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In this latest episode, I'm joined once again by the incredible Dr. Steve Hayes to talk all about panic disorder. If you aren't familiar with Dr. Hayes, he is the co-founder of the ACT Therapy model, also known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. In this conversation we talk about: His personal experience with panic, how it started, and what it's like nowCommon sources of panic disorder and patterns of avoidanceHow to approach panic attacks and what to consider if you are experiencing panic disorderMake sure to check out Dr. Hayes's book called A Liberated Mind. About my guest:Steven C. Hayes is a Nevada Foundation Professor of Psychology in the Behavior Analysis Program at the University of Nevada. An author of 47 books and over 675 scientific articles, he is especially known for his work on "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy" or “ACT” which is one of the most widely used and researched new methods of psychological intervention over the last 20 years. Dr. Hayes has received several national awards, such as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. His popular book Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for a time was the best-selling self-help book in the United States, and his new book A Liberated Mind has been recently released to wide acclaim. His TEDx talks and blogs have been viewed or read by over three million people, and he is ranked among the most cited psychologists in the world. This interview is brought to you by my friends over at Drink LMNT! I love this product as it’s a sugar-FREE electrolyte drink mix that tastes great and has clean ingredients. LMNT has been gracious enough to offer all of you a free sample pack with any purchase! I hope you all enjoy the interview and take advantage of this offer from Drink LMNT. Get your free sample pack here! Advertising Inquiries:
This week I'm joined by my co-author of On Grief. The poet William Bortz and I talk about:The difficulty of putting difficult life experiences into words and the healing power of poetry to help us reflect on what's most important to us.William shares his story of becoming a poet, sharing how he conceptualizes putting complex emotion into wordsHow poetry and writing allows us to have more empathy and how both reading and creating poetry expands our understandingTouching on substance abuse, trauma, grief, and loss, this conversation is all about grounding in love, art, and vulnerability. I hope you enjoy our conversation!About my guest:William Bortz (he/him) is an author and a poet from the Midwest. He volunteers for the curation team for Button Poetry and is a poetry reader for Longleaf Review. Bortz is the author of The Grief We’re Given (Central Avenue, 2021). You can find his poems online at Brave Voices, Okay Donkey, Turnpike Magazine, and others. William lives with his wife and their two cats.>> William's website>> Book - The Grief We're Given >> Find our free e-book On Grief hereGet an ad-free podcast feed hereAdvertising Inquiries:
In this episode, I am joined by one of my mentors, Jim McNeish. This is a much more personal conversation, as it much more closely resembles one of our mentorship sessions. We talk about my experience with quickly gaining a large platform and navigating the complexities that come with that, my thoughts on taking political positions as a therapist on public platforms, inner conflict, and what to do with parts of your personality that you don't like.I am very grateful to have Jim as a mentor of mine, I hope you enjoy our conversation!Learn more about Jim at, you can also find him on Instagram @nei5h. This is the video Jim suggests starting with! Get an ad-free podcast feed here: Inquiries:
inner-child work

inner-child work


This week I'm joined by the incredible Dr. Leah Katz! We unpacked a lot in this episode: the concept of connecting with your "inner child", what it means to "re-parent yourself", Trauma healing from the perspective of Carl Jung, IFS, and more...I hope you enjoy our conversation!Leah Katz, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist practicing in Portland, Oregon. Originally from New York, she completed her doctorate training at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. While living in New York, Dr. Katz worked at a community clinic where she led several groups, treated individuals and couples in therapy, and taught at Stern College for Women. She currently works in a group practice where she specializes in working with teenagers and women, with a focus on treating anxiety and depression, amongst other things. She utilizes a hybrid of cognitive behavioral, ACT, and mindfulness techniques in her therapy work.Dr. Katz is passionate about girls’ and women’s mental health, and helping women navigate challenges to live deeply connected and fulfilled lives. She writes for Psychology Today and recently published her first book, Gutsy: Mindfulness Practices for Everyday Bravery. You can find her on Instagram @dr.leahkatz, Twitter @drleahkatz, and her website, where she shares mental health related tips and insights.Advertising Inquiries:
It's not unusual for trauma therapy to disrupt some of our patterns and habits, within ourselves, and within our homes and partnerships. In this episode, I talk about what this can look like, and what we can we do to adapt to these changes. You can find more information like this in my latest Trauma Workshop: A Free Mind. Available on my website: an ad-free podcast feed here: Inquiries:
Free Webinar Next Week!!! to look for when looking for a therapist and things you can do before booking an intake session to increase the probability that therapy will be helpful and fruitful.Advertising Inquiries:
a conversation with Dr. Hillary McBride, author of The Wisdom of Your Body, about the effects and lasting impacts of online counseling, including how this affects the relationships between therapist and client, and the impact of video conferencing in modern counseling.Get an ad-free podcast feed here: Inquiries:



A podcast comparing and contrasting three philosophies of how to “be a man” and how those philosophies conceptualize masculinity and gender. Get an ad-free podcast feed here: Beauvoir, S. (2010). The second sex. Knopf.The section on the feminist split of cultural feminists and the integration of queer-theory can be seen in more detail here:Halley, J. (2002). A Map of Feminist and Queer Theories of Sexuality and Sexual Regulation. YouTube. Retrieved April 7, 2022, from Costa Jr, P. T., Terracciano, A., & McCrae, R. R. (2001). Gender differences in personality traits across cultures: robust and surprising findings. Journal of personality and social psychologyMuch of the argumentation regarding a modernist perspective on gender temperament and how it conflicts with post-modernism is inspired by lectures I’ve heard from Jordan Peterson, Sam Harris, and James Lindsay (all well-known modernists).Regarding the Jungian theory around the arch of manhood:Jung, C. G., Von Franz, M. L., Henderson, J. L., Jaffé, A., & Jacobi, J. (1964). Man and his symbols (Vol. 5183). Dell.Advertising Inquiries:
Secure Spot For April 18th Live Webinar with Matthias J Barker! podcast discussing various ways of measuring and conceptualizing happiness, the data on long-term relationships and dynamics to keep in mind, and what exactly "nagging is" and how to go about resolving it. Get an ad-free podcast feed here: Inquiries:
A conversation with Motivational Interviewing expert, Casey Jackson, on the process of change and how to come alongside people we love in their process.Casey has worked in Behavioral health for over 30 years and is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). He is the lead author of the Motivational Interviewing Competency Assessment (MICA) and has presented at many conferences in a wide variety of professional fields for line-level staff as well as administrators and other leadership. He has provided over 2000 trainings on Motivational Interviewing and system change to organizations and professionals in Healthcare, Mental health, Addictions, Corrections/Prisons, Local and state government, and more. View Casey’s Webpage for his experience, story, and testimonials! my podcast with a cup of coffee and get access to exclusive and ad-free content on Patreon! Inquiries:
Welcome to SEASON 2 of the Matthias J Barker Podcast! I have exciting announcements! We found out the gender of our second child, we're moving to the southern United States, and I'm excited to share my plans for season 2 of the podcast.Support my podcast with a cup of coffee and get access to exclusive and ad-free content on Patreon! Inquiries:
getting through grief

getting through grief


A conversation with Dr. Julie Smith on Grief and exploring the paradox of needing time to rejuvenate, rest, and distract yourself from the pain, while also needing to open yourself up to feeling the emotions of grief and loss. Dr. Julie Smith is a Clinical Psychologist with over a decade of professional experience, having previously worked in the NHS, with veterans and the MoD, in addiction and crisis centres, and now in private practice. She is also an online educator and social media star, sharing bite-sized mental health and motivational videos online, with a combined following of more than 3.5 million. In November 2019 Julie launched her TikTok account to make her services and education about mental health more accessible. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Julie’s audience on TikTok grew astronomically as young people related to the videos she was making about mental health and put her advice to use."Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?" is Dr. Julie’s first book: A mental health toolbox that is filled with ideas, techniques and insights to help you feel calmer, stronger and more resilient, no matter what life throws your way. "Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before" was an instant #1 Sunday Times Bestseller.For an ad-free experience, join me on Patreon at Inquiries:
A conversation on the importance of eating well to not just have a healthier brain but have a better life. Pre-order Dr. Amen's new book "You, Happier" releasing March 1st, 2022. Advertising Inquiries:
marital conflict

marital conflict


A discussion on what makes conflict terrible and how to make it better. This content is a summary of the Gottman’s “four horsemen” research that can be found in their book:The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship ExpertAdvertising Inquiries:
Thoughts on entering a career in psychology and making online psychological content.Advertising Inquiries:
Thoughts on entering a career in psychology and making online psychological content.Advertising Inquiries:
motivation and trauma

motivation and trauma


Trauma Workshop: Quiz: data:Chapman, D. P., Dube, S. R., & Anda, R. F. (2007). Adverse childhood events as risk factors for negative mental health outcomes. Psychiatric Annals, 37(5), 359–364.The discussion on the findings studying the children of holocaust survivors/mothers who endured trauma and the studies on rat-pups can be found in the introduction of this paper: on Walla Walla school district: and outro song: "with eyes open" by Cathartic FallAdvertising Inquiries:
falling back in love

falling back in love


The path to building emotional warmth and intimacy with the person you love.*Theory of bids derived from the Gottman Method.Advertising Inquiries:
A conversation with Dr. Anderson about IFS, the role of empathy in connection and its applications in our lives.Advertising Inquiries:



A mindfulness exercise on gratefulness and centering in on your values in the midst of hardship. Song by Cathartic Fall, find him on Spotify!Advertising Inquiries:
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Amanda Gallant

Your words are encouraging, thank you.

Oct 5th

Niko Krm

great voice 👌

Sep 24th

Jake Brown

I would like you to know that you sir are an inspiration and have been an enormous source of healing for me. your message and ideas have ignited a passion for psychology within my soul. a master's degree is in my future. I have enjoyed healing within myself and been able to help my children heal as well. of course I have been engaged in counseling with my children but it takes more than one hour a week to suture the deep wounds I live with. you have made my gratitude list several times and I am confident that you will be there in the future

Mar 30th

Haley Burnam

Best podcast I've ever listened too! You help so many

Feb 2nd

Ellie Jones

I saw you on TikTok and am happy to see you on the podcast world. I appreciate having a male in the therapy world speaking out and providing emotional education is much needed in the world. As weird as it is, if you could listen to The My Favorite Murder podcast on The Exactly Right network. Georgia and Karen started the podcast and they BLEW up! Throughout the episodes they share the ups and downs about starting/setting up podcasting details, as well as their murder stories. So you know, I’m tuning in. Thanks for being here.

Jan 2nd
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