#45 – Drugs and Psychotherapy

Padma Catell, Ph.D. is the author of Drugs and Clients: What Every Psychotherapist Needs to Know. According to the book’s flyleaf, Drugs and Clients is written for people who are studying or practicing the art of psychotherapy, particularly Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Social Workers, nurses, graduate students, school counselors, and psychologists, all of whom have a need to know how prescription psychoactive medications and other mind-altering drugs, both legal and illegal, affect their clients. Dr. Catell is a Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, a licensed Psychologist, and a Marriage and Family Therapist. She also has a BA in Biology from Hunter College and an MA in Biology from the City University of New York with a specialization in pharmacology, which she studied at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She has been teaching psychopharmacology at CIIS and other graduate schools in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1984. Her advanced degrees in both Biology and Psychology, combined with her extensive teaching and clinical experience, make Dr. Catell uniquely qualified to understand and address the problems facing today’s psychotherapists in this rapidly-changing, controversial, and increasingly important area of psychology. A book she recommends as having had a big impact on her life is the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. In this episode, Dr. Dave shares his “Amazing Whitman” story about his brief and tragic career as a stage hypnotist. Podsafe music heard on this show is “Jazz Strat” by Pierre Journel and “The Road” by PW Fenton and The Second Ward.

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