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.

Victoria Grinman is a licensed clinical social worker and educator with a private practice and community resource called Growing Kind Minds, currently based in MA.

Victoria is an adjunct lecturer at Boston College and Columbia School of Social Work Masters programs. She enjoy traveling nationally and sharing about body-based approaches to working in a trauma-informed way with kids and teens. Victoria says that, I have the sublime privilege of working in the trauma field with folks of all ages in my practice. Her most recent project (while there are many!) is my dissertation research - a focus on posttraumatic growth in parents of young adult Autistic children.

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Michelle holds a Bachelor of Social Science and majors in Counselling and Mediation, and Human Relations and Communication, and has over 20 years of experience in training and teaching in domestic violence, child protection and trauma work.

She has worked for 15 years in Non-Government Organisations creating programs for teenage parents, new parents, Aboriginal families and people from many diverse backgrounds.

Michelle has also spent many years public speaking at conferences around the world on the issues facing families living with Huntington's Disease and has been a huge advocate for young carers and people facing the complex challenges of living with an incurable illness.
In addition, Michelle has been actively involved in creating resources, supports, connections for those facing this terminal illness.

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In this interview, Jessica Culp, a long-time Trauma Therapist | 2.0 member, takes the mic and interviews me.

I’ve been a guest on a number of other podcasts and truly enjoy the experience. In this interview, however, Jessica does a great job of inviting me to share a number of things I honestly don’t think I’ve shared on other shows before

So, if you’re looking for a little behind-the-scenes here at The Trauma Therapist | Podcast, then this episode is for you.

Jessica achieved her Masters in Mental Health Counseling August of 2018 from Lincoln Christian Seminary.

Jessica received her clinical training at Lincoln Christian University

and Piatt County Mental Health Center. She is currently the Intake Coordinator at east central Illinois’ newest trauma focused practice, Steadfast Center, in Urbana, Illinois.

She is looking forward to seeing client’s after she receives her license as a professional counselor (LPC) later this year.

This will be Jessica’s second career, after six years working in the marketing and resource development field for three local non profit organizations.

Jessica has been listening to the Trauma Therapist Podcast since September of 2015, and has been a Trauma Therapist 2.0 since December 2016.

Jessica can be reached at: jessica@steadfastcenter.com

Steadfast Center’s website

Direct download: Episode_314_Jessica_interviews_Guy_clip_for_iTunes.mp3
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I’m very excited this week to have Dr. Dan Siegel back.

Dan’s new book, Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence–The Groundbreaking Meditation Practiceis, is something that’s been on my radar for quite some time as it fits into much of what we discuss here on the podcast.

What does it mean to cultivate awareness?
Why is it important?
And what are the implications both for therapists in general, for for trauma therapists in particular?
And how does this impact the client?

Dan Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA.

An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships.

Dr. Siegel is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization, which offers online learning and in-person seminars that focus on how the development of mindsight in individuals, families and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes.

Direct download: Episode_313_-_Dan_Siegel_Clip.mp3
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Kristin Sunanta Walker is the CEO of the technology consulting firm, everythingEHR, and the founder of the Mental Health News Radio Network, a collection of podcasts centering on the subject of mental health. Kirstin is also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, and an advocate for survivors of childhood trauma.

On her podcast, Mental Health News Radio, Kristin has interviewed leaders in the behavioral health community such as CEO’s of technology companies, counselors, best-selling authors, and global experts in the field of Behavioral Health. Her show is downloaded in over 171 countries and continues its reach with inspiring guests from every corner of the world.

Direct download: Episode_312._Clip_of_Kristin_Sunata_Walker.mp3
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My goal with The Trauma Therapist Project--the podcast, Trauma Therapist | 2.0, and my online course, Inner-Work For The New Trauma Worker--has always been to raise the awareness of trauma, and to help support, educate and inspire new trauma therapists.

This week I'm continuing that mission, albeit with something different. A few weeks ago I reached out to Victor Yalom of psychotherapy.net and inquired about partnering with him to bring my listeners one of his most popular online courses, Irvin Yalom and the Art of Psychotherapy.

I thought this would be a great chance for you to learn from a master therapist.

Irvin Yalom, is a prolific author, well-known for integrating existentialism into his work, as well as for working in the here and now. It is these latter two elements which are integral to working with those who’ve been impacted by trauma, and the reason I wanted to partner with Victor to bring this course to you.

In this episode I talk to Victor, the son of Irvin Yalom, and himself, a licensed psychologist with over 25 years of experience, and the founder and CEO of Psychotherapy.net.

Victor shares his personal story of what inspired him to get into the field of psychotherapy, and then eventually found psychotherapy.net.

Victor gives us a peek into this incredible course, Irvin Yalom and the Art of Psychotherapy, and also offers The Trauma Therapist | Podcast listeners a unique discount.

Direct download: Episode_311-_Victor_Yalom._The_Art_of_Psychotherapy.mp3
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Helen Oakwater is Coach, Trainer, and Author. And is a self-identified, lifelong learner who is intent on future-proofing children and melting trauma from the core belief that understanding is key.

Her book Bubble Wrapped Children: How social networking is transforming 21st Century adoption took the issue of uninvited contact via Facebook was promoting of uninvited contact between birth families and adopted children. It explores the underlying issues motivating the searching and offers a reframe for adopters.

Direct download: Episode_310_-_Helen_Oakwater._On_a_Mission_to_Share_the_Truth.mp3
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Sebastian Slovin grew up in La Jolla, California and traveled extensively as a professional bodyboarder. Through his travel, Sebastian developed a deep love and appreciation for our natural world, and at the same time was drawn to the practice of yoga. As a young boy, Sebastian lost his father to suicide, which would later deeply inspire his path in life.

Sebastian holds a BA in Environmental Policy from San Diego State University and an MA in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.

He and his wife, Sonya, founded Nature Unplugged, which focuses on cultivating wellness through healthier relationships with technology and a deeper connection to nature. When he is not writing or working on Nature Unplugged, Sebastian enjoys swimming, bodysurfing, surfing, and stand-up paddling (pretty much all things) in the wild Pacific Ocean.

Direct download: Episode_309_-_Trusting_The_Light_Along_Our_Path._Sebastian_Slovin.mp3
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Shauna Springer, Ph.D., is the Senior Director of Suicide Prevention and Postvention Initiatives at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.

Dr. Springer is a licensed Psychologist with an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a doctoral degree from the University of Florida.

She has particular expertise in innovative suicide prevention approaches, moral injury, trauma recovery, close relationships, peer support program development, and veterans' issues, including post-discharge adjustment as well as strategies for engaging Veterans in behavioral health care.

Prior to her current role at TAPS, she served as a front-line psychologist in a Department of Veterans Affairs behavioral health clinic. She helped launch the peer support program in her clinic, and continually innovated to better serve the veterans on her caseload. Known to many veterans as “Doc Springer,” she has helped hundreds of warriors reconnect with their tribe, strengthen their most important relationships, and build lives that are driven by their deepest values.

Based on the trust she has earned within the veteran community, she has acquired a wealth of knowledge about how our bravest citizens may struggle, and the sacred values and potentially life-saving strategies that may help all of us stay in the fight. Recently, she has been developing training on how to have respectful, effective conversations about lethal means with veterans who own firearms.

Direct download: Episode_308_-_The_Power_of_Trust._Shauna_Springer._.mp3
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Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW is a clinical social worker, speaker, and author who specializes in the treatment of severe trauma, dissociative disorders, and PTSD.

She has worked in the field of mental health for more than four decades in diverse settings: inpatient, outpatient, and medical with adults and children, and trained in the Harvard medical teaching hospitals in Boston, MA.

She is a Clinical Supervisor, Reiki Master, Kripalu trained yoga teacher and shamanic healer in the Celtic tradition. Susan wrote the award-winning book The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD From the Inside Out (Quest Books) in 2012. Her second book: Wisdom, Attachment and Love in Trauma Therapy: Beyond Evidence-Based Practice (2018) has just been released by Routledge Press. She has a private practice in beautiful Portland, Oregon where she lives with her husband and a menagerie of wise pets.


I'm excited and honored to have Dr. Bruce Perry back on The Trauma Therapist | Podcast.

Dr. Perry is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and neuroscientist.

He is a senior fellow at the ChildTrauma Academy and an adjunct professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

In addition to having written more than two hundred scientific articles, Dr. Perry has coauthored with Maia Szalavitz two books for general audiences: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook and Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential — and Endangered.

Direct download: Episode_306_-_Respecting_Your_Clients_Story_with_Bruce_Perry.mp3
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Today I’m speaking with another Trauma Therapist | 2.0 member, Parneet Chohan.

Parneet is a counselling therapist working out of Montreal, Quebec Canada who has been in practice for almost 4 years now.

She incorporates mindfulness and somatic practice with talk therapy in her counselling work and works predominantly with queer women of color.

Parneet started and runs an online resource group called the montreal healing space where both practitioners and people can share and receive resources and support.

Parneet shares the story of what inspired her to join Trauma Therapist | 2.0 and how the community has positively impacted her work, and her health!

Direct download: Episode_305_-_2.0_Membership_Spotlight_with_Parneet_Chohan.mp3
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My guest this week is Lynn Fraser.

Lynn’s story involves overcoming PTSD acquired when she was punched off of her bicycle by a mentally ill stranger as she rode to work one morning.

Since that experience and the unfolding of her healing journey, she’s become an anchor to support people’s journeys as they begin to live from their own innate wisdom and basic goodness.

Lynn learned that those of us with difficult childhoods are more likely to develop PTSD and it is this that inspires her own deeper healing, that of her clients, and the reason she wrote her book, Friends With Your Mind: How to Stop Torturing Yourself With Your Thoughts (Breathe, Relax, Heal).

Direct download: Episode_304_-_Meditation_Healing__Trauma_Lynn_Fraser.mp3
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I rarely dedicate podcast episodes to business stuff.

There are plenty of other podcasts out there that specialize in that.

Nevertheless, I decided to change that for this episode and invite John Clarke on the podcast.

John is a licensed therapist, business coach, and wordsmith for therapists who helps therapists fill the empty slots on their calendars and overcome their fears of digital marketing. He’s learned a lot of things the hard way in multiple practices from the ground up in highly competitive regions of the country, and started writing about those lessons at PrivatePracticeWorkshop.com.

Today, John owns a thriving private pay group practice in Charlotte, NC and is the founder of Unconditional Media, the digital marketing team for therapists in private practice nationwide.

Direct download: Episode_303_-_The_Business_of_Therapy_with_John_Clarke.mp3
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In this episode I share about my journey--my struggles, insecurities, fears and some wins!

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In this episode I speak with Trauma Therapist | 2.0 member Ashlyn Burns.

Ashlyn received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy with a certificate in Trauma Counseling and practices at a private practice based out of Rome GA.

Ashlyn, who lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, markets herself as a Trauma therapist and sees mostly women who are adult survivors of childhood complex trauma. In July of 2018 Ashlyn attended a training with the Justice Resource Institute out of the Boston.

Direct download: Episode_301_-_Trauma_Therapist_2.0_Member_Spotlight_with_Ashlyn_Burns.mp3
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Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is the co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in West Los Angeles and creator of the 6-month mentorship program A Course in Mindful Living. He is a psychologist, speaker and author who has published numerous articles, chapters, and blogs, including Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, The Now Effect: How This Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life and co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn and MBSR Every Day. He synthesizes the pearls of traditional psychotherapy with a progressive integration of mindfulness to achieve mental and emotional healing. He has his private practice in West Los Angeles, California.

Direct download: Episode_300_-_Mindfulness__Self-Compassion._Elisha_Goldstein.mp3
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David Treleaven, PhD is a writer, educator, and trauma professional whose work focuses on the intersection of trauma, mindfulness, and social justice. He is author of the book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing published by W. W. Norton, which was a #1 New Release on Amazon.

He trained in counseling psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, received his doctorate in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and is currently a visiting research scholar at Brown University.

He currently teaches with generative somatics, an organization that engages in trauma healing with social justice organizers, and is donating 60% of proceeds from his book to three social justice organizations that are challenging the social conditions that perpetuate trauma.

Direct download: Episode_299_-_Trauma-Sensitive_Mindfulness._David_Treleaven.mp3
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Through her many years working with people who have experienced complex trauma, Lorna remains passionate in her belief of people’s ability to heal.

She has worked for over 35 years with non-profit groups striving to end violence against women and children and believes that all trauma survivors have the right to healthy, productive and meaningful lives.

Lorna is a strong advocate for access to high-quality education and in-training service to assist providers in accompanying their clients on the client-defined pathway to healing.

Direct download: Episode_298_-_Looking_With_the_Heart_Lorna_Gallant.mp3
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Joseph Bobrow is a Zen Roshi, psychoanalyst, and author, who has long been integrating Buddhist practice with depth psychology to create relational settings in which individual and collective anguish can be transformed. Most recently he developed reintegration retreats that helped thousands of veterans, their families, and their caregivers transform the traumas of war and find peace.

Joseph and his team at Coming Home Project, a service of Deep Streams Zen Institute dedicated to alleviating debilitating trauma, discovered a process called Turning Ghosts into Ancestors; published research demonstrates how it facilitates post-traumatic growth.

Coming Home Project now offers consultation and training to create optimal environments for healing, learning, and individual and social change.

Joseph tells the story of his integrative work and its contemporary applications to building peace in Waking Up From War: A Better Way Home For Veterans And Nations, with a Foreword by His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

Joseph’s first book was Zen And Psychotherapy: Partners In Liberation, with comments by Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh. After Midnight: Selected Poems, Joseph’s first collection of poems, was published in February 2017 by Fisher King Press. Joseph lives in Los Angeles, CA. and teaches widely.

Direct download: Episode_297_-_Zen_and_Healing_Trauma.mp3
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My mission is to raise the awareness of trauma and to support new trauma healers.

I do this via my podcast, my online course, Inner-Work For The New Trauma Worker, and my membership community, Trauma Therapist | 2.0.

Today, it’s all about Trauma Therapist | 2.0.

Why I created it.

What was the inspiration.

What it’s about.

And why, if you’re a new trauma healer (of any kind) just starting out on your trauma-informed journey, you should check it out.

Right now, I’m running a $1, one-week trial where you can get access to everything Trauma Therapist | 2.0 has to offer!

You can check it out right here: Trauma Therapist | 2.0 Trial.

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Angela is a survivor of sexual abuse and exploitation, and on a mission to empower others to find healing, strength and the ability to forgive. She teaches self-care techniques that rebuild confidence, reclaims one’s voice, and define what's next for positive growth in business endeavors and relationships.

Proud member: National Survivor Network; Volunteer with www.FREA.support

My TEDx Talk can be viewed on my website. My book is due spring of 2018. I enjoy Dances of Universal Peace, hiking, and adventures in the wild. I love my life and want other survivors to know that they can thrive too.

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Alex Harkola is the Co-Owner of Novni, which is an anonymous writing platform built to help people cope with various levels of emotional distress from mental health issues, trauma, stress, and everything in-between.  

If you’ve been traumatized by someone during your life, Alex’s story is proof that forgiveness is possible for anyone.  

Alex has triumphed over multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences while growing up and is determined to inspire others that they can too.  

When not glued to his desk, Alex enjoys spending time outdoors in nature, reading, playing disc golf, shooting pool, and going to church.

Direct download: Episode_294_-_Alex_Harkola.mp3
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COURTNEY ARMSTRONG, MEd. LPC, is a licensed professional counselor and Nationally Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy who specializes in grief and trauma recovery. With a career spanning more than two decades, she is the founder of the Institute for Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy and developed her Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy (TM) approach after studying with numerous trauma experts and helping thousands of clients overcome trauma and grief.

Courtney Armstrong is the author of The Therapeutic “Aha!” (2015) and Transforming Traumatic Grief (2011). In her 20 years of practice she has helped thousands of clients recover from trauma, and experience deep personal transformation.

Courtney also offers training to mental health professionals, showing them how to use creativity, care, and humor to elicit transformation for their clients and make trauma recovery less painful. She is a regular contributor to magazines like the Psychotherapy Networker and The Neuropsychotherapist and has appeared on CBS Radio News, NPR affiliates, and networks in Europe, Asia and Australia.

Courtney also was my guest on episode 107 of The Trauma Therapist | Podcast.

Direct download: Episode_293_-_Courtney_Armstrong.mp3
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Rachel Aidan is a successful entrepreneur, Transformative Leadership Coach, and Conscious Social Change Practitioner working with clients and projects across the U.S. and East Africa. She is a mother of three, a public speaker, a wife, a storyteller, a student, an artist, a trauma-activist, and a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about teaching and coaching for pro-social change in service to sustainable, conscious, high-impact leadership.

She holds her BA in Transformative Studies, an MA in Conscious Social Change with an emphasis in Trauma-Informed Leadership, and she is continuing studies to become a Doctor of Psychology.

Direct download: Episode_292_-_Rachel_Aidan.mp3
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Lisa Schwarz, M.Ed. is a licensed psychologist, consultant, and international educator working in private practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

She is the developer of The Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM), a trauma therapy model that employs brain-based physiological safety as the foundation for healing and is the author of The Comprehensive Resource Model: Effective therapeutic techniques for the healing of complex trauma.

Lisa has, for the past 28 years, been dedicated to creating innovative methods for working with severe dissociative disorders (Complex PTSD, DID, DDNOS), attachment disorders, and gestational trauma. She has also developed cutting-edge conceptualizations for working with sports performance (The Sports Dissociation Model, 2008) and Military PTSD. Her work bridges neuroscience and spirituality in trauma healing through a combination of traditional psychotherapy, somatic therapy, and indigenous healing methods. Her work combines neuroscience with spirituality in healing those with any and all diagnoses. She is a certified practitioner of Colin Ross’s Trauma Model and Robert Schrei’s Source Point therapy. She is trained in Usui Reiki, transpersonal psychology and has studied the breathwork and somatic concepts of Richard Brown, MD, Jeremy Youst, and Barbara Barnett.

Direct download: Episode_291_-_Lisa_Schwartz.mp3
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Inner-Work For The New Trauma Worker

My first online course is now live! Inner-Work For The New Trauma Worker.

A process for cultivating authenticity, compassion, presence and vulnerability for those working with individual impacted by trauma.

I’m psyched!

In this episode, I share a little bit of behind the scenes of how this course began, what it is, and who it’s for--and not for.

I also talk about the bonuses going on for this week only!

Interested in checking out the course, click here: Inner-Work For The New Trauma Worker

Direct download: Episode_290_-_Online_Course.mp3
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Angelica Singh is the founder and creator of a holistic approach to healing called The Embodiment Process™.  She works with individuals and groups utilizing biodynamic craniosacral therapy, trauma resolution, medical intuition and depth consciousness work, and trains other healers.

Angelica’s life-changing healing crisis began at the age of 28, which led her to a deep understanding of energy systems and trauma. This event awakened Angelica’s healing abilities to new levels and through her intuitive abilities is able to help her clients find their own connection to themselves — their gifts, true purpos, and passion — with the courage to follow their unique path.

Her work was detailed as a feature article in "O, The Oprah Magazine;" she has been a frequent guest on the "Dare to Dream" Radio Talk Show, as well as "Mission Unstoppable" with Frankie Picasso, the "James Van Praagh" show and "The Autoimmune Hour" with Sharon Saylor, as well as "The Nancy Gaines Show," "Inspire Possibility" with Mark Susnow, and "Leaders in Transformation" with Nicole Jansen podcasts. She was a featured speaker and panelist at the 2018 Conscious Life Expo.

As a facilitator of healing and awakening, Angelica’s mission is to empower each person as she affects a shift in consciousness through workshops, large presentations, one-on-one in-person sessions, or globally via Skype. Angelica is soon to release an online course to share her work with individuals seeking to be healed.

Direct download: Episode_289_-_Angelica_Singh.mp3
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I’m excited to have Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute sponsoring the podcast this month.

As part of that, I invited Sara Moser on the podcast, to talk about her experience both as a clinician, as the Admissions and Community Engagement Manager for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.

Sara is currently training with the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at the Justice Resource Institute in their Trauma Center - Trauma Sensitive Yoga program.

She is in practicum for her Master of Arts in Counselling where she provides individual counseling at the University’s clinic and she co-facilitates group therapy for adolescents in kinship placement and those in the foster system.

Direct download: Episode_288_-_Sara_Moser.mp3
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Analie Shepherd, the award-winning author of Mending the Shattered Mirror, has been happily married for 38 years, is the loving mother of four wonderful children and has recently welcomed five precious grandchildren into her heart.

She recently retired form directing the children's performing-arts program she founded 30 years ago, and is currently the director of her church choir and a community choir, and recently established her own community theater.

Analie owns, and plays, 18 different musical instruments, and spends hours creating paintings and drawings in her at-home art studio.

Although family has always been Analie's greatest joy--music, art, theater. and dance have been her delight and life's work. Fulfilling a life-long dream, Analie recently wrote and published an award-winning memoir; she is currently working on the publications of two illustrated children's books.

Direct download: Episode_287_-_Analie_Shepherd.mp3
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Kat Love is the founder and lead designer of Empathysites a website solution for therapists. Inspired by the way therapists helped them heal from childhood sexual abuse, b they chose to specialize in creating therapist websites. Kat's focus is on creating websites that are easy-to-use, professional, and truly reflect who a therapist is so that they can attract their best-fit clients.

Direct download: Episode_286_-_Kat_Love.mp3
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William Pullen is a psychotherapist registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is the author of Running with Mindfulness: Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT) to Improve Low-mood, Anxiety, Stress, and Depression.

William offers short and long-term psychotherapy to adults and young people on an individual basis and works with people suffering from difficulties including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, negative childhood experiences, and has a special interest in depression, internet addiction, and “Boarding School Syndrome”.

William explains, The decision to seek therapy is often not a simple one but once taken it marks a commitment to care for yourself that may then be fostered in our work together until you are able to meet your dilemmas or troubles with more understanding, gentleness, and a greater ease.

My experience includes positions at a neighborhood “drop-in” center in Hackney, a central London university, and the Munro Centre at Guy’s Hospital. Throughout this period I have also had a private practice. I have a special interest in depression, internet addiction, and “Boarding School Syndrome.

William gained an MA from a post-graduate program in Counselling and Psychotherapy at The School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology at Regent’s College, including training in psychodynamics, humanistic and existential psychotherapy.

Direct download: Episode_285_-William_Pullen.mp3
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Guy Macpherson, PhD, is a husband, a father of two, and holds a doctorate in clinical psychology. He has spent the last several years studying the impact and treatment of trauma, and early psychosis.

In 2014, Guy founded The Trauma Therapist Project with the goals of raising the awareness of trauma and creating an educational and supportive community for new trauma workers.

The Trauma Therapist Project has now grown to include The Trauma Therapist | Podcast, now being listened to in more than 160 countries around the world, as well as Trauma Therapist | 2.0, an online membership community specifically dedicated to educating and inspiring trauma workers just starting out on their trauma-informed journey.

Guy’s focus currently is on creating a vibrant, global community to support, educate and inspire new trauma workers, as well as to upend the present way that trauma is taught at the graduate level.

Direct download: Episode_284_-_Whats_Going_On_Now.mp3
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Several weeks ago I received an email from Anne Lauren.

In her message she thanked me for the work I was doing to help individuals who’ve been impacted by trauma, and she also explained that she’d been so inspired by the #metoo movement that she wanted to share her story, as well.

Anne is a word weaver, a woman warrior, and a wisdom wayfinder. She authors the blog, Blue&Lavender, in which speaks of her experience recovering from sexual abuse and seeks to educate and inspire others to do the same.

She can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Medium @BlueandLavender.

Direct download: Episode_283_-_Anne_Lauren.mp3
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First Lady Tonette Walker was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She spent more than 20 years employed in the insurance industry before working for the American Diabetes Association. Currently, the First Lady works in the development department for the American Lung Association in Wisconsin.

As First Lady, Mrs. Walker most enjoys using her role to help improve the lives of the people of Wisconsin. She is currently working in partnership with various foundations and nonprofit organizations to better recognize, understand, and address the effects of trauma on the lives of children and families in Wisconsin through her Fostering Futures Initiative. Through this partnership, she hopes to establish the state of Wisconsin as a national leader in the Trauma-Informed Care movement.

Mrs. Walker also works regularly with Teen Challenge of Wisconsin, a faith-based organization dedicated to the healing and rehabilitation of those with substance abuse addictions. The First Lady works to raise awareness for the group throughout the state and also assists Teen Challenge in their fundraising and expansion efforts.

In an effort to promote health and fitness and to showcase some of the beautiful but lesser-known sites across the state, Mrs. Walker invites the people of Wisconsin to "Walk with Walker." At each walk, the First Lady is joined by local residents, visitors, and friends and family to walk a short trail and explore Wisconsin's most picturesque scenery. Additionally, Mrs. Walker hosts women from all over the state for an annual Wellness Weekend to promote healthy lifestyles.

Wisconsin is home to some of the friendliest and most giving people in the nation. To recognize the generosity of many Wisconsin residents, the First Lady presents a Wisconsin Heroes Award. The award goes out quarterly to a resident who voluntarily devotes his or her time and energy to a nonprofit organization or cause. The First Lady understands the value of this devoted volunteerism and honors these "heroes" who ultimately make Wisconsin a better place.

The First Lady and Governor live full time in Madison at the Wisconsin Executive Residence. Oldest son Matt graduated from Marquette University and is currently working for Associated Bank in Milwaukee. Younger son Alex graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is working in politics.

Direct download: Episode_282_-_Tonette_Walker.mp3
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When I initially began this podcast, when asked, I would have said that it’s about.

Now? It’s truly about so much more.

It’s about the incredible people and the story of their lives and what’s compelled them to do the inspiring work of helping those who’ve been impacted by trauma.

It’s about inspiration and the courage to reflect on one’s own life and the cultivation of authenticity.

My guest this week, Julia Rose, exemplifies this. And it's the reason why, before I’d even finished my first interview with her, I knew I wanted to have her back on. And quickly.

You can listen to Julia’s first interview here, episode 272

Julia Rose is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of the West, and is Founder and President of Trauma Camp, a professional development and consultation company that trains educators about trauma-informed and relationship-based approaches in the classroom.

For over a decade, Julia Rose has been studying specifically the impacts of early childhood trauma on adult mental health and behavior, some of this research culminating into her master’s thesis entitled: The Effects of Spanking On Mental Health, and Why Clinicians Need to Know (2016).

In her work with clients over the years, she has consistently found that at the root of depression, anxiety, addiction, compulsion, and a range of other mental health issues is a childhood which involved one or more traumatic incidents that have yet to be acknowledged, expressed or resolved. Tremendous shifts occur when this is done, as it allows these wounds to begin to heal.

She is also certified by the International Association of Trauma Professionals as a Youth Trauma Treatment Professional, and has begun training from the ChildTrauma Academy’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics.

Importantly, Julia Rose has also spent half her life addressing, treating, reducing and resolving the impact of her own early childhood trauma--experience which serves as her foundational knowledge on this topic.

Direct download: Episode_281_-_Julia_Rose.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana is the author of Reclaiming Your Body and Full Body Presence. She is one of the world’s leading authorities on conscious awareness and its transformational impact on the healing process.

Her Healing from the Core curriculum combined with CranioSacral therapy and other bodywork modalities creates a complete, body-centered guide to awareness, healing, and joy.

Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge, has this to say about Suzanne’s book: “A master teacher and healer, Suzanne Scurlock-Durana draws on her decades of work facilitating profound transformation in people suffering from a range of physical and emotional dis-ease. The result is a brilliant and compelling guide to the deepest freedom — living from awake, vibrant, loving presence.”

Reclaiming Your Body empowers readers to reconnect with their body’s inherent guidance system. The book explains how unresolved trauma becomes lodged in our bodies, blocking the ability of its communication system to share its wisdom and strategies.  This can cause us to flounder when making decisions, remain in less-than-ideal or unsafe situations, and/or end up living a life that truly isn’t ours — while the whole time our body is madly signaling us with the answers and solutions we seek.

Suzanne, who has spent thirty years studying the gifts of the body and teaching thousands how to reclaim them, sets the stage for experiencing full body presence by offering ways to experience direct sensation, since developing this skill is necessary to be able to hear the body’s messages.

Direct download: Episode2028020-20Suzanne20Scurlock20Durana.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:49am PST

Laurie Kahn MA, LCPC, MFA is a pioneer in the field of trauma treatment. For more than thirty years, she has specialized in the treatment of survivors of childhood abuse.

In 1980, she founded Womencare Counseling and Training Center. Since then, her ideas and expertise have served people who have experienced childhood abuse, as well as hundreds of clinicians who have graduated from her Trauma Consultation Training Program.

Psych Central, reviewing her recent book Baffled by Love: Stories of the Lasting Impact of Childhood Trauma by Loved Ones, says it is "filled with touching stories, poignant moments, and brilliant therapeutic insights; Baffled by Love should be required reading for any clinician – new or seasoned."

Bessel van der Kolk called her book, “A sensitive and wise book. Baffeled by love is about the healing power of sharing, exploring and finding words for oneself… a deeply comforting book.”

Direct download: Episode_279_-_Laurie_Kahn2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:07am PST

At the time I’m writing this I’ve completed 278 interviews on The Trauma Therapist | Podcast.

However, I can’t name one guest who specializes in working with early childhood and trauma.

Meet Dr. Mica Gonzalez.

Mica is a clinical psychologist specializing in early childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work involves helping young children and their families recover from trauma and loss primarily through the medium of the child-parent relationship.

Mica received his doctoral degree from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and trained in a variety of settings, including a middle school, an adult day treatment facility, and a home-visiting early intervention program.

Mica is trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, a trauma-informed approach to early intervention, and has an endorsement as an Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist from the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health.

He has also presented on temperament, assessment, and social-emotional development in the early years as well provided consultation to trainees learning to work with young children.

Currently, Mica is dedicated to three endeavors: working with young children and latino immigrant families at the Early Childhood Mental Health Program; seeing children, teens, adults, and couples in his private practice in Oakland, California, and providing online early parenting education through his blog and website, The Good Enough Parents.

Direct download: Episode_278_-_Mica_Gonzalez.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:52pm PST

Chris Molaro reached out to me about two months ago. He talked about some of his experiences (see below), the work he’s doing now and what inspired him to do this work. As I was listening to him share his story, I knew pretty much immediately that I wanted to have him on the podcast, and do what I could to support his work.

So, we met for breakfast, talked some, and here we are.

Chris is an accomplished military veteran, Army Officer and Bronze Star recipient – serving five years as a Field Artillery Army Officer – a serial entrepreneur and speaker. He channeled his passion for service and energy into founding NeuroFlow - a mental health software platform leveraging objective data to track, assess and engage patients throughout the mental health therapy process.

Chris received his MBA at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and his BS in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Erica.

Direct download: Episode_277_-_Chris_Molaro.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:40am PST

Stephanie Covington Armstrong is the author of, Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat, her memoir in which she vividly describes her struggle as a black woman with bulimia.

Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat, is the first book by and about black women and eating disorders, and in it, Stephanie answers many questions about why black women often do not seek traditional therapy for emotional problems.

Stephanie is a playwright and screenwriter living in Los Angeles. Her commentary on black women and eating disorders, "Digesting the Truth," was featured on NPR (click HERE for the full commentary), and she has written for Essence, Sassy, Mademoiselle, and Venice magazines, among other publications. She authored the plays “Three Stories Down,” “The Outside Sisters,” and “The Long Journey Home” which all have been performed in theaters in Los Angeles and New York.

Moving coast to coast, she tried to escape her self-hatred and obsession by never slowing down, thus being unaware that she was caught in downward spiral emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

Her essay on bulimia, "Fear and Loathing," is included in the forthcoming anthology The Black Body by Meri Danquah.

In her memoir, “Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat,” (August, 2009, Independent Publishers Group) author Stephanie Covington-Armstrong vividly describes her struggle as a black woman with bulimia.   Her battle with an eating disorder takes a unique perspective as this disease is consistently portrayed as a white woman's problem.   This insightful and moving narrative traces the background and factors that contributed to Stephanie’s eating disorder. Moving coast to coast, she tried to escape her self-hatred and obsession by never slowing down, thus being unaware that she was caught in downward spiral emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

Direct download: Episode_276_-_Stephanie_Covington.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:05pm PST

This week I’m so excited to have back on the podcast, Trauma Therapist | 2.0 member, Jessica Culp.

Jessica first joined me on episode 237.

I thought it would be a great idea to invite her back to talk about her experiences as a student, a young therapist, and as a member of Trauma Therapist | 2.0, progressing along her trauma-informed journey.

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_275._Trauma_Therapist___2.0_Member_Update_with_Jessica_Culp_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D. is a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress. His work integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.

Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development, memory, and the psychobiology of trauma.

He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater and EMDR.

He is founder and Medical Director of the Trauma Center; past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School.

He regularly teaches at universities and hospitals around the world.

His most recent 2014 New York Times Science best seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies.

Direct download: Episode_274_-_Bessel_van_der_Kolk.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

Today I had the unique privilege of speaking with David Carr.

David has written an expose titled, We Can Overcome: An American Trauma

This is riveting, and at times hard to read, and yet also inspiring and empowering. (And I’m not getting paid to say that.)

As a boy, David heard the stories of what his father endured as a boy: Fists appearing like unexpected rain, kicks in the side, and nails in his skin. But Carr’s father never set a hand on him.

The cycle of abuse, however, was not broken: David suffered mental and physical abuse from the people that were supposed to protect him. As an adult, he realizes that his continuing mental anguish was self-inflicted.

In challenging himself to see his life in a new way, David realized that the story of his childhood trauma did not consist of what happened to him, but rather way he responded to what happened.

This realization set the stage for him to embark on a transformative journey—one that began as a terrified child—but has since included him as a mixed martial artist, the vice chairman of The Joyful Child Foundation, as an advocate for children’s rights nationwide, and he David has built two successful international companies. He lives on a Southern California ranch style home with his wife of twenty years and three children.

I loved speaking with David. His strength and courage is pretty palpable, and so too is his recognition and acceptance of his vulnerability

Direct download: Episode_273_-_David_Carr.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:15am PST

If you’ve been listening to the podcast recently, then you might know that about a month ago I left my full-time job at the county here in California to pursue work full-time with The Trauma Therapist Project, The Trauma Therapist | Podcast and Trauma Therapist | 2.0.

I was working at the county for the last 5 years and was there as a Mental Health Clinical Specialist, under a licensed supervisor, and assessing and treating young people between the ages of 12 and 25 who were showing early signs of psychosis.

As you can guess there was a lot of trauma with these young individuals.

I Loved the job.

I Loved working with the kids.

However, I knew I needed to do something else and something different.

It took me several months to get up the nerve to leave, and then I finally did.

Was I more than a bit scared? Definitely.

Did I spend a lot of time wondering whether I’d lost my marbles? Yep.

But I was so, so ready.

And now I’m loving every second of it.

Even though there are days when I feel like I don’t know what the hell I’m doing.

Why do I love this work?

Because I get to speak with incredible people like my guest today. Julia Rose M. Polk.

And I’m not kidding.

You know when you meet someone, or you’re talking to someone, and what they’re saying is just so open and honest and real, and you can sense their authenticity?

That’s what it was like when I was talking with Julia.

I loved talking to her so much, I’ve already had her back for her second episode. (That one will go live in a few weeks!)

For over a decade, Julia Rose has been studying specifically the impacts of early childhood trauma on adult mental health and behavior, some of this research culminating into her master’s thesis entitled: The Effects of Spanking On Mental Health, and Why Clinicians Need to Know (2016).

In her work with clients over the years, she has consistently found that at the root of depression, anxiety, addiction, compulsion, and a range of other mental health issues is a childhood which involved one or more traumatic incidents that have yet to be acknowledged, expressed or resolved. Tremendous shifts occur when this is done, as it allows these wounds to begin to heal.

Julia Rose is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of the West, and is Founder and President of Trauma Camp, a professional development and consultation company that trains educators about trauma-informed and relationship-based approaches in the classroom.

She is also certified by the International Association of Trauma Professionals as a Youth Trauma Treatment Professional, and has begun training from the ChildTrauma Academy’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics.

Importantly, Julia Rose has also spent half her life addressing, treating, reducing and resolving the impact of her own early childhood trauma--experience which serves as her foundational knowledge on this topic.

Direct download: Episode_272_-_Julia_Rose.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:26am PST

A few months ago I received an email from one of my podcast listeners. The writer of this email (and my guest today), James Winnike, said that they liked the podcast, however, felt it was excluding a perspective and lens which needed to be addressed, and that it could, in fact, do better.

The email was I’d like to share a bit of that email here:

Hey Guy,

[Summary: I love your podcast, but wish it more often included an intersectional lens and talked about the ways that marginalized communities experience trauma. These communities even face trauma at the hands of well-meaning therapists, and discussing these identities would help all listeners. I would love to consistently see interviews with black, queer/trans therapists, and generally therapists who themselves experience a high risk for trauma]

I am a recent MSW graduate who has found your podcast extremely helpful. I love hearing about mistakes other therapists have made, which helps me to accept my own mistakes. My school did not specialize in trauma informed care, so I have to do my own research, which can be overwhelming. This podcast has really helped me find direction, I am so grateful for that!

Because this podcast has helped me so much, I want to reach out about something that has been bothering me recently: the absence of consistent discussions on race, gender, identity, and intersectionality. I work with Black and/or Latinx people who are LGBTQIA and Deaf. I myself am white and trans, which impacts my work every day. Any marginalized identity exponentially increases someone's risk for experiencing trauma, having multiple marginalized identities (deaf, black, and queer) increases the risk further. Sadly I have found that many (not all) of the trauma therapist podcasts discuss issues from an unintentionally straight, white, able-bodied lens. I am left adapting, filling in the blanks, and scrambling to find resources on my own. Sadly, I have many queer Black friends who have had horrible or even traumatizing experiences in therapy! It seems there is a great need for therapists to learn how to work with these marginalized communities.

I would love to see your podcast focus on intersectionality and try to include identity in all discussions. There are black transgender therapists who can discuss the mind body connection, there are Deaf queer therapists who can discuss grieving (with an interpreter if they sign), there are black deaf women who can discuss the trauma of sexual assault. I am so hungry for these perspectives!!!

Highlighting these voices would also be a great way to fight back against the lack of services available to these clients. Your podcast could pave the way for other mental health podcasts in the field.

I couldn’t agree more with what James wrote.

I wrote James back and here we are.

James is a trans, anti-racist therapist and mental wellness coach, with a specialty in working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing families and adults. Through a framework of intersectionality, they have dedicated their life to understanding the ways that systems of oppression interact with mental well-being and trauma. They strive to meet clients where they are through utilizing expressive arts, body work, mindfulness, and storytelling in the therapeutic process.

Direct download: Episode_271_-_J_Lee_Winnike.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:03am PST

Dave Talamo, MFT is the founder of Wilderness Reflections, an organization which leads individuals into the outdoors for healing and sanctuary. Dave has over 35 years of experience guiding wilderness trips, works as a therapist with youth and adults, and is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

A Certified Hakomi Therapist and advanced-level student of Somatic Experiencing, Dave is a pioneer in the field of ecotherapy and was one of the first wilderness quest guides to develop a somatic approach to wilderness questing. He is committed to the expression of joy and authenticity through the body and to helping others experience their own embodied selves in an intimate, ecstatic relationship with Nature.

Currently, he spends most of his field time apprenticing new guides and training therapists in bringing Nature into the therapy process. Dave finds that the natural rhythms, beauty and spaciousness of wild Nature are an ideal setting for trauma resolution work.

Direct download: Episode_270_-_Dave_Talamo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

Peter M. Bernstein is back.

Peter was first on the podcast in episode 91 and if you’ve listened to that interview then you know how much compassion and authenticity exudes from this individual.

I have to say that Peter’s interview truly epitomized what I’m trying to do, and stand for here at The Trauma Therapist Project:

Authenticity, integrity, and compassion in the pursuit of helping those who’ve been impacted by trauma.

Peter M. Bernstein is the founder and director of the Bernstein Institute for Trauma in Petaluma, CA. Peter holds a doctorate in clinical psychology as a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been in private practice since 1974.

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_269_-_Peter_Bernstein.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:55am PST

The individuals in my membership community, Trauma Therapist | 2.0, represent trauma workers of a variety of disciplines, and who are from all over the globe.

Today, I’m talking with one of them, Allan Katz.

Allan is a licensed professional counselor and a certified sex addiction therapist.

Allan currently works in an alcohol and drug residential treatment center where he sees

clients and facilitates the trauma group program for men, using experiential methods

as well as teaching Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills. Allan also treats clients and couples in his private practice where he deals with the trauma of infidelity, sex and love addiction and other relational traumas.  

Allan is the author of Addictive Entrepreneurship which deals with the addictive nature of workaholism vs. the need for drive, ambition and hard work to succeed.    

In this interview Allan shares a bit about what drew him into the field, and specifically how he became drawn to studying trauma.

Direct download: Episode_268._Allan_Katz__Trauma_Therapist___2.0_Member_Highlight.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:55am PST

Amy Oestreicher is a PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, writer for The Huffington Post, speaker for TEDx and RAINN, health advocate, award-winning actress, and playwright. As a survivor and “thriver” of multiple traumas, Amy eagerly shares the gifts of life’s “beautiful detours” her educational programming, writing, mixed media art, performance and inspirational speaking.

Amy has headlined international conferences on leadership, entrepreneurship, women’s rights, mental health, disability, creativity, and domestic violence prevention. She is a SheSource Expert, a “Top Mental Health” writer for Medium, and a regular lifestyle, wellness, and arts contributor for over 70 notable online and print publications, and her story has appeared on NBC’s TODAY, CBS, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen Magazine, Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, MSNBC, among others.

Direct download: Episode_267_-_Amy_Oestreicher.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:51am PST

Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute

A large part of my focus with The Trauma Therapist | Podcast has been supporting those therapists and the filmmakers who work with and/or help to heal military veterans.

There have been a number of filmmakers and I take it as one of my goals to do what I can to support their work.

Today I have as my guest Stephanie Seldin Howard, the Director and Producer of The Weight of Honor, a documentary about families caring for their catastrophically wounded loved ones returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stephanie believes empathy is the driving force behind storytelling, something she attributes to her 25-year career as a broadcast news producer. The Omaha, Nebraska native is the recipient of a Los Angeles Emmy Award coupled with two additional Los Angeles Emmy nominations.

Stephanie has produced specials and documentaries for CNN, Fox News Channel, and Reuters as well as local coverage for KNBC-TV and KTTV-TV in Los Angeles. In 2014 she was awarded the Roy W. Dean Grant awarded by From the Heart Productions, making her documentary The Weight of Honor possible.

This is a pretty incredible documentary and the inside story about how the film was made is no less inspiring.

Direct download: Episode_266_-_Stephanie_Howard.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:15am PST

Today I wanted to take a moment and reflect on the past year.

As with everyone, I’m sure, a lot has transpired this past year with both myself, and The Trauma Therapist | Podcast, and I’d like to share a few of those things with you.

I enjoy doing these episodes (and I hope you enjoy them, too!) because it gives me a chance to share my reflections on the podcast, what I’m doing (or attempting to do) with The Trauma Therapist Project, and where I envision things going with my work here.

Direct download: Episode_265_-_Reflecting_Back__Looking_Forward.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

Dr. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, TX, and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.  He serves as the inaugural Senior Fellow of the Berry Street Childhood Institute.

Dr. Perry is the author, along with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children, and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered.

His most recent multimedia books, BRIEF: Reflections on Childhood, Trauma, and Society and RESILIENT: Six Core Strengths for Healthy Development were released in 2013.

Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions.

Direct download: Episode_264_-_Bruce_Perry.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:22am PST

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