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.

Today, another episode of Trauma Therapist Live. These are shorter episodes during which I focus in on topics that have come up on the podcast which have resonated with me and which I feel are pertinent to the work we do. The topic on this episode of doing less. I love this subject because in a sense it is a call to action. It’s a not-so-quite invitation for us, as therapists, to be mindful of exactly what we’re doing in session, the relevant and the not so relevant. It’s a reminder for us to be aware of what our purpose is in session, which each of our different clients. And finally, it is a waking-up bell for us, as individuals, to be aware of our Why, both personally and professionally.

Direct download: Episode_185_-_Live.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:58am PDT

Mark Wolynn is the director of The Family Constellation Institute in San Francisco and is a leading expert in the field of inherited family trauma. A sought-after lecturer, he has taught at the University of Pittsburgh, the Western Psychiatric Institute, Kripalu, The Omega Institute, The New York Open Center, and The California Institute of Integral Studies.

Mark specializes in working with depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts, fears, panic disorders, self-injury, chronic pain and persistent symptoms and conditions.

Mark’s book It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle has just been published by Viking/Penguin. His articles have appeared in Psychology Today,Elephant Journal and Psych Central, and his poetry has been published in The New Yorker.

Direct download: Episode_184_-_Mark_Wolynn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

Anin Utigaard is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist and Registered Expressive Arts Therapist based in San Francisco, who uses the Person-Centered approach in her practice with groups and individuals of all ages.

Anin was a founding Co-Chair for the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and a faculty member of the Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute for over ten years, a program founded by Natalie Rogers, Carl Rogers‘ daughter.  

She is adjunct faculty with JFK University and has presented her work nationally and internationally since 1992.  Her work with trauma and adolescents began at ThunderRoad in Oakland in 1991, where she used expressive arts therapy with teens dealing with substance abuse as well as trauma.

Anin has a fine arts and professional music background, and believes that the arts are a transformative power that can change the world we live in.

Direct download: Episode_183_-_Aniin_Utigaard.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:19pm PDT

Brian Harris, PhD, MT-BC, LCAT is a music psychotherapist in private practice in NYC. He holds a PhD in Expressive Therapies and is an adjunct faculty member at New York University and SUNY New Paltz.

Brian is the founding director of the company Creative Arts Psychotherapy, and is the past head of the Pavarotti Music Center’s music therapy department in Mostar, Bosnia where his work focused on children with post-war traumas.

Brian has published and presented nationally and internationally and has worked for 20 years with a diverse range of populations including, LGBT clients, trauma, psychiatric, Autism, and Alzheimer's.

Direct download: Episode_182_-_Brian_Harris.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

I’ve been following Sebastian Junger’s work for some time now. It’s been his war documentaries, however, such as Restrepo andKorengal, that have pulled me in and had an impact on me and the work I now do.

When I saw that he had a new book coming out which looked at our need for community and connection, as seen through the eyes of combat veterans, I knew I wanted to invite him on the podcast.

I contacted him on Facebook. A little while later, he responded.

Here we are!

Sebastian Junger is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Perfect StormFire, A Death in Belmont, War and most recently,Tribe.  As an award-winning journalist, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a special correspondent at ABC News, he has covered major international news stories around the world, and has received both a National Magazine Award and a Peabody Award.

Sebastian is also a documentary filmmaker whose debut film “Restrepo”, a feature-length documentary (co-directed with Tim Hetherington), was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

Direct download: Episode_181_-_Sebastian_Junger.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:45am PDT

Helen Thomas holds a Master of Counseling degree from Arizona State University, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Arizona, and a Registered Clinical Counsellor in the province of British Columbia, where she currently resides.

Helen has experience in domestic violence shelter settings and transitional housing programs. She has practiced therapy in trauma-informed community mental health agency settings, as well as a government-funded counseling program for women who have experienced violence in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

She currently practices privately in Downtown Vancouver. Her counseling practice, Liv Wellness, offers EMDR therapy, trauma process groups for female adult survivors of child sexual abuse, and skills-based empowerment groups for women. Its home on the web is www.LivWellness.ca.

Her passion project, Take Back Childhood Campaign, has a mission of eradicating child sexual abuse by breaking the societal silence, increasing awareness and education, and supporting research and effective treatment for survivors of CSA. You can follow along on Twitter at TBCCampaign.

Direct download: Episode_180_-_Helen_Thomas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

Catherine specializes in Cybertrauma and Child Sexual Abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation (the former being an area and phrase she coined in 2012). She is currently completing a dual MSc and works as child/adult trauma therapist BACP (accredited) and UKCP Psychotherapeutic counsellor for adults.

Catherine initially trained as the first woman to complete her trade in the Armed Forces as an Instrument Engineer. She’s also been a practicing Martial Artist of Shotokan Karate for 30 years.

Direct download: Episode_179_-_Cath_Knibbs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

Today, it’s personal.

In this episode I share how my experience with the podcast and interviewing my incredible guests have impacted my life--as a husband, a father, a therapist, and as a son.

This episode was taken from a blog post I wrote a few weeks ago.

I deliberated whether or not I should write it, and I did.

I deliberated whether or not I should share this episode, and here it is.

Thanks for listening.

Direct download: Episode_178_-_Let_Go_Or_Be_Dragged.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:38pm PDT

Kim is the founder of the Mission OM Foundation and served as a Clinical Yoga Therapist for the Department of the Army for more than two and a half years.

During her work there, she provided yoga therapy for service members in Chronic Pain with PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, and more, and successfully incorporated yoga into the clinical hospital setting at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Ft. Gordon, Ga.

She has worked side-by-side and provided yoga-based training to traditional healthcare professionals as well as complementary and alternative providers, teaching asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, and other yoga and Ayurvedic practices. She is also a Master Practitioner of Thai Yoga Therapy and Massage and somatic-based therapies.

Direct download: Episode_177_-_Kim_Bridi.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

Keith Myers is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has been working in clinical mental health for over 13 years. His clinical specialties include trauma, combat-PTSD, Veterans issues, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy.

He has published peer-reviewed articles and given presentations on trauma, combat PTSD, and ethical issues.  He owns a private practice just north of Atlanta and regularly works with military members and their families, providing therapy advocacy services.  He is also an Adjunct Faculty Member with both Argosy University & Mercer University and is a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education & Supervision with Mercer University.

Direct download: Episode_176_-_Keith_Myers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PDT