Addressing Trauma Memories with Exposure Therapy

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Episode 110 – Addressing Trauma Memories with Exposure Therapy

Chris and Rowan discuss trauma memories and how they can be treated with exposure therapy. This is a two-part series on trauma, with the next episode being on EMDR, another treatment for trauma.
In today’s episode, we talk about the nature of trauma memories and how they’re formed, their impact, and how we can treat trauma memories with a therapy technique called exposure. Also see our  Clinical handout on exposure-based therapy for trauma reactions.

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This Week’s Links


Transcending Trauma – Episode 8 of Psych Spiels and Silver Linings

Demystifying Dissociation – Episode 9 of Psych Spiels and Silver Linings

Depersonalisation in Panic Attacks – Episode 42 of Psych Spiels and Silver Linings

Dealing with the Disruption of Depersonalisation – Episode 43 of Psych Spiels and Silver Linings

Demystifying DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) – Episode 44 of Psych Spiels and Silver Linings

Overcoming Pain with Mark Grant – Episode 53 of Psych Spiels and Silver Linings


Clinical Handout on Exposure-based Therapy

Dealing with Dissociative Symptoms

Addressing Avoidant Tendencies

After Witnessing a Traumatic Event

Depersonalisation in Panic Attacks

Depersonalisation and Dissociative Disorders


The Presenters

Rowan Mackey is a content producer and digital creative. After studying sports media and law at the University of Canberra, he found himself drawn to digital media after attending the first conference for podcasters in the southern hemisphere, We Are Podcast in 2016. He is also the principal of Easygoing Digital, where he has been involved in over 1,000,000 podcast downloads as a presenter and producer.

He spent five years producing the official Geelong Cats AFL and AFLW podcasts and is a producer of the TV show Destination Happiness airing nationally in Australia on Channel 9 and Internationally with the Discovery Channel. He has also worked with notable organisations such as The Geelong Grammar School and Lifeline.

Rowan is the Digital Media Manager at Chris Mackey and Associates.

Chris Mackey is a clinical and counselling psychologist and Fellow of The Australian Psychological Society with 40 years of psychotherapy experience. The second edition of Chris’s book, The Positive Psychology of Synchronicity: Enhance Your Mental Health with the Power of Coincidence, was released internationally in August 2019.

Chris is also the resident psychologist for TV show Destination Happiness, where he presents the “Happy Mind” segment, involving brief tips based on the science of positive psychology. He also writes a regular opinion column for The Geelong Advertiser and is the resident psychologist on K-Rock radio in the mornings.

Chris was the recipient of the 2019 Australian Allied Health Impact Award for his clinical research and training, media involvement and for authoring a book on positive psychology and synchronicity.

Get in touch with Chris and Rowan – [email protected]

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