#439 – Psychedelics and Their Power to Heal with Journalist/Author Tom Shroder

Tom Shroder

Tom Shroder has been an award-winning journalist, writer and editor for nearly 40 years. He is the author of Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy and the Power to Heal (2014) about the resurgence of research into the medical use of psychedelic drugs, co-author of Fire on the Horizon: the Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster (2011), and sole author of Old Souls: Compelling Evidence From Children Who Remember Past Lives(1999), a classic study of the border between science and mysticism.

As editor of The Washington Post Magazine between 2001 and 2009 he oversaw staff writer Gene Weingarten’s two Pulitzer Prize-winning feature stories, Fiddler in the Subway (2008) and Fatal Distraction (2010). As an independent editor he has edited such New York Times bestsellers as Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One has the Time by Brigid Schulte and Top Secret America by Dana Priest and William Arkin.
Shroder’s The Hunt for Bin Laden (2011) based on 15 years of reporting by The Washington Post, became the #1-selling Kindle Single on Amazon.com. Shroder is also known for co-creating the Tropic Hunt, a mass-participation puzzle attended by thousands, which has become The Washington Post Hunt in Washington.
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#438 – Exploring A Relational Approach to Autism and Other States of Mind with Dr. Dan L. Edmunds

Dan Edmunds

Dan L. Edmunds Ed.D. is an existential psychoanalyst and psychotherapist. He is the founder of the International Center for Humane Psychiatry, an emancipatory movement for human rights in the mental health system. His work has focused on trauma and attachment concerns, and relational/existential approaches to autism and extreme states, He is the Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association. He is the author of The Meeting Of Two Persons: What Therapy Should Be and Being Autistic: An Approach Towards Acceptance And Understanding and a co-author of Mystical Metaphors.
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#437 – Embracing Envy in Life and Therapeutic Practice with Josh Gressel PhD

Josh Gressel

Josh Gressel, PhD is a clinical psychologist and certified Imago couples therapist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay area. He is also the author of the 2014 book, Embracing Envy: Finding the Spiritual Treasure in Our Most Shameful Emotion
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#436 – Brain, Mind, and Body in The Healing of Trauma with Bessel van der Kolk MD

Bessel van der Kolk


Bessel van der Kolk, MD is a world renowned researcher and clinician in the field of traumatic stress. His innovative work to integrate mind, brain, body, and social connections in the healing of trauma has had a profound impact on the care and treatment of trauma victims all over the world. Dr. van der Kolk’s research includes brain imaging studies on trauma’s impact on childhood development and the effects of therapies such as yoga, neurofeedback, EMDR, theater and movement on traumatic stress. Dr. van der Kolk, a professor in the department of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School, is the founder and medical director of the Trauma Center in Boston and the director of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), established by Congress to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities. Dr. van der Kolk’s newest book, The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma (Viking, 2014)—a New York Times Best Seller—offers a sweeping and revolutionary new understanding of the causes and consequences of trauma and how to heal the traumatized brain.
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#435 – The Potential of Video Games to Fend Off Mental Decline with Clive Thompson

Clive Thompson

As a child growing up in Toronto of the 1970s and 80s, Clive Thompson became fascinated with the first “home computers”—the ones you plugged into your TV, like the Commodore 64, and programmed using BASIC. He was hooked, spending hours writing video games, music programs, and simple forms of artificial intelligence. The obsession stuck with him, even as he went to the University of Toronto to study poetry and political science. When he became a magazine writer in the 1990s, the Internet erupted into the mainstream, and he began reporting on how digital tools—everything from email to digital photography to instant messaging—was changing society. Read More »


#434 – Science and Pseudoscience in Psychology with Scott Lilienfeld PhD

0040501-11KH Scott Lilienfeld, Professor of Psychology

Scott Lilienfeld PhD received his B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1990. He completed his clinical internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1986-1987. He was assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at SUNY Albany from 1990 to 1994, and has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Emory since 1994. He is author of the 2014 book, Science and Pseudoscience in Clinical Psychology, Second Edition, along with a number of earlier books exploring related themes.
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#433 – Transactional Analysis: Past, Present, and Future with Vann Joines PhD

Vann Joines

Vann S. Joines, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, licensed Marital and Family Therapist, and President and Director of the Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy, Chapel Hill, NC. He is also a Certified Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst and the 1994 Winner of the Eric Berne Memorial Award for the Integration of TA with Other Approaches. He is a Diplomate and Founding Member of the Redecision Therapy Association, a Certified Group Psychotherapist, a Certified Practitioner, Teacher and Supervisor in Advanced Integrative Therapy, an Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a Life Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the Vice President for Professional Standards of the International Transactional Analysis Association. He is co-author of TA Today: A New Introduction to Transactional Analysis, 2nd Edition (2012) and Personality Adaptations: A New Guide to Human Understanding in Psychotherapy and Counseling (2002) and author of the Joines Personality Adaptation Questionnaire and JPAQ Administrative, Scoring, and Interpretive Kit (2002). Read More »


#432 – Human Systems Theory and Practice with Mark Horowitz M.A.

Mark Horowitz

Mark Horowitz M.A. is a leadership and organizational development consultant, an experienced educator, board certified coach and the author of The Dance of We: The Mindful Use of Love and Power in Human Systems. He trained in Humanistic Psychology with Abraham Maslow, Ph.D. and in Psychosynthesis with Roberto Assagioli, M.D. He has studied the field of human systems for over thirty-five years as a licensed individual and family therapist and as a management consultant and coach for businesses in the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, and Russia. He has facilitated numerous leadership training programs and large-scale corporate change projects, and has served as coach to senior business leaders undertaking team and organizational development initiatives. Read More »


#431 – Stillness in Mind with Simon Cole, M.A.

Simon Cole

Simon Cole M.A. runs a retreat center in France, having worked in psychological health in the UK for over 20 years.  Holder of a Masters with distinction and special award in counseling from Ripon and York St John, he is a senior-accredited counselor, with experience in the Health Service as well as in private practice in Britain.  He also developed and ran a progressive counselor training program to advanced diploma level at Carlisle College.  He has long used mindfulness and meditation alongside his professional work and has formulated the Clear Space Meditation Path as an integrated model, incorporating established psychotherapeutic practices, to produce a western method for personal development and healing.  His approach is described in the 2014 book, Stillness in Mind.  Not your typical guide to mindfulness and meditation: method without mystique for the only journey that really matters…living.  Stillness in Mind is written by a professional who is first a person-centred therapist and for whom the relationship with the client or student or co-traveller is paramount.  Thus the book is written so that the reader can feel the author alongside as an empathic fellow-traveller. Read More »


#430 – Recent Findings on The Treatment of Insomnia with Barry Krakow MD

Barry Krakow2

Barry Krakow MD is a board certified internist and sleep disorders specialist, who has studied and practiced for 30 years in the fields of internal medicine, emergency medicine, addiction medicine, and sleep medicine. Currently, he is medical director of two sleep facilities in Albuquerque, NM: Maimonides Sleep Arts & Sciences, Ltd, a community-based, sleep medical center and the Sleep & Human Health Institute, a non-profit sleep research institute. He has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed research papers, abstracts, book chapters and white papers in leading scientific publications with a special emphasis on sleep disorders in mental health patients, and which included several breakthrough findings that connect sleep and mental disorders. He has also authored three books on sleep disorders, Insomnia Cures, Turning Nightmares into Dreams, and Sound Sleep, Sound Mind. Dr. Krakow’s comprehensive sleep disorders’ treatment model has been featured in the New Yorker (2009), New York Times (2010, 2012), TIME Magazine (2012), and Washington Post (2013). In the past two years, Dr. Krakow has been heavily involved in training programs, workshops, and symposium presentations to educate and train medical and mental health providers on the Sleep Dynamic Therapy™ integrated model of care.

Here is the link to the video describing his latest insomnia research.

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