#82 Importance of healing Trauma for those with ADHD | Guest Dr. Ian Macnaughton

In today’s episode, we have Dr. Ian Macnaughton, Ergos Institute of Somatic Education Faculty Member. We explored trauma and ADHD, somatic experiencing, and the importance of small cycles of completion (bonus interactive demo of somatic experiencing at the end 😏).


Detailed show notes: 

In today’s episode, we have Dr. Ian Macnaughton, Ergos Institute Faculty Member. We talked about: 

  • Trauma and ADHD – key characteristics, how it affects your neurophysiology, and re-regulation. 
  • The vagus nerve and its importance – expansion, and contraction, shutdowns, and ramifications of negative experiences.
  • Somatic experiencing – the importance of our senses and how developing them move us towards regulating our entire being. 
  • Completion – why tiny steps matter more than you think, and how it instills hope and agency in people. 

(and a bonus interactive demo of somatic experience with Dr. Macnaughton!)

For more information on Somatic Experiencing visit https://traumahealing.org/


Ian Macnaughton MBA, PhD, FEA, SEP, has been a teacher and practitioner of trauma resolution, mind-body and family systems psychotherapy for 50 years and is a Bodynamic Analyst and trainer.  He has worked with Somatic Experiencing since the early 70’s and is Levine Legacy faculty with the Ergos Institute of Somatic Education.  His practice includes a high percentage of executives, medical practitioners and therapists and others in the helping professions both for psychotherapy and supervision.  He maintains an ongoing training group for clinical practitioners, as well as delivering public workshops for helping professionals. 

Ian also has owned a number of businesses and maintains an active practice working

with business families, families of wealth, and various organizations. He is on the

teaching faculty for, and a Fellow of the International Family Firm Institute and his

clients have included many government ministries and corporations. He is the holder of

the Richard Beckhard Practice Award for contributions in the field of Family Business



Dr. Macnaughton has taught at numerous universities and colleges, both undergraduate

and graduate levels in psychology and in business. His other publications include, Embodying the Mind and Minding the Body, and Body, Breath and Consciousness: A Somatic Anthology, also “Self, Other, and the System” in Catalyzing the Field.  His other writings on family business have been published in a number of venues as well as his work in Systems Science published in Comprehensive Systems Design: A New Educational Technology: NATO Workshop on Systemic Educational Design.

Contact information: www.transitionpoint.ca, ian@macnaughton.ca


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