Episode 199: Roberto Rodriquez, M.A.

Roberto Rodriquez, M.A.
Roberto Rodriquez, M.A., is a Licensed Associate Marriage, a Family Therapist and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has over ten years of experience in the treatment of substance use disorder.

He has worked in intensive outpatient settings and residential settings, providing transformative experiences for adolescents, men, couples, and families. Rob is highly experienced in facilitating Helping Men Recover groups (providing co-occurring disorder, gender-responsive, trauma-informed services for men).

Rob currently works with the Marc Hertz Consulting firm in Saint Paul, MN.  He is the co-author of Exploring Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Men with Dr. Stephanie Covington.

This is the only research-based, brief intervention program related to trauma for men published by Hazelden. Rob is currently engaged as a consultant with the Connecticut Women’s Consortium, and a staunch supporter of the curriculum, Exploring Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Men.
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Episode 198: Turning abuse into advocacy and a life of inspiration. Jean-Paul (JP) Bedard

Jean-Paul Bédard
Jean-Paul Bédard is an author, advocate, elite endurance athlete, and  was named one of the "50 Most Influential Canadians" by Huffington Post.

In 2013, Jean-Paul disclosed to family and friends that he is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and rape. As a result, he turned to long-distance running to help him battle his addiction and mental health issues. Since that time, he has become an international advocate for other survivors of sexual violence.  In 2014, Jean-Paul ran the iconic Boston Marathon twice in the same day in a highly publicized campaign. In 2015 he was awarded the "Golden Shoe Award" for being named "Canadian Runner of the Year".

As a Brooks sponsored athlete and veteran of over 130 marathons and ultra marathons, Jean-Paul represented Canada in the prestigious Comrades Marathon in South Africa, a grueling 90km race through mountainous terrain. In the fall of 2015, Jean-Paul ran the Toronto Waterfront Marathon three times in the same day to demonstrate the resiliency of survivors of trauma.
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Episode 197: Veterans, Resilience & Healing. Paul Riedner

Paul Riedner
Paul Riedner is the Executive Director of the startup non-profit called the Veteran Resilience Project which uses EMDR to address a number of after-effects of military service and war.

Paul has an Economics degree and an MBA focused on business anthropology and consumer behavior. From 2006 - 2010 he was a Deep Sea Diver in the US Army. Since returning from war and the military, Paul began exploring how to use art to express his changing perspectives and to connect the public with the experiences and struggles of returning veterans.
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Episode 196: Jan Winhall M.S.W.

Jan Winhall
Jan Winhall M.S.W. R.S.W. F.O.T. is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and Coordinator with the Focusing Institute in New York City. She is a member of the International Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy Association and Director of Focusing On Borden, a training center where she teaches Focusing and supervises therapists. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer with the University of Toronto Master of Social Work program.

Jan has worked in the area of trauma and addiction for over 30 years. Early on she was drawn to Gene Gendlin’s work called Focusing, a contemplative practice that facilitates a state of integration between mind, emotion and body awareness. This embodied state gives fresh direction in dealing with life problems and wounded places. It can be taught in 6 steps and is practiced in partnerships. Focusing Oriented Therapy provides a profound relational context offering healing experiences.

Jan has written a chapter, ‘Understanding and Treating Addiction with the Felt Sense Experience Model’ (Greg Madison Editor, Emerging Practice in Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy, Innovative Theory and Applications (178-193). London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Her Felt Sense Experience Model offers a departure from the traditional pathologizing framework in treating trauma and addiction, emphasizing the power of Focusing as a tool for attaining emotional regulation.
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Episode 195: Ayelet Amittay

Ayelet Amittay
Ayelet Amittay is a poet and a psychiatric nurse practitioner.

Her private practice, Wild Geese Mental Health, focuses on providing integrated medication management for clients who have experienced trauma or loss.

Ayelet holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan and an MSN from the Yale School of Nursing. She is interested in the ways that trauma and creative writing dovetail with one another.

Ayelet has worked in settings that include integrated primary care, community mental health, and in-home intensive child and adolescent services. She is currently training to become a Parenting by Connection instructor.
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Episode 194: Glenn Schiraldi, PhD

Glenn Schiraldi, PhD
Dr. Glenn Schiraldi is a graduate of West Point, a Vietnam Vet, and served at the Pentagon where he developed a prototype courses in Stress Management for The Department of The Army.

Glenn has served on the stress management faculties at The Pentagon, The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, and The University of Maryland, where he received the Outstanding Teacher Award.

Glenn is also author of the new book, The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook, Revised and Expanded Second Edition: A Guide to Healing, Recovery, and Growth
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Episode 193: Linnea Butler, LMFT

Linnea Butler, LMFT
Linnea Butler is founder and Clinical Director of Bay Area Mental Health in Los Gatos, CA. She specializes in treating trauma and mood disorders as well as running a DBT program.

Linnea has trained in trauma treatment with Janina Fisher, Manuela Mische-Reeds, Bessel van der Kolk and Ame Cutler. Before founding Bay Area Mental Health, Linnea worked at various agencies, including Momentum for Mental Health where she ran an outpatient clinic that served over 400 clients. Linnea has degrees from Occidental College, The University of Utah and the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.
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Episode 192: Ron Gellis, PhD

Ron Gellis, PhD
Ron Gellis, Ph.D is back.

This time, without a doubt, it’s personal.

If you’ll recall, Ron joined me previously on episode 86 of the podcast. Today, I’m proud and excited to speak with him.

In this episode, Ron shares with us a part of his life that is quite intimate and personal. As a result, this interview becomes an amazing opportunity for learning for each of us.

Ron 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.
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Episode 191: Richard Strozzi-Heckler, PhD

Richard Strozzi-Heckler
Richard Strozzi-Heckler has a PhD. in Psychology and a sixth degree black belt in Aikido.  He is the founder of the Strozzi Institute, The Center for Leadership and Mastery, and the developer of Strozzi Somatic Work. 

Richard is the author of eight books including The Anatomy of Change, The Leadership Dojo, and The Art of Somatic Coaching.  He is the co-founder of the Middle East Aikido Project-a peace building effort- which brings Palestinians and Israelis together through the martial art of Aikido.
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Episode 190: Rochelle Sharpe Lohrasbe

Rochelle Sharpe Lohrasbe
Rochelle holds a PhD in Child and Youth Care (UVIC). Beginning with a career in forensic psychiatric nursing, she has 30 years of clinical experience in the areas of post-traumatic stress, attachment trauma and developmental wounding.

In her private clinical practice Rochelle sees both children and adults who have experienced abuse, neglect and other traumatic experiences such as vehicle accidents, natural disasters, bullying, chronic degradation and so forth.

Rochelle is an EMDRIA-approved consultant in EMDR, facilitates for the DNMS Institute, and recently joined the faculty of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She has presented at EMDR and Trauma and Dissociation conferences in Canada and abroad.
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Episode 189: Sarah Plummer Taylor

Sarah Plummer Taylor
Sarah Plummer Taylor, MSW, is a social worker, health coach, and yoga instructor. She is also the author of Just Roll With It: 7 Battle Tested Truths for Building a Resilient Life, and currently sits on the Advisory Board for the University of California San Francisco’s, Next Mission’s Program for Stress, Resiliency, and Post-Traumatic Growth, as well as the Military Advisory Committee for Service Women's Action Network. 

Her current research focuses on reintegration for veterans and holistic wellness, and she is involved with numerous collaborative research projects in these areas.

Sarah teaches and leads wellness retreats in the US and abroad and runs a private Holistic Health Counseling Practice serving military veterans, professional women, and those seeking to improve all aspects of their health.
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Episode 188: Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan
Joe Morgan was a Sergeant for 13 years in the Marine Corps and was on multiple Combat tours. Now he’s helping other veterans manage the transition home through both his Post Combat Normal Podcast and the Failure to Adapt Podcast.

A friend of mine turned me on to Joe’s podcast, and once I realized what he was doing and how he was trying to help other vets, I knew I had to invite him on to my podcast.

Joe shares just a bit of his experiences in combat, what his transition home was like, and how his struggles during that time inspired him first to get some help, and then to begin helping others with his podcasts.

Promoting this kind of passion and inspiration is what my podcast is all about.
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Episode 187: Vanessa Snyder, PhD

Vanessa Snyder, PhD
Vanessa Snyder is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Traumatologist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor in Training in Atlanta, GA. She specializes in the treatment of sexual abuse and trauma, complex trauma, and dissociative disorders, sexual and gender identity issues, as well as marital and family work.

Her research is focused on the population and treatment of children and adults in the commercial sex trafficking trade, secondary traumatic stress in aftercare providers of trauma, and complex trauma survivors as well as therapeutic alliance outcomes in clinical training. She is the Dean of Clinical Affairs and Assistant Professor at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Academic Dean for the Institute for Sexual Wholeness and Director of Richmont’s Institute of Traumatology.
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Episode 186: David Emerson

David Emerson
Dave is the Founder and Director of Yoga Services for the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline Massachusetts, where he coined the term trauma-sensitive yoga.

David was responsible for curriculum development, supervision and oversight of the yoga intervention component of the first of its kind, NIH funded study, conducted by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk to assess the utility and feasibility of yoga for adults with treatment-resistant PTSD.

Dave has developed, conducted, and supervised TSY groups for rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs, residential programs for youth, military bases, survivors of terrorism, and Veterans Administration centers and clinics.

In addition to co-authoring several articles on the subject of yoga and trauma, Dave is the co-author of Overcoming Trauma through Yoga, released in 2011 by North Atlantic Books and Author of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy (Norton, 2015). He leads trainings for yoga teachers and mental health clinicians in North America, Europe, and Asia.
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Episode 185: Trauma Therapist Live: Do Less Be More

Do Less
Today, another episode of Trauma Therapist Live. These are shorter episodes during which I focus in on topics that have come up on the podcast which have resonated with me and which I feel are pertinent to the work we do. The topic on this episode of doing less. I love this subject because in a sense it is a call to action. It’s a not-so-quite invitation for us, as therapists, to be mindful of exactly what we’re doing in session, the relevant and the not so relevant. It’s a reminder for us to be aware of what our purpose is in session, which each of our different clients. And finally, it is a waking-up bell for us, as individuals, to be aware of our Why, both personally and professionally.
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Episode 184: Mark Wolynn

Mark Wolynn
Mark Wolynn is the director of The Family Constellation Institute in San Francisco and is a leading expert in the field of inherited family trauma. A sought-after lecturer, he has taught at the University of Pittsburgh, the Western Psychiatric Institute, Kripalu, The Omega Institute, The New York Open Center, and The California Institute of Integral Studies.

Mark specializes in working with depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts, fears, panic disorders, self-injury, chronic pain and persistent symptoms and conditions.

Mark’s book It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle has just been published by Viking/Penguin. His articles have appeared in Psychology Today,Elephant Journal and Psych Central, and his poetry has been published in The New Yorker.
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Episode 183: Nina “Anin” Utigaard, MFT, REAT

Nina “Anin” Utigaard
Anin Utigaard is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist and Registered Expressive Arts Therapist based in San Francisco, who uses the Person-Centered approach in her practice with groups and individuals of all ages.

Anin was a founding Co-Chair for the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and a faculty member of the Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute for over ten years, a program founded by Natalie Rogers, Carl Rogers‘ daughter.  

She is adjunct faculty with JFK University and has presented her work nationally and internationally since 1992.  Her work with trauma and adolescents began at ThunderRoad in Oakland in 1991, where she used expressive arts therapy with teens dealing with substance abuse as well as trauma.

Anin has a fine arts and professional music background, and believes that the arts are a transformative power that can change the world we live in.
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Episode 182: Brian Harris, PhD

Brian Harris
Brian Harris, PhD, MT-BC, LCAT is a music psychotherapist in private practice in NYC. He holds a PhD in Expressive Therapies and is an adjunct faculty member at New York University and SUNY New Paltz.

Brian is the founding director of the company Creative Arts Psychotherapy, and is the past head of the Pavarotti Music Center’s music therapy department in Mostar, Bosnia where his work focused on children with post-war traumas. 

Brian has published and presented nationally and internationally and has worked for 20 years with a diverse range of populations including, LGBT clients, trauma, psychiatric, Autism, and Alzheimer's.
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Episode 181: Sebastian Junger

Sebastian Junger
Sebastian Junger is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Perfect Storm,, Fire, A Death in Belmont, War and most recently, Tribe.  As an award-winning journalist, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a special correspondent at ABC News, he has covered major international news stories around the world, and has received both a National Magazine Award and a Peabody Award.

Sebastian is also a documentary filmmaker whose debut film "Restrepo", a feature-length documentary (co-directed with Tim Hetherington), was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.
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Episode 180: Helen Thomas, MC, RCC, LPC

Helen Thomas, MC, RCC, LPC
Helen Thomas holds a Master of Counseling degree from Arizona State University, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Arizona, and a Registered Clinical Counsellor in the province of British Columbia, where she currently resides.

Helen has experience in domestic violence shelter settings and transitional housing programs. She has practiced therapy in trauma-informed community mental health agency settings, as well as a government-funded counselling program for women who have experienced violence in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

She currently practices privately in Downtown Vancouver. Her counselling practice, Liv Wellness, offers EMDR therapy, trauma process groups for female adult survivors of child sexual abuse, and skills-based empowerment groups for women. Its home on the web is www.LivWellness.ca.

Her passion project, Take Back Childhood Campaign, has a mission of eradicating child sexual abuse by breaking the societal silence, increasing awareness and education, and supporting research and effective treatment for survivors of CSA. You can follow along on Twitter at TBCCampaign.
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Episode 179: Catherine Knibbs

Catherine Knibbs
Catherine specializes in Cybertrauma and Child Sexual Abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation (the former being an area and phrase she coined in 2012). She is currently completing a dual MSc and works as child/adult trauma therapist BACP (accredited) and UKCP Psychotherapeutic counsellor for adults.

Catherine initially trained as the first woman to complete her trade in the Armed Forces as an Instrument Engineer. She’s also been a practicing Martial Artist of Shotokan Karate for 30 years.
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Episode 178: Let Go or Be Dragged: Guy Macpherson, PhD

Let Go or Be Dragged
Today, it’s personal. In this episode I share how my experience with the podcast and interviewing my incredible guests have impacted my life--as a husband, a father, a therapist, and as a son. This episode was taken from a blog post I wrote a few weeks ago. I deliberated whether or not I should write it, and I did. I deliberated whether or not I should share this episode, and here it is. Thanks for listening.
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Episode 177: Kim Bridi

Kim Bridi
Kim is the founder of the Mission OM Foundation and served as a Clinical Yoga Therapist for the Department of the Army for more than two and a half years.

During her work there, she provided yoga therapy for service members in Chronic Pain with PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, and more, and successfully incorporated yoga into the clinical hospital setting at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Ft. Gordon, Ga.

She has worked side-by-side and provided yoga-based training to traditional healthcare professionals as well as complementary and alternative providers, teaching asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, and other yoga and Ayurvedic practices. She is also a Master Practitioner of Thai Yoga Therapy and Massage and somatic-based therapies.
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Episode 176: Keith Myers, LPC

Keith Myers, LPC
Keith Myers is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has been working in clinical mental health for over 13 years. His clinical specialties include trauma, combat-PTSD, Veterans issues, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy.  

He has published peer-reviewed articles and given presentations on trauma, combat PTSD, and ethical issues.  He owns a private practice just north of Atlanta and regularly works with military members and their families, providing therapy advocacy services.  He is also an Adjunct Faculty Member with both Argosy University & Mercer University and is a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education & Supervision with Mercer University.
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Episode 175: Jesse Hanson, PhD

Jesse Hanson, PhD
Jesse Hanson holds both a PhD and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. He specializes in neuroscience, somatic (body-centered) psychology and holistic healing. Trained in EMDR and other forms of somatic therapies, Jesse helps clients release held trauma and negative emotions from the body and inspires them to create themselves anew. After more than ten years in the holistic health field and many years of working with a multi-faceted treatment team approach at Passages Malibu, Jesse brings his experience to the Helix Healthcare Group as clinical director of a holistic and integrative approach to treating addiction, trauma, and wellness.
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Episode 174: Carolyn Daitch, PhD

Dr. Carolyn Daitch is the director of the Center for the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She is a certified and approved consultant, former Vice President and elected Fellow with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, elected fellow of Michigan Psychological Association, President of the Michigan Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and is a certified Imago relationship therapist. She is recognized for her practical, easy to implement interventions.

Dr. Daitch’s time is split between clinical practice, supervision, consultation and teaching. She routinely gives training to practitioners in the United States and abroad.
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Episode 173: Craig Haen, PhD

Craig Haen, PhD
Dr. Craig Haen has been working clinically with people impacted by interpersonal, developmental, and familial trauma for 15 years. He has a full-time private practice in White Plains, New York where he treats children, adolescents, adults, and families.

Dr. Haen is a graduate adjunct faculty member at New York University and Lesley University, co-chairs the American Group Psychotherapy Association’s Community Outreach Task Force (which provides trauma response to diverse communities), and is the Program Director for the Kint Institute, which will begin its inaugural year providing training in trauma and the creative arts therapies this fall.

His latest book, The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy, is forthcoming from Routledge.
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Episode 172: Kimberly Campbell

Kimberly Campbell
Kimberly Campbell is the Executive Director of Exhale to Inhale, founded by Zoe Le Page, which brings yoga to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in New York City, the Hudson Valley, Long Island and Connecticut through weekly classes at shelters and community-based organizations. By providing access to the practice of yoga to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, Exhale to Inhale offers a valuable resource to a distressed community.

Kimberly is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and wellness expert who has held a number of key positions in business, philanthropy, and health and human services development within a broad range of industries. 

She was also the creator and spokesperson of a corporate domestic violence initiative focused on raising public awareness and assisting employees dealing with domestic violence in the workplace. Through her work, she uses yoga, meditation, and other wellness tools to empower people to see that they have a choice in how they react to the external pressures they come up against. 

Kimberly is also a health columnist for the Three Tomatoes and author of the Om Healing and Wellness Blog.
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Episode 171: Christopher Willard, PsyD

Christopher Willard
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.
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Episode 170: Kimber Olson, LCSW is live on The Trauma Therapist | Podcast

Kimber Olson
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.
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Episode 169: Kate Hendricks Thomas, PhD

Kate Hendricks
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.
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Episode 168: Jane Clapp

Jane Clapp
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.
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Episode 167: Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT

Lisa Dale
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
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Episode 166: Don McCasland

Don McCasland
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.
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Episode 165: Tyler Skluzacek

Tyler Skluzacek
Tyler Skluzacek ’16 (New Prague, Minn.) and his team took a top prize at HackDC, a grueling 36-hour coding competition in Washington, D.C., dedicated to addressing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As the winners of Best PTSD Mobile App for Clinicians, team “The Cure” took home $1500.

Their app, myBivy (short for bivouac, temporary soldier’s quarters), runs on the Pebble Time Smartwatch and is designed to track “night terrors,” a PTSD symptom in which soldiers or others may suddenly awaken in a panic.

Some 3.6 million veterans experience PTSD following exposure to traumatic or life-threatening events. This includes 11–20% of those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as veterans of the Gulf and Vietnam Wars. Other symptoms may include flashbacks, insomnia, and exaggerated responses to triggers. And it’s not only vets—an estimated 7.8% of Americans are affected by PTSD.

Skluzacek, who is majoring in computer science, applied math and statistics, and economics, headed to D.C. for the competition, inspired, in part, by the experience of his father, an Iraq War veteran. Many of the participants arrived with teams in place, but Skluzacek recruited four team members on the spot.
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Episode 164: Christina Hibbert

Christina Hibbert
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.
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Episode 163: Richard Schwartz, PhD

Richard Schwartz
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’s Institute for Juvenile Research and later at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.

Grounded in systems thinking, Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems SM in response to clients’ descriptions of various parts within themselves.  He focused on the relationships among these parts and noticed that there were systemic patterns to the way they were organized across clients.  He also found that when the clients’ parts felt safe and were allowed to relax, the clients would experience spontaneously the qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion that Dr. Schwartz came to call the Self.  He found that when in that state of Self, clients would know how to heal their parts.

This approach to psychotherapy suggested alternative ways of understanding psychic functioning and healing, and lent itself to innovative techniques for relieving clients’ suffering and symptoms.  IFS is a nonpathologizing, hopeful framework within which to practice psychotherapy.

In 2000, Richard Schwartz founded the Center for Self Leadership in Oak Park, Illinois. CSL offers three levels of training in IFS, workshops for professionals and for the general public, an annual national conference, publications, and DVDs of Dr. Schwartz’s work through its web site at www.selfleadership.org.   IFS trainings and workshops are also being held in several European countries.

A featured speaker for national professional organizations, Dr. Schwartz serves on editorial boards of four professional journals.  He has published five books and over fifty articles about IFS. His books include: You Are The One You’ve Been Waiting For: Bringing Courageous Love to Intimate Relationships;  Internal Family Systems Therapy;  Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model;  and The Mosaic Mind: Empowering the Tormented Selves of Child Abuse Survivors (with Regina Goulding);  as well as Metaframeworks (with Doug Breunlin and Betty Karrer), about transcending current models of family therapy.
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Episode 162: Crystal Arber

Crystal Arber
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.
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Episode 161: Robin Shapiro

Robin Shapiro
Robin Shapiro, LICSW, loves her work which includes writing, presenting on the topics of ego states, EMDR, suicide prevention; doing clinical consultation; and thirty-five years of psychotherapy practice, especially around issues of trauma, anxiety, and attachment.

Robin edited and contributed to EMDR Solutions: Pathways to Healing (Norton, 2005), EMDR Solutions II: Depression, Eating Disorders, Performance & More (2009) and wrote Trauma Treatments Handbook (2010), as well as Easy Ego State Interventions (2016). Her newest project is gathering connections on-line and in the world to work towards the prevention of child abuse, especially sexual abuse.
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Episode 160: Ed & Deb Shapiro

Ed & Deb Shapiro
Ed and Deb Shapiro have been teaching mindfulness and meditation together for over 30 years. They are the authors of 17 books on meditation and personal growth; their latest is award-winning BE THE CHANGE: How Meditation Can Transform You and The World. Deb is the award-winning author of Your Body Speaks Your Mind.

Ed & Deb have led meditation retreats and personal development programs worldwide for over 25 years, are corporate consultants and coaches, and are featured columnists on HuffingtonPost.com, Awaken.com, and Oprah.com. Their radio show: Going Out Of Your Mind, is on VividLife.com.
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