Suicide may be one of the most intense and difficult things for any therapist to work with. Norine VanderHooven, LCSW and Chair of the Youth Suicide Prevention Committee for the American Association of Suicidology joins us to talk about facts and strategies to use with clients expressing suicidal ideation.
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Dr. Ben Caldwell returns to the show to pick a bone with John about a statistic he quoted during our popular Sue Johnson interview. Ben discusses divorce and marriage and its current state in our society. We also touch on the ever emotional subject of Emotional Support Animals and how or if therapists should support their use.
Dr. Nazanin Moali, a licensed psychologist from Torrance, CA joins us to discuss two of her specialties, eating disorders in men and sex therapy. Dr. Moali host of the podcast, Sexology, brings a unique perspective to her work that she shares with John and RJ. This episode is sponsored by Ben Caldwell Labs at BenCaldwelllabs.com, creating a more empowered, more effective generation of psychotherapists.
Drs. Paul and Nancy Aikin join us to talk about their workshop for parents and teens called “Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go”. Based on Dr. Sue Johnson’s Hold Me Tight workshop, and adapted for parents and teens, this group approaches parents and teens from an attachment standpoint and helps them connect and hear each other in ways many of them never imagined possible. This workshop is available as a curriculum for therapists to use and as part of this podcast they are offering a 5% discount to a training in Los Angeles on January 19 and 20, 2018 on conducting this workshop. Go to www.laceft.org and use promo code “talkingtherapy” (with no space).
Dr. Steven Lawrence joins us to discuss what happens when doctors are more focused on medication than on the actual patient. Taking a very patient-centered approach Dr. Lawrence talks about what he calls “Psychotropic Blindness” and what happens when psychiatrists see the side effects of certain medications in children and adolescents as emerging problems that require treatment. Dr. Lawrence highlights medications such as anti-depressants, anti-psychotics and stimulant medication used for ADHD.
Dr. Susan Johnson joins us to talk about her pioneering work in Emotionally Focused Therapy. EFT is a way to practice couples counseling that is overwhelmingly supported by scientific research. Dr. Johnson talks about attachment theory as the basis for EFT but also talks about some of the other frameworks she has drawn from. She talks not only about how EFT works, but why it works, especially in a world that seems to be filled with divorce and where our very views of relationships appear to be changing at a rapid pace. She talks about working with couples in distress but also talks about how EFT has been shown to help with post traumatic stress disorder, parents of chronically ill children and with heart patients.
Human emotions are a tricky thing. Some of us are good with them, some of us are not, but few of us really understand them fully. Adrian Hall, MFT joins us to talk about what she calls, the Human Emotional System. As we grow up, she tells us, we learn about math, science, history and our biological systems, but no one teaches us about our emotions and this can cause problems for us later. Adrian discusses her practice of psychotherapy and how she works with people to do that learning now.
John and RJ sit down to discuss the status of the show and how they've really just been kind of lazy about the whole thing... well, maybe not entirely. This is actually a fun conversation about not only the status of the show but about what's it's like dealing with personal stress and working as a psychotherapist.
Dr. Jacob Insler joins us to talk about sports and perfomance psychology. Dr. Inlser works with athletes to help them perform better or to overcome obstacles in their game.
John and RJ discuss what scares us and why we love Halloween so much.
Dr. Marjorie Rand, MFT joins us to talk about her work using body psychotherapy. She also touches on her 40-year career and her experiences learning from and working with some of the great names in the field.
Jody Echegary, PsyD joins us to talk about how media affects personality development, interpersonal relations and the therapeutic relationship. This far ranging discussion goes in depth on the importance of understanding media in therapy and what it can tell us about who we are.
Shana Diskant talks to us about her work as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She mixes family therapy and behavior work when working with children. Shana began her therapy career woring with victims of traumatic brain injury and still uses what she learned there to help families.