The Capacity To Be A Kind Witness. Rachel Goldsmith Turow, PhD
Rachel Goldsmith Turow is a clinical psychologist, research scientist, and adjunct faculty member at Seattle University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
In her clinical work, she has provided a range of treatments for trauma and related challenges, including “Self-Talk” therapy groups that integrate lovingkindness meditation and cognitive behavioral skills to transform self-criticism into self-encouragement.
Dr. Turow’s research program addresses the ways that emotion regulation, self-compassion, trauma appraisals, and social contexts influence trauma recovery. As a faculty member of Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Turow started the hospital’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy-based program, supervised psychology and medical trainees, and trained military medical personnel to manage others’ trauma responses during deployment.
Dr. Turow has written dozens of scientific articles and chapters, along with the book Mindfulness Skills for Trauma and PTSD: Practices for Recovery and Resilience (Norton Professional Books). She is a reviewer for several professional journals and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.
When we know how to suffer then we suffer much, much less.
Thich Nhat Hanh
What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?
From opera singer, to broken toe, to researcher to mindfulness and trauma treatment.
A Crucial Early Mistake
Rachel talks about an early experience where she minimized her own presence in the room with a client and thereby felt not only that she didn’t help this particular client, but she failed to provide the client with an adequate healing foundation.
- I would encourage most is self-compassion, specifically, it’s recognition of multiple motivation Please your clinical supervisor, tell yourself that you’re an effective therapist, and please your client. And all of these are incredibly difficult.
Rachel’s Go-To Books
- Mindfulness Skills for Trauma and PTSD: Practices for Recovery and Resilience, Rachel Goldsmith Turow
- Child Abuse Trauma: Theory and Treatment of the Lasting Effects (Interpersonal Violence:The Practice Series), John Briere
- Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (Shambhala Classics), Sharon Salzberg and Jon Kabat-Zinn