Author Archives: Van Nuys

When outside of the pod, “Dr. Dave” is also known as David Van Nuys, Ph.D. He is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Sonoma State University and served as that department’s Chair for seven years. The department has a longstanding reputation for its commitment to humanistic, transpersonal, and existential approaches to psychology. He has also taught psychology at the University of Montana, the University of Michigan, and the University of New Hampshire. He has served as a dissertation advisor for doctoral students at Saybrook Institute and the Institute for Integral Studies, among others.

David also runs a market research consulting business www.e-focusgroups.com which has served a distinguished list of clients, including The New York Times, Apple Computer, IBM, Hewllet Packard, and QuickenLoans, among others. He was on the board of directors of the Qualitative Research Consultants Association and is Editor-in-Chief for that organization’s magazine, QRCA VIEWS. He has also served on the board of the Humanistic Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association.

David received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan and has worked as a licensed psychotherapist in both California and New Hampshire. He has led personal growth workshops at various growth centers around the U.S. and Ireland and most recently has been co-leading groups with Dr. Ron Alexander in such locales as Kauai, Mallorca, and Switzerland.

David has written scores of articles and reviews for a variety of professional and popular publications. At one time, he wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column. In 2001, he co-authored the book, This is the Zodiac Speaking: Into the mind of a serial killer, in which he profiles the murderer in this famous, unsolved case. HBO picked up an option on the book with the idea of possibly using it as the basis for a mini-series.

#549 – Developments in Psychedelic Psychotherapy with Dr. Ben Sessa

Dr. Ben Sessa (MBBS BSc MRCPsych) is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist working in adult addiction services and with custodial detained young people in a secure adolescent setting. He trained at University College London medical school, graduating in 1997. He is interested in the developmental trajectory from child maltreatment to adult mental health disorders. […]

Video Preview of 549 Developments in Psychedelic Psychotherapy with Dr. Ben Sessa

I speak with U.K. psychiatrist, Dr. Ben Sessa, author of the book, Psychedelic Rennaisance, and who in the last ten years has worked on several UK-based human pharmacology trials as study doctor or as a healthy subject administering and receiving test doses of LSD, psilocybin, MDMA and ketamine. http://media.blubrry.com/psychology/p/shrinkrapradio.com/images/549BenSessaPsychedelicsClip.mp4Podcast: Play in new window | Download

#548 – Jung’s Evolving Views of Nazi Germany with Dr.William Schoenl

William and Linda Schoenl’s book Jung’s Evolving Views of Nazi Germany (Chiron, 2016) describes for the first time Jung’s views of Nazi Germany during the whole period from the Nazi takeover in 1933 until the end of World War II. It brings together their research in archives and primary sources over the past ten years. […]

Video Preview of #548 Jung’s Evolving Views of Nazi Germany with William Schoenl

I speak with William Schoenl professor emeritus of Modern European history at Michigan State University. William and Linda Schoenl’s book Jung’s Evolving Views of Nazi Germany describes for the first time Jung’s views of Nazi Germany. http://media.blubrry.com/psychology/p/shrinkrapradio.com/images/548BillSchoenlClip-2.mp4Podcast: Play in new window | Download

#547 – Exploring Compassion Focused Therapy with Paul Gilbert PhD

Paul Gilbert, FBPsS, PhD, OBE 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 – for which compassion focused therapy […]

Video Preview of #547 Exploring Compassion Focused Therapy with Paul Gilbert PhD

I speak with with U.K. psychologist, Dr. Paul Gilbert about his pioneering work in the area of Compassion Focused Psychotherapy. http://media.blubrry.com/psychology/p/shrinkrapradio.com/images/547PaulGilbertCompassionClip.mp4Podcast: Play in new window | Download

#546 – Metacognitive Thinking Skills for Young Students with Hanna Bogen

Hanna Bogen, M.S., CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Social-Cognitive Specialist based in Los Angeles, CA, with a primary focus on therapies and interventions that support self-regulation, social communication, executive functioning, and speech and language deficits. Hanna is the co-creator of Brain Talk (www.braintalktherapy.com), a metacognitive curriculum designed to teach students about their brains, and how […]

Video Preview of 546 – Metacognitive Thinking Skills with Hanna Bogen

I speak with Hanna Bogen M.S., co-creator of Brain Talk, a metacognitive curriculum designed to teach students about their brains and how to use the executive function capacities of the prefrontal cortex to respond mindfully rather than react impulsively. http://media.blubrry.com/psychology/p/shrinkrapradio.com/images/546HannaBogenBrainTalkClip.mp4Podcast: Play in new window | Download

#545 – Killing It Without Killing Yourself with Serial Entrepreneur Sheryl O’Loughlin

Sheryl O’Loughlin is a serial entrepreneur and author of Killing It! An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart. She has served as the CEO of Clif Bar and Company, where she led the concept development and introduction of Luna Bar. In Sheryl’s three years as CEO, the company revenue doubled from $100M […]

Preview of #545 with serial entrepreneur Sheryl O’Loughlin

I speak with Sheryl O’Loughlin about her book Killing It!: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart! In which she also shares her struggle with anorexia. http://media.blubrry.com/psychology/p/shrinkrapradio.com/images/545SherlOLoughlinKillingItClip.mp4Podcast: Play in new window | Download