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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!
26 Episodes
On episode 26, Kyle and Scott speak with Dr. Suzana Flores about her experience presenting at comic cons to promote her book, Untamed:  the Psychology of Marvel's Wolverine.  Suzana joined us on episode 6 earlier this year. Dr. Flores talks about how her book has touched people's lives, allowing them room to heal as victims of traumatic experiences. She describes what it is like to be on a discussion panel at a comic convention, and how her book has transformed her life and her ability to reach a larger audience to provide growth and healing as a psychologist.  Show notes and links are at on the episode page.  Thank you for listening! ~Kyle & Scott
On episode 25 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast, Dr. Hoye speaks with Margot Esther Borden. Margot is a counseling psychologist living in Mumbai, India. Margot is a transpersonal and integral psychotherapist who incorporates spirituality, breath work, and hypnosis into her practice. She works primarily with individuals online.   They discuss her book Psychology in Light of the East. This book was developed out of her own spiritual journey, as well as her development as a psychotherapist. Margot also gives a preview of an upcoming talk on transhumanism at the EUROTAS conference in Paris this September.   Since they both have connections to India, she and Dr. Hoye touch on our own experiences of living and traveling in the subcontinent.
On episode 24 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast Dave Clayton, Ph.D. discusses Ericksonian hypnosis and psychotherapy. Dave is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has a practice in Wood Dale, IL. He also trains therapy students in Mexico and Guatemala to provide therapy for trauma survivors in the war-torn regions of those countries.   Dave discusses his early days as a counseling and therapy student in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood, his experience of sitting at the feet of Milton Erickson in seminars in the 1970s, and his work in Mexico and Central America. He also describes the hypnotic technique he uses for PTSD.
On episode 23 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast, Scott talks with Alex Pattakos, Ph.D. Alex is a founder the Global Meaning Institute, a think tank with bases in Canada, Greece, and the USA. Scott and Alex discuss his career trajectory, starting in medicine and mental health in US Army and Chicago, his meeting with Viktor Frankl, and how this changed the course of his work from smaller systems change and innovation, to a grander scope of working systemically to spark meaning in the world.  
On episode 22 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast, Kyle speaks with Krysta Dancy about birth trauma and trauma-informed care.  Krysta is a marriage and family therapist in Roseville CA. She works in private practice, with a focus on trauma care for post-birth difficulties and PTSD. She is also the director and supervisor of a counseling collective, and she is also a presenter and trainer. Kyle and Krsyta discuss various aspects of trauma and the research around trauma and birth. Krysta also shares her perspective of trauma treatment modalities including hypnosis, EMDR, and Brainspotting. Krysta Dancy's Website Krysta Dancy's Teaching Schedule
On episode 21 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast Kyle Miller interviews Jay Zawaski about his life and experiences with therapy.   Jay Zawaski is the executive producer of the Bernstein & McKnight Show on 670 The Score and co-hosts the I'm Fat Podcast. He is the owner/host of The Madhouse Hockey Podcast, and is a DJ on Gimmie Country.   Kyle and Jay discuss what it was like for him to grow up in his family and how he evolved into the man he is today. Jay talks about his experience trying to “fit in” in his family and with his peers growing up and then making strides to understand and accept his true self. He shares about how therapy helps him continue to grow and evolve. He also has some advice for people seeking therapy services and tells us what qualities mattered most for him in his therapist.   Kyle and Jay also touch base on family dynamics, men’s difficulties expressing emotions, and how this can play out and be helped in psychotherapy. This is a conversation between two friends that will be engaging for the consumer as well as the mental health professional.  
On episode 20 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast Dr. Hoye interviews Kyle Miller about Relational Life Therapy. Relational Life Therapy (RLT) is a couple's therapy developed by marriage and family therapist Terry Real.   Kyle and I discuss the principles and how it relates to the development of better, more connected communication between couples experiencing difficulties in their relationships. Kyle also talks about why he has chosen this modality of working with couples over other available treatments, and he paints a picture of how this therapy unfolds in sessions.   We also touch base on men’s difficulties expressing emotions and how this can play out and be helped in psychotherapy. This is a cordial conversation between two colleagues, and is one that will be helpful for the consumer as well as the mental health professional.   Kyle Miller is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. He is the owner and clinical director of Nexus Counseling, LLC in Homewood Illinois. He works extensively with couples, and uses RLT in his practice.   Show notes are available at the episode page at:   Thanks for listening.  Please subscribe, rate and give us a review @ iTunes or your favorite streaming podcast site.  This helps us to grow and continue providing great material for you this listeners.  
On episode 19 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast I am joined by Dr. Bernadette Blin, and Dr. Regina Hess.  Dr. Blin is a Clinical and Social Psychologist.She is also a Transpersonal Psychotherapist, Gestalt-therapist, Teacher and Supervisor, and the president of EUROTAS, the Transpersonal Association of Europe.  Dr. Hess isa nurse, clinical psychologist, a Gestalt and Transpersonal psychotherapist, researcher, educator, and supervisor as well. Dr. Blin discusses her development as a Transpersonal therapist.  She and Dr. Hess also discuss the inception and growth of Transpersonal psychology in the United States, its spread to Europe, and its current growth and state there.  They also discuss the upcoming EUROTAS conference in Paris in September of this year.  Episode 19 is a first for the Chicago Psychology Podcast: a transatlantic, multi-country episode.  Dr. Bernadette Blin, who speaks with me from France, and Dr. Regina Hess, speaks to me from Amsterdam.  All links mentioned in this episode can be found at the show notes for the episode at   
On episode 18 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast, Dr. Hoye is joined by psychotherapist and filmmaker, Alex Vesely. Alex Vesely is a filmmaker and psychotherapist.  He is also the grandson of the creator of Logotherapy, Viktor Frankl.  Alex talks with Dr. Hoye about his grandfather, his training as a psychotherapist in his native Austria, and his work as a filmmaker.  They also cover his work on his film about his grandfather, Viktor & I, and on the American psychiatrist Milton H. Erickson in his film, Wizard of the Desert. Join them as they dive deep into meaning making; that often forgotten element of the human mind that is a thread that weaves throughout all psychotherapy and human endeavors.   Links discussed in this episode can be found at the episode page at
On episode 17 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast, Kyle and I speak with Dr. Lisa Lombard. Dr. Lombard is a clinical psychologist in Chicago and Oak Park, IL. She has served as faculty at the National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute, and is the current president of the Chicago Society of Clinical Hypnosis.  Lisa joins us to discuss her trajectory as a psychologist, and her intensive knowledge and use of hypnosis with children and adolescents. She also discusses her work as a Researcher on outcomes of allergy and asthma at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.   Links Discussed in this episode can be found at
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