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.

This week I’m proud to announce that I have a firefighter, Carl Waggett, back on the podcast. (Carl was a guest back on episode 229 of The Trauma Therapist | Podcast.)

Carl’s on a mission to help others heal from PTSD.

He’s got a podcast, he’s doing Facebook Live, and he’s on YouTube. With everything he’s got going on I think it’s fair to say that he’s put together a pretty amazing tour de force, and all with the goal of helping others heal, and avoiding some of the missteps he took along his journey.

Carl’s been a full-time firefighter for the past 14 years, and Acting Captain for 4 of them.  After a fellow-firefighter and close friend of Carl’s ended his own life, Carl removed himself from the front line trucks only to be diagnosed with PTSD a short time afterward. Carl says he’s learning that there are many sides to this very intelligent disorder, and would simply like to share his experiences in the hope that others understand that PTSD is more of a winnable battle then you think.

Carl started his podcast, PTSD Bunker Gear For Your Brain, after his experiences with PTSD and to help other first responders.

Direct download: Episode_251_-_Carl_Wagget.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am PST

Dr. Janae Weinhold has thirty years’ experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado. She is Dean and Core Faculty in the Intercultural Open University Foundation’s doctoral program, and also co-directs a nonprofit institute and the Colorado Professional Development Center.

She is currently providing Trauma-Informed Care training for mental health professionals and clinical supervision. Since 1994 she has been offering mental health training, supervision and consultation services through a sister NGO in Kiev, Ukraine.

Janae is the author or co-author of a dozen books on developmental trauma, conflict resolution, codependency, counterdependency and psychopathology.

Her newest book, LOVEvolution: A Bioresonance Model for Healing Developmental Trauma, presents her heart-based approach for healing developmental trauma caused by disorganized caregiving and Disorganized Attachment.

Direct download: Episode_250_-_Janae_Weinhold.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

Cynthia Price is a body therapy researcher. She studied massage therapy in 1981 and was in private practice for 20 years as a body psychotherapist before pursuing her doctorate to do research in the field. Now an Associate Research Professor at the University of Washington, her research is focused on the study of Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy (MABT), a body therapy approach developed to teach interoceptive awareness skills for self-care and to facilitate emotion regulation.  This work, while helpful for people from all walks of life, is particularly useful for individuals who are disconnected from their bodies due to trauma, depression, chemical dependency, chronic pain, stress or illness.

The Director of the Center for Mindful Body Awareness http://www.cmbaware.org/ in Seattle, Cynthia is committed to increasing health care access to underserved populations, and works with local and international programs to provide and improve integrative care through her research, teaching, and service.

Direct download: Episode_249_-_Cynthia_Price.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

Tara is a beginning trauma therapist who works as a private practitioner in Charlotte, NC. She holds a Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Montreat College and provides evidence based therapies for trauma including EMDR and Cognitive Processing Therapy.

Tara specializes in working with women who have been sexually abused. Before becoming a licensed therapist, Tara did direct care work in inpatient and residential settings working with individuals with eating disorders, substance abuse, physical aggression, and suicidality, noting that so often these challenges were rooted in trauma. This set the stage for her specialization in trauma.

Direct download: Episode_248_-_Tara_Cantrell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

Nick Cardone is a Counselling Therapist in private practice living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. For over 15 years, Nick’s has worked in community-based, not-for-profit, publicly funded, and private practice mental health settings with adolescents and adults.

This diverse background has informed his current focus as a therapist, which is that men and boys have unique needs when it comes to mental health and addictions work. 

He believes that, while stigma is indeed a barrier, more importantly, that the social constructs of masculinity play a deeper role, and the way we offer therapy needs to better align with the unique needs of men.

Nick has just completed a 2-year pilot project, funded by the Movember Foundation to address these special mental health needs, and the shocking statistics around men and suicide. The T.O.N.E. Project (Therapy Outside Normal Environments) was 3-month group that used outdoor, adventure and experiential methods combined with expressive modalities like art, music and writing.

Attrition rates in mental health settings (group, individual, etc.) across North America are high (research says between 30 and 60%). The TONE Project had an attrition rate of one, which is pretty staggering (This works out to be 2.9% of total participants).

Nick’s primary goal is to share this vital work with clinicians and clients alike - that there are other ways we can work with the men and boys on our caseloads: whether sitting solo by a campfire with a journal, rock climbing, volunteering at a community garden, or creating music - men have other options for how therapy happens or where it takes place.

Direct download: Episode_247_-_Nick_Cardone.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:03am PST

Originally from New York City, Suzy began her career in television working as a production assistant and segment producer for a variety of programs including, Ryan’s Hope, Good Morning America, The CBS Morning Program and Live! Regis & Kathie Lee.

After the birth of her daughter, Suzy earned a Master’s of Education in Parent and Child Development from Bank Street College of Education in New York City.

Shortly after moving to Newtown, CT. in 2003, her middle child, seven at the time, suffered a severe and life threatening accident--a trauma that put everything else in their lives on hold for months.

Suzy says that While the treatment received for the physical injury was excellent, we were largely unprepared for the residual effects of the stored trauma which we would come to learn, endure on and off indefinitely; yet with the proper help can be substantially mitigated.

In 2007, Suzy launched Parenting With New Perspectives, a resource of guidance, support, and coaching for parents.

Suzy is a mother to three children: Quincy, 23; Cary, 19 and Barrett, 17.

Direct download: Episode_246_-_Suzy_DeYoung.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:47am PST

Malorie Moore is a certified Hatha yoga instructor with over 1000 hours of training both in Montreal and Bombay. She also holds a Master’s in Social Work and has a background in Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and addictions therapy. Malorie combines her experience in mental health with yogic and mindfulness principles to create an integrative therapeutic approach.

Direct download: Episode_245_-_Malorie_Moore.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:52am PST

Toni Rahman, LCSW is a psychotherapist specializing in trauma and attachment.  She is an author, a mother, a sister, a teacher, a traveler, and a lifelong learner.  Her passions include Eastern and indigenous healing practices, psychology, spirituality and gender issues, as well as issues of social and economic justice. Toni is passionate about exploring ways to support others in making profound shifts in their life experience. She is a Trauma-Informed Care Practitioner, a Certified EMDR Practitioner trained in CranioSacral Therapy & SomatoEmotional Release, Chinese Five Element Theory, Dream Interpretation, Quantum Touch and Energy Balancing.

Direct download: Episode_244_-_Toni_Rahman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52am PST

The individuals that decide to come on this podcast never cease to amaze me with their daringness, compassions, and willingness to share the details of their backgrounds and struggles. 

And today, as I continue my interview series with members of my online community Trauma Therapist | 2.0, my guest, Eva Eakins, is no exception.

Eva, who is a trained grassroots advocate for Domestic Minor Sex trafficking, has been diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, and in this interview she shares in a detailed and intimate way, the experiences of her life and what it means--and feels like--to live with this disorder.

Eva is currently in a professional transition-phase to begin working in the mental health field as a Peer Support Specialist. 

One of the things that Eva said that really struck me was that when she initially thought about joining Trauma Therapist | 2.0, she didn’t think that it would or could be for her at all. She goes on to talk more about this in the interview, but it really made me think about how I, as the facilitator of the group, have to do more to let others know that, Yes, you are welcome. You don’t have to be a therapist, or a counselor, or a yogi or a trauma worker at all. Whether you’ve experienced trauma or not, if you’re interested in learning more about trauma-informed treatment you are welcome. Therapists and survivors alike.

Direct download: Episode_243_-_Eva_Eakings.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:46am PST

As a psychologist and survivor of horrific child abuse, Dr. Michelle Stevens is in a unique position to write and speak on the subject of trauma. Her dual roles as therapist and patient allow her to comprehend psychological issues from the inside out and the outside in. This gives her an uncanny ability to explain the complicated nuances of trauma in ways that are accessible to a broad audience. She strives to use this gift to educate others on the effects of abuse and violence, while inspiring survivors to overcome their pain

After suffering more than ten years of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse at the hands of a sadistic pedophile and the sex ring to which he belonged, Michelle escaped and went on to study writing at New York University.

Michelle earned her doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University, where her thesis was honored as the “Dissertation of Distinction.” She has presented her research to the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, where she also received an award for Outstanding Research. Her writing about trauma has appeared in The New York Times, Time,People, The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Good Housekeeping, and The Hollywood Reporter.

Direct download: Episode_242_-_Michelle_Stevens.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:31am PST