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.

Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP is a private practice psychotherapist in Los Gatos, CA. She specializes in mindfulness psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing therapy for the treatment of depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, emotion dysregulation, chronic pain, and relationship distress. Lisa is the author the highly regarded textbook on Buddhist psychology for mental health clinicians, Effortless Mindfulness: Genuine mental health through awakened presence. Lisa also presents at conferences on the clinical applications of mindfulness and Buddhist psychology. She has been a yogic and Buddhist meditation practitioner for over four decades.

For more information on Effortless Mindfulness visit: www.awakenedpresence.com

Direct download: Episode_167_-_Lisa_Dale_Miller.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:36am PDT

Don McCasland, LMSW-CCTP, retired from the US Army after more than 21 years of service in August 2009. He served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm as well as 3 Tours in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division. After seven years of unresolved PTSD, survivor's guilt, and contemplating suicide Don began to lose control of his life. He finally sought out counseling, and came to grips with his soul wound.

Don is now a Readjustment Counselor with the Vet Center in Clarksville, TN and works with survivors of combat-related trauma and military sexual assault. Don’s wife is an LMSW, and his daughter is a BSW and will earn her MSW this Spring.

Direct download: Episode_166_-_Don_McCasland.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

Today on the podcast we change it up a bit and I speak with Tyler Skluzacek, a college student, who developed an app to help veterans--specifically his father!--manage the symptoms of PTSD.

I initially read about Tyler online and knew I just had to invite him on the podcast. This is an inspiring story of a young guy helping individuals who are suffering. It’s exactly the kind of story I want to highlight on this podcast.

I hope you enjoy the interview.

Direct download: Episode_165_-_Tyler_Skluzacek.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:15pm PDT

Dr. Christina Hibbert is the author of the IPPY Award-winning memoir, This Is How We Grow, of Who Am I Without You, and her newest book, 8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise will be officially released on April 25, 2016.

Dr. Hibbert is a clinical psychologist specializing in women’s mental health, grief/loss/trauma, motherhood, parenting, pregnancy/postpartum, self-esteem/self-worth, and personal growth, and is host of the weekly radio show, Motherhood, on WebTalkRadio.net.

Dr. Hibbert is a dynamic speaker, the Founder of the Arizona Postpartum Wellness Coalition, and producer of the internationally-sold DVD, Postpartum Couples. She, her husband, and their six children live in Flagstaff, AZ. Learn more about Dr. Hibbert through her popular website and blog, “The Psychologist, The Mom, & Me,” at www.DrChristinaHibbert.com.

Direct download: Episode_164_-_Christina_Hibbert.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Richard Schwartz began his career as a systemic family therapist and an academic. He co-authored, with Michael Nichols, Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, the most widely used family therapy text in the U.S.  Dr. Schwartz was Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago‚Äôs Institute for Juvenile Research and later at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.

Direct download: Episode_163_-_Richard_Schwarz2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

Crystal Arber MSW is a registered social worker with the British Columbia College of Social Work. Her area of expertise is the treatment of complex trauma using EMDR.

Working on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, Canada’s poorest postal code, Crystal has pioneered the use of EMDR with Concurrent Disordered clients, a population previously thought to be too unstable to benefit.

Crystal has empowered these clients to manage their most severe PTSD symptoms through a psychoeducational and skills-based group called Making Sense of Trauma. The group has graduated over 100 members, and its success has led to Crystal becoming a lead educator in Trauma Informed Practice in both the public and private sectors. Crystal also has a private practice specializing in trauma and family therapy, and can be followed on her blog www.worthit2bme.com.

Direct download: Episode_162_-_Crystal_Arber.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:39am PDT

Robin Shapiro, LICSW, loves her work which includes writing, presenting on the topics of ego states, EMDR, suicide prevention; doing clinical consultation; and thirty-five years of psychotherapy practice, especially around issues of trauma, anxiety, and attachment.

Robin edited and contributed to EMDR Solutions: Pathways to Healing (Norton, 2005), EMDR Solutions II: Depression, Eating Disorders, Performance & More (2009) and wrote Trauma Treatments Handbook (2010), as well as Easy Ego State Interventions(2016). Her newest project is gathering connections on-line and in the world to work towards the prevention of child abuse, especially sexual abuse.

Direct download: Episode_161_-_Robin_Shapiro.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:39am PDT

Ed and Deb Shapiro have been teaching mindfulness and meditation together for over 30 years. They are the authors of 17 books on meditation and personal growth; their latest is award-winning BE THE CHANGE: How Meditation Can Transform You and The World. Deb is the award-winning author of Your Body Speaks Your Mind.

Ed & Deb have led meditation retreats and personal development programs worldwide for over 25 years, are corporate consultants and coaches, and are featured columnists on HuffingtonPost.com, Awaken.com, and Oprah.com. Their radio show: Going Out Of Your Mind, is on VividLife.com.

Direct download: Episode_160_-_Ed__Deb_Shapiro.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:21am PDT

Dr. Steve played CBGB and Max’s Kansas City in the late 70s; drank, played in a toy rock band and then got sober in the 80s; became an international educator and rocker again in the 90s; and a sought after clinician and meditation teacher in the 2000s.

Dr. Steve has attempted to cure Marc Maron on WTF, and has become an EMDR Certified therapist, Approved Consultant and provider of EMDR Basic Training with Jamie Marich's Institute for Creative Mindfulness.

With Buddhist teacher Noah Levine he helped set up the premiere Buddhist addictions rehab center, Refuge Recovery Centers and is currently putting finishing touches on his book and workshop series Clinical Dharma, giving regular talks at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and with his own DharmaSpring, beginning production of two podcasts, seeing patients, and supervising and guiding young clinicians. At all other times, he is wrangling and entertaining his 6 year old daughter.

Direct download: Episode_159_-_Steve_Dansiger.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Melissa is the creator of TheGrassGetsGreener.com, a site that helps adult survivors of childhood trauma, particularly childhood bullying, overcome the lasting effects of their trauma to become the person they desire to be.

Melissa is also the host of The Grass Gets Greener podcast where she interviews survivors of childhood traumas who have gone on to not only survive, but thrive, in an effort to inspire and provide hope for those who are still struggling.

Melissa is herself a survivor of childhood bullying and child abuse. She uses her past experiences along with a background in psychology to guide her in the work she does today. Melissa's mission is to help those who feel stuck in life as a result of their past trauma get unstuck and live an amazing life.

Direct download: Episode_158_-_Melissa_Wilson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT