The Intentional Clinician: Psychology and Philosophy

Cultivating a Therapeutic Relationship with Your Mind and Body w/ Benjamin Reisterer [Episode 12]

December 2, 2017

In this episode, I interview therapist, and the creator of the app MetaFi, Benjamin Reisterer, LPC. We discuss learning about oneself, one's emotions, and more, in order to work on creating a therapeutic relationship with one's self (in both mind and body) to lead toward healing, transformation, and more. We also discuss many aspects of the importance of a healthy client-therapist relationship in the counseling process, how this may look, and how this can influence client satisfaction and therapy outcomes. Ben also discusses his knowledge of the Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy method (created by Diana Fosha, PhD). We discuss emotional awareness in both mind and body using multiple methods including a new APP called MetaFi. We discuss neurobiology, the brain, understanding emotions, emotional regulation, the interactions between the mind and the body, as well as the practices of yoga and mindfulness and how these can be useful in both the therapy process and the personal healing process.

Correction: In this episode I referenced "Episode 2" is the episode that talks about the research about counseling. That is incorrect, it is actually Episode #3:

Benjamin Reisterer is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Michigan. Ben has a BA in Psychology and Family Studies from Cornerstone University and an MA in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. Ben is the founder and creator of MetaFi, an Android and iOS app designed to help promote mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and body awareness. Ben is a part of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and also a U.S. Navy SeaBee veteran of the war in Afghanistan. Ben takes a holistic approach to the work of counseling and strives to hold a space where emotions, symptoms, and thoughts can be safely and curiously explored as he believes they hold messages meant to be acknowledged, understood, and integrated. You can check out more about Ben here:,LPC_Grand+Rapids_Michigan_206353

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the host of the Intentional Clinician as well as a counselor living in Grand Rapids, MI. Paul has his private practice at Health for Life Grand Rapids, located on 781 Kenmoor Ave SE, Suite C. Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Check out the webpage  If you or someone you know is in need or just wants to give counseling a try-- call Paul at 616-365-5530 (direct), or at the office 616-200-4433. Learn more about Paul Paul enjoys email,

Original music, used with permission: 

"Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL

"May You Be Born On Anarres" [Instrumental] from Music for Public Television by ttypes

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