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.

Lee Klinger Lesser, MS, has developed and led retreats for Veterans since 2008, integrating her experience of mindfulness and meditation into accessible programming for Veterans. She has been leading workshops in the mindfulness practice of Sensory Awareness since 1976.

She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Honoring the Path of the Warrior, a non-profit program that provides a safe environment for veterans to rediscover meaning, purpose, and joy in their lives through mindfulness, meditation and community.

Direct download: Episode_83_-_Lee_Lesser.mp3
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Dan Griffin is the author of three ground-breaking publications: A Man’s Way through Relationships: Learning to Love and Be LovedA Man’s Way through the Twelve Steps, and Helping Men Recover (co-author).

As an international speaker, trainer, and consultant for treatment programs, recovery courts, and mental health programs, Dan is focused on developing gender-responsive, trauma-informed services for men.

He has a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Kansas and received a certificate in Counseling from Hazelden. Dan has been in recovery since May 1994 and leads retreats and workshops throughout the country to help men deepen their emotional recovery and enhance their relational competence. He is know for cutting edge interventions for men's treatment, unique insights into men's experience of trauma, and leadership in advancing the conversation on men's issues in addiction and recovery.

Direct download: Episode_82_-_Dan_Griffin.mp3
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Mark Lilly is the founder and Board President of Street Yoga, an internationally recognized non-profit which provides yoga and mindfulness classes to at-risk populations in Portland and Seattle.

Mark is a mindfulness and communication trainer who has taught workshops all over North America to widely diverse audiences including physicians, nurses, social workers, police officers, therapists, and countless others. Mark has developed many specialized mindfulness curricula in addition to the core and advanced Street Yoga trainings, including specialized work for young people recovering from sexual abuse, and workshops for adults moving through entrenched traumas or grappling with high-intensity communication situations.

For Mark, yoga is an everyday survival skill, a practice he has shared with thousands of youth through Street Yoga. He still lives with the tremors of traumas past and realizes the delicate line between suffering and awakening. His teaching emphasizes cultivation of the best within each of us by using the authentic stories and experiences that illuminate our being and drive our teaching to places of deep truthfulness.

Mark has developed the core and advanced Street Yoga trainings as well a yoga curricula used for specialized work with young patients recovering from illness or injury in the hospital, for young people recovering from sexual abuse, and workshops for adults moving through entrenched traumas or grappling with high-intensity communication situations.

Through it all, he brings a lightness and love to his teaching that is rooted in humility, grace and joy.

Direct download: Episode_81_-_Mark_A._Lilly.mp3
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Today, The Process of Becoming a Trauma Therapist. This episode is based on a recent blog post and inspired by the interviews I've been doing on the podcast.  

My name is Guy Macpherson. I am a husband, father, brother, and a psychologist. I specialize in the treatment of trauma and early psychosis. My passion is helping trauma therapists thrive.

I do this by helping trauma clinicians engage more effectively and deeply with their clients by:

  • Sharing trauma information and materials
  • Building community
  • The Trauma Therapist Podcast
  • Trauma Therapist elite: a membership site for new trauma therapists

For the last six years I have dedicated myself to the study of trauma psychology, trauma therapy, post-traumatic growth, and most recently, the intersection of trauma and psychosis, specifically the signs of early psychosis.

Direct download: Episode_80_-_Becoming_A_Trauma_Therapist.mp3
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Laura is the founder and director of the Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of the book Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others.

Laura has worked directly with trauma survivors for 28 years and is known as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure. She has worked nationally and internationally training a wide variety of individuals including zookeepers and reconstruction workers in post-Hurricane Katrina, community organizers and health care providers in Japan, U.S. Air Force pilots and Canadian firefighters.

Laura holds a master of social work degree, is an associate producer of the award-winning film A Lot Like You, and was given a Yo! Mama award in recognition of her work as a community-activist mother.

Direct download: Episode_79_-_Laura_Van_Dernoot.mp3
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Terri Messman-Moore earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University in 1999. From 1998-1999, she interned at the National Center for PTSD in Boston Massachusetts. From 1999-2000, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, where she was trained in several empirically-supported cognitive-behavioral treatments for PTSD, including Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).

Dr. Messman-Moore is currently the O’Toole Family Professor of Psychology at Miami University, in Oxford Ohio.

She is also the Director of Clinical Training for the department’s Clinical Psychology PhD program. She teaches undergraduate courses focused on interpersonal trauma, as well as graduate courses on Trauma-Focused Therapy for adults.

She is a licensed psychologist in Ohio and provides clinical intervention to trauma survivors on a limited basis.

Direct download: Episode_78_-_Terri_Messman-Moore.mp3
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Dr. Toni Heineman is a clinical psychologist who has been in private practice (treating children, adults, and families) in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years.

She is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and has taught and supervised interns, graduate students and psychiatric residents and presented at numerous local and national professional meetings.

Dr. Heineman has authored a wide range of journal articles, as well as the book, The Abused Child: Psychodynamic Understanding and Treatment.

She is the co-editor of, Building A Home Within: Meeting the Emotional Needs of Children and Youth in Foster Care as well as Relationship-Based Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults.

Her forthcoming volume, Relational Treatment of Trauma: Stories of Loss and Hope will be released in August 2015.

Dr. Heineman was selected as a fellow by Zero to Three for the 2003-2004 National Leadership Initiative, and also awarded a Draper Richards Social Entrepreneur Fellowship, the Social Entrepreneur Award from the Manhattan Institute, and a 2008 Purpose Prize.

Direct download: Episode_77_-_Toni_Heinemann.mp3
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Edward Tick, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized transformational healer, psychotherapist, writer and educator. Co-Founder and Executive Director of Soldier’s Heart, he works internationally on the psychospiritual and cross-cultural healing of military and war trauma and on holistic and psycho-spiritual healing.

He was the U.S. Army’s 2012 trainer in the holistic healing of PTSD, training over 2,500 chaplains and officers. He continues to work with the Army and Air Force.

Ed is the author of five books including the groundbreaking War and the Soul. His newest book, Warrior’s Return: Restoring the Soul After War, was just published.

Direct download: Episode_76_-_Edward_Tick.mp3
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Sheela Raja, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and author of the book, Overcoming Trauma and PTSD.

She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she teaches Health Communication and Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Raja received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her internship and post-doctoral training at the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Boston, MA.

She is a highly sought after speaker and has given invited talks at federal, national, and community agencies on the topic of post-traumatic stress. Dr. Raja has a passion for making evidence-based psychology accessible and is a regular guest contributor to local and national television networks, including CBS-Chicago and CNN. She is a blogger for the The Huffington Post, and has been quoted as an expert source in numerous print and online publications.

Direct download: Episode_75_-_Sheela_Raja.mp3
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Beck is an addiction counselor originally from Los Angeles California, and is currently on the Board of Directors for NALGAP (The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies).

Beck is the Assistant Director of Clinical Services at Pride Institute in Minneapolis, MN. as well as a National Speaker on topics of the LGBTQ community and substance abuse.

Beck has a special focus on the Transgender community, trauma, addiction, and helping treatment facilities and clinicians better serve the Trans community.

Direct download: Episode_74_-_Beck_Gee-Cohen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PST