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Why in the World is a podcast fueled by curiosity. Deep dive conversations exploring meaning, purpose, and why we show up in the world the way that we do. Hosted by psychotherapist, Bryan Nixon.

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Why in the World is a podcast fueled by curiosity. Deep dive conversations exploring meaning, purpose, and why we show up in the world the way that we do. Hosted by psychotherapist, Bryan Nixon.

    Episode #16 - Dr. Steven Kuchuck - The Relational Revolution

    Episode #16 - Dr. Steven Kuchuck - The Relational Revolution

    Episode #16 - Dr. Steven Kuchuck - The Relational Revolution


    Hey everyone! Welcome back to Why in the World. If you know anything about me, you know that I tend to be a bit of a nerd when it comes to reading and learning about psychoanalysis. I’m particularly drawn to what is known as Relational Psychoanalysis, which emerged in the 1980’s and has continued to evolve ever since. So when Dr. Steven Kuchuck agreed to be a guest on my podcast, my inner nerd started break dancing! 


     


    I’m excited about this episode! It was a true pleasure talking with Dr. Kuchuck about his new book The Relational Revolution in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Dr. Kuchuck is a leading teacher and scholar of relational thinking and President of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is on the faculty of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis as well as various other institutes. 


     


    In addition to all of this, he is also just a joy to talk to. 


     


    In his new book he writes: “In Relational and other contemporary, two-person perspectives, the analyst’s expertise is measured by the extent to which she can facilitate exploration of the intersubjective dynamics of a treatment in order to help the patient gain better understanding of older, formative relationships, internalizations, repetitions, and barriers to desired change. In a successful treatment, ‘co-created old truths are replaced with co-created new truths’. 


     


    I hope you enjoy my conversation with Dr. Steven Kuchuck…


     


    Find Dr. Kuchuck online:


    Twitter: @stevenkuchuck 


    Facebook Author Page: Dr. Steven Kuchuck


    Website: www.stevenkuchuck.com


    His New Book: The Relational Revolution in Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy


     


    Links:


    Relationally Focused Psychodynamic Therapy (RFPT) - Post-grad continuing education program for psychotherapists that I teach in and mentioned at the end of this episode. If you’re a therapist and want to learn more, I’d love to chat with you! Send me an email at: bryan@mindfulcounselinggr.com.


    Relationally Focused Psychodynamic Therapy (RFPT) is an evidence-based treatment approach with strong roots in depth psychology (particularly contemporary Relational Psychoanalysis), dialogical philosophy, and neuroscience. As of December 2018, the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy has set forth policy recommendations that evidence-based therapy relationships and responsiveness be taught as frequently as other evidence-based treatments. (Reference: Norcross, J. C., & Lambert, M. J. (2019). Psychotherapy Relationships that work III. Psychotherapy, 55,4, p. 303-315). The RFPT certificate program is a direct response to these policy recommendations.


     


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    Bryan Nixon is a psychotherapist and the founder and clinical director of Mindful Counseling GR in Grand Rapids, MI. He is also a teacher and facilitator in Relationally Focused Psychodynamic Therapy, a post-grad continuing education program for therapists.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode #15 - Dr. Karen Maroda - The Analyst’s Vulnerability

    Episode #15 - Dr. Karen Maroda - The Analyst’s Vulnerability

    EPISODE #15 - Dr. Karen Maroda - The Analyst's Vulnerability


    Every once in a while, as a psychotherapist you come across an author who’s work really resonates with you. It challenges, inspires, and makes a mark on your own way of practicing. For me, Dr. Karen Maroda is one of those authors.


    Dr. Maroda is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Milwaukee, WI. She is the Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin and is the author of four books including:


    The Power of Countertransference

    Seduction, Surrender, and Transformation

    Psychodynamic Techniques

    The Analyst’s Vulnerability, which was just released earlier this year

    I first read her work in 2005 while in Grad School to become a therapist and was immediately drawn in. I have returned to her books countless times throughout my career and almost always recommend them to therapists I supervise or consult with.


    Throughout her work, but particularly in her new book, The Analyst’s Vulnerability (Great Title, BTW) there is a consistent call to therapists examine our own motivations for being therapists, to let go of the need to be perfect, to embrace our own humanity, and to show up with our patients in a deeply authentic, courageous and relational way. She often pushes against whatever the current popular fad in our field happens to be, and points out that we therapists are prone to avoid conflict by hiding behind our theories, techniques, and tools. In her new book she writes, “We have never focused on the natural conflicts that arise in any relationship, including the analytic one, in part because it would necessitate the examination of our own needs, desires, and shortcomings” (Maroda, 2022, p. 102).


    In my opinion, this book is a must read for any psychotherapist who takes seriously the idea that our patients are far more than symptoms, thoughts, behaviors and who believe that our role in the work is far more dynamic than simply providing advice and solutions.


     


    I hope you enjoy my conversation with Dr. Karen Maroda as much as I did! Thank you for listening.


    Links for Dr. Maroda


    LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-j-maroda-ph-d-abpp-b1679263


    Website: https://www.karenmaroda.com/


     


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    Bryan Nixon is a psychotherapist and the founder and clinical director of Mindful Counseling GR in Grand Rapids, MI. He is also a teacher and facilitator in Relationally Focused Psychodynamic Therapy, a post-grad continuing education program for therapists. 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode #14 - David Teachout - 3 Things to Know Before Entering Therapy

    Episode #14 - David Teachout - 3 Things to Know Before Entering Therapy

    This is an interview I did for the Humanity’s Values Podcast with David Teachout. David is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State. He is the founder of Life Weavings where he offers both counseling and coaching services. We had a really good conversation about my personal struggles and development as a therapist and what I have learned as a result. We discuss various therapeutic philosophies as well as the nature of the client/therapist relationship as the primary agent of change as to why therapy works. We also discuss the importance for therapists to remain committed to their own personal and professional development. Enjoy! 


     


    Links:


    David’s Counseling/Coaching Practice - Life Weavings, LLC


    Follow David of Facebook - Life Weavings, LLC Facebook


    David’s Podcast - Humanity’s Values


     


    Book Referenced in the episode - When Minds Meet


    Book Referenced in the episode - Freud/Jung Letters


    Video Referenced in the episode - Lew Aron Video on YouTube: Freud: More Alive Than Dead


     


    Relationally Focused Psychodynamic Therapy (RFPT) - Post-grad continuing education program for psychotherapists that I teach in and mentioned in the intro of this episode. We have a few spots open for the Fall 2021 cohort. If you’re a therapist and want to learn more, I’d love to chat with you! Send me an email at: bryan@mindfulcounselinggr.com. Relationally Focused Psychodynamic Therapy (RFPT) is an evidence-based treatment approach with strong roots in depth psychology (particularly contemporary relational psychoanalysis), dialogical philosophy, and neuroscience. As of December 2018, the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy has set forth policy recommendations that evidence-based therapy relationships and responsiveness be taught as frequently as other evidence-based treatments. (Reference: Norcross, J. C., & Lambert, M. J. (2019). Psychotherapy Relationships that work III. Psychotherapy, 55,4, p. 303-315). The RFPT certificate program is a direct response to these policy recommendations.


    Why in the World Podcast on Instagram


     


    COVID-19 Support: The wonderful team of therapists at Mindful Counseling GR are able to accept new clients for Video Counseling during this time for Michigan residents. If you are not in Michigan and could use some additional support during this season, please locate a therapist in your area by doing a simple Google search. Most therapists across the country are now able to conduct therapy via video and telehealth options.



    Bryan Nixon is a psychotherapist and the founder and clinical director of Mindful Counseling GR in Grand Rapids, MI. He is also a teacher and facilitator in Relationally Focused Psychodynamic Therapy, a post-grad continuing education program for therapists.

    • 1 hr
    Episode #13 - Erin & Stephen Mitchell - An Honest Fairytale (aka Couples Work)

    Episode #13 - Erin & Stephen Mitchell - An Honest Fairytale (aka Couples Work)

    In this episode I had a fun and honest conversation with Erin & Stephen Mitchell about their work with couples! They are both trained therapists and they are a couple themselves. They are honest about their own relationship struggles and have dedicated their work in the world to helping other couples to explore the story they are living together. In other words, for those of you who are partnered, you and your partner are telling a story through your relationship. Erin & Stephen help couples discover old stories from your past that might be causing many of your relational conflicts, and how to stand shoulder to shoulder with compassion and courage in order to co-author a more life-giving couple's story that will improve your relationship. Enjoy!


    LINKS


    Erin & Stephen's Website


    Erin & Stephen on Instagram


     


    Relationally Focused Psychodynamic Therapy (RFPT) - Post-grad continuing education program for psychotherapists that I teach in and mentioned in the intro of this episode. We have a few spots open for the Fall 2021 cohort. If you’re a therapist and want to learn more, I’d love to chat with you! Send me an email at: bryan@mindfulcounselinggr.com. Relationally Focused Psychodynamic Therapy (RFPT) is an evidence-based treatment approach with strong roots in depth psychology (particularly contemporary relational psychoanalysis), dialogical philosophy, and neuroscience. As of December 2018, the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy has set forth policy recommendations that evidence-based therapy relationships and responsiveness be taught as frequently as other evidence-based treatments. (Reference: Norcross, J. C., & Lambert, M. J. (2019). Psychotherapy Relationships that work III. Psychotherapy, 55,4, p. 303-315). The RFPT certificate program is a direct response to these policy recommendations.


    Follow Why in the World on Instagram: @wiwpodcast


    COVID-19 Support: The wonderful team of therapists at Mindful Counseling GR are able to accept new clients for Video Counseling during this time for Michigan residents. If you are not in Michigan and could use some additional support during this season, please locate a therapist in your area by doing a simple Google search. Most therapists across the country are now able to conduct therapy via video and telehealth options.



    Bryan Nixon is a psychotherapist and the founder and clinical director of Mindful Counseling GR in Grand Rapids, MI. He is also a teacher and facilitator in Relationally Focused Psychodynamic Therapy, a post-grad continuing education program for therapists.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode #12 - Angela Nixon - Marriage: What is going on here?

    Episode #12 - Angela Nixon - Marriage: What is going on here?

    ANGELA NIXON - Marriage: What is going on here?


    In this episode I have a chat with the one and only Angela Nixon! Angela Nixon is a breathwork facilitator and embodied movement guide with the Vitalist Institute. Drawn to the complexity of what it is to be human, she possesses a deep curiosity about the sacred path from suffering to freedom.


    Through her own journey, Angela has discovered the power of working with the breath and the body to reignite the inner life force, bringing healing and balance to the mind, body and soul. Utilizing breathwork, somatic coaching, Reiki energy healing, and teaching, Angela assists individuals in connecting to the deepest parts of themselves in order to heal past wounds, uncover the soul’s inner truth, and create a radiant and resonant life in alignment.


    Angela holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and is a certified Reiki Practitioner. In addition to all of this, we also happen to be married. 


    LINKS


    Relationally Focused Psychodynamic Therapy (RFPT) - Post-grad continuing education program for psychotherapists that I teach in and mentioned in the intro of this episode. We have a few spots open for the Fall 2021 cohort. If you’re a therapist and want to learn more, I’d love to chat with you! Send me an email at: bryan@mindfulcounselinggr.com. Relationally Focused Psychodynamic Therapy (RFPT) is an evidence-based treatment approach with strong roots in depth psychology (particularly contemporary relational psychoanalysis), dialogical philosophy, and neuroscience. As of December 2018, the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy has set forth policy recommendations that evidence-based therapy relationships and responsiveness be taught as frequently as other evidence-based treatments. (Reference: Norcross, J. C., & Lambert, M. J. (2019). Psychotherapy Relationships that work III. Psychotherapy, 55,4, p. 303-315). The RFPT certificate program is a direct response to these policy recommendations.


    Angela Nixon on IG


    The Vitalist Institute of Psychospiritual Transformation


     


    Follow Why in the World on Instagram: @wiwpodcast


     


    COVID-19 Support: The wonderful team of therapists at Mindful Counseling GR are able to accept new clients for Video Counseling during this time for Michigan residents. If you are not in Michigan and could use some additional support during this season, please locate a therapist in your area by doing a simple Google search. Most therapists across the country are now able to conduct therapy via video and telehealth options.



    Bryan Nixon is a psychotherapist and the founder and clinical director of Mindful Counseling GR in Grand Rapids, MI. He is also a teacher and facilitator in Relationally Focused Psychodynamic Therapy, a post-grad continuing education program for therapists.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode #11 - Bryan Nixon - Why Does Therapy Work?

    Episode #11 - Bryan Nixon - Why Does Therapy Work?

    Why Does Therapy Work?  by: Bryan Nixon


    Welcome, Good People! Woo, has it been a year, or what?! We are quickly coming to the end of 2020 and back in January when I launched this podcast,like all of us, I had no idea what this year had in store for us. COVID wasn’t even on the radar yet (can you even remember what that was like?!). I remember having a deep sense of optimism and even some creative energy as I looked forward into what 2020 might hold. And, in spite of a global pandemic, some really great things have taken shape. I was able to stick with this podcast experiment, my counseling practice, Mindful Counseling GR launched our 3rd location in West Michigan in June, and the RFPT continuing ed program that I teach in is now half way through our 2nd year in operation training licensed therapists to work in deeper relational waters with their clients. 


    I started this podcast with a goal of doing 12 episodes in 2020 as a way for me to push my own edge by getting outside my comfort zone and risk putting myself out there. My heart still races everytime I turn on the mic! Maybe that will get easier the longer I do this.


    This is episode 11...the final episode of 2020. One shy of my goal, but I still feel pretty damn proud that I have stuck with it this far and I’m excited for what the podcast will hold in 2021! 


    At the time of this recording, Why in the World has just over 2400 total downloads! I just want to say a huge thank you to all of you who have taken the time to tune in this year! If you’ve enjoyed the podcast, I would be deeply grateful if you would head over to iTunes or wherever you listen and give it a rating. That really helps me to spread the word.


    I take this episode in a slightly different direction. This will be my first solo-episode. All of the previous episodes have been me interviewing really cool people about who they are and why they do what they do in the world. In this episode, I discuss the following ideas:


    We are relational beings.

    We have an unconscious.

    We repeat the past in the present.

    What does all of this have to do with therapy?


    This episode parallels a recent blog that I posted on the MCGR website titled: Why Does Therapy Work? It’s not why you think!


    For Therapists: Relationally Focused Psychodynamic Therapy continuing ed program.


    APA Article referenced in the episode.


     


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    COVID-19 Support: The wonderful team of therapists at Mindful Counseling GR are able to accept new clients for Video Counseling during this time for Michigan residents. If you are not in Michigan and could use some additional support during this season, please locate a therapist in your area by doing a simple Google search. Most therapists across the country are now able to conduct therapy via video and telehealth options.


     


    Bryan Nixon is a psychotherapist and the founder and clinical director of Mindful Counseling GR in Grand Rapids, MI. He is also a teacher and facilitator in Relationally Focused Psychodynamic Therapy, a post-grad continuing education program for therapists. 

    • 25 min

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19 Ratings

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Clarifying

This podcast helped me understand more deeply why I do what I do as a relational therapist. I got so much from all of it, but found it particularly helpful to hear an analytic therapist talk about the part the bigger social/political/racial context plays in shaping relational psychotherapy.

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Excellent Work

This podcast is amazing. I would love to hear a deep dive episode specifically about the 7 core “techniques “ that RFPT practitioners utilize. Keep up the good work!

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