Episode 312: Recovery Is A Journey. Debbie Millman

Debbie Millman
Today, The Trauma Therapist | Podcast shifts a bit.

Today I’m interviewing world-renowned designer Debbie Millman who shares her story of courage, healing, and hope.

I first heard Debbie on Tim Ferriss’ podcast and was struck by her candor, strength, and vulnerability. She was on Tim’s show to speak about her illustrious design career. However, at a specific point in the interview, the tone definitely changed when Debbie began sharing the story of her childhood. It was at that point that I was drawn in by the courage with which Debbie spoke about her past, her journey, and the hope she’s hung on to all these years.

My hope is that we all can not only learn from her experience but as trauma workers, be inspired by the strength and hope in her words.
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Episode 231: What you think, you create. Rachel Grant

Rachel Grant
Rachel Grant is the owner and founder of Rachel Grant Coaching and is a Sexual Abuse Recovery Coach. She is also the author of Beyond Surviving: The Final Stage in Recovery from Sexual Abuse.  She works with survivors of childhood sexual abuse who are beyond sick and tired of feeling broken, unfixable, and burdened by the past. She helps them let go of the pain of abuse and finally feel normal.

Her program, Beyond Surviving, has been specifically designed to change the way we think about and heal from abuse. Based on her educational training, study of neuroscience, and lessons learned from her own journey, she has successfully used this program since 2007 to help her clients break free from the past and move on with their lives.
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Episode 230: Breaking the barriers of what healing is supposed to look like. Robyn Mourning

Robyn Mourning
Robyn Mourning, MS, MFTC holds a Masters of Counseling in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy and is the founder of Revolution Trauma Recovery Services, LLC in Westminster, CO.

She provides holistic and evidenced-based counseling and therapy services to individuals and families experiencing the effects of relationship trauma. Robyn specializes in intimate partner violence/domestic abuse, sexual violation/abuse, emotional abuse/neglect and traumatic family system disruptions.

Robyn works from an attachment and social justice lens which allows her to work with clients at the intersection of cultural barriers and their traumatic experiences.

She provides therapeutic parent coaching for adult survivors of abuse and neglect and for parents whose children are healing from trauma. Robyn also provides trauma recovery coaching packages for recovery preparation, recovery mindset and thriving after the recovery stage of healing. Through the Creating Safe Communities Initiative, Robyn collaborates with community members and leaders to further enrich the recovery experiences of abuse/neglect survivors."
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Episode 229: I used to laugh at PTSD. Carl Wagget, Firefighter

Carl Wagget
Carl Waggett has been a full-time firefighter for the past 14 years, and Acting Captain for 4 of them.  After a fellow-firefighter and close friend of Carl’s ended his own life, Carl removed himself from the front line trucks only to be diagnosed with PTSD a short time afterwards. Carl says he’s learning that there are many sides to this very intelligent disorder, and would simply like to share his experiences in the hope that others understand that PTSD is more of a winnable battle then you think.
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Episode 228: Aikido, Conflict Resolution & Trauma. Jeff Dowdy

Jeff Dowdy
Aikido and trauma resolution?

Part of my own education in my graduate psychology program involved learning Aikido. Psychology and Aikido are a perfect fit. When I learned of this week’s guest, Jeff Dowdy, and the work he was doing within the trauma field, I jumped at the chance to have him on the podcast. Aikido is a non-violent martial art. If you’re not too familiar with it, you can read more about it here.

Over the last twenty years, Jeff Dowdy gratefully has had opportunities to direct programs utilizing art and Aikido to support the excellence of youth and adults in under-resourced and in at-risk communities. Jeff has led community arts projects, taught art in the classroom, and has recently founded Sarete, a nonprofit that utilizes the martial art of Aikido as a resource for reducing the burdens of conflict and trauma.

For Jeff, Aikido was a discovery that the body isn’t just along for the ride, it is a driving force that determines our experience. Sarete stems from the realization that the body becomes a resource for experiencing conflict in a way that leads toward resolution and healing.
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Episode 227: The Creative Process & Trauma. Lisa Mitchell LMFT, ATR

Color and creative process with Lisa Mitchell LMFT, ATR
Lisa Mitchell LMFT, ATR, LPC is the author Creativity as Co-Therapist: The Practitioner’s Guide to the Art of Psychotherapy (Routledge 2016). An art therapist, she has specialized in helping teens and adults use art and creative expression to overcome anxiety, depression, and trauma for 20+ years.

Lisa’s online and in-person workshops are popular for the in-depth, hands-on creative experiences she facilitates to help therapists find unique ways of approaching the therapeutic process as a creative one.

Lisa is also the organizer and host of Create Fest, an annual online creativity festival that provides inspiration and education for therapists to "Get out the box and into their right mind".

Lisa partners with her own creativity through writing, knitting, and painting. Her blog features reflections on all creative endeavors (including therapy) at www.innercanvas.com.
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Episode 226: Being Human. Guy Macpherson, PhD. The Trauma Therapist | Podcast

My Journey to Human
Things are happening around here at The Trauma Therapist Project and The Trauma Therapist | Podcast and I wanted to share a bit of it with you.
I hope you enjoy it.
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Episode 225: There’s No One Answer. Pat Ogden, PhD

Pat Ogden
Pat Ogden, PhD, is a pioneer in somatic psychology and both Founder and Education Director of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute®, an internationally recognized school specializing in somatic–cognitive approaches for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and attachment disturbances. She is co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, a clinician, consultant, international lecturer and trainer, and first author of Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy. Her most recent book, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015) is a practical guide to integrate Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® into the treatment of trauma and attachment issues. Dr. Ogden is currently developing Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® for children, adolescents, and families with colleagues.
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Episode 224: Homeless & Runaway Youth with Maureen Blaha

Maureen Blaha
Today on the podcast we talk about the the youth and adolescents who have run away.

Why kids runaway?
What parents can do.
How kids can get help.
And the incredible job that the National Runaway Safeline is doing to help.
Maureen Blaha is the executive director of the National Runaway Safeline (NRS), the federally-designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth. Under her leadership, the visibility of NRS and awareness of its 1-800-RUNAWAY hotline has grown, while support has steadily increased in both personnel and finances.

Maureen has instituted several key accomplishments during tenure including: a program focused on runaway prevention called Let’s Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum, as well as National Runaway Prevention Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the issues facing runaway youth and to educate youth, families and the public about resources available to prevent youth from running away.

Maureen has been a featured speaker of the Special Victims Assistance Unit for the FBI (2005 and 2010), was invited to speak to UK parliament to help launch The Children's Society of England's National Safe and Sound Campaign (2005), and represented the runaway population at the groundbreaking White House Conference on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children (2002).
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Episode 223: A Master Class in Self-Awareness. Adena Bank Lees

Adena Bank Lees
Adena Bank Lees, LCSW, LISAC, BCETS, CP is an internationally recognized speaker, author, trainer and consultant, providing a fresh and important look at addiction treatment, traumatic stress and recovery. She has provided more than 1000 workshops for professionals around the world on topics related to childhood abuse, PTSD, eating and substance use disorders, other addictions and related mental health issues. Her specialty is childhood sexual abuse, in particular, covert emotional incest.

Adena’s lectures, workshops and presentations are lively, informative, engaging and current.

Participants say they are moved by the integration of information that makes sense to them, sometimes for the very first time. Being introduced to covert emotional incest is often the most powerful and life changing piece participants claim to walk away with.
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Episode 222: Not knowing, Bearing Witness and Appropriate Action. Fleet Maull

Fleet Maull
Fleet is the training director at the Engaged Mindfulness Institute. The Engaged Mindfulness Institute delivers trainings developed from a rich tradition of spiritually grounded, contemplative and mindfulness-based peace and social change work and the latest developments in neuroscience-based leadership training. The institute specializes in training professionals and volunteers who support at-risk individuals, communities and underserved populations.

Fleet is a trainer, coach, educator, prison reform activist, and peace worker with over 25 years experience. He teaches engaged spirituality and contemplative approaches to social action and peacemaking at Naropa University. He is a certified trainer with the Center for Council Training, Peacemaker Circle International, and HeartStream Education. Fleet is a senior meditation teacher in both the Zen Peacemaker and Shambhala Buddhist communities.
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Episode 221: Avoiding The Pressure To Fix People. Deirdre Fay

Deirdre Fay
Deirdre Fay, LICSW integrates traditional trauma and attachment therapy with yogic and meditation psychology and practices. Deirdre has been practicing meditation and yoga for over 30 years, has lived in a yoga ashram for over six years in the 80s and 90s, and is a former supervisor at The Trauma Center, and former faculty at Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.

Deirdre is certified in Internal Family Systems, a qualified trainer in Mindful Self-Compassion, and the originator of the Becoming Safely Embodied skills now taught world-wide giving Deirdre a solid foundation to walk with you on this journey to heal from trauma and attachment wounding. Deirdre supervises and consults with therapists and clients internationally on safely living in the body.
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Episode 220: From Law School to Social Worker. The Trauma Therapist | 2.0 experience with Naixiang Hui

Naixiang Hui
A Trauma Therapist | 2.0 case-study: Naixiang Hui

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 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.

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.
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Episode 219: The Power of Hope. Christina Minoguchi

Christina Minoguchi
Christina Minoguchi, MSW, LISW-S graduated from The Ohio State University.  She specializes in the clinical treatment of traumatized teens and adults in her private practice located in Columbus, Ohio. Christina has 16 years of experience and ongoing study in providing trauma-informed care as well as teaching other therapists in understanding and treating clients who have experienced trauma. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), CBT, MI and DBT.

Christina’s passion is driven by her own trauma history that includes her father who had PTSD as a Marine in the Vietnam War; her husband who is a retired police officer with PTSD related to a bank robbery-shooting; as well as her own experiences with chronic sexual abuse and abandonment issues. Christina is in the process of publishing her memoir that details her trauma as well as the steps she took to heal in hopes that other people in the trauma club may find the answers they are desperately seeking.
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Episode 218: Creating Art to Help Heal Trauma. Mary Stephanou

Mary Stephanou
Mary is a HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist in the UK, with a degree in Creative Expressive Therapies and Masters in Art Therapy. She is a feminist, human, artist and activist.

Mary currently works with adolescents in schools, who are often referred to as hard to reach young people with challenging behaviour.  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.

Through the use of art making, Mary recognizes the importance of providing a safe space in which clients can safely be witnessed with love, empathy and compassion, to bring to the surface their whole integrated selves. She is humbled to have authentic human connection with clients who open themselves up to vulnerability, and journey to a place of understanding, consciousness and playfulness.
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Episode 217: Autism & Trauma. Janeen Herskovitz, LMHC

Janeen Herskovitz
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 is trained as an EMDR Trauma Therapist, and writes as a Topic Expert contributor on Autism Spectrum at goodtherapy.org. Janeen has been married to her husband, Joe, since 1995, and together they have two teenage children.

Janeen’s podcast, Autism Blueprint, will be launching next month, and covers a variety of topics surrounding autism in the home.
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Episode 216: Fly Fishing & Healing Trauma with Eric Hastings

Eric Hastings
A few months ago I was sitting at home, scrolling through Netflix and came across a documentary titled, Not Yet Begun To Fight. The film was incredible and inspiring.

It centered around Colonel Eric Hastings and a foundation he started several years ago called, Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation, whose mission is to, through fly fishing in Montana, create positive change in the lives of post-9/11 combat veterans.

I found Eric’s email, we scheduled an interview, and here we are.
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Episode 215: Giving people a voice with Christiane Sanderson

Christiane Sanderson
Christiane Sanderson BSc., MSc. is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton. With 26 years’ experience working with survivors of child sexual abuse, sexual violence, complex trauma and domestic abuse she has delivered consultancy, continuous professional development and professional training for parents, teachers, social workers, and many more.

In her capacity as a sexual violence and child sexual abuse consultant Christiane has contributed to news coverage on BBC TV and BBC Radio, and Sky News, as well as being featured in a number of documentaries involving sexual violence, most recently Fred and Rose (West): The Untold Story  (Channel  5, 2014); ‘Hotel of Horrors’ (2014) and  The Cul-de-Sac Cult (2015) on the Crime and Investigation Network (Sky Channel 553).

Christiane is the author of The Warrior Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Sexual Violence as well as many other works (see below).
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Episode 214: Asking “What’s Happened?” rather than “What’s wrong?” with Jondi Whitis

Jondi Whitis
Jondi Whitis is a NYC-based Trainer and Practitioner and holds certifications from the two largest Energy Psychology associations. A former Lead Trainer for the Newtown Community Trauma Relief Project, Jondi is a Board Member for AAMET International and continues to create and foster community for Tapping professionals and fans who share her passion for healing in the world.

Using a variety of techniques from the field of energy psychology, Jondi calls herself a ‘People’s Teacher,’ reflecting her love for what is simple, real and useful.  Among her favorite tools are those in the EFT family, Emotional Freedom Techniques, which she uses in conjunction with other adaptations that combine Mindfulness with Meridian-based energy point stimulation. Jondi has a simple motto, which is, I help people feel better fast.
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Episode 213: The Human Capacity to Endure With Marisa Hughes, LCSW

Marisa Hughes, LCSW
Marisa Hughes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boca Raton, Florida. She specializes in working with women who have experienced trauma and want to transform their lives through healing. Marisa also coaches other therapists who are feeling stuck or getting in their own way, when it comes to running their own successful practices. Marisa takes a holistic approach to her private practice integrating traditional psychotherapy, EMDR, intuition, mindset work and therapeutic yoga. Check out her website www.marisahughescounseling.com for more information about how to work with Marisa.
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