Conversations about somatic psychology, relational therapies, mindfulness and trauma therapies.
Jan Winhall: Treating trauma & addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal model
In this conversation, Jan Winhall describes how therapists can respectfully understand addiction and treat trauma responses with deep embodied listening.
Jan Winhall M.S.W. F.O.T. is a psychotherapist, teacher, and the author of Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model. She is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Social Work, University of Toronto. Jan is director of Focusing on Borden, a psychotherapy and training centre. She presents internationally on trauma and addiction. Jan is a co-founder of the Integrative Focusing Therapy online training program. See janwinhall.com
Published October 2021
Peter Afford: A neuroscience perspective on the felt sense
In this conversation, we discuss the felt sense as the experience of living (i.e., interacting) from a neuroscience perspective.
Peter Afford has been practicing and teaching Focusing for years. Based in London, he is a Coordinator for TIFI and a founder member of the British Focusing Association. He also works as a counsellor and therapist in private practice and has been studying neuroscience for over 20 years. He is the author of Therapy in the Age of Neuroscience, and has written articles on Focusing and neuroscience which can be found at focusing.co.uk/neuroscience.
Published September 2021
Mark Schenker on addiction, part 1: What is addiction
Mark Schenker defines addiction and talks about his integrative model.
Mark Schenker is a licensed psychologist with 40 years of experience working with patients with substance use disorders. Dr. Schenker has written “A Clinician’s Guide to Twelve-Step Recovery” (Norton, 2009) and the chapter “Addiction Treatment Settings” for the APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology (APA, 2016). He has taught and supervised clinicians at universities and treatment programs, and has presented nationally and internationally (well, Toronto). He received the 2017 “Addiction Professional of the Year” award from the Caron Foundation, and a Presidential Citation from APA Division 50 in 2018, where he has served on the Board of Directors. He hosted a monthly Clinical Conference Call on behalf of Division 50, featuring speakers and callers from around the world. He is committed to training clinicians to address the problem of addiction in their practices. Dr. Schenker maintains a practice outside of Philadelphia with a focus on addiction psychology and family/couples therapy. See website.
Published June 2021
Gregory Kramer about Buddhism & psychotherapy
In this conversation, Gregory Kramer compares the perspectives that psychotherapy and Buddhism have on dealing with human suffering.
Gregory Kramer teaches, writes, and is the founding teacher of the Insight Dialogue Community. His primary focuses are sharing a relational understanding of the Dhamma and teaching Insight Dialogue, an interpersonal form of Buddhist insight meditation. He has been teaching worldwide since 1980.
In his new book A Whole-Life Path, Gregory invites us to see the noise, complexity, and challenges of today’s world as doorways to fully embodied Dhamma wisdom. Drawing on decades of meditation, study, and teaching, he explores the essence of each factor of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path. He looks at modern life and offers to put all the Buddha’s teachings into practice—individually, relationally, and socially. More than 50 experiential practices allow us to test his guidance—right here, right now. See website.
Published March 1, 2021
Michael Changaris: The power of mindful touch
In this conversation, Michael Changaris talks about how crucial touch is to our sense of self and our well-being. He refers to research as well as examples in clinical practice and in everyday life. The conversation concludes with an invitation to a simple way to experience this in your life.
Michael Changaris, PsyD. is the Chief Clinical Training Officer, health psychology groups program lead & psychopharmacology rotation lead for the Wright Institute, Integrated Health Psychology Training Program (IHPTP) an APA accredited internship in health psychology. He is an adjunct professor with John F. Kennedy University and The Wright Institute. Dr. Changaris is a clinical health psychologist with a specialty in multicultural psychology, stress physiology, and the neuroanatomy of PTSD. Michael Changaris is a 2018 UCSF, California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) Leadership Fellow. He currently serves on the health disparities committee at Contra Costa County Health and along with the team, was recognized with the 2018 ‘Health Partnership’ award for work addressing implicit bias in health care. See website.
Published December 2020.
Francesca Maximé: Embodied anti-racism
Francesca Maximé talks about how to find mindful, embodied responses to racialization and racism.
Francesca Marguerite Maximé is a Haitian-Dominican Italian-American embodied antiracism educator, somatic psychotherapist, award-winning poet/author, certified mindfulness meditation teacher. She also hosts the ReRooted podcast on Ram Dass’s Be Here Now Network focusing on neuroscience, trauma healing, social justice, and the creative arts. Francesca integrates secular mindfulness wisdom practices on gratitude, forgiveness and compassion with Buddhist psychology, attachment theory, modern neuroscience, psychoeducation, positive neuroplasticity, Nonviolent Communication, Focusing, narrative expression and somatic “bottom-up” approaches. She’s certified in Relational Life Therapy for couples, Somatic Experiencing, Focusing-Oriented Therapy, Indigenous Focusing-Oriented Therapy, mindfulness, and has also completed Brainspotting 1 & 2 and several Coherence Therapy trainings. She practices privately seeing adults, couples and groups around the country and world as an antiracism educator and somatic coach through her Maximé Clarity, LLC offerings, also working with a group somatic psychotherapy practice in Brooklyn, New York: Brooklyn Somatic Psychotherapy. See website.
Published November 2020.
I am a geek and psychotherapist and I am loving the condensed versions of the somatic practices in these approachable conversations! So glad this podcast exists.
I just started listening to this podcast and have already saved more episodes than any other I subscribe to. At first I was annoyed by interviewer's voice and style, especially when he interrupts. However, I am beginning to appreciate that perhaps he is trying to slow down his enthusiastic guests and summarize so audience can digest. Sometimes his recaps are more helpful than others, but it does give listener a chance to breathe. I would love to have some guests come back, especially Raja Selvam.