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.

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_330._The_Open_Heart.mp3
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Ili is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, AAMFT-Approved Supervisor, and holds a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy.

She is supervisor, professor, mentor, and wellness warrior for mental health professionals.

Her area of expertise is systems theory, including: self of the therapist, family of origin, relationship and intimacy development through dialogue, and the integration of Christian faith and counseling, as well as applying systems theory in organizational and business consulting.

Direct download: Episode_329_The_Refreshed_Therapist._Ili_Rivera_Walter..mp3
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Tiffany Chhuom, LSWAIC, CDP-T, MPH, MSW offers 18 years of professional experience practice, policy, research and administration that she used previously to contribute communication plans, marketing
strategies and social media use policies for NASW-WA while also serving on our Communications Committee.

As a therapist, treats veterans, people with disabilities, and survivors of all forms of violence (e.g. workplace harassment, campus sexual assault, Military Sexual Trauma, stalking, cyber abuse, rape, and childhood abuse).

Her new practice, Lucy in the Sky: Therapy for the Gifted, aims to serve gifted adults, those living with disabilities and those surviving trauma and addiction. She is particularly interested in how all of these things intersect as a practitioner, speaker and writer.

As the new NASW Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice influence our field, she recently completed advanced training in the UW Department of Bioethics where she will advance in ethics consultation.

Specifically, Tiffany has contributed original research, clinical skill, campaign management and organizational leadership on the use of technology and health in practice, enterprise, and research.

Her hope is to help practitioners, organizations, educators and policy makers remain relevant and compliant in our ever-evolving Digital Era.

Prior to graduate school, Tiffany was sought out to manage challenging studies in Social Work, Public Health, Criminal Justice, Addiction Medicine, Population Health, Health Disparities, and Child Welfare.

Her authorship in scientific, peer reviewed journals on addiction, child welfare, trauma, study implementation and studying the stress response of marginalized populations is noted.

From time to time she still trains others how to more ethically conduct scientific study with historically traumatized populations.
In policy, she served as a Policy Analyst at the Health Care Authority, making recommendations for the State Innovations Models Initiative and SB 6312. Her earlier policy days took new legislation headed by Partners for Our Children into action, coordinating complex data sharing agreements across 20 government agencies to prevent childhood injury.

While Tiffany’s experience mentioned above keeps her grounded, her favorite job was in practicum at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System serving Military Sexual Trauma survivors.

Her next step in life was to move to the country where she stays busy with 3 dobermans, 1 wiener dog, gardening and junkin’.

Her new practice, Lucy in the Sky: Therapy for the Gifted, aims to serve gifted adults, those living with disabilities and those surviving trauma and addiction.

She is particularly interested in how all of these things intersect as a practitioner, speaker and writer.

In her writing, she is planning a blog that will showcase her strong foundation in trauma and addiction research, her love for using comic book art, and the hobbies she indulges in to practice her own self-care, which include junkin’, thriftin’, succulents and decorating on a dime. She is currently taking no more than 10 clients at any given time so she has space to lead community workshops, teach, write and play.

Direct download: Episode_328_The_Power_of_Getting_Uncomfortable._Tiffany_Chhuom.mp3
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Teri Barney is an occupational therapist, OTR/L who finds fulfillment in helping children, teens and adults achieve good physical and mental health through meaningful functional activities, sensory integration, and psychosocial interventions.

As an occupational therapist and adoptive parent of two boys from Eastern Europe, Teri has a special interest in addressing attachment and complex trauma through activity and relationship based interventions that promote competence, self-regulation, and confidence.

She recently completed an intensive 80-hour post-graduate program at ATTACh, an international coalition of professionals and families dedicated to helping those with attachment difficulties.

Teri has over 20 years of experience as an occupational therapist in a variety of adult and pediatric settings.  She currently works in a therapeutic day school setting.   Teri also is in the process of starting a private pediatric occupational therapy practice with a subspecialty in trauma and attachment.   She is passionate about the role of occupational therapy in trauma-informed care.

Direct download: Episode_327_Occupational_Therapy__Trauma_Treatment._Teri_Barney.mp3
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In this episode, I talk a bit about the last year within The Trauma Therapist | Podcast and Trauma Therapist | 2.0, and what it’s been like doing this full time!

I also share a bit about what brought some of the Trauma Therapist | 2.0 members to the community, and what they’re going to be working on, as trauma therapists, in the coming year.

Finally, I share some of my plans for the podcast and Trauma Therapist | 2.0.

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: 326_Reflections_on_2018._Guy_Macpherson_PhD.mp3
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Stephen is a long time NJ resident who has been given the gift of many experiences in life. For most of his adult life, he served as Paramedic for 15+ years in many jurisdictions in NJ, PA, and DE.

He also had the honor of serving as a rescue worker at the World Trade Center on 9-11-01 in NYC.

Stephen has seen tragedy and suffering first hand. While saving countless overdose victims in his career, he always felt a pang of sadness when his colleagues would treat a hurting person poorly due to their ignorance of the problem.

Little did they know that he soon would be no different than many of his patients and that he was the one who needed the saving.

It took him overdosing multiple times and having been revived by former colleagues, losing his certification, career, marriage, and children to finally stop Stephen from working towards his grave and start working a recovery program.

His focus is to open up the conversation about addressing the underlying pain, trauma, or lack of coping skills that makes one decide to self-medicate in the first place. If it can happen to the rescuer himself then who perhaps “should have known better”, thus showing proof that no one is immune to the disease of addiction.

Stephen’s story has to be told to give others the courage to voice their pain. Pain shared is pain lessened. He has expertise in Emergency Medical Care, First Responder PTSD and Substance Abuse issues, Recovery Coaching, Intervention, Leadership, and Spiritual Studies. He is also a charter member of the Southern Delaware Toastmasters International Club. He is available for coaching, mentorship, speaking engagements, guest interviews, content production, and consultation services.

Stephen is proud to be the host and creator of the Rescue the Rescuer show, the only show in the world geared towards first responders who battle mental health issues including PTSD, Substance Abuse Disorder, and more.

His show is hosted on the Mental Health News Radio Network where he also serves as the Director of Network Compliance. Stephen is regularly sought out for national and international TV, podcasts, and print media for his expertise. He welcomes you to book him for a free consultation, so we can devise a plan to meet your unique needs.

Direct download: Episode325_StephenKalvakiovich.mp3
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This week on the podcast I'm excited to be joined by Angela Englander.

Angela is a passionate and inspired trauma therapist working in private practice in Ontario, Canada.

She began her journey in social services working with children who had experienced trauma, struggled with mental illness and had disabilities.

Over time her career developed and she increasingly specialized in traumatic stress and the impact trauma has on people's lives.

Five years ago she began working towards creating her trauma healing service, Ways to Wellbeing, and she's continued to learn, grow and specialize over time.

Her specialties include cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy and eye movement desensitization reprocessing.

Each day she continues to be open to learning and gaining a better understanding of people's healing journey's and what it means to heal from trauma.

This episode is sponsored by CPTSD Foundation.org: https://cptsdfoundation.org/

Direct download: Episode_323_Angela_Englander.mp3
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Nikki Webber Allen is a 2-Time Emmy Award winner with 20 years of experience producing content for media outlets including Warner Bros., HBO, ABC, 20th Century Fox and BET.

In 2013, while working as the Vice President of Casting & Talent Relations for the cable network TV One, Nikki lost her 22-year old nephew, Paul, to suicide after his years of struggle with depression and anxiety. Since then, she’s become a passionate mental health advocate.

In Paul’s honor, she launched the nonprofit I Live For.org to create a safe space for honest, unapologetic conversations about mental health in communities of color where the cultural stigma of mental illness discourages far too many young people from seeking help.

Esteemed scholar and advisor to the foundation, Michael Eric Dyson has called I Live For “an incredibly important organization that offers much needed support to those who too often suffer in silence.”

Her work with I LIVE FOR.org has been featured in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, NPR and NBC News.

She’s the host of Slate Magazine’s podcast “Life Effects” and she’s currently producing and directing a documentary film featuring a diverse group of compelling young men and women who reject the stigma of mental illness and share candid stories about their experiences living with depression and anxiety. The film is being scored by her husband musician Jeffrey Allen of the Grammy nominated R&B band Mint Condition.

In Spring 2017, she was chosen for the highly-coveted TED Residency program which culminated in delivering an impassioned TED Talk entitled, “Don’t suffer from your depression in silence,” which has garnered over 1.7MM views.

Direct download: Episode_322_Nikki_Webber_Allen.mp3
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Sara Schulting-Kranz was raped at 17 years of age, became pregnant and chose to keep her child.

23 years later, she found out her husband of 17 years was gay, having affairs with men for most of her marriage and was an addict.

To heal, Sara summited mountains, ran marathons, ultra-marathons, and stand-up paddled deep into the ocean.

Today, she helps other women find the courage to do the same.

Her recovery journey has become a documentary in production, titled, Walk Through This - A Story of Starting Over.

Sara founded Live Boldly Coaching, LLC and became the first Co-Active Professional Life and Leadership coach, Wilderness First Responder andMultidimensional Partner TraumaModel certified coach in the world.

With a vision and dream in my 40’s, she began guiding Transformational Coaching, Hiking, and Meditation Retreats in the Grand Canyon.

Not only does she guide clients physically through the canyon, but also emotionally, mentally, and if they choose, spiritually deep within themselves!

Direct download: Episode_321_sara-shulting-kranz.mp3
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Dr. Rebecca Milner is an Assistant Professor with the East Tennessee State University Counseling Program, and the clinical mental health concentration coordinator.

Prior to taking a position as a full time counselor educator, Rebecca worked at a university counseling center as a generalist, and a public hospital as a member of the psychiatric emergency team.

In addition to teaching, Rebecca provides consulting services through her LLC, Empatheia Consulting, including psychoeducational and experiential workshops, personal and professional retreats, and organizational consulting services on a variety of mental health and wellness related topics.

Rebecca views counseling as an opportunity for her to partner with clients through a particularly challenging part of their life journey to offer support and collaboration. She believes in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship and uses person-centered, feminist/multicultural, and systems frameworks. She also incorporate expressive arts, narrative, and mindfulness-based practices.

Rebecca is trained in Intergroup Dialogue facilitation and believes in ongoing personal and professional growth and advocacy, particularly with regard to intercultural development.

Direct download: Episode_320_BringingHumanitytoSuicideAssessment_DrRebeccaMilner.mp3
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