Working Through Traumatic Experiences to Heal Your Heart, Mind, and Body with Dr. Peter Levine & Jackson MacKenzie

Original Air Date Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Trauma is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. When we are unable to meet a difficult situation effectively we create protective strategies to keep ourselves separated from our wounded places. But in doing so, we are actually holding on to our trauma as part of our identity. Our unconscious emotional memories direct our lives more than we may be consciously aware. And while it’s a normal part of the human condition to experience trauma, how we process trauma can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or addictions long after the causal event occurred.  During this episode, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks Dr. Peter Levine about his landmark work in using Somatic Experience therapy to heal trauma by replacing wounded memories with empowered ones.  And, Jackson MacKenzie shares how to set boundaries and regain self-respect after leaving a relationship with a narcissist or sociopath.


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Dr. Peter Levine — Working Through Traumatic Experiences:
  • Using real-life examples, Dr. Levine explains Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and its triggers. [1:41]
  • How somatic experiencing helps people to triumph over their trauma. [9:28]
  • Why there are no small traumas. [16:09]
  • How somatic experiencing therapy differs from a shamanic approach to healing trauma injury. [18:36]
  • Accumulating stress and acknowledging our traumas. [21:07]
  • How addictions to substances or emotions are created through trauma. [27:37]

Peter A. Levine, Ph.D., holds doctorates in both Biophysics and Psychology. He is the developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a naturalistic and neurobiological approach to healing trauma; Founder of the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute/Foundation for Human Enrichment®; Founder and President of Ergos Institute for Somatic Education®; and author of several best-selling books on trauma, including Waking the Tiger, which is published in over 28 languages. Dr. Levine is currently a Senior Fellow and consultant at The Meadows Addiction and Trauma Treatment Center in Wickenburg, Arizona and continues to teach trauma healing workshops internationally.

Book: Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body

Trauma Healing Website
Somatic Experience Website
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Jackson MacKenzie — Healing Our Hearts, Minds, and Bodies:
  • Defining ‘gaslighting’ and the difference between a narcissist and a sociopath. [36:58]
  • How people use addictions to protect their traumas and how to deconstruct our protective selves. [41:01]
  • The value of support in healing our core wounds. [54:03]
  • How to rise above the ‘poor me’ mentality when we feel betrayed. [57:20]

Jackson MacKenzie is the co-founder of, an online support community that reaches millions of abuse survivors each month. Driven by personal experience, his mission is to spread awareness and give survivors a safe place to validate their experiences so every empathetic person can find happiness and love after abuse.



Book: Whole Again: Healing Your Heart and Rediscovering Your True Self After Toxic Relationships and Emotional Abuse.

Psychopath Free Website
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