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.

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 Addiction; When 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_263_-_Gabor_Mate.mp3
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Rev. Sheri Heller, LCSW is a New York City psychotherapist and interfaith minister in private practice. Sheri is also a freelance writer, a playwright and the creator of a therapeutic theater event for at-risk women and girls in the public sector of New York City. Sheri's journey of recovery was told through an animated film short by OC87 Recovery Diaries, aired on PBS. She is the author of A Clinicians Journey from Complex Trauma to Thriving: Reflections on Abuse, C-PTSD and Reclamation, available in paperback and digital.

Direct download: Episode_262_-_Sheri_Heller.mp3
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Emma Cameron is a UKCP registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist based in the UK. She works in private practice and also online with creative, sensitive, thoughtful women who are struggling with anxiety and the effects of trauma. Emma has a Masters degree in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, she's an HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist, and she has a Diploma in Online Therapy.

Emma’s also been a practising artist for 25 years; she’s had many solo shows, and one of her paintings is featured in an exhibition of paintings that’s currently touring major Chinese art galleries, called ‘Contemporary Masters from Britain’. Emma is passionate about helping therapists connect (or reconnect) to their creativity as part of deepening their self-care practice.

Direct download: Episode_261_-_Emma_Cameron.mp3
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Sarah Peyton, Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication, teaches people how language changes relationship and the brain. She works with audiences internationally to create a compassionate understanding of the effects of relational trauma on the brain, and writes about and teaches people how words change and heal us.

Her special interest is the way that difficult events impact our automatic brain patterning, and how to transform our tendencies toward self-criticism into self-warmth. Her first book,“Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing,” is coming out from Norton Publishing.

Direct download: Episode_260_-_Sarah_Peyton.mp3
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This week, I have back on the podcast two former guests, Jamie Marich and Stephen Dansiger. Together they’ve just written a new book, Trauma, EMDR & Mindfulness Jamie Marich & Stephen Dansiger.

Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RMT travels internationally teaching on EMDR therapy, trauma, addiction, expressive arts therapy and mindfulness while maintaining a private practice in Warren, OH. She is the author of Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in Assessment, Treatment, and Working with Survivors (2014), and most recently, Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation (2015). Jamie is the founder of the Dancing Mindfulness practice and expressive arts community and actively offers EMDR therapy training through her company, Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness. 

Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, MFT is Clinical Director of Refuge Recovery Centers in Los Angeles, a cutting edge addictions treatment center, where he developed and implemented the MET(T)A Method (Mindfulness and EMDR Treatment Template for Addictions). The treatment utilizes Buddhist psychology and EMDR therapy as the theoretical orientation and primary clinical practice.   He is the author of Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers (2016) and avidly blogs and podcasts on topics related to mental health, recovery, and mindfulness.

Direct download: Episode_259_-_Jamie_Marich__Stephen_Dansinger.mp3
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Hilary Jacobs Hendel is a trauma psychotherapist with a focus on emotions and the body. She has an extensive background in science and psychotherapy including a BA in Biochemistry from Wesleyan University, a doctoral degree from Columbia University and an MSW from Fordham University. She is a certified psychoanalyst and a certified AEDP psychotherapist and supervisor. Hilary has published articles in The New York Times and professional journals and writes a blog called The Change Triangle. Hilary was also the Mental Health Consultant for the Emmy Award winning television show Mad Men on AMC. She lives and practices in New York City.

Direct download: Episode_258_-_Hillary_Jacobs_Hendel.mp3
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Dr. Leslie Korn is a Harvard Medical School-trained traumatologist specializing in mental health nutrition and integrative approaches to treating the mind and body.

Leslie began her clinical work as a bodyworker, yoga teacher and student of indigenous healing traditions in 1973. She lived in the jungle of Mexico for over 25 years where she founded and directed a public health natural medicine center, The Center for Traditional Medicine.

In 1994 the center joined the Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS), a non-profit Native directed research and education organization.  At the CWIS Leslie’s work focuses on indigenous food and healing revitalization with tribal communities and supporting research at the intersection of community trauma, social justice, and health.

I have an international telehealth practice specializing in mental health nutrition and cognitive well-being addressing PTSD and complex trauma, fatigue, digestive upset, depression, anxiety, sleep problems, PTSD and chronic pain. I help people get off pharmaceuticals. 

My Ph.D. is in Behavioral Medicine. I completed my clinical fellowship in psychology and religion at Harvard Medical School and 2 hospital internships in Pain and Trauma. I had a private practice in Boston for 15 years. I also completed a Masters in Public Health (MPH) at the Harvard School of Public Health and a Masters degree in Cross Cultural Health psychology.

I am a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, National Board Certified in Polarity Therapy, and National Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and National Approved Clinical Supervisor. I was the clinical director at New England School of Acupuncture, Associate Professor at California Institute of Integral Studies and I am a Core Faculty at Capella University.  I have been a research scientist in Mind Body medicine, funded by the National Institutes of Health. 

I have published 7 books including:  The Good Mood Kitchen, Eat Right, Feel Right, Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health: A Complete Guide to the Food-Mood Connection, Rhythms of Recovery: Trauma, Nature and the Body,  Multicultural Counseling Workbook and Preventing and Treating Diabetes, Naturally: The Native Way. I work with my therapy dog Xoco.

Direct download: Episode_257_-_Leslie_Korn.mp3
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Dr. Nancy Morgan returns, and I couldn’t be more excited about having her back. Dr. Morgan was a guest on episode 205. Ever since that time, I’ve wanted to have you back. Dr. Morgan epitomizes the elements of this work which I consider to be those close to my heart--compassion, authenticity, and education.

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_256_-_Nancy_Morgan.mp3
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For over 40 years Ann Brode has focused on the relationship of body, mind, and spirit as it shapes the physical experience.

Receiving her BA in 1968, Ann spent 7 years as a motor-perceptual therapist working with young children. In this early work, she discovered that every person learns differently and everybody can change and find better balance, grace, and comfort. Seeking to help all people access their full potential for responsive awareness, Ann began extensive training with Movement Therapy and Bodywork pioneer Judith Aston.

Ann was the founder and director of the Healing Center Foundation, a nonprofit supporting integrative health and practitioners in Santa Barbara, and creator of the website, sbHealthSource.org.

For the past ten years, she has written on health and body related topics for Health Source Magazine, Santa Barbara Independent, Huffington Post and Somatic Psychotherapy Today Journal. She has also recorded and produced an acclaimed CD entitled Body Breath: Three Guided Meditations.

Direct download: Episode_255_-_Ann_Brode.mp3
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Dr. Sharon Stanley has educated thousands of healthcare professionals internationally in the principles and practices of somatic psychotherapy. Building on her research on empathy with traumatized youth, Sharon founded Somatic Transformation (ST), a trauma model and professional curriculum. ST is based on emerging research in Interpersonal Neurobiology and a phenomenological, intersubjective approach to transform relational and shock trauma.

Sharon participates in Dr. Allan Schore’s Seattle Study Group, and her work with First Nations, the study of Afro-Brazilian healing with on-going research into clinical practice has led to a fluid convergence of neurological research and professional skills.

Sharon has a clinical practice on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Direct download: Episode_254_-_Sharon_Stanley.mp3
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Anna Seewald is a psychologist and parent educator and the host of the Authentic Parenting podcast. Through the synthesis of her 20 years of rich and diverse professional experience as a psychologist and an international educator, along with her own tragic life experience, Anna helps parents to become more mindful in their communication and to create emotional connections and strong relationships.

Direct download: Episode_253_-_Anna_Seewald.mp3
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Fabio is a career guide, a cultural explorer, a psychotherapist, and social worker in Denver, Colorado. He is originally from Italy, and as an immigrant, is familiar with the challenges that come with living with feet in two-worlds.

He believes that our role as psychotherapists is to be healers of soul wounds and to midwife people into healthy adulthood while planting seeds of cultural hope in this time of great transition.

Fabio holds an Associate Degree in Political Science, a Bachelor in Consciousness and Social Change Studies and he is scheduled to graduate in May 2018 with an MSW.

He holds a particular interest in indigenous studies, historical trauma, post- and de-colonial psychology.

Direct download: Episode_252_-_Fabio_Fina.mp3
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This week I’m proud to announce that I have a firefighter, Carl Waggett, back on the podcast. (Carl was a guest back on episode 229 of The Trauma Therapist | Podcast.)

Carl’s on a mission to help others heal from PTSD.

He’s got a podcast, he’s doing Facebook Live, and he’s on YouTube. With everything he’s got going on I think it’s fair to say that he’s put together a pretty amazing tour de force, and all with the goal of helping others heal, and avoiding some of the missteps he took along his journey.

Carl’s been a full-time firefighter for the past 14 years, and Acting Captain for 4 of them.  After a fellow-firefighter and close friend of Carl’s ended his own life, Carl removed himself from the front line trucks only to be diagnosed with PTSD a short time afterward. Carl says he’s learning that there are many sides to this very intelligent disorder, and would simply like to share his experiences in the hope that others understand that PTSD is more of a winnable battle then you think.

Carl started his podcast, PTSD Bunker Gear For Your Brain, after his experiences with PTSD and to help other first responders.

Direct download: Episode_251_-_Carl_Wagget.mp3
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Dr. Janae Weinhold has thirty years’ experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado. She is Dean and Core Faculty in the Intercultural Open University Foundation’s doctoral program, and also co-directs a nonprofit institute and the Colorado Professional Development Center.

She is currently providing Trauma-Informed Care training for mental health professionals and clinical supervision. Since 1994 she has been offering mental health training, supervision and consultation services through a sister NGO in Kiev, Ukraine.

Janae is the author or co-author of a dozen books on developmental trauma, conflict resolution, codependency, counterdependency and psychopathology.

Her newest book, LOVEvolution: A Bioresonance Model for Healing Developmental Trauma, presents her heart-based approach for healing developmental trauma caused by disorganized caregiving and Disorganized Attachment.

Direct download: Episode_250_-_Janae_Weinhold.mp3
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Cynthia Price is a body therapy researcher. She studied massage therapy in 1981 and was in private practice for 20 years as a body psychotherapist before pursuing her doctorate to do research in the field. Now an Associate Research Professor at the University of Washington, her research is focused on the study of Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy (MABT), a body therapy approach developed to teach interoceptive awareness skills for self-care and to facilitate emotion regulation.  This work, while helpful for people from all walks of life, is particularly useful for individuals who are disconnected from their bodies due to trauma, depression, chemical dependency, chronic pain, stress or illness.

The Director of the Center for Mindful Body Awareness http://www.cmbaware.org/ in Seattle, Cynthia is committed to increasing health care access to underserved populations, and works with local and international programs to provide and improve integrative care through her research, teaching, and service.

Direct download: Episode_249_-_Cynthia_Price.mp3
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Tara is a beginning trauma therapist who works as a private practitioner in Charlotte, NC. She holds a Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Montreat College and provides evidence based therapies for trauma including EMDR and Cognitive Processing Therapy.

Tara specializes in working with women who have been sexually abused. Before becoming a licensed therapist, Tara did direct care work in inpatient and residential settings working with individuals with eating disorders, substance abuse, physical aggression, and suicidality, noting that so often these challenges were rooted in trauma. This set the stage for her specialization in trauma.

Direct download: Episode_248_-_Tara_Cantrell.mp3
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Nick Cardone is a Counselling Therapist in private practice living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. For over 15 years, Nick’s has worked in community-based, not-for-profit, publicly funded, and private practice mental health settings with adolescents and adults.

This diverse background has informed his current focus as a therapist, which is that men and boys have unique needs when it comes to mental health and addictions work. 

He believes that, while stigma is indeed a barrier, more importantly, that the social constructs of masculinity play a deeper role, and the way we offer therapy needs to better align with the unique needs of men.

Nick has just completed a 2-year pilot project, funded by the Movember Foundation to address these special mental health needs, and the shocking statistics around men and suicide. The T.O.N.E. Project (Therapy Outside Normal Environments) was 3-month group that used outdoor, adventure and experiential methods combined with expressive modalities like art, music and writing.

Attrition rates in mental health settings (group, individual, etc.) across North America are high (research says between 30 and 60%). The TONE Project had an attrition rate of one, which is pretty staggering (This works out to be 2.9% of total participants).

Nick’s primary goal is to share this vital work with clinicians and clients alike - that there are other ways we can work with the men and boys on our caseloads: whether sitting solo by a campfire with a journal, rock climbing, volunteering at a community garden, or creating music - men have other options for how therapy happens or where it takes place.

Direct download: Episode_247_-_Nick_Cardone.mp3
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Originally from New York City, Suzy began her career in television working as a production assistant and segment producer for a variety of programs including, Ryan’s Hope, Good Morning America, The CBS Morning Program and Live! Regis & Kathie Lee.

After the birth of her daughter, Suzy earned a Master’s of Education in Parent and Child Development from Bank Street College of Education in New York City.

Shortly after moving to Newtown, CT. in 2003, her middle child, seven at the time, suffered a severe and life threatening accident--a trauma that put everything else in their lives on hold for months.

Suzy says that While the treatment received for the physical injury was excellent, we were largely unprepared for the residual effects of the stored trauma which we would come to learn, endure on and off indefinitely; yet with the proper help can be substantially mitigated.

In 2007, Suzy launched Parenting With New Perspectives, a resource of guidance, support, and coaching for parents.

Suzy is a mother to three children: Quincy, 23; Cary, 19 and Barrett, 17.

Direct download: Episode_246_-_Suzy_DeYoung.mp3
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Malorie Moore is a certified Hatha yoga instructor with over 1000 hours of training both in Montreal and Bombay. She also holds a Master’s in Social Work and has a background in Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and addictions therapy. Malorie combines her experience in mental health with yogic and mindfulness principles to create an integrative therapeutic approach.

Direct download: Episode_245_-_Malorie_Moore.mp3
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Toni Rahman, LCSW is a psychotherapist specializing in trauma and attachment.  She is an author, a mother, a sister, a teacher, a traveler, and a lifelong learner.  Her passions include Eastern and indigenous healing practices, psychology, spirituality and gender issues, as well as issues of social and economic justice. Toni is passionate about exploring ways to support others in making profound shifts in their life experience. She is a Trauma-Informed Care Practitioner, a Certified EMDR Practitioner trained in CranioSacral Therapy & SomatoEmotional Release, Chinese Five Element Theory, Dream Interpretation, Quantum Touch and Energy Balancing.

Direct download: Episode_244_-_Toni_Rahman.mp3
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The individuals that decide to come on this podcast never cease to amaze me with their daringness, compassions, and willingness to share the details of their backgrounds and struggles. 

And today, as I continue my interview series with members of my online community Trauma Therapist | 2.0, my guest, Eva Eakins, is no exception.

Eva, who is a trained grassroots advocate for Domestic Minor Sex trafficking, has been diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, and in this interview she shares in a detailed and intimate way, the experiences of her life and what it means--and feels like--to live with this disorder.

Eva is currently in a professional transition-phase to begin working in the mental health field as a Peer Support Specialist. 

One of the things that Eva said that really struck me was that when she initially thought about joining Trauma Therapist | 2.0, she didn’t think that it would or could be for her at all. She goes on to talk more about this in the interview, but it really made me think about how I, as the facilitator of the group, have to do more to let others know that, Yes, you are welcome. You don’t have to be a therapist, or a counselor, or a yogi or a trauma worker at all. Whether you’ve experienced trauma or not, if you’re interested in learning more about trauma-informed treatment you are welcome. Therapists and survivors alike.

Direct download: Episode_243_-_Eva_Eakings.mp3
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As a psychologist and survivor of horrific child abuse, Dr. Michelle Stevens is in a unique position to write and speak on the subject of trauma. Her dual roles as therapist and patient allow her to comprehend psychological issues from the inside out and the outside in. This gives her an uncanny ability to explain the complicated nuances of trauma in ways that are accessible to a broad audience. She strives to use this gift to educate others on the effects of abuse and violence, while inspiring survivors to overcome their pain

After suffering more than ten years of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse at the hands of a sadistic pedophile and the sex ring to which he belonged, Michelle escaped and went on to study writing at New York University.

Michelle earned her doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University, where her thesis was honored as the “Dissertation of Distinction.” She has presented her research to the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, where she also received an award for Outstanding Research. Her writing about trauma has appeared in The New York Times, Time,People, The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Good Housekeeping, and The Hollywood Reporter.

Direct download: Episode_242_-_Michelle_Stevens.mp3
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Karen Carnabucci, MSS, LCSW, TEP, is a licensed clinical social worker and board-certified trainer, educator and practitioner of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy and certified as a facilitator of Family and Systemic Constellations.

She has trained with Zerka Moreno, J.L Moreno’s widow and collaborator in psychodrama, and Heinz Stark, a leading trainer in Systemic Constellation Work.

A frequent presenter at the annual conference of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama and other major U.S. conferences, Karen practices and teaches about psychodrama, Family and Systemic Constellations and other experiential therapies.

She is based in Lancaster, Pa., and offers supervision and training in psychodrama and sociometry, personal growth groups and other personal growth events, and a limited number of psychotherapy sessions.

She is the author of: · Show and Tell Psychodrama: Skills for Therapists, Coaches, Teachers, Leaders.

She is the co-author of: · Integrating Psychodrama and Systemic Constellations Work: New Directions for Action Methods, Mind-Body Therapies and Energy Healing with Ronald Anderson. · Healing Eating Disorders with Psychodrama and Other Action Methods: Beyond the Silence and the Fury with Linda Ciotola.

To keep updated on her events, training programs and receive other news of interest about experiential psychotherapies, subscribe to her e-mail newsletter for professionals at www.realtruekaren.com. You may also visit the “calendar” and “training” pages of www.realtruekaren.com for more information.

Direct download: Episode_241_-_Karen_Carnabucci.mp3
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Fay Keegan is a Clinical Social Worker, writer and an amputee who turned her early experiences of trauma, loss, grief and disability on their head to become a successful therapist, community organiser, businessperson, political spokesperson, co-farmer and mother.

Fay has a Master’s Degree in Cultural Psychology, and post-graduate qualifications in Couples and Family Therapy and Mediation.

Since 1980 Fay has worked in public and private settings across a range of services including mental health, child and family therapy, relationship counselling, and trauma counselling-including child and adult sexual assault, domestic violence and victims of crime.

In 1968 at age eleven, Fay suffered a disabling injury, when she fell from a train and her foot fell into a moving wheel. In 2012, following chronic and severe infections, Fay had a below knee amputation. Now able to walk more than a short distance, she started hiking for the first time in forty four years. Twenty months following surgery, she hiked twenty kilometres in one day.

Fay’s completed manuscript, All Stations to Waterfall, begins with the train accident, but the real story is the aftermath in which the initial trauma is overtaken by the much greater tragedy of her traumatised family tearing itself apart.

In this interview, Fay lays open the path of her life and shares with us how the experiences of her early childhood influenced her passion for working with individuals who’ve been impacted by trauma, as well as solidified her diehard resilience.

Direct download: Episode_240_-_Fay_Keegan.mp3
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This week we return to the veteran podcast series with Josh Izenberg and his film Resurface which explores the question, How can surfing change the lives of military veterans?

I love this series and the individuals who are working to help veterans heal.

Josh (along with his colleague Wynn Padula) is a documentary film director based in San Francisco. His most recent film, SLOMO, was featured on the New York Times, was short-listed for an Academy Award, and was the recipient of the prestigious International Documentary Association award for Best Short Documentary, as well as notable awards from SXSW, Sheffield/Docfest and AFI/Docs.

Josh has also worked on commercial documentaries for clients on topics covering auto design, green energy, and race car driving. Struggling with trauma and depression after his military service, Iraq war veteran Bobby Lane wanted to cross surfing off his bucket list before taking his life.

Resurface tells Bobby's story and explores the question: How can surfing change the lives of military veterans?

More and more research has demonstrated the healing effects of surfing on the brain and body. Organizations like the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation, Operation Surf and Surf Action are now acting on this research, turning to ocean therapy to help active duty Marines and vets cope with physical and mental trauma. Resurface focuses on these vets and how surfing and the ocean are helping them heal.

Direct download: Episode_239_-_Josh_Izenberg.mp3
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When I invited this week’s guest on to the podcast, he emailed me back and said, Sure, I’d love to. But I have to tell you that my specialty isn’t trauma. I’m not a trauma therapist.

I responded and said, Mike, yes, I mostly have individuals who are specializing in the treatment of trauma. But I also have other folks on, as well. I have yogis, and practitioners who focus on mindfulness. Trauma is the commonality, certainly. One of my objectives is to have inspiring people on the podcast, too. And you’re definitely inspiring.

So, let me introduce you to Mike Shook.

Mike is husband to Becca and father to John. He has lived in China since 2007, where he worked for an NGO caring for children with medical needs before beginning a career in mental health counseling with expatriates living in Beijing.

Mike holds an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Palo Alto University and serves on the leadership team of his Chi Sigma Iota chapter.  He also serves as a leader and elder in his church, Oasis Christian Fellowship in Beijing. Mike loves Jesus, his family, reading, beer, good food, and the outdoors. Mike is also the host of The Thoughtful Counselor podcast.

Direct download: Episode_238_-_Mike_Shook.mp3
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In this episode, I continue my interviews with members of my membership community, Trauma Therapist | 2.0, and speak with Jessica Culp.

Jessica is a graduate student at Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Illinois. As part of the University's Seminary program, she hopes to achieve her Masters in Arts Counseling Degree in 2018. 

This will be Jessica's second career, after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Communications in 2003 and working in the marketing and resource development field for three local nonprofit organizations that included a foodbank, a children's home and a crisis nursery. 

Jessica has been listening to the Trauma Therapist Podcast since she began her studies in counseling in September of 2015, and joined Trauma Therapist 2.0 in December 2016.

Direct download: Episode_237_-_Jessica_Culp.mp3
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This week Kathy Steele returns to The Trauma Therapist | Podcast and I couldn’t be more happy, and honored.

Kathy returns with the 2017 ISSTD Pierre Janet Writing Award under her arm she received for her new book, Treating Trauma-Related Dissociation: A Practical, Integrative Approach.

Kathy has been offering consultation and training for the past 30 years in the areas of complex trauma, dissociation, and attachment.

She is a sought after consultant, supervisor, and international lecturer and trainer.

Kathy is a Past President and Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and has served on the Board of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), as well as served on the International Task Force that developed treatment guidelines for Dissociative Disorders.

Currently. Kathy is in a Joint Task Force that is developing treatment guidelines for Complex PTSD.

Kathy has authored and co-authored numerous book chapters, journal articles, and two award-winning books on trauma and dissociation with Dutch colleagues: The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology), and her most recent work, Coping with Trauma Related Dissociation Skills Training for Patients and Therapists. This most recent work just won The Pierre Janet Writing Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation last week. One of her current projects is a third book on treatment of trauma-related dissociation focused on the issues that clinicians often bring to supervision.

Direct download: Episode_236_-_Kathy_Steele.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:03am PST

Today I’m speaking with Dr. Patricia Sherman. Patricia contacted me several weeks ago to invite me to take part in a telesummit she was putting together. She explained that it was going to be specifically geared to trauma therapists, new and experienced alike. I was honored and jumped at the chance to take part!

The list of individuals she’s put together is pretty inspiring, as they cover a wide spectrum of influences and modalities.

You can access the telesummit by clicking here.  

Dr. Sherman earned an MSW and PhD in social work from Rutgers University.  She has been a social work educator for 35 years and has presented numerous workshops on culture, ethics, grieving, and self-care.  She also had a private practice for 20 years specializing in the areas of trauma, adoption, and grief.  She is President of Healing Is Possible, LLC, an education and training company.

Direct download: Episode_235._Patricia_Sherman._Treating_Trauma_Without_Drama..mp3
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Rachel Goldsmith Turow is a clinical psychologist, research scientist, and adjunct faculty member at Seattle University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

In her clinical work, she has provided a range of treatments for trauma and related challenges, including “Self-Talk” therapy groups that integrate lovingkindness meditation and cognitive behavioral skills to transform self-criticism into self-encouragement.

Dr. Turow’s research program addresses the ways that emotion regulation, self-compassion, trauma appraisals, and social contexts influence trauma recovery. As a faculty member of Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Turow started the hospital’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy-based program, supervised psychology and medical trainees, and trained military medical personnel to manage others’ trauma responses during deployment.

Dr. Turow has written dozens of scientific articles and chapters, along with the book Mindfulness Skills for Trauma and PTSD: Practices for Recovery and Resilience (Norton Professional Books). She is a reviewer for several professional journals and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.

Direct download: Episode_234._The_Therapist_As_Kind_Witness._Rachel_Goldsmith_Turow_PhD.mp3
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In 2007, Rachel Mann left her tenured position as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Virginia to start a private practice working in the fast emerging, alternative field of shamanic energy medicine, a form of treatment in part adapted from the indigenous peoples of the Amazon and Andes. She continues to work in Academia as a faculty member at Atlantic University which offers an online MA in Transpersonal Psychology.

Rachel has 2 decades of experience doing anti-racism and anti-violence training and education and was the co-director of The Art of Surviving, a traveling and digital exhibit of art, poetry and personal narratives by survivors of sexual violence sponsored by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Action Alliance funded by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in 2002-03.

Direct download: Episode_233_-_Rachel_Mann.mp3
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Today, The Trauma Therapist | Podcast shifts a bit.

Today I’m interviewing world-renowned designer Debbie Millman who shares her story of courage, healing, and hope.

I first heard Debbie on Tim Ferriss’ podcast and was struck by her candor, strength, and vulnerability. She was on Tim’s show to speak about her illustrious design career. However, at a specific point in the interview, the tone definitely changed when Debbie began sharing the story of her childhood. It was at that point that I was drawn in by the courage with which Debbie spoke about her past, her journey, and the hope she’s hung on to all these years.

My hope is that we all can not only learn from her experience but as trauma workers, be inspired by the strength and hope in her words.

Debbie Millman was named “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, Debbie Millman is also an author, educator, brand strategist and host of the podcast Design Matters.

As the founder and host of Design Matters, the first and longest running podcast about design, Millman has interviewed nearly 300 design luminaries and cultural commentators, including Massimo Vignelli, Milton Glaser, Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Pink, Barbara Kruger, Seth Godin and more. In the 11 years since its inception, the show has garnered over a million downloads per year, a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and—most recently—iTunes designated it one of the best podcasts of 2015. 

Debbie’s written and visual essays have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, Print Magazine, Design Observer and Fast Company.

She is the author of two books of illustrated essays: Look Both Ways and Self-Portrait As Your Traitor; the latter of which has been awarded a Gold Mobius, a Print Typography Award, and a medal from the Art Directors Club.

Her artwork has been exhibited at the Boston Biennale, Chicago Design Museum, Anderson University, School of Visual Arts, Long Island University, The Wolfsonion Museum and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art. 

Debbie is the author of six books, including two collections of interviews that have extended the ethos and editorial vision of Design Matters to the printed page: How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer and Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits. Both books have been published in over 10 languages.

For 20 years, Debbie was the President of the design division at Sterling Brands, where she worked with over 200 of the world’s largest brands, including the redesign of Burger King, merchandising for Star Wars and the positioning and branding of the No More movement. She is also President Emeritus of AIGA, one of five women to hold the position in the organization’s 100-year history and a past board member and treasurer of the New York Chapter.

Currently, Debbie is the Editorial and Creative Director of Print Magazine, the oldest magazine about design in the United States, and a board member of actor and activist Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation, Legendary Performance Space 122 and the venerable Type Directors Club.

Direct download: Episode_232_-_Debbie_Millman.mp3
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Rachel Grant is the owner and founder of Rachel Grant Coaching and is a Sexual Abuse Recovery Coach. She is also the author of Beyond Surviving: The Final Stage in Recovery from Sexual Abuse.  She works with survivors of childhood sexual abuse who are beyond sick and tired of feeling broken, unfixable, and burdened by the past. She helps them let go of the pain of abuse and finally feel normal.

Her program, Beyond Surviving, has been specifically designed to change the way we think about and heal from abuse. Based on her educational training, study of neuroscience, and lessons learned from her own journey, she has successfully used this program since 2007 to help her clients break free from the past and move on with their lives.

Direct download: Episode_231_-_Rachel_Grant.mp3
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Robyn Mourning, MS, MFTC holds a Masters of Counseling in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy and is the founder of Revolution Trauma Recovery Services, LLC in Westminster, CO.

She provides holistic and evidenced-based counseling and therapy services to individuals and families experiencing the effects of relationship trauma. Robyn specializes in intimate partner violence/domestic abuse, sexual violation/abuse, emotional abuse/neglect and traumatic family system disruptions.

Robyn works from an attachment and social justice lens which allows her to work with clients at the intersection of cultural barriers and their traumatic experiences.

She provides therapeutic parent coaching for adult survivors of abuse and neglect and for parents whose children are healing from trauma. Robyn also provides trauma recovery coaching packages for recovery preparation, recovery mindset and thriving after the recovery stage of healing. Through the Creating Safe Communities Initiative, Robyn collaborates with community members and leaders to further enrich the recovery experiences of abuse/neglect survivors."


Carl Waggett has been a full-time firefighter for the past 14 years, and Acting Captain for 4 of them.  After a fellow-firefighter and close friend of Carl’s ended his own life, Carl removed himself from the front line trucks only to be diagnosed with PTSD a short time afterwards. Carl says he’s learning that there are many sides to this very intelligent disorder, and would simply like to share his experiences in the hope that others understand that PTSD is more of a winnable battle then you think.

Carl started his podcast, PTSD Bunker Gear For Your Brain, after his experiences with PTSD and to help other first responders.

Direct download: Episode_229_-_PTSD.mp3
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Aikido and trauma resolution?

Part of my own education in my graduate psychology program involved learning Aikido. Psychology and Aikido are a perfect fit. When I learned of this week’s guest, Jeff Dowdy, and the work he was doing within the trauma field, I jumped at the chance to have him on the podcast. Aikido is a non-violent martial art. If you’re not too familiar with it, you can read more about it here.

Over the last twenty years, Jeff Dowdy gratefully has had opportunities to direct programs utilizing art and Aikido to support the excellence of youth and adults in under-resourced and in at-risk communities. Jeff has led community arts projects, taught art in the classroom, and has recently founded Sarete, a nonprofit that utilizes the martial art of Aikido as a resource for reducing the burdens of conflict and trauma.

For Jeff, Aikido was a discovery that the body isn’t just along for the ride, it is a driving force that determines our experience. Sarete stems from the realization that the body becomes a resource for experiencing conflict in a way that leads toward resolution and healing.

Direct download: Episode_228_-_Aikido.mp3
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Lisa Mitchell LMFT, ATR, LPC is the author Creativity as Co-Therapist: The Practitioner’s Guide to the Art of Psychotherapy (Routledge 2016). An art therapist, she has specialized in helping teens and adults use art and creative expression to overcome anxiety, depression, and trauma for 20+ years.

Lisa’s online and in-person workshops are popular for the in-depth, hands-on creative experiences she facilitates to help therapists find unique ways of approaching the therapeutic process as a creative one.

Lisa is also the organizer and host of Create Fest, an annual online creativity festival that provides inspiration and education for therapists to "Get out the box and into their right mind".

Lisa partners with her own creativity through writing, knitting, and painting. Her blog features reflections on all creative endeavors (including therapy) at www.innercanvas.com.

Direct download: Episode_227_-_Lisa_Mitchell.mp3
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Today an in between-isode and a video.

Click here to watch the video.

Things are happening around here at The Trauma Therapist Project and The Trauma Therapist | Podcast and I wanted to share a bit of it with you.

I hope you enjoy it.

Direct download: Episode_226_-_Being_Human.mp3
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Pat Ogden, PhD, is a pioneer in somatic psychology and both Founder and Education Director of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute®, an internationally recognized school specializing in somatic–cognitive approaches for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and attachment disturbances. She is co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, a clinician, consultant, international lecturer and trainer, and first author of Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy. Her most recent book, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015) is a practical guide to integrate Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® into the treatment of trauma and attachment issues. Dr. Ogden is currently developing Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® for children, adolescents, and families with colleagues.

Direct download: Episode_225._Theres_No_One_Answer._Pat_Ogden.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:32am PST

Today on the podcast we talk about the the youth and adolescents who have run away.

  • Why kids runaway.
  • What parents can do.
  • How kids can get help.

And the incredible job that the National Runaway Safeline is doing to help.

Maureen Blaha is the executive director of the National Runaway Safeline (NRS), the federally-designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth. Under her leadership, the visibility of NRS and awareness of its 1-800-RUNAWAY hotline has grown, while support has steadily increased in both personnel and finances.

Maureen has instituted several key accomplishments during tenure including: a program focused on runaway prevention called Let’s Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum, as well as National Runaway Prevention Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the issues facing runaway youth and to educate youth, families and the public about resources available to prevent youth from running away. 

Maureen has been a featured speaker of the Special Victims Assistance Unit for the FBI (2005 and 2010), was invited to speak to UK parliament to help launch The Children's Society of England's National Safe and Sound Campaign (2005), and represented the runaway population at the groundbreaking White House Conference on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children (2002).

Direct download: Episode_224_-_Maureen_Blaha.mp3
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Adena Bank Lees, LCSW, LISAC, BCETS, CP is an internationally recognized speaker, author, trainer, and consultant, providing a fresh and important look at addiction treatment, traumatic stress and recovery. She has provided more than 1000 workshops for professionals around the world on topics related to childhood abuse, PTSD, eating and substance use disorders, other addictions, and related mental health issues. Her specialty is childhood sexual abuse, in particular, covert emotional incest.

Adena’s lectures, workshops, and presentations are lively, informative, engaging and current.

Participants say they are moved by the integration of information that makes sense to them, sometimes for the very first time. Being introduced to covert emotional incest is often the most powerful and life changing piece participants claim to walk away with.

Direct download: Episode_223_-_Adena_Bank_Lees.mp3
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Fleet is the training director at the Engaged Mindfulness Institute. The Engaged Mindfulness Institute delivers trainings developed from a rich tradition of spiritually grounded, contemplative and mindfulness-based peace and social change work and the latest developments in neuroscience-based leadership training. The institute specializes in training professionals and volunteers who support at-risk individuals, communities and underserved populations.

Fleet is a trainer, coach, educator, prison reform activist, and peace worker with over 25 years experience. He teaches engaged spirituality and contemplative approaches to social action and peacemaking at Naropa University. He is a certified trainer with the Center for Council Training, Peacemaker Circle International, and HeartStream Education. Fleet is a senior meditation teacher in both the Zen Peacemaker and Shambhala Buddhist communities.


Deirdre Fay, LICSW integrates traditional trauma and attachment therapy with yogic and meditation psychology and practices. Deirdre has been practicing meditation and yoga for over 30 years, has lived in a yoga ashram for over six years in the 80s and 90s, and is a former supervisor at The Trauma Center, and former faculty at Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.

Deirdre is certified in Internal Family Systems, a qualified trainer in Mindful Self-Compassion, and the originator of the Becoming Safely Embodied skills now taught world-wide giving Deirdre a solid foundation to walk with you on this journey to heal from trauma and attachment wounding. Deirdre supervises and consults with therapists and clients internationally on safely living in the body.

Direct download: Episode_221._Avoiding_The_Pressure_To_Fix_People._Deirdre_Fay.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:25am PST

A Trauma Therapist | 2.0 case-study: Naixiang Hui

Over the course of the last few months I’ve been inviting some of the individuals from my membership community Trauma Therapist | 2.0 on the podcast to share their experiences and their journey, and how they’ve been utilizing the membership and the community of Trauma Therapist | 2.0.

The result has been pretty amazing and inspiring. These trauma workers--from all disciplines--have that common denominator of being passionate about helping individuals who’ve been impacted by trauma. Highlighting people like this, and the incredible work they do, and then learning about their journey, their challenges and wins, is exactly why I began The Trauma Therapist | Podcast, and to support new trauma workers is precisely why I started Trauma Therapist | 2.0.

Meet Naixiang (pronounced nice-young).

Naixiang is currently a trainee counselling psychologist. After completing law school, his interests with working with people in need, made him decide to switch career paths to social work and counselling.

Naixiang has worked in a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre, with prison inmates, as well as in community clinics in both Singapore and the UK. Naixiang is about to complete his postgraduate diploma in counselling psychology and has plans to pursue graduate training in social work.


Christina Minoguchi, MSW, LISW-S graduated from The Ohio State University.  She specializes in the clinical treatment of traumatized teens and adults in her private practice located in Columbus, Ohio. Christina has 16 years of experience and ongoing study in providing trauma-informed care as well as teaching other therapists in understanding and treating clients who have experienced trauma. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), CBT, MI and DBT.

Christina’s passion is driven by her own trauma history that includes her father who had PTSD as a Marine in the Vietnam War; her husband who is a retired police officer with PTSD related to a bank robbery-shooting; as well as her own experiences with chronic sexual abuse and abandonment issues. Christina is in the process of publishing her memoir that details her trauma as well as the steps she took to heal in hopes that other people in the trauma club may find the answers they are desperately seeking.

Direct download: Episode_219_-_Christina_Minoguchi.mp3
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Mary is a HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist in the UK, with a degree in Creative Expressive Therapies and Masters in Art Therapy. She is a feminist, human, artist and activist.

Mary currently works with adolescents in schools, who are often referred to as hard to reach young people with challenging behaviour.  In reality, Mary works with young people who have often experienced trauma, various or multiple types of abuse and come from (emotionally, economically and socially) deprived backgrounds.

Mary also has a special interest in working with older people living with Dementia and has created multiple bodies of work exploring the internal, imagined worlds of people living with this diagnosis. As a practicing artist and art therapist, Mary uses the art making process to inform her own personal/self development and the growth and nurturing of her clients in her practice.

Through the use of art making, Mary recognizes the importance of providing a safe space in which clients can safely be witnessed with love, empathy and compassion, to bring to the surface their whole integrated selves. She is humbled to have authentic human connection with clients who open themselves up to vulnerability, and journey to a place of understanding, consciousness and playfulness.

Direct download: Episode_218._Creating_Art_to_Help_Heal_Trauma._Mary_Stephanou.mp3
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Janeen is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida and owner of Puzzle Peace Counseling, LLC.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Rowan University in New Jersey, (1995) and her Masters of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University (2010). Janeen is trained as an EMDR Trauma Therapist, and writes as a Topic Expert contributor on Autism Spectrum at goodtherapy.org. Janeen has been married to her husband, Joe, since 1995, and together they have two teenage children.

Janeen’s podcast, Autism Blueprint, will be launching next month, and covers a variety of topics surrounding autism in the home.

Direct download: Episode_217_-_Janeen_Herskowitz.mp3
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A few months ago I was sitting at home, scrolling through Netflix and came across a documentary titled, Not Yet Begun To Fight. The film was incredible and inspiring.

It centered around Colonel Eric Hastings and a foundation he started several years ago called, Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation, whose mission is to, through fly fishing in Montana, create positive change in the lives of post-9/11 combat veterans.

I found Eric’s email, we scheduled an interview, and here we are.

What Eric’s doing with his foundation, and the passion with which he’s doing it, coupled with the inspiring way he’s touching the lives of combat veterans, is what this podcast is all about.

Eric is a Bozeman, Montana native who graduated from Bozeman Senior High School. Although he was offered a full scholarship for music to Missoula, he turned it down, knowing that the only place he truly wanted to go was Montana State College (now MSU).

At the encouragement of his father, Eric enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1960 at the age of 17. He wanted to be an aviator and knew that the Marine Corps was the connection he needed. Eric graduated in 1964 with a degree in history, philosophy and English, also earning his officer’s commission and marrying his high school sweetheart in the same year. Eric ended up attending every level of military school imaginable and earned two master's degrees along the way.

After attending the necessary military schools, Eric moved to Hawaii where he learned to fly the F-8 Crusader, an airplane he fell in love with. He then learned to fly the A-4 Skyhawk, which he flew for the majority of his career, including the 168 combat missions in Vietnam.

After his tour in Vietnam, Eric was sent to several places around the world, eventually reaching the rank of colonel. Remarkably, he was the chief of staff for Marine forces during Operation Desert Storm, in 1990-91.

Direct download: Episode_216_-_Eric_Hastings.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

Christiane Sanderson BSc., MSc. is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton. With 26 years’ experience working with survivors of child sexual abuse, sexual violence, complex trauma and domestic abuse she has delivered consultancy, continuous professional development and professional training for parents, teachers, social workers, and many more.

In her capacity as a sexual violence and child sexual abuse consultant Christiane has contributed to news coverage on BBC TV and BBC Radio, and Sky News, as well as being featured in a number of documentaries involving sexual violence, most recently Fred and Rose (West): The Untold Story  (Channel  5, 2014); ‘Hotel of Horrors’ (2014) and  The Cul-de-Sac Cult (2015) on the Crime and Investigation Network (Sky Channel 553).

Christiane is the author of The Warrior Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Sexual Violence as well as many other works (see below).

Direct download: Episode_215_-_Giving_people_a_voice_with_Christiane_Sanderson_BSc._MSc.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

Jondi Whitis is a NYC-based Trainer and Practitioner and holds certifications from the two largest Energy Psychology associations. A former Lead Trainer for the Newtown Community Trauma Relief Project, Jondi is a Board Member for AAMET International and continues to create and foster community for Tapping professionals and fans who share her passion for healing in the world.

Using a variety of techniques from the field of energy psychology, Jondi calls herself a ‘People’s Teacher,’ reflecting her love for what is simple, real and useful.  Among her favorite tools are those in the EFT family, Emotional Freedom Techniques, which she uses in conjunction with other adaptations that combine Mindfulness with Meridian-based energy point stimulation. Jondi has a simple motto, which is, I help people feel better fast.

Direct download: Episode_214_-_Jondi_Whitis.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

Marisa Hughes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boca Raton, Florida. She specializes in working with women who have experienced trauma and want to transform their lives through healing. Marisa also coaches other therapists who are feeling stuck or getting in their own way, when it comes to running their own successful practices. Marisa takes a holistic approach to her private practice integrating traditional psychotherapy, EMDR, intuition, mindset work and therapeutic yoga. Check out her website www.marisahughescounseling.com for more information about how to work with Marisa.

Direct download: Episode_213_-_Marisa_Hughes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

Lisa Ferentz is back on the podcast, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Lisa is the quintessential therapist, in my mind: she’s passionate, compassionate, super insightful, and a nationally recognized expert in the treatment of trauma with over 33 years in the field. In 2009 she was voted the “Social Worker of Year” by the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work.

You’ll recall that Lisa initially joined me on episode 54 of the podcast, and then graced my membership site, Trauma Therapist | 2.0, with an amazing video interview on self-harming behaviors. You can check out a snippet of that video here.

Lisa is an adjunct Faculty member at several Universities and is the Founder of The Ferentz Institute, now in its tenth 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.

Today, we talk about her new book, Finding Your Ruby Slippers: Transformative Life Lessons from the Therapist's Couch, what inspired her to write it, why it’s a go-to resource for therapists and clients, alike, and the story behind the title.

Direct download: Episode_212_-_Lisa_Ferentz.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:28am PST

Eduardo Duran, PhD is a psychologist and veteran of the US Navy submarine force. He is one of the first people to write and bring attention to soul wounding also known as historical trauma.

Ed’s therapeutic work includes a healing philosophy that is deeply ingrained in Indigenous worldviews. He travels to many tribal communities all over the world in order to bring awareness and validate Indigenous clinical and research methods. He has authored 3 books and many papers dealing with soul wounding and how western approaches can be enhanced by integrating cultural responsive strategies into our work.

Direct download: Episode_211_-_Eduardo_Duran.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

I’m excited and proud to say that this is the first episode that features acupuncture in the treatment of trauma. Anthony Giovanniello, and his organization, Acupuncture Ambassadors, are both amazing.

Anthony holds a Masters Degree in Science and Acupuncture, is Nationally Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and specializes in the treatment of PTSD, anxiety, depression, addictions and end of life issues.

Anthony is the founder of Acupuncture Ambassadors, a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to organize sustainable acupuncture treatment clinics worldwide for the care of refugees, victims of violence, human trafficking, and war.

Direct download: Episode_210_-_Anthony_Giovanniello.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:18pm PST

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