41 episodes

“Making Sense of Chaos” is a podcast of people sharing their personal reflections on death, grief and chaos.

Hosts Jason and Maddie currently work as counsellors in the addiction and family violence space.

Instagram: @makingsenseofchaos
Email: makingsenseofchaospod@gmail.com

Cover art by Ethan Brivik https://www.ebphotography.net.

Making Sense of Chaos Maddie Brygel & Jason Weel

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 38 Ratings

“Making Sense of Chaos” is a podcast of people sharing their personal reflections on death, grief and chaos.

Hosts Jason and Maddie currently work as counsellors in the addiction and family violence space.

Instagram: @makingsenseofchaos
Email: makingsenseofchaospod@gmail.com

Cover art by Ethan Brivik https://www.ebphotography.net.

    Sic Itur Ad Astra

    Sic Itur Ad Astra

    Ceara is a 37-year-old psychologist living with terminal illness. On this episode, Ceara speaks about facing her death, how she finds hope in uncertainty, and why she supports voluntary assisted dying.
    *Ceara is our first returning guest, and spoke to us back in July 2020.
    Instagram: @makingsenseofchaos
    Twitter: @msoc_pod
     
    Contact Ceara:
    Twitter: @CearaRickard
    Instagram: @ceararickard
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/supporting-cearas-cancer-journey
     

    • 58 min
    The Psychology of a Child Murderer: A Schema Therapy Lens

    The Psychology of a Child Murderer: A Schema Therapy Lens

    Dr Lars Madsen is a forensic psychologist with 20+ years experience in the treatment of sexual and violent offending.
    On this episode, Lars shares anecdotes and insights from experiences across his career. He also discusses a case where he provided psychological assessment & treatment to a child sex murderer, using Forensic Schema Therapy. 
    Instagram: @makingsenseofchaos 
    Twitter: msoc_pod 
     
    TRIGGER WARNING: This episode describes heavy content. 
     
    Supports: 
    Lifeline - 13 11 14
    1800 Respect - 1800 737 732
     
    Work by Lars: 
    Article - Forensic Schema Therapy: The Joker 
    Upcoming Talk: Therapy in Confined Spaces: Schema Therapy 
    Lars’ Forensic Schema Therapy Course (6-week interactive self-paced online course that introduces therapists to Forensic Schema Therapy (ST-F))
    Website
     

    • 1 hr
    Hard Cuddles

    Hard Cuddles

    James Harding had his own experiences in the criminal justice system. Now he’s a counsellor, and uses his experience to help criminals change their story. 
    [Episode hosted by Maddie].
    Instagram: @makingsenseofchaos
    Twitter: @msoc_pod
    SUPPORTS
    Lifeline - 13 11 14
    Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636
    Mensline - 1300 78 99 78
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    Hard Cuddles:
    An innovative mental health service that specialises in counselling, forensic counselling, mentoring and peer support facilitated in an outdoor environment.

    • 53 min
    Escaping the Diagnosis Trap

    Escaping the Diagnosis Trap

    In this episode we talk to Dr Ray Middleton on the consequences of medicalising psychological suffering into “mental disorders”.
    Ray is an independent trainer, speaker and writer, and a long-standing critic of the western diagnostic model of psychiatry.
    He is a lead trainer in the Power Threat Meaning Framework - a radically different approach to psychological suffering, which abandons diagnoses altogether, and offers an alternative to seeing oneself as "disordered" or "mentally ill". 
    In this episode, Ray shares how his own experiences as a psychiatric patient in the 1990s led to his current work. 
    Instagram: @makingsenseofchaos
    Twitter: @msoc_pod
    TRIGGER WARNING: This episode describes heavy content. 
     
    SUPPORTS
    Lifeline - 13 11 14
    Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636
     
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    About Dr Ray Middleton: 
     
    Dr Ray Middleton is an independent trainer in strengths based non-diagnostic approaches to distress, including Trauma Informed Practice and the Power Threat Meaning Framework approach. Ray has a PhD on dialogical/narrative approaches to complex trauma and recently authored a book chapter on innovative trauma informed approaches to people who are homeless. 
    Previously, Ray has set up and managed personality disorder services, been a senior care co-coordinator in an early intervention in psychosis service and systemic practitioner within systemic family therapy. 
    For training enquiries: 
    - Contact Ray at Ray.middleton@ladder4life.com or via his website; www.ladder4life.com

    • 55 min
    Close Call

    Close Call

    Jess has a background in psychology and criminology, and works in the reintegration space with long term & serious offenders. Jess chats with Jason about the different perspectives of grief, and why we are who we are.
    *Apologies for the audio quality in this episode - we appreciate your understanding as we work to improve for future episodes :)
    Instagram: @makingsenseofchaos

    • 1 hr 6 min
    A Moment in Time

    A Moment in Time

    In this episode, hosts Jason & Maddie reflect on Brock's episode, sharing their personal reflections on suicide, loneliness and fear.
    Instagram: @makingsenseofchaos
    WARNING: This episode does contain heavy & potentially triggering content. 
    SUPPORTS
    Lifeline - 13 11 14
    Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636
    Griefline - 1300 845 745

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

amybbbbbbpodcast ,

Much needed conversation starter

As a psychologist but first and foremost a human being, I love how Maddie and Jason bring sensitivity to such important, unspoken about topics. They aren’t afraid to ask difficult questions but do so in a powerful and endearing way that allows for conversation both within the podcast, and outside of it

Ashlee1989* ,

Personal Touch

Both Maddie and Jason's synchrony is pulsating. A podcast that should be mainstream. A podcast that humanises pain, something you don't see very often. Will share accross friends and family willing to listen.

JPodcast8739 ,

A must listen!

Enlightening conversations. Maddie and Jason really delve into the taboo subjects in an engaging manner, and I always look forward to their new episodes when they come out.

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