Mon, 14 May 2018
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.
Mon, 7 May 2018
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.
Mon, 30 April 2018
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.
Mon, 23 April 2018
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.
Mon, 16 April 2018
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.”
Mon, 9 April 2018
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.
Mon, 2 April 2018
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.
Mon, 26 March 2018
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.
Mon, 19 March 2018
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
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Mon, 12 March 2018
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.