Childhood Trauma and Depression Therapists

Goals

To identify the best English-speaking childhood trauma and depression therapist for adults for purposes of personal improvement.

Early Findings

Preliminary findings indicate that there are many world-renowned individuals who are both English-speaking and experts in treating adults with childhood trauma and depression. Although early research did not find any in Toronto, two individuals stood out based on their qualifications and treatment methods.

BRUCE PERRY, M.D., PH.D.

  • Dr. Bruce Perry is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy and an adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.
  • He is the author of several books including "The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog," "Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered," and "BRIEF: Reflections on Childhood, Trauma and Society." He has also written "over 500 journal articles, book chapters and scientific proceedings."
  • He has also been on the faculty of the Departments of Pharmacology and Psychiatry at the University of Chicago School Of Medicine and held the position of Trammell Research Professor of Child Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
  • Moreover, he has been the Chief of Psychiatry for Texas Children's Hospital, Medical Director for Provincial Programs in Children's Mental Health for the Alberta Mental Health Board, and Vice-Chairman for Medical Research for the Department of Psychiatry at the Texas Children's Hospital.
  • Dr. Perry's research has been focused on examining the "cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social, and physiological effects of neglect and trauma in children, adolescents and adults."
  • Dr. Perry has also served as a consultant following high-profile incidents such as the Branch Davidian siege in Waco, the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Columbine school shootings, the September 11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the FLDS polygamist sect, the Haiti earthquake, the Japan Tsunami, and the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings.
  • He has received numerous awards for his work in childhood trauma, including the T. Berry Brazelton Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award, the Award for Leadership in Public Child Welfare, the Alberta Centennial Medal and the 2014 Kohl Education Prize.
  • He has treated both children and adults who have been affected by childhood trauma or Adverse Childhood Events (ACE).

LISA SCHWARTZ, M.ED.

  • Lisa Schwartz is a "licensed psychologist, consultant, and international educator working in private practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Beulah, Colorado."
  • Schwartz developed the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) a "new and relatively obscure method for treating PTSD," including that which was triggered by childhood trauma.
  • The CRM is a "neuro-biologically based, affect-focused trauma treatment model which facilitates targeting of traumatic experiences by bridging the most primitive aspects of the person and their brain (midbrain/brainstem), to their purest, healthiest parts of the self."
  • CRM was originally developed for people who experience issues related to Complex PTSD, severe Dissociative Disorders, and Attachment Disorders, but it has been expanded for use with most psychiatric diagnoses.
  • This approach works well for children as young as four years old, adolescents, and adults.
  • Schwartz is also a certified Trauma Model practitioner from the Colin Ross Institute and is certified in both Ruby Gibson’s Somatic Archaeology and Robert Schrei’s Sourcepoint Therapy.
  • She is the author of "The Comprehensive Resource Model: Effective therapeutic techniques for the healing of complex trauma"
  • CRM has been embraced by therapists at rape crisis centers and by "several psychiatrists with the state-run National Health Service, including Dr. Alastair Hull, one of Britain's top PTSD specialists, who leads NHS psychotherapy services for almost 400,000 people and runs a clinic devoted to treating traumatic stress."

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