Mon, 31 October 2016
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.
Tue, 25 October 2016
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.
Mon, 17 October 2016
Roberto Rodriquez, M.A., is a Licensed Associate Marriage, a Family Therapist and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has over ten years of experience in the treatment of substance use disorder.
He has worked in intensive outpatient settings and residential settings, providing transformative experiences for adolescents, men, couples, and families. Rob is highly experienced in facilitating Helping Men Recover groups (providing co-occurring disorder, gender-responsive, trauma-informed services for men).
This is the only research-based, brief intervention program related to trauma for men published by Hazelden. Rob is currently engaged as a consultant with the Connecticut Women’s Consortium, and a staunch supporter of the curriculum, Exploring Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Men.
Mon, 10 October 2016
Jean-Paul Bédard is an author, advocate, elite endurance athlete, and was named one of the "50 Most Influential Canadians" by Huffington Post.
In 2013, Jean-Paul disclosed to family and friends that he is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and rape. As a result, he turned to long-distance running to help him battle his addiction and mental health issues. Since that time, he has become an international advocate for other survivors of sexual violence. In 2014, Jean-Paul ran the iconic Boston Marathon twice in the same day in a highly publicized campaign. In 2015 he was awarded the "Golden Shoe Award" for being named "Canadian Runner of the Year".
As a Brooks sponsored athlete and veteran of over 130 marathons and ultra marathons, Jean-Paul represented Canada in the prestigious Comrades Marathon in South Africa, a grueling 90km race through mountainous terrain. In the fall of 2015, Jean-Paul ran the Toronto Waterfront Marathon three times in the same day to demonstrate the resiliency of survivors of trauma.
Mon, 3 October 2016
Paul Riedner is the Executive Director of the startup non-profit called the Veteran Resilience Project which uses EMDR to address a number of after-effects of military service and war.
Paul has an Economics degree and an MBA focused on business anthropology and consumer behavior. From 2006 - 2010 he was a Deep Sea Diver in the US Army. Since returning from war and the military, Paul began exploring how to use art to express his changing perspectives and to connect the public with the experiences and struggles of returning veterans.