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Healing Medical Trauma

A Live Online Workshop with Dr. Lissa Rankin and Guests

 An Integrative Sacred Medicine Approach To Healing Medical Trauma.

Mend Our Wounds With Internal Family Systems (IFS), Creativity, & Movement

A Six-Day Workshop Hosted By Lissa Rankin, MD With Our Healing Dream Team Dick Schwartz founder of IFS (Internal Family Systems), NIA founder Debbie Rosas, Intentional Creativity founder Shiloh Sophia, Memoir As Medicine author Nancy Aronie, IFS Therapist Nancy Morgan, PhD, & Playwright of “Breastless” Emma Jarrett

Have you ever felt violated physically or emotionally by the very people who have devoted their lives to trying to help people who are sick?

Have you experienced trauma from the medical system, either from medical, dental, or mental health treatment itself or from the people who work in those fields who you entrusted to care for you?

If you’re a healthcare worker, or caregiver of someone ill, have you felt traumatized by the ways the medical system has betrayed you, invalidated you, injured you, or caused you moral injury?

Have you ever considered writing about your experience or making art about it as part of your healing process?

The first rule of medicine is “First, do no harm.” But as beautiful as this intention is and as much as most health care providers wish to honor it, this goal is not always realistic. Often, medicine meant to cure us (and the people who administer it) harm us alongside helping us. This reality often gets swept under the rug, leaving untreated wounds in the wake of medical treatment that deserve healing attention as much as any diseased organ, cancer, autoimmune condition, or painful body part might. 

People who depend on the medical system might get life-saving benefit from it with cancer treatment, longevity-extending surgeries, symptom-relieving medications, and other helpful interventions. But that doesn’t negate the fact that such treatments- and the helplessness, powerlessness, and confusion that may accompany deal with the medical system can cause real harm.

Sadly, it’s not just patients who are harmed by the medical system. Doctors, nurses, paramedics, and other health care providers also get hurt by the very system they’re part of. And to top it all off, they experience moral injury because they collude with a misguided medical system that both helps and harms the people they seek to heal. Especially during Covid, being a health care provider can be traumatic in its own right. Yet these traumas are often overlooked, minimized, and pushed under the rug, or health care providers are supposed to pretend they’re okay when they’re anything but okay.

The good news is…healing is possible and relief can follow medical triggers when we dare to dive into those wounds so they can come to the surface for healing. Cutting edge trauma healing methods like Internal Family Systems (IFS), creative self-expression with Intentional Creativity and art-making, dance movement practices like NIA, and other trauma-supportive tools can help you restore nervous system regulation after experiencing medical trauma, even if you’re right in the midst of it. You might even use those experiences to write your stories, create beauty, make art, dance out your pain and dance in healing, and even potentially help others heal because of how you’ve digested your own medical trauma, like Emma Jarrett has done with her one woman play BREASTLESS.

Join Lissa Rankin and Guests for six consecutive weekly 2-hour sessions of 
learning, teaching and healing starting May 9th, 2024 

Lissa Rankin

Dick Schwartz

Debbie Rosas

Nancy Morgan

Jeff Rediger

Nancy Aronie

Shiloh Sophia

Emma Jarett

All sessions will be recorded and made available to participants and can be downloaded to your computer or device. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer CEUs for this course.

Medical trauma is the experience of traumatic stress as a result of interactions with the medical system.

Image Credit Monique Feil Photography
Approaching the topic of Healing Medical Trauma can be like opening Pandora's Box. Almost all of us have some degree of medical trauma, even if it's only birth trauma from medicalized deliveries that we don't even remember. It's a sensitive topic, ripe for triggers. But we can tend to those medically traumatized parts gently if we use an integrative trauma healing/ trauma supportive approaching, based on the principles set forth in Lissa's book Sacred Medicine. 

As such, this class implements a smattering of the trauma-supportive and trauma-healing tools covered in Sacred Medicine- like dance, art and creativity, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT), memoir writing, and group ritual/ceremony. To help you heal from medical trauma, Lissa has gathered the cream of the crop from her ten years of study into Sacred Medicine, to approach this sensitive topic in an integrative way that will leave you with a smattering of tools you can use, in an ongoing way, to heal the past and cope well with medical traumas that are certain to affect us all going forward.

What is medical trauma?

Medical trauma refers to a patient's psychological and physiological response to a painful, scary, unpredictable, coercive, abusive, or otherwise traumatic experience in a medical setting. Medical trauma may include not only the trauma of the illness or injury involved, but also the pain, physical symptoms, uncertainty, fear, invasive or frightening procedures, and distressing, abusive, insensitive, coercive, or dismissive treatment by medical providers. Especially during the pandemic, medical trauma escalated because, in addition to the pain and fear of illness, patients were often isolated and alone because of social distancing and Covid precautions, ripping people away from what helps alleviate medical trauma- the comfort and nurture of loved ones and medical providers who really care.
For our purposes, we’re also including in our umbrella of medical trauma health care providers who have experienced trauma at the hands of the medical system- since the medical system tends to eat its own. Not only can health care providers become patients; the medical system also harms those who participate in it. Many doctors, nurses, and other health care providers often wind up with PTSD as a result of medical training or practice. Health care providers witness an unbearable amount of pain and suffering, and suffer from abusive treatment by other health care providers, especially those in positions of authority or during medical training. Especially during COVID, medical providers also experienced tremendous bystander trauma witnessing patients dying alone, felt helpless to help people in tremendous pain and fear, and were put in untenable situations that put their lives at risk, all while being mistreated by Covid deniers and others who didn’t understand the risks they were taking to save lives.
Loved ones and caretakers of sick patients can also be influenced by medical trauma, as witnessing loved ones in pain, being mistreated, or not being treated with adequate sensitivity as a caregiver can create its own painful and unique trauma.

Just like any other trauma, the effects of medical trauma can be far-reaching, showing up physically and emotionally and leading to chronic nervous system dysregulation. People who survive medical trauma may also feel a sense of disenfranchised grief—like you don’t deserve to be grieving- because you, unlike many others, survived. But the trauma is still real and the impacts of it are still in great need of treatment. 

Medical trauma is a particularly painful kind of trauma. When we’re sick, we’re already vulnerable and in need of extreme gentleness, sensitivity, empathy, compassion, and patience. 
When we’re sick, we need caregiving. We need to receive care, especially if we tend towards being the overly generous caregiver in everyday life. But often, when we most need care, we don’t get quite the care we need, not even from the people who are tasked with caring for us medically or therapeutically. For some people who like to think of ourselves as strong and invulnerable, weakness in our bodies registers as a more global kind of weakness, shattering the image of our stoic rugged individualism. This can reactivate old wounds- of not being strong enough, not being independent enough, not being worthy of care, not being good enough, not mattering enough to receive caregiving from others, and not being valuable unless we’re busy and productive.
Being sick may also affect trauma survivors more than others with lesser trauma burdens- because illness means being out of control, a loss of agency and autonomy, and feeling awash with uncertainty- all experiences that usually didn’t go well for survivors of trauma. Add to all that the reality of an overburdened medical system and health care providers burned out and morally injured, especially since the pandemic, and you have a recipe for insult to injury when you’re sick, at your wit’s end, and at your most needy. All of these factors can collude to light up old traumas and cause new ones. Especially if our vulnerability is met with harshness, impatience, judgment, pressure, or coercion, the trauma we already experience from being sick can compound under the weight of additional triggers.
This workshop will offer experiential exercises to help you learn to listen to the parts that are affecting your body and to those who know how to heal it and increase your access to healing Self energy.

What CAN Cause Medical Trauma?

  • Childbirth, especially when emergency C-section is involved, obstetrical violence occurs, or your baby winds up in the NICU;
  • Covid hospitalization;
  • Cancer treatment;
  • Heart attack treatment (1 in 8 heart attack survivors develop PTSD;
  • ICU stays;
  • Hospitalizations that take you away from loved ones.
  • Traumatic accidents;
  • Undergoing medical procedures; 
  • Having medical interventions forced upon you without consent;
  • Medical training for health care providers;
  • Watching people suffer during the pandemic without being able to help ease their fear and loneliness;
  • The moral injury of participating in a health care system that gives lip service to patient wellbeing while being at the mercy of the financial bottom line.

How the nervous can system heal

Image Credit Monique Feil Photography
Trauma is often an dis-integrating experience, while creative activities- like making art, telling our stories with narrative medicine and memoir writing, and dancing- helps us stitch our experiences (and our parts involved in the medical trauma) together into a coherent and integrating experience. A narrative medicine approach to telling, writing, and interpreting our medical stories helps us humanize our experience, which is the opposite of what the medical system tends to do. And making beauty out of them with art, movement, and ritual helps us transform them from pain into creative expression.

Healing from medical trauma often centers around not only the facts of what happened to us, but also the stories we tell ourselves because of what happened to us. As such, healing can often come from storytelling- rewriting the stories we tell as part of our healing process and sharing those stories with others. As with breast cancer survivor Emma Jarrett, who created the inspiring, heart-opening one woman play BREASTLESS, sometimes if we write or tell our stories, our stories can even help others heal, serving as inspiration and a pathway to towards integration for ourselves and others.

“I’m sorry I have to hurt you in order to heal you.” 

I had about twenty dental surgeries before the age of 18, and then at the beginning of the pandemic, when we were still in lockdown and dentists weren’t considered “essential workers,” I had a dental emergency. I wound up having to get many more dental surgeries as soon as the first emergency dentist opened his office again. This was scary to many of my “parts.” Not only can you not wear a mask when you’re getting a dental procedure; it also reactivated all those young dental traumas from my early life. 

As soon as the drill began its shrill torture, my body began to shake. Then the dentist, who I’d never met before, began to chastise me for moving. I flushed with shame and started crying, then I felt humiliated for being so sensitive. The dentist didn’t say or do anything to comfort me, but I was lucky to know how to self-regulate during the procedure- not only by putting in my guided meditation earphones, but by visualizing an Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) practice that I usually do more physically.

I also was able to identify the part that was crying, offer some comfort to the scared little child that was getting reactivated, and calm the part that felt filled with shame for being so sensitive. In my mind’s eye, I held both parts and let the little one cry it out while holding them gently in my arms. I could feel my nervous system start to calm down right as the dental tech asked me to open my mouth so he could do something that was quite painful.

With the kindest voice, he said, “I’m sorry I have to hurt you in order to heal you.” He held out a hand, squeezed mine, handed me a tissue, and gazed at me with the tenderest eyes. 
Image Credit Monique Feil Photography
As patients, we often need this kind of sensitive acknowledgement of what we’re going through, but sometimes it’s sorely missing. As health care providers, we need to let ourselves sit with the discomfort that yes, in the process of trying to help others, we often also hurt them. If we can at least be honest about this paradox, we can do less damage. And if we dare to extend an olive branch of compassion, as that sweet dental tech did, we can ameliorate the harm done.
Lissa’s dental assistant 

 We Will Guide You Through

  • Understanding the basics of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) trauma healing model
  • Making sense of the traumas you may have experienced as a result of your medical experience- as a patient or as a provider
  • The basic principles of “Memoir As Medicine”- and how writing and telling your story can help you process what happened to you and all the emotions that might be trapped inside
  • The importance of Intentional Creativity as a healing tool for processing trauma
  • The value of NIA as a healing movement practice to help you move the trauma through and out of your body
  • Learn tools to deal with acute triggers when they arise during a medical or dental situation to deescalate and calm your nervous system
Image Credit Monique Feil Photography
A Toolbox That Works

We’ll be arming you with tools to help you right when you need them, even in unexpected emergencies. You’ll learn tools and practices that can help you move through medical trauma so you’re not stuck with the traumatic aftermath, adding insult to injury atop whatever landed you in the medical system to begin with.
“Here is a painful and bifurcated truth: Facing head-on the realities of serious illness in our settings of contemporary Western health care takes the savage imagination to recognize and then countenance the facts of suffering: unfair, unwarranted, vengeful, impersonal, neutral, demolishing of those whom it visits, without consolation, without the silver linings so often fabricated by those it fingers. There are only two paths open to those who must witness suffering: 

(1) pretend it is something else—predictable, resectable, eventually curable, spiritually enhancing, the thing that happens to others—or (2) see it fully and endure the sequelae of having seen…What one gains by the sight of suffering is the knowledge of the cost of this life to the clinicians who can bear to look full in the face at that which stalks their patients, a view of that floating bridge between here and there, that fragile passage between the knowable and the unknowable, that ground each one of us stands on in each lived moment (now, here, as you read my words; now, here, as I write them) with no guardrails, no signposts, no map, no territory; a clear-eyed discernment of this thing, this life, its worth." -Rita Charon, MD, PhD

LIVE Schedule

9:00 - 11:00 PT | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm CT | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Thursday, May 9th, 2024
An Embodied Reckoning With What Happened
Moving To Heal with NIA founder Debbie Rosas, Intentional Creativity founder Shiloh Sophia & Lissa.
Medical trauma can be Pandora's Box. The pain patients and medical providers experience as a result of medical trauma can be overwhelming, easily flooding your nervous system. Avoiding the process of healing medical trauma can also cause damage. So it's essential to be mindful, slow, and gentle in approaching this tender, sensitive, highly charged issue. 

In this session, Lissa and Shiloh will open the session with an Intentional Creativity practice you can use throughout the program to digest, integrate, and titrate your experience. Then Debbie will help you begin to touch whatever happened in a gentle, embodied way, titrating the experience and staying in your body as best you can, while using the Moving To Heal process Debbie created to move the medical trauma through your body in a way that is intended to begin a journey of healing medical trauma, without intolerable backlash. By the end of this session, you will have a movement tool you can use whenever dealing with medical issues or whenever you revisit past memories of medical trauma.
Thursday, May 16th, 2024
Getting To Know The Parts That Were Hurt By Medical Trauma
Group IFS meditation, IFS Demo with Nancy Morgan, PhD and Lissa.
In this session, we'll dive a little deeper into the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model. IFS therapist and lead trainer and cancer survivor Nancy Morgan, PhD will guide us through getting to know the various "parts" of us that have been harmed by medical trauma, so we can approach our wounded parts with "protector permission," getting to know the parts that might be too scared to approach these incredibly sensitive wounds. 

Since our protective parts are often terrified that we won't be able to function if we dare to touch our medical trauma, we will honor them by letting them communicate with us how they think they're protecting us by helping us avoid healing our medical trauma. By reuniting our sacred Self with our protective parts, we can then gently approach the tender wounded parts with more safety, delicacy, and sensitivity. 
Thursday, May 23, 2024
How Creative Expression Can Help Us Heal From Medical Trauma
Breast cancer survivor/playwright Emma Jarrett and “Memoir As Medicine” writing prompts with Nancy Aronie and Lissa.
Writing about your medical trauma can help the healing process, especially if you have enough Self energy present to witness and hold space for the parts that have been hurt. After decades of teaching memoir writing, Nancy Aronie, author of Memoir As Medicine and Writing From The Heart, is masterful at creating a safe, sacred container for writing from the heart- for medicinal, therapeutic purposes, intended to help you heal. 

As the mother of a son who died young from complications of juvenile diabetes and multiple sclerosis, Nancy is particularly empathic to the pain of dealing with doctors, hospitals, and the death of a child. Her warm-hearted approach to Memoir As Medicine writing will give you another tool to process your medical trauma, as slowly and gently as possible.
Wednesday, May 29th, 2024
Intentional Creativity To Heal Medical Trauma
Intentional Creativity founder Shiloh Sophia & Lissa.
Now that you've begun to probe the depths of your medical trauma, Intentional Creativity founder, artist, and priestess Shiloh Sophia will help us put some gentle, beautiful sutures in the wound. Shiloh will guide you ceremonially, using the trauma-supportive practices of ceremonial ritual, art, and integration support. You will learn how Intentional Creativity can be used to heal past medical trauma or reduce triggers in the future, should medical traumas arise. Bring any art supplies you might enjoy using, or just bring a pen or pencil and paper if you're not artistically inclined (no experience necessary to use Intentional Creativity as a healing tool!) 

We'll use IFS to weave with Intentional Creativity to work with our "parts" through the creative process, including helping you get in touch with your healing "muse" and put some limits on your "inner critic," as well as using the creative process to help you heal some of the more tender wounded parts that have been hurt by medical trauma.

Wednesday, June 5th, 2024
Group Healing Session with IFS founder Dick Schwartz
Internal Family Systems (IFS) founder Dick Schwartz, PhD will co-facilitate a healing session as part of the Healing Medical Trauma class
  • A delicate invitation to follow the trailhead of medical trauma to parts that have been hurt by the medical system or the people in it
  • A light IFS guided practice led by Dick Schwartz to help you get to know some of the parts that might have been impacted by medical trauma
  • A compassionate IFS-informed lens to help us be sensitive to everyone who’s been impacted by the traumatizing medical system because of parts that perpetrate harm, often in the name of saving lives
  • A safe haven sanctuary of others who have also been traumatized by medical trauma- and who care about healing it in community, rather than defending, denying, overpowering, invalidating or otherwise interfering with your healing process
Monday, June 10th, 2024
Healing Psychiatric Trauma & Therapy Abuse
Dr. Jeff Rediger and Lissa
This final class features the author of CURED and Medical Director of Harvard's inpatient psychiatric hospital McLean Jeffrey Rediger, MD, MDiv to discuss the medical trauma inflicted by psychiatric treatment and therapy abuse. When we're struggling with mental health issues, we trust that those who are sworn to help us will support us more than they traumatize us, but that's not always the case. With a background in theology and a degree from the Princeton Divinity School, Dr. Rediger offers a combined psychological and spiritual approach to healing from medical trauma, including "Healing Your Identity," one of the four pillars of optimal health from CURED.

Once Dr. Rediger brings his healing presence to the wounds of mental health, Lissa will help put more sutures in the wounds that might still be tender with nervous system regulating practices you can take home with you as tools for the future. You'll learn a quick, easy Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) tool featured in Sacred Medicine, which focuses on the integration of mind, body, and spirit, offering a holistic path to recovery, as well as Somatic Experiencing tools you can use in the doctor's office or hospital to calm yourself in the moment or on your healing journey. You'll come away from the experience with a toolbox of trauma-supportive and trauma healing Sacred Medicine tools that will support you in the future and hopefully minimize future medical trauma, should medical issues arise.


Breast cancer survivor/playwright Emma Jarrett and Lissa.
As a bonus included with the class, Emma's prerecorded performance of BREASTLESS will give you the chance to both witness and empathize with her medical trauma, but also inspire you to express your own through creative expression.

What we'll BE USING

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS);
  • ”Memoir As Medicine” narrative medicine approaches;
  • Write To Heal writing prompts;
  • Music.
  • A simple energy psychology tool from Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) to help with acute medical triggers;
  • ”Memoir As Medicine” narrative medicine approaches;
  • Intentional Creativity;
  • NIA movement healing practices;
  • Trauma-informed meditation;
  • Large group sharing;
  • Optional Breakout Groups.
Dr. Lissa Rankin
Doctor, author, and trauma-informed medicine teacher Lissa Rankin, MD was on a decade-long quest to research her seventh book Sacred Medicine: A Doctor's Quest To Unravel The Mysteries of Healing when she bumped into the IFS model. Anecdote after anecdote from IFS therapists and their clients who were treating their traumas using IFS revealed a curious phenomenon: when people's traumas were getting treated with this cutting-edge treatment, at least sometimes, their mystery illnesses and chronic symptoms seemed to be improving.
Lissa's deep dive into IFS was a complete game-changer in her search for answers to why some people seem to have radical remissions from seemingly "incurable" or "terminal" illnesses- and others don't. This insight led her to write a revised edition of Mind Over Medicine, the New York Times bestseller published in 35 languages that was the centerpiece for a PBS special and several TEDx talks. She now trains physicians and therapists in the Whole Health Medicine Institute, using an IFS-informed approach to helping patients and clinicians optimize their chances of becoming "miracle prone." 


Dick Schwartz
Dick Schwartz, Ph.D., is a trailblazing psychologist, celebrated author, and compassionate visionary who has devoted his life to unraveling the mysteries of the human psyche. As the genius behind the game-changing Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy model, he has breathed new life into the world of psychotherapy, offering a loving, non-judgmental approach to personal growth and emotional healing.

Nancy Morgan
Dr. Morgan received her license in Psychedelic-Assisted Facilitation from the State of Oregon, her Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research certification from the California Institute of Integral Studies, her Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy training through the Ketamine Training Center in San Anselmo, California, and her MDMA training Parts A-D through the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).

Debbie Rosas
Founder and Creator of The Nia Technique, a neuromuscular integrative action methodology for health and wellness; Nia is based on Debbie’s development of the principles known as, “The Body’s Way,” which situate a personal relationship with the physical body through sensory awareness that engages the holistic mental, emotional, and spiritual growth and development of each human experience for sustainable change in their world and the world around them.  

Nancy Aronie
Nancy Slonim Aronie is the author of Memoir As Medicine - Writing from the Heart - The Healing Power of Writing Your Messy, Imperfect, Unruly (but Gorgeously Yours) Life Story. She’s taught at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and received the Derek Bok Teacher of the Year Award at Harvard for two consecutive years as a teaching fellow for Robert Coles. She’s been a television performer in the miniseries Catch a Rainbow, a magazine columnist at McCall’s, and a commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered. She created the Chilmark Writing Workshop in her home on Martha’s Vineyard. 
Shiloh Sophia
Shiloh McCloud is a visionary artist and teacher who has worked in the creativity movement for over sixteen years. Her work is dedicated to positive media and providing images and teachings that inspire healing and transformation. Shiloh is the author of five creativity journals and is currently working on a novel. She owns a gallery and founded Cosmic Cowgirls University, which offers courses online and on campus in Sonoma County, California. Shiloh is also the founder of Palm of Her Hand, a foundation that collaborates with visionaries on projects that bring positive media to the world.

Emma Jarett
While juggling work and raising a family, Emma was hit with a cancer diagnosis in 2016. She found solace in writing poetry and journaling and then life brought another beautiful opportunity; she was offered a place on the Sunset Theatre‘s Exploration Series in Wells, BC to work with a dramaturge on turning those writings into a piece for the stage.

And so Breastless was born in 2018, found her feet over time and now is a fully complete one-woman show.
Jeff Rediger
Jeffrey D. Rediger M.D., M.Div. is a distinguished academic physician with many years of experience in medicine, psychiatry, and spirituality. He serves as a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School in Boston, and is also the Medical Director of the McLean Southeast Adult Psychiatric Program and Community Affairs at McLean Hospital and the Chief of Behavioral Medicine at Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center. His work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey, Anderson Cooper 360, and Dr. Oz shows, as well as on TEDx.

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About Lissa Rankin, MD

Lissa Rankin, MD believes that writing and healing can be intimately related and teaches writing workshops infused with trauma healing and spiritual healing, both in person and virtually. Lissa agrees with Nancy Aronie that trauma is memoir-making material, and we can alchemize our pain into the most beautiful story-telling when we feel safe for the muse to come out to play, in a community of other writers who also feel safe and can help us hold our story while we rewrite it as art. 

Lissa has been writing since kindergarten and was offered her first book deal when she was 12, which she turned down, since they were her private stories. She was a creative writing major at Duke University and wrote her first fiction book as her thesis on African American women's literature while in college. Throughout her medical training while becoming an OB/GYN, she wrote stories inspired by her patients and used writing to heal the moral injury she felt while working within a corrupt medical system. 

When she quit her job as a doctor in 2007, she finally succumbed to her lifelong desire to be a career writer. Her first book Broken, a memoir about her journey through the wounded health care system, never got published because she didn't have an audience. So at the urging of her literary agent, in 2009, Lissa began blogging and publishing The Daily Flame, a daily email love letter from your "Inner Pilot Light" to your wounded parts, based on the healing model Internal Family Systems (IFS), a trauma healing spiritual path which Lissa incorporates into all the healing and writing workshops she facilitates. 
Because her blog and Daily Flame emails quickly garnered a large readership, she was able to publish her first book in 2010 and has been blessed to have her last 7 books published. Her third book, the New York Times bestseller Mind Over Medicine, has sold over 300,000 copies in 28 languages. 

In addition to putting in her 100,000 hours and writing every day, in 2012, Lissa founded the Whole Health Medicine Institute, where she and a team of luminary faculty train physicians and other health care providers about “Whole Health” and the “6 Steps to Healing Yourself.” 

Lissa has starred in two National Public Television specials, her TEDx talks have been viewed over 5 million times, and she leads workshops, both online and at retreat centers like Esalen, 1440, Omega, and Kripalu. 

Her latest health equity project is non-profit work committed to democratizing trauma healing and spiritual healing while eliminating the public health epidemic of loneliness, bringing Sacred Medicine out of its current status as a luxury good to anyone who needs it and is open to it, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, or gender identity. 

Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her daughter Mira, who is also a writer, and her puppy Gaia, who would tell great stories if only she knew how.
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