Mary Stephanou on Trauma Therapist | 2.0

Mary is back.

This time she joins me for an exclusive video interview as part of Trauma Therapist | 2.0.

You can check out a clip of her interview here.

Mary is pretty incredible and inspiring. And this is precisely why I invited her back.

Mary emanates a level of self-awareness, presence and authenticity that I hope I am able to share with my clients.

The ability to integrate this depth of awareness with a knowledge of trauma, and in Mary’s case, with creativity, as well, is powerful.

Mary is an HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist in the UK, with a degree in Creative Expressive Therapies and a Masters in Art Therapy. She is a feminist, human, artist and activist and currently works in schools with adolescents who are often referred to as hard to reach young people with challenging behavior.

In reality, Mary works with young people who have often experienced trauma, various or multiple types of abuse and come from (emotionally, economically and socially) deprived backgrounds.

Mary also has a special interest in working with older people living with Dementia and has created multiple bodies of work exploring the internal, imagined worlds of people living with this diagnosis. As a practicing artist and art therapist, Mary uses the art making process to inform her own personal/self development and the growth and nurturing of her clients in her practice.

Listen to Mary’s  interview here.

Trauma, Kintsugi, and Inspiration from the Masters.

I’m very excited to have been interviewed by Mike Shook of The Thoughtful Counselor Podcast.

The Thoughtful Counselor Podcast is A Podcast Dedicated to the Art and Science of Counseling and Psychotherapy.

Mike is awesome.

Mike is an American counselor living in China with his family, and his story and background are pretty inspiring.

He’s a great interviewer, to boot!

You can check out my interview, and all of the other interviews, by going to The Thoughtful Counselor.



A Trauma Therapist | 2.0 case study

Over the course of the last few months I’ve been inviting some of the individuals from my membership community Trauma Therapist | 2.0 on the podcast to share their experiences and their journey, and to talk about how they’ve been utilizing the membership and the community of Trauma Therapist | 2.0.

The result has been pretty amazing and inspiring.

These trauma workers–from all disciplines–have that common denominator of being passionate about helping individuals who’ve been impacted by trauma.

Highlighting people like this, and the incredible work they do, and then learning about their journey, their challenges and wins, is exactly why I began The Trauma Therapist | Podcast, and to support new trauma workers is precisely why I started Trauma Therapist | 2.0.

The stories, struggles and support they share and engage in within the community helps each of us who are on this journey.

We each feed off of each other’s spirit.

Meet Naixiang (pronounced nice-young).

Naixiang is currently a trainee counselling psychologist. After completing law school, his interests with working with people in need, made him decide to switch career paths to social work and counselling.

Naixiang has worked in a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre, with prison inmates, as well as in community clinics in both Singapore and the UK. Naixiang is about to complete his postgraduate diploma in counselling psychology and has plans to pursue graduate training in social work.

Listen to Naixiang’s interview here.

[It’s Here] The Inner-Work Ebook For New Trauma Therapists

Several weeks ago I did something I’d never done before.

I created a free email series course.

It was called The Free 6-Part Inner-Work Email Series for New Trauma Therapists.

To date, almost 1000 people have signed up for that!

Now, I’m announcing

The Inner-Work ebook for new trauma therapists

This beautiful (if I do say so myself!), 44-page, full-color PDF ebook, is the companion to the free 6-part email series, and costs just $9.97.

However this ebook also stands alone.

What does it take to sit with someone who’s been impacted by trauma?

How do you develop the compassion, calm and composure to maintain your presence when someone is sharing the horrors they’ve experienced?

How do you go about beginning this training?

What skills, interventions, qualities or characteristics as a therapist should you focus on?

What books should you read?

What modalities are best equipped to address trauma?

Where do you start?

These questions are just a few of the many I frequently receive from individuals eager to begin their trauma-informed journey.

They’re questions I struggled with myself earlier on in my training as a psychologist.

And quite frankly, there are days when I still find myself struggling.

I certainly don’t have all the answers.

However, as host of The Trauma Therapist Podcast, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with over 200 of the thought leaders and game-changers in the fields of trauma, addiction, mindfulness and yoga who, fortunately, do have the answers.

This guide is a distillation of the empowering and inspiring suggestions, thoughts, wisdom and advice from my guests on this subject of becoming and being a trauma therapist.

This is a guide for those starting out on their journey. It is a roadmap of sorts. And an inspiring one at that!

Are you ready to hone what many believe to be our most valuable asset as mental health workers?

Our presence, authenticity and compassion.

I’d love to walk this journey with you.

Click this link to purchase The Inner-Work ebook for only $9.97


Autism & Trauma. Janeen Herskovitz

There is something daring and at the same time refreshing when we hear people share beliefs from their core.

And I think this daring and the impact it has on us even becomes intensified when that person is speaking about their son or daughter.

Enter Janeen Herskovitz.

Janeen shares the story of how the trajectory of her work–and her life–was altered and inspired by the autism diagnosis of her son.

Janeen is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida and owner of Puzzle Peace Counseling, LLC.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Rowan University in New Jersey, (1995) and her Masters of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University (2010).

Janeen’s podcast, Autism Blueprint, will be launching next month, and covers a variety of topics surrounding autism in the home.

Listen to Janeen’s interview.

Shrink Rap Radio Interview.

I’m very excited, and honored, to be interviewed on Shrink Rap Radio show.

Dr. David Van Nuys has been podcasting for quite some time, has an impressive list of guests, and as a result, I’ve been admiring him and learning from him from afar.

It was an honor to be on the other end of the mic and to speak with David about what I’ve been doing with The Trauma Therapist Project and the The Trauma Therapist | Podcast, and then to go into more of my own personal story than I really ever do on my own podcast. In a way it took the pressure off of me from having to interview someone else, and yet I felt a different kind of pressure to reach inside and share a lot of things I normally don’t.

Check out my interview on Shrink Rap Radio here. 

Where do artists and counselors turn their passions into their futures?

I’m excited to announce that Lesley University’s mental health counseling programs has joined me as a sponsor on the podcast!

I remember first hearing about the amazing reputation their counseling program had when I was living there in Cambridge Massachusetts several years ago.

What truly excites me about this partnership is that their mission of wholeness and incorporating creativity into the therapeutic process is exactly what The Trauma Therapist | Podcast is all about.

If you’ve been listening to the podcast then you know I continue to invite on a wide variety of inspiring guests, from many fields and representing an assortment of modalities, with the common thread being the treatment of trauma.

Lesley is where artists and counselors turn their passions into their futures. Examine the human condition from multiple angles—from the physical and behavioral to the cultural and spiritual.

In addition, apply a social justice lens to mental health care.

Check out their on-campus and low-residency graduate and PhD programs by clicking here.



The Inner Journey for New Trauma Therapists

What does it take to sit with someone who’s been impacted by trauma?

How do you develop the compassion, calm and composure to maintain your presence when someone is sharing the horrors they’ve experienced?

How do you go about beginning this training?

Where do you start?

You start right here.

Inner-Work: A Free 6-Part Email Series on Cultivating Authenticity, Compassion & Presence for New Trauma Therapists.

As the host of The Trauma Therapist | Podcast, I’ve had the privilege of speaking to 200+ thought-leaders in the fields of trauma, mindfulness, yoga, and addiction.

This free 6-part email series is a distillation of the empowering and inspiring suggestions from the 200+ guests I’ve had on The Trauma Therapist | Podcast on this subject of what it means to be an authentic trauma therapist.

This is a guide for those starting out on their journey.

For a lot of us, the process of becoming a trauma therapist is the process of finding our way back to ourselves, in a sense.

What does it mean to walk the path of authenticity?

It means doing the work to begin to be genuine with ourselves, and then with our clients.

It means being real.

It means dropping our agenda.

It means leaving our suitcase of great ideas and plans and blueprints of the amazing interventions we believe would be perfect for our clients, outside the door.

It means being willing to take a look at who we are–the sticky bits, the amazing parts, the parts that maybe we’d rather not look at right now.

This is the challenging work that so many of my guests on the podcast speak about.

It’s also the work that’s made the difference in their lives, as well as in the lives of their clients.

Ready to take the first step?

Let’s do it!






Trauma: The Injury Where Blood Doesn’t Flow

This week we have Eduardo Duran on the podcast.

Eduardo is one of the first people to write and bring attention to soul wounding, also known as historical trauma.

He works with Native and Indigenous cultures in the healing of trauma and he is pretty amazing.

I loved talking with him.

In fact, speaking with individuals like him is exactly why I put this podcast together. This is why I continue to do this.

You can hear the passion and love for his work in his voice, and the way he shares his story from young, ignorant therapist, to a man who learned how to help others heal is nothing short of inspiring.

Eduardo is a psychologist and a veteran of the US Navy submarine force. And he’s one of those individuals that makes you think, “Yes, this is someone I want working to help people who’ve been traumatized.”

Listen to Ed’s interview here.

Grab a free audio book on me from

Have a wonderful week!


Acupuncture & The Healing of Trauma


Acupuncture and the treatment of trauma.

I’m excited and proud to say that this is the first time I’ve addressed this topic on the podcast.

Anthony Giovanniello, and his organization, Acupuncture Ambassadors, are both amazing.

This is exactly what I’d envisioned doing on this podcast–highlighting individuals who are passionately dedicating their lives to treating individuals who’ve been impacted by trauma.

Anthony holds a Masters Degree in Science and Acupuncture, is Nationally Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and specializes in the treatment of PTSD, anxiety, depression, addictions and end of life issues.

Anthony is the founder of Acupuncture Ambassadors, a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to organize sustainable acupuncture treatment clinics worldwide for the care of refugees, victims of violence, human trafficking, and war.

Listen to Anthony’s episode here.