The Trauma of Everyday Life
August 4, 2014
Hosted by Cathy Roberts
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Suffering and trauma are not reserved for large scale tragedies that we watch on the news. Our personal experiences of loneliness, fear, pain, uncertainty, and loss trigger trauma responses deep within our brains. The most important thing we can do about suffering is acknowledge it. When we do that, these ordinary traumas provide us with emotional experiences that we can use to develop our minds and transform our lives. Today’s guest, psychiatrist Mark Epstein, will share with us how we can use our everyday experiences to wake up to our own capacity to transform ourselves as we increase our awareness and lean into greater compassion and connection with ourselves and others.
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Voices for Healing supports people dealing with loss and change. Our show brings experts who transform loss to people who want to become whole. Serving as wise friends, counselors, and guides, our host and guests help us turn adversity into opportunity. Our vision is to create a diverse community of listeners and guests who learn and teach tools and techniques to help us wake up to who we really are and to become the masters of our own lives.
Cathy is a counselor, teacher, and healer with 35 years of experience inspiring and guiding people to live life to the fullest. Her quest to heal her own early childhood loss and trauma began in her 20’s and continues to this day. Especially interested in psychology and spirituality, Cathy is involved in a variety of individual and group practices.
After many years as an educator and parent, Cathy completed a master’s degree in pastoral counseling in 2000. At about the same time she became interested in energy healing, and continues to study and practice QiGong, Yoga, Energy Medicine, and Reiki. In 2004 she opened her counseling practice, working with individuals and families who want to get the most out of life and create healthy relationships. She is an engaging speaker and leads spiritual and organizational retreats.
Cathy believes that life holds ongoing possibilities for resiliency and renewal. She knows firsthand that loss can motivate people to change and grow. Passionate about sharing the transformative power of loss with others, she is delighted to broaden her outreach via radio. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, long walks in nature, delicious foods, and connecting with friends and family, including her three adult children, their partners, and her two grandchildren.
Jane Baxter, PhD, is a psychotherapist and certified physical trainer who developed an innovative approach to improving patients’ physical and mental health simultaneously. Dr. Baxter received her Phd and MSW in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland. A specialist in mood disorder and binge eating and other addictions, Dr. Baxter has proven that patients can train their brains the same way they train and strengthen their bodies. Her psychotherapy sessions unite physical workouts and instruction with traditional talk therapy in a unique treatment process she calls PsychFit. Dr. Baxter is based in Washington, DC. View Guest page
Cyndy Cecil Bragg
Cyndy Cecil Bragg, The Whoopie Queen, is all about teaching and preaching how to live the "sweet" life. Cyndy is a regular on Washington, DC talk show “Let’s Talk Live,” does stand-up comedy, has an "ASK CYNDY" advice column on her website, a blog, and has a CAPP, certification as a practitioner of applied positive psychology. She is a mom, wife, and hugger. Cyndy was a TV producer at Showtime, E!, Turner Network Television, and Rainbow Media before the Mayor of her town nicknamed her The Whoopie Queen, after tasting her amazing whoopie pies. Someone thought he was calling her a "tart," and never one to disappoint, Cyndy put on a tube top and started her comedy endeavors. Her mission is to encourage others to use humor to create more joy in their lives. View Guest page
Jude Gladstone Cade
For over 35 years Jude served clients in psychotherapy, coaching, leadership, & organizational development. She researched alternative healthcare and aging. Now having crested age 65, Jude brings breadth and depth to her work with people age 60+ as they meet the joys and challenges of aging. Jude provides time affluence coaching for people longing to be peaceful in the expanse of time retirement offers. Together as Beloveds, Jude and Theo create and write for their own evolution and to inspire others. For more details on Jude's professional life, see her at LinkedIn and her site, ConsciousRetirementCostaRica.com. Living Aggressively Through Cancer is the journal Jude wrote while meeting the challenges and opportunities of a breast cancer diagnosis. Deeply personal and a bit raw, her writing is an account of hope and optimism that includes facing the terror and fear associated with this chronic disease and coming round to a full rich life dedicated to healing and health. View Guest page
Polly Campbell's articles on personal development and spiritual practices appear regularly in national publications and blogs. She is also a professional speaker who inspires and energizes audiences with a blend of wit and wisdom. She admits to practicing many of the things she writes and speaks about in her own quest to find more peace, happiness and sometimes just socks that match. The spiritual practices and personal development strategies she practices have also helped her cope with chronic illness – juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and a melanoma cancer scare. Her down-to-earth, and imperfect yet practical, approach has helped others uncover their own greatest potential and live close to spirit. Campbell is also a multi-tasking wife and mother, an avid player of Candyland, and a forever fan of University of Oregon Duck football from her home in Oregon. View Guest page
Raphael Cushnir is a leading voice in the world of emotional connection and present moment awareness. He has shared his unique approach to personal and professional development with millions of readers in O, The Oprah Magazine, Beliefnet, Spirituality and Health, Psychology Today, and The Huffington Post. He is the author of six books, lectures worldwide, and is a faculty member of the Esalen Institute, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. In addition, he coaches individuals and teams at Fortune 100 companies, governments, religious organizations, and leading non-profits. Raphael’s own heart was opened by an experience of profound grief. View Guest page
Jenny D’Angelo, healer, poet, Angel scribe. She was adopted as granddaughter/next of kin by Dorie D’Angelo, the Angel Lady of Carmel, in 1983. Before meeting Dorie, she was international editor for Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the one who brought Transcendental Meditation to the world. She is a published poet and has given presentations in the U.S., Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, and Sweden. Her life has been dedicated to light, truth, and direct experience. She receives the words from the Angels in humility, knowing them as blessings to be shared. Jenny lives on the California central coast. Contact Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org View Guest page
Melissa Dalton-Bradford is an author, independent scholar, popular public speaker, wife, and bereaved mother, who has published essays, poetry, and two books, including On loss and Living Onward: Collected Voices for the Grieving and Those Who Would Mourning with Them. She holds a BA in German and an MA in Comparative Literature, speaks five languages and has taught language, humanities and writing on the university level. She and her husband Randall have built their family in Vienna, Hong Kong, Oslo, Paris, Munich, Singapore, Geneva, and are presently moving to Frankfurt. It was in the middle of a major move––from Paris, France to Munich, Germany––that the Bradfords lost their firstborn son Parker to a tragic drowning accident. He was attempting to save the life of a fellow student caught in a lethal hidden whirlpool. With that tragedy, Melissa was catapulted to the most foreign world she’s ever inhabited, the entirely alien—but transformative––land of loss. View Guest page
Musician Edie Elkan founded Bedside Harp, a company dedicated to promoting the therapeutic use of the harp in healthcare in 2002. Edie and her colleagues have offered over 73,000 patients harp therapy sessions and taught over 700 adults how to play the harp for their own healing and enjoyment. Edie began practicing meditation over 10 years ago and incorporates mindfulness in all of her teaching. She teaches harp, harp therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at six college and hospital location in PA and NJ. View Guest page
Mark Epstein, M.D.
Mark Epstein, M.D. is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and the author of a number of books about the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy, including Thoughts Without a Thinker and Psychotherapy Without the Self. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University and is currently a clinical assistant professor in the postdoctoral program in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis at New York University. View Guest page
Dr. Steven G. Fox
Dr. Steven G. Fox is a private practice licensed psychologist with over 25 years of clinical experience. He recently authored the book, Dreams: Guide to the Soul. This book formulates forty rules that describe a method of dream interpretation. It was while recovering from complications for an experimental treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) which was ultimately successful, that Fox had a recurring dream that facilitated his recovery and led to his fascination with dreams and their meanings. He found that his dreams could be used to help direct his treatment approach to his own MS. Using the guidance of his dreams as part of a multi-modal treatment plan, his MS went into remission after 15 years. Dr Fox and his wife, Deborah Brogan, a board certified psychiatrist, share a private practice office in Mesa, AZ. View Guest page
BJ Gallagher is a workplace consultant, author, and popular speaker. She writes business books that educate and empower, women's books that enlighten and entertain, and gift books that inspire and inform. Whether her audience is corporate executives, working women, or job seekers, her message is “The Power of Positive DOING.” She motivates and teaches with empathy, understanding, and more than a little humor. BJ's international business best-seller, A Peacock in the Land of Penguins has sold over 360,000 copies in 23 languages. Her newest book is It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been. BJ is a regular Huffington Post contributor. She has been featured on CBS Evening News with Bob Schieffer, the Today Show with Matt Lauer, Fox News, PBS, CNN, and other television and radio programs. In addition to writing books, BJ also conducts seminars and delivers keynotes at conferences and professional meetings across the country. View Guest page
Linda Graham, MFT has been an ardent practitioner and facilitator of personal growth and transformation for more than 20 years. As an experienced psychotherapist-consultant-trainer and meditation teacher in California, she integrates the teachings of modern neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and contemporary Western psychology into her nationwide trainings workshops, and monthly e-newsletters. Linda’s passion for integrating the paradigms of modern brain science, Western psychology and Eastern contemplative practices is distilled into skillful guidance that helps people shift out of old patterns of response to life events, to more flexible, adaptive patterns that lead to more authentic resilience and well-being. Her book, Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being, offers dozens of experiential exercises that help readers to navigate the storms an struggles of life more quickly, more adaptively, and more effectively, especially in turbulent times. View Guest page
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist, a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and a New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence, Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom, Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time, and Mother Nurture: A Mother’s Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. An authority on self-directed neuroplasticity, Dr. Hanson’s work has been featured on CBS, BBC, NPR, CBC, FoxBusiness, Consumer Reports Health, U.S. News and World Report, and O Magazine, and he has several audio programs with Sounds True. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin, and his weekly e-newsletter – Just One Thing – has over 100,000 subscribers and also appears on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major websites. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook University and served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center for nine years. View Guest page
Andrew Harvey is Founder Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an organization of concerned people who want to create peace and sustainability through institutional and systemic change. Andrew is passionate about fusing spiritual knowledge, courage, love, and passion with wise radical action in the world. Having lived in both India and England during his childhood, Andrew has a sense of the unity of religions and a vision of a world infused with the sacred. Andrew has studied and practiced Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Sufi mysticism and written and edited over 30 books. He has taught at Oxford and Cornell as well as other colleges and spiritual centers. View Guest page
Sheila Himmel is a Psychology Today blogger and the coauthor of Hungry: A Mother and Daughter fight Anorexia. Her work has appeared in USA Today, The Washington Post, The Robb Report, and M Magazine. As restaurant critic of The San Jose Mercury News, she won a James Beard Award for feature writing. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. View Guest page
Larry LoBianco is a trained Shamanic Practitioner. He is deeply connected to the rhythms and energies in Nature. These same rhythms and energies were accessed by our ancient ancestors for healing purposes, and continue to be used by indigenous people in our current world. Larry taps into the intuitive Nature-based wisdom of the Ancient Ones to help facilitate healing for his clients. Some of the modalities he employs are: Shamanic journeying, Soul retrieval, Power animal retrieval, Stone reading, Extraction work, Shapeshifting, Protection ceremony, Toning, Dream analysis, Healing with Light, Cleansing and blessing of physical space (such as homes), and Instruction in Shamanic ways. In his practice, Larry places high importance on the value of ritual and ceremony, and the creation of sacred space. Drumming, rattling, and using various power objects are integral to his work. Larry resides in Bel Air, Maryland and can be reached at: (410) 733-0994, Lion0530@aol.com View Guest page
Mark Matousek is the author of two award-winning memoirs, Sex Death, Enlightenment: A True Story and The Boy He Left Behind: A Man's Search For His Lost Father, as well as When You're Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living and Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life. A featured blogger for Psychology Today, Purple Clover, Huffington Post, he has contributed to numerous anthologies and publications including The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine (contributing editor), The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Yoga Journal, Details, The Saturday Evening Post, AARP, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and many others. A popular lecturer and writing teacher, he is on the faculty of the New York Open Center, The Omega Institute, The Mandala Center, Kripalu, Esalen, Hollyhock, and Mount Madonna, and is the Creative Director of V-Men (with Eve Ensler), an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls. His latest book is Ethical Wisdom for Friends. View Guest page
Olivia McNish MacMillan
Olivia McNish MacMillan is a certified Clinical Aromatherapist and aromatherapy educator. She received her certifications from the AIA and NAHA approved Scholars program at The Aromahead Institute with internationally-known Andrea Butje. Her specialties are working with energetic body imbalances, headache and migraines, and smoking cessation. She lives with her husband in Hyattsville, MD with their six companion rescue animals and no room to turn over at night. View Guest page
Hani G. Miletski, Ph.D.
Hani G. Miletski, Ph.D., MSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Bethesda, Maryland. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Catholic University of America, National School of Social Service, in Washington, DC. She earned her Doctoral degree in Human Sexuality from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, California. A Certified Sex Therapist (Diplomate) and Supervisor by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), Dr. Miletski is the author of Mother-Son Incest: The Unthinkable Broken Taboo Persists, and Understanding Bestiality and Zoophilia, as well as a variety of other professional articles and chapters in professional literature. Dr. Miletski has trained and supervised other therapists and professionals in the field of human sexuality, and she has lectured in various national and international professional conferences View Guest page
Kristen Moeller, MS, is a coach, speaker, author, and radio show host. She delights in “disrupting the ordinary” and inspiring others to do the same. Kristen first discovered her passion for personal development in 1989 after recovering from an eating disorder and addiction. After years of struggling with low self-esteem she realized that recovery and joy are possible. Determined to provide this for others, Kristen immersed herself in the field of personal growth, earning a master’s degree in mental health counseling, volunteering and working in treatment centers while continuing to train and develop herself. Now a highly popular radio personality, TED speaker, and author, Kristen Moeller is an in demand workshop leader and visionary dedicated to providing people with the tools they need to find and live their passion. Moeller lives with her family in Colorado. View Guest page
Tonya Parker was a mental health therapist for ten years before shifting into holistic and metaphysical healing. Her studies include massage therapy, Reiki, shamanism, and much more. Now she boldly explores where few Southern black folks have gone before: experiencing, writing about, and interviewing healers and lightworkers about many healing modalities. Having received a Natural Wellness Certificate, Tonya nurtures her Natural Health Ministry (www.mindbodyandspiritworks.com). She has a bi-monthly radio show, Mind, Body & Soul Food and a blog, Mind, Body & Soul Food Meanderings. Among her many ventures, Tonya has contributed to numerous fiction and non-fiction anthologies and created a meditation CD. In 2013 she was a featured writer for SYBIL magazine penning a column on Throat Chakra Healing. When not working on her new young adult novel, Diary of a Witch’s Daughter, you can find her at her day job, Adjunct Professor of Public Speaking at the University of the District of Columbia. View Guest page
A long time seeker, Kathleen Pasley's overriding passion is spirituality. She knows serious depressive episodes first-hand and wrote the book The Ten Mind Traps of Depression: A Hurt in Your Soul and How to Heal It after using spirituality and Western medicine to manage her own disease. In her book, she encourages those suffering from depressive episodes to embrace a spiritual practice to support recovery. Kathleen manages the career of Edemir Rossi, renowned Brazilian spiritual healer, leader, guide, and teacher, in the United States and abroad. She co-authored a book on meditation with Edemir and develops retreats that focus on the spiritual journey. Kathleen majored in English Lit at Manhattanville College and has an MBA from Boston University. She has had a successful career as a fundraiser for international women in leadership; mental health care, people living with AIDS; and science museums around the world. She lives in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C View Guest page
Ginny Robertson is President of Ginny Robertson LLC, an organization that “Connects Women Around the World to Gifts, Their Purpose and Each Other.” She facilitates workshops, conferences and retreats and speaks to large numbers of women’s groups throughout the year. In 2000 she founded On Purpose Networking for Women. There are 9 meetings each month in various Maryland venues. She is also the Founder, Publisher and Editor of On Purpose Woman Magazine, a free publication distributed in Maryland and also available online. Designed to assist women in leading richer, fuller lives, the magazine has been in circulation since 2003. She is also a contributing author to two anthologies: The Spirit of Women Entrepreneurs and Conscious Choices…An Evolutionary Woman’s Guide to Life. For 3 years Ginny was the co-host of WomanTalk Live Radio on 680 WCBM in Baltimore and in 2012 was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record. View Guest page
Edemir’s mission is to help people regain their power, connect with their Divine essence, and achieve a life of joy and happiness. Skillfully able to raise the vibrational level of his clients and students, Edemir opens up our spiritual side in order to help us draw upon those sacred energies that allow us to be true to our spiritual center. Working with him, clients learn how to apply spiritual principles to their everyday lives and move forward unburdened by the past and empowered to create the future. Edemir draws on many spiritual traditions in his work. He has studied Zen Buddhism in Japan. He is a Feng Shui practitioner, and scholar of both eastern and western philosophies and meditation practices. He has worked and studied in Brazil, Japan, the former Soviet Union and Sweden. Edemir is the author of Empowerment Through Meditation: A Pathway to Your Inner Light; A Sanctuary for Your Spiritual Growth and has three CDs. View Guest page
Dubbed an “expert in human fulfillment”, MJ Ryan has served as an executive coach and leadership development trainer to women executives, entrepreneurs, and emerging leaders around the world for the past 13 years. She offers leadership development to women in organizations, including Microsoft, Facebook, Hewlett Packard, Chevron, Frito Lay and many more. One of the creators of the NY Times bestselling Random Acts of Kindness series, and other books including AdaptAbility: How to Survive Change You didn’t ask for, MJ has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, and hundreds of radio programs. Named the San Francisco East Bay Woman of the Year by Diablo magazine, she gives keynote speeches and workshops throughout the world. View Guest page
Dr. Eva Selhub
Dr. Eva Selhub is an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Clinical Associate of the Benson Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Board Certified in Internal Medicine and trained in Eastern medical practices, she has a private practice in Waltham, MA wheres she provides integrative medicine and resiliency coaching to her clients. She is also a motivational speaker, teacher, and trainer who has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, China and Israel.In her practice and presentations, she adopts an integrated approach to health and well-being. Using her intuitive counseling abilities and scientific knowledge, she guides clients to discover happiness, well-being and ultimately, how to stay resilient through life’s obstacles. Dr Eva is the author of The Love Response and Your Brain on Nature. View Guest page
Loretta Sparks, Founding EFT Master, LMFT, DCEP, is the Founder and Director of the Self Care Power Institute. She is a licensed psychotherapist, a Diplomate of Comprehensive Energy Psychotherapy, EFT Founding Master and an EFTCert-Honors practitioner. As an educator and trainer, she has trained mental health professionals and the public, nationally, in EFT since 1996. Even though Loretta has trained extensively with the developers of a number of energy psychotherapies, she has chosen to focus her work on EFT not only because of its effectiveness, but also because of the ease with which it can be accessed and learned View Guest page