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.

Edward Tick, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized transformational healer, psychotherapist, writer and educator. Co-Founder and Executive Director of Soldier’s Heart, he works internationally on the psychospiritual and cross-cultural healing of military and war trauma and on holistic and psycho-spiritual healing.

He was the U.S. Army’s 2012 trainer in the holistic healing of PTSD, training over 2,500 chaplains and officers. He continues to work with the Army and Air Force.

Ed is the author of five books including the groundbreaking War and the Soul. His newest book, Warrior’s Return: Restoring the Soul After War, was just published.

Direct download: Episode_76_-_Edward_Tick.mp3
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Sheela Raja, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and author of the book, Overcoming Trauma and PTSD.

She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she teaches Health Communication and Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Raja received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her internship and post-doctoral training at the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Boston, MA.

She is a highly sought after speaker and has given invited talks at federal, national, and community agencies on the topic of post-traumatic stress. Dr. Raja has a passion for making evidence-based psychology accessible and is a regular guest contributor to local and national television networks, including CBS-Chicago and CNN. She is a blogger for the The Huffington Post, and has been quoted as an expert source in numerous print and online publications.

Direct download: Episode_75_-_Sheela_Raja.mp3
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Beck is an addiction counselor originally from Los Angeles California, and is currently on the Board of Directors for NALGAP (The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies).

Beck is the Assistant Director of Clinical Services at Pride Institute in Minneapolis, MN. as well as a National Speaker on topics of the LGBTQ community and substance abuse.

Beck has a special focus on the Transgender community, trauma, addiction, and helping treatment facilities and clinicians better serve the Trans community.

Direct download: Episode_74_-_Beck_Gee-Cohen.mp3
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Randy Noblitt, formerly an Air Force clinical psychologist, is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University in Los Angeles where he teaches ethics, adult interventions, and a fourth year advanced clinical elective, Trauma and Dissociation.

His main clinical and scholarly interest is in ritual abuse and dissociation. He is the principal author of Cult and Ritual Abuse: Narratives, Evidence, and Healing Approachesnow in its third edition (Praeger, 2014). and also co-edited Ritual Abuse in the Twenty-First Century: Psychological, Forensic, Social, and Political Considerations, (Robert Reed, 2008).

Along with a team of dedicated colleagues, Dr. Noblitt hosts a dissociative disorders study group at the Los Angeles campus of Alliant International University that is open to other helping professionals and students.

Direct download: Episode_73_-_Randy_Noblitt.mp3
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Cathy Malchiodi, PhD is a leading international expert, syndicated writer, and educator in the fields of art therapy and art in healthcare.

She is a research psychologist, a Board Certified and Licensed Professional Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and has over 25 years of experience and education in trauma intervention and disaster relief and integrative approaches to health.

Cathy is the founder, director and lead faculty member of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, dedicated to teaching trauma-informed intervention that integrates neurodevelopment, somatic approaches, mindfulness, and positive psychology.

Cathy’s blog, Arts and Health at Psychology Today Online covers topics related to art therapy, expressive arts therapy, trauma, body-mind approaches, neuroscience and the arts, creativity, and integrative health practices. Cathy is a recognized force in international education, program development and advocacy for trauma survivors and the accessibility of trauma-informed care.

Direct download: Episode_72_-_Cathy_Malchiodi.mp3
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Robert T. Muller trained at Harvard University, was on faculty at the University of Massachusetts, and is currently at York University in Toronto.

Dr. Muller was recently honored as a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD) for his work on trauma treatment.

Dr. Muller is the author of several books. His psychotherapy bestseller, Trauma and the Avoidant Client, in its third printing, has been translated and won the 2011 ISSTD award for the year's best written work on trauma.

Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up,  talks about how to navigate the psychotherapy relationship with trauma survivors. And his new trauma book is titled, Trauma & the Struggle to Open Up:  From Avoidance to Recovery & Growth.

As lead investigator on several multi-site programs to treat interpersonal trauma, Dr. Muller has lectured internationally and has been the keynote speaker at mental health conferences in New Zealand and Canada.

He founded an online magazine, The Trauma & Mental Health Report, that is now visited by over 100,000 readers a year.

With over 20 years in the field, he practices in Toronto.

Direct download: Episode_71_-_Robert_Muller.mp3
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Dr. Omar Minwalla is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Sexologist and the Director of The Institute for Sexual Health in Beverly Hills, California.

Dr. Minwalla is the founder of the Sex Addiction-Induced Trauma Model, which recognizes the traumatic impacts on others of sexual acting out disorders.

Since 2006, Dr. Minwalla has articulated the alarming lack of recognition and treatment of trauma among partners and spouses of sex addicts. He has challenged the “traditional sex addiction model” as patriarchal, narcissistic in scope, a form of victim-blaming, and in desperate need of revision. The Institute for Sexual Health remains one of the only treatment facilities that utilizes a sex addiction-induced trauma model to treat those impacted and victimized by sexual acting out disorders.

Direct download: Episode_70_-_Omar_Minwalla.mp3
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Dr. Fredrike Bannink MDR is a clinical psychologist and a Master of Dispute Resolution based in Amsterdam.

She is an internationally recognized CBT, Positive psychology and Solution-Focused presenter and trainer and the author of more than 25 books. She is also a Mental Health Trainer for Doctors without Borders.

Direct download: Episode_69_-_Fredrike_Bannink.mp3
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With a professional background in both yoga and treatment industry marketing, as well as a personal history of perseverance and recovery, Monique brings a uniquely balanced perspective to her work.

She has been teaching trauma-aware, Psychologically-Informed Yoga ™ in large group and private one-on-one settings since 2006. Keenly interested in the intersection between yoga and behavioral health services, Monique has been published in Addiction Professional Magazine and several other local/national publications. Though not a clinician, she has earned a graduate level certificate in The Clinical Foundations of Trauma from State University of NY, Buffalo, and dedicated much of her life to volunteering in environments that serve disenfranchised or traumatized individuals.

Monique recently launched a Psychologically-Informed Yoga Teacher training program that focuses on serving those in the helping professions. She is also in the process of developing a pilot yoga program which launches this month at the The Shelter for Abused Women in Naples, Florida More about Monique and her work can be found online at Vivasana.net

Direct download: Episode_68_-_Monique_Funk.mp3
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Debi Grebenik, Ph.D., LCSW, is the director of a Colorado Child Placement Agency that specializes in trauma work in their foster care program as well as their community and clinical programs.

She is a part-time professor in a Master's of Social Work program and also maintains a small private practice for failing adoptions or families with acute trauma histories. She loves to bake, run, read, and play with her 7 grandchildren.

Direct download: Episode_67_-_Debi_Grebenik.mp3
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