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.

Marisa Hughes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boca Raton, Florida. She specializes in working with women who have experienced trauma and want to transform their lives through healing. Marisa also coaches other therapists who are feeling stuck or getting in their own way, when it comes to running their own successful practices. Marisa takes a holistic approach to her private practice integrating traditional psychotherapy, EMDR, intuition, mindset work and therapeutic yoga. Check out her website www.marisahughescounseling.com for more information about how to work with Marisa.

Direct download: Episode_213_-_Marisa_Hughes.mp3
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Lisa Ferentz is back on the podcast, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Lisa is the quintessential therapist, in my mind: she’s passionate, compassionate, super insightful, and a nationally recognized expert in the treatment of trauma with over 33 years in the field. In 2009 she was voted the “Social Worker of Year” by the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work.

You’ll recall that Lisa initially joined me on episode 54 of the podcast, and then graced my membership site, Trauma Therapist | 2.0, with an amazing video interview on self-harming behaviors. You can check out a snippet of that video here.

Lisa is an adjunct Faculty member at several Universities and is the Founder of The Ferentz Institute, now in its tenth year of providing continuing education to mental health professionals.

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

Today, we talk about her new book, Finding Your Ruby Slippers: Transformative Life Lessons from the Therapist's Couch, what inspired her to write it, why it’s a go-to resource for therapists and clients, alike, and the story behind the title.

Direct download: Episode_212_-_Lisa_Ferentz.mp3
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Eduardo Duran, PhD is a psychologist and veteran of the US Navy submarine force. He is one of the first people to write and bring attention to soul wounding also known as historical trauma.

Ed’s therapeutic work includes a healing philosophy that is deeply ingrained in Indigenous worldviews. He travels to many tribal communities all over the world in order to bring awareness and validate Indigenous clinical and research methods. He has authored 3 books and many papers dealing with soul wounding and how western approaches can be enhanced by integrating cultural responsive strategies into our work.

Direct download: Episode_211_-_Eduardo_Duran.mp3
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I’m excited and proud to say that this is the first episode that features acupuncture in the treatment of trauma. Anthony Giovanniello, and his organization, Acupuncture Ambassadors, are both amazing.

Anthony holds a Masters Degree in Science and Acupuncture, is Nationally Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and specializes in the treatment of PTSD, anxiety, depression, addictions and end of life issues.

Anthony is the founder of Acupuncture Ambassadors, a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to organize sustainable acupuncture treatment clinics worldwide for the care of refugees, victims of violence, human trafficking, and war.

Direct download: Episode_210_-_Anthony_Giovanniello.mp3
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We close out the holiday republishing with this gem. Ed Tick pretty much embodies everything I’m attempting to do with this podcast: He exudes a certain genuineness and passion for this works that is infectious and inspiring. I remember finishing the interview with him on fire. I was that excited, and I wanted to translate that into the work I do with my clients as well as The Trauma Therapist Project.

I hope you enjoy this one. Again!

 

Direct download: Episode2020920-20Edward20Tick.mp3
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We continue this month revisiting some of my favorite interviews. Today we listen to the incredible Lisa Ferentz, LCSW.

Lisa is one of those individuals who has the admirable combination of empathy, humor, and compassion together with the skill of a master therapist. (I loved talking with Lisa so much, and respect so much the way she works that I invited her to share her passion on Trauma Therapist | 2.0. You can check out Lisa’s video here.)

Lisa 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 Trauma Survivors: 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_208_-_Lisa_Ferentz.mp3
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As I indicated last week, this month we’re going to be revisiting some of the incredible interviews on the podcast. This episode with Peter Bernstein has to be included. Peter lays bare in an open, honest and inspiring way the struggles and joys of one person’s journey from high school dropout to becoming a trauma therapist. This episode provided me with so much inspiration for the work I do. I hope you’ll find it equally as inspiring.

Peter M. Bernstein, PhD, FAPA, MFT is founder and director of the Bernstein Institute for Trauma Treatment in Petaluma, CA. In private practice since 1974, Peter holds a doctorate in clinical psychology as a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Dr. Bernstein specializes in the field of emotional and physical trauma and is the author of Trauma: Healing the Hidden Epidemic. A veteran of the Vietnam War era, Peter completed advanced infantry training at Fort Ord on the Monterey peninsula.

The Bernstein Institute offers individual, couples, and group therapy and uses Reichian-Myofascial Release Therapy (RMFR), a unique and proprietary modality developed by Dr. Bernstein for healing trauma, PTS, and other behavioral health issues.

Direct download: Episode_207_Peter_Bernstein.mp3
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Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, MFT is a licensed Somatic Psychotherapist. She is an International teacher of psychology and trains health professionals in California, Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Europe and starting in China next year.

Manuela co-directs and teaches at the Hakomi Institute of California that hosts her trauma training: From Trauma to Dharma. (starts again in April 2016) This training integrates current neuroscience of trauma theory, somatic and mindfulness-based interventions with dharmic teachings and embodied meditation practices.

In addition Manuela has trained in various methods of working with trauma (e.g.Somatic Experiencing) and counseled survivors of political oppression, torture and trauma for the past 25 years. Her recent book: 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness. Practical Strategies for Emotional Health and Wellbeing, has been published by by W.W. Norton. (2015)

Direct download: Episode_206_-_Manuela_Mischke-Reed.mp3
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Dr. Nancy Morgan specializes both in working with adults with severe mental health challenges whose traumatic histories influence and inform their thoughts and behaviors, and in providing Trauma-Focused training and supervision to future therapists.

Her primary work has been in Partial Hospitalization Program settings, Secure Residential Treatment Facilities, and Intensive Outpatient Programs, where she’s served as a clinician, manager, or most often as program clinical supervisor.

Currently, Dr. Morgan works as the Director of Behavioral Health at LifeMoves, Northern California’s largest agency dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness where she has developed a Trauma-Focused Mindfulness-Based training curriculum whereby she provides didactics, supervises, and mentors graduate psychology students.

Direct download: Episode_205_-_Nancy_Morgan.mp3
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Jenny Watt, M.A., is a Registered Clinical Counselor  with specialized training in EMDR Therapy. She has a special interest in working with adults, parents, and couples whose painful childhood experiences are keeping them from enjoying fulfilling lives and is approved to provide services for individuals in the Crime Victims Assistance Program.

Prior to her work in private practice, Jenny worked with marginalized children, parents, and families as a family therapist in a non-profit setting.

Through her experiences, Jenny discovered the importance of trauma-informed practice and became dedicated to trauma work. She is committed to encouraging positive growth and change in the community through her passion for counseling and healing.

Direct download: Episode2020420-20Jenny20Watt.mp3
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