Juliet Grayson

Juliet Grayson (@CounsellorsCPD) is an psychotherapist, coach and teacher, specialising in working with people with relationship and sexual problems, and people with terminal illness.

She is the author of “Landscapes of the Heart, The Working World of a Sex and Relationship Therapist“, the director of StopSO (Specialist Treatment Organisation for Perpetrators and Survivors of Sexual Offences), and a specialist practitioner and trainer in Pesso Boyden Therapy.

In today’s episode we discuss (get ready for it…) Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor, a unique form of therapy designed to help clients identify emotional deficits and create ‘new memories’ using therapeutic role play scenarios known as “structures”.

 

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Pesso Boyden Therapists UK – Details of all the Pesso Boyden personal development and therapy groups in the UK

Pesso Boyden Training UK – The Pesso Boyden Training Institute

Landscapes of the Heart – Juliet’s website

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Dr. Sara Tai is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist whose research focuses on the science and practice of psychological interventions including Cognitive Theory and Perceptual Control Theory.

She is the co-author of a number of books including “A Transdiagnostic Approach to CBT using Method of Levels Therapy”, and is currently involved in clinical trials and experimental research developing psychological interventions for psychosis and bipolar disorders in Texas, Philadelphia, Illinois, Beijing, Europe and the UK.

Today’s episode is an oft requested, and long overdue, delve into how people with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder can take control of their own recovery.

Based on the recent paper “Living the Life You Want Following a Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder“, we explore the ten most important aspects of recovery as reported by people previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

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Living the Life You Want Following a Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder: A Grounded Theory Approach – by Helen Warwick, Sara Tai, and Warren Mansell

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Paul McGregor

Paul McGregor (@pmcgregorcom) a mental health advocate and speaker who travels the country to raise awareness of issues related to suicide.

He is the host of the Paul McGregor Podcast, and the author of “Man Up, Man Down: Standing Up To Suicide“.

He is also the founder of Mens Fashion Magazine, and a short course lecturer at The London College of Fashion.

In today’s episode Paul tells the story of his father’s suicide, how he dealt with immediate aftermath including local media coverage, how it affected him and his family in the long term, what the experience has taught him, and why it inspired him to work in mental health advocacy.

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PaulMcGregor.com – Paul’s website

Paul’s Instagram page

Paul’s YouTube channel

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Wendy Yellen

Wendy Yellen (@WendyYellen)is an Eidetic practitioner with expertise in Family and Systems Therapy and neo-Reichian emotional release body work.

She is a board member of the Eidetics Imagery Association, a book reviewer for the International Imagery Association, and the author of the spiritual manifesto.

In today’s episode we explore the rather esoteric field of eidetic imagery and eidetic psychotherapy.

We discuss some of the history and theory behind the practice, why Wendy feels it to be a superior to any other form or psychotherapy, and then we try it out for real by having Wendy guide us through an eidetic imagery session in real time.

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WendyYellen.com – Wendy’s website

Wendy’s Facebook Page

FREE Spiritual Manifesto – “Use This Ancient Secret to Boost Your Spiritual Practice”

Eidetic Image Psychology – Research, Application, Inspiration

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Haley Weaver

Kate Allan

Haley Weaver (@haleydrewthis) is a Seattle, Washington based writer, artist and illustrator whose drawings have made her one of Instagram’s biggest artists in the area of mental health.

Kate Allan (@thelatestkate) is also a hugely popular artist and illustrator across social media, and the author of “You Can Do All Things: Drawings, Affirmations and Mindfulness to Help With Anxiety and Depression”.

In today’s episode we explore the links between artistic expression and mental health, how art has the power to ease suffering and build communities, and the pressures and benefits of build a large fanbase on social media.

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HaleyDrewThis.com – Haley’s website and merch store

@haleydrewthis – Haley’s Instagram

Kate’s Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, mailing list, and merch store

Kate’s Patreon Page

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Prof. Paul Gilbert OBE

Paul Gilbert (@ProfPaulGilbert) is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Derbyshire Health Care Foundation Trust. He has researched evolutionary approaches to psychopathology for over 35 years with a special focus on shame and the treatment of shame based difficulties.

He is the founder of both the founder of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Compassionate Mind Training (CMT), and in 2006 he established the Compassionate Mind Foundation in 2006.

Paul has written and edited 20 books and in March 2011 he was awarded an OBE.

In today’s episode we explore the concept of compassion and it’s importance in both clinical practice and in our everyday lives, whether compassion is an inherent trait or something that can be cultivated, how compassion is bound up with shame and self-criticism, and how we can learn to be more compassionate towards ourselves.

 

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The Compassionate Mind Foundation – Promoting an evolution and neuroscience informed approach to compassion

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Andy Fisher

Andy Fisher is a scholar, author and registered psychotherapist from Eastern Ontario, with expertise in both Buddhist Psychology and Ecopsychology.

Andy sits of the editorial board of the journal “Ecopsychology“, the only peer-reviewed journal that places psychology and mental health in an ecological context to recognize the links between human health, culture, and the health of the planet, and also teaches a certificate in ecopsychology along with Craig Chalquist and Linda Buzzell-Saltzman at the Pacifica Graduate Institute.

He is lead author of “Men and Healing: Theory, Research, and Practice in Working with Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse” and the book which forms the basis of today’s discussion, “Radical Ecopsychology: Psychology in the Service of Life”.

In today’s episode we discuss the relatively new field of ecopsychology which explores the relationship between human beings and the natural world through the lens of ecology and psychology.

We explore how human beings have become alienated from nature and why this matters, the difference between ecopsychology and plain old conservation politics, to what extent capitalism helps or hinders our relationship with the natural world, and if and how it’s possible for both individuals and civilisation as a whole to reconnect with nature.

 

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AndyFisher.ca – Andy’s website

What Is Ecopsychology? – Good introductory blog post by Andy

Ecopsychology Year-Long Training Program

Men and Healing: Theory, Research, and Practice in Working with Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse – Andy’s book (Free PDF version)

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David Pickup, LMFT

David Pickup, LMFT (@davidpickupmft) is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and Reintegrative Therapist with a clinical practice in Addison, Texas.

As well as being a member of the American Psychological Association, and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, David is a Board member for both the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity, and the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH).

In today’s episode we discuss the difference between reintegrative therapy and gay conversion therapy, whether or not homosexual feelings are innate or the result of socialization or trauma, how reintegrative therapy supposedly works, the quality (or lack thereof) of studies supporting these kinds of therapies, and whether or not therapies addressing homosexual feelings should be banned.

 

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David Pickup, LMFT – David’s website

Sexual Orientation, Controversy, and Science – In-depth 2017 report by J. Michael Bailey

Journal of Human Sexuality – the official publication of the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity (ATCSI)

Psychiatry Giant Sorry for Backing Gay ‘Cure’ – New York Times article on Robert Spitzer

Man who worked as top ‘conversion therapist’ comes out as gay – Guardian Story on David Matheson

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I feel compelled to add here that I’m only recommending the “Preventing Homosexuality” book because the author, Joseph Nicolosi, is kinda the godfather of this sort of therapy, so it might prove an interesting, if not particularly scientific, read.

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Joe Strike

Joe Strike (@JoeStrike) is an artist, writer, and producer based in New York.

He is the author of “Furry Nation: The True Story of America’s Most Misunderstood Subculture” which won the the 2017 Ursa Major Award for Best Non-Fiction Work and is all about the history of furry fandom and how becoming a Furry transformed his own life.

Joe’s “fursona” Komos is the co-star of Komos & Goldie, an ongoing superhero comic co-created and written by Joe and British fur Oliver Coombes, and made the cover of Huck magazine in December 2017 for an arts and culture story on the furry lifestyle.

In today’s episode we explore the subculture of furry fandom and the people who like to dress-up as their anthropomorphic animal alter-egos.

We trace the the origins of furry fandom, how furries develop their “fursona” and design their fursuits, the psychological motivations behind the lifestyle, and how much, or how little, furry fandom is related to sex and sexuality.

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JoeStrike.com – Joe’s website

FurryNation.com – Homepage for the “Furry Nation” book

Komos & Goldie – Tumblr page

FurAffinity.net – the internet’s largest online gallery for furry, anthro, dragon, brony art work and more

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Prof. Todd Shackelford

Todd Shackelford (@TKShackelford) is Distinguished Professor and Chair of Psychology at Oakland University.

Together with his wife Viviana he is co-director of the Evolutionary Psychology Lab, leading a team of researchers seeking a deeper understanding of human sexual psychology and behavior by studying issues such as jealousy and infidelity, intimate partner violence and homicide, and human sperm competition and sexual conflict.

Todd is the Editor of the journal “Evolutionary Psychology”, Associate Editor of the journal “Personality and Individual Differences”, and he is also the editor of a number of books, the most apt of which today being the “The Evolution of Violence” and “The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Violence, Homicide, and War”.

In today’s episode we explore the evolutionary psychology of violence, in particular the sorts of violence that, on the face of it at least, appear to run counter to the Darwinian drive for survival and replication such as infanticide, spousal abuse, and suicide.

Along the way we also tackle the subject of “toxic masculinity”, dodgy statistics, the benefits of watching other men have sex with your wife, rape fantasies, and BDSM.

 

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Todd K. Shackelford – Evolutionary Psychology Lab

Evolutionary Psychological Science – Todd’s Facebook Page

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? Evolutionary Perspectives on Violence, Homicide, and War

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