Being Well with Dr. Rick Hanson

Childhood Trauma with Dr. Bruce Perry

Episode Summary

Dr. Bruce Perry joins Dr. Hanson and Forrest to discuss how we can understand, and hopefully recover from, traumatic experiences in childhood.

Episode Notes

Dr. Bruce Perry joins Dr. Hanson and Forrest to discuss the incredible impact of childhood experiences, the fuzzy distinction between trauma and stress, and what we can do to heal from those experiences. 

As with all of our episodes dealing with trauma and traumatic experiences, please approach this material with care for yourself in mind. There are specific descriptions during the episode of neglect and abuse, including that perpetrated upon children.

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About Our Guest:

Dr. Perry is one of the world’s leading experts on childhood trauma, and his clinical research and practice focuses on examining the long-term effects of trauma in children, adolescents, and adults. 

He is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, and a Professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and the School of Allied Health at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Perry is also the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children, and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered.

Key Topics:

02:20: Why do early experiences have such a long-term impact?

06:10: What makes something traumatic rather than being merely stressful?

11:00: Summary of the material so far.

15:50: The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics.

24:50: Respecting someone's developmental phase.

29:00: Practical examples of treatment for childhood traumas.

36:50: Self-help approaches to healing old trauma.

42:00: A message to your younger self.


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