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.

I’ve been following Sebastian Junger’s work for some time now. It’s been his war documentaries, however, such as Restrepo andKorengal, that have pulled me in and had an impact on me and the work I now do.

When I saw that he had a new book coming out which looked at our need for community and connection, as seen through the eyes of combat veterans, I knew I wanted to invite him on the podcast.

I contacted him on Facebook. A little while later, he responded.

Here we are!

Sebastian Junger is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Perfect StormFire, A Death in Belmont, War and most recently,Tribe.  As an award-winning journalist, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a special correspondent at ABC News, he has covered major international news stories around the world, and has received both a National Magazine Award and a Peabody Award.

Sebastian is also a documentary filmmaker whose debut film “Restrepo”, a feature-length documentary (co-directed with Tim Hetherington), was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

Direct download: Episode_181_-_Sebastian_Junger.mp3
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Helen Thomas holds a Master of Counseling degree from Arizona State University, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Arizona, and a Registered Clinical Counsellor in the province of British Columbia, where she currently resides.

Helen has experience in domestic violence shelter settings and transitional housing programs. She has practiced therapy in trauma-informed community mental health agency settings, as well as a government-funded counseling program for women who have experienced violence in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

She currently practices privately in Downtown Vancouver. Her counseling practice, Liv Wellness, offers EMDR therapy, trauma process groups for female adult survivors of child sexual abuse, and skills-based empowerment groups for women. Its home on the web is www.LivWellness.ca.

Her passion project, Take Back Childhood Campaign, has a mission of eradicating child sexual abuse by breaking the societal silence, increasing awareness and education, and supporting research and effective treatment for survivors of CSA. You can follow along on Twitter at TBCCampaign.

Direct download: Episode_180_-_Helen_Thomas.mp3
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Catherine specializes in Cybertrauma and Child Sexual Abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation (the former being an area and phrase she coined in 2012). She is currently completing a dual MSc and works as child/adult trauma therapist BACP (accredited) and UKCP Psychotherapeutic counsellor for adults.

Catherine initially trained as the first woman to complete her trade in the Armed Forces as an Instrument Engineer. She’s also been a practicing Martial Artist of Shotokan Karate for 30 years.

Direct download: Episode_179_-_Cath_Knibbs.mp3
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Today, it’s personal.

In this episode I share how my experience with the podcast and interviewing my incredible guests have impacted my life--as a husband, a father, a therapist, and as a son.

This episode was taken from a blog post I wrote a few weeks ago.

I deliberated whether or not I should write it, and I did.

I deliberated whether or not I should share this episode, and here it is.

Thanks for listening.

Direct download: Episode_178_-_Let_Go_Or_Be_Dragged.mp3
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Kim is the founder of the Mission OM Foundation and served as a Clinical Yoga Therapist for the Department of the Army for more than two and a half years.

During her work there, she provided yoga therapy for service members in Chronic Pain with PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, and more, and successfully incorporated yoga into the clinical hospital setting at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Ft. Gordon, Ga.

She has worked side-by-side and provided yoga-based training to traditional healthcare professionals as well as complementary and alternative providers, teaching asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, and other yoga and Ayurvedic practices. She is also a Master Practitioner of Thai Yoga Therapy and Massage and somatic-based therapies.

Direct download: Episode_177_-_Kim_Bridi.mp3
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Keith Myers is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has been working in clinical mental health for over 13 years. His clinical specialties include trauma, combat-PTSD, Veterans issues, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy.

He has published peer-reviewed articles and given presentations on trauma, combat PTSD, and ethical issues.  He owns a private practice just north of Atlanta and regularly works with military members and their families, providing therapy advocacy services.  He is also an Adjunct Faculty Member with both Argosy University & Mercer University and is a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education & Supervision with Mercer University.

Direct download: Episode_176_-_Keith_Myers.mp3
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Jesse Hanson holds both a PhD and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. He specializes in neuroscience, somatic (body-centered) psychology and holistic healing. Trained in EMDR and other forms of somatic therapies, Jesse helps clients release held trauma and negative emotions from the body and inspires them to create themselves anew. After more than ten years in the holistic health field and many years of working with a multi-faceted treatment team approach at Passages Malibu, Jesse brings his experience to the Helix Healthcare Group as clinical director of a holistic and integrative approach to treating addiction, trauma, and wellness.

Direct download: Episode_175_-_Jesse_Hanson.mp3
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Dr. Carolyn Daitch is the director of the Center for the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She is a certified and approved consultant, former Vice President and elected Fellow with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, elected fellow of Michigan Psychological Association, President of the Michigan Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and is a certified Imago relationship therapist. She is recognized for her practical, easy to implement interventions.

Dr. Daitch’s time is split between clinical practice, supervision, consultation and teaching. She routinely gives training to practitioners in the United States and abroad.

Direct download: Episode_174_-_Carolyn_Daitch.mp3
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Dr. Craig Haen has been working clinically with people impacted by interpersonal, developmental, and familial trauma for 15 years. He has a full-time private practice in White Plains, New York where he treats children, adolescents, adults, and families.

Dr. Haen is a graduate adjunct faculty member at New York University and Lesley University, co-chairs the American Group Psychotherapy Association’s Community Outreach Task Force (which provides trauma response to diverse communities), and is the Program Director for the Kint Institute, which will begin its inaugural year providing training in trauma and the creative arts therapies this fall.

His latest book, The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy, is forthcoming from Routledge.

Direct download: Episode_173_-_Craig_Haer.mp3
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Kimberly Campbell is the Executive Director of Exhale to Inhale, founded by Zoe Le Page, which brings yoga to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in New York City, the Hudson Valley, Long Island and Connecticut through weekly classes at shelters and community-based organizations. By providing access to the practice of yoga to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, Exhale to Inhale offers a valuable resource to a distressed community.

Kimberly is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and wellness expert who has held a number of key positions in business, philanthropy, and health and human services development within a broad range of industries.

She was also the creator and spokesperson of a corporate domestic violence initiative focused on raising public awareness and assisting employees dealing with domestic violence in the workplace. Through her work, she uses yoga, meditation, and other wellness tools to empower people to see that they have a choice in how they react to the external pressures they come up against.

Kimberly is also a health columnist for the Three Tomatoes and author of the Om Healing and Wellness Blog.

Direct download: Episode_172_-_Kimberley_Campbell.mp3
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