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Season Two keeps investigating genuine mental health and embodied innate well-being by:

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Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP
Clinician, Author, Dharma Teacher

Lisa specializes in Integrative Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing Therapy. She is the author of a highly regarded textbook on Buddhist psychology for mental health clinicians, Effortless Mindfulness: Genuine mental health through awakened presence and a recent chapter in The Handbook of Mindfulness: Society, Culture and Context. Lisa is a dharma teacher and has been a yogic and Buddhist meditation practitioner for over four decades. Visit my website for detailed information!

Jan 27, 2019

This dialogue with visionary psychotherapist Gina Ross—a pioneer in understanding and healing collective trauma—is both informative and deeply moving. A Syrian Jew with empathy for both Israeli and Arabic cultures, and founder of the International Trauma Healing Institutes, Gina has devoted her life’s work to resolving the societal and individual dysregulation that underlies trauma and ultimately feeds all forms of violence and hatred. 

Gina discusses the role of trauma in conflict zones such as the Middle East, and how to heal that trauma and bring about personal and collective peace using integrative methodologies. Her Ross Model and its practical application Emotion Aid, have been successfully deployed in Israel and Palestine, and other conflict zones to help heal traumatized citizens and military personnel. In collaboration with an Israeli clinical research team, Gina recently published a widely-read, peer-reviewed control-group study of Somatic Experiencing.

Gina Ross was on my 'podcast guest bucket list'. Her wisdom is a result of a lifetime of personal and professional experience with Middle East conflict and the trauma that underlies its seeming intractability. The episode starts with Gina’s personal history and how it informed her genuine understanding of collective trauma. She then offers in-depth information about successful treatment of PTSD using SE, somatic psychotherapy, Emotion Aid, and integrative medicine. We finish with a frank discussion about the lack of robust SE research and how that can unfortunate situation can be remedied.

Links and downloads for Gina Ross, MFCC, SEP
International Trauma Healing Institutes

Peer-reviewed Somatic Experiencing Study in ISSTS Journal

Emotion Aid Brief Guide

Trauma Vortex in Action in the Middle East (article)

Gina's books on Amazon