Have you ever been brought to your knees by the challenges of life? What if you could enter the world of the therapist, be a fly on the wall, and hear their stories and insights into life’s biggest challenges; a place to learn from the experiences of others who have tried to find dignity in their suffering. That’s what we do each week on The Dignity of Suffering. Hosted by Mitchell Smolkin –– registered psychotherapist, author, and speaker – every episode is a candid look at the trials and tribulations of being alive, and how slowing down and becoming curious about our human experience can enrich our perspectives and plant our feet more firmly on the ground
The Heart of Conflict: How to Create Safety, Flexibility and Love with Our Children with Clinical Mental Health Counselor Pripo Teplitsky
I am delighted to bring Pripo Teplitsky on today’s episode as we talk about parenting and what it takes for us to make room for the spirit of the child to emerge. From the minute I heard Pripo's voice, I felt this kinship with his raw and relatable style of connecting.
Parenting Acoustics: Cultivating Safety, Curiosity and Flexibility in the Brain of the Child
One of the dangers in families is that we tend to approach things with the glass half-empty. We often want our children to be MORE motivated or MORE focused, or for them to try HARDER. What could be more disheartening than somebody approaching you and constantly undervaluing what you are doing. Imagine if a friend was always seeing you in that light. We need to take a pause and not assume the worst with our children.
The Impact of Infertility Treatment on Couples and Relationships: How to Bear the Unbearable with Dr. Erica Berman
I have the good fortune of speaking with my colleague and friend today, Dr. Erica Berman, who developed a specialty of working with couples who are going through infertility treatment.
Like a Rooted Tree: The Importance of Self Reflection in Parenting and How to Withstand the Child’s Difference with Psychotherapist Maria Kempinska
I wanted to focus today on a subject dear to my heart, which is perhaps not that well understood. To a large extent, it has to do with parenting but, more broadly speaking, affects and is involved in all of our relationships.
Sometimes You Just Have to Die: The Art of Taking Risks with the Renowned Cirque de Soleil Founding Choreographer Debra Brown
What a special episode I have for you today. In it, I have a conversation with one of the most renowned choreographers in the world, Debra Brown, who was with Cirque du Soleil for three decades. Not only is she a creative force but she has become a good friend over the years as well.
Society’s Emotional Awakening: The Shifting Grounds of Psychotherapy and Our Self Images
It’s quite a special week. There was a confluence of timing in my interview with Gabor Maté last week and the release of his film The Wisdom of Trauma. If you haven't seen the film, it is well worth watching.