#572 – The Farther Reaches of Consciousness with Ralph Metzner PhD

Ralph Metzner obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Harvard University, where he collaborated with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert on psychedelic research. He is the author of more than 100 articles as well as several books, including The Unfolding Self and Green Psychology. He is a psychotherapist in private practice and Professor Emeritus at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. President and co-founder of the Green Earth Foundation, he lives in Sonoma, California. Read More »


Northern California Wildfires & Shrink Rap Radio

Dear Shrink Rap Radio Listeners,

First of all I want to let you know that 1. there will be no podcast this week and 2. My family and I are fine! We live in Rohnert Park which is about 10 miles south of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, California.

The night before last, numerous wildfires broke out in Sonoma and neighboring Napa counties. High winds spread sparks turning these into wildfires. At the moment, none of them are contained. Santa Rosa has lost approximately 1,500 structures, businesses and homes (and whole neighborhoods). This is very shocking. While other areas of California frequently have wildfires, this is a first for this region in 40 years or more. Our neighborhood, so far, is untouched. Several close by were under mandatory evacuation yesterday. My wife and I voluntarily evacuated our house yesterday and spent the day with our daughter and her kids some miles South of here. We decided to come back to our house last night. The air is heavy with smoke and not good for breathing. We are concerned that the winds may whip up again tonight.

I did have this week’s Shrink Rap Radio interview scheduled for yesterday but needed to postpone it.

I fully expect to be back on the air with the show next week.

Unrelated to the fires, I’ve been having big email problems and shrink@shrinkrapradio.com has not worked in the past 5 days or so. If you wish to write, you can use vannuysd@sonoma.edu

Thanks for you r concern and support!

“Dr. Dave” (David Van Nuys, PhD)

#571 – The Dreamlife of Families with Edward Bruce Bynum PhD

Edward Bruce Bynum, Ph.D., ABPP, is a clinical psychologist and former director of the behavioral medicine program at the University of Massachusetts Health Services. The author of several books, including Dark Light Consciousness, he is currently in private practice at the Brain Analysis and Neurodevelopment Center in Hadley, Massachusetts. He is also the author of the recently updated book, The Dreamlife of Families: The Psychospiritual Connection Read More »


570 – Author Judith Newman on To Siri with Love

Judith Newman is the author of To Siri With Love:  A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines.  She writes about entertainment, science, business, beauty, and popular culture for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Prevention, AARP, and National Geographic. As a book reviewer, she writes the column “Help Desk” in   The New York Times Book  Review, and reviews regularly for People.  She is a contributing editor for Allure and Prevention, and has been widely anthologized and won numerous awards for her journalism.

To Siri With Love was inspired by a 2014 article in the New York Times inspired by her autistic son’s relationship with Siri; it became  one of  the most emailed pieces in the newspaper  that year.  She has also co-authored several books, including The Girl:  A Life In The Shadow of Roman Polanski.  Earlier, Miramax published her memoir, You Make Me Feel Like An Unnatural Woman:  Diary of a New (Old) Mother, about becoming a mother late(ish) in life.    She graduated Wesleyan University and has an MA from Columbia’s Literature Department.  She and her husband live in New York City with their twin sons and a lot of chaos.
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#569 Exploring Emotional Transformation Therapy with Steven Vazquez PhD

Steven R. Vazquez, Ph. D. is a licensed professional counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Texas. Dr. Vazquez is the founder of the new psychotherapy method, Emotional Transformation Therapy® (ETT®). Through this method he has innovated breakthroughs in the non-drug treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder, addictions, depression, anxiety disorders and couple therapy. He has developed methods for correcting sleep disorders. Dr. Vazquez has also developed breakthroughs in the treatment of chronic physical pain conditions such as low back pain, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, tempero mandibular joint pain, Morton’s neuroma, arthritis and pain from accidents and injuries. He has developed methods for treating religious and spiritual issues and a technique to facilitate states of extreme wellbeing. Dr. Vazquez is the author of two books, Emotional Transformation Therapy and Accelerated Ecological Psychotherapy as well as Spiritually Transformative Psychotherapy. He has written several professional articles for peer reviewed professional journals. His work has been cited in several books and articles.

Dr. Vazquez has been in private practice for over thirty-eight years in the Texas. He has provided over forty presentations at professional conferences and conducted over a hundred professional trainings. Dr. Vazquez has presented his work in eight different countries and in most U. S. cities. His presentations usually include live demonstrations with volunteers.
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#568 Celebration of Being with Debbie Beauchamp and Gina Holland

Gina Holland has been involved with Celebration of Being since 1999. She jointly holds the vision of COB with Debbie and facilitates the workshops with Debbie. She is a qualified counsellor and has been practicing for over 20 years; her methods and skills are deeply rooted in her own life experience and ongoing personal development.
Debbie Beauchamp has been involved with Celebration of Being since 2003 and facilitates the workshops with Gina. She jointly holds the vision with Gina and management of COB and is passionate about sharing this work with others. She is an accredited counsellor and family constellation facilitator working with individuals, couples and children. She specializes in working with Trauma and its impact on people’s way of being in the world. She is mother to three beautiful daughters and has a wealth of training and life experience to draw on in her work. Read More »


#567 Tea With Winnicott 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 of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University, as well as Consultant in Psychology to The Bowlby Centre.

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#566 Celebrating Shrink Rap Radio’s 12th Birthday with Jerry Trumbule

Gerald (Jerry) Trumbule, B.S. Univ. of Md. 1965, M.S. Univ. of Pa., 1970, has been a neuropsychological researcher (Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and NASA, Univ. of Md.) and Assistant Professor of Psychology, Univ. of Toronto, 1970. Disgusted with academia, he moved to Denver in 1971 where he founded Sebastian High School, a grade-less experiential learning center, founded the Western States Film Institute, with two winners of the Student Academy Awards, and, in 1980, founded Denver’s first computer training center (ECC). Now retired and living in obscurity, he is a videographer and blogger (DenverDirect.tv), where he expounds on local politics and pollution, including the legalization of marijuana in that state. He continues his life-long interest in the workings of the human brain, exploring his own brain through hypnagogia and REM sleep, and hopes someday to upload the contents of his brain directly to the internet. Jerry is a return guest and can also be heard on Shrink Rap Radio episodes #280, #266, #262, #259, #257, #172, #167, #161, #155, #149, #143, #136, #130, #128, #126, #124, #122, #100, #4, and #3. Read More »


#565 Neil D. Brown on Coping with Parental Burnout

Neil D. Brown, LCSW, is a master psychotherapist who has worked with families, couples, and individuals for more than thirty years. Deeply steeped in the theory and practice of family therapy, Brown uses a systemic approach that allows him to understand the system, or context, in which problems are both formed and are healed. This approach has revealed a simple yet profound method of empowering parents and their adolescent youth to put an end to destructive control battles for good. Brown is a trainer of parents and mental health professionals. Additionally, Brown works in industry with teams and work groups to increase organizational effectiveness.

Brown’s first book, Ending the Parent-Teen Control battle was published by New Harbinger Publications. Read More »


Preview of #565 with Neil Brown on Coping with Parental Burnout

Today my guest is Neil D. Brown L.C.S.W. , psychotherapist and author of the 2016 book, Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle. I interview him about that book back on #516. Today, we’ll be discussing the challenges of parental burnout.