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.

Peter M. Bernstein is back.

Peter was first on the podcast in episode 91 and if you’ve listened to that interview then you know how much compassion and authenticity exudes from this individual.

I have to say that Peter’s interview truly epitomized what I’m trying to do, and stand for here at The Trauma Therapist Project:

Authenticity, integrity, and compassion in the pursuit of helping those who’ve been impacted by trauma.

Peter M. Bernstein is the founder and director of the Bernstein Institute for Trauma in Petaluma, CA. Peter holds a doctorate in clinical psychology as a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been in private practice since 1974.

Dr. Bernstein specializes in the field of emotional and physical trauma and is the author of Trauma: Healing the Hidden Epidemic. A veteran of the Vietnam War era, Peter completed advanced infantry training at Fort Ord on the Monterey Peninsula.

The Bernstein Institute offers individual, couples, and group therapy and uses Reichian-Myofascial Release Therapy (RMFR), a unique and proprietary modality developed by Dr. Bernstein for healing trauma, PTS, and other behavioral health issues.

Direct download: Episode_269_-_Peter_Bernstein.mp3
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The individuals in my membership community, Trauma Therapist | 2.0, represent trauma workers of a variety of disciplines, and who are from all over the globe.

Today, I’m talking with one of them, Allan Katz.

Allan is a licensed professional counselor and a certified sex addiction therapist.

Allan currently works in an alcohol and drug residential treatment center where he sees

clients and facilitates the trauma group program for men, using experiential methods

as well as teaching Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills. Allan also treats clients and couples in his private practice where he deals with the trauma of infidelity, sex and love addiction and other relational traumas.  

Allan is the author of Addictive Entrepreneurship which deals with the addictive nature of workaholism vs. the need for drive, ambition and hard work to succeed.    

In this interview Allan shares a bit about what drew him into the field, and specifically how he became drawn to studying trauma.

Direct download: Episode_268._Allan_Katz__Trauma_Therapist___2.0_Member_Highlight.mp3
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Amy Oestreicher is a PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, writer for The Huffington Post, speaker for TEDx and RAINN, health advocate, award-winning actress, and playwright. As a survivor and “thriver” of multiple traumas, Amy eagerly shares the gifts of life’s “beautiful detours” her educational programming, writing, mixed media art, performance and inspirational speaking.

Amy has headlined international conferences on leadership, entrepreneurship, women’s rights, mental health, disability, creativity, and domestic violence prevention. She is a SheSource Expert, a “Top Mental Health” writer for Medium, and a regular lifestyle, wellness, and arts contributor for over 70 notable online and print publications, and her story has appeared on NBC’s TODAY, CBS, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen Magazine, Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, MSNBC, among others.

Direct download: Episode_267_-_Amy_Oestreicher.mp3
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Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute

A large part of my focus with The Trauma Therapist | Podcast has been supporting those therapists and the filmmakers who work with and/or help to heal military veterans.

There have been a number of filmmakers and I take it as one of my goals to do what I can to support their work.

Today I have as my guest Stephanie Seldin Howard, the Director and Producer of The Weight of Honor, a documentary about families caring for their catastrophically wounded loved ones returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stephanie believes empathy is the driving force behind storytelling, something she attributes to her 25-year career as a broadcast news producer. The Omaha, Nebraska native is the recipient of a Los Angeles Emmy Award coupled with two additional Los Angeles Emmy nominations.

Stephanie has produced specials and documentaries for CNN, Fox News Channel, and Reuters as well as local coverage for KNBC-TV and KTTV-TV in Los Angeles. In 2014 she was awarded the Roy W. Dean Grant awarded by From the Heart Productions, making her documentary The Weight of Honor possible.

This is a pretty incredible documentary and the inside story about how the film was made is no less inspiring.

Direct download: Episode_266_-_Stephanie_Howard.mp3
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Today I wanted to take a moment and reflect on the past year.

As with everyone, I’m sure, a lot has transpired this past year with both myself, and The Trauma Therapist | Podcast, and I’d like to share a few of those things with you.

I enjoy doing these episodes (and I hope you enjoy them, too!) because it gives me a chance to share my reflections on the podcast, what I’m doing (or attempting to do) with The Trauma Therapist Project, and where I envision things going with my work here.

Direct download: Episode_265_-_Reflecting_Back__Looking_Forward.mp3
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Dr. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, TX, and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.  He serves as the inaugural Senior Fellow of the Berry Street Childhood Institute.

Dr. Perry is the author, along with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children, and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered.

His most recent multimedia books, BRIEF: Reflections on Childhood, Trauma, and Society and RESILIENT: Six Core Strengths for Healthy Development were released in 2013.

Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions.

Direct download: Episode_264_-_Bruce_Perry.mp3
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A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development.

Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.

For twelve years Dr. Maté worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site.

With over 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience and extensive knowledge of the latest findings of leading-edge research, Dr. Maté is a sought-after speaker and teacher, regularly addressing health professionals, educators, and lay audiences throughout North America.

As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, and co-authored Hold on to Your Kids. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages.

Dr. Maté is the co-founder of Compassion for Addiction, a new non-profit that focuses on addiction. He is also an advisor of Drugs over Dinner.

In addition, Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.

Direct download: Episode_263_-_Gabor_Mate.mp3
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Rev. Sheri Heller, LCSW is a New York City psychotherapist and interfaith minister in private practice. Sheri is also a freelance writer, a playwright and the creator of a therapeutic theater event for at-risk women and girls in the public sector of New York City. Sheri's journey of recovery was told through an animated film short by OC87 Recovery Diaries, aired on PBS. She is the author of A Clinicians Journey from Complex Trauma to Thriving: Reflections on Abuse, C-PTSD and Reclamation, available in paperback and digital.

Direct download: Episode_262_-_Sheri_Heller.mp3
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Emma Cameron is a UKCP registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist based in the UK. She works in private practice and also online with creative, sensitive, thoughtful women who are struggling with anxiety and the effects of trauma. Emma has a Masters degree in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, she's an HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist, and she has a Diploma in Online Therapy.

Emma’s also been a practising artist for 25 years; she’s had many solo shows, and one of her paintings is featured in an exhibition of paintings that’s currently touring major Chinese art galleries, called ‘Contemporary Masters from Britain’. Emma is passionate about helping therapists connect (or reconnect) to their creativity as part of deepening their self-care practice.

Direct download: Episode_261_-_Emma_Cameron.mp3
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Sarah Peyton, Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication, teaches people how language changes relationship and the brain. She works with audiences internationally to create a compassionate understanding of the effects of relational trauma on the brain, and writes about and teaches people how words change and heal us.

Her special interest is the way that difficult events impact our automatic brain patterning, and how to transform our tendencies toward self-criticism into self-warmth. Her first book,“Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing,” is coming out from Norton Publishing.

Direct download: Episode_260_-_Sarah_Peyton.mp3
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