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Author: Guy Macpherson, PhD

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The Trauma Therapist | Podcast is a podcast about the human spirit. Join Guy Macpherson, PhD at as he interviews thought-leaders in the fields of trauma, mindfulness, addiction and yoga and we learn about the journeys of these passionate mental health therapists who dedicate their lives to helping those who've been impacted by trauma.

526 Episodes
Michael has nearly two decades of experience working with children and families in a variety of settings, including as a Multi-Systemic Therapist, Clinical Director, Children’s Pastor, Camp Counselor and speaker. After serving as a Children’s pastor, he went on to obtain his Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary.  Following seminary, Michael worked at The Buckeye Ranch in Columbus Ohio as a Multi-Systemic Therapist, working with individuals 12-18 and their families. Michael founded and leads Gateway Family Services of Illinois, providing trauma focused-equine assisted psychotherapy, Individual & Family Therapy. This team is working with individuals and families across the lifespan who have experienced trauma.  Michael has spent several years working with youth in the foster care system & post-adoption.  Gateway Family Services is also working with the VA Illiana Health Care System to provide services to veterans.  In addition to Gateway Family Services, Michael is currently the Executive Director of Hooves of Hope, a faith based mentoring program. *In This Episode* * Michael's website ( ) Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
I think this is one of the most inspiring interviews I’ve done. Again, not because of me, but due to my guest and how she works with clients. In this interview we’ll learn about AEDP ( Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) and the emphasis on being in the moment, and naming the experiences that are happening between the client and therapist. This calls for authenticity from the therapist as well as creativity. And each of these things excite and inspire me! I hope you enjoy this one. Kari Gleiser is a clinical psychologist in Hanover, NH, specializing in the treatment of complex trauma and dissociative disorders. She is a senior faculty member at the AEDP Institute ( ) and co-founder/co-director of the Center for Integrative Healt ( ) h.  Keri has developed a relational model that incorporates AEDP into work with dissociative disorders, and dissociative parts of the self, called Intra-relational AEDP. *In This Episode* * AEDP Institute ( ) * Dr. Diana Fosha, the author of the The Transforming Power of Affect ( ) * Center for Integrative Health ( ) * Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition ( ) , Walt Whitman * Educated: A Memoir: A Memoir, ( ) Tara Westover * Song of Ourselves: Walt Whitman and the Fight for Democracy ( ) , Walt Whitman Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Today it’s about what it means to be a healer in the true sense of the word. My guest, Marriane Hennigar was drawn to helping people heal from the time she was a young girl. Now, with some experience and education she’s created her own program to assist in the healing process. Since childhood Marianne’s been fascinated by how people work. She uses psychoeducation to connect the dots between the psychological and emotional experiences which expresses themselves in the body. Marianne’s currently engaged in masters level classes in psychology with the aim to finish her degree in the next year. Additionally, she’s seeking certification in Somatic Experiencing and Brainspotting, both body-based modalities which support the client harnessing their own internal wisdom through focus to discover healing. *In This Episode* * Marianne's website ( ) * When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection ( ) , Gabor Mate Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Sarah K Ramsey is a Toxic Relationship Specialist, Life Coach and NLP Master Practitioner who helps amazing women remember how amazing they are after enduring the pain of a toxic partner or parent. Sarah works with women who have experienced toxic relationships and who remain stuck in a cycle of pain and confusion to transform their minds and lives by taking back their power, recreating a life they are excited about living and bringing renewed energy, clarity, and excellence into establishing careers and relationships they love. Sarah’s work has been featured in the Emotional Abuse Recovery and Resilience Summit, Healing Narcissistic Trauma Conference, Medium, Thrive Global, The Elephant Journal and The Courageous Woman Summit. *In This Episode* * Sarah's website ( ) * Becoming Toxic Person Proof ( ) , Sarah K. Ramsey * Sarah’s email: Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Dr. Nicole Anders is a licensed clinical psychologist, author, speaker, and yogini. She currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Specializing in treating trauma/PTSD and women's health, Dr. Anders is trained in numerous evidence-based psychotherapies such as Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Nicole believes strongly in the mind-body connection and finds ways to merge the worlds of psychology and yoga healing, bringing many forms of somatic therapy into her clinical work. Dr. Anders often works with patients on issues related to psychedelic science, including intention and integration. Nicole is a 200-hour YTT certified yoga instructor and works closely with Trauma Recovery Yoga (T.R.Y.), a non-profit organization based in Las Vegas that trains students in the TRY-method of yoga science. Nicole is the author of One-Hundred Goodbyes ( ) , a memoir dedicated to her younger brother, that depicts her journey through grief and loss. She is currently authoring her second piece, Intention and Integration , which is set to release in 2021. *In This Episode* * Dr. Ander’s Website ( ) Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
The May issue of The Trauma Therapist Newsletter is out. In this episode I talk a little about what we cover in this month's issue, who our featured therapist is, some of the conferences coming up, books out, schools that are offering trauma courses, and of course, a behind the scenes look at what's going on here at The Trauma Therapist Podcast. Learn more about The Trauma Therapist Newsletter here ( ) *.* Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Dr. Lorry Leigh Belhumeur is a licensed psychologist, serving as Chief Executive Officer at Western Youth Services (WYS) for over 19 years. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from UCLA. Under her leadership, WYS provides integrated Mental Health Services to over 50,000 clients both directly and indirectly, with support from their collaborative partnerships. As a seasoned community leader and fierce advocate for children Lorry brings a fresh approach that reexamines mental health in the context of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and offers solutions that not only treat the predictable negative impact of ACEs but that look upstream to prevent them from happening in the first place. WYS addresses trauma by examining the impact of toxic stress on clients, their families, and communities. Now more than ever, in the face of this pandemic, it is vital to understand the science behind ACEs and toxic stress and rely on strategies for building resilience to promote healing in this and future generations. *In This Episode* * Western Youth Services ( ) (WYS) * WYS’ Methodology ( ) Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Donna Fado Ivery is an ordained United Methodist minister, author, speaker, and artist. Her award-winning inspirational memoir, Sleep, Pray, Heal: A Path to Wholeness and Well-Being tells the story of painting her way through a disabling brain injury/chronic pain and discovering hope beyond hope. Graduating with honors from the University of California at Davis, and Boston University School of Theology, she has dedicated more than 25 years to healing from brain injury. *In This Episode* * Donna’s Website ( ) * Sleep, Pray, Heal ( ) Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Dr. Jennifer King is a trauma therapist-turned-academic. An Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Center on Trauma and Adversity in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. King works to prepare future social workers to engage in practice that is rooted in the neurobiology of trauma and healing and embodies great reverence for the multitude of ways survivors survive. She draws from her practice experience working with traumatized kids and families to create the types of learning opportunities and supports she needed when she was a new therapist in the field. Dr. King is the Chair of the Graduate Certificate in Trauma-Informed Practice Program, and the Director of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics Fellowship program. Through a partnership with Dr. Bruce Perry and the Neurosequential Network, she created the first comprehensive program to train social work students in this innovative, neurobiologically-informed model via classroom instruction and field experience. She is also: a mom to 3, an unschooler, a wife, partner, daughter, sister, friend, colleague, and human in the year 2021. *In This Episode* * Jennifer's website ( ) * Jennifer on Twitter ( http://@drjenniferaking ) * The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook -- What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing ( ) , Bruce D. Perry and Maia Szalavitz Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Annie is a Somatic Author, educator, and therapist. She has over 35 years of professional experience helping infants through adults resolve trauma. She teaches courses online, the difference between shock and trauma, and she’s launching a 10-week Healing Complex Trauma course April 7th. Annie has worked at Children’s Hospital in the child trauma centers, in public schools with gang youth, with sexually abused foster children, and has seen families and adults in private practice since 1978. I was director of Somatic Psychology for Naropa University Somatic Masters Program, and also run my own clinic, Colorado Therapies, since 2006. *In This Episode* * Website ( ) * The Brook Institute Facebook ( ) * Blog ( ) * Instagram ( ) * Books by Annie ( ) Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Brad Watts is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider (CSOTP). Brad specializes in working with individuals and families where sibling sexual abuse has occurred and is the author of, Sibling Sexual Abuse: A Guide for Confronting America’s Silent Epidemic. Brad conducts trainings with communities and groups on how to recognize and respond to incidents of sibling sexual abuse. He's helped hundreds of people on their journey to healing following sibling sexual abuse. *In This Episode* * Brad’s Website ( ) * Twitter ( ) * Facebook ( ) * Blog ( ) * Your Brain on Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction ( ) , Gary Wilson * Gary Wilson’s TEDx Talk ( ). The Great Porn Experiment --- The Trauma Therapist Newsletter has launched. Conferences | Books | Articles | Incredible People | Inspiring Therapists Check out a free issue here: Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Esther Perez, MA, LMFT (CA; LMFT; 48330) obtained an M.A in Counseling Psychology and an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, CA. As a bilingual Senior Trainer for the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Esther currently teaches across Europe and has committed herself to deeply integrating a number of modalities supported in the emerging research on neuroscience and attachment. Embodying the spirit of Unity, one of the core foundations of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy®, Esther studies how Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® intersects with EMDR, Internal Family Systems, and Mentalization Based Treatment. Esther uses her learning to inform her work with adults, adopted children and adolescents with attachment related issues, complex trauma and dissociation in her private practice in Malaga, Spain in addition to consulting with graduates of various levels from the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® trainings. *In This Episode* * Esther at Sensorimotor Psychotherapy ( ) * Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) ( ) , Pat Ogden Ph.D. , Janina Fisher * Working with Voices and Dissociative Parts: A trauma-informed approach, ( ) Dolores Mosquera Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Lisa is a recognized expert in the strengths-based, depathologized treatment of trauma and has been in private practice for 34 years. She presents workshops and keynote addresses nationally and internationally, and is a clinical consultant to practitioners and mental health agencies in the United States, Canada, and UK and Ireland. --- A giant thank-you to my sponsor: *Sensorimotor Psychotherapy* Do you struggle to help numb, disconnected clients who can’t feel emotion or explore inner experience? Learn a comprehensive approach to conceptualize your clients’ concerns. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy uniquely includes the body in therapy as both a source of information and target for intervention…because words are not enough. Visit Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute online at today. --- LISA has been an Adjunct Faculty member at University of Maryland School of Social Work, University of Baltimore at Maryland, University of Maryland Department of Family Medicine, and is the Founder of The Ferentz Institute, formerly known as The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, now in its twelfth year of providing continuing education to mental health professionals and graduating over 1,400 clinicians from her two Certificate Programs in Advanced Trauma Treatment. In 2009, she was voted the “Social Worker of Year” by the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work. Lisa is the author of Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors: A Clinician’s Guide ( ) , now in its second edition, Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors: A Workbook of Hope and Healing ( ) , and Finding Your Ruby Slippers: Transformative Life Lessons from the Therapist’s Couch ( ). *In This Episode* * Lisa's website ( ) --- *The Trauma Therapist Newsletter* has launched! Keep up to date, informed and inspired with upcoming Conferences, Workshops, Books & Articles and Inspiring therapists. Check out a recent issue here for free: Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
This week I’m very excited to have Lisa Danylchuk, LMFT, E-RYT, back on the podcast. As you listen to this interview you’ll hear Lisa’s amazing energy. As she was talking, I felt like there was this soothing wave of positivity washing over me and I loved it! Lisa is an author, licensed psychotherapist, and founder of the Center for Yoga and Trauma Recovery. A graduate of UCLA and Harvard University, her work has pioneered the field of trauma-informed yoga and transformed our understanding of embodiment practices in therapeutic work. A giant thank you to my sponsors for this episode: The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma. IVAT’s 18th Hawaii International Virtual Summit is just around the corner, April 26 - April 30th. To learn more go to ( ) Trauma Therapist | Podcast listeners can get a 10% discount when you use the code TRAUMATHERAPIST. BetterHelp Is there something interfering with your happiness or is preventing you from achieving your goals? BetterHelp, the worlds largest e-counseling platform, will assess your needs and match you with your own licensed professional therapist. Trauma Therapist | Podcast listeners can get 10% off their first month by going to: More than 300 providers from 25+ countries have completed Lisa’s Yoga for Trauma (Y4T) Online Training Program, the first virtual program to train providers offering yoga for trauma recovery. She serves on the Board and as UN Committee Co-Chair for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, was elected to the role of Secretary in 2018 and was nominated President-Elect in 2020. She’s written for publications like Good Therapy and the American Psychological Association and was named one of the top 20 Inspirational Yoga Teachers To Follow in 2016. Honored as one Luluemon’s first US ambassadors, her blog has also been recognized as a Top 25 Yoga Blog. *In This Episode* * The center for yoga and trauma recovery ( ) * To receive a Free copy of Lisa book, How You Can Heal, click *here* ( ). * Lisa’s books ( ) * Lisa’s online training programs ( ) * Lisa on Facebook ( ) * Lisa on Twitter ( ) Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Beth Sandlin offers support, education and exploration to movers and teachers of the Pilates Method through a Trauma Informed Approach. While working as Assistant Director for Educational Services at a University Health Center, she realized the need for more inclusive, trauma sensitive practices in all fields, especially within the movement sector. Beth is the founder of Trifecta Pilates offering online Pilates classes via a membership and YouTube. She also teaches the TIPA (Trauma Informed Pilates Approach) Continuing Education Course to current Pilates Instructors to expand the network of Trauma Informed Professionals. She holds a degree in Health Education, a comprehensive Pilates Certification, 200-hour Yoga Certification and is a Health Coach. When not moving or teaching Pilates, you can find her spending time with her family at home, hiking or camping. *In This Episode* * Beth's website ( ) * Beth on Facebook ( ) * Beth on Youtube ( ) * My Grandmother’s Hands ( ) , Resmaa Menakem * Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know ( ) , Malcolm Gladwell ---------- The Trauma Therapist Newsletter is out! Conferences. Events. Modalities. Books. Inspiring People. Check out a free copy of the most recent issue: Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Jenn graduated from Lesley University with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and began her career in mental health working with folks who were navigating early substance abuse recovery and experiences of complex trauma. She also studied yoga at Kripalu Center for Wellness and Health. She works to support clients in bringing their whole self and body into treatment in her private practice. Jenn joined the Trauma Center in 2007, where she led trauma-sensitive yoga sessions for female-identifying survivors. She developed the protocol for the first randomized control trial in which trauma-sensitive yoga was observed as an adjunctive treatment for complex trauma. Along with colleague David Emerson, they began a training program for trauma-sensitive yoga practices, TCTSY (Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga), in 2008. *In This Episode* * Jenn's website ( ) * Embodied Healing: Survivor and Facilitator Voices from the Practice of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga ( ) , Jenn Turner (editor) Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Elle Michel is a licensed marriage and family therapist from Santa Monica, CA, with a master's degree in clinical psychology and a bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology. Elle maintains a private practice in Los Angeles where she specializes in the treatment of trauma and borderline personality disorder through using EMDR, Brainspotting, Trauma Resiliency Model, and DBT. Elle enjoys working from a strengths- and skills-based, insight-oriented, and somatic approach. She has in-depth experience treating clients struggling with complex trauma, self-harm, and suicidality and she values the use of mindfulness-based practices to assist clients in reducing anxiety and increasing self-efficacy. Prior to opening her private practice Elle worked in community psychology and at several prominent treatment centers in Los Angeles. *In This Episode* * Behavioral Tech. Marsha Linehan ( ) * The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma ( ) , Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. * Elle’s DBT Group ( ) ** Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
The March issue of The Trauma Therapist Newsletter is out. In this episode I talk a little about what we cover in this month’s issue, who our featured therapist is, some of the conferences coming up, books out, schools that are offering trauma courses, and of course, a behind the scenes look at what’s going on here at The Trauma Therapist Podcast. Learn more about The Trauma Therapist Newsletter here ( ) *.* Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Judy is a yoga teacher living in South Florida who has gained wide recognition for her unique ability to guide her teachers and students to achieve their full potential. In 2007, Judy met Beau MacVane, a strapping 6’4″ Army Ranger, who after returning home from his fifth tour of duty in Iraq, contracted Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Beau asked Judy to teach him yoga so he could stay as strong and connected to his body as humanly possible as he fought his terminal illness. Over the next several years Judy watched in awe as Beau was able to use her instruction, and his determination, to battle the decline of his physical body. What arose was a mental focus and a self-awareness that changed them both. When Beau passed away, surrounded by his loving family and friends, he left with a peace of mind more powerful than any physical limitation. Judy’s passion in offering her skill to the military is dedicated to the Warrior Spirit of Beau MacVane and his family. *In This Episode* * Connected Warriors ( ) Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Dr. Rick Boone is the Warriors Heart Clinical Director a licensed Psychologist, who currently leads the clinical team at the first and ONLY private and accredited residential treatment center in the U.S. exclusively for "warriors", which includes active-duty military, veterans, first responders and EMTs/Paramedics. His team helps our frontline protectors overcome drug and alcohol addiction, PTSD, mild TBI, trauma, anxiety, depression and other co-occurring issues. Earlier in his career, Dr. Boone served for nearly 9 years in the US Navy/Army, where he had two deployments as an Army combat operational stress psychologist to Iraq, and later to Afghanistan. In 2009, he was employed by the Department of Defense as a Social Scientist with the Human Terrain Teams in the Kandahar and Logar provinces of Afghanistan. Dr. Boone completed his Ph.D. in a program that specialized in the integration of psychological science and Judeo-Christian theology at Biola University in California. Dr. Boone was born and raised in Gallipolis, OH in the southeastern Ohio River Valley, is an avid reader, and has four children ranging in ages from 11 to 37. *In This Episode* * Dr. Boone’s Website ( ) * The Gifts of Imperfection ( ) , Brene Brown Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Comments (3)

Sketch Case

hey, thanks for the pod. the volume is Really discrepant. from the host to the visitor. it's like a 700% difference- i can't hear the interviewer at all and keep the guest at a reasonable level. improving this sound issue would help a lot. and cutting the guest off mid-sentence with an ad was pretty weird. sorry for the poorer review, hope things improve for future episodes!

May 18th

Breath of Life Yoga and Wellness

Jennifer is my new bff. When she said it was like I was in a haze. Exactly my experience with trauma. I'm super excited about the book, I love that she is into somatic experience. Thank you for this podcast

Aug 30th

n h

An excellent source of information, not just for therapists, or patients but also for relatives. I can only imagine what trauma patients must suffer through to get help. This podcast provides new insights with every episode. I'm very glad I found Guys podcast a few months ago and enables me to understand my girlfriends daily suffering better and be a better support for her. Thanks you!

Apr 4th
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