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David Van Nuys PhD

In-depth interviews by University of Michigan trained clinical psychologist, David Van Nuys PhD (aka Dr. Dave) with influential professionals across the broad world of psychology and psychotherapy.



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My guest today is the noted and pioneering Psychoanalyst David E. Scharff.  We will be discussing his groundbreaking use of technology for distance psychotherapy education and training since 1998. We’ll also be talking about his teaching experiences in China and Russia. With his wife,  Dr. Jill Scharff, he is the 2021 winner of the Mary Sigourney Award in Psychoanalysis, the most prestigious award in the field.
Topics: psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic, psychiatrist, psychiatry, object relations, Melanie Kline,...
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Jun 22, 2022 David Van Nuys, PhD
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My guest today Bill Knecht is the author of the 2022 book, The Accidental Therapist: Sharing over a Half-Century of Experience and Insights to Facilitate Positive Outcomes.  The book is an outgrowth of  his 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. 
Topics: Mental Health, social work, Mental Health Centers, management, Salvador Minuchin, family therapy,...
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Jun 12, 2022 David Van Nuys, PhD
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Mary-Jayne Rust is a Jungian analyst and art therapist. Alongside her therapy practice she teaches ecopsychology, a growing field of inquiry into our complex relationship with the earth, our home. Her publications include Towards an Ecopsychotherapy, Confer Books 2019. She grew up beside the sea and is wild about swimming.   Mary-Jayne recommended this book in the interview: Ecopsychology: Restoring the earth, healing the mind. Roszak, T., Gomes, M. E., & Kanner, A. D. (Eds.). (1995)....
Topics: art therapy, ecotherapy, horticulture, nature therapy, Jungian therapy, Mary Gomes, Alan Kanner,...
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Jun 7, 2022 David Van Nuys PhD
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My guest today is Howard Eisenberg, M.Sc.(Psych), M.D. He 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.    He reports that...
Topics: D.O. Hebb, Stanley Krippner, Alan Watts, God Consciousness, Psychiatry, Psychiatrist,...
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May 24, 2022 David Van Nuys, PhD
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My guest today is Johnny Crowder the remarkable founder of CopeNotes.  What makes him remarkable? Well, Not only is he not a PhD psychotherapist.  He 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.
Topics: Rock and Roll, Tattoos, habituation, neuroscience, persistence, recovery, texts, healing texts,...
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My guest today is psychoanalyst Jill Scharff MD who along with her husband is a co-founder of the International Psychotherapy Institute.  She is a child and adult psychoanalyst, couple and family therapist, psychoanalytic educator in the USA, China and Russia, as well as  author of many books and an editor.
Topics: Freud, psychoanalysis, Russia, Iran, China, psychotherapy, object relations, ego psychology, Prof....
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May 4, 2022 David Van Nuys PhD
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My guest today Dr. Varun Gandhi describes himself as 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 also has a podcast directed to allowing fellow Americans of South-Asian heritage to tell their stories and support one another.
Topics: Ahisma, Janism, meditation, community service, personal insight, introspection, non-violence, civil...
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Apr 27, 2022 David Van Nuys, PhD
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My guest today is Michael Alcee.  He is the author of the new book Therapeutic Improvisation: How to Stop Winging It and Own It as a Therapist.  Dr. Alcée demonstrates how therapists can make their sessions more dynamic, responsive, and effective through creative strategies. Examples from music, movies, and literature illustrate how the scientific principles of interpersonal neurobiology can help therapists claim their artistry in practice. Clinicians will be refreshed by the innovative...
Topics: improv, film, movie, pop culture, TED, TEDx, Neuroscience, interpersonal neuroscience,...
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Apr 20, 2022 David Van Nuys PhD
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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.
Topics: Alexander Lowen MD, Stan Keleman, Wilhelm Reich, bioenergetic analysis, body work, body therapy,...
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Has your life grown stale?  Do you miss the fun of your younger years?  My guest today is Michael Rucker author of the forthcoming 2023 book The Fun Habit: How The Disciplined Pursuit of Joy and Wonder Can Change Your Life. He also is an organizational psychologist, behavioral scientist, and charter member of the International Positive Psychology Association.
Topics: Positive Psychology, Martin Seligman, Peak Performance, Peak Experiences, happiness, seeking...
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My guest today is Robert Althius.  He is many things. Among others he is the Founder of the Sacred Wealth Institute, a mindfulness organization that provides coaching, strategies, tools,  and techniques to help private clients and businesses embody their full potential. He says “All change starts within, when we change our inner world, our outer world changes.  This equally applies to individuals, organizations, societies, and all of humanity.”
Topics: material success, feeling empty, love story, divorce, despair, dark night of the soul, journey of...
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Mar 31, 2022 David Van Nuys PhD
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INTRO Are you a caregiver? There is a strong likelihood that most of us will have been or will be caregivers at one or more points in our lives. Sometimes the act of caregiving can become traumatizing, especially if you are caring for trauma victims. Omar Reda MD, a psychiatrist with extensive experience in trauma treatment, calls upon healthcare workers, parents, teachers, first responders, and community leaders who may be grappling with their own trauma to break free from cycles of secrecy,...
Topics: burnout, caregiver burnout, Libya, Ukraine war, trauma triggers, rewards of caregiving, families of...
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Mar 23, 2022 David Van Nuys, PhD
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Is it true that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis?  Is it true that there is no unique brain state associated with hypnotic trance?  Today’s guest is imminently qualified to speak to these questions and more. My guest today is Douglas Flemons PhD.  We’ll be discussing his work and his book, The Heart and Mind of Hypnotherapy.
Topics: James Braid, Gregory Bateson. Milton Erickson, hypnosis, hypnotherapy, mind, boundaries, trance,...
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My guest today is Graham Music who has a particular interest in trauma, neurobiology and attachment and linking cutting-edge developmental findings with therapeutic practice.,  He’s an innovative psychotherapist, social entrepreneur trainer, author and thought leader . We’re going to be discussing his book, RESPARK: Igniting hope and joy after trauma and depression
Topics: psychotherapy, child therapy, psychic energy, Stephen Porges, Deb Dana, safety, safeness, defenses,...
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Mar 9, 2022 David Van Nuys, PhD
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For the past four years or so, we’ve been dealing with a pandemic that has had an enormous impact on our political, social, and family lives.  My guest today is Neil D. Brown, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, author, speaker and management consultant based in Santa Cruz, California.  He is particularly qualified to shine a light on the issues affecting families during this unprecedented time.
Topics: Family Therapy, family therapist, parenting, teenagers, grandparents, extended family, family...
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Mar 2, 2022 David Van Nuys PhD
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In his book, Unleashing the Power of Respect: The I-M Approach , my guest today, Joseph Shrand MD  illustrates through his patients' stories that no one is broken. We’re all doing the best we can, with the potential to change in the very next moment.
Topics: Self-esteem, systems theory, child psychiatry, pediatrics, addiction, recovery, respect, Alan...
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Feb 23, 2022 David Van Nuys PhD
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My guest today is Brian Quinn, LCSW, Ph.D. author of Wiley Concise Guides to Mental Health: Bipolar Disorder and The Depression Sourcebook, 2nd ed. He  is a clinical social worker in private practice in Huntington, New York.  He specializes in working with patients with mood illnesses and substance abuse.
Topics: Depression, bipolar, hypomania, mania, lithium, antidepressants, talk therapy, suicide, age of...
The twenty-first-century psychotherapist can no longer be constrained by specific schools of practice or limited reservoirs of knowledge. But this new “era of information” needs to be integrated and made manageable for every practitioner. This need is addressed by my guests today, Richard Hill and Matthew Dahlitz in their 2022 book, The Practitioner’s Guide to The Science of Psychotherapy.
Topics: The Body, The Brain, memory, co-creating therapy, neurons, glia, conical columns, emotions,...
My guests today Beatriz and Albert Sheldon have researched and taught experiential dynamic psychotherapy together for 20 years throughout North America and Europe.  Fifteen years ago they conceived of a new therapeutic paradigm now called Complex Integration of Multiple Brain Systems. This is a neurobiological paradigm which incorporates most of the recent neuroscience research.  Today this paradigm has become a way of being for many therapists and patients alike.  Norton Publishing has...
Topics: psychotherapy, brain systems, brain centers, emotional brain systems, brain stem, thalamus, rape,...
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Feb 2, 2022 David Van Nuys, PhD
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We know that brain chemistry underlies much of what goes wrong in our minds. This is especially evident in certain cases of dramatic and baffling madness.  These sorts of cases are highlighted by today’s guest, neurologist Sara Manning Peskin in her fascinating new book, A molecule Away From Madness: Tales of The Hijacked Mind.
Topics: Molecule, DNA, RNA, cells, PETscan, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s Disease, Oliver Sacks, proteins,...
Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy is rapidly finding acceptance to treat a variety of psychological disorders.  At the same time, a growing number of entrepreneurs and therapists are offering services in this space.  My guests today, Veronika Gold LMFT and Eric Sienkneckt PsyD are founders of the San Francisco based Polaris Insight Center, where they and their staff are dedicated to the ethical and compassionate clinical use of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy.
Topics: Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, KAP, MDMA, LSD, MAPS,...
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Jan 19, 2022 David Van Nuys PhD
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Loss of a loved one is something everyone experiences, and for as long as humans have existed, we have struggled when a loved one dies. Poets and playwrights have written about the dark cloak of grief, the deep yearning, and devastating heartache of loss. But until now, we have had little scientific perspective on this universal experience. Today’s guest Mary-Frances O’Connor,author of THE GRIEVING BRAIN: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss will bring us up to date.
Topics: Grief, grieving, learning, loss, research, stages of grief, myths about grief, myths about...
My guests today are Elise Brenner PhD and Nancy Spatz MD, authors of the book Reiki: A Self-Practice to Live in Peace with Self and Others which will be the focus of our discussion.
Topics: Self-help, chi, Japan, Japanese, meditation, mindfulness, martial arts, autonomic nervous system,...
My guest today is Jennifer Sweeton PhD. She is the author of the new book, Eight Key Brain Areas of Mental Health and Illness which will be the focus of our discussion. Dr. Sweeton is a clinical psychologist, best-selling author, and internationally recognized expert on trauma, anxiety, and neuroscience. Based in Kansas City, Kansas, she has trained more than 15,000 clinicians in all fifty US states, and in over twenty countries.
Topics: Thalamus, Amygdala, Hippocampus, Insula, Nucleus Acumbens, Anterior Cingulate Cortex, Ventromedial...
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My guest today is Sarah Peyton, author, international speaker, and neuroscience educator. We’re going to be discussing her work and her latest book, Affirmations for Turbulent Times: Resonant Words to Soothe Body and Mind.
Topics: Neuroscience, neuroscientists, affirmations, resilience, brain, resonance, turbulent times,...
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My guest today is UK psychotherapist Jerry Hyde.   He describes himself as: MENTOR, BESTSELLING AUTHOR, FILMMAKER, PODCASTER, PSYCHEDELIC INTEGRATOR, DENIM FREAK, COFFEE FIEND, and PROVOCATEUR. He is the BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF BLADESVILLE, DREAMACHINE, PLAY FROM YOUR FUCKING HEART, THE BOOK OF SIN,  and EMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL  A Shadow therapist with 25 years of clinical experience, Hyde rejects many of the conventionally held views of the mainstream psychotherapy world. He works with couples...
Topics: Masculinity, adventure, self-discovery, Shadow Work Therapy, Joseph Campbell, Hero’s Journey,...
My guest, today is Edward Tick PhD.  Seeking the most powerful healing practices to address the invisible wounds of war, Dr. Ed Tick has led journeys to Viet Nam for veterans, survivors, activists and pilgrims for the past twenty years.   We will discuss his latest book, Coming Home in Vietnam a moving and revelatory collection documents the people, places and experiences on these journeys. It illuminates the soul-searching and healing that occurs when Vietnamese women and children and...
Topics: War, Viet Nam, The American War, warrior archetype, moral injury, PTSD, trauma, wounded warriors,...
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My return guest, Ariel Garten PhD is probably one of the most interesting people you will meet. She  is a Neuroscientist, mom, former psychotherapist, former fashion designer,  and the co- founder and visionary of an amazing and highly successful tech  startup Muse. Muse tracks your brain during meditation to give you real-time feedback on  your meditation, guiding you into the “zone” and solving the problem most  of us have when starting a meditation practice. Muse lets you know when...
Topics: EEG, EKG, meditation trainer, feedback, HRV, heart rate variability, wearable computing,...
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The fear of Alzheimer’s Disease is a source of anxiety for many aging Americans. My guests today are Peter Whitehouse MD and Daniel George PhD. In their book, American Dementia they denounce the narrow biomedical fixation that has plagued the Alzheimer's field for decades. Instead they advocate for a public  health approach
Topics: Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Alzheimer’s Disease, aduhelm, Aducanumab, Alzheimer’s Treatments,...
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Nov 23, 2021 David Van Nuys, PhD
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Kenneth Shapiro  is cofounder and President of the Board of Animals and Society Institute. He is the founding editor of  Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies ; the Brill Human-Animal Studies Book Series, and founding coeditor of  Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.  He earned his BA from Harvard University in American Studies and his PhD in Clinical and Personality Psychology from Duke University.  He has published papers in Human-Animal Studies on vegetarianism,...
Topics: animal abuse, animal research, animal cruelty
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Nov 17, 2021 David Van Nuys, PhD
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My return guest is renowned psychiatrist David Burns MD.  He was my guest around 12 years ago speaking about Healing Troubled Relationships.  He’s an award winning researcher, and author of the phenomenally successful Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, which has sold 5 million copies worldwide. Today we will be discussing his latest book Feeling Great: The Revolutionary New Treatment for Depression and Anxiety.
Topics: CBT, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Albert Ellis, Milton Erickson, Aaron Beck, Scott Miller, Secondary...
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Nov 10, 2021 David Van Nuys, PhD
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My return guest is Dr. Stephen Porges whom I interviewed 10 years ago on the Polyvagal Theory of which he is the originator. He is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute. He has published more than 350 peer reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines including anesthesiology, biomedical engineering, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology,...
Topics: Polyvagal Theory, Vagal Brake, psychotherapy, Polyvagal-informed therapy, safety, neural exercise,...
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My return guest is Prof. Brett Kahr who has been on the show many times before.  He is a noted UK Psychoanalyst with the London Tavistock Centre and the author of many books, the most recent of which is Freud’s Pandemics: Surviving Global War, Spanish Flu, and the Nazis, which we’ll be discussing today.
Topics: The Freud Library, London, Anna Freud, Freud’s children Tavistock Centre, Nazi persecution of...
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Peter Coyote, my guest today, is an award-winning actor, author, director, screenwriter, and narrator who has worked with some of the world’s most distinguished filmmakers.  Among his many books is The Lone Ranger and Tonto Meet The Buddha which we may be referring to in the interview.
Topics: actor, poet, musician, singer, narrator, Hollywood star, author, The Diggers, Gary Snyder, mask...
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Oct 20, 2021 David Van Nuys, PhD
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My return guest Daniel J. Siegle MD is one of three editors of the new Norton book Interpersonal Neurobiology and Clinical Practice which we will be discussing. Dr. Siegle was previously my guest on #255 – Mindsight with Daniel Siegel, MD and #534 – Your Mind Is Bigger Than Your Brain with Daniel J. Siegel MD
Topics: INPB, Cozolino, Porges, Schore, Norton Books, consilience, mind, brain, environment, pandemic,...
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Oct 13, 2021 David Van Nuys
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My guest today, Bernie J. Taylor is  an independent naturalist, thought leader and author whose research explores the mythological connections and biological knowledge among prehistoric, indigenous and ancient peoples. We’ll be discussing his work and his book, Before Orion: Finding The Face of The Hero, is a very original integration of Jung’s theory of the collective unconscious and Campell’s Hero’s Journey with the 34,000 year old images found in the El Castillo cave in Spain
Topics: Jung, Jungian, cave art, El Castillo cave, Archeology, archetype, collective unconscious, Joseph...
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Oct 6, 2021 David Van Nuys, PhD
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My guest today, Dr. Margie Warrell will be discussing her most recent book, Stop Playing Safe: How to Be Braver in Your Work, Leadership and Life. A world traveler,she draws on her background in Fortune 500 business coaching and psychology to embolden people to lead themselves and others to better outcomes.
Topics: Courage, bravery, appropriate risks, pandemic, meaning, overcoming fear, reframing, success,...
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Sep 28, 2021 David Van Nuys PhD
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My guest today, Connie Zweig PhD is a retired psychotherapist, well-known for her books on The Shadow.  Today we’ll be discussing her most recent book, The Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul. 
Topics: Aging, Jung, Jungian, Spirituality, Meditation, Shadow work, positive aging, inner work
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Sep 15, 2021 David Van Nuys PhD
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Dr. Michael A. Rousell is a teacher, psychologist, and professor emeritus at Southern Oregon University. He completed his doctoral program at the University of Oregon in 1991. Rousell studied life-changing events for over three decades and established his expertise by writing the internationally successful book Sudden Influence: How Spontaneous Events Shape Our Lives (2007). His pioneering work draws on research from a wide variety of brain sciences that show when, how, and why we instantly...
Topics: Surprise, belief, mindset, dopamine, fixed beliefs, belief change, hypnosis, Milton Erickson,...
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Sep 8, 2021 David Van Nuys PhD
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Dr. Stephen G. Post is my return guest.  He was previously my guest about a year ago  on The Mystery of Human Connectedness.   Today we will be discussing his book Dignity for Deeply Forgetful People: How Caregivers Can Meet the Challenges of Alzheimer's Disease . In this book, Post offers new perspectives on the worth and dignity of people with Alzheimer's and related disorders despite the negative influence of "hypercognitive" values that place an ethically unacceptable emphasis...
Topics: Alzheimer's, dementia, dignity, caregivers, care giving, compassion, suicide, Alzheimer's...
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Sep 1, 2021 David Van Nuys, PhD
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Are we a species at war with itself? What does our African unconscious reveal about all of us? Dr. Edward Bruce Bynum urges people to come together in his new book Our African Unconscious: The Black Origins of Mysticism and Psychology. Science, evolution, and deep religion all point us in the same direction. According to Dr. Bynum, ultimately, we must love each other or die.  He also a licensed psychologist and Diplomat in clinical psychology, and a senior fellow in the National Association...
Topics: Collective Unconscious, Africa, Carl Jung, Jungian, anthropology, archeology, cosmology, race,...
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Aug 25, 2021 David Van Nuys, PhD
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My guest today is Brandy Gillmore who has a PhD in Natural Medicine. In a TEDx video she relates how she was able to heal herself from a wheelchair, walker and cane and how she has also been able to show others how to use their minds to get rapid healing results.
Topics: healing, hypnosis, placebo effect, spontaneous remission, positive thinking, emotion, PTSD,...
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Aug 18, 2021 David Van Nuys PhD
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My guest today is  Melanie McGhee L.C.S.W. developer of Acceptance and Integration Training. She is an award-winning author, teacher, and psychotherapist with extensive training in Ericksonian Hypnosis, Transactional Analysis, Redecision Therapy, Self Acceptance Training, and Energy Psychology.
Topics: Radical self-acceptance, spiritual training, psychotherapy, spiritual journey, Ericksonian...
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Aug 11, 2021 David Van Nuys, PhD
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My guest today is  Elizabeth Cohn Stuntz Licensed Clinical Social Worker and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Along with Dr. Marsha Linehan the developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, she is co-author of the new book, Coping with Cancer: DBT Skills to Manage Your Emotions and Balance Uncertainty with Hope. This groundbreaking book provides much-needed help for anyone who is facing cancer as well as for the many mental and emotional challenges we all face in these unprecedented times.
Topics: DBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, cancer, coping, pandemic, anxiety treatment, hope. Marsha Linehan
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My guests, Dr. EdwardBrodkin and Ashley Pallathra are the author's of the best-selling book, Missing Each Other: How to Cultivate Meaningful Connections . Based on cutting-edge neuroscience research and years of clinical work, they take the reader on a wide-ranging and surprising journey through fields as diverse as social neuroscience and autism research, music performance, pro basketball, and tai chi. Missing Each Other explains the science, research, and biology underlying the pillars of...
Topics: interpersonal, attunement, mindfulness, resilience, theory of mind, mirror neurons, autism...
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Jul 27, 2021 David Van Nuys PhD
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My guest today is Adam Stern MD speaking about his candid and heartfelt memoir COMMITTED: Dispatches from a Psychiatrist in Training , in which he recounts stories from his four-year psychiatry residency at Harvard Medical School.
Topics: Medical School, SUNY Syracuse, psychiatry, Psychiatrist, Psychotherapy, Psychotherapist, TMS,...
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Jul 21, 2021 David Van Nuys PhD
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My guest today Jonathan Sabbagh spent 20 years working in finance, where he built two businesses from the ground up. After experiencing an intense burnout, he was eventually diagnosed with PTSD. After therapy and medications failed to help him, Jonathan found relief in a series of traditional ayahuasca ceremonies and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, experiences where he discovered he needed to lead a more integrated life and to be in service to others. As a result he co-founded and is CEO of...
Topics: Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy, ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, ketamine, MDMA, psilocybin,...
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Jul 14, 2021 David Van Nuys PhD
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My guests today are Mark O'Connell LCSW, New York City therapist, actor, and author of The Performing Art of Therapy and his friend actor Robin Weigert, who among her film credits is her role as the psychotherapist in the TV series, Big Little Lies. In real life, Robin comes from a family of noted psychoanalysts.
Topics: Psychoanalysis, psychoanalyst, psychotherapy, acting, drama, pandemic, Big Little Lies, Meryl...
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Jul 7, 2021 David Van Nuys PhD
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My guest today is Clinical Psychologist, Hugh K. Marr. He is the author of A Clinician’s Guide to Foundational Story Psychotherapy:Co-changing Narratives, Co-changing Lives. In addition, he consults to other professionals and healthcare agencies in the fields of psychotherapy and substance abuse.
Topics: Freud, Jung, story, Joseph Campbell, Michael White, Narrative Therapy, psychotherapy, trauma therapy
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My return guest today is Los Angeles based Jungian Analyst Michael Gellert.  We’ll be discussing his 2021 book Far From This Land: A Memoir About Evolution, Love, and the Afterlife which describes a vivid inner world which opened up after brain surgery.
Topics: Jung, Jungian, Active Imagination, sub-personalities, autonomous figures, the afterlife, evolution,...
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A cognitive neuroscientist by training, Dr. Christian Jarrett has been popularizing psychology and neuroscience for over two decades.  His latest book is Be Who You Want: Unlocking The Science of Personality Change .
Topics: big 5 trait theory, trait theory, positive change, self-determination, ambition, extravert,...
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Jun 16, 2021 David Van Nuys PhD
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My guest today is Lisa Bravo, PhD. is author of the 2021 book, The Bravo Effect: Strategies for Parenting Extreme Teens. Lisa Bravo aka “teen whisperer” is a highly acclaimed psychotherapist, speaker, author, and teacher. She holds a doctoral degree in behavioral health from Arizona State University and maintains a thriving practice in Scottsdale, Arizona, as an expert in family dynamics and adolescent behavior.
Topics: Parenting, teen parenting, difficult teens, extreme teens, teen addiction, teen suicide, parental...
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Jun 9, 2021 David Van Nuys, PhD
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My guest today is D. John Jackson. In What About Me: Walking the Tightrope as a Black Man in America , D. John Jackson, a Fortune 50 corporate leader with over thirty years of engineering and business leadership, shares a simple, powerful message for Black youth: Your life matters. Your dreams matter. And you can achieve them, no matter who you are or where you’re starting out. Through the stories and lessons of his own personal journey, Jackson proves time and again that what you say and do...
Topics: Race, racism, Black, George Floyd, cultural divide, education, historical education, policing
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Jun 2, 2021 David Van Nuys, PhD
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Dr. Malik Boykin, aka Malik Starx,  is the first Black professor in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences (CLPS) at Brown University, and he is a successful hip-hop artist.   Currently, Starx has joined forces with producer Stephon Alexander, a theoretical physics professor at Brown University. The results include jazzy, Afro-Caribbean styled-single “Dancing for Freedom,” alongside vocalist Kanjia. The song “Dancing for Freedom” has over 2 million ...
Topics: hip hop, music, clinical psychologist, black anthem, Brown University, f reedom, Black Lives...
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May 26, 2021 David Van Nuys PhD
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My  return guest today is Scott D. Miller whom I interviewed way back in 2006 on episode #66 about what works in psychotherapy.  His pioneering work on that topic continues to this day.  However, today’s focus is on a provocative article by him that appeared in The Psychotherapy Networker , which was titled, “How Psychotherapy Lost its Magick.”
Topics: science, placebo effect, psychotherapy efficacy, Tarot, mentalists, deliberate practice,...
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May 19, 2021 David Van Nuys PhD
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My  guest today is Dr.Kausik Si is part of a team that has made a groundbreaking discovery on the biological process that underlies memories, with radical implications for the treatment of Alzheimers, Parkinson’s and other brain disorders.
Topics: Alzheimer's, memory, basic science, brain research, neuroscience, animal models, paradigm shift,...
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May 12, 2021 David Van Nuys, PhD
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My  guest today is Chad Foster. Can you imagine going blind as a teenager?   When most people were preparing for the adventure of adult life, Chad was watching the world he grew up with fade to black. But instead of feeling sorry for himself, he told himself "I’m gonna make blind look good.”   He became the first blind executive to graduate from the Harvard Business School leadership program and was hired by a Global Fortune 500 consulting firm. He wrote groundbreaking software that...
Topics: Leader dogs for the blind, blindness, overcoming challenges, self talk, t he story we tell...
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May 5, 2021 David Van Nuys
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My  guest today is Tore Nielsen PhD Professor of Psychiatry & Addictology, U Montréal; Director, the Dream & Nightmare Laboratory. Dr. Nielsen studies dreaming from primarily neuroscientific and phenomenological perspectives.  He also will be a keynote presenter at the upcoming International Association for The Study of Dreams virtual conference which will be held June 7 -13, 2021.
Topics: nightmare research, dreams, learning, memory, virtual reality, REM sleep, hypnogogic, micro-dreaming
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Apr 28, 2021 David Van Nuys, PhD
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My  guest today is Angel Morgan, PhD, President of IASD.  She is a dream psychologist, founder/director of Dreambridge, adjunct professor and research faculty in the Global PhD in Transpersonal Psychology program at Sofia University. We are going to be discussing her work, as well as the upcoming International Association for The Study of Dreams virtual conference which she is overseeing.
Topics: dreams, dream work, dream interpretation, lucid dreaming, IASD, psychic dreaming, Krippner,...
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Apr 14, 2021 David Van Nuys, PhD
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My   return guest today, is   Lisa Marchiano, LCSW who is a writer and Jungian analyst in private practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the co-host of the popular podcast This Jungian Life . Today, we are going to be talking about her forthcoming book,  Motherhood: Facing and Finding Yourself.   For all you men out there, don’t click away.  I think this book and our conversation will have a lot to offer you, as well.
Topics: dream interpretation, Jungian work, myth, story, the Shadow, projection, mothering, parenting
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My   return guest today,    Dr. Kristen Lee is an internationally recognized, award-winning behavioral science professor, clinician, author and activist from Boston, Massachusetts. She was my guest in 2015 on #457 – A Proactive Approach to Stress with Kristen Lee Costa EdD  And again in 2017 on #578- Mentalligence: A New Psychology of Thinking with Dr. Kristen Lee .
Topics: resilient, coping, excelling, trusting yourself, survival, humor, self-acceptance, taking risks,...
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Mar 31, 2021 David Van Nuys PhD
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My  guest today,  Dr. Michael Nadorff is an associate professor of psychology at Mississippi State University, where he also directs the clinical psychology PhD program.  His research focuses on the association between sleep difficulties, particularly nightmares, and suicidal behavior.   In addition Dr. Nadorff will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming International Association for The Study of Dreams conference which we will be discussing as well.
Topics: nightmares, nightmare research, dream research, suicide, suicide research, behavioral treatment,...
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Mar 24, 2021 David Van Nuys, PhD
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My  guest today, Dr. Susan Pinco is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in Trauma, Loss and Grief; Dissociation, Panic, Anxiety, Depression and Phobias among other issues.  Among her specialties is Brainspotting which she describes as, “ a powerful and effective approach to healing and wellness that harnesses the nervous system’s ability to reorganize and realign itself, enhancing resilience and facilitating change.“
Topics: Brainspotting, David Grand, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, David A. Levine, Ericksonian psychotherapy
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My  guest today, Bette Freedson LCSW is is a clinical social worker, teacher and author of the forthcoming book Other Realms, Other Ways: A Clinician's Guide to the Magick of Intuition.
Topics: psychic, ESP, counseling, psychogherapy, Milton Erickson, paranormal, parapsychology
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My  return guest today, Charles Raison, MD is internationally recognized for his studies examining novel mechanisms involved in the development and treatment of major depression and other stress-related emotional and physical conditions. This work includes investigations of psychedelic-assisted therapies.  Dr Raison is also known for his work examining the physical and behavioral effects of compassion training.
Topics: Psychedelics, MDMA, psilocybin, LSD, MDMA, treatment, ptsd
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My  guest today, James Hollis, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Washington, DC and is the author of 17 books. He’s been my guest on Shrink Rap Radio at least twice before.  He’s always extremely insightful.  And today we’re going to be discussing his recent book, Prisms: Reflections on The Journey We Call Life .
Topics: archetype, Jungian Analysis, dream, pandemic, covid
My  guest today, Courtney Armstrong is a licensed professional counselor specializing in grief and trauma recovery and the Founder of the Institute for Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy.  She is the author of three books: Transforming Traumatic Grief (2011), The Therapeutic “Aha!” (2015) and Rethinking Trauma Treatment (2019).
Topics: emotion, emotional brain, music, imagery, trauma, psychothearpy
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My  guest today, Corinne Masur, PsyD, is a child and adult psychoanalyst who has been in practice for over thirty-five years treating children, adolescents and adults. We’ll be discussing the book she edited, Finding the Piggle: Reconsidering DW Winnicott’s Most Famous Child Case.
Topics: child therapy, child analysis, child psychoanalysis, Prof. Brett Kahr, Melanie Klein, Anna Freud
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Feb 10, 2021 David Van Nuys PhD
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My  guest today, Francis Weller, MFT, is a psychotherapist, writer, and soul activist. He is a master of synthesizing diverse streams of thought from psychology, anthropology, mythology, alchemy, indigenous cultures, and poetic traditions. We’re going to be discussing his recent book, In the Absence of the Ordinary: Essays in a Time of Uncertainty
Topics: pandemic, plague, soul, depth, fear, death, initiation
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My  guest today, Dr. Oliver Morgan is the author of the new book, investigating the intersection of attachment theory, neuroscience, trauma and addiction:  The book’s title, appropriately, is: Addiction, Attachment, Trauma, Recovery: The Power of Connection.  He’s also Professor of Counseling & Human Services at the University of Scranton
Topics: Addiction, Attachment, Trauma, Recovery: The Power of Connection.
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Jan 27, 2021 David Van Nuys PhD
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My  guest today, Niall Geoghegan, Psy.D. is a Certified Advanced Practitioner of Coherence Therapy.   He collaborated closely with Bruce Ecker on creating the Coherence Psychology Institute's Training and Certification Program. Moreover, he was a contributing author to the groundbreaking book Unlocking the Emotional Brain on Coherence Therapy and Memory Reconsolidation.
Topics: Coherence Therapy, Memory Reconsolidation, Brice Ecker, psychotherapy, short-term psychotherapy,...
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My  guest today is Heather Wokusch M.A. whose career in organizational development, education, cross-culture, and media has spanned five continents and multiple sectors. An expert in virtual learning, she has spent the pandemic establishing an Impact Tech project promoting mental health and building capacity for psychosocial support in conflict zones.  There is so much more to say about her work and career.  You’ll just have to listen
Topics: pandemic, covid, activism, global economy, psychotherapy, organizational development, government...
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My return guest today is Simon Cole.  He’s been a therapist for 30 years.  Some years ago, he and his wife retired from the UK to the Pyranees in France where they run a retreat center.  A life long musician, we’ll be focusing on his new book: Just BE here - the guide to Musicking Mindfulness, in which he sees mindfulness as a flow rather than a static state.  Before you click away let me assure you that you don’t need to be any sort of musician to get value out of either the book or...
Topics: mindfulness, Martin Buber, I/Thou, playfulness, improvisation, meditation
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Dec 16, 2020 David Van Nuys, PhD
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My guest today is Chaz Franke, MSW, LCSW has aa Master of Social Work degree from Saint Louis University (SLU). Chaz has been a practicing LCSW since 2009 with expertise in forensic psychology, trauma, sexual trauma and more. He has presented on such topics as Wisdom and Self Compassion, Mindfulness,  Self Care, Transference and countertransference.
Topics: psychotherapy, trauma, curiosity, ego, sexual trauma, body building, bodybuilding, strength...
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Dec 2, 2020 David Van Nuys, PhD
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My guest today is Renee M. Cunningham, MFT, Jungian Analyst in private practice for the past 25 years in Phoenix, Arizona. We’ll be discussing her upcoming book entitled “A Jungian Analysis of Archetypal Nonviolence: King and Culture  Through the Eyes of Selma.”
Topics: Martin Luther King, Ghandi, Jung, Jungian, Black Lives Matter, racism, Montgomery, March on...