The Intentional Clinician: Psychology and Philosophy

Exploring the Physiology of Trauma, Mental Health, and Dysautonomia with Dr. Robert Rhoton [Episode 44]

May 15, 2020

Dr. Robert Rhoton, Psy.D., LPC, D.A.A.E.T.S. and Paul Krauss MA LPC discuss the physiology of trauma, a broader definition of trauma and its effects on the nervous system (dysautonomia). Dr. Rhoton and Paul discuss toxic stress and the ways in which the body responds on a biological and physiological level. Following the science-heavy paradigm of understanding trauma / dysautonomia (when the autonomic nervous system is not functioning properly), Paul Krauss and Dr. Rhoton discuss the implications of that this science may have on modern psychotherapy, family systems, relationships, education, and our society. Paul Krauss and Dr. Rhoton discuss the importance of emotional regulation among mental health professionals and the difficulties faced if they are not focusing on their own mental health first. Dr. Rhoton discusses the idea of emotional and physiological arousal and how systems often do not recognize this as important. Dr. Rhoton is a gifted teacher and he shares his wisdom and experience working with people who have experienced trauma and how this all intersects with his experience in the fields of counseling, psychology, psychiatry, the child welfare system, education, etc. The dynamic conversation has implications for parenting, family relationships, and the many modalities of counseling and therapy. Dr. Rhoton discusses how to help people all over the world change their lives and communities through education on the physiology of trauma.

Dr. Robert Rhoton, CEO of Arizona Trauma Institute and President at the Trauma Institute International possesses a rich history of experience in the mental health field. Dr. Rhoton has supervised multiple outpatient clinics, juvenile justice programs, and programs, and child and family therapeutic services. Additionally, Dr. Rhoton has advanced training in child and adolescent trauma treatment, family therapy, and family trauma. Dr. Rhoton served as president of the Arizona Trauma Therapy Network from 2010 through 2012. Dr. Rhoton was a Professor at Ottawa University in the Behavioral Sciences and Counseling Department whose primary interests were training counselors to work with traumagenic family dynamics, child and family trauma, and non-egoic models of treatment. Dr. Rhoton is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and collaborates and consults with numerous Arizona agencies fine tuning their understanding of trauma and the impact of developmental trauma on the individual and family. Dr. Rhoton also serves on the Arizona Department of Health Services Trauma Informed Care (TIC) task force as a community member.

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433

If you are looking for EMDRIA consulting groups, Paul Krauss MA LPC is now hosting weekly online and in-person groups.  For details, click here.

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Original Music:

”Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL (Spotify)

“If you don’t know what to do (Do What You Love) from Music for Gloves (Banana & Louie) by Kelley Stoltz (Spotify)

“Motel” from Motel by PAWL/ttypes (Spotify)




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