Overcoming Destructive Anger

Anger is a natural emotion for all humans. In some cases, anger can be a good thing, and can protect you, your relationships, and the way you interact with the world. But there are also times when anger is destructive and costly. My guest on this episode is Bernard Golden (PhD). Dr. Golden is the founder of Anger Management Education. He’s been a practicing psychoilogist for almost forty years. He is the author of Overcoming Destructive Anger.

Check out this session and discover how you can make calm, constructive choices and cultivate self-empathy. This will help you be freed to live a more fulfilling life. You can learn more about Dr. Golden at http://www.angermanagementeducation.com/

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Panic Attacks

Anxiety is a fear response we experience without the presence of imminent danger or threat. All of us experience some passing feelings of anxiety that are normal. For example, it is normal to feel some anxiety before a job interview or an important exam. When the anxiety becomes chronic or pervasive, or disproportionate to the stressor, it becomes an anxiety disorder.

Check out this episode as I discuss social anxiety and panic attacks with Helen Odessky (PsyD). Dr. Odessky is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and practicing Chicago therapist, focusing on anxiety and panic treatment. She is trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Exposure Therapy.

For the past decade, Dr. Odessky has had the privilege of helping numerous individuals break the cycle of panic and anxiety. Everyone can benefit from reducing his or her stress level. You can learn to be less shy and more assertive. You can stop panic symptoms from becoming full-blown panic attacks and you can learn how to live with less worry! To learn more about Dr. Odessky, visit her website at http://www.yourchicagotherapist.com/

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Assessing and Treating Insomnia (Part 2)

This is part two of my conversation with Dr. Courtney Bancroft on insomnia.  Once a diagnosis of insomnia has been made by a licensed professional, a properly trained clinician can use a tailored approach based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI). Listen and hear us talk about some of the natural and complimentary treatments that can be helpful.   

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Assessing and Treating Insomnia (Part 1)


There has been an increase in public awareness about insomnia, and it is estimated that approximately 60 million Americans are affected by this sleep disorder each year. There’s also been more awareness about using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI) as an effective form of treatment.  Historically, sleep disorders were thought to result from other disorders like depression or anxiety. However, research and empirical studies show that multiple disorders can exist at the same time. Insomnia affects a diversity of people, and it’s estimated that $41B was spent on sleep aids in 2015. This amount is projected to increase to $52B in 2020.

Courtney Bancroft (PsyD) is my guest on this episode.  Dr. Bancroft is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of New York with over a decade of experience at some of the nation’s greatest hospitals and institutions. She completed her clinical training and post-doc at Yale University’s School of Medicine, where she specialized in Clinical Health Psychology, specifically sleep, addiction, and the intersection of health and mental health. She graduated from Pepperdine University’s Psy.D. program and received her Master’s and Undergraduate degrees from Loyola University in Maryland. You can learn more about Dr. Bancroft at www.drcourtneybancroft.com

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Child and Adolescent Depression

Younger children may not express their feelings of depression in the same way as an older person. Typically, we think of someone who’s withdrawn or has a lack of energy. But with younger children, depression can manifest in ways that we could mistakenly label as anxiety, anger, ADHD, or frustration.  It’s really important to keep in mind that if treatment is going to be effective, we have to start with an accurate diagnosis. This session provides insight on the importance of a therapeutic alliance in treating children and adolescents with depression.

My guest on this episode is Dr. Phillip Balfanz (M.D.). Dr. Balfanz is board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist who earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.  He completed his psychiatric residency and child fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern. You can learn more about Dr. Balfanz at www.sigmamhuc.com

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Sex Therapy

It’s not uncommon for a couple to struggle with their sexual relationship. Frequently, the infatuation stage in the relationship can act as a natural drug. But this wears off over time. There is a transition period that can lead to a couple being present but not connected. This can result in misunderstandings and resentment. It takes time, effort, and some creativity to keep communication flowing about sex. But it is possible to enjoy satisfying sex in a long-term relationship.

During this session, I discuss Sex Therapy with Deborah Fox. Deborah is a clinical social worker with over thirty years of experience in private practice in N.W. Washington.   She is a Certified Sex Therapist, and a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, providing individual, couples and group psychotherapy, as well as clinical consultation.

Tune in and learn some valuable tips that can help you re-energize your sex life. You’ll also discover some practical suggestions for those  who may not be comfortable talking about sexual issues or behaviors they’d like to see change.

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