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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!
Yolo Akili joins us for episode 31. Yolo Akili is the founder and executive director of BEAM (Black Emotional and Mental Health). Dr. Hoye. and Mr. Akili discuss the work and the mission of BEAM. They cover mental health issues in African American and Latin American communities, sexism and systemic racisms, and the general work of breaking down barriers to mental health services in minority communities. Like the work of BEAM, this conversation is an invitation to people from all walks of life to participate in reducing mental health stigma across race, sexual orientation, and gender. Mental health clinicians and the general public alike will find food for thought and discussion. Yolo Akili is also a yoga instructor, and has worked as an AIDS/HIV counselor on violence prevention on violence prevention in African American communities. He has contributed articles to the Huffington Post, Ebony, and Everyday Feminisms.
On episode 30 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast, Kyle and Scott talk with Ryan Maher. Ryan is a licensed and board-certified psychotherapist in Chicago and the founder of Inner World Therapy. Ryan specializes in working with adults who experienced developmental trauma. He works from a Jungian, depth psychology perspective, and is an affiliate member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago.   Ryan discusses his growth into the world of therapy and becoming a depth psychologist. Along the way he touches on dream interpretation, transpersonal psychology, unconscious processing and hypnosis.   The C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago
On episode 29, Dr. Dan Brown, Ph.D. joins Dr. Hoye to discuss dissociation, trauma and attachment theory.  Dr. Brown is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and has served on the faculty for over 38 years. He is a senior meditation master, Dr. Brown has trained and taught with top Indo-Tibetan Bon & Buddhist lamas for more than 48 years, including lineage holders from some of the great schools of Buddhism. An author of 24 books and has testified in over 200 child abuse cases and served as an expert witness for prosecutors at the International War Crimes Tribunal. Dan discusses dissociation, trauma and attachment disorders based on his work with the team that that organized the Three Pillars model of attachment treatment.  This treatment is an integrative model of psychotherapy, based on many modalities and theories, including hypnosis, mentalization treatments, and collaborative approaches for working with patients.   
On episode 28 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast, Dr. Hoye speaks with Dr. Michael Yapko, PhD. Dr. Yapko is a well-respected author and trainer of clinical hypnosis. He is the author of Tranceworks, a authoritative textbook on clinical hypnosis that is used in many academic settings.  Dr. Yapko discusses his interest in and development as a psychologist who uses hypnosis as a main modality in psychotherapy. He also discusses his work on the treatment of depression. We also cover the topic of hypnosis and mindfulness, and the differences and similarities between the two and their uses in therapy. In 2020, Dr. Yapko will be offering a 100-hour training in the Chicago area in conjunction with Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, IL.
On episode 27 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast Kyle Miller interviews Christopher LeMark, the impact therapy has had on his life, and his role as a mental health advocate. Christopher LeMark is a Hip Hop artist, a Mental Health Advocate, and the owner and of Coffee, Hip Hop and Mental Health.   
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
On this episode 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.  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. Dr. Greer and Dr. Hoye speak about the vast research into psychedelic medicines, the positive results of that research, and the promise they hold for treating treatment-resistant PTSD, addiction, and depression. We also discuss the increased sense of spirituality and well being that often attends psychedelically assisted therapy session and the potential for reconnection of psychiatry within the realm of psychotherapy through these powerful medicines. Links are available at the episode's webpage @   
In Episode 15 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast, Scott and Kyle are joined by Dr. Regina Hess, Ph.D. Dr. Hess is a nurse, clinical psychologist, and a Gestalt and Transpersonal psychotherapist, researcher, educator, and supervisor. She holds degrees in transpersonal and transcultural psychology. She serves on the board of several European professional Societies. Including the European Transpersonal Association (EUROTAS), and the Mind: European Foundation for Psychedelic Science. Dr. Hess discusses her career trajectory and the pivotal moment when she survived the 2004 Tsunami. This experience and the near-death experience that attended it were instrumental in her becoming a transpersonal psychologist. We also discuss the state of research into psychedelic therapies in Europe, for which she serves as faculty for the teaching of integrating these medicines into psychotherapy. This is an engaging, personal, and informative interview. We hope you join us. Episode links are available at
In episode 16 of the Chicago Psychology Podcast, Dr. Hoye sits down with Kendall Alaimo. Kendall is a survivor of child sex trafficking and an international activist on the prevention of child sexual abuse. She is a clinical educator that provides medical trainings on innovating care for complex trauma. As a professionally trained artist she believes art can be used as a strong catalyst to express and heal fragmented trauma.  Lastly, Kendall is the executive producer of The Sentenced to Life Podcast that she created along side fellow trauma expert Dr. Jason LaHood.   Kendall discusses her journey through trauma, surviving and thriving. She also describes her use of Ketamine therapy, a psychedelic-like anesthesia that has been helpful in treating treatment-resistant depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. Of course, we both discuss Sentenced to Life podcast. This is a candid, revealing interview, that informs about the course of trauma from a survivor's perspective, and gives insight into the powerful effectiveness of ketamine for treating mental health afflictions.   All links discussed in this episode are available at the episode page at
In episode 12 Kyle and Scott are joined by Lisa Isenhart. Lisa is an anthropologist and also the Program Director of Open Path Psychotherapy Collective, a non-profit psychotherapy collective that seeks to provide affordable mental health care for the public. Open Path is available for interested therapists to join for free and for a nominal fee for potential clients. Lisa discusses Open Path's mission to provide affordable mental health to those who may not have insurance, or are underserved. She discusses the founding of the organization, its future, and her work and growth as an activist with the organization. We also discuss the Open Path's reach in Chicago, and their plans for expanding abroad and in the states. Show notes and links are available at the episode page at
In episode 13, Dr. Hoye speaks with Dr. Ryan Dump, Psy.D., a Chicago-based psychologist who founded a group practice, Resilience Psychological Services. He is also the founder of Therapy Road, an online community of therapists in Chicago. Ryan explains his transition from South Dakota to the big city living, his process of becoming a psychologist and therapist, and his road to opening a group practice. They both observe the difficulties men have struggling with mental health issues and the dearth of men in the behavioral health world. They also tackle issues of diversity, and the problems therapists face as they work at marketing themselves to a broader public and making psychotherapy more widely available. It's a warm and engaging talk. Thanks for having a listen!  We appreciate you, and we would love your support.  Please give us a positive review of the show at your favorite streaming services.  It would help us out immensely.   Links discussed in this episode can be found at
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