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.

The Trauma Therapist Live! podcasts are shorter segments in which I reflect on the themes and topics coming up on the podcast and discuss the nuts and bolts of how these themes pertain to the trauma therapist, what we can learn from them, and how we can apply them in the work we do.

Today: 5 Things I've Learned from Interviewing 50 Master Trauma Therapists. This was based on a blog post I wrote which recieved a lot of comments on LinkedIn and so wanted to do an episode on it as well.

Direct download: Episode_55_-_Thingsve_Learned.mp3
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Lisa Ferentz, a lcsw, has been in private practice for over 30 years and is a nationally recognized expert in the treatment of trauma.

She is an Adjunct Faculty member at several Universities, and is the Founder of “The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education,” now in its eighth year of providing continuing education to mental health professionals.

Lisa is the author of “Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Traumatized Clients: A Clinician’s Guide,” now in its second edition, and “Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors: A Workbook of Hope and Healing.”

In 2009 she was voted the “Social Worker of Year” by the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work.

Direct download: Episode_54_-_Lisa_Ferentz.mp3
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Dr. Dori Laub was born in Cernauti, Romania on June 8, 1937. He is currently a practicing psychoanalyst in New Haven, Connecticut who works primarily with victims of massive psychic trauma as well as their children.

Dori is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and Co-Founder of the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. He obtained his M.D. at the Hadassah Medical School at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel and his M.A. in Clinical Psychology at the Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. He was Acting Director of Genocide Study Program (GSP) at Yale between 2000 and 2003. Since 2001, he has served as Deputy Director for Trauma Studies for the GSP.

Dr Laub has published on the topic of psychic trauma, its knowing and representation in a variety of psychoanalytic journals and has co-authored a book entitled Testimony-Crises of Witnessing in Literature, Psychoanalysis, and History with Professor Shoshana Felman.

Direct download: Episode_53_-_Dori_Laub.mp3
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Dr. Jamie Marich is the author of three books on trauma: 
Trauma Made Simple (2014), 
Trauma and the Twelve Steps (2012), 
and EMDR Made Simple (2011).

She travels internationally as an invited continuing education speaker on topics connected to trauma, addiction, and mindfulness. She is the creator of the Dancing Mindfulness practice and now leads a team of international facilitators in the mindfulness and trauma-informed practice. Marich still maintains a private practice in her hometown of Youngstown, OH, primarily specializing in EMDR as a treatment modality.

Marich began her career as a humanitarian aid worker in post-war Bosnia from 2000-2003, an experience she will be sharing through a TEDx talk in January 2015.

Direct download: Episode_51_-_Jamie_Marich.mp3
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Geri Lynn Weinstein-Mathews has been providing therapy for more than 20 years. Within that time she played a significant role delivering care to the Firefighters of New York City in the wake of the September 11th attacks. Recently Geri Lynn has turned her efforts to documentary filmmaking with her film Justice Denied to advocate and educate on the subject of rape in the military, and specifically male survivors of sexual assault in the military.

Direct download: Episode_50_-_Geri_Lynn_Weinstein-Matthews.mp3
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Anna B. Baranowsky, Ph.D., C. Psych, is the CEO of the Traumatology Institute (Canada) and is a psychologist who works with trauma survivors. Her guiding principle has been the development of service to meet the needs of trauma survivors, their families, friends and organizations, and professionals seeking personal care and training to advance their knowledge in the field.

Dr. Baranowsky received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She is a Green Cross Scholar, Registered Traumatologist and Trainer. She serves on the board of directors of the Academy of Traumatology and is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress through the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and is recognized by The National Center for Crisis Management.

Direct download: Episode_48_-_Anna_Baranowsky_1.mp3
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Lt. Eric Strom spent 5 years active duty in the US Marine Corps from 1999-2004. In 2009, he received his Masters in Social Work and then in 2010 began serving with the Minnesota Army National Guard as a behavioral health officer. Today, Eric works in private practice in Northern Minnesota, specializing in trauma with veterans.

Direct download: Episode_44_-_Eric_Strom.mp3
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Kathy Steele has been offering consultation and training for the past 30 years in the areas of complex trauma, dissociation, and attachment.

She is sought as a consultant and supervisor, and as an international lecturer and trainer.

Kathy is a Past President and Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and has served on the Board of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), as well as served on the International Task Force that developed treatment guidelines for Dissociative Disorders.

Currently Kathy is on a Joint Task Force that is developing treatment guidelines for Complex PTSD.

Kathy has authored and co-authored numerous book chapters, journal articles, and two award winning books on trauma and dissociation with Dutch colleagues: The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation of the Personality and Treatment of Chronic Traumatization [Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology], and Coping with Trauma-related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists. One of her current projects is a third book on treatment of trauma-related dissociation focused on the issues that clinicians often bring to supervision.

Direct download: Episode_43_-_Kathy_Steele_1.mp3
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Dr. Larry Decker has been has been a student of universal Sufism for over 40 years and has been treating combat veterans for over 30 years first in the VA and now in private practice as a contract/provider.

He has published numerous articles in several technical/scholarly journals on the treatment of combat PTSD.

Dr. Decker’s book, The Alchemy of Combat, published by Omega Publications has just been released. In this book Larry presents the process of transforming a traumatic disorder into emotional and psychological growth.

Direct download: Episode_36_edited-_Larry_Decker.mp3
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Douglas W. Walker, Ph.D. is the Clinical Director of Mercy Family Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He is a Clinical Psychologist and Principal Investigator of Project Fleur-de-lis, a school-based mental health system for 60 New Orleans area schools, a member site of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN.org).  In addition Dr. Walker is a consultant to the Association for International Schools in Africa and the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has most recently provided training and consultation for Singapore’s Institute of Mental Health in immediate and long-term mental health crisis response. 

Throughout 2013, Dr. Walker provided training and consultation to school-based mental health professionals in New York City and Long Island who served students and families impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In addition Dr. Walker assisted Nairobi’s international school community by providing care and guidance to students, parents, teachers and administrators impacted by the Westgate Mall terrorist attack and has served as technical advisor to the US State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools in Africa and Guyana’s Ministry of Health to assist in the dissemination of trauma focused, evidence – based practices.

Direct download: Episode_25_-_Douglas_Walker.mp3
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