Deirdre’s podcast on the Trauma Therapist Project

Here’s a podcast from the podcast The Trauma Therapist Project. In the interview I share a bit about how my own trauma history came up and how I used the wisdom of yoga to transform my life. you might want to skip to about 2 minutes to the interview.

In the interview I strongly advocated learning how to trust my own and other’s true nature guiding us back to ourselves. I was actually surprised to hear myself talk about the “soul vow” I’d taken in this life time, to help others make their way through their own trauma, returning to their true nature.  Guy asked me how I dealt with the fear of trauma. I realized trauma doesn’t scare me. The more we face our own dark places the more peace we have and can share with others.  Sitting with Guy I realized trauma therapists are the modern day bodhisattvas, guiding people through suffering.

Deirdre Fay, LICSW integrates traditional trauma and attachment therapy with yogic and meditation psychology and practices. Deirdre has been practicing meditation and yoga for over 30 years, has lived in a yoga ashram for over six years in the 80s and 90s, and is a former supervisor at The Trauma Center, and former faculty at Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. Deirdre is certified in Internal Family Systems, a qualified trainer in Mindful Self-Compassion, and the originator of the Becoming Safely Embodied skills now taught world-wide giving Deirdre a solid foundation to walk with you on this journey to heal from trauma and attachment wounding. Deirdre supervises and consults with therapists and clients internationally on safely living in the body.

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3 Responses to “Deirdre’s podcast on the Trauma Therapist Project”

  1. Flo April 17, 2017 at 10:36 pm // Reply

    This podcast is rich with meaning and really piques my interest for your book, which I had pre-ordered. I am not a therapist, but still your audience – someone finding her way to herself; that is, her compassionate self alongside her traumatized self. I didn’t hear the word ‘trauma’ defined on this podcast, and wonder if you could do this here. Do you separate specific episodic trauma from developmental trauma?

    I myself only discovered I held a traumatized imprint beneath my conscious awareness, when I was amongst truly loving people yet felt a ‘freeze-flight-fight’ response. Mine was a cellular response that had no conscious explanation, no conscious episodic memory to attach to. I have since explored implicit, body memory prior to narrative memory. Prenatal, infancy, early childhood. I wonder how prevalent developmental trauma is – those repeated itsy bitsy violations or deprivations not quite reaching the threshold of singular memorable events. To me, developmental trauma is necessary in making sense of the emotional, cognitive, physical, spiritual, social, existential and scientific framework for our lives. I really look forward to reading your new book and trying its exercises. Thank you!


    • Deirdre Fay April 23, 2017 at 5:45 pm // Reply

      Hi Flo, Sorry I’m just getting to this, not sure how it slipped through before. I’m defining trauma on a broad spectrum even as there are multiple stopping points along that. What makes it hard to distinguish is that attachment trauma creates such dissonance. People who are most severely affected have very real disturbances they are dealing with. There are others, though, that find themselves confused – externally they had important structures and support. Internally they might feel empty or lost. About one in four people have scored secure attachment in the Adult Attachment Inventory across multiple studies. Which means that the rest have some form of attachment/developmental trauma.


  2. Flo April 24, 2017 at 1:26 pm // Reply

    Thanks for explaining!


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