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Ilyse Kennedy | Moving Through Trauma

Season 3

ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

My guest Ilyse Kennedy of Moving Parts Psychotherapy is a trauma-informed therapist who has a passion for supporting and educating her clients, the general population, and fellow clinicians like myself about the myths and realities of what it means to experience trauma. In this episode, she helps us understand what trauma is and isn’t, the relationship between grief and trauma, the importance of understanding our physiology, getting the right kind of trauma-informed support and so much more.

 

Ilyse Kennedy, LPC, LMFT, PMH-C, PSEP is a trauma therapist, educator, and author located in Austin, TX. She owns a group practice, Moving Parts Psychotherapy, where she leads a team of clinicians in offering comprehensive trauma treatment to children through adults. As a trauma survivor herself, her mission is to create a more trauma informed world. This includes advocacy work on Instagram, education through courses, consultation work for other clinicians, and a forthcoming book.

 

EPISODE RESOURCES:

Visit her website Moving Parts Psychotherapy or follow her on Instagram and TikTok. Also,

here is the kids' book Ilyse talked about during the episode: Death is Stupid by Anastasia Higginbotham


JUMP STRAIGHT INTO:

(02:13) - llyse’s remembrances of grief as a child and how she talks about death with her kids

(11:28) - Approaching grief and trauma from a physiological perspective

(18:04) - Understanding EMDR therapy and the different layers of memory within traumatic events

(23:26) - Differences between normative response to grief versus a traumatic trigger

(28:09) - Internal Family Systems therapy as a way to comprehend how the mind splits when processing trauma

(39:43) - On shame and why it’s such a powerful emotion

(46:56) - The slow process of therapy and digging up past grief while dealing with a current loss

 

ABOUT THE SHOW:

If you love deep, honest, authentic conversations, get ready to love Grief is a Sneaky Bitch. Host Lisa Keefauver, is a grief and empathy activist who holds an extensive grief resume herself, as a social worker, narrative therapist, grief guide, and widow.


From CEOs and social workers to best-selling authors, educators, filmmakers, and stay-at-home moms, her guests open up about the complexity, confusion, and even confidence they have gained by navigating a grief journey of their own. To learn more about the show and how Lisa Keefauver is reimagining grief, sign up for her not-so-regular newsletter follow on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.

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