Lissa Rankin, MD
, is a mind-body medicine physician, author of 7 books, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute
, and a mystic who researches radical remission, trauma-informed medicine, and spiritual healing. Her TEDx talks have been viewed over 5 million times, and she starred in two National Public Television specials. Lissa’s interest in the link between loneliness and disease led her to spearhead her latest project, Heal At Last
, a non-profit organization which aims to bring effective trauma healing and spiritual healing methods in an affordable, accessible group healing setting to anyone ready for the deep dive of healing.
Lissa is also a developmental trauma survivor whose parents had piss poor boundaries and who spent years in cutting edge trauma therapies learning how to protect herself from boundary violating people, while also learning how to protect others from her own boundary violating behavior. While protection of ourselves and others is tantamount for trust and safety, operating solely from self-protection can destroy intimacy. Most books and classes about boundaries fail to support people through how to set boundaries lovingly, fairly, firmly but gently, and through negotiation with others who also have a right to their own boundaries, needs, and preferences.
As part of her research and study into how to keep those who participate in her non-profit project Heal At Last safe from further boundary wounding, Lissa has rigorously studied the field of traumatology, including the study of healthy boundaries. To learn what's out there beyond the basic Boundaries 1.0 lessons taught in places like 12 Step programs and traditional therapy sessions, Lissa dove deeper into the study and practice of healthy relational boundaries, not just as a way to stay safe, but as a way to keep unenmeshed intimacy between two or more people safe, including not only how to practice good boundaries in families, intimate relationships, friendships, and work alliances, but also how to cult-proof our communities and protect the boundaries of individuals in groups.