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.

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A large part of my focus with The Trauma Therapist | Podcast has been supporting those therapists and the filmmakers who work with and/or help to heal military veterans.

There have been a number of filmmakers and I take it as one of my goals to do what I can to support their work.

Today I have as my guest Stephanie Seldin Howard, the Director and Producer of The Weight of Honor, a documentary about families caring for their catastrophically wounded loved ones returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stephanie believes empathy is the driving force behind storytelling, something she attributes to her 25-year career as a broadcast news producer. The Omaha, Nebraska native is the recipient of a Los Angeles Emmy Award coupled with two additional Los Angeles Emmy nominations.

Stephanie has produced specials and documentaries for CNN, Fox News Channel, and Reuters as well as local coverage for KNBC-TV and KTTV-TV in Los Angeles. In 2014 she was awarded the Roy W. Dean Grant awarded by From the Heart Productions, making her documentary The Weight of Honor possible.

This is a pretty incredible documentary and the inside story about how the film was made is no less inspiring.

Direct download: Episode_266_-_Stephanie_Howard.mp3
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Today I wanted to take a moment and reflect on the past year.

As with everyone, I’m sure, a lot has transpired this past year with both myself, and The Trauma Therapist | Podcast, and I’d like to share a few of those things with you.

I enjoy doing these episodes (and I hope you enjoy them, too!) because it gives me a chance to share my reflections on the podcast, what I’m doing (or attempting to do) with The Trauma Therapist Project, and where I envision things going with my work here.

Direct download: Episode_265_-_Reflecting_Back__Looking_Forward.mp3
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Dr. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, TX, and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.  He serves as the inaugural Senior Fellow of the Berry Street Childhood Institute.

Dr. Perry is the author, along with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children, and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered.

His most recent multimedia books, BRIEF: Reflections on Childhood, Trauma, and Society and RESILIENT: Six Core Strengths for Healthy Development were released in 2013.

Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions.

Direct download: Episode_264_-_Bruce_Perry.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:22am PST

A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development.

Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.

For twelve years Dr. Maté worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site.

With over 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience and extensive knowledge of the latest findings of leading-edge research, Dr. Maté is a sought-after speaker and teacher, regularly addressing health professionals, educators, and lay audiences throughout North America.

As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, and co-authored Hold on to Your Kids. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages.

Dr. Maté is the co-founder of Compassion for Addiction, a new non-profit that focuses on addiction. He is also an advisor of Drugs over Dinner.

In addition, Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.

Direct download: Episode_263_-_Gabor_Mate.mp3
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Rev. Sheri Heller, LCSW is a New York City psychotherapist and interfaith minister in private practice. Sheri is also a freelance writer, a playwright and the creator of a therapeutic theater event for at-risk women and girls in the public sector of New York City. Sheri's journey of recovery was told through an animated film short by OC87 Recovery Diaries, aired on PBS. She is the author of A Clinicians Journey from Complex Trauma to Thriving: Reflections on Abuse, C-PTSD and Reclamation, available in paperback and digital.

Direct download: Episode_262_-_Sheri_Heller.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:14am PST

Emma Cameron is a UKCP registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist based in the UK. She works in private practice and also online with creative, sensitive, thoughtful women who are struggling with anxiety and the effects of trauma. Emma has a Masters degree in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, she's an HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist, and she has a Diploma in Online Therapy.

Emma’s also been a practising artist for 25 years; she’s had many solo shows, and one of her paintings is featured in an exhibition of paintings that’s currently touring major Chinese art galleries, called ‘Contemporary Masters from Britain’. Emma is passionate about helping therapists connect (or reconnect) to their creativity as part of deepening their self-care practice.

Direct download: Episode_261_-_Emma_Cameron.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PST

Sarah Peyton, Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication, teaches people how language changes relationship and the brain. She works with audiences internationally to create a compassionate understanding of the effects of relational trauma on the brain, and writes about and teaches people how words change and heal us.

Her special interest is the way that difficult events impact our automatic brain patterning, and how to transform our tendencies toward self-criticism into self-warmth. Her first book,“Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing,” is coming out from Norton Publishing.

Direct download: Episode_260_-_Sarah_Peyton.mp3
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This week, I have back on the podcast two former guests, Jamie Marich and Stephen Dansiger. Together they’ve just written a new book, Trauma, EMDR & Mindfulness Jamie Marich & Stephen Dansiger.

Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RMT travels internationally teaching on EMDR therapy, trauma, addiction, expressive arts therapy and mindfulness while maintaining a private practice in Warren, OH. She is the author of Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in Assessment, Treatment, and Working with Survivors (2014), and most recently, Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation (2015). Jamie is the founder of the Dancing Mindfulness practice and expressive arts community and actively offers EMDR therapy training through her company, Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness. 

Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, MFT is Clinical Director of Refuge Recovery Centers in Los Angeles, a cutting edge addictions treatment center, where he developed and implemented the MET(T)A Method (Mindfulness and EMDR Treatment Template for Addictions). The treatment utilizes Buddhist psychology and EMDR therapy as the theoretical orientation and primary clinical practice.   He is the author of Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers (2016) and avidly blogs and podcasts on topics related to mental health, recovery, and mindfulness.

Direct download: Episode_259_-_Jamie_Marich__Stephen_Dansinger.mp3
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Hilary Jacobs Hendel is a trauma psychotherapist with a focus on emotions and the body. She has an extensive background in science and psychotherapy including a BA in Biochemistry from Wesleyan University, a doctoral degree from Columbia University and an MSW from Fordham University. She is a certified psychoanalyst and a certified AEDP psychotherapist and supervisor. Hilary has published articles in The New York Times and professional journals and writes a blog called The Change Triangle. Hilary was also the Mental Health Consultant for the Emmy Award winning television show Mad Men on AMC. She lives and practices in New York City.

Direct download: Episode_258_-_Hillary_Jacobs_Hendel.mp3
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Dr. Leslie Korn is a Harvard Medical School-trained traumatologist specializing in mental health nutrition and integrative approaches to treating the mind and body.

Leslie began her clinical work as a bodyworker, yoga teacher and student of indigenous healing traditions in 1973. She lived in the jungle of Mexico for over 25 years where she founded and directed a public health natural medicine center, The Center for Traditional Medicine.

In 1994 the center joined the Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS), a non-profit Native directed research and education organization.  At the CWIS Leslie’s work focuses on indigenous food and healing revitalization with tribal communities and supporting research at the intersection of community trauma, social justice, and health.

I have an international telehealth practice specializing in mental health nutrition and cognitive well-being addressing PTSD and complex trauma, fatigue, digestive upset, depression, anxiety, sleep problems, PTSD and chronic pain. I help people get off pharmaceuticals. 

My Ph.D. is in Behavioral Medicine. I completed my clinical fellowship in psychology and religion at Harvard Medical School and 2 hospital internships in Pain and Trauma. I had a private practice in Boston for 15 years. I also completed a Masters in Public Health (MPH) at the Harvard School of Public Health and a Masters degree in Cross Cultural Health psychology.

I am a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, National Board Certified in Polarity Therapy, and National Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and National Approved Clinical Supervisor. I was the clinical director at New England School of Acupuncture, Associate Professor at California Institute of Integral Studies and I am a Core Faculty at Capella University.  I have been a research scientist in Mind Body medicine, funded by the National Institutes of Health. 

I have published 7 books including:  The Good Mood Kitchen, Eat Right, Feel Right, Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health: A Complete Guide to the Food-Mood Connection, Rhythms of Recovery: Trauma, Nature and the Body,  Multicultural Counseling Workbook and Preventing and Treating Diabetes, Naturally: The Native Way. I work with my therapy dog Xoco.

Direct download: Episode_257_-_Leslie_Korn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06am PST