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Talking Therapy Podcast
70 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
Talking Therapy Ep. 41 The Making of a Therapist Part 1
RJ and John sit down with “Rebecca.” Rebecca is the pseudonym of a new marriage and family therapy student. She is a young woman who has decided to embark on her education and training in psychology and counseling. This will be a multi-part series where we touch base with Rebecca time to time throughout her education and training. RJ and John both listen to her experience and offer advice.
65 minutes | Apr 1, 2020
Talking Therapy Ep. 40 Victor Yalom, PhD. On What We Can Learn from The Greats
Therapist, internet entrepreneur and cartoonist Victor Yalom, PhD joins us to talk about what he has learned from the greats. As someone who has had access to some of the greatest minds in the field he has some very interesting things to say about presence and being with clients in the here and now. Victor is also owner of the site Psychotherapy.net, a collection of articles, videos and so much more. He tells us how it all began with a simple recording of his mentor James Bugental.
44 minutes | Mar 24, 2020
Talking Therapy Ep. 39 Therapy in the time of Coronavirus with Dr. Amir Ettekal
The world with Coronavirus has posed challenges for therapists everywhere. With significant parts of the country in extensive lockdown many of us have switched our entire practices to an online format. Will this change therapy forever or is this just a slight adjustment - or are we all just suffering from Adjustment Disorder? RJ and John practice social distancing by logging on with psychiatrist Dr. Amir Ettekal to talk about what it’s like to do therapy and be with clients in a virtual space.
77 minutes | Oct 18, 2019
Talking Therapy Ep. 38 Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation with Dr. Martha Koo
Dr. Martha Koo of the Neurowellness Spa in Manhattan Beach, CA sits down with the boys to talk about the FDA approved treatment of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (or TMS). Dr. Koo, a psychiatrist, talks about how TMS works and how it can help. She also discusses some of the other treatments her clinic offers including IV Ketamine and Photobiomodulation.
73 minutes | Sep 24, 2019
Talking Therapy Ep. 37 Making a Living in Psychotherapy with Moe Gelbart, PhD
John and RJ sit down to talk with one of the lions of the field of psychotherapy, Dr. Moe Gelbart. An administrator, therapist and businessman, Dr. Gelbart recounts a long and successful career in psychotherapy and gives the boys insight into how he's helped people and made a good living in psychotherapy. This episode is exclusively sponsored by Ben Caldwell Labs, creating a more empowered, more effective generation of psychotherapists. Check them out at www.bencaldwelllabs.com.
70 minutes | May 22, 2019
Talking Therapy Ep. 36 Working with Suicide with Norine VanderHooven, LCSW
Suicide may be one of the most intense and difficult things for any therapist to work with. Norine VanderHooven, LCSW and Chair of the Youth Suicide Prevention Committee for the American Association of Suicidology joins us to talk about facts and strategies to use with clients expressing suicidal ideation. This episode is exclusively sponsored by Ben Caldwell Labs, creating a more empowered, more effective generation of psychotherapists. Check them out at www.bencaldwelllabs.com.
74 minutes | Mar 15, 2019
Talking Therapy Ep. 35 Working with Adoption with Lesli Johnson MFT
Lesli Johnson, MFT joins us to discuss clinical issues around adoption. She brings her own personal perspective as someone who is adopted as well as a caring and passionate clinical approach to this subject. She discusses a concept known as the Ghost Kingdom and the challenges and trauma adoptees and adoptive parents face. Not many people specialize in this work but it touches almost everyone - therapist or not. Definitely a great listen. This episode is exclusively sponsored by Ben Caldwell Labs, creating a more effective, more empowered generation of psychotherapists. Check them out at www.bencaldwelllabs.com
82 minutes | Feb 4, 2019
Talking Therapy Ep. 34 Hypnosis and Alfred Adler with Dr. David Godot
Dr. David Godot joins us to talk about the use of hypnosis and hypnotic practices in therapy. He also talks about his experience at the Adler Institute as well as Alfred Adler and his unique ideas about the formation of personality and how people see themselves. Find David Godot here: https://psychlab.us This episode is exclusively sponsored by Ben Caldwell Labs, www.bencaldwelllabs.com, creating a more effective, more empowered generation of mental health professionals.
73 minutes | Oct 22, 2018
Talking Therapy Ep 33 Sara Schulting-Kranz on Finding Personal Transformation in Nature
Sara Schulting-Kranz joins us to talk about her transformation from married mother of three, who one day discovered “my husband is gay,” to life coach helping and leading people on journeys of their own transformation in the Grand Canyon and in the Sierras. Sara talks about the power of nature to heal and the amazing life changes she and her clients have gone through on such incredible treks. She also talks about what it was like to help blind para-olympian Shawn Cheshire hike the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim. Check her out at www.liveboldlycoaching.com. This episode is sponsored by Ben Caldwell Labs. Ben Caldwell labs provides exam prep, continuing education, advocacy and more. Ben Caldwell labs is building a more empowered, more effective generation of psychotherapists. Check them out at www.bencaldwelllabs.com
74 minutes | Sep 25, 2018
Talking Therapy Ep. 32 Ben Caldwell Returns on Divorce Rates and Emotional Support Animals
Dr. Ben Caldwell returns to the show to pick a bone with John about a statistic he quoted during our popular Sue Johnson interview. Ben discusses divorce and marriage and its current state in our society. We also touch on the ever emotional subject of Emotional Support Animals and how or if therapists should support their use.
76 minutes | Aug 25, 2018
Talking Therapy Ep 31 Sex and Food with Dr. Nazanin Moali
Dr. Nazanin Moali, a licensed psychologist from Torrance, CA joins us to discuss two of her specialties, eating disorders in men and sex therapy. Dr. Moali host of the podcast, Sexology, brings a unique perspective to her work that she shares with John and RJ. This episode is sponsored by Ben Caldwell Labs at BenCaldwelllabs.com, creating a more empowered, more effective generation of psychotherapists.
75 minutes | Nov 8, 2017
Talking Therapy Ep. 30 Therapist Court Prep with Nicol Stolar-Peterson, LCSW, BCD
There’s a knock on your door and a man hands you an envelope. You’ve been served a subpoena - now what? Nicol Stolar-Peterson, LCSW, BCD joins us to talk about getting therapists ready for court. She discusses her experience testifying and tells why she actually likes going to court. She also talks about the pitfalls most therapists fall into. This episode is sponsored exclusively by Ben Caldwell Labs, creating a generation of more effective, more empowered mental health professionals. Check them out at www.bencaldwelllabs.com.
87 minutes | Sep 29, 2017
Talking Therapy Ep. 29 Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go with Drs. Paul and Nancy Aikin
Drs. Paul and Nancy Aikin join us to talk about their workshop for parents and teens called “Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go”. Based on Dr. Sue Johnson’s Hold Me Tight workshop, and adapted for parents and teens, this group approaches parents and teens from an attachment standpoint and helps them connect and hear each other in ways many of them never imagined possible. This workshop is available as a curriculum for therapists to use and as part of this podcast they are offering a 5% discount to a training in Los Angeles on January 19 and 20, 2018 on conducting this workshop. Go to www.laceft.org and use promo code “talkingtherapy” (with no space).
65 minutes | Jul 11, 2017
Talking Therapy Ep. 28 Dr. Jeffrey Zeig on the Evolution of Psychotherapy and Milton H. Erickson
As founder and CEO of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation Dr. Jeffrey Zeig has gathered together some of the greatest minds and most dominant personalities in the history of psychotherapy. The foundation’s Evolution of Psychotherapy conference is perhaps the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the world. Bringing together dynamic speakers and curious professionals it is, as Dr. Zeig calls it, “the Woodstock of therapy”. Dr. Zeig joins us to talk about the conference and his history with his mentor and teacher, Milton H. Erickson. He also talks about focusing his efforts to learn new ways of being a therapist by studying the arts. This is a truly fascinating discussion that not only spans the history of therapy but also looks into the future.
70 minutes | Jun 30, 2017
Talking Therapy Ep. 27 Steve Lawrence MD on Psychotropic Blindness
Dr. Steven Lawrence joins us to discuss what happens when doctors are more focused on medication than on the actual patient. Taking a very patient-centered approach Dr. Lawrence talks about what he calls “Psychotropic Blindness” and what happens when psychiatrists see the side effects of certain medications in children and adolescents as emerging problems that require treatment. Dr. Lawrence highlights medications such as anti-depressants, anti-psychotics and stimulant medication used for ADHD.
82 minutes | Dec 14, 2016
Talking Therapy Ep. 26 Dr. Susan Johnson on Emotionally Focused Therapy
Dr. Susan Johnson joins us to talk about her pioneering work in Emotionally Focused Therapy. EFT is a way to practice couples counseling that is overwhelmingly supported by scientific research. Dr. Johnson talks about attachment theory as the basis for EFT but also talks about some of the other frameworks she has drawn from. She talks not only about how EFT works, but why it works, especially in a world that seems to be filled with divorce and where our very views of relationships appear to be changing at a rapid pace. She talks about working with couples in distress but also talks about how EFT has been shown to help with post traumatic stress disorder, parents of chronically ill children and with heart patients.
62 minutes | Nov 3, 2016
Talking Therapy Ep. 25 Divorce Mediation with Barry Davis
How do you keep a family together even as it’s coming apart? How do you help protect children from the trauma of a nasty divorce? Divorce mediator Barry Davis sits down with us to talk about an alternative to expensive, divisive and often traumatic litigated divorces. His approach is one that allows families to often make the best of what can be a very, very bad situation.
65 minutes | Sep 22, 2016
Talking Therapy Ep. 24 The Human Emotional System with Adrian Hall, MFT
Human emotions are a tricky thing. Some of us are good with them, some of us are not, but few of us really understand them fully. Adrian Hall, MFT joins us to talk about what she calls, the Human Emotional System. As we grow up, she tells us, we learn about math, science, history and our biological systems, but no one teaches us about our emotions and this can cause problems for us later. Adrian discusses her practice of psychotherapy and how she works with people to do that learning now.
69 minutes | Aug 27, 2016
Talking Therapy Ep. 23 Self Communion with Jason Gipstein, MFT
Jason Gipstein, MFT sits down with us to talk about writing a book on what he calls self communion. Jason talks about how he developed this method of psychotherapy and how it can help people. Not only does he discuss it’s application to issues like anxiety and depression he also talks about how it can be used to help people move forward and continue to grow.
36 minutes | Jul 6, 2016
Talking Therapy Ep. 22 A Very Special Update with John and RJ
John and RJ sit down to discuss the status of the show and how they've really just been kind of lazy about the whole thing... well, maybe not entirely. This is actually a fun conversation about not only the status of the show but about what's it's like dealing with personal stress and working as a psychotherapist.
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