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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!
21 Episodes
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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