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Chicago Psychology Podcast

Chicago Psychology Podcast

Author: Scott Hoye

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The Chicago Psychology Podcast is a unique conversation about psychology in the city of Chicago and around the world. Your hosts Dr. Scott Hoye and licensed clinical professional counselor Kyle Miller talk about psychology with mental health practitioners and experts to keep you informed about issues and trends in the industry. They also discuss mental health advocacy and work towards reducing the stigma of mental illness. Self, community, and quality of life: it's all about psychology. When you listen in, you might find yourself learning a bit more about yourself along the way!
53 Episodes
On episode 53 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast, Dr. Hoye is joined by Margot Esther Borden, a psychotherapist, author, and coach. Margot appeared on episode 25 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast, speaking about her book Psychotherapy in Light of the East   Margot shares her insights for finding meaning, stability and even transformation amidst the current crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic brings with it a tsunami of issues. Personal issues around health and mental wellbeing are joined by an unfathomable ethical, ecological and economic crisis. We are each impacted physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually in our own way according to the lives we have created for ourselves so far. The tools we have developed for building resilience, perspective, and meaning, as everything we took for granted seems to be crumbling in front of our very eyes, and may need renewal.   Margot shares insights from her 30+ years of practice as an integral psychotherapist, coach and spiritual seeker. The talk finishes with an easy exercise to help you relax and develop helpful perspectives to enhance your mental wellbeing.   Episode 25 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast Margot Esther Borden's Website Psychotherapy in Light of the East Ubiquity University's Online Conference: Humanity Rising
On episode 52 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast, Dr. Hoye speaks with Dr. Nitaya Chawla. Dr. Chawla is a licensed clinical psychologist in Chicago Illinois. She has offices in both the Chicago Loop and the Lakeview Neighborhoods. She works as a solution-focused therapist with individuals and couples. Dr. Chawla was born in to an Indian, Sikh family in Thailand.   Dr. Hoye & Dr. Chawla discuss her work with south Asian couples. She covers the cultural differences with this population on a macro and micro level, and shares her insights from working with them in couples’ therapy. It is a candid conversation with a clinician who can speak from the cross-cultural perspective of an immigrant.   Dr. Chawla's Practice Website
In this special episode of The Chicago Psychology Podcast Kyle interviews his wife and two children about their impressions during the COVID-19 pandemic. You will get an intimate view into one family’s experience during this uncertain time. The Miller family discuss everything from what they like about having to stay at home to emotions that come up, and they share some ideas for how others may be able to cope during the stay at home order. You even get to hear one of the family pets chime in with a comment or two. We hope you find a little comfort and encouragement from this episode.
On episode 50 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast Christopher LeMark returns to talk to Kyle and Scott. Christopher is a Hip Hop artist, a Mental Health Advocate, and the owner of Coffee, Hip Hop and Mental Health.   Christopher provides an update about his rapidly growing organization, Coffee Hip Hop and Mental Health (CHHAMH). He expounds upon the passion and purpose of the organization and the events they promote. We get a true sense of what it is like to attend an CHHAMH event and what we can expect in the future. Christopher speaks from a genuine and vulnerable place that inspires and opens the space for others to do the same. We think you will really enjoy learning about how one individual can start a movement to inform and help others.   Coffee, Hip Hop & Mental Health Normalize Therapy  
On episode 49 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast Dr. Hoye speaks with author Sue William Silverman. Sue is an award-winning author of four memoirs, two poetry collections, and a craft book on writing. She teaches writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, a low-residency program. She is also a professional speaker.   Sue’s most recent work is How to Survive Death and other Inconveniences, available from the University of Nebraska Press. This is a memoir of trauma, addiction, survival, healing, and ultimately, a celebration of life.   Dr. Hoye and Sue discuss this intimate memoir, her life, and her process of working to produce this poetic description trauma and recovery. Sue William Silverman's Website How to Survive Death and other Inconveniences Smithsonian Article on the Harvard Placebo Research Group Music from this Episode: Ultima Thule
In the special episode of the Chicago Psychology Podcast, Kyle and Scott discuss what the scientific literature states are the best ways to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic. They review several articles from scientific journals and popular news sources. These are a springboard for discussing the current findings about mental health during the pandemic. What can we learn from what was discovered in China? How can we implement those findings? How is the pandemic effecting mental health in the US? Kyle and Scott explore these questions, and touch upon the growing demand for mental health services from Millennials and generation Z generations, and the shift in workplace benefits to accommodate them. How will this impact the provision of therapy in the post COVID-19 era? Articles/Resources Discussed:  
In this special episode of the Chicago Psychology Podcast, Scott and Kyle use an article published by TIME, “Why People Are Panic Buying as Coronavirus Spreads” as a springboard to delve into the psychology behind COVID-19 pandemic and the emotional response.   Scott and Kyle explore how different countries have handled the pandemic and how leadership response impacts citizen reactions as well as how lack of clarity causes a panic response. They share what they have been hearing from medical professionals about how the pandemic will progress and how this is playing out in the consultation “room”. They also continue to explore some of the positive outgrowths of this challenging time and the altruism we see in our communities. It is their hope you find this episode to be informative and helpful as we all navigate this difficult time.
Podcast, Dr. Hoye speaks with Dr. Barry Lee, Psy.D. Barry is a full-time professor at Olivet Nazarene College in Bourbonnais, IL. He is also a part-time psychologist in Watseka IL, at the Iroquois Mental Health Center, where he provides psychotherapy to the rural community. Barry discusses his work with rural communities as both a social worker and a psychologist. He also brings insight into his work as a psychology professor of forensic psychology and social work.   This episode was recorded the week before the shelter-in-place orders for the state of Illinois due to the COVID-19 crisis. He was in the midst of switching to on-line teaching, and this interview touches on the changes that are affecting his work as a professor during the current pandemic.
On episode 45 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast, Dr. Hoye speaks with Dr. Jermaine Thomas, Psy.D.  Jermain is a licensed clinical psychologist in Chicago IL.  He practices at Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago (CCCOC). Cornerstone Counseling is a not-for-profit faith-based organization that provides therapeutic services to a broad array of individuals across the sociocultural and economic strata.  Their Client Access Program (CAP) provides therapy services at a significantly reduced rate to under-resourced and under-insured individuals.  He also supervises doctoral level trainees a member of the Chicago Area Christian Training Consortium's (CACTC) steering committee. Jermaine and Dr. Hoye discuss providing therapy from a faith-based perspective.  We also discuss his work with underserved and underprivileged populations.  Jermaine also describes his new, Patreon blog initiative he uses to spread psychological ideas to a general audience.  
In this special episode of the Chicago Psychology Podcast, Scott and Kyle discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting life for all of us.  They also explain ways to make more space, connect with others, and reduce anxiety while social distancing and stay in place orders are in effect for many of us.  How does one juggle remote working, home schooling, and remaining connected?  Along with this, Kyle and Scott explore how the practice of psychology and counseling is changing during this time for them and other practitioners.  The conversation among clinicians that is unfolding on social media, as well as ways to be altruistic and support each other as fellow human beings is explored. We hope you find this episode to be informative and helpful as we all navigate this difficult time.
In episode 43, Kyle talks with Dan Griffin. Dan is an internationally recognized author, thought leader, and expert on men’s relationships and masculinity. Dan is the author of two books, A Man’s Way Through the Twelve Steps and A Man’s Way Through Relationships, and he authored several curricula all dedicated to improving the lives of men and their relationships. Dan lives with his family in Los Angeles, CA.   Dan shares with us his moving and formidable path to becoming a man, some of his own recovery journey, the most impactful findings in his research on men and relationships, and intriguing curricula that he will be releasing in the near future.   Dan Griffin website  
On episode 42, Kyle and Scott sit down with Mike Vin-Opal, the education director of Hope For The Day. Hope for the Day is a Chicago based, non-profit that works toward suicide prevention, and mental health education and destigmatization. Mike invited us to the cozy environs of Sip of Hope, Hope for the Day’s coffee bar. Mike fills speaks about the origins of Hope for the Day and the Sip of Hope coffee bar. He also discusses the outreach and educational mission of the organization. At the same time, it is a candid interview, and Mike shares his own mental health recovery story. Hope for the Day Sip of Hope
On episode 41 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast Kyle Miller and Scott Hoye interview Jessica Mattingly, Psy. D. Jessica is a Licensed Psychologist in Hershey, PA. She is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at PennState College of Medicine where she provides outpatient services to youth (ages 2-18) and their families. Jessica holds certifications in PCIT Level I (In-House) Trainer (2014), PCIT Therapist (2014), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (2014).   Jessica walks us through her life experiences that led to becoming a Psychologist, her history of experiences working as a mental health clinician, and her current work as a Psychologist using Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Jessica describes in detail the history of evidence-based PCIT, how sessions are conducted, the impact PCIT has on children and their caregivers, and the training and process to become a certified PCIT therapist.
Laura Clay joins Dr. Hoye for Episode 40 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast. Laura is a registered art therapist and licensed clinical professional counselor and registered art therapist in Lisle, IL, a suburb of Chicago. Laura has created I Grew Strong ( an educational, coaching platform to help survivors of toxic relationships, learn and grow past their pain, and make better choices in future relationships. Laura developed this platform based on years of work with clients in toxic relationships, and from her own personal experiences. This interview explores I Grew Strong, Laura’s group practice in Lisle, Illinois, and the role of narcissists in relationships, and ways to survive those toxic experiences. Laura Clay's Group Practice
On this episode 39 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast Dr.Hoye is joined by Cindy and Melanie Dillon, a licensed, clinical professional counselor. Cindy and Melanie discuss their work with ketamine therapists at the Neuroscience Center in Deerfield, IL. We dive deep into the process of ketamine assisted therapy, the comprehensive, integrative program at the Neuroscience Center, the center’s use of transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy with ketamine, and cannabis therapy. It’s a discussion with two experts who are dedicated to the integration of new therapies with psychotherapy to assist people with intractable, long-standing psychiatric issues. The Neuroscience Center Website The Ketamine Papers
Dr. Sarah Quinton of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine joins us on episode 38 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast to discuss psychogastroenterology: the study of the brain and gut connection.   Sarah discusses her work at the gastrointestinal clinic at Northwestern University, and the use of modalities like CBT and hypnotherapy for helping patients with GI disorders. She also discusses some of the research at Northwestern, including virtual reality therapy for irritable bowel syndrome.   Dr. Quinton's Faculty Focus Page at Northwestern Memorial Hospital   Dr. Quinton's Twitter Page   Book: Psychogastroenterology for Adults   The Rome Institute
On episode 37 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast, Dr. Hoye is joined by Col. Kathy Platoni, a military psychologist, and Indiana Licensed Counselor Robert Kallus. They discuss the use and research of the Alpha-stim device. The Alpha-stim is a home medical, neuromodulation device that treats anxiety, insomnia, depression, and pain.   This little device has a long history of research and development. The Alpha-stim was developed in the 1980s by Dr. Daniel Kirsch. With over 135 clinical trials, including a recent ground-breaking study for anxiety in the UK, it is one of the most studied home health devices. You may have heard about it in interviews with people like decorated combat veteran Dakota Meyer.   Kathy discusses her use of the device in her civilian practice as well as her use of the Alpha-stim in war zones withUS combat troops to reduce stress and insomnia. Sh also discusses her research with the use of the Alpha-stim device with first-responders reduce anxiety and PTSD symptoms. Robert likewise reports about his experience of client success with patients in his private practice.   Alpha-stim Website   Kathy Platoni's Website   Robert Kallus's Website   Link to Research on CES of Resting Brain State   Link to Article on UK Study on Anxiety   Dakota Meyer Interview with Alpha-stim  
In this encore presentation of episode 14 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast, Dr. Hoye  speaks with Dr. George Greer, the president of the Heffter Research Institute.  The Heffter Institute has been at the forefront of research into psychedelic medicines for treating addiction and depression for.  Dr. Greer is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Past President of the Psychiatric Medical Association of New Mexico. He was also the Clinical Director of Mental Health Services for the New Mexico Corrections Department during the 1990s. He was the Medical Director of the Heffter Research Institute from 1998 to 2017, when he became President. Links discussed in episode 14: The Heffter Research Institute  The Usona Institute  The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) The Center for Psychedelic Therapies & Research (CIIS) Michael Pollan's Book "How to Change Your Mind Dr. Greer's Outreach Emails  Regarding Involvement in Psychedelic Research  
Episode 35 is an encore presentation of Episode 11 with Heather Bodie,  an actor and the Artistic Director of Erasing the Distance, a non-profit theatre company that highlights mental health issues.  We discuss Erasing the Distance's work destigmatizing mental health by combining mental health and theatre while striving to educate and heal through story collecting and drama.  Heather also discusses her own career trajectory and work with Erasing the Distance, as well as her own mental health struggles and the road to her own healing.  Links Discussed in this Episode: Erasing the Distance The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Chicago (NAMI) Asclepius' Wikipedia Page     
In this encore presentation of episode 8 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast, Dr, Hoye speaks with Allen Vandever. Allen is a contemporary artist who founded and runs Childhood Fractured, a non-profit artist collective in the Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL. Childhood Fractured educates the public about childhood sexual abuse and works toward prevention. Allen utilizes his own history of childhood abuse and his journey of recovery to turn trauma into art and narrative that transforms and heals. Allen discusses his own journey of healing, and the inception, growth and goals of Childhood Fractured. The "Little Shop," as they refer to it, also contains a coffee roasting facility, and provides free coffee, music, and a chance to have a conversation about surviving and thriving childhood sexual abuse.   Show Notes:  Childhood Fractured's Website The Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Information Page for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Other links mentioned:  The Heidelberg Project  An Interview with Dr. Suzana Flores on Marvel's Wolverine 
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