#557 – Getting The Sleep You Want with James Alexander PhD

Australian psychologist, Dr. James Alexander is author of the 2012 book, The Hidden Psychology of Pain, and the 2017 book, ‘Getting the Z’s You Want’. He became a psychologist after being nearly killed in a car accident as an 18 year old when his car was hit by a drunk driver. In addition to being very physically damaged, he was emotionally traumatized by the experience- resulting in many years of problems with sleep. When he began to physically recover form the accident, he found a collection of pop-psychology self help books in his fathers book shelf, and his psychological recovery began. Within the year, he decided he wanted to become a psychologist so as to help other people that had been similarly traumatized. This was 35 years ago, and for the last 30 years, he has been providing psychological services to a broad range of people in hospital settings, pain management clinics, rehabilitation services, and for the last 15 years, in private practice in NSW, Australia. he has a PhD in clinical health psychology, and whilst open to a range of approaches, he thinks of himself primarily as an EMDR practitioner. His new book is based on his own efforts to create better sleep. Read More »

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#556 – The War on Violent Video Games with Drs. Pat Markey & Chris Ferguson

Dr. Patrick Markey is a Professor of Psychology, the Director of the Interpersonal Research Laboratory at Villanova University, and a former President of the Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research. Dr. Patrick Markey received his doctorate from the University of California (Riverside) in social and personality psychology, with a focus on behavioral statistics. Since receiving his degree he has published over sixty book chapters and journal articles in peer-reviewed journals, and he has made hundreds of presentations at universities and at national and international scientific conferences. Among his peers, he is widely recognized as an expert on how violent video games affect our behavior, and he is regarded for being able to present complex statistical and behavioral data to a general audience in a way that is both informative and entertaining. For years Dr. Markey has been involved in educating the general public and politicians about various psychological issues related to digital media. By giving talks at universities and elementary schools he has been able to help parents, teachers, and school administrators better understand the complex research examining violent video games. Moving beyond the classroom, Dr. Markey has been invited to testify before numerous governmental committees, and he has served on various governmental task forces examining the effects of violent video games.

Chris Ferguson is a professor of psychology at Stetson University and holds a degree in clinical psychology from the University of Central Florida. He has published numerous articles on the topic of media effects ranging from video games to “sexy” media and thin-ideal effects on body dissatisfaction. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and was awarded an “early career scientist” award from the APA’s Media Psychology and Technology division. Along with Dr. Markey, he is coauthor of Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games is Wrong as well as a mystery novel Suicide Kings. He resides in Orlando with his wife and son.
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Video Preview #556 – The War on Violent Video Games with Drs. Pat Markey & Chris Ferguson

I speak with professors Patrick Markey of Villanova University and Christopher Ferguson of Stetson University about their 2017 book, Moral Combat: Why the war on violent video games is wrong.

#555 – A Jungian Understanding of The Fat Complex with Cheryl Fuller PhD

Cheryl Fuller PhD is a Jungian psychotherapist living on the coast of Maine. She is passionately interested in depth psychology, psychotherapy, feminism and fat studies. Her new book, The Fat Lady Sings, weaves these threads into a tapestry of personal experience, critique of psychoanalytic theory and treatment of fatness, all in the context of the war on obesity. Hers has been the life of a fat woman which naturally feeds her interest in the lived experience of fat people, the absence of such voices in discussions of weight, and in the effects of fat phobia and what she terms the cultural fat complex.

Fuller has published essays on Medea, fat politics, and embodiment. She holds a BA in Psychology from Duke University, an MA in clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD in Jungian Studies from the Union Institute Read More »

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Video Preview #555 Jungian Cheryl Fuller on Fat Complex

I’ll be speaking with Jungian psychotherapist Dr. Cheryl Fuller about her book, The Fat Lady Sings:A Psychological Exploration of the Cultural Fat Complex and Its Effects.

#554 – Sexual Abuse Recovery Coaching with Rachel Grant

Rachel Grant, M.A. is the owner and founder of Rachel Grant Coaching and is a Sexual Abuse Recovery Coach. She is also the author of Beyond Surviving: The Final Stage in Recovery from Sexual Abuse. She works with survivors of childhood sexual abuse who are beyond sick and tired of feeling broken, unfixable, and burdened by the past. She helps them let go of the pain of abuse and finally feel normal.

Her program, Beyond Surviving, has been specifically designed to change the way we think about and heal from abuse. Based on her educational training, study of neuroscience, and lessons learned from her own journey, she has successfully used this program since 2007 to help her clients break free from the past and move on with their lives.

Rachel holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology. She provides a compassionate and challenging approach for her clients while using coaching as opposed to therapeutic models. She is also a member of San Francisco Coaches and Survivor Force CSA
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#553 –The Child Refugee Crisis and Psychology with Michael Wessells PhD

Michael Wessells, PhD, is Professor at Columbia University in the Program on Forced Migration and Health. A long time psychosocial and child protection practitioner, he is former Co-Chair of the IASC Task Force on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. This group developed the first global, consensus guidelines on mental health and psychosocial support for people in emergency settings. Among other things, these guidelines call for a holistic approach that does not regard all war-affected children as traumatized.

He has conducted extensive research on the holistic impacts of war and political violence on children, and he is author of Child soldiers: From violence to protection (Harvard University Press, 2006). Currently, he is lead researcher on inter-agency, multi-country research on community driven interventions for strengthening linkages of community-based child protection mechanisms with government led aspects of national child protection systems. This work has included learning from girls and boys directly about their lived experiences of violence and their coping and resilience amidst adversity. He regularly advises UN agencies, governments, and donors on issues of child protection and psychosocial support, including in communities and schools. Throughout Africa and Asia he helps to develop community-based, culturally grounded programs that assist people affected by armed conflict and natural disasters.
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Video Preview of 553 –The Child Refugee Crisis and Psychology with Michael Wessells

I speak with Dr. Michael Wessells, who is Professor at Columbia University in the Program on Forced Migration and Health. He is a long time psychosocial and child protection practitioner who advocates a holistic approach that does not regard all war-affected children as traumatized.

Dr. Dave at The Psychedelic Science Conference

My former M.A. student from the early 70s was at the conference and we met for lunch. He regaled me with amazing stories from his life. For me, that was the highlight of the conference. He had his A/V setup with him and he made this little slide show. No interview this week but I hope you enjoy the slide show.

#552 – Recovery From Addictions & Compulsions with Andy Matzner

Andy Matzner, MA, LCSW is a psychotherapist, educator, workshop facilitator and public speaking coach. Since 2005, Andy has been serving the transgender community of Southwest Virginia and beyond as a gender therapist. He also teaches psychology, mental health skills and gender studies at Virginia Western Community College and Hollins University.
Prior to his career in mental health, Andy taught English as a second language in locales such as Japan, Thailand, Australia and Hawaii. He also trained as an anthropologist (Master’s Degree, University of Hawaii), focusing on gender diversity in non-Western cultures.

Andy is the author of several books, including Recovery from Addictions and Compulsive Behavior: A Journaling-Based Guide to Becoming Your Best Self and Having a Life Worth Living (2017); Everyone Has a Story: Using the Hero’s Journey and Narrative Therapy to Reframe the Struggle of Mental Illness (2015); The Tarot Activity Book: A Collection of Creative and Therapeutic Ideas for the Cards (2013); and Male Bodies, Women’s Souls: Personal Narratives of Thailand’s Transgendered Youth (2007, with LeeRay Costa).

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