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 ‚Äėnew memories‚Äô using therapeutic role play scenarios known as “structures”.


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Related Links

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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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 ‚ÄúYou Can Do All Things: Drawings, Affirmations and Mindfulness to Help With Anxiety and Depression‚ÄĚ.

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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Related Links – 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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Julia Samuel MBE

Julia Samuel is a psychotherapist and paediatric counsellor specialising in grief.

In 1994 she helped launch and establish Child Bereavement UK, a charity aimed at educating professionals in supporting children facing bereavement and families who have lost a child, and continues to play an active role as the charities Founder Patron.

Julia is a Vice President of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, an Honorary Doctor of Middlesex University, and in 2015 was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to bereaved children.

Her first book is The Sunday Times bestseller “Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving“, which was published in 2017.

In today’s episode we discuss Julia’s work as a grief counsellor and how encountering death so frequently affects her own mental health, why death is such a taboo subject and the price we pay for this, whether it‚Äôs justified to classify prolonged grief as a mental illness, and we also explore some of the most and least helpful ways to deal with the death of a loved one.

Related Links

Grief Works – Julia’s website

Child Bereavement UK – Supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.

Julia Samuel on Facebook

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For the past year or so I’ve made it possible for you guys to support the podcast by making donations.

As a way of giving a little something back to those of you kind enough to do so, I decided to produce some subscriber-only bonus content such as the Quick Fire Question’s portion of my interviews and hosting some AMA (Ask Me Anything) episodes.

In order to make this content exclusively available to paying subscribers, I had to set up a membership section on the website which kept bonus content hidden by requiring members to sign-in in order to view it.

There are various options available to implement such functionality, but without boring you with too much technical minutiae, in short, most solutions didn’t suit my requirements, and the few that did are simply too expensive or too complicated to implement.

For the past few months I’ve been plodding along with a free solution that I cobbled together myself using a selection of freely available WordPress plugins.¬†However, it soon became evident why such a Frankensteinian approach was free.

Firstly, it required a lot manual input on my part. Secondly, reliability was poor as there were a ton of bugs and compatibility issues.

Despite all the difficulties, as of last week enough of you guys had pledged monthly donations that we were about 60% of the way to making the podcast break even financially, and thus well on the way to becoming completely self-sustainable.

However, despite this progress, as some of you may have noticed, the frequency of my output has decreased a little over the past couple of month; a direct result of all the extra time required to manually implement and maintain this rickety membership functionality.

Since the whole point of enabling you guys to support the podcast is so that I can spend more time producing content for you, it becomes completely counterproductive when maintaining such a system takes up so much time that I struggle to produce more content as a result.

So this week, I‚Äôve taken the difficult and costly, but more sustainable decision to scrap the self-hosted membership option, cancel everybody’s subscriptions, and make the shift over to Patreon.

Patreon, for those of you who aren’t familiar, is a membership platform that makes it easy for a people to support the creators whose content they enjoy and in return gain access to various subscriber-only perks.

It’s everything I was doing before, only they deal with all the payment processing, membership sign-ups, and providing you with access to the subscriber-only bonus material, while I just concentrate on the task of producing content.

I know it’s a pain in the arse signing-up to yet another website, but for those of you willing to do so, I promise to make it worthwhile.

I currently offer four different subscriber tiers at $2, $3, $5, and $10 per month. The more you pledge, the more perks you gain access to, including:

  • Bonus content from the podcast
  • Members-only newsletter
  • My AMA (Ask Me Anything) episodes
  • Live Events
  • Access to our private Facebook Group
  • Sponsorship credit

So for those of you who have supported me so far, thank you so much for you support. If I see you on the other side, awesome! If not, I hope you continue to enjoy the podcast regardless.

Thanks, Danny

William M. Epstein, Ph.D.

William Epstein is a professor at the School of Social Work, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he teaches social welfare policy.

He is the author of nine books, covering the politics, economics, and sociology of American Social Welfare, including the two which form the basis of today’s discussion, “The Illusion of Psychotherapy“, and “Psychotherapy as Religion: The Civil Divine in America“.

In today’s episode we explore two of Dr. Epsteins most compelling claims:

Firstly, that not only is psychotherapy most likely ineffective, but that “there is not one credible study conforming to the basic rules of objective proof that testifies to the effectiveness of any psychotherapeutic treatment.‚ÄĚ

And secondly, that the practice of psychotherapy is not a science at all but rather the civil religion of America, reflecting the principles of radical self-invention and self-reliance deeply embedded in the psyche of the nation.

This episode has 12 minutes of bonus content! Subscribe for as little as $2 /month to gain access to this and other exclusive content.


Related Links – Official website of the Democratic Party

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Jenni McCartney

Jenni McCartney (@SamaritansJenni) has been a volunteer at Samaritans for more than 30 years, and in 2015 was elected Chair of Trustees, representing the charity’s 21,000 volunteers.

As part of her role she writes a blog for Samaritans’ internal website, delivers speeches at the Council of Samaritans and at branch AGMs, and spends time travelling round the 201 branches dotted throughout the UK and Ireland to meet with volunteers and help spread the word.

In recognition of these efforts, Jenni has been awarded the CharityComms Inspiring Communicator Award for her work engaging with volunteers, and for representing Samaritans in the media.

In today’s episode we learn about the history and formation of Samaritans,¬†how¬†and why¬†Jenni first became a volunteer and, more importantly, why she decided to stick with it¬†for more than thirty years.

We¬†explore the most common reasons people turn to Samaritans, how it evolved from a suicide prevention line into an emotional support service¬†that anybody could call for any reason, why¬†Samaritans policy is primarily to listen without giving advice, and¬†how this approach can often be more effective in helping callers¬†find the answers they’re looking for.

We also explore what it’s like to be a volunteer answering calls,¬†what’s involved in the training process, what you actually say and do when a call comes in, how you learn to help other people deal with their negative life experiences¬†without letting it affect your own emotional well being, but ultimately, how¬†listening to other people’s problems is, more often than not,¬†a rewarding experience for both parties.



SAMARITANS (UK & ROI): 116 123 –¬†Available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. This number is FREE to call and won’t appear on your bill. You do not have to be suicidal to call.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (US):¬†1 800 273 8255 –¬†Available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. This number is FREE to call,¬†but may appear on your bill (please check with carrier).¬†You do not have to be suicidal to call.

Live outside the UK or US? For a comprehensive list of international helplines, or to find a crisis centre in your area please click here!

Recommended Links

Samaritans – Home Page

Samaritans Volunteer Sign-up Page

Books Mentioned in This Episode

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