Forensic Psychology

Forensic psychology is an exciting field that is often misrepresented on television and in the movies.  Check out this episode where we will explore how often a defendant fakes incompetency, psychopaths, sociopaths, and antisocial personality disorder.

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Using MRI to Improve Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders

An MRI can show structural deformities in the brain, but what role does MRI play in diagnosing mental illness. The current state of research in this area is exciting! In this session, Dr. Andrew Gerber and I discuss where research is heading. We also talk about the gaps in knowledge relative to complex psychiatric disorders, and potential benefits of MRI in the future. You can learn more about Dr. Andrew Gerber and the Austen Riggs Center at

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Art Therapy

Art therapy is an established mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. – American Art Therapy Assoc.

My guest on this session is Dr. Mary Andrus. Mary has been working as an art therapist since graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. She was worked with a wide variety of populations in various settings. She specializes in treating adults and adolescents using a person centered approach. Her specialty is in working with trauma, abuse, grief and loss and mood disorders. She has been teaching Graduate Art Therapy Courses since 2008 and in 2010  served as President of the Illinois Art Therapy Association. She has presented locally and nationally on the practice of art therapy. She has been in private practice since 2007 and incorporated Art Therapy Studio Chicago Ltd in May of 2013.  You can learn more about Dr. Andrus at

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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

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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

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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.   

CLICK HERE  to get info on how to download the guides on insomnia (part 1 & 2)! The guide for part 2 also contains bonus content that Courtney and I discussed that is not included in the podcast.