#109 – War and The Soul with Edward Tick PhD



Edward Tick, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist, writer, poet, mythologist, international journey guide and transformational healer. He has been working with veterans and survivors of violence and trauma for 30 years. He is founder and director of the non-profit Soldier’s Heart Foundation, dedicated to creating community-based veterans’ safe return initiatives across the country. He guides educational, healing, therapeutic and reconciliation projects nationally and internationally. He leads regular healing journeys to Viet Nam, Greece, and other countries. Dr. Tick is author of the award-winning book, War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation’s Veterans from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Other books by Dr. Tick are The Golden Tortoise: Viet Nam Journeys, The Practice of Dream Healing: Bringing Ancient Greek Mysteries into Modern Medicine, and Sacred Mountain: Encounters with the Vietnam Beast. In all this work, Dr. Tick applies his own innovative, holistic and spiritually-based model of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder treatment, based on worldwide research into war and the warrior tradition, to support the survivor in developing an enlarged and strengthened identity and spirituality that can carry, integrate and give meaning to the traumatic experience.



  1. Posted September 3, 2007 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    The interview Dr. Dave conducts with Edward Tick is representative, once more, of the best this podcast has to offer.


  2. Rona
    Posted September 4, 2007 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    I agree with Anne…this was a most excellent podcast. While I am a patriotic American, differing with San Francisco politics as well as some of things articulated on this podcast, still it was a profound interview and it good to know Dr. Tick is seeking to help our vets. Thanks Dr. Dave for recording this. The educational opportunities that you provide for your audience is to be commended. Thank you.

  3. Posted September 4, 2007 at 1:40 pm | Permalink


    I appreciate your ability to rise above what may be our political differences. Thanks for the endorsement!

    Dr. Dave

  4. suz
    Posted September 27, 2007 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    wow i loved listening to this one .. Dr. Tick is doing something of great value and i was quite moved to hear him speak. thank you dr dave … and son!

  5. Leanna
    Posted October 16, 2007 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    I agree as well that this was one of the best interviews. It was very touching and Dr. Edward Tick seems like a truely incredible man. Thanks Dr. Dave for sharing that with your listeners.

  6. Cindy
    Posted November 11, 2007 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for bringing this brilliant man and his work to my attention. I have listened to every podcast in your series and this one, for me, hit the ball completely out of the park.
    The depth, intelligence, wisdom, humility, and committment to practical action of his service is an inspiration. Today, Veterans Day, I have chosen to listen again. Thank you, Dr. Tick for your service.

  7. Rick Vail
    Posted March 10, 2008 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Wow what a great show and a bit of an unexpected surprise. I recomended this program to a verteran friend of mine at school who will be specializing in family therapy for returning vets with PTSD. I was very moved by this particular episode.

  8. Roderick Castle
    Posted March 18, 2008 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Enlightening interview that I have discovered long after it’s original air date – I am using quotations for a paper I am writing on group art therapy for veterans and will be attending a one day conference held at State U. of NY, New Paltz, where Dr. Tick will be speaking. I am a graduate student at Nazareth College of Rochester earning a MS in Art Therapy. Thanks Dave.

  9. Posted January 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Great interview with a man from whom I look forward to learning much. I am learning to face the reality that my work as a psychotherapist might necessarily be too limited. Where to go from here? I have a question about working with current military men and women going back into the sandpit. One would not seem to be able to make peace with the dead in quite the same way.

  10. Deepa
    Posted May 14, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    I too heard this interview way past the air date. I didn\\\’t even know how long ago it was. I was hoping to find links from this website to Dr. Tick\\\’s information. I desperately want to find him or someone like him. Even 3 years after this interview \\"professionals\\" here don\\\’t seem to take his work seriously, yet only his material addresses what I\\\’ve experienced having PTSD.

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