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“Trauma Talk” Hosted By Cynthia Toussaint & John Garrett

In 2023, For Grace’s “Trauma Talk” series will stream monthly via Facebook Live in partnership with The Mighty, the world’s largest online health community. Produced and hosted by For Grace leaders Cynthia Toussaint and John Garrett, they’ll interview leading experts about trauma as a catalyst for chronic illness as well as how many survivors move on to healing and positivity. The show will air live on The Mighty Facebook pages including Chronic Illness, Mental Health and their flagship page, The Mighty Site.

This educational series will explore trauma in its many forms (generational, childhood, adult-onset, medical, etc.), and how it can adversely impact personal health and wellness, both physically and mentally. By interviewing survivors, authors and healthcare professionals, “Trauma Talk” will more importantly shed light on how to recover and progress to the Post-Traumatic Growth phase where survivors empower themselves to emerge stronger, more focused and with a clear vision of a better tomorrow.

Join Cynthia and John every fourth Tuesday of the month @ 1pm PST at The Mighty for a lively interview that will explore the many dimensions of trauma – while inspiring those challenged by this experience to grow and thrive!

Upcoming Guests

Date & Time TBA

Mark Wolynn is a leading expert in the field of inherited family trauma. As the director of The Family Constellation Institute in San Francisco, he trains clinicians and helps people struggling with depression, anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive thoughts, self-injury, chronic pain and illness. A sought-after lecturer, he leads workshops at hospitals, clinics, conferences, and teaching centers around the world. His book It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle  is the winner of the 2016 Nautilus Book Award in psychology. His articles have appeared in Psychology Today, Mind Body Green, Maria Shriver, Elephant Journal and Psych Central.

To find out more about Mark’s groundbreaking family trauma work, please link HERE.

Past Shows

Mary Driscoll, Ph.D. – May 2023

Mary Driscoll, PhD, is a clinical research psychologist at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and an assistant professor in the Yale School of Medicine. Working with the PRIME Center of Innovation at VA Connecticut, she’s  interested in identifying and addressing the clinical and research practice gaps necessary to optimize pain care for women Veterans with pain. Mary’s work is rooted in understanding gender disparities in pain and its treatment, the tailoring of evidence-based psychosocial pain interventions for this population, the overlap between trauma and pain, and the provision of trauma-informed care.

Catch the full archive of our fascinating  May 23rd interview with Dr. Driscoll by linking HERE.

Audrey Stillerman, M.D. – April 2023

Integrative Family Physician Audrey Stillerman, MD, is Medical Director for University of Illinois Chicago Mile Square School Health Centers and Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine. Since 1991, Dr. Stillerman has provided holistic lifespan care while advocating for equity. Dr Stillerman received additional training in Family Therapy, meditation practices, and trauma theory and practice. Co-founder of the Center for the Collaborative Study of Trauma, Health Equity, and Neurobiology (www.thencenter.org ), Dr. Stillerman is advisor to the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative and proud mother of two beloved daughters.

Catch the full archive of our eye-opening April 25th interview with Dr. Stillerman by linking HERE.

Michaela Hass, Ph.D. – March 2023

Michaela Haas, Ph.D., is an award-winning solutions reporter and author of four non-fiction books, including, most recently, Bouncing Forward: The Art and Science of Cultivating Resilience that focuses on the Post-Traumatic Growth experience. She is a contributing editor for David Byrne’s Reasons to be Cheerful and Rotary International Magazine, and works as a freelance West Coast reporter for international media. In the US, her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Mother Jones, AlJazeera, the Huffington Post, CBS, and numerous other media.

Catch the full archive of our insightful March 28th interview with Michaela by linking HERE.

Kathleen Sutherland – February 2023

Kathleen Sutherland has lived with the pain of fibromyalgia and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome for 30 years. She also experienced trauma from childhood and beyond, and has worked for many years to address both the trauma and pain, although only recently more fully exploring the link between the two. She has worked as a lawyer and also a yoga instructor in Washington, DC.  Now living in her hometown of Iowa City, pain precludes many of her former activities, but she still loves to cook, read and write, and pursues an avid interest in spiritual growth and exploration.

Catch the full archive of our inspiring February 21st interview with Kathleen by linking HERE.



Past For Grace Live Stream Shows in Partnership with The Mighty (2019-2022)


Miracle Makers (2019)

Catch the archive of “Miracle Makers“, For Grace’s 2019 live stream show on The Mighty – where Cynthia interviewed inspiring women who are making the world a better place for Women In Pain!




The Pain-Cancer Connection (2020)

Also catch the archive of  “The Pain-Cancer Connection”, For Grace’s 2020 live stream show on The Mighty – where Cynthia interviewed healthcare practitioners, researchers and survivors about the under-appreciated link between cancer and chronic pain!




The Trauma-Illness Paradigm (2021) 

Also catch the archive of  “The Trauma-Illness Paradigm”, For Grace’s 2021 live stream show on The Mighty – where Cynthia and John interviewed healthcare practitioners and survivors about the emerging connection between trauma and chronic illness!




The Trauma Chronicles (2022) 

Also catch the archive of “The Trauma Chronicles, For Grace’s 2022 live stream show on The Mighty – where For Grace leaders Cynthia Toussaint and John Garrett  interviewed trauma experts and survivors about trauma as a driver for chronic illness, including chronic pain, and the path to the all-important Post-Trauma Growth phase!