thomas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:05am PST

Today, for the first time I interview two guests, a therapist along with her client. Seanne Larson Emerton and Geri Henderson have an interesting relationship which has evolved over the past several years. It began as therapist and client and after several years shifted into that of co-authors.

Seanne Larson Emerton, L.M.F.T., L.I.M.H.P., has been in private practice for over twenty five years and is the owner of a group counseling practice and EAP called Family Resources of Greater NE, P.C.

Seanne enjoys her work as a marriage and family therapist and a strategic life coach and especially appreciates the power of working with systems, whether family or organizational, using emotional intelligence assessment and coaching.

Geri Henderson, PhD is an English teacher andi has taught in the US but mostly overseas in countries worldwide. She is currently teaching literature and writing in Europe for the University of Maryland, having previously spent two years in Asia.

Seanne and Geri are co-authors of the book, Healing from Incest: Intimate Conversations With my Therapist.

Direct download: Episode_200_-_Seanne_Larson_Emerton.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:43am PST

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