Guy Macpherson

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My name is Guy Macpherson. I am a husband, father and a brother. I have a doctorate in clinical psychology and focus on the study of trauma and early psychosis. My passion is raising the awareness of trauma and helping trauma therapists thrive.

I do this by helping trauma clinicians engage more effectively and deeply with their clients by:

  • Sharing trauma information and materials
  • The Trauma Therapist Podcast
  • Trauma Therapist elite

For the last six years I have dedicated myself to the study of trauma psychology, trauma therapy, post-traumatic growth, and most recently, the intersection of trauma and psychosis, specifically the signs of early psychosis.

Show Notes

Today we talk about what it takes to become a trauma therapist.

From interviewing over 100 master trauma therapist, thought leaders and game changers in this field, certain themes come up over and over again, and some of it is beginning to sink in!

Some of the themes which keep recurring include:

  • the importance of witnessing our clients (and what that means), over having to do something
  • the significance of listening and hearing our clients rather than trying to be heard, ourselves
  • the importance of authenticity
  • and the necessity of consistent education. However–and this is key–but of not hiding behind that education, of not allowing that education or our need and desire to implement interventions, to get in the way of us being human with and connecting with our clients.

And when we’re speaking about working with individuals who have been traumatized, this is crucial.

These are some of the elements of becoming a trauma therapist that are rarely talked about or considered along our journey of becoming a trauma therapist.


Because they are so very challenging. Because they require that we, therapists, turn the mirror on ourselves and begin to explore our own fears, biases and agendas.

Again, not easy, and it requires time.

And yet, as you’ve heard so many times on the podcast, it is when this work has been neglected or put aside, if you will, that so many of these interviewees have gotten in to their clinical jams. Yes, for many of them, that occurred early on in their career, yet some admittedly continue to slip (as we all do), and make it part of their path to continually learn from these errors.

What I’ve done in this episode, is to briefly distill this idea into three categories: 1) Knowing, 2) Being, and 3) Doing. In this episode I touch upon how we might approach becoming a trauma therapist from this vantage point, as opposed to rushing head on into accumulating intervention after intervention, as if they were notches on our belt.

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