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.

#585 – The Mirroring Hands Therapeutic Technique with Richard Hill

Richard Hill, MA, MEd, MBMSc, is a practicing psychotherapist/counsellor, an author, educator, and professional supervisor. He is acknowledged internationally as an expert in human dynamics, communications, the brain and the mind. He is a regular speaker on the topics of neuroscience and psychosocial genomics, has developed special training courses for suicide prevention and is the […]

#584 – Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness with David Treleaven PhD

David Treleaven, PhD, is a writer, educator, and psychotherapist whose work focuses on the intersection of trauma, mindfulness, and social justice. He is author of the book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing published by W. W. Norton. Trained in counseling psychology at the University of British Columbia, he received his doctorate in […]

#583 – Coffee with Freud with Professor Brett Kahr

Professor Brett Kahr is Senior Fellow at Tavistock Relationships at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology in London and, also, Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health in London. He is a Consultant Psychotherapist at The Balint Consultancy in London, and Visiting Professor in the Faculty […]

#582 – Memoir of A Trance Therapist with Adam Crabtree

Adam Crabtree is a founding faculty member of the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy in Toronto, where he is a lecturer, seminar leader, psychotherapy group facilitator, and psychotherapy practice supervisor. Adam Crabtree’s first book, published in 1985, is titled Multiple Man: Explorations in Possession and Multiple Personality. He has written books on hypnosis, trance states […]

#581 – Polishing The Bones with Jungian Analyst Penelope Tarasuk PhD

Penelope Tarasuk, PhD, Jungian Analyst (IAAP), author and artist, graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute Boston in 1988. Since then she has been serving roles on the Jung Institute Boston Training Board, curriculum committee, faculty, training analyst and candidate supervisor, thesis reader, and evaluator. She is also a Board member and regular presenter for the […]

#580 – Remembering Zen Philosopher Alan Watts

Alan Watts, philosopher, author, and lecturer Alan Watts (1915–1973) popularized Zen Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies for the counterculture of the 1960s. Today, new generations are finding his writings and lectures online, while faithful followers worldwide continue to be enlightened by his teachings. The Collected Letters of Alan Watts reveals the remarkable arc of Watts’s […]

#579 – The Body of Sex with Sarah Byrden

For 18 years, Sarah Byrden has been a dynamic educator, speaker and advocate known for her domain-changing work in sexuality, cross-cultural, spiritual and wilderness education. As a visionary leader in the field of sex-education, Sarah’s mentorship and approach is sought by educational institutions, teachers, parents, birth-workers, and students of all ages, genders and orientations. She […]

#578- Mentalligence: A New Psychology of Thinking with Dr. Kristen Lee

Dr. Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW, known as “Dr. Kris” is a recovering perfectionist and an award- winning author, clinician, researcher, educator, speaker and activist with over twenty years of experience. As lead faculty for Behavioral Science at Northeastern University in Boston, her research and teaching interests include individual and organizational well- being and resilience, particularly […]

#577 –Depression and The Change Triangle with Hilary Jacobs Hendel

Hilary Jacobs, MSW is a certified psychoanalyst and AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) psychotherapist and supervisor, specializing in trauma and emotions. She has published articles in The New York Times and professional journals. Her blog posts have been shared worldwide. She runs a private practice in New York City and was the Mental Health Consultant […]

No Podcast This Week

Dear friends of Shrink Rap Radio, I’m afraid there will be no podcast this week.  My previously announced guest New York psychoanalyst Hilary Jacobs Hendel and AEDP specialist ran into so many technical issues during our attempted interview yesterday that we finally had to give up and reschedule for the week of December 4. We […]