On this day, September 11, when many of us remember the traumatic events in NYC, Washington DC and Pennsylvania, I am pleased to share an interview I did for the Present Moment Podcast. Our discussion revolved mainly around the use of Integrative Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing Therapy for trauma healing highlighting where mindfulness interventions and somatic interventions align and depart; particularly when it comes to resolving physiological and psychological trauma responses. The Present Moment Podcast is produced by Ted Meissner, Online and Community Development Manager for the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical School.
Listen here: https://presentmomentmindfulness.com/2017/09/09/episode-095-lisa-dale-miller-somatic-trauma-intervention/
On June 12, 2017 the International Transformational Resilience Coalition and American Public Health Alliance hosted a workshop on Psychosocial Resilience for Climate Change. Watch the presentations given by Bob Doppelt, MS, MS, Coordinator, International Transformational Resilience Coalition and Lise Van Susteren, MD, Forensic Psychiatrist.
While public health programs focus on providing short-term assistance during and after major climate events, the public also needs long-term strategies to cope with the strain that rising, ongoing climate change has on mental health and psychosocial well-being. are proud to host this workshop, which will illustrate how public health professionals can help build widespread resilience for the traumas and toxic stresses of climate change.
M. David Green, creator of Hack the Process Podcast, invited me to join him for a rich conversation that was as much fun, as it was informative for us both. Listen to it at the link below.
You can now download for free on Academia.edu The Ultimate Rx: Cutting through the delusion of self-cherishing, the chapter I authored for the newly published Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context and Social Engagement.
Western and Buddhist psychologies acknowledge the significant role distorted self-narratives play in poor mental health. But these two disciplines hold divergent views on the utility of ‘cherishing the self’. Western psychology claims high self-esteem is a requirement for self-confidence, happiness, and success. Buddhist psychology asserts wisdom and compassion are the forerunners of genuine confidence and sustainable personal and collective well-being. It further states that endemic self-cherishing—the habitual reification of distorted hyper-egoic self-narratives—is a primary source of mental and emotional affliction. Yet, Buddhist psychology also affirms the innate capacity of all human beings to end the mental suffering of self-cherishing. This chapter explicates Western and Buddhist psychological models of self, Buddhist theories of not-self and conventional and ultimate self-cherishing, and outlines a somatopsychotherapeutic clinical approach for helping individuals struggling with depressive, anxious, trauma-related symptoms and addictions, to recognize self-cherishing mentation and lessen its deleterious effects.
Psychologist Guy Macpherson interviewed me for the Trauma Therapist Project Podcast. We had a very rich conversation during which I shared experiences from my time in Kosovo shortly after the war ended in 2000 working with traumatized Albanian Kosovar children, and also the clinical integration of Buddhist psychology and and Somatic Experiencing Therapy that I currently offer patients. Enjoy!
Listen now to a recording of a dharma talk I just gave on the Buddhist Psychology of Addiction. This talk was delivered at Marin Sangha on May 31, 2015. I was asked to talk about this important topic by the Sangha members. The talk covers quite a bit of ground including childhood trauma and its physiological and psychological role in teen/adult addiction. The talk also has instructions for landing in the aliveness of physicality as it is. Here is the link to listen to this talk: The Buddhist psychology of addiction
The Somatic Experiencing (SE) Trauma Institute has posted an interview with me, covering some basic principles of how to integrate SE’s psychobiological method for resolving trauma symptoms and chronic stress with a Buddhist psychological approach. Not surprisingly, these two methods have much in common: the use of mindful attending to external and internal stimuli and resting awareness in its natural arising and passing away, increasing a patient’s conscious experience of the brain’s innate interoceptive capacities, mind-body nervous system regulation, and intentional cultivation of wisdom and compassion.
What Buddhist psychology uniquely offers is the wisdom of self-lessness. In this interview I suggest that even as somatic release of physical and subtle body knots of trauma occurs, the self will continue to grasp at its habitual identification with trauma narratives. Clinging to autobiographical narratives of a wounded self can prevent full recognition of nervous system release and impede trauma healing.
The SE Trauma Institute Blog calls this interview “spirited”. I assume that means I tread on a few sacred cows and possibly offered something new. Give it a listen.