Maggie Phillips, PhD
Maggie Phillips, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in full-time private practice in Oakland, California. She is director of the California Institute of Clinical Hypnosis and past-president of the Northern California Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
She has served on the faculties of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), American and European Congresses of Ericksonian Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA), the Esalen Institute, the European Society of Hypnosis in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine, the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH), The Professional School of Psychology, the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH), the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD), the International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA), and the University of California at Santa Cruz, Extension.
One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice — though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. “Mend my life!” each voice cried. But you didn’t stop. You knew what you had to do, though the wind with its stiff fingers at the very foundations, though their melancholy was terrible. It was already late enough, and a wild night, and the road full of fallen branches and stones. But little by little, as you left their voices behind, the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world, determined to do the only thing you could do — determined to save the only life you could save.”
What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?
- Maggie relates a personal story about both of her parents’ traumatic experiences and how this impacted the family and then led to their entire family getting into therapy to heal.
A Crucial Early Mistake
- Maggie shares an early experience she had working with a client who was struggling with addiction and her wish that she had been working with the client “more in an attachment way,” which would have included an increased awareness of safety, and considerations of shame and rejection.
- Maggie talks about continuing to be excited and fascinated about why people act the way they do and the choices they have about changing those reactions to better their lives.
Maggie’s go-to books
- Waking The Tiger, Peter Levine
- In an Unspoken Voice, Peter Levine
- Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence, Rick Hanson
- Healing the Divided Self, Maggie Phillips
- New and Selected Poems, Volume One, Mary Oliver