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

Angelica Singh is the founder and creator of a holistic approach to healing called The Embodiment Process™.  She works with individuals and groups utilizing biodynamic craniosacral therapy, trauma resolution, medical intuition and depth consciousness work, and trains other healers.

Angelica’s life-changing healing crisis began at the age of 28, which led her to a deep understanding of energy systems and trauma. This event awakened Angelica’s healing abilities to new levels and through her intuitive abilities is able to help her clients find their own connection to themselves — their gifts, true purpos, and passion — with the courage to follow their unique path.

Her work was detailed as a feature article in "O, The Oprah Magazine;" she has been a frequent guest on the "Dare to Dream" Radio Talk Show, as well as "Mission Unstoppable" with Frankie Picasso, the "James Van Praagh" show and "The Autoimmune Hour" with Sharon Saylor, as well as "The Nancy Gaines Show," "Inspire Possibility" with Mark Susnow, and "Leaders in Transformation" with Nicole Jansen podcasts. She was a featured speaker and panelist at the 2018 Conscious Life Expo.

As a facilitator of healing and awakening, Angelica’s mission is to empower each person as she affects a shift in consciousness through workshops, large presentations, one-on-one in-person sessions, or globally via Skype. Angelica is soon to release an online course to share her work with individuals seeking to be healed.

Direct download: Episode_289_-_Angelica_Singh.mp3
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I’m excited to have Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute sponsoring the podcast this month.

As part of that, I invited Sara Moser on the podcast, to talk about her experience both as a clinician, as the Admissions and Community Engagement Manager for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.

Sara is currently training with the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at the Justice Resource Institute in their Trauma Center - Trauma Sensitive Yoga program.

She is in practicum for her Master of Arts in Counselling where she provides individual counseling at the University’s clinic and she co-facilitates group therapy for adolescents in kinship placement and those in the foster system.

Direct download: Episode_288_-_Sara_Moser.mp3
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Analie Shepherd, the award-winning author of Mending the Shattered Mirror, has been happily married for 38 years, is the loving mother of four wonderful children and has recently welcomed five precious grandchildren into her heart.

She recently retired form directing the children's performing-arts program she founded 30 years ago, and is currently the director of her church choir and a community choir, and recently established her own community theater.

Analie owns, and plays, 18 different musical instruments, and spends hours creating paintings and drawings in her at-home art studio.

Although family has always been Analie's greatest joy--music, art, theater. and dance have been her delight and life's work. Fulfilling a life-long dream, Analie recently wrote and published an award-winning memoir; she is currently working on the publications of two illustrated children's books.

Direct download: Episode_287_-_Analie_Shepherd.mp3
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Kat Love is the founder and lead designer of Empathysites a website solution for therapists. Inspired by the way therapists helped them heal from childhood sexual abuse, b they chose to specialize in creating therapist websites. Kat's focus is on creating websites that are easy-to-use, professional, and truly reflect who a therapist is so that they can attract their best-fit clients.

Direct download: Episode_286_-_Kat_Love.mp3
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William Pullen is a psychotherapist registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is the author of Running with Mindfulness: Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT) to Improve Low-mood, Anxiety, Stress, and Depression.

William offers short and long-term psychotherapy to adults and young people on an individual basis and works with people suffering from difficulties including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, negative childhood experiences, and has a special interest in depression, internet addiction, and “Boarding School Syndrome”.

William explains, The decision to seek therapy is often not a simple one but once taken it marks a commitment to care for yourself that may then be fostered in our work together until you are able to meet your dilemmas or troubles with more understanding, gentleness, and a greater ease.

My experience includes positions at a neighborhood “drop-in” center in Hackney, a central London university, and the Munro Centre at Guy’s Hospital. Throughout this period I have also had a private practice. I have a special interest in depression, internet addiction, and “Boarding School Syndrome.

William gained an MA from a post-graduate program in Counselling and Psychotherapy at The School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology at Regent’s College, including training in psychodynamics, humanistic and existential psychotherapy.

Direct download: Episode_285_-William_Pullen.mp3
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Guy Macpherson, PhD, is a husband, a father of two, and holds a doctorate in clinical psychology. He has spent the last several years studying the impact and treatment of trauma, and early psychosis.

In 2014, Guy founded The Trauma Therapist Project with the goals of raising the awareness of trauma and creating an educational and supportive community for new trauma workers.

The Trauma Therapist Project has now grown to include The Trauma Therapist | Podcast, now being listened to in more than 160 countries around the world, as well as Trauma Therapist | 2.0, an online membership community specifically dedicated to educating and inspiring trauma workers just starting out on their trauma-informed journey.

Guy’s focus currently is on creating a vibrant, global community to support, educate and inspire new trauma workers, as well as to upend the present way that trauma is taught at the graduate level.

Direct download: Episode_284_-_Whats_Going_On_Now.mp3
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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.

She can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Medium @BlueandLavender.

Direct download: Episode_283_-_Anne_Lauren.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Episode_282_-_Tonette_Walker.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Episode_281_-_Julia_Rose.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Episode2028020-20Suzanne20Scurlock20Durana.mp3
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