The Trauma Therapist | Podcast with Guy Macpherson, PhD | Inspiring interviews with thought-leaders in the field of trauma. (general)
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.

Bethany Brand, Ph.D. specializes in the assessment and treatment of trauma related disorders including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dissociative disorders (DDs).

She has over 25 years of clinical experience, including training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, and at Sheppard Pratt Health System’s Trauma Disorders program.  She is a Professor of Psychology at Towson University.

Dr. Brand has been honored with numerous research, teaching and clinical awards and served on several national task forces that developed guidelines for the assessment and treatment of trauma-related disorders.

Dr. Brand is the Principal Investigator on an international treatment study of DDs (the TOP DD studies).  Dr. Brand is the Principal Investigator on a series of studies that are developing methods for distinguishing DDs from other conditions including malingered DDs. She has delivered clinical and research presentations around the world. In addition to assessing and treating patients, Dr. Brand serves as a forensic expert.

Direct download: Episode_110_-_Bethany_Brand.mp3
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Anna Berardi, PhD., Lic Marriage & Family Therapist, Lic Prof Counselor Director of the Trauma Response Institute and Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at George Fox University - Portland, Oregon.

Anna’s specialty in trauma includes work as a private practitioner, graduate mental health educator, with special emphasis on directing the TRI, including the post-graduate certificate in trauma response services.

The approach of the institute is to prepare a variety of professionals to understand human struggle and response through a trauma-informed approach, whether working with k-12 students, individuals, couples, or families overwhelmed with a sudden trauma, or coping with the long-term consequences of trauma.

Another unique feature of their trauma-informed approach is recognizing the role issues of privilege and marginalization play in creating and exacerbating one's exposure to traumatic events. I view all forms of trauma work as an element of social justice work, just as social justice principles inform our assessment of trauma's cause and impact.

Direct download: Episode_109_-_Anna_Berardi.mp3
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Sara Jacobovici (pronounced Yakobovich) is a Creative Arts Psychotherapist. Sara has been working in the health and mental health field for 30 years, specializing in using the creative arts in Trauma work. She received her Bachelor's of Music from McGill University in Montreal and her Master's in Creative Arts Therapy from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. Sara was born in Israel to Romanian parents, grew up in Canada, studied and worked in the United States and is now living and working In Israel.

Direct download: Episode_108_-_Sara_Jacobovici.mp3
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Courtney Armstrong is the author of The Therapeutic “Aha!” (2015) and Transforming Traumatic Grief (2011)In her 20 years of practice as a licensed professional counselor and grief and trauma specialist, 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.

Direct download: Episode_107_-_Courtney_Armstrong.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

Over the past decade, Molly Boeder Harris has worked in community-based rape crisis centers as a medical and legal advocate, provided crisis support and prevention education for students on college campuses and has directed a campus Women’s Center.

During that time, she also became a certified yoga instructor and has since been teaching yoga at rape crisis centers, yoga studios, counseling clinics and social service agencies.

In 2012, Molly founded The Breathe Network, a national, non-profit organization that connects survivors of sexual violence with sliding-scale, trauma-informed, holistic healing arts practitioners.

Molly holds a Master’s Degree in International Studies and a Master’s Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. Most recently, Molly began training in Somatic Experiencing, the trauma-resolution method developed by Dr. Peter Levine, with the intention of synthesizing her work as a yoga instructor teaching trauma survivors with this revolutionary technique.

Direct download: Episode_106_-_Molly_Boeder.mp3
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Monica O'Connell MA LMFT LADC is located in Minneapolis and provides national training on the intersections of trauma, addiction and mental health. She works with the nations' only LGBTQ exclusive dual diagnosis treatment center where she offers supervision and trauma therapy.

She has a thriving private practice supporting clients and providing consultation and supervision. Her dog Louie is a certified therapy dog and visits the treatment center frequently.

Direct download: Episode_105_-_Monica_Oconnell.mp3
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Dr. Slonim is a board certified psychiatrist (in Israel and in California) and has been practicing in Beverly Hills since 1984. She is the medical director of D.S.A. Medical Clinic.

Dr. Slonim graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tel Aviv University Medical School, Israel, in 1974.

Dr. Slonim has integrated energy psychology in her practice and was a co-director of NATO projects, teaching her unique Sabotage Correction Technique (SCT), on how to remove subconscious sabotage. She is the author of the book The First Key, How to Remove Subconscious Sabotage.

She also specializes in trauma care and closely work with Mashabim Trauma Center, in Israel, treating veterans.

Direct download: Episode_104_-_Daphnaslonim.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

Iryna Natalushko is a practicing and teaching therapist living in Ukraine, trained in art therapy with a trauma therapy concentration at the George Washington University graduate art therapy program (2008-2011) via a Fulbright Scholarship.

Iryna uses intensive trauma therapy, developed by her professor, Dr. Linda Gantt, PhD  (episode 46 on The Trauma Therapist Podcast) and her late husband psychiatrist Louis Tinnin, and its adaptations, to work with adults and families with a history of traumatic experiences that have not been fully integrated and which continue to influence their lives.

Iryna collaborates with the international charity Caritas in the Ukraine and local NGO Psychological Crisis Services of Ukraine to train volunteering psychologists in trauma-focused interventions. She is now kickstarting a crowdfunding project through Iniegogo to be able to provide trauma therapy to underprivileged Ukrainians who cannot otherwise afford professional trauma treatment service.

Iryna has lately been invited to join the national Ukrainian art therapy association to facilitate international connections. She is also a visual artist and a yoga/mindfulness practitioner, both practices which profoundly inform her vision and practice.

Direct download: Episode_103_-_Iryna_Natalushko.mp3
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Dr. Kathy Platoni served as a U.S. Army psychologist for more than three decades, doing heavy lifting on behalf of the nation as an expert in combat stress control and war trauma. She served as a volunteer debriefer to the NYPD following the attacks of 9/11, and as an on-the-ground mental health professional for troops in two combat zones during multiple deployments.

She is a survivor of November 2009 Fort Hood Massacre, and has been an outspoken survivors' advocate since.

As a survivor of the Fort Hood Massacre herself, Dr. Platoni is an outspoken advocate of the declaration of the mass shooting as an act of terrorism. She believes that the wounded and their families should receive benefits long overdue those who continue to suffer from this act of war.

Dr. Kathy Platoni's mission is to assist those in her care to learn and master those skills and abilities that enable them to reduce their own suffering...from chronic pain, chronic and terminal illnesses, and from any degree of psychological injury and trauma.

Direct download: Episode_102_-_Kathy_Platoni.mp3
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Prof. Mooli Lahad is a senior medical psychologist and has been working with individuals, civilians as well as soldiers and veterans, suffering from PTSD since 1975.

 

Dr. Mooli is the founder and president of the Community Stress Prevention Center in Kiryat Shmona Israel, the oldest center in the world that deals with community as an ecological entity for recovery and healing pre- and post critical incidents.

 

Dr. Mooli is the author & co-author of 35 books on resiliency and coping from early childhood to old age and has developed the integrative model of coping and resiliency


The "BASIC PH" model of coping and resiliency, developed by Prof. was the first to describe coping as an on-going effort to manage life challenges. This is the first book to be published on this world-renowned approach, widely used as an effective resiliency assessment, intervention, and recovery model. Underpinning the model is the suggestion that every person has internal powers, or coping resources, which can be mobilized in stressful situations; the effort to survive coming from a healthy rather than a pathological instinct.

Direct download: Episode_101_-_Shmuel_Mooli_Lahad.mp3
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