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.

Christopher Willard, PsyD, is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston, specializing in mindfulness for adolescents and young adults and has been practicing meditation for over fifteen years.

Christopher currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and the Mindfulness in Education Network.

Dr. Willard has published five books on contemplative practice, including his most recent book, Growing Up Mindful. Christopher teaches at Harvard Medical School and Lesley University.

Direct download: Episode_171_-_Chris_Willard.mp3
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Kimber Olson is a board certified, licensed clinical social worker. Her 20 years of mental health experience includes work in outpatient, school-based, home-based and hospital-based settings, community health development coordination, and long-term residential treatment.

Kimber has worked extensively in village Alaska and in Indian Country, and is currently in private practice in Anchorage, Alaska, where she specializes in the treatment of complex trauma and dissociation with both children and adults.

Kimber has taught at branch of the University of Alaska, and has provided trainings nationally and internationally, teaching professionals in the areas of trauma, sexual abuse, attachment, dissociation, ethics, vicarious trauma and eating disorders among others.

Kimber is the co-author with Peggy Ellen Kleinleder of a book for young adults tiled The Thursday Group: A Story and Information for Girls Healing from Sexual Abuse, and co-author with Diane Payne and Jared Parrish of Pathway to Hope: an Indigenous Approach to Healing Child Sexual Abuse (International Circumpolar Health Journal, 2013).  She is currently working on her third book, Non-posessive love. A tale of countertransference, dissociative attunement, resiliency and growth.

Direct download: Episode_170_-_Kimber_Olsen.mp3
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Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas is an assistant professor of Health Promotion at Charleston Southern University.  She teaches classes on behavioral medicine, program evaluation, and holistic health.

Kate is also an author of the book BRAVE, STRONG, AND TRUE: THE MODERN WARRIOR'S BATTLE FOR BALANCE, a researcher, professional speaker, and yoga instructor who travels the country teaching mental fitness. A former Captain in the Marine Corps, she loves to work with other military veterans.

Kate spends a great deal of time conducting resilient leadership training and is passionate about helping organizations and individuals improve their holistic health, happiness, and quality of life.

Direct download: Episode_169_-_Kate_Hedricks_Thomas.mp3
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Jane Clapp is a master of mind, body and soul. While it is widely accepted that mindfulness is necessary to shape the body, Jane asserts that the body is one of the most powerful alchemic tools for shaping the mind.

A practitioner in the holistic health industry for two decades, Jane combines holistic personal training, yoga, ELDOA, fascial stretch therapy, tensegrity therapy, and mindfulness interventions with tension and trauma healing to help clients gain strength, mobility and resilience.

As the founder of Urbanfitt, Jane has helped more than 1000 clients improve emotional and nervous system regulation, positively shift neuroplasticity and release somatized stress and trauma. Through her revolutionary coaching sessions and workshops, Jane ensures people not only feel better, but become better.

An experienced and illuminating speaker, widely consulted media expert and internationally recognized author, Jane is available for personal, group and corporate training as well as international speaking engagements.

Direct download: Episode_168_-_Jane_Clapp.mp3
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Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP is a private practice psychotherapist in Los Gatos, CA. She specializes in mindfulness psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing therapy for the treatment of depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, emotion dysregulation, chronic pain, and relationship distress. Lisa is the author the highly regarded textbook on Buddhist psychology for mental health clinicians, Effortless Mindfulness: Genuine mental health through awakened presence. Lisa also presents at conferences on the clinical applications of mindfulness and Buddhist psychology. She has been a yogic and Buddhist meditation practitioner for over four decades.

For more information on Effortless Mindfulness visit: www.awakenedpresence.com

Direct download: Episode_167_-_Lisa_Dale_Miller.mp3
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Don McCasland, LMSW-CCTP, retired from the US Army after more than 21 years of service in August 2009. He served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm as well as 3 Tours in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division. After seven years of unresolved PTSD, survivor's guilt, and contemplating suicide Don began to lose control of his life. He finally sought out counseling, and came to grips with his soul wound.

Don is now a Readjustment Counselor with the Vet Center in Clarksville, TN and works with survivors of combat-related trauma and military sexual assault. Don’s wife is an LMSW, and his daughter is a BSW and will earn her MSW this Spring.

Direct download: Episode_166_-_Don_McCasland.mp3
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Today on the podcast we change it up a bit and I speak with Tyler Skluzacek, a college student, who developed an app to help veterans--specifically his father!--manage the symptoms of PTSD.

I initially read about Tyler online and knew I just had to invite him on the podcast. This is an inspiring story of a young guy helping individuals who are suffering. It’s exactly the kind of story I want to highlight on this podcast.

I hope you enjoy the interview.

Direct download: Episode_165_-_Tyler_Skluzacek.mp3
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Dr. Christina Hibbert is the author of the IPPY Award-winning memoir, This Is How We Grow, of Who Am I Without You, and her newest book, 8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise will be officially released on April 25, 2016.

Dr. Hibbert is a clinical psychologist specializing in women’s mental health, grief/loss/trauma, motherhood, parenting, pregnancy/postpartum, self-esteem/self-worth, and personal growth, and is host of the weekly radio show, Motherhood, on WebTalkRadio.net.

Dr. Hibbert is a dynamic speaker, the Founder of the Arizona Postpartum Wellness Coalition, and producer of the internationally-sold DVD, Postpartum Couples. She, her husband, and their six children live in Flagstaff, AZ. Learn more about Dr. Hibbert through her popular website and blog, “The Psychologist, The Mom, & Me,” at www.DrChristinaHibbert.com.

Direct download: Episode_164_-_Christina_Hibbert.mp3
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Richard Schwartz began his career as a systemic family therapist and an academic. He co-authored, with Michael Nichols, Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, the most widely used family therapy text in the U.S.  Dr. Schwartz was Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago‚Äôs Institute for Juvenile Research and later at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.

Direct download: Episode_163_-_Richard_Schwarz2.mp3
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Crystal Arber MSW is a registered social worker with the British Columbia College of Social Work. Her area of expertise is the treatment of complex trauma using EMDR.

Working on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, Canada’s poorest postal code, Crystal has pioneered the use of EMDR with Concurrent Disordered clients, a population previously thought to be too unstable to benefit.

Crystal has empowered these clients to manage their most severe PTSD symptoms through a psychoeducational and skills-based group called Making Sense of Trauma. The group has graduated over 100 members, and its success has led to Crystal becoming a lead educator in Trauma Informed Practice in both the public and private sectors. Crystal also has a private practice specializing in trauma and family therapy, and can be followed on her blog www.worthit2bme.com.

Direct download: Episode_162_-_Crystal_Arber.mp3
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