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English, Education, 1 season, 105 episodes, 42 minutes
All the psychology you need to know and just enough to make you dangerous... This podcast features renowned psychologist,Dr. David Van Nuys , brining you in-depth interviews on a broad array of psychological topics including: psychotherapy, dreams, consciousness, depth psychology, business psychology, developmental psychology, mind/body psychology, personal growth, psychology and art, research psychology, social issues, and spirituality. The roster of world-class guests includes: Philip Zimbardo, Charles Tart, Irvin Yalom, Jonathan Haidt, Sara Lazar, Robert Altemeyer, Stanley Krippner, Arnold Mindell, Dacher Keltner, Michael Meade, and David Barlow among others.
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#906 Want to Be a Better Psychiatrist? Enter a Beauty Pageant!

Canadian (Nova Scotia) Psychiatrist Dr. Patricia Celan’s personality type is INFJ-T (Advocate). When she's not working on improving the mental health of her patients or advocating for human and non-human victims of abuse, Patricia enjoys creative writing, photography, film, travel, music, singing, dancing, yoga, and spending time with her cats, friends, family, and pageant sisters from around the world. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#905 Jungian Lisa Marchiano on Reclaiming Your Outlaw Energies

Lisa Marchiano, LCSW, is a Jungian analyst, author, and podcaster. She is the cohost of the popular depth psychology podcast This Jungian Life. She is on the faculty of the C. G. Jung Institute of Philadelphia, and she lectures and teaches widely. Lisa is the author of Motherhood: Facing and Finding Yourself published by Sounds True in 2021. She lives and practices in Philadelphia.
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#904 Dr. Alexey Tolchinsky on Narrative Fallacy in Clinical Diagnosis

Alexey Tolchinsky, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Maryland. He specializes in trauma work and anxiety disorders. He works in psychotherapy with neurodiverse patients, including individuals with Asperger’s disorder, dyslexia, and other conditions. A part of his practice includes working with immigrants struggling with adaptation to living in the US. He integrates cultural competency in his work. He also works with young adults dealing with life transitions, such as adaptation to the first year of college, and mature adults struggling with existential dilemmas and adapting to major life changes, such as divorce or retirement.Dr. Tolchinsky is a Clinical Fellow of the International Neuropscyhoanalysis Association. What this means is a mindful integration of contemporary neuroscience in psychodynamic psychotherapy. While these terms are a mouthful, he rarely uses technical jargon with his patients and speaks in human language. With that, his clinical work is informed by the theoretical models developed by leading psychotherapists and neuropsychologists. Dr. Tolchinsky's peer-reviewed research papers are all targeted to improve the efficacy of psychotherapy with hard-to-treat conditions, including PTSD and OCD. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#903 UK Prof Brett Kahr Celebrated Psychoanalysis Historian Returns

Professor Brett Kahr has worked in the mental health profession for well over forty years. He is Senior Fellow at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology in London and, also, Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis and Mental Health at Regent’s University London. Kahr is the Chair of the Scholars Committee of the British Psychoanalytic Council, and he now works in full-time independent practice with individuals, couples, and families in Central London. A trained historian as well as a clinician, he is Honorary Fellow and, also, Honorary Director of Research at the Freud Museum London. He has authored nineteen books and has served as series editor of over eighty-five additional books.  His best-selling titles include Who’s Been Sleeping in Your Head?:  The Secret World of Sexual Fantasies – described in The Observer newspaper as “The new Kinsey” – based on his research project about the erotic fantasies of over 30,000 British and American adults.  He has also produced many clinical books, such as Bombs in the Consulting Room:  Surviving Psychological Shrapnel, and, also, the very popular How to Flourish as a Psychotherapist. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#902 UK Shaman Paul Francis Shares His Story

Paul Francis studied philosophy and social anthropology at university, primarily studying tribal (animist) cultures. After graduating in 1979, he variously worked in a hospital teaching sign language, a pre-school nursery, and in an anarchist bookshop. In his spare time, he immersed himself in his real passions, exploring psychotherapy and various different spiritual paths, including shamanism. He set up in private practice as a psychotherapist in the 1980s, and gradually developed a shamanic practice too. In 2007, he founded the Three Ravens College of Therapeutic Shamanism and Core Animism. Although retired from one-to-one work now, he continues to teach and write. In 2017 he published the bestselling book The Shamanic Journey, the first in the “Therapeutic Shamanism” series. This was followed by his second book, Rewilding Yourself, and third book, Soul Roots, Spirit Branches. He is currently working on the fourth and fifth books in the series. He remains very actively involved in teaching courses on many different aspects of animism and shamanism, and in exploring the links between them and modern-day counselling and psychotherapy. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#901 Psychologist David StonePhD and psychiatrist Dr. Matt Keene MD on the psychological value of playing board games

Bios Matthew S. Keene, MD (Director) Dr. Keene is a physician, entrepreneur, and business leader. Dr. Keene attended Georgetown University School of Medicine on a full military scholarship and graduated with multiple honors. He received his residency training at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Upon completing his residency, Dr. Keene served as a Major in the United States Air Force. After serving his country, Dr. Keene Co-founded the Scottsdale Center for the Advancement of Neuroscience (S.C.A.N.), an internationally recognized "Center of Neuroscience Excellence." The success of S.C.A.N. caught the attention of several Fortune 500 healthcare companies, including Medco Health Solutions (NYSE: MHS). He joined Medco and served as Vice President in order to create and direct their Neuroscience Therapeutic Resource Center, developing programs that brought value to the company while improving the lives of 10 million patients. In addition to his work as a physician and leader in professional education/clinical program development, Dr. Keene's corporate experiences and entrepreneurial spirit have afforded him the opportunity to manage and invest in several real estate/business developments. He owns/manages multiple investments nationwide, encompassing farming, fuel storage, healthcare, retail, and multifamily projects. Dr. Keene is the author of the award-winning book Chocolate is My Kryptonite: Feeding Your Feelings / How to Survive the Forces of Food. He served as a consultant to The Oprah Winfrey Show, America Talks Health, Wall Street, and several national periodicals. He currently directs one of Arizona’s premiere outpatient chemical dependency treatment programs and serves as a consultant to multiple pharmaceutical companies as well as The Arizona Medical Board David A. Stone, PhD Dr. Stone is an entrepreneur, sales leader, and psychologist. Dr. Stone received his doctorate from Michigan State University with an emphasis in neuropsychology.  He received his residency training at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.  Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Stone served as a Captain in the United States Air Force. Dr. Stone had earlier received his master’s degree in counseling psychology during which time he co-authored two research studies on personality assessment. After serving his country, Dr. Stone pivoted into professional sales. He spent the next 20 years in a variety of roles in business-to-business technology sales.  Most of Dr. Stone’s time was spent with Convergint culminating in his promotion to Sales Director for the Seattle branch. He had leadership responsibility for 13 colleagues and $50,000,000 in yearly revenue.  Dr. Stone’s team repeatedly exceeded sales goals and in 2018 was named the Convergint global branch of the year.  Dr. Stone completed his tenure with Convergint by serving as the Program Manager for the Convergint Development Program.  In this role, Dr. Stone recruited, on-boarded, trained, and coached over 100 new sales and operations colleagues. During Covid, Dr. Stone discovered an interest in creating games to lessen the isolation people were feeling during that time. In 2021 Dr. Stone formed Doozy Games and began self-publishing games.  His first game, Doozy Dice, is an award-winning game of strategy and chance.  Dr. Stone is in the process of bringing 3 more games to market to include Boozy Dice, Kadoozy, and Think Like a Shrink.  Dr, Stone has been nominated for the MoJo Nation Top 100 which is a list of the 100 most influential figures currently working in the world of toys and games. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#900 Economist and author Loretta Napoleoni on Techno-Capitalism

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: LORETTA NAPOLEONI A Fulbright scholar at Johns Hopkins University and the London School of Economics, in the early 1980s she began her professional career as an economist in Hungary, Russia and the city of London. In the mid-90s, when she was one of the people chosen by the Red Brigades to relate their story, she began analyzing terrorism collecting information, data and interviewing several armed groups. In 2003 she published Terror Incorporated, the first comprehensive book on the financing of terrorism, and she began consulting governments and international organizations on this topic. Among her many achievements, Napoleoni served as Chairman of the countering terrorism financing group of the Club de Madrid, lectured at the Judge Business School in Cambridge on business ethics, was a TED and TEDx speaker, and sat on the board of the Journalism Fund Europe for financing investigative and independent journalism. Napoleoni is an international speaker and a contributor to several newspapers including El Pais, La Repubblica, and the Chicago Tribune. She is also a commentator for BBC, Sky, CNN and many other media outlets. She is the author of several international bestsellers including Rogue Economics, Maonomics, and Terror Nation. Her books have been translated into twenty-one languages. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#889 Will Van Derveer MD on the future of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy

Bio Will Van Derveer, MD is co-founder of the Integrative Psychiatry Institute, which offers comprehensive training for mental health professionals in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and other continuing education programs. He is medical director of Integrative Psychiatry Center of Boulder, CO, providing integrative psychiatry for a broad range of conditions and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy for treatment-resistant depression and PTSD. In addition to his clinical practice and teaching, he has been involved with several studies sponsored by MAPS, investigating MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD, a breakthrough treatment which could be approved in late 2024 by FDA. Dr. Van Derveer earned his M.D. from Vanderbilt University and B.A. from University of Pennsylvania. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#888 Psychiatrist James Champion D.O. on Medical School Adventures

James Champion D.O. is a psychiatrist practicing in Appalachia. He supervises psychiatry residents, teaches medical students, and collaborates with nurse practitioners. He has a D.O. degree from an Appalachian medical school and lives in Tennessee. Adventures of an American Medical Student, a novel, is his first book. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#887 Dr. Heather Sandison on On Improving Brain Health

Dr. Heather Sandison is a renowned naturopathic doctor specializing in neurocognitive medicine and the founder of Solcere Health Clinic, San Diego’s premier brain optimization clinic, and Marama, the first residential memory care facility to have the goal of returning cognitively declined residents to independent living. She has dedicated her career to supporting those suffering with dementia and is the primary author of the peer reviewed research “Observed Improvement in Cognition During a Personalized Lifestyle Intervention in People with Cognitive Decline” published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Sandison hosts the annual online Reverse Alzheimer’s summit where she shares cutting-edge and tried-and-true insight into what is possible for those suffering with dementia. She is excited to shatter common misconceptions about Alzheimer’s and share what she has learned about keeping your brain sharp at any age. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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David Borkenhagen PhD on time, space and Jungian architecture

Bio: David Borkenhagen is a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Mathison Centre for Mental Health where he researches community-based interventions for mental health. He completed his PhD in Psychology at the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Dr. Colin Ellard and holds a Bachelors in Neuroscience from McGill University. He uses the methods of behavioural science and research psychology to generate meaningful insights for designers about the effects of urban and architectural design on human health and wellbeing. Examples include developing a data-driven methodology to measure liveability in inner-city communities, conducting user evaluations of aging-in-place laneway housing, and conducting mock-up evaluations of a universal operating room design for the Vancouver General Hospital. In addition to his research work, David also writes theory articles that combine recent insights from philosophy, cognitive science, and neuroscience with contemporary discourses in architecture to better account for the profound effects space has on thought. His writing has appeared in Aeon, Psyche, and the blog of the Journal of the History of Ideas. Twitter: @posts_modern Google Scholar: Essays referred to in the interview: Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute  
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#885 Stephen Whiteside PhD on A Parent’s Guide to Treating Childhood Anxiety and OCD

Bio Stephen P. H. Whiteside, Ph.D. is a Board-Certified Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Psychology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, and Director of the Pediatric Anxiety Disorders Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He received a BA in Psychology from Northwestern University and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky before completing a pre-doctoral internship in Pediatric Psychology at the Geisinger Medical Center and a postdoctoral fellowship in Child and Family Medical Psychology at the Mayo Clinic. His research focuses on improving access to evidence-based care for pediatric anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder through the development of effective and efficient treatments facilitated by technology. He has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the International OCD Foundation, and the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. He has published over 80 scientific articles, co-authored the books Exposure Therapy for Child and Adolescent Anxiety and OCD, Exposure Therapy for Anxiety: Principles and Practice (2nd Ed), and Anxiety Coach: A Parent’s Guide to Treating Childhood Anxiety and OCD. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#884 Psychiatrist Arash Javanbakht MD on Harnessing Fear and Anxiety

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#833 Shawn Giammattei, PhD on family therapy with gender-sensitive folk

Dr. Shawn Giammattei (he/him) is the founder of Quest Family Therapy and is a licensed family psychologist in Northern California, who specializes in couple and family therapy with a focus on the treatment of gender incongruence in children, adolescents and adults, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couple and family issues. (he/him) is the founder of Quest Family Therapy and is a licensed family psychologist in Northern California, who specializes in couple and family therapy with a focus on the treatment of gender incongruence in children, adolescents and adults, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couple and family issues. Quest family Therapy Transfamilyallliance Gender Health Training Institute Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#882 Michael Tierno on psychedelics, transformation, and sacred sexuality

Bio  Michael Tierno embarked on his transformative journey into expanded states in 2016. Initially a staunch rational materialist (physicalist), Tierno's perspective shifted profoundly after his first spiritual journey to Peru, where he experienced the power of ayahuasca. This pivotal moment cracked open his heart and led him to realize the interconnectedness of all life, the importance of living without fear, and the presence of divine energies within. Tierno's work is now dedicated to guiding others through expanded states modalities, leveraging his deep understanding of these practices to support individuals in breaking free from limiting patterns and connecting with their untapped wisdom. Tierno offers a range of services, including guidance in expanded states,Men of Integrity retreats, a multi-modality men's retreat in North America and Heart Sanctuary, an ayahuasca retreat center in Peru's Sacred Valley.  His approach is deeply rooted in the belief that expanded states can facilitate major beneficial impacts on conditions like trauma, depression, PTSD, anxiety, and addictions, by connecting individuals with their divine essence and inducing mystical experiences. Tierno shares insights on authenticity, vulnerability, and the dual paths to enlightenment through his website and personal writings, emphasizing the importance of embracing life's offerings and expanding personal boundaries. He advocates for emotional openness and authenticity as key components of a fulfilled life. According to Tierno, his work is a testament to the transformative power of expanded states and the potential for personal growth and healing they hold. [email protected] Michael's website Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#881 Scott Bonn, PhD on The Fascination with Serial Killers

Dr. Scott Bonn is a criminologist, podcast host, TV commentator, public speaker and author of the best-selling popular culture book Why We Love Serial Killers: The Curious Appeal of the World’s Most Savage Murderers. He provides expert commentary and analysis for a number of high-profile true crime TV shows and documentaries on A&E, Discovery Network, Oxygen, Investigation Discovery and Travel Channel. Bonn authored the critically acclaimed sociology book Mass Deception: Moral Panic and the U.S. War on Iraq. His fact-based crime thriller novel, Evil Guardian, was inspired by his correspondence with notorious, real-life serial killers David Berkowitz (Son of Sam) and Dennis Rader (Bind, Torture, Kill). Bonn is an expert on criminal behavior and is highly respected for answering the puzzling question of “why the perpetrator did it” in complex murder cases. He makes the seemingly incomprehensible both understandable and highly entertaining for his audience. He examines many types of criminal activity in his Psychology Today blog titled “Wicked Deeds” that hasbeen visited nearly 12 million times. He has more than 15,000 social media followers. Bonn was an award-winning criminology and sociology professor at Drew University in Madison, NJ, from 2007-2017. Prior to becoming a criminologist, Bonn was an advertising and media executive in New York, serving in the roles of Vice President, Client Marketing, at NBC TV Network, and Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, at The BOX Music TV Network and SonicNet during the 1990’s. Dr. Bonn holds a Ph.D. in Sociology (Criminology) and an M.S. in Criminal Justice. He resides in Las Vegas, NV, with his wife and son. Monday, February 3 2024 at 10 am Pacific [email protected] 305-632-7500. Dr. Scott Bonn website Link to City Winery tickets Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#880 Brian Klaas on Chance, Chaos, and Why Everything We Do Matters

Dr. Brian Klaas is an Associate Professor in Global Politics at University College London and a contributing writer for The Atlantic. He is also the author of the book Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us and host of the Power Corrupts podcast. Dr. Klaas is an expert on democracy, authoritarianism, US foreign policy, American politics more generally, political violence, and elections. He has previously authored three books: "The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy" ; "The Despot's Accomplice: How the West is Aiding & Abetting the Decline of Democracy," and "How to Rig an Election" (Yale University Press, co-authored with Professor Nic Cheeseman; Klaas has advised governments, US political campaigns, NATO, the European Union, multi-billion dollar investors, international NGOs, and international politicians. Dr. Klaas has extensive experience working in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and United States politics. Klaas, an American, speaks French and is proficient in Arabic in addition to his native English.  He received his DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford (New College), an MPhil in Comparative Government from the University of Oxford (St. Antony's), and a Bachelor of Arts (Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa) from Carleton College. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute  
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#879 Philosophy Prof. Ami Harbin on the ethical importance of fearing well

Ami Harbin is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies at Oakland University (Michigan, USA). Her research is in moral psychology, feminist philosophy, and bioethics. She is the author of Fearing Together: Ethics for Insecurity (Oxford 2023) and Disorientation and Moral Life (Oxford 2016). Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#878 Stephen Aizenstat PhD discussing his new book The Creative Matrix

STEPHEN AIZENSTAT, Ph.D., is the founder of Pacifica Graduate Institute, Dream Tending, and the Academy of Imaginal Arts and Sciences. For more than 35 years, he has explored the power of dreams through depth psychology. He has collaborated with Joseph Campbell, Marion Woodman, Robert Johnson, James Hillman, and Native elders worldwide. He conducts dreamwork and imagination seminars throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. For more, visit Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#877 Enrico Gnaulati PhD on A Guide to Lasting Intimate Relationships

Enrico Gnaulati Ph.D. is a frequent contributor to national publications like The Atlantic, Salon, and The Huffington Post, Gnaulati is also sought-after public speaker and radio guest. He is a nationally-recognized reformer of mental health practice and policy, has published numerous articles in both academic journals and popular magazines, and is the author of multiple acclaimed books, including Flourishing Love: A Secular Guide to Lasting Intimate Relationships (Karnac Books, 2023); Saving Talk Therapy: How Health Insurers, Big Pharma, and Slanted Science are Ruining Good Mental Health Care (Beacon Press, 2018), and Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior Is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (Beacon Press, Sept. 2013). He is in private practice in Pasadena, California. Education * Ph.D., clinical psychology, Columbia University, child and adolescent assessment and therapy track (1996) * M.Phil., M.Sc., clinical psychology, Columbia University (1994) * post-graduate research, University of Washington (1988-1990) *M.A., psychology, Seattle University (1987) * B.A., American studies; minor, philosophy, California StCte University,  Fullerton (1985) Academic Teaching and Research * Lecturer, child & family studies and psychology departments, California State University, Los  Angeles (1998-2004) * Adjunct Professor of Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles campus (1998-2000) * Adjunct Professor of Psychology, City College, City University, NYC (1994-1995). Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#876 Clinical Psychologist Dr. Keith Sutton on Working Systemically with Individuals, Couples and Families for Lasting Change

W. Keith Sutton, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist and director of the Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. He has been working with children, adolescents and their families since 1998 in teens shelters, a residential treatment program, a wilderness program, drug and alcohol outpatient program, schools, community clinics, an in-home therapy program, and in private practice. Dr. Sutton is trained in Narrative Family Therapy, Brief Strategic Family Therapy, Family Based Therapy for Anorexia, Attachment Based Family Therapy, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy, Strategic Family Therapy, MRI Model of Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Parenting with Love and Limits, and Behavioral Parent Therapy. Dr. Sutton was on the Strategic Family Therapy team at the Mental Research Institute, and currently teaches and supervises therapists and therapists in training in family therapy through his Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy and it’s associated nonprofit, Bay Area Community Counseling. He and his colleague, James Keim, LCSW, have developed their integrative, transdiagnostic four stage approach to working with families called Evolving Structural-Strategic Family Therapy (ESSFT). Private Practice with offices in San Francisco & Corte Madera and available via Zoom throughout California You can begin your web crawl by going to his website at, Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Director of Bay Area Community Counseling (BACC) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Director of the Family Institute of Berkeley  Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) Supervisor Past President of the Association of Family Therapists of Northern California  Founder of Bay Area Therapists Specializing in Adolescents  Host of the podcast Therapy On The Cutting Edge  Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#875 UK Prof. Matthew Smith on The Mental Health Crisis in The U.S.

Matthew Smith is Professor of Health History at the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare.  He is the author of The First Resort: The History of Social Psychiatry in the United States (Columbia UP, 2023) and has written or co-edited many other books on the history of mental health and psychiatry, food and nutrition and allergy and immunology.  Among these are the award-winning Hyperactive: The Controversial History of ADHD (Reaktion, 2012) and Another Person’s Poison: A History of Food Allergy (Columbia UP, 2015). Strathclyde website: Personal website: The article referred to in the interview: Email: [email protected] Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#874 Jungian therapist Stephen Rowley on his Memoir of Adoption and Destiny

Stephen Rowley, PhD, is a psychotherapist practicing on Bainbridge Island, Washington. With the publication of his new book, The Lost Coin: A Memoir of Adoption and Destiny (Chiron Publications), he also has become an author. He previously enjoyed a 40-year career as an elementary school teacher and principal, and a school district superintendent in Washington State and California. He has also been a professor at three universities, teaching educational administration and organizational theory. Steve’s academic background includes a BA from the University of Wisconsin. He holds a PhD in Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#873 The Geography of The Soul with Dr. Royce Fitts

Bio Dr. Royce Fitts is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in five U.S. states, an ordained minister, and lover of Process Theology. He holds a Doctor of Ministry in pastoral counseling. Royce is a certified Spiritual Care Professional in The American Association for Clinical and Pastoral Education and a Clinical Fellow in The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He has served as a Military and Family Life Counselor for active U.S. military members and families. Royce also has an online practice dedicated to open-hearted, spiritual counseling and dream work. Royce enjoys slow running and hiking everywhere from his beloved Nebraska prairie to crowded urban centers. Above all, he is a lover of dreams, even the dreams that shake, confound, and terrify. They are, he believes, an ancient inner compass, perhaps one of our deepest instinctual energies, that will always guide us—and our world—into healing, wholeness, and beauty. To learn how you can connect with Royce about his spiritual counseling and dreamwork: Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#872 Family Therapist Dr. Mark Karris on Religious Trauma

Dr. Mark Gregory Karris is a compassionate and dedicated licensed marriage and family therapist, empowering individuals and couples to embark on transformative journeys to healing and self-discovery. Based in the vibrant city of San Diego, California, Mark's extensive expertise encompasses the realms of religious trauma, men's issues, and couples therapy. Mark earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Nyack College, followed by a Masters of Counseling from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. His thirst for knowledge led him to an intensive Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School and ultimately a PsyD from Alliant International University, with a specialized focus on Marriage and Family Therapy. Mark has traveled internationally for the Red Cross, conducting workshops on stress, trauma, anger, and communication. His passion for sharing knowledge has also led him to conduct numerous workshops over the years on relationships, shame and self-criticism, self-compassion, and attachment theory and religion. Mark's extensive knowledge on religious trauma has also found its way onto dozens of podcasts and television, where he has engaged in important conversations about the significant issue this emerging topic. A celebrated author, Mark's impactful books, "Religious Refugees: (De)Constructing Toward Spiritual and Emotional Healing" and "The Diabolical Trinity: Healing Religious Trauma Due to Believing in a Wrathful God, Tormenting Hell, and a Sinful Self," have touched the lives of countless readers, offering profound insights and guidance on their path to emotional well-being. Mark's therapeutic approach is holistic, integrative, and experiential. He believes in engaging the mind, body, spirit, and emotions, drawing from a diverse range of therapeutic modalities. From psychodynamic and intensive short-term dynamic therapy to internal family systems, cognitive-behavioral, somatic-based, and spiritual approaches. He has also undergone extensive training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, ensuring that his couples receive the most effective and empathetic care. Mark’s book on couple relationships will come out in 2024. Visit to discover more about his work. Here is a link to Mark’s Book, The Diabolical Trinity-  Here is a link to Mark’s YouTube Channel: Here is a link to Mark’s Website: Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#871 Psychoanalyst Alan Karbelnig PhD on The Art of Depth Psychotherapy

Dr. Karbelnig practices psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Pasadena, California, working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. He’s earned two PhDs, one in Counseling Psychology from USC in 1986, and another one in Psychoanalysis from the New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP) in 1996. Shortly thereafter, he achieved Certification in Psychoanalysis by the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), ultimately earning the status of a Supervising and Training Psychoanalyst. Further, he founded, serves on the Board of Directors of, and teaches at Rose City Center—a not-for-profit psychoanalytic psychotherapy clinic serving the economically disadvantaged throughout California. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Karbelnig lectures locally, nationally and internationally including in Hong Kong and Beijing, China, in Delhi and Ahmedabad, India, and in Tel Aviv, Israel. A scholar in psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, mental health law and ethics, Dr. Karbelnig also enjoys writing. He has published numerous book chapters as well as scholarly articles. He writes a weekly Substack newsletter entitled, Journeys to the Unconscious Mind, and authored Lover, Exorcist, Critic: Understanding Depth Psychotherapy (Phoenix Press, UK). Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute  
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#870 Psychologist Dr. Deborah Serani on Living with Depression

Deborah Serani, Psy.D., is a psychologist in private practice in New York. She is a senior professor at Adelphi University, publishing academic articles on depression and trauma. She has appeared as an expert on various media outlets including ABC, CNN, Newsday, the New York Times, Psychology Today, and the Washington Post, and has also appeared on radio shows on CBS, NPR, and more.  Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#869 Clinical Psychiatrist Thomas Verny on Cellular Memory and Consciousness

Thomas R. Verny is a clinical psychiatrist and the author of eight of books, including The Secret Life of the Unborn Child, which was published in 27 countries and 47 scientific papers. His most recent book is The Embodied Mind: Understanding the Mysteries of Cellular Memory, Consciousness, and Our Bodies. He has previously taught at Harvard University, the University of Toronto, York University (Toronto), and St. Mary’s University. He is also a podcaster, and his podcast, Pushing Boundaries with Dr. Thomas R. Verny, can be found on all the usual channels. Website: Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#868 Harvard Professor David Rosmarin PhD on Thriving with Anxiety

David H. Rosmarin, PhD, is the founder of Center for Anxiety (New York, Boston, Princeton), an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, and director of the McLean Hospital Spirituality & Mental Health Program. He is a clinical innovator in the treatment of anxiety, a board-certified clinical psychologist, and a peer-reviewed scholar. Dr. Rosmarin has helped thousands of patients and organizations learn how to live happier and more productive lives. For over two decades, he has taught people to overcome the stigmas associated with anxiety by embracing all of our human emotions to learn from them and thrive. His newest book, THRIVING WITH ANXIETY 9 Tools To Make Your Anxiety Work For You, was recently released. For further information go to: Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#867 Jocelyn Eve LICSW on Group Therapy for Traumatized Men

Jocelyn Eve is a white, neurodivergent human, and a trauma informed group therapist serving LGBTQIA+ folks. She is a loving Auntie, dog mom, and ambivert based in occupied Massachusett Tribe / Cambridge, MA. Jocelyn dreams of radical recovery, healing & thriving! She spends her days scheming creative, integrative, healing spaces and fostering radical community to work in synergy towards that end. She is a community builder dedicated to mutually uplifting women, gnc & trans people, in service of the larger urgent anti-colonial & anti-capitalist imperative to restore and remediate this earth. She received her Masters of Social Work at Smith College and her Bachelor’s degree in Human Rights. For the past decade she has worked in various mental health and psychiatric settings ranging from therapeutic mentorship and home based work to inpatient and intensive outpatient services. She has in-depth experience working with those who hold a wide array of complex, intersecting identities. She has long been committed to the field of domestic violence/intimate partner violence. Working with underserved populations, particularly those with chronic and severe mental illness, she pursued training in compassion mind training, SMART recovery, and metacognitive therapy in an intensive outpatient dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT) program. She aims to provide person-centered, strength-based, and trauma aware care. She likes to incorporate expressive and mindfulness-based therapies into her work, whenever helpful. Her treatment approach is also grounded in relational and attachment theories, Internal Family Systems and framed by social justice. Her practice is rooted in the belief that each of us are inherently whole and deserving of joy, freedom, and care. She models non-judgement, radical acceptance, and curiosity in her group offerings to break relational cycles keeping us stuck in disconnection. You can learn more about her work at Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#866 Jon Frederickson MSW on Healing Through Relating

Jon Frederickson, MSW, is on the faculty of the Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry. He has been on the faculty of the Laboratorium Psykoeducaji in Warsaw and has taught at the Ersta Skondal Hogskole in Stockholm. Jon has provided ISTDP training in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Italy, India, Iran, Australia, Canada, the United States, and the Netherlands. He is the author of over fifty published papers and four books, Co-Creating Change: Effective Dynamic Therapy Techniques; Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Learning to Listen from Multiple Perspectives; The Lies We Tell Ourselves: How to Face the Truth, Accept Yourself, and Create a Better Life; and Co-Creating Safety: Healing the Fragile Patient. His book Co-Creating Change won first prize in psychiatry in 2014 at the British Medical Association Book Awards. It has been published in Farsi, Polish, and Slovak and is forthcoming in Spanish and Hebrew. The Lies We Tell Ourselves has been published in Polish, Farsi, Danish, Slovak, and Norwegian and is forthcoming in Arabic, German, Chinese, and Bulgarian. Jon has DVDs of actual sessions with patients who previously failed in therapy at his websites and At these sites you will also find other skill-building exercises designed for therapists. Additionally, Jon answers therapists’ questions on their work at Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#865 Stephen and Seth Porges discuss their new book Our Polyvagal World

Bio Stephen W. Porges, PhD, is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute. He is professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and professor emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He is the originator of the Polyvagal Theory, creator of a music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol, and a founder of the Polyvagal Institute. Seth Porges is a journalist and filmmaker. He wrote, produced, and directed the hit film Class Action Park, which debuted at number one on HBO Max, was nominated for a Critics Choice Documentary Award, and won Best Documentary at the 2021 Hollywood Critics Association Film Awards. He is currently directing an upcoming film for a major streaming service, as well as a documentary about professional pickleball. Seth was previously a technology editor at Popular Mechanics magazine, a columnist for Bloomberg Businessweek, and has appeared in roughly 50 episodes of the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#864 Interview with celebrity animal ecologist Karl Amman

Karl Ammann uncovers wildlife trafficking, poaching and other forms of brutal exploitation of the planet’s most iconic species. Circumventing red tape and challenging the status quo established by governments and supranational bodies, he discloses the shameful silence of international bodies and puts names and responsibilities behind the ongoing death of nature. He is a leader of the campaign that gained worldwide recognition of the bush meat crisis in Africa. He is an advisory director to several organizations, including The World Society for the Protection of Animals , The Cheetah Conservation Fund, and The Biosynergy Institute. After studying at St. Gall Graduate School of Economics and graduating from Cornell University’s Hotel Management School in 1974, Karl worked on new project development and marketing for InterContinental Hotels, first in Kinshasa where he helped to organize the famous “Rumble in the Jungle” with Muhammad Ali, and then worldwide, traveling to over 100 countries. Karl first recognized the scale of the bush meat trade in 1988, while traveling on one of the legendary Zaire River boats. Since then, he carries a camera as his sidearm, shooting scenes of chimpanzees, gorillas and other wild animals being butchered for sale as expensive bush meat. One of his priorities has been researching the status of the apes in Africa and Asia, which exposed the bush meat trade and the illegal trafficking of orphans. In the process, he also initiated decade-long ape research and conservation projects in the northern Congo. More recently he produced a series of documentaries exposing the trade of wildlife products and live animals, illustrating the little known characteristics of the demand side. Ammann’s reports and documentaries convinced the European Parliament and leaders of over twenty African states to sign a proclamation against the slaughter of apes and caused the government of Cameroon to convene a national conference on the illegal bush meat trade. For this work, he received the Dolly Green Award for Artistic Achievement at the 11th annual Genesis Awards banquet in Los Angeles in April 1997. Throughout his career, Ammann has won a wide range of awards, including TIME Magazine’s Heroes of the Environment. [email protected] Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#863 Jungian Analyst Michael Gellert LCSW on his new book Legacy of Darkness and Light

Michael Gellert was born and raised in Montreal. The son of Hungarian Holocaust survivors, he was educated in rabbinic Judaism. Traveling at age nineteen overland from Europe to India and throughout the Indian subcontinent, he had a close brush with death, an experience described later in his first book, Modern Mysticism. He studied with Marshall McLuhan at the University of Toronto and trained with the renowned Zen master Kōun Yamada in Japan for two years. He served as a humanities professor at Vanier College, Montreal, and as a lecturer in religious studies at Hunter College of the City University of New York. He managed an employee assistance program for the City of New York and has been a mental health consultant for the University of Southern California and Time magazine. Michael is a Jungian analyst practicing in West Los Angeles. He was formerly Director of Training and is currently an instructor at the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. His other books include The Way of the Small (winner of Spirituality & Practice’s Book Award for One of the Best Spiritual Books of 2007), America’s Identity Crisis, The Divine Mind (the latter two each receiving a Nautilus Book Award), Far From This Land: A Memoir About Evolution, Love, and the Afterlife, and Legacy of Darkness and Light: Our Cultural Icons and Their God Complex. His website is Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#862 Jill Stodard PhD on how to deal with feelings of being an imposter

Jill Stoddard, PhD, is passionate about sharing science-backed ideas from psychology to help people thrive. She is a psychologist, TEDx speaker, award-winning teacher, peer-reviewed ACT trainer, and co-host of the popular Psychologists Off the Clock podcast. Dr. Stoddard is the author of two other books: Be Mighty: A Woman's Guide to Liberation from Anxiety, Worry, and Stress Using Mindfulness and Acceptance and The Big Book of ACT Metaphors: A Practitioner's Guide to Experiential Exercises and Metaphors in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Her writing has also appeared in Psychology Today, Scary Mommy, Thrive Global, The Good Men Project, and Mindful Return. She regularly appears on podcasts and as an expert source for various media outlets. She lives in Newburyport, MA with her husband, two kids, and silly French Bulldog. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#861 Peter H. Kim PhD on How To Repair Trust

Dr. Peter H. Kim is a professor of management and organization at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. His research on trust has been published in numerous scholarly journals, received ten national/international awards, and has been featured by the New York Times, Washington Post, and National Public Radio.    He has spent two decades building a body of scientific knowledge around the topic of trust, a field that had previously been largely undeveloped. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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Allen Sussman MD discussing his book Saving The Art of Medicine

Allen Sussman MD was a board-certified endocrinologist in private practice for thirty- four years as well as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington. As co-founder and President of Rainier Clinical Research Center, he was involved in hundreds of evidence-based studies and the development of ground-breaking technology for the treatment of diabetes. He also served as Director of Alternative Medical Services at Valley Medical Center and participated in a Washington State Commission Taskforce to systematize standards of practice within alternative medicine.  Married to his soulmate Melanie for over thirty years, he raised with her two sons, who both became doctors. Today, Dr. Sussman lives in Seattle, Washington, where he meditates every day in a beautiful Zen garden of his own design. His interests range from Buddhist philosophy to the science of consciousness and beyond. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute  
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#859 UK Professor Harriet Sams on Ecotherapy and Arcaeotherapy

Harriet Sams researches, teaches, mentors, and facilitates ecotherapy and archaeotherapy. She works for the Buddhist ecotherapy charity, Tariki Trust, UK (, and co-hosts Earth Exchange Cafés for the US eco-resiliency, eco-art, and landscape belonging charity, Radical Joy for Hard Times ( She co-facilitates ‘Through the Door’ imaginal workshops for the Climate Psychology Alliance ( Her writing has been published on widely ranging but interconnected threads such as myth, archaeology, Earth-based spirituality, environmental art, and climate/ecological chaos. Harriet is currently researching for her PhD in archaeotherapy at Bournemouth University. Harriet can be contacted through her website: where you can also follow workshops, talks and courses that she is giving. In the conversation, we also discussed Druidry – and you can find out more here: Harriet Sams [email protected] Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#858 Psychiatrist Paul Corona MD on alternative approaches to treating mental illness

Paul D Corona MD was born and raised in Southern California. He attended the University of Southern California from 1980-1984, receiving a BS degree in Biology/Premed. From there he went to Medical school at New York Medical College, and then a three - year residency program in family practice at California Hospital in Los Angeles. After the first decade in Family Medicine, he decided to move full time into psychiatry, combining both into "Mind Body Medicine." He then decided to dedicate the rest of his career to patient care and teaching patients and Doctors alike the emotional and physical benefits of “this revolutionary medical solution. “ Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#857 Human rights expert Robert L. Okin MD on the vicious cycle of homelessness and mental illness

Robert L. Okin, MD, is a world-recognized expert on human rights for the mentally disabled. He served as chief of service of the San Francisco General Hospital Department of Psychiatry, where he oversaw the development of crucial services for patients with acute and chronic mental illness. He was also professor and vice chair of the UC San Francisco School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. In 2009, he received the American Psychiatric Association's prestigious Human Rights Award for his work in developing countries. He is the author of Silent Voices: People with Mental Disorders on the Street (2nd edition, August 2023). Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#856 UK Writer Tim Lott Reflects on Alan Watts, Mental Health and Consciousness

Tim Lott was born in Southall, West London in 1956. After a career in journalism, his first book, The Scent of Dried Roses, a memoir, was published in 1996 and won the PEN/JR Ackerley Prize for Autobiography.  His first novel, White City Blue, (1999) a contemporary portrait of friendship and rivalry between a group of young single men, won the Whitbread First Novel Award. It was followed Rumours of Hurricane (2002), a portrait of working class life in Britain in the 1980’s, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award. Follow Tim at, @timlottwriter and for information about Alan Watts. Here are the two articles mentioned in the interview Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#855 Dr. Dave interviews Dr. Kirk Honda about his very successful podcast Psychology In Seattle

Psychology In Seattle ® is a podcast and YouTube channel that is both educational and entertaining. The host, Dr. Kirk Honda, PsyD, LMFT has a Doctorate in Psychology, a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, and has been working as a psychotherapist since 1996 and a professor since 1998. The Psychology in Seattle podcast and YouTube channel's mission is to attempt to make the world a better place by providing educational and engaging content on psychology, psychotherapy, and culture. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#854 Psychologist and podcaster Kirk Honda PhD interviews Dr. Dave

Psychology In Seattle ® is a podcast and YouTube channel that is both educational and entertaining. The host, Dr. Kirk Honda, PsyD, LMFT has a Doctorate in Psychology, a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, and has been working as a psychotherapist since 1996 and a professor since 1998. The Psychology in Seattle podcast and YouTube channel's mission is to attempt to make the world a better place by providing educational and engaging content on psychology, psychotherapy, and culture. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#853 Evolutionary Psychologist Michael Mills PhD on The Environmental Crisis

Michael Mills is an evolutionary psychologist at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). He earned his B.A. from UC Santa Cruz and his Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara. He has served as Chair, and as the Director of the Graduate Program, at the LMU Psychology Department. He serves on several editorial boards including Evolutionary Psychology; Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology; Sexuality and Culture; The Sage Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology; Journal of Open Inquiry in Behavioral Science. His research and teaching interests focus on adaptationist approaches to human behavior, including the development of a novel evolutionary theory of motivation (competing with Maslow’s model), evolutionary approaches to sustainability, as well as explorations of evolved sexually dimorphic psychological adaptations and their manifestations across cultures (open access textbook) Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#852 TM CEO Dr. Tony Nader On One Unbounded Ocean of Consciousness

BIO Tony Nader, MD, PhD, is a medical doctor trained at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD in neuroscience) and a globally recognized expert in the science of consciousness and human development. His training includes internal medicine, psychiatry, and neurology. He's the successor to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and the head of the Transcendental Meditation organizations around the world. He was appointed assistant director of clinical research at MIT and was a clinical research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He conducted research in neurochemistry and neuroendocrinology; the relationship between diet, age, behavior, mood, seasonal influences, and hormonal activity; and the role of neurotransmitter precursors in medicine. Dr. Nader has discussed his expertise at academic institutions such as Harvard Business School on The Neuroscience of Transcendence, Stanford University, where he gave talks in a series entitled “Hacking Consciousness.” as well as the keynote speaker for a conference at the House of Commons, British Parliament where his unique expertise in the knowledge of East and West has also been recognized by the National Health Service. His research has been published in Neurology, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Journal of Gerontology, Progress in Brain Research, and other journals. He has received many awards for his humanitarian work, most recently during the Venice Film Festival, Better World Fund event by film icon Catherine Deneuve. Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1955. He came to the U.S. in 1983 and currently he and his family are French citizens. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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 #851 UK Psychology Journalist Tanith Carey on How to Recapture Life’s Highs

Tanith Carey is an award-winning writer and author of 12 books on psychology, parenting and social history which have been published in over 35 languages. Her pieces have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the world, from the Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times to The Spectator and the Sydney Morning Herald. As a speaker, Tanith has addressed audiences on BBC Radio 4, The Cheltenham Science Festival and the Child Mind Institute in Palo Alto, California. Tanith also holds a Certificate in Therapeutic Skills and Studies. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute  
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#850 Isabella Clarke Interviews MIT Philosopher Keiran Setiya on Accepting Life as Hard

BIO Kieran Setiya is a professor of philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he works on ethics and related questions about human agency and human knowledge. He is the author of Midlife: A Philosophical Guide and Life Is Hard: How Philosophy Can Help Us Find Our Way, which was selected as a Best Book of 2022 by The Economist and The New Yorker. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, the LA Review of Books, the TLS, the London Review of Books, The Atlantic, Aeon, and The Yale Review. Website:; Twitter: @KieranSetiya; Substack: Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute  
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#849 Luana Marques PhD on Transforming Anxiety into Power 

Dr. Luana Marques is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School,  Founder and Director of Community Psychiatry PRIDE at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and former President of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Almost Anxious: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Worry or Distress a Problem?, which has been lauded for its clear and practical approach to effectively dealing with anxiety. Frequently cited as one of the leading experts in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBTs), Dr. Luana has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, CNN, Harvard Business Review, and more. She also has been a frequent guest on television broadcasts such as Good Morning America, Face the Nation, and CNBC and podcasts including Ten Percent Happier and How to Be Awesome at Your Job. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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Swimming in the Sacred: Wisdom from the Psychedelic Underground

Rachel Harris, PhD, is the author of Swimming in the Sacred: Wisdom from the Psychedelic Underground and Listening to Ayahuasca. A psychologist who has been in private practice for 40 years, she spent 10 years in an academic research department where she published more than 40 scientific studies in peer-reviewed journals and received a National Institutes of Health New Investigator’s Award. Rachel splits her time between an island in Maine and the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit her online at Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#847 Yoga Innovator Lisa Knowlton on Morphing Past Trauma

BIO "My fascination with the human form led me to be a very active, observant, inquirer about being human, and I continually learn to love all it is! I have studied thought, form, emotion, energy, and how we express all of these elements throughout our lifetimes. A health nut and philosopher of sorts, I became a yoga practitioner in 1999 and after twenty years as a certified yoga instructor/therapist, I now combine a colorful array of tools individually appropriated to help you develop more loving ways of living! We can express this with movement, voice, frequency shifts that support your growth, personal, private, and hands-on energy influences, or online readings with full engagement between our highest selves to accommodate more free-flowing and willful ways to create an uplifting life!" Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#846 Connie Zweig PhD on Meeting The Shadow on The Spiritual Path

Connie Zweig, Ph.D., a retired psychotherapist and former executive editor at Jeremy P. Tarcher Publishing, is co-author of Meeting the Shadow and Romancing the Shadow and author of the bestseller The Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul and a novel, A Moth to the Flame: The Life of the Sufi Poet Rumi. She has been practicing and teaching meditation for more than 50 years. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute  
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#845 Shannon Duncan on Coming Full Circle: Using Psychedelics to Heal Trauma

Shannon Duncan is an entrepreneur and the author of the landmark book Present Moment Awareness. In his newest book, Coming Full Circle, Duncan shares what he learned during his own intensive, multiyear process of healing trauma with the help of psychedelics. An advocate for those seeking to heal from trauma, he sincerely hopes that sharing what he learned through his experiences will be of service to those who are in need. Shannon lives in California and enjoys spending time with his family, engaging with friends, learning and playing music, expressing himself artistically, cooking, playing with his dogs, and riding fast motorcycles. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#844 Return guest Dr. GayBradshaw on her book Talking With Bears: Conversations with Charlie Russell

Gay Bradshaw, who holds doctorate degrees in ecology and psychology, has been sharing cultures and homes with Animals all her life. For the past twenty-five years, her work has been dedicated to the self-determination and well-being of Wildlife and domesticated Animals. Her diagnosis of Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) among free-living African Elephants sparked a new paradigm of understanding, trans-species psychology. Since 2002, Gay has studied and practiced mindfulness and meditation, and created Nature Mindfulness™  teachings where Animals, Plants and other Earth Beings are active partners in humanity’s evolution of consciousness. This work led to the founding of her nonprofit, The Kerulos Center for Nonviolence (, a teaching center and sanctuary located in Southern Oregon, U.S.A that translates principles of Nature Consciousness into everyday living. Her books include Pulitzer-prize nominated Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us About Humanity (Yale University Press, 2009), Carnivore Minds: Who these Fearsome Animals Really Are (Yale University Press 2017), Talking with Bears: Conversations with Charlie Russell (Rocky Mountain Books, 2020), The Elephant Letters: The Story of Billy and Kani (2014), How Landscapes Change (Springer-Verlag), and Minding the Animal Psyche (Spring 2010). Her most recent book, The Evolved Nest: Nature’s Way of Raising Children and Creating Connected Communities, written with Darcia Narvaez and with a foreword by Gabor Maté, MD, will be published by North Atlantic Books in 2023. Gay is published in academic and popular media including Nature, American Scientist, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, Ethology, and Psychology Today and featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, Forbes, NPR, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Stern, Scandinavian television, The Atlantic, Telegraph, The London Times, ABC’s 20/20, several documentary films, and animal protection media such as AAVS, HSUS, and NEAVS, and Best Friends Magazine. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#843 Amy Meyers PhD LCSW discussing The View From The Other Side of The Couch

BIO I received my PhD and Masters in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work and trained for 10 years in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis. I have enjoyed 30 years working with diverse populations and consider it an honor to be invited into people’s emotional lives. My direct practice, supervisory, and consultation experience include settings such as outpatient mental health, inpatient psychiatry, program development, child welfare, and family court. Additionally, I have provided consultation and trainings for the Administration for Children’s Services and served as Clinical Director of Family Justice, a community and research based organization. I am a Professor and the Director of Field Education at Molloy University on Long Island where I teach courses in Human Behavior Across the Life Span; Diversity: Oppression, Privilege, and Social Justice; Clinical Practice; and, Field Instruction. My interest in family issues led me to carrying out an extensive qualitative research study on sibling abuse, and I have presented nationally on the topic. I recently received the Educating Communities/Diversity Award from Long Island Business News. I am committed to creating inclusive school environments and increasing our primary and secondary school's culturally responsive educational practices. I am excited to produce a podcast launching November 2022 on clinical issues which can be accessed through my website (on the "podcast" tab) or on spotify, apple, or google titled "WWDMD: Insights not Oversights". Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#842 Alissa Hirschfield MFT on Ketamine-Supported therapy in treating loss and grief

Alissa Hirshfeld is a licensed marriage and family therapist, trained EMDR therapist, and certified spiritual director who specializes in grief/loss and trauma. She began to train in psychedelic-assisted therapy when she saw its power to help her heal after her divorce. She received certification through the California institute of Integral Studies and has undergone training in MDMA-assisted therapy with MAPS and in ketamine-assisted therapy with the Polaris Institute and Temenos Center. She worked at Hospice By the Bay for 12 years, where she directed the bereavement program and created innovative programs for adults, children and families. She has authored three books: a memoir describing her personal and professional experience with grief (“This Whole Wide World is Just a Narrow Bridge”), a novel with grief themes (“Living Waters: From Harvard Halls to Sacred Falls”), and “Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Trump Era,” an anthology of essays by a diverse group of women. She currently has a private practice in Santa Rosa, provides ketamine-assisted psychotherapy at two local clinics, and teaches meditation. She also continues to write and is a visual artist. More information is available at Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#841 Sara Schley on her book BrainStorm: From Broken to Blessed on the Bipolar Spectrum

Sara Schley is an international business consultant, speaker, and author who has led organizational transformations at renowned companies around the world. She is a mother, grandmother, community leader, and has been married to a great guy for twenty-six years. She also has a Bipolar II brain, on the Bipolar Spectrum. Sara has kept this mostly secret for four decades. Until now. She is choosing to tell her riveting story—from broken to blessed—to save lives, end the stigma, and optimize healing for millions. Sara lives in the hill towns of Western Massachusetts with her husband, loyal lab, and a steady flow of friends and family. Reach out to Sara at Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#840 Psychologist/Ecologist Gay Bradshaw PhD on Non-Dual Consciousness

G. A BRADSHAW Gay, who holds doctorate degrees in ecology and psychology, has been sharing cultures and homes with Animals all her life. For the past twenty-five years, her work has been dedicated to the self-determination and well-being of Wildlife and domesticated Animals. Her diagnosis of Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) among free-living African Elephants sparked a new paradigm of understanding, trans-species psychology. This is the scientific recognition that animals share common brain structures and capacities with humans that govern thinking, feeling, dreaming, aspirations, and consciousness Since 2002, Gay has studied and practiced mindfulness and meditation, and created Nature Mindfulness™ teachings where Animals, Plants and other Earth Beings are active partners in humanity’s evolution of consciousness. This work led to the founding of her nonprofit, The Kerulos Center for Nonviolence (, a teaching center and sanctuary located in Southern Oregon, U.S.A that translates principles of Nature Consciousness into everyday living. Her books include Pulitzer-prize nominated Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us About Humanity (Yale University Press, 2009), Carnivore Minds: Who these Fearsome Animals Really Are (Yale University Press 2017), Talking with Bears: Conversations with Charlie Russell (Rocky Mountain Books, 2020), The Elephant Letters: The Story of Billy and Kani (2014), How Landscapes Change (Springer-Verlag), and Minding the Animal Psyche (Spring 2010). Her most recent book, The Evolved Nest: Nature’s Way of Raising Children and Creating Connected Communities, written with Darcia Narvaez and with a foreword by Gabor Maté, MD, will be published by North Atlantic Books in 2023. Gay is published in academic and popular media including Nature, American Scientist, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, Ethology, and Psychology Today and featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, Forbes, NPR, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Stern, Scandinavian television, The Atlantic, Telegraph, The London Times, ABC’s 20/20, several documentary films, and animal protection media such as AAVS, HSUS, and NEAVS, and Best Friends Magazine. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#839 Justin Woodbury on Learning to Love, Forgive, and Heal After Emotional and Sexual Abuse

Justin Woodbury was raised on a small farm out in the country on the west side of Ann Arbor, Michigan. A child survivor of church abuse, he decided to start his life over at age thirty in Littleton, Colorado. There, he met his best friend, soulmate, and love of his life, Emily, and they happily married a year later and started their family. Justin began advocating for victims of abuse after he held his son in his arms for the first time and realized the weight of responsibility he would have as a father. Since then, Justin has made it his life's mission to speak out against abuse in all forms and to be a voice for victims, especially those who were abused in a religious setting. When he's not working, Justin enjoys camping, hiking, and, most of all, spending time with Emily and their two beautiful children, Jackson and Juliette. Check out his Website at and get social with Justin on IG | Facebook Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#838 Greg Mahr and Chris Drake on The Wisdom Of Dreams: Science, Synchronicity and The Language of The Soul

BIO Greg Mahr MD is a psychiatrist, a teacher and a writer. He is director of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Dream work and Jungian psychology have been long standing interests of Dr. Mahr. Greg is an avid writer, has published flash fiction and poetry in a variety of medical and literary journals. His poetry chapbook, Open Heart, will be published in March by Celery City Press. Greg is currently collaborating with visionary artist Heather Taylor-Zimmerman. They are producing a set of dream cards and an associated book which will be published later this year by Inner Traditions Press. Chris Drake PhD is the Director of Sleep Research program at Henry Ford Hospital. He has published over 200 clinical papers and has received multiple research grants from the National Institutes of Health for his work on sleep. He is the former Chairman of the National Sleep Foundation and is a section editor for The Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine, the standard textbook used in training programs for physicians specializing in sleep medicine. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#837 Dr. Elaine Leeder on Restorative Justice and Spirituality in Prison Work

BIO Elaine (Sneierson) Leeder is a Professor Emerita of Sociology and the Dean Emerita of the School of Social Sciences at Sonoma State University. She has 48 years of distinguished accomplishments and experience in academia and public service. She has written six books, two of which are currently used in universities in the US and Canada. Leeder has been working in prisons since 1995, currently doing victim/offender dialogues between people who did the harm and those that they harmed. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute See the video of the presentation
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#836 Psychoanalyst Leanne Domash on Graphic Novels as a Resource for Psychological Healing

Leanne Domash, PhD is a psychologist/psychoanalyst, playwright and Embodied Imagination practitioner. Dr. Domash is particularly interested in the creative process as expressed by interdisciplinary exploration. She has published articles integrating neuroscience and psychoanalysis; spirituality and psychoanalysis; and architecture and psycho-analysis. She has lectured and written on the creative process, dreamwork, moments of emotional insight in psycho-analysis, the relationship between art and psychoanalysis, between Kabbalah and psychoanalysis, and the psychology of women and parenthood. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#835 Existential-Humanistic Psychologist Kirk Schneider PhD on Life Enhancing Anxiety

Kirk J. Schneider, PhD, is a leading spokesperson for contemporary existential-humanistic and existential-integrative psychology. Dr. Schneider was a 2022 Candidate for President of the American Psychological Association (APA), a cofounder and current president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (an award-winning psychotherapy training center), and a two-term Member of the Council of Representatives of the APA. He is also past president (2015-2016) of the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32) of the APA, recent past editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2005-2012), a founder and frequent presenter/facilitator of the bridge-building dialogue approach the Experiential Democracy Dialogue, and a trained moderator for the conflict mediation group Braver Angels. Dr. Schneider is also an adjunct faculty member at Saybrook University and Teachers College, Columbia University and an Honorary Member of the Society for Existential Analysis of the UK and the East European Association for Existential Therapy. He received the Rollo May Award for “outstanding and independent contributions” to the field of humanistic psychology from the Society for Humanistic Psychology and is a Fellow of seven Divisions of the APA (5, 9, 32, 42, 12, 29, & 24). His work on existential-integrative psychotherapy has been featured in a special issue of the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration (March, 2016), as well as The Wiley World Handbook of Existential Therapy and the APA’s forthcoming Handbook of Psychotherapy. Dr. Schneider has published over 200 articles, interviews, and chapters and has authored or edited 14 books, including The Paradoxical Self, Horror and the Holy, Rediscovery of Awe, Awakening to Awe, The Spirituality of Awe, The Polarized Mind, The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology, Existential- Humanistic Therapy, Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy, The Wiley World Handbook of Existential Therapy, and The Depolarizing of America: A Guidebook for Social Healing. Dr. Schneider’s work has been featured in Scientific American, the New York Times, USA Today, The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Forbes Health, Psychology Today, BBC World News, and many other health and psychology outlets. For more information on Dr. Schneider's work visit Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#834 Psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman PhD on Transcending Trauma, Fear, and Self-Doubt

Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D., is a cognitive scientist and humanistic psychologist exploring the depths of human potential. He is founder and director of the Center for Human Potential and is an Honorary Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Wellbeing Science. He is author/editor of 10 books, including Choose Growth (with Jordyn Feingold), Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization, Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind, and Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined. He is also host of The Psychology Podcast— the #1 most popular psychology podcast in the world— which has received over 20 million downloads. Dr. Kaufman received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University and has taught courses on intelligence, cognitive science, creativity, and well-being at Columbia University, Yale, NYU, the University of Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. In 2015, he was named one of “50 groundbreaking scientists who are changing the way we see the world” by Business Insider. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#833 Neuroscientist Joe LeDoux PhD on Putting The Mental Back into Mental Health and More

Joseph LeDoux PhD is a University Professor and Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science at New York University, and he directs the Emotional Brain Institute at NYU. His work is focused on the brain mechanisms of emotion, memory, and consciousness. LeDoux has received a number of awards for his research, and he is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences USA. He is also the author of several books, including The Emotional Brain, Synaptic Self, Anxious (2016 APA William James Book Award), and The Deep History of Ourselves (finalist for the 2020 Pen America E.O. Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing). He is the 2023 President-Elect of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. As a sideline, he is the lead singer and songwriter in the rock band, The Amygdaloids, and in the acoustic duo So We Are. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#832 Psychoanalyst Avgi Saketopoulou on Sexuality Beyond Consent

Avgi Saketopoulou is a psychoanalyst and professor who works with transgender kids and their families. Rather than buy into the notion that trauma can be cured, she reroutes our attention to what traumatized subjects do with their pain. Those who surrender to the fact that their pain cannot be eliminated, she argues, are sometimes able to do things with trauma. In this radical alternative to thinking about racialization, consent, and trauma, Avgi dares us to step into a different territory, where we do not guard the self but risk experience. On her website, she describes her work in the following terms: "In my office, located in Union Square, I treat children -as young as age 3- adults, couples, and polycules. I work with a wide array of issues, such as trauma, anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties, and have extensive experience with variant genders, in both children and adults, and queer sexualities. My practice includes a racially and ethnically diverse range of individuals. ​ I trained as a clinical psychologist in NY after having moved to the United States from Greece and Cyprus. I subsequently completed training as a psychoanalyst at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. ​As part of my academic work, I teach at the NYU PostDoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. I am also on the faculties of several other psychoanalytic institutes, such as the William Alanson White Institute, the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, the Stephen Mitchell Relational Center, and the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, where I offer intersectionally-informed courses on psyhosexuality and gender. I also contribute to my field by publishing my own research; by serving on the editorial boards of several academic journals; by leading study groups; and by supervising colleagues' clinical work. In October 2021, I co-chaired the inaugural conference "Laplanche in the States: the Sexual and the Cultural", the first US-based event dedicated to the work of Jean Laplanche (for more information, visit I am also co-executor of the Muriel Dimen Literary Estate which administers Dr. Dimen's archive, as well as the Muriel Dimen Prize -through Div 39- and the Muriel Dimen Grant -through NYU Postdoc." Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#831 Ed Tick PhD on Healing through Dream Incubation, Visions, Oracles and Pilgrimage

Edward Tick, Ph.D., is an internationally-acclaimed transformational psychotherapist, pilgrimage guide, educator, author, and poet. A specialist in archetypal psychotherapy and the healing of violent trauma, he is the author of the forthcoming Soul Medicine, Healing Through Dream Incubation, Visions, Oracles, and Pilgrimage (Inner Traditions, January 2023), along with three collections of poetry and four previous nonfiction books, including The Practice of Dream Healing and War and the Soul. He has been published in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Light of Consciousness Magazine, and more. His works have been translated into Ukrainian, Greek, Vietnamese, Bulgarian, Japanese, and Italian. He lives in central Massachusetts where he runs his private practice while providing ongoing volunteer consultation support to mental health colleagues and troops in Ukraine, Italy, Greece, and Russia. Ed is devoted to healing from millenniums of collective trauma, and to restoring soul and spirit in our modern world. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#830 Law Professor Gaia Bernstein on Recovery from Addictive Technologies

Gaia Bernstein is a Law Professor, Director of the Institute for Privacy Protection and Co-Director of the Gibbons Institute for Law Science and Technology at the Seton Hall University School of Law. She writes teaches and lectures in the intersection of law, technology, health and privacy. Gaia is also the mother of three children who grew up in a world of smartphones, iPads and social networks. Her forthcoming book: Unwired: Gaining Control Over Addictive Technologies shatters the illusion that we can control how much time we spend on our screens by resorting to self-help measures. Unwired shifts the responsibility for a solution from users to the technology industry, which designs its products to addict. The book draws out the legal action that can pressure the technology industry to re-design its products to reduce technology over-use. Gaia has academic degrees in both law and psychology. Her research combines findings from psychology, sociology, science and technology studies with law and policy. Gaia’s research has been featured extensively by the media including the New York Times, Forbes, ABC News and Psychology Today. Gaia has spearheaded the development of the Seton Hall University School of Law Institute for Privacy Protection’s Student-Parent Outreach Program. The nationally acclaimed Outreach Program addresses over-use of screens by focusing on developing a healthy online-offline balance and the impact on privacy and online reputation. It was featured by the Washington Post, CBS Morning News and Common-Sense Media. Gaia delivers lectures to parents and general audiences about the harms of excessive screen time, the effectiveness of self-help measures, and the options for technology re-design through social and legal action Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute  
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#829 Dr. Mike Deninger on a new Eye Movement treatment for resolving trauma

During the first half of his career, Dr. Mike Deninger rose to a leadership position in the education of deaf youth as an administrator at Gallaudet University. However, in his 40s traumatic childhood memories triggered a mental health crisis and an extended period of recovery. In the years that followed, he chose a new path as a trauma therapist and trainer after earning a counseling degree and trainer certifications in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Eye Movement Integration (EMI). His innovations in trauma treatment culminated in the 2021 publication of "Multichannel Eye Movement Integration: The Brain Science Path to Easy and Effective PTSD Treatment." MEMI is an expansion of the original Eye Movement Integration technique developed in 1989 by Steve and Connirae Andreas of NLP renown. MEMI is distinguished from other eye movement therapies, because of its simple but clear theoretical model, its brevity and its rapid results. It also affords greater protection for clients than other eye movement therapies. Dr. Mike is keenly aware of the renewal that’s possible when one frees the mind, relaxes the will and allows the body’s neurological systems to heal traumatic wounds. He is a sought-after public speaker and trainer, having made hundreds of presentations at national and international conferences. Mike now shares his knowledge of and experience with trauma treatment via live seminars and on-demand webinars as a trainer with the Arizona Trauma Institute. For more information about MEMI trainings for counselors and life coaches visit He also coaches and mentors mental health practitioners in the treatment of PTSD and other anxiety disorders through Trauma Counseling & Training of Tucson. For more information about all of Dr. Mike’s work visit Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#828 Researcher and author Michael Jawer on Emotion and Thick or Thin Personal Boundaries

Michael Jawer is a Washington, DC-based writer, speaker and researcher. His focus is the nexus of personality development, body/mind, emotion, and spirituality. Jawer is the author of 3 books: Sensitive Soul (Park Street Press, 2021), Your Emotional Type (Healing Arts Press, 2011), and The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion (Park Street Press, 2009) – the latter two coauthored with Marc Micozzi, MD, PhD. His papers have appeared in Frontiers in Psychology-Consciousness Research, Journal of Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies, Science & Consciousness Review, Explore, Seminars in Integrative Medicine, and the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, while his feature articles, interviews and op-eds have run in Psychology Today, Spirituality & Health, Aeon, Nautilus, Minding Nature, Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, Edge Science, Noetic Now, The Psychologist (British Psychological Society), PsychCentral, Scientific American, the Boston Globe and Baltimore Sun. Jawer has spoken to organizations including the American Psychological Association, the Society for Humanistic Psychology (APA Division 32), the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, and the Jung Society of DC – and has guest lectured at Georgetown University, the University of Maryland, Drexel University, George Mason University, and the University of Virginia. Jawer also blogs for Psychology Today (“Feeling Too Much”). To get a read on your own emotional typology, go to Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#827 Philosopher Tim Shaw PhD on Trauma and Moral Injury

Dr. Shaw has undertaken a lot of research on moral injury, which is the damage done to one’s conscience or moral compass when that person perpetrates, witnesses, or fails to prevent acts that transgress one’s own moral beliefs, values, or ethical codes of conduct. Most research to understand moral injury has been with military Service Members and Veterans, as the nature of war and combat create situations where people may have experiences that contradict the values they live by in civilian life. Examples of potentially morally injurious events in the context of war include killing or harming others, when officers have to make decisions that affect the survival of others, and when medics are not able to care for all who were harmed in a conflict. The mission of the Great Philosophical Problems thinktank is to provide a unifying definition, and accompanying phenomenology, for the construct of Moral Injury to address suicide in veteran and wider civilian populations. Like the social lexicons provided by PTSD, they set out to provide the moral grammar for the “Signature Wound” of contemporary war. Dr. Shaw is currently working with the head ethicist at The US Army War College, Dr. Timothy Mallard, on a submission for the Australian Royal Commission Into Defence and Veteran Suicide to launch the international definition of Moral Injury. Dr. Shaw has a Ph.D. in Moral Injury and a Research Master's investigating the implications of Just War Theory. He has taught ethics at the University of Sydney and is also a leading voice in the critique of philosopher Emmanuel Levinas and the Just War Tradition. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#826 Physicist Suzie Sheehy PhD on How Physics Is Really Done

DR. SUZIE SHEEHY is a physicist, science communicator and academic who divides her time between research groups at the University of Oxford and University of Melbourne. She is currently focused on developing new particle accelerators for applications in medicine.  Her 2023 book The Matter of Everything: How Curiosity, Physics and Improbable Experiments Changed The World  is her first book.
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#825 Andre Solo on The Hidden Power of The Highly Sensitive Person

Andre Sólo is the force behind Sensitive Refuge, the world’s largest website for sensitive people, and the author of Sensitive: The Hidden Power of the Highly Sensitive Person in a Loud, Fast, Too-Much World. An author, researcher, and speaker, Sólo serves as editor-in-chief of Sensitive Refuge and Chief Make-It-Happen Officer of Introvert, Dear. A highly sensitive person himself, for much of his life he thought he had to hide it, before coming to understand it is one of humanity’s most powerful — and most overlooked — traits. Now, Sólo is a recognized expert and passionate advocate for sensitive people. He writes about sensitivity at Forbes and Psychology Today, has spoken at Amazon and internationally,  and has been featured in HuffPost, the Washington Post, Vogue, MSNBC, The Telegraph, and numerous podcasts. Andre can be found in both New Orleans and Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he spends his time cavorting with misfits, collecting too many houseplants, and chasing after his extremely plucky toddler. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#824 UK Music Therapist Amanda Thorpe on The State of The Art

Amanda Thorpe M.A. is a registered music therapist in the UK. She also has an extensive career as a songwriter, performer, and recording artist, as well as a community musician and special needs tutor, using song to facilitate wellbeing and cognitive functioning for over 20 years. She has worked in a range of corporate, clinical and community settings, on both an individual and group basis. Her current work is with both children and adults in the fields of Acquired Brain Injury, Early Intervention and Mental Health, in a variety of settings including the NHS, child and family centres, and privately. Originally trained in Psychology at UCL, Amanda also studied Communications Design at Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts, obtained an MA in Music Therapy from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and is a fellow Neurologic Music Therapist. She is a certified MATADOC assessor and trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy with the Association of Psychological Therapies. She provides client-centred music therapy informed by psychodynamic and neurological music therapy practices, to address both functional and/or emotional aims to improve overall wellbeing. Amanda Thorpe's UK Treatment Center Amanda Thorpe performing "Brother, can you spare a dime?" Amanda Thorpe performing "Strange Fruit" Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#823 Sex Therapist Tom Murray PhD on Making Nice with Naughty

Dr. Tom Murray, an international trainer, educator, and couples and sex therapist, is a widely sought-after expert in sexuality and intimate relationships. He authored the 2022 book, Making Nice with Naughty: An intimacy guide for the rule-following, organized, perfectionist, practical, and color within the line types. For 20+ years, Murray has worked with everyday folks to embrace their weirdness, shed labels and shame, lean into anxiety, and build better and stronger relationships. Murray’s doctorate is in marriage and family counseling from the University of Florida. Clinically, he combines a pull-no-punches, no-beating-around-the-bush style. His integrated therapy approach has helped folks quiet the mind-chatter that interferes with happiness, intimacy, and quality sexual relationships. Dr. Murray has appeared in numerous venues, including the Huffington Post and The Daily Mail, as well as radio, television and podcasts, including the Practice of Being Seen and Shrink Rap Radio. He’s a highly acclaimed presenter at local, regional, and national conferences on various mental health and relationship topics. Dr. Murray has published numerous articles in professional journals and has had faculty affiliations with UNC Greensboro, Walden University, Northwestern University’s Family Institute, and Adler University. Dr. Murray lives in Greensboro, NC, along with his two sons. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute  
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#821 Dan Siegel MD on The Integration of Self, Identity, and Belonging

Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which focuses on the development of mindsight, teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families and communities.  Dr. Siegel has published extensively for both the professional and lay audiences. His five New York Times bestsellers are: Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D: The Whole-Brain Child, and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include IntraConnected:The Integration of Self, Identity, and Belonging;, The Developing Mind, The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, and Becoming Aware. He has also written The Yes Brain and The Power of Showing Up with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. Dr. Siegel also serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which currently contains over eighty textbooks.  For more information about his educational programs and resources, please visit: and Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#821 Isabella Clarke Speaking with Stoic Philosopher Prof. Massimo Pigliucci on the quest for good leaders

Prof. Pigliucci has a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He currently is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. His research interests include the philosophy of science, the nature of pseudoscience, and practical philosophies like Stoicism and New Skepticism. Prof. Pigliucci has been elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for fundamental studies of genotype by environmental interactions and for public defense of evolutionary biology from pseudo-scientific attack.” In the area of public outreach, Prof. Pigliucci has published in national and international outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. He is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and a Contributing Editor to Skeptical Inquirer. He writes on practical and general philosophy at Medium. At last count, Prof. Pigliucci has published 178 technical papers in science and philosophy. He is also the author or editor of 16 books, including the best selling How to Be A Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life (Basic Books). Other titles include Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk (University of Chicago Press), and the most recent The Quest for Character: What the Story of Socrates and Alcibiades Teaches Us about Our Search for Good Leaders (Basic Books). Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#820 Liverpool Therapist Alun Parry on his guidebook for therapists on removing traumatic memories

Alun Parry is the author of How To Remove Trauma Response: A Memory Reconsolidation Guidebook for Therapists & Coaches - released on September 24th 2022.He is a psychotherapist based in Liverpool in the North West of England. He is the Director of The Liverpool Psychotherapy Practice. His specialism is helping adults finally remove the effects of childhoods that felt scary or hard.He is also the founder of which shows therapists and coaches how to use memory reconsolidation to remove the legacy of trauma for their clients. He runs the Memory Reconsolidation Coaching Academy. Alun's Course for the general public on memory reconsolidation Alun's book website with free bonus materials Alun's website for therapists with articles and training materials Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute  
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#819 Deborah Korn PsyD on EMDR, the Proven Trauma Therapy with the Power to Heal

Deborah Korn, PsyD, is an internationally renowned pioneer and expert in EMDR Therapy and the coauthor of Every Memory Deserves Respect: EMDR, the Proven Trauma Therapy with the Power to Heal. Dr. Korn is on the faculties of the EMDR Institute in CA and the Trauma Research Foundation in Boston. As a member of the EMDR International Association, she presents and consults internationally on the treatment of adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect. In addition to teaching, consulting, and maintaining a private practice in Cambridge, MA, Dr. Korn is actively involved in mental health advocacy, criminal justice reform, and combating systemic racism. DVN 2007 interview with Francine Shapiro, EMDR creator DVN 2014 interview with Jeffrey Magnavita PhD Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#818 Bernard Beitman MD on Meaningful Coincidences, Synchronicity and Serendipity

Bernard Beitman, M.D., is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung to systematize the study of coincidences. A graduate of Yale Medical School, he did his psychiatric residency at Stanford University. The former chair of psychiatry of the University of Missouri-Columbia medical school for 17 years, he writes a blog for Psychology Today on coincidence and is the coauthor of the award-winning book Learning Psychotherapy. He is also the author of Meaningful Coincidences: How and Why Synchronicity and Serendipity Happen. The founder of The Coincidence Project, he lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#817 Joanna LaPrade PhD Transformation Forged in Darkness

Dr. Joanna LaPrade earned her MA and Ph.D. in Jungian and Archetypal Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. She is now the founder of Aion Psychotherapy and a practicing Jungian psychologist in Colorado. Her therapeutic work focuses on helping clients find a meaningful connection to their inner worlds. Dr. LaPrade is author of the 2022 book, Forged in Darkness: The Many Paths of Personal Transformation. Outside of her writing, Joanna is an educator who has taught, lectured, and written extensively on the Jungian and archetypal perspectives. She writes: “I’m a Jungian psychologist committed to helping others learn how to build a relationship with their deep selves through discerning the ways they can be influenced and guided from within.” Joanna lives in Durango, Colorado with her partner, Max, and dog, Akela. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#816 Ken Benau PhD on Shame, Pride, and Relational Trauma

Ken Benau, Ph.D. earned his doctorate in clinical psychology with a subspecialty in adult psychotherapy at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, in 1988. His dissertation focused on integrative, mind/body approaches to creative problem solving and symbolization in psychotherapy. Dr. Benau has been a California licensed clinical psychologist since 1990, and maintains a private practice in Kensington, CA, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. He provides individual, couple, and family therapy, professional consultation, and training. Dr. Benau has expertise in working with children and adults with various learning and developmental differences, including those living with LD, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has a special interest and expertise in shame and pride-informed psychotherapy with survivors of relational trauma. Dr. Benau has presented his ideas about shame, pride, and dissociation and their therapeutic applications in psychotherapy with relational trauma survivors at various international conferences, webinars and podcasts. He has also written several non-peer and peer reviewed articles with that same theme, where he introduced the concept and phenomena of pro-being pride, a powerful antidote to traumatic shame states. Pro-being pride is the experience of taking delight in one’s unique way of being and relating to oneself, others, and the world. Dr. Benau’s book, Shame, Pride, and Relational Trauma: Concepts and Psychotherapy, was published by Routledge in March, 2022. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#815 Renowned UK Expert Robb Kelly PhD on Addiction

Dr. Robb Kelly is a renowned Addiction Expert. Born and raised in Manchester, UK, who is eccentric, no holds bar, successful, and places his patients first kind of man. Robb is Meadows Trained in Trauma and holds a double Ph.D. It is necessary for the family to work along with the patient- we uncover the family chaos and dynamics to better resolve addiction. Robb mentors upcoming entrepreneurs because he knows what it takes to run a successful business. Robb has overcome homelessness, alcohol dependency, trauma, PTSD, and MDD and a whirlwind of events to be the "Gordon Ramsay" of the addiction treatment world. Before Robb succumbed to addiction and mental health issues, he played bass guitar at Abbey Studio with Queen, David Bowie, and Elton John. He is an accomplished musician, and the money he made helped him attend Oxford University to pursue a Ph.D. in Psychology. Robb experienced a spiritual awakening on the cold streets of Manchester while homeless and in dire straights. Robb's work ethic is defined by helping the addict step out of their disease and into a solution. He works with everyday people, professionals, and celebrities who want to reach sobriety and live in sustained recovery through evidence-based modalities and a genuine therapeutic alliance. Robb believes in helping marginalized communities because he understands that everyone has different worldviews when addiction is rearing its ugly head. Also, Robb is lecturing at the University of Texas at San Antonio about Addiction and recovery. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#814 Michael Mayer PhD on The Path of A Reluctant Metaphysician

Michael Mayer, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, and Qigong/Tai Chi teacher who specializes in giving his patients self-healing methods for health problems. Dr. Mayer presents his approach to bodymind healing at professional conferences, national/international workshops, universities, and hospitals; and he is a keynote speaker. He was a co-founding faculty member of the Transpersonal Psychology Program at John F. Kennedy University and taught there for twelve years; and he co-founded, and was for ten years a practitioner at, The Health Medicine Center, a multi-disciplinary medical clinic practicing integrative health-care. Dr. Mayer pioneered the integration of Qigong and psychotherapy, and was the first person in the United States to train doctoral psychology students in these methods. The World Institute for Self-Healing gave him an award for outstanding research and contribution to the advancement of mind-body medicine. He is the author of twenty publications on bodymind healing including six books, and various articles. His peer reviewed article on Qigong and hypertension appeared in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, and is updated in the book Healing, Intention and Energy Medicine, by Dr Wayne Jonas, past director of the National Institute of Health, Office of Alternative Medicine. Dr. Mayer has served as a peer reviewer for The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Complementary Therapies in Medicine, and Annals of Internal Medicine. His Bodymind Healing Qigong DVD is being used in training of trauma therapists by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Medical Director, The Trauma Center, Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Mayer has certification programs which include Bodymind Healing Qigong for Qigong practitioners/teachers, and a Bodymind Health Practitioner’s Certification Program for health professionals. His book, Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy, received endorsements from top leaders in mind-body medicine, and from the journal PsycCritiques. It has been released as a trade paperback called Energy Psychology (North Atlantic/Random House, 2009). His most recent Ben Franklin award winning book is, The Path of a Reluctant Metaphysician: Stories and Practices for Troubled Times. Michael’s guiding image of “two streams becoming one” guides him as he joins East/West, mind/body and ancient/modern in his work. Michael Mayer websites the link to my new website is : Note, there is a dash in it. A. On this website is a link to get the  “The  Path of a Reluctant Metaphysician' book as an ebook, discounted to $9.99. This is the only website of mine that has the ebook. B. On this website is the twenty video educational, integral healing, and training program in integrating ancient wisdom traditions with Tai Chi, Qigong, & modern psychology. This is one of the most important practice pathways of The Path of a Reluctant Metaphysician. I call the video series, Tai Chi Chuan: Four Dimensions of Purpose. The four dimensions are:self-healing, spiritual unfoldment, self defense and changing one’ life stance psychologically. My older, psychologically oriented website is: My “The Path of a Reluctant Metaphysician" website link is: Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#813 Psychoanalyst Dr. Efrat Ginot on Our Anxious Selves

Efrat Ginot PhD, a graduate of the New York University Postdoctoral Program for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, has been practicing psychotherapy and psychoanalysis for over 35 years in New York City. Her body of work integrates neuropsychology and psychoanalytic thinking, advancing our understanding of psychodynamics and psychopathology. In 2002 she received the Gradiva Award for an article re-examining the concept of the Holding Environment. Her book, The Neuropsychology of the unconscious: Integrating brain and mind in psychotherapy was published in 2015. It presents a new neuropsychological model for understanding unconscious processes and entrenched emotional and behavioral patterns. This book also received the Gradiva Award for Best Book in 2016. Over the years she has participated in many panels and has given lectures and workshops in the U.S., Australia, Europe, and Israel. Her current book Our Anxious Selves: Neuropsychological Processes and Their Enduring Influence on Who We Are focuses on the oversize role that fear and anxiety have in shaping who we are. Dr. Efrat Ginot is also an artist. For more information, visit Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#812 Ron Alexander PhD on The Mindful Way to Unlock Your Creative Self

  Ronald A. Alexander, PhD, is the author of the new book, Core Creativity: The Mindful Way to Unlock Your Creative Self (Rowman & Littlefield, June 21, 2022). He is a creativity coach, consultant, and mind-body psychotherapist. He has a private psychotherapy and executive coaching practice in Santa Monica, California. He’s the executive director of the OpenMind® Training Program that offers personal and professional training programs in mindfulness-based therapies, transformational leadership and meditation. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed book, Wise Mind, Open Mind: Finding Purpose and Meaning in Times of Crisis, Loss, and Change (2008). Learn more at up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute  
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#811 Thom Cavalli on Applied Jungian Alchemy for Personal Transformation

Thom F. Cavalli, Ph.D. is a Jungian psychologist, writer, and coach who provides psychological services throughout the world. He has authored two major books, Alchemical Psychology, Old Recipes for Living in a New World (Putnam 2002) and Embodying Osiris, the Secrets of Alchemical Transformation (Quest 2010) as well as many articles in Psychological Perspectives, the Journal of Jungian Scholarly Studies, and the Alchemical Journal. He is a yearly contributor of book reviews and film criticism for The Jung Journal. He received his bachelor’s degree in fine art and psychology from Queens College NYC, and his doctorate at Alliant University. Dr. Cavalli has presented seminars at many prestigious institutions including The Divinity School, St John’s College Cambridge, UK, Esalen Institute, Pacifica Graduate Institute, the International Alchemy conferences, the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, the Philosophical Research Society, the American Psychological Association and various museums, theosophical centers, Mason Lodges, mystery schools and Jung clubs. He is currently offering a six-part seminar on Alchemical Psychology through Jungarchademy. Thom offers a specialized form of coaching based on applying the principles of alchemical psychology to facilitate the process of individuation. His psychology practice is in Southern California. Thom invites listeners to email him at [email protected] To find information about Thom's upcoming workshops and availability for therapy, go to Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute  
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#810 Machiel Klerk MFT on Connecting to The Soul Through Dream Incubation

Machiel Klerk is a licensed therapist, expert and international speaker on dreams. He has traveled the world, studying various cultures, their healing traditions and dream practices. Machiel’s new book DREAM GUIDANCE Connecting To the Soul Through Dream Incubation, was recently released. He explains dream incubation, an ancient practice that has been used by cultures throughout history and provides practical and valuable information on how dreams can help us in all areas of our daily lives. He is also the founder of the online organization Jung Platform. For further information you can go to: and Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute  
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#809 Dr. Mark Changizi on Research Decoding The Language of Emotion

  Mark Changizi is a cognitive scientist, with several previous books about his research, including Vision Revolution and Harnessed. He has been a researcher and/or professor at University College Cork, Duke University, Caltech, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Learn more about Mark: Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#808 Sherry Walling PhD on Touching Two Worlds & Finding Hope

Dr. Sherry Walling is a clinical psychologist, speaker, podcaster, author, and mental health advocate. Her company,ZenFounder, helps entrepreneurs and leaders navigate transition, rapid growth, loss, conflict, or any manner of complex human experience. She hosts theZenFounderpodcast, which has been called a “must listen” by both Forbes and Entrepreneur Magazine and has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times. She is also the host ofMind Curious, a podcast exploring innovations in mental health care via psychedelics. Her best-selling book,The Entrepreneur’s Guide toKeeping Your Shit Together, combines the insight and warmth of a therapist with the truth-telling mirth of someone who has been there. Her soon-to-be-released new book,Touching Two Worlds, explores new strategies for finding wholeness in the aftermath of loss. Sherry and her husband, Rob, reside in Minneapolis where they spend their time driving their children to music lessons. She has also been known to occasionally perform as a circus aerialist. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#807 Dr. Saleem Ali on How Natural Laws Define Human Life

Saleem H. Ali was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts but grew up in Lahore, Pakistan until his college years, receiving his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Tufts University, and his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in environmental policy and planning at Yale and MIT, respectively. He currently holds the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professorship in Geography and Spatial Sciences at the University of Delaware(USA) and is Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland (Australia). Dr. Ali's laurels include being a National Geographic Explorer (having travelled for research to over 150 countries); being chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and serving on the seven-member science panel of the Global Environment Facility (the world's largest multilateral trust fund for the environment held in trusteeship by the World Bank). His earlier books include Treasures of the Earth: Need Greed and a Sustainable Future which was hailed by Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus as providing "welcome linkage between environmental behavior and poverty alleviation." Professor Ali was profiled in Forbes as "The Alchemist" and Bookseller called his earlier work "a pioneeringexploration of human wants and needs and the natural resources we consume." He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art sand the Royal Geographical Society in the United Kingdom and also serves on the boards of Adventure Scientists and Mediators Beyond Borders International. Along with his wife Maria and sons Shahmir and Shahroze, the family are citizens of Australia, Pakistan and the United States. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#806 David E. Scharff MD Discussing International Perspectives on Psychoanalytic Therapy

David E. Scharff, M.D. is Co-Founder and Former Director, International Psychotherapy Institute; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Georgetown University; Supervising Analyst, International Institute for Psychoanalytic Training; Honorary Fellow, Tavistock Relationships, London; Former Chair, The IPA’s Committee on Couple and Family Psychoanalysis; He has pioneered the use of technology for distance psychotherapy education and training since 1998. He is editor of the journal Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in China, and Director of the Training Programs in Analytic Couple and Family Therapy in Beijing and Moscow. He is a Child and Adult Analyst in Private Practice with children, adults, couples and families in Chevy Chase, Maryland. With Dr. Jill Scharff, he is the 2021 winner of the Mary Sigourney Award in Psychoanalysis, the most prestigious award in the field. Dr. Scharff has been author and editor of more than 30 books, with foundational texts on family, couple and individualpsychoanalytic therapy, and innovative training of psychotherapists and psychoanalysts. He has organized more than 100 conferences in the United States and abroad, and taught internationally on five continents including 30 countries. His recent initiatives involve organizing training programs in China and Russia. He is founder of a journal called “Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in China.” His book “The Sexual Relationship” in 1982 has been followed by more than 30 books and 100 articles including the classics“Object Relations Family Therapy” and “Object Relations Couple Therapy”, both with Jill Savege Scharff. Recent publications have included “Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy” edited with Jill Scharff. His most recent books are “The Use of the Self in Psychoanalysis,” (2019) and “Marriage and Family in Modern China: A Psychoanalytic Exploration” (Routledge, 2021). Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#805 Bill Knecht LCSW on What Works in Therapy

  Bill Knecht has a unique combination of clinical, supervisory, and management skills and experience. He has served as a therapist for over fifty years in a variety of medical, physical rehabilitation, and mental health settings. In his career, Bill has managed and developed several mental health programs, including the first comprehensive psychiatric emergency service in New Hampshire as well as the first private practice model program within a community mental health system. He is an award-winning supervisor, who has trained hundreds of clinicians. Although experienced in almost all forms of therapy, Bill currently limits his clinical practice to brief couples and sex therapy and sexual addiction issues. He specializes in helping patients adjust to a diagnosis of prostate cancer and other cancers. He also regularly conducts transgender evaluations for HRT. If the initial free phone consultation reveals long-term issues, he will refer out to the appropriate qualified professional. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#804 Art Therapy and Ecotherapy with UK Jungian Analyst Mary-Jayne Rust

Mary-Jayne Rust BIO: I am an art therapist and Jungian analyst in private practice in North London. Alongside this, I lecture and facilitate workshops on Ecopsychology in a wide range of settings. My therapy training began in art therapy in 1979. During the 1980s I worked in a men’s prison, as well as with women with eating problems at the Women’s Therapy Centre, London during the early years of feminist psychotherapy. These two workplaces offered diametrically opposed experiences: working in a male hierarchy with perpetrators of abuse versus working with victims of abuse in a women’s collective.  This taught me a great deal about perpetrator and victim. Feminist psychotherapy helped broaden my understanding of how culture shapes our internal worlds. In the early 1990’s I made several trips to Ladakh (on the Tibetan plateau) where I spent time with Helena Norberg-Hodge of ISEC.  This experience impressed on me the seriousness of our environmental crisis. I then discovered Ecopsychology, an emerging field weaving together the ecological, psychological, political and spiritual. I joined a group of like-minded therapists, and together we explored ecopsychological thinking, facilitation, and supervision. John Seed and Joanna Macy were two of our mentors in this journey. My interest in eating problems expanded into an inquiry into our collective consuming of the earth, and the relationship between mind and body, soul and the land. I became fascinated by the differences between indigenous and western worldviews and how we might enable ancient and modern to live together today. I love colour and I am a visual artist. I live in Nth London beside Queenswood, part of the forest which originally covered Britain. Highgate Hill and Muswell Hill are on the terminal moraine left by a glacier of the last ice age.  I have an ongoing love affair with swimming in wild waters. Forest and pond, kingfisher, owl, cormorant and humans; it is all these places and relationships to whom I owe my thanks for the ideas that you find here.
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#803 Howard Eisenberg MD on Dream it to Do it: The Science & the Magic

Howard Eisenberg, M.Sc.(Psych), M.D., is a medical doctor with additional postgraduate training in both psychology and psychiatry. He has been a Lecturer in Parapsychology at the University of Toronto, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Vermont. He is also the C.E.O. of the international consultancy, Syntrek® Inc. He was awarded the first postgraduate degree in Canada for his parapsychological research at McGill University. Almost half a century ago, he authored his first trailblazing book, "Inner Spaces: Parapsychological Explorations of the Mind". This new book, “Dream it to Do it: The Science & the Magic” is the culmination of his successful quest to learn how reality works. His website is You can email him at [email protected]      
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#801 Johnny Crowder The Remarkable Founder of CopeNotes

Johnny Crowder is a 29-year-old suicide/abuse survivor, TEDx speaker, touring musician, mental health and sobriety advocate, and the Founder & CEO of Cope Notes, a text-based mental health platform that provides daily support to users in nearly 100 countries around the world. But in the years leading up to these incredible leaps in advocacy, every day was a battle against schizophrenic hallucinations and suicidal ideation. After a lifetime of resisting professional care and shying away from sharing his story, Johnny’s curiosity flowered, and the healing slowly began. Armed with 10 years of clinical treatment, a psychology degree from the University of Central Florida, and a decade of peer support and public advocacy through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Johnny’s youthful vigor for mental health has impacted millions of lives across the globe.Since his first keynote in 2011, Johnny's refreshingly vulnerable and candid perspective has attracted praise from hundreds of outlets, including Upworthy, CNN, and Forbes. Even when commanding a virtual stage or touring with his metal band, Prison, his infectious positivity and firsthand experience with multiple mental illnesses (ranging from bipolar disorder and PTSD to OCD and beyond) uniquely equip him to provide realistic, yet hopeful insight into the pains of hardship with authenticity, levity, and unconventional wit. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#800 Psychoanalyst Jill Scharff MD on International Perspectives on Psychoanalysis Today

Jill Savege Scharff, MD, FABP, MRC.Psych. Child and adult psychoanalyst, couple and family therapist, psychoanalytic educator in USA, China and Russia, author and editor. Co-founder, International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) Co-editor, Co-author and editor of books on couple and family therapy, and teletherapy Books include The Interpersonal Unconscious (2011), Psychoanalysis Online volume 1 (2013), vol 2 (2015), vol 3 (2017), and vol 4 (2019), and children’s graphic poem Three Witches Who Wished. Recipient with David Scharff, The Sigourney Award 2021 Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#799 Varun Gandhi PhD on Story, Passion, and Service

Dr. Varun Gandhi is a life orchestrator, soulpreneur, Angel investor, inventor, philanthropist and a water doctor. He enjoys orchestrating businesses, events, and ideas about the self (self-image)! He is currently focused on creating a digital course called Whats Your Story, which allows you to create your Life Film, a chart consisting of your memories, experiences, and defining moments that have left an impression. Each of these moments have a lesson to be learned for you. Your ‘My Life Film’ also allows you to create new meaning to your past experiences, create a new future YOU and write affirmations that help maintain the new you! You can find him at Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#798 Michael Alcee PhD on Therapeutic Improvisation

Michael Alcée, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Tarrytown, NY and Mental Health Educator at Manhattan School of Music. He specializes in the psychology of artists and everyday creativity and the professional development of therapists.  He has worked in college counseling at Fordham University and Vassar College and was Training Coordinator at the counseling center at Ramapo College of New Jersey. He won the American Psychological Association’s 2019 Schillinger Memorial prize for his essay on the link between jazz and psychoanalysis:“Reading the Changes: Freud’s Improvisational Art.” In being awarded first prize by Division 39, his essay was called a “truly dazzling tour de force.” His contributions have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, NPR,, and on the TEDx stage. He also inspires therapists and non-therapists alike to Live Life Creatively on his selfsame titled podcast and Psychology Today blog. His 2022 book from Norton entitled Therapeutic Improvisation: How to Stop Winging It and Own It as a Therapist will be out in May 2022 Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#797 Laurie Ure LICSW Discussing Her Work in Bioenergetics

BIO Laurie Ure, LICSW, has practiced as a Certified Bioenergetic Therapist in Gloucester, MA, for over 25 years. She trains bioenergetic therapists in the U.S. and internationally. In addition, she leads workshops, speaks, plans conferences, and writes about topics related to bioenergetic analysis. Her involvement with this approach began in 1986 as a client of a bioenergetic therapist. She has studied with Alexander Lowen, M.D., founder of bioenergetic analysis, has directed the Massachusetts Society for Bioenergetic Analysis, and has taught at Salem State College School of Social Work. Her articles, podcasts, and video links appear on her website: Currently, she is writing a book about the bioenergetic approach to treating depression. You can find her on Instagram @laurieure, Twitter @laurie_ure, Facebook @LaurieUreLICSW, Medium @ @laurieure, and LinkedIn @laurie-ure-7487a429/. In addition to her work, she enjoys traveling, swimming, walking with her dog, and kayaking. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#796 Mike Rucker PhD on How the Disciplined Pursuit of Joy and Wonder Can Change Your Life

BIO Dr. Mike Rucker is an organizational psychologist, behavioral scientist, and charter member of the International Positive Psychology Association. He has been academically published in publications like the International Journal of Workplace Health Management. His ideas about fun and health have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fast Company, Forbes, Vox, Thrive Global, Mindful, mindbodygreen, and more. He currently serves as a senior leader at Active Wellness and is the author of the upcoming book The Fun Habit: How The Disciplined Pursuit of Joy and Wonder Can Change Your Life available January 2023. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute  
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#795 Transformation Guru Robert Althius on His Hero’s Journey and NotEnough-Itis

BIO Robert Althuis is the Founder of the Sacred Wealth Institute, a mindfulness organization that provides coaching, strategies, tools, and techniques to helpprivate clients and businesses embody their full potential. In addition, Mr. Althuis is the founder of Wayfare Holdings, a boutique impact investment firm for his personal real estate and entrepreneurial interests. Mr. Althuis is also a Venture Partner at Keen Growth Capital, an impact investment private equity firm based in Orlando, and serves as an Advisory Board Member for Bulltick’s alternative investments real estate fund. In 2021, Mr. Althuis published his first book titled Never Enough-itis. Mr. Althuis launched Wayfare in early 2009 with the acquisition of a 50% ownership position in Lynxs, a leading international transportation infrastructure development firm based in Austin, Texas. Prior to acquiring an ownership position in Lynxs, Mr. Althuis was a Senior Vice President in the Airport Infrastructure group of GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). At GECAS, Mr. Althuis served as the lead originator for the Americas Region of the Airport Infrastructure group and was instrumental in structuring Global Infrastructure Partners, a then $6 billion infrastructure investment fund sponsored by GE and Credit Suisse as well as the acquisition of numerous operating companies and real assets on behalf of GECAS where he also served as board member on behalf of GE. Mr. Althuis started his career at GE Capital in an executive management program in 2002 and joined GECAS on a full-time basis in 2003 and was promoted to GE’s executive band in 2006. In his initial role in GECAS, as a member of the structured finance team, Mr. Althuis closed in excess of $1.5 billion of aviation related debt and equity Financings. Mr. Althuis, who has dual nationality of The Netherlands and United States, holds a B.B.A., summa cum laude, with a major in Real Estate from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a M.B.A., with distinction, with a major in Finance & Management from Columbia Business School in New York City. In addition, Mr. Althuis is a certified member of the CCIM Institute and a licensed real estate broker in three states. Mr. Althuis began his career in commercial real estate acquisition and development in 1995; his last position before joining GE was Vice President and Division Manager of the commercial real estate activities of a diversified real estate firm in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Althuis resides in Coral Gables, Florida and is a father, artist, avid yogi (RYT-200), kite surfer, crossfit athlete, and an activedive volunteer with the Coral Restoration Foundation in the Florida Keys where he previously served as a Board Member. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute  
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#794 Omar Reda MD on The Wounded Healer, The Pain and Joy of Caregiving

It was during the armed conflict in 2011 when a group of fighters found Dr. Reda in a tent caring for trauma surviving children in Libya. The fighters indicated that Dr. Reda was needed on the frontlines of the fighting. Dr. Reda let them know that attending to the psychosocial needs of the children in the tent was indeed his frontline. After 12 years in exile, Dr. Reda was able to return to Libya. While the Libyan people’s physical wounds were prevalent, their psychological trauma often went unnoticed. Due to the stigma and lack of education, mental health is not typically a focus in Libya. Trauma survivors needed psychosocial care. Dr. Reda found that traumas experienced by refugees are similar to the dysfunctional cycles and family dynamics of trauma survivors in general. Receiving his master’s degree from Harvard University in Refugee and Global Mental Health after completing medical school in Libya and while undergoing extensive training with the University of Tennessee, Dr. Omar Reda is now a board-certified psychiatrist practicing at the Providence Healthcare System. Dr. Reda is a leading expert in Psychotraumatology and Trauma-Informed Care as well as the mental health of Muslims, immigrants and refugees, the Libyan revolution, and the Arab Spring, and is the author of several books and a highly sought-after dynamic public speaker. Living in Portland, Oregon with his wife and three daughters, Dr. Reda’s passion for healing focuses on tackling the family dysfunction and youth vulnerability resulting from trauma. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#793 Douglas Flemons PhD on The Heart and Mind of Hypnotherapy

Douglas Flemons, PhD is Professor Emeritus of Couple and Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where, for over 30 years, he offered team-based live supervision and taught graduate courses on hypnosis and meditation, systems thinking, brief therapy, writing, suicide, and sex therapy. A licensed MFT and an AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor, Dr. Flemons is the author of The Heart and Mind of Hypnotherapy, as well as an earlier book on hypnosis and brief therapy (Of One Mind); co-editor of three editions of Quickies: The Handbook of Brief Sex Therapy; and co-author of Relational Suicide Assessment. He has also written books about systemic therapy and Eastern philosophy (Completing Distinctions) and academic writing (Writing Between the Lines). Flemons presents nationally and internationally on hypnotherapy and meditation, empathy, brief therapy, sex therapy, suicide prevention, and suicide assessment. From 1993 to 2019, he offered an (almost) annual 50-hour hypnosis intensive for clinicians; he now teaches it online. In 2020, Flemons relocated with his wife and colleague, Dr. Shelley Green, to Asheville, NC, where they maintain a telehealth-based private practice for clients in Florida and North Carolina. In 2021, the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis presented him with the Milton H. Erickson Award for Scientific Excellence in Writing on Clinical Hypnosis for his article, “Toward a Relational Theory of Hypnosis,” published in Volume 62(4). More information about Dr. Flemons can be found at
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#792 Dr. Graham Music on his book RESPARK: Igniting Hope and Joy after Trauma and Depression

BIO I have worked at the Tavistock Clinic in London for over 20 years, an internationally renowned NHS Foundation Trust which provides clinical services and trains therapists and other professionals. I teach on the child psychotherapy and other psychological therapy courses at the Tavistock, and supervises therapists there. I also lead on training in child development, neuroscience and attachment theory, and have a particular interest in linking cutting-edge developmental findings with therapeutic practice. My clinical work in the NHS is primarily with issues of trauma and the effect of maltreatment on children as well as on the families and other adults in the lives of such children. After having done a variety of jobs and activities in my early adulthood, including buying and selling antiques, working in housing advice, community support services and various adventures, in the late 1980s I trained as a humanistic and integrative adult psychotherapist, a year with IPSS and 4 years with the Minster centre in London. I then went on to train in psychoanalytic observational studies for a further 3 years at the Tavistock before undertaking the four year Tavistock training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children, young people and parents. In addition, I have trained in a variety of other ways of delivering therapeutic work, most recently in Mindfulness. I have worked as a psychotherapist in private practice for over 25 years, and also in a variety of voluntary and statutory sector settings. These include Open Door, a psychotherapy service for young people in North London, GP Practices including Stamford Hill Group Practice, and for NHS Child mental health services in Enfield and also in Redbridge and Waltham Forest. A passion of mine has been developing new services for children and young people, for example in over 35 schools in Camden and East London and setting up Hear and Now, a counselling service for young people in Redbridge working in community locations as part of the local NHS Mental Health Trust. Until recently, I was an Associate Clinical Director at the Tavistock, responsible for a range of clinical services. I also teach on a range of other courses and psychotherapy trainings in Britain and abroad, for example in Bologna, Istanbul and for 12 years, in Palermo, Sicily. Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute
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#791 Neil D. Brown LCSW on Family Mental Health During The Time of Covid

Neil D. Brown, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, author, speaker and management consultant based in Santa Cruz, California. When clients come to Neil, they’re wanting more than an empathetic ear. They’re looking to solve a problem: a problem with a relationship, such as with a child, partner or work associate, or a problem with how they’re feeling in life. Trained in Family Therapy and now an author and trainer with extensive experience working with families with children and teens, couples, and individuals, Neil welcomes the opportunity to bring out-of-the-box solutions to the challenges clients are facing. His systemic approach allows him to understand the context in which problems are both formed and are healed. Additionally, Neil has worked in several industries as an effective corporate consultant. Now, Neil is limiting his consulting practice to address the specific needs of all modalities of behavioral health treatment programs. A graduate of the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, Neil became a student of Structural Family Therapy and Brief Therapy from which he evolved his own highly actionable therapeutic model for helping families transform out of unhealthy family patterns. This approach has revealed a simple yet profound method of empowering parents and their adolescent youth to put an end to destructive control battles for good. He provides this method in his acclaimed book, Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle and delivers timely content for families in his weekly podcast, “Healthy Family Connections.” Sign up for 10% off of Shrink Rap Radio CE credits at the Zur Institute