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.

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 AddictionWhen 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_93_-_Gabor_Mate.mp3
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Ashley Davis Bush, LICSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in southern New Hampshire with over twenty-five years experience in the mental health field.

She is also the author of six self-help books, including Transcending Loss and Shortcuts to Inner Peace, and Simple Self-Care for Therapists: Restorative Practices to Weave Through Your Workday.

 

She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and hosts a podcast on webtalkradio.net called “Embracing Change.”

Direct download: Episode_92_-_Ashley_Davis_Bush.mp3
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Dr. Peter Bernstein 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.

He 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 Monterrey 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_91_-_Peter_Bernstein.mp3
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Odelya is a trauma survivor who became a therapist, trainer, facilitator and consultant with over a decade of experience working with survivors and aid workers in locations of conflict and trauma.  She has worked for the UN, governmental institutions, and NGOs in the US, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Odelya focused on trauma studies in three graduate studies programs, earning a Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation as a Fulbright scholar at Eastern Mennonite University, a Masters in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University, and a PhD in which she researched efficacy of strategies for mitigating secondary traumatic stress in aid workers, also at Lesley.

In her practice she works primarily in an expressive therapies modality, supported by wholistic approaches to trauma integration, especially nutritional awareness and sensory integration.

Before relocating to the Washington, DC area with her husband and twin sons in April, 2015, Odelya resided in the Philippines, Lesotho and Israel. 

In addition to training and consulting for organizations, government agencies, and individuals in these and other locations, she has provided expressive eTherapy by phone and Skype to aid and development workers worldwide.

Her personal self-care interests include parenting, reading, dancing, music, puzzles, yoga and meditation, cooking, and movies.  For more on herwork as a trainer, consultant, and writer on stress and trauma-related topics, see her website on Expressive Trauma Integration at www.eti.training.

Direct download: Episode_90_-_Odelya_Kraybill.mp3
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Helga Luest is a recognized trauma expert, keynote presenter, and trainer. Helga’s professional focus to facilitate positive social change stems largely from her own life experiences. She survived an attempted murder in 1993 and, more recently, domestic abuse.

Helga currently works with Abt Associates where she is managing editor of SAMHSA News (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and communications officer with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Helga founded Witness Justice, a national nonprofit that made a significant imprint for survivors of violence and trauma, and led those efforts from 2001 to 2014. Helga continues the vision and work of Witness Justice without the organizational structure, advocating for positive social change while providing strategic programs, trainings, and presentations. Her new initiative is called Trauma Informed - or TraumaInformed.org.

Direct download: Episode_89_-_Helga_Luest.mp3
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Michele Rosenthal is an award-winning PTSD blogger, bestselling and award-nominated author, founder of HealMyPTSD.com, and a former faculty member of the Clinical Development Institute for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.

Host of the radio program, Changing Direction, Michele is also a trauma survivor who struggled with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for over twenty-five years before launching a successful “healing rampage.” She has been 100% free of PTSD symptoms for several years. Michele's most recent book is Your Life After Trauma: Powerful Practices to Reclaim Your Identity (W. W. Norton).

Direct download: Episode_88_-_Michele_Rosenthal.mp3
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Amber is a longtime practitioner of body centered arts and sciences (Somatic Psychology, Life Impressions Bodywork, energy medicine, cranio-sacral therapy, yoga, and shiatsu), a board-licensed mental health professional, and an advocate of human rights. She is an award winning dance movement therapist and an authorized Continuum Movement Teacher.

Amber has worked for almost 20 years with people who have survived human rights abuses, war, natural disaster, as well as with humanitarian response teams. She is currently Director of Restorative Resources Training and Consulting, and its non-profit counterpart, Trauma Resources International, and is a clinical adviser with The Center for Victims of Torture.

She has pioneered the use of somatic, movement, and creative arts psychotherapies in cross cultural contexts, such as complex humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters.

Direct download: Episode_87_-_Amber_Gray.mp3
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Ron Gellis, Ph.D. has been a Clinical and Forensic Sports Psychologist in California for over 30 years and specializes in PTS, TBI, addictive and/or co-occurring disorders. Ron was a Navy Psychologist during the post Vietnam Era during which time he treated and worked with the first wave of Vietnam veterans with PTSD.

Ron has established The Integrated Recovery Foundation, a program designed to assist Veterans and First Responders who have issues with PTS, TBI, addictive and/or co-occurring disorders.

As an athlete, I have played soccer in high school and college. I have run 20 marathons with times ranging from 2:58-4:02 with most times between 3:05-3:20, during my 20's to 50's. In that time I ran countless 1/2 marathons, 10 & 5k's. I have also completed a variety of Olympic and Sprint Triathlons. I have been a scuba instructor for over 20 years with personal passion for underwater photography. At the age of 60, I started CrossFit. I have been CrossFitting for almost 7 years and have qualified for the World CrossFit Games as a Masters athlete 3 times. I am also a level 2 CrossFit Coach.

Direct download: Episode_86_-_Ron_Gellis.mp3
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Usha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College as well as in Independent Practice in Cambridge, MA.

She has presented nationally and published peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on the topics of immigration, trauma, cultural competence and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Usha has served as the chair of the Multicultural Concerns Committee for Division 39 (Psychoanalysis), as a member of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) in the American Psychological Association, and as a member of the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration.

Direct download: Episode_85_-_Usha_Tummala-Narra.mp3
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Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW, Vice President of Strategic Development, Klingberg Family Centers, New Britain, Connecticut specializes in treatment of traumatized children and their families. She created the Restorative Approach™ , a trauma- and relationship-based treatment method.

She is a Faculty Trainer for Risking Connection® and an Adjunct Faculty at the University of CT School of Social Work. She travels nationally to train treaters on trauma-informed care, specializing in improving the daily life of treatment programs. She was the 2011 Connecticut Social Worker of the Year. She is the author of Trauma Informed Care: The Restorative Approach published by NEARI Press.

Direct download: Episode_84_-_Patricia_Wilcox.mp3
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