Mon, 17 July 2017
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.
Mon, 10 July 2017
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.
Mon, 3 July 2017
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.