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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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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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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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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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.”

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.

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Roland Griffiths, Ph.D.

Roland Griffiths, Ph.D. is Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Roland is author of over 360 journal articles and book chapters. He has been a consultant to the National Institutes of Health, and to numerous pharmaceutical companies in the development of new psychotropic drugs. He is also currently a member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Dependence for the World Health Organization.

In 1999 he initiated a pioneering research program at Johns Hopkins investigating the psychological and therapeutic effects of the hallucinogen psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychedelic compound produced in psilocybin mushrooms, known colloquially as magic mushrooms.

His studies have included investigations into psilocybin-occasioned mystical-type experiences in healthy volunteers, psilocybin-facilitated treatment of cigarette smoking cessation, and treatment of psychological distress in cancer patients with life threatening prognoses.

In today’s episode we explore the origin and history of psilocybin research, what it looks like to experiment with psychedelics in a clinical setting, the nature of the hallucinations experienced by participants, and the potential for psilocybin to produce long term, clinically significant reductions in depression and anxiety, along with increases in quality of life, life meaning, and optimism, with just one single dose.


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Roland Griffiths Laboratory at John Hopkins

The science of psilocybin and its use to relieve suffering – Roland’s TEDMED Talk

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Prof. Tim Carey

Back in Episode 25 I sat down with Warren Mansell to discuss a new and relatively unknown (at least to the general public) form of psychotherapy called the Method of Levels.

Because Method of Levels isn’t as well known as the likes of standard CBT or psychodynamic therapy, I figured the best way to give people an insight into how it actually works would be to give it a try, record the interaction and then let you guys listen in on it.

As well as the session itself, which was recorded with Warren Mansell at his office at the University of Manchester, this episode begins with an introduction to Method of Levels by its co-founder Tim Carey, and I finish up by giving a brief retrospective analysis of what I took away from the session and how it helped me. In other words, it’s a long one. Enjoy!


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The Method of Levels (MOL) – A way of helping people listen to themselves

PCT Web – The theory of control that is changing our world view

MindSurf App – Manage Stress and Improve Quality Of Life (Android, iOS)

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Prof. Elizabeth Lunbeck

Elizabeth Lunbeck is Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, specializing in the history of psychoanalysis, psychiatry, and psychology, with allied interests in women and gender, intellectual and cultural history, and the twentieth-century United States.

She is the author of a number of books including the multi-award winning “The Psychiatric Persuasion: Knowledge, Gender, and Power in Modern America”, and “The Americanization of Narcissism” for which she received the 2015 Courage to Dream Book Prize from the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Liz is also an academic program graduate of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and holds an MA in counseling psychology from William James College.

In today’s episode we explore some of the basic ideas of Freudian psychoanalysis, what it is and where it came from, whether there’s any truth to the modern caricature of psychoanalysis as an expensive waste of time exploring Oedipal issues and repressed memories, what modern psychoanalysis looks like in practice, and whether or not Freud still has anything to offer in the the 21st century.


Related Links – Liz’s website

Karnac Books – Online bookstore with around 18000 specialist titles on psychoanalysis and psychotherapy

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Dr. Warren Mansell

Warren Mansell (@warrenmansell) is a Senior Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist at the University of Manchester, specialising in psychological approaches to bipolar disorder, transdiagnostic interventions for mental health problems, and Perceptual Control Theory.

In 2011 he received the British Psychological Society May Davidson Award for his outstanding contribution to the field of psychology in the first ten years since qualifying as a clinical psychologist.

He is the author of a number of books including “The Bluffer’s Guide to Psychology“, “Coping with Fears and Phobias: A Step-by-step Guide to Understanding and Facing Your Anxieties“, and the book which forms the basis of today’s discussion “A Transdiagnostic Approach to CBT using Method of Levels Therapy“.

In today’s episode we explore the transdiagnostic approach to understanding psychological distress, how a loss of control is at the root of all mental health problems from anorexia to OCD, and why Method of Levels could prove to be the Holy Grail of psychotherapy.



The transdiagnostic processes common across all psychological disorders, and the fundamental process which underlies them all… Loss of control caused by conflicting goals.


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PCTWeb – The theory of control that is changing our world view

Method of Levels (MOL) – A way of helping people listen to themselves

Method of Levels and Life’s Journey – A demonstration of a Method of Levels therapy in action

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