Episode 24: Rick Miller Interview

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In this episode, psychotherapist and author Rick Miller is interviewed. Rick is a clinical social worker in private practice in Boston, Massachusetts. He has served as faculty for The International Society of Hypnosis, The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and Harvard Medical School, and was a guest lecturer at The University of Johannesburg Department of Psychology in South Africa. The focus of his recent work is his creation and development of a practical, holistic approach for therapists to help gay clients experience fulfillment and happiness. He is the author of the well-received “Unwrapped: Integrative Therapy with Gay Men and the Gift of Presence”.

In our discussion we explore such topics as the importance of trusting our self in therapy sessions, the use of intuition in creating, maintaining, and deepening therapeutic relationships, Rick’s specialized work with gay men and its related issues of identity, authenticity, and masculinity. Rick also discusses “Gay Sons and Mothers”, his new project which examines the special bond that exists between gay men and their mothers.

For more information about Rick and his work, check out his website: http://rickmiller.biz/

 

“Coleyology” Interview

I was recently interviewed by the lovely and talented Nicole Lemaster for the “Coleyology” podcast, a program which focuses on consciousness, mental health, and holistic living.

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In this lively, personal, and candid interview, Nicole and I discuss such things as focusing on therapy client strengths, framing problems, co-creating novel experiences, hoodoo, the paradox of trust, writing books, and humor in the therapy room.  She was a delight to interact with and I really enjoyed our chat.

To listen to the interview, go HERE

Episode 23: Rob McNeilly Interview

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In this episode, Dr. Robert McNeilly is interviewed. Rob is a medical doctor and a psychotherapist in Tasmania who had the privilege of learning directly from Dr. Milton Erickson. Rob was so inspired by Erickson’s human approach to therapy that he created his own interpretation to assist clients in a respectful, dignified way to deal with the human dilemmas that affect individuals, couples and families. Rob founded the Center for Effective Therapy in l988 to introduce Ericksonian Hypnosis and Solution Oriented Counseling to Australia. He has written several well received books on Solution Oriented Therapy and Hypnosis and offers online training in these approaches.

In this interview Rob discusses the importance of having a sense of expectancy on the part of both client and therapist, the importance of creating therapeutic relationships, the power of listening for resources, and therapist genuineness.

For more information about Rob McNeilly go to his website:  robmcneilly.simplero.com/

Episode 22: Dana Rideout Inteview

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Psychotherapist, yoga instructor, corporate consultant and entrepreneur, Dana Rideout, is interviewed in this episode. Dana discusses her path from working in special education to finding her work as a therapist. She also discusses working with trauma and “First Responders.” the use of mindfulness to help others find the missing neurological pieces to facilitate effective interaction, getting past comfort levels in therapy, using yoga for treating anxiety, and balancing “knowing” and “not knowing”.

For more information on Dana and her work, check out her website: danarideoutlpc.com

Episode 21: Steven Hoskinson Interview

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In this episode, Steve Hoskinson is interviewed. Steve is the founder and Chief Compassion Officer of Organic Intelligence, a theory and systemic clinical application of human empowerment, resiliency, and compassion to resolve the devastating effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Steve has trained thousands of individuals in the helping professions in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East in the art of the compassionate treatment of trauma.  As a leader in the Somatic Psychology field, Steve was Professional Training Faculty for the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute for 17 years and is currently Adjunct Faculty for JFK University’s Somatic Psychology program. He has graduate degrees in Theology and Psychology and is a founding member of the Northern California Society for Integrative Mental Health and the International Transformational Resilience Coalition.

In this interview we discuss therapy from a systems perspective and the idea that what is wrong with therapy is the focus on what is wrong. He also discusses the crucial aspects of therapeutic context and framing, second order change, the importance of curiosity in therapy, and be able to “act in order to know”.

For more information on Steve Hoskinson and his work, check out his website: https://organicintelligence.org/

Episode 20: Helen Adrienne Interview

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In this episode psychotherapist, trainer and author, Helen Adrienne is interviewed. Helen is a graduate of Rutgers University and Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, Helen has trained in family therapy, mind/body therapy, cognitive therapy, guided meditation stress reduction techniques, and Ericksonian clinical hypnotherapy. She is an approved consultant for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York and New Jersey, and a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work.

Helen is the best selling author of “On Fertile Ground: Healing Infertility” and a founding member of the New York City chapter of RESOLVE™, a national infertility organization. For many years she has run mind/body support groups and other programs through RESOLVE™ for the infertile patient.

In the interview Helen discusses her work with mind/body stress reduction, fertility issues and teaching clients how to escape from stress and move into themselves, the importance of following therapeutic hunches, and the art of letting things spontaneously unfold in a session.

For more information on Helen Adrienne’s work, check out her website: www.helenadrienne.com

Episode 19: Elliott Connie Interview

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In this episode, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) teacher, trainer, and therapist, Elliott Connie is interviewed about his approach to working with clients. Elliott is the founder of the Connie Institute, which hosts training events for those who are interested in learning new, cutting edge SFBT skills.

In this interview, Elliott discusses the importance of strengths based approaches to counseling, making interventions simple for maximum effectiveness, staying out of the the frame of a problem, how the expectancy of the therapist is a crucial part of the change process, and the role of therapist authenticity.

For more information about Elliott Connie and his work, check out his website: elliottspeaks.com

Episode 18: Scott Miller Interview

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In this enlightening interview, I get to talk with the one and only Dr. Scott Miller. Scott is the founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence, an international consortium of clinicians, researchers, and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavioral health services. Scott conducts workshops and training internationally, helping hundreds of agencies and organizations, both public and private, to achieve superior results. He is one of a handful of “invited faculty” whose work, thinking, and research is featured at the prestigious “Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference.” His humorous and engaging presentation style and command of the research literature consistently inspires practitioners, administrators, and policy makers to make effective changes in service delivery.

In our conversation we discuss such important topics as feedback informed therapy, the misnomer of “evidence based” therapies, what aspects of psychotherapy are consistent in practice, and what can make the most difference in achieving positive outcomes when working with clients. Scott is a wealth of information and you can learn more about his work at his website: www.scottdmiller.com

Episode 17: Bette Freedson Interview

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In this episode we interview author, psychotherapist, and speaker Bette Freedson. Bette is a clinical social worker, practicing in Southern Maine. Bette is the author of the acclaimed book, “Soul Mothers’ Wisdom: Seven Insights For The Single Mother”. Her work has appeared in The York County Coast Star,“Calgary’s Child Magazine,” “Working Mother Magazine,” and “Women’s Day Magazine,” among others.

In this interview we discuss the role of utilizing intuition in psychotherapy, the overlooked importance of relationship in therapeutic research, circularity in interaction, working with single parents, and Bette’s “S.O.L.V.E.” schema for therapeutic interventions.

For more information on Bette Freedson’s books, articles, training, and therapy services, check out her website: bettefreedson.com

Episode 16: Bob Bertolino Interview

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In this episode Dr. Bob Bertolino discusses the importance of working with a “strengths based approach” in psychotherapy, the importance of client expectancy and hope, feedback informed therapy, and working with children and adolescents.

Bob is a professor of Rehabilitation Counseling at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri, Senior Clinical Advisor at Youth In Need (YIN), Inc., a community-based non-profit organization in eastern Missouri that serves children, youth, and families, an a Senior Associate for the International Center for Clinical Excellence (ICCE). Bob has taught over 500 workshops throughout the United States and 11 countries, and worked with numerous national, state, and local organizations, and both the United States Army and United States Navy. He has authored or co-authored many articles and over 14 books on counseling, psychotherapy, and youth care work, with his books being published in 6 languages.

For information about his work and workshops, you can go to his website:  www.bobbertolino.com