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.

Bennett is a social work clinician, academic and researcher who brings a human rights perspective to helping the traumatized trauma worker.

A writer, trauma trainer and consultant, she has worked with trauma workers in Australia and the Asia–Pacific, and has trained trauma workers and/or evaluated trauma services and programs in the UK, Europe, Nepal, Indonesia, Aceh, East Timor, New Zealand, Georgia (Russia) and Sri Lanka.

Margi is a consultant to trauma organisations and their managers and staff, providing context-specific trauma training, supervision for managers and staff in trauma services, and qualitative research to increase organisational funding.

Direct download: Episode_319_Human_Rights_and_Trauma_Advocacy_Margi_Bennett.mp3
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Sometimes I feel that my reason for doing this podcast gets lost beneath the weight of my interviews.

Today, I wanted to talk about that: What drives me in this work.

Spoiler alert--it’s you, the trauma therapists who dedicate themselves to helping those who’ve been impacted by trauma.

People like you inspire me and truly keep me going.

Direct download: Episode_318_-_OWNING_YOUR_STORY_FULL_EPISODE.mp3
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I’m very excited this week to be joined by Athena Moberg.

Athena is an author, speaker, and advocate working in the field of C-PTSD/ Complex Trauma Recovery.

She is also a force, and she’s on a mission.

With a deep passion for helping those who have been impacted by trauma, she inspires her community into a deeper level of faith while encouraging them to love and accept themselves just as they are.

Athena and her staff of dedicated volunteers reach thousands of survivors weekly in over 180 countries through Athena's YouTube and Roku TV channel.

Her life's work is CPTSDfoundation.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing trauma-informed education and resources to both helping professionals and mental health consumers who are living with the devastating after-effects of complex trauma.

The foundation provides adjunctive care; trauma-informed peer support--daily calls where people from all over the world call in to share, heal, learn and support one another.

CPTSD Foundation is proud to work in tandem with practitioners and treatment centers, offering daily touchpoints to anyone currently in trauma therapy or who just want a safe place to come and feel heard and validated between appointments.

Athena resides in Maui, Hawaii with her husband of seven years. Her son is a Marine Corps Veteran studying Neuroscience with the goal of becoming a Forensic Pathologist. Her daughter-in-law is a Second Lieutenant in the Army while attending Veterinary School.

With 3 published books, Athena speaks publicly every week and firmly believes compassion is a priceless gift we can all give.

Direct download: Episode_317_CreatingACommunityForSurvivors_AthenaMoberg.mp3
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Victoria Grinman is a licensed clinical social worker and educator with a private practice and community resource called Growing Kind Minds, currently based in MA.

Victoria is an adjunct lecturer at Boston College and Columbia School of Social Work Masters programs. She enjoy traveling nationally and sharing about body-based approaches to working in a trauma-informed way with kids and teens. Victoria says that, I have the sublime privilege of working in the trauma field with folks of all ages in my practice. Her most recent project (while there are many!) is my dissertation research - a focus on posttraumatic growth in parents of young adult Autistic children.

Direct download: Episode_316_TrustingYourStruggle_Victoria_Grinman.mp3
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Michelle holds a Bachelor of Social Science and majors in Counselling and Mediation, and Human Relations and Communication, and has over 20 years of experience in training and teaching in domestic violence, child protection and trauma work.

She has worked for 15 years in Non-Government Organisations creating programs for teenage parents, new parents, Aboriginal families and people from many diverse backgrounds.

Michelle has also spent many years public speaking at conferences around the world on the issues facing families living with Huntington's Disease and has been a huge advocate for young carers and people facing the complex challenges of living with an incurable illness.
In addition, Michelle has been actively involved in creating resources, supports, connections for those facing this terminal illness.


In this interview, Jessica Culp, a long-time Trauma Therapist | 2.0 member, takes the mic and interviews me.

I’ve been a guest on a number of other podcasts and truly enjoy the experience. In this interview, however, Jessica does a great job of inviting me to share a number of things I honestly don’t think I’ve shared on other shows before

So, if you’re looking for a little behind-the-scenes here at The Trauma Therapist | Podcast, then this episode is for you.

Jessica achieved her Masters in Mental Health Counseling August of 2018 from Lincoln Christian Seminary.

Jessica received her clinical training at Lincoln Christian University

and Piatt County Mental Health Center. She is currently the Intake Coordinator at east central Illinois’ newest trauma focused practice, Steadfast Center, in Urbana, Illinois.

She is looking forward to seeing client’s after she receives her license as a professional counselor (LPC) later this year.

This will be Jessica’s second career, after six years working in the marketing and resource development field for three local non profit organizations.

Jessica has been listening to the Trauma Therapist Podcast since September of 2015, and has been a Trauma Therapist 2.0 since December 2016.

Jessica can be reached at: jessica@steadfastcenter.com

Steadfast Center’s website

Direct download: Episode_314_JESSICA_INTERVIEWS_ME_full_episode.mp3
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I’m very excited this week to have Dr. Dan Siegel back.

Dan’s new book, Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence–The Groundbreaking Meditation Practiceis, is something that’s been on my radar for quite some time as it fits into much of what we discuss here on the podcast.

What does it mean to cultivate awareness?
Why is it important?
And what are the implications both for therapists in general, for for trauma therapists in particular?
And how does this impact the client?

Dan Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA.

An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships.

Dr. Siegel is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization, which offers online learning and in-person seminars that focus on how the development of mindsight in individuals, families and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes.

Direct download: Episode_313_DAN_SIEGEL_IS_BACK.mp3
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Kristin Sunanta Walker is the CEO of the technology consulting firm, everythingEHR, and the founder of the Mental Health News Radio Network, a collection of podcasts centering on the subject of mental health. Kirstin is also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, and an advocate for survivors of childhood trauma.

On her podcast, Mental Health News Radio, Kristin has interviewed leaders in the behavioral health community such as CEO’s of technology companies, counselors, best-selling authors, and global experts in the field of Behavioral Health. Her show is downloaded in over 171 countries and continues its reach with inspiring guests from every corner of the world.

Direct download: Episode_312_Kristin_Sunanta_Walker_How_I_Became_My_Own_Friend.mp3
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My goal with The Trauma Therapist Project--the podcast, Trauma Therapist | 2.0, and my online course, Inner-Work For The New Trauma Worker--has always been to raise the awareness of trauma, and to help support, educate and inspire new trauma therapists.

This week I'm continuing that mission, albeit with something different. A few weeks ago I reached out to Victor Yalom of psychotherapy.net and inquired about partnering with him to bring my listeners one of his most popular online courses, Irvin Yalom and the Art of Psychotherapy.

I thought this would be a great chance for you to learn from a master therapist.

Irvin Yalom, is a prolific author, well-known for integrating existentialism into his work, as well as for working in the here and now. It is these latter two elements which are integral to working with those who’ve been impacted by trauma, and the reason I wanted to partner with Victor to bring this course to you.

In this episode I talk to Victor, the son of Irvin Yalom, and himself, a licensed psychologist with over 25 years of experience, and the founder and CEO of Psychotherapy.net.

Victor shares his personal story of what inspired him to get into the field of psychotherapy, and then eventually found psychotherapy.net.

Victor gives us a peek into this incredible course, Irvin Yalom and the Art of Psychotherapy, and also offers The Trauma Therapist | Podcast listeners a unique discount.

Direct download: Episode_311-_Victor_Yalom._The_Art_of_Psychotherapy.mp3
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Helen Oakwater is Coach, Trainer, and Author. And is a self-identified, lifelong learner who is intent on future-proofing children and melting trauma from the core belief that understanding is key.

Her book Bubble Wrapped Children: How social networking is transforming 21st Century adoption took the issue of uninvited contact via Facebook was promoting of uninvited contact between birth families and adopted children. It explores the underlying issues motivating the searching and offers a reframe for adopters.

Direct download: Episode_310_-_Helen_Oakwater._On_a_Mission_to_Share_the_Truth.mp3
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