The Intentional Clinician: Counseling and Psychology
An Interview with Kent Dobson (Philosophy, Nature-Based Practices, Self-Discovery, Personal Transformation, etc.) [Episode 26]

An Interview with Kent Dobson (Philosophy, Nature-Based Practices, Self-Discovery, Personal Transformation, etc.) [Episode 26]

May 25, 2019

In this episode, Paul Krauss MA LPC interviews Kent Dobson about philosophy, practical applications and practices for self-reflection and exploration, as well as his own personal transformation and story. Paul and Kent also discuss Kent's current work, which includes leading people through nature-based practices, teaching at C3, his podcast “Hints and Guesses”, and guiding people on journeys (both through nature-based practices and on actual historical tours).

Paul and Kent discuss his story, philosophy, nature-based practices, self-discovery, personal transformation. Paul and Kent discuss nature-based practices as experiential tools for self-discovery, personal transformation, cultural change, and more.

Also Discussed:
Quitting a job, disorientation, waking up, losing direction, losing a parent, writing, the process of descent, the call of the soul, psychotherapy, the second half of life, narratives, invitations, initiations, rites of passage, Richard Rohr, Carl Jung, James Hollis, James Hillman, Bill Plotkin, Mary Oliver, Western Culture, confusion, young adults, maturation, depth psychology, storytelling, counseling, indoctrination, materialism, avoiding depth, thought control, permission, transformation, break through, break down, integration, self-reflection, religion, orthodox beliefs, afterlife, faith, action, the unknown, a mystery onto oneself, the psyche, consumer culture, fantasy, fundamentalism, paradox, complexities, black-and-white values, labels, deep listening, growth, safety, habits, fear, public statements, identity politics, identity spirituality, group identity, tribalism, individuality, perception, shaping thoughts, news, media, face-to-face conversation, speaking and listening through filters, rules for trust, drawing lines based on following, post-truth, postmodernism, modern journalism or advertising, fear influences group identity, ego break-down, the shadow, authenticity, internet culture, scapegoating, projection, embracing the opposites, thin-level culture, end of different eras in religion, the great stories, anxiety, leaving the village, the call of individuation, Abraham (the three tiers of beginning a journey), a journey, fairy tales, Marie Louise von Franz, Joseph Campbell, symbol, metaphor, belief versus action, framing, historicity, Christ, waking up, suffering, archetypes, the hero’s journey, St. Francis, trauma, to live in service, Women who run with the wolves, life-death-life-cycle of all things, myths, Disney, being “ok” with “unknowing”, longing, grief, what does the soul want? Nature-Based Practices, Nature-Based Experiences, utilizing the natural world as a mirror, dreams, the unconscious, learning from natural observation, encountering our motivations, how to do we change, existentialism, Matthew Fox, a larger cosmology, Thomas Berry, a relationship with the Earth, Nature-based practices, transcendence, handing over control, becoming a process guide, experiential therapy, risk taking, silent retreats, vision fast, lack of control, identity, challenging our preconceptions, practical ways to de-stress, disorientation to mental patterns, emotional recognition, contemplation, a relationship with your gold and your darkness, “knowing” something in the ego-sense versus “deep knowing” from experience, information overload, application, inner-work, Rilke, Sigor Ros, Suffering with meaning, helping others, Buddhism, commonalities, mortality, death, the first half of life and the second half of life, What is the most meaningful things, courage, choosing a path with meaning, the soul, challenges, numinous, clues, asking questions, poetry, conversations.

Kent Dobson has many titles, among them “teacher”, “biblical scholar” and “tour guide.” He is the author of “Bitten by a Camel: Leaving church, finding God”, host of the Podcast “Hints and Guesses”, lead teacher at “C3: West Michigan’s inclusive spiritual community”, and is currently in the Soul Apprenticeship Program at the Animus Valley Institute.

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433.

Original music:


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

In Another Life (Edit)” from In Another Life by Sandro Perri

What is Trauma-Informed Care and Counseling? What are Trauma Specific Interventions? And Introducing The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids [Episode 25]

What is Trauma-Informed Care and Counseling? What are Trauma Specific Interventions? And Introducing The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids [Episode 25]

April 30, 2019

In this solo episode, Paul Krauss MA LPC discusses the many aspects of trauma-informed healthcare and trauma-informed counseling. Paul works to address many frequently asked questions in this episode: What is trauma? Have I, or someone I know, experienced emotional or psychological trauma? What are traumatic Events? What can happen to someone after they suffer from a traumatic event? What is trauma-informed counseling? How is a trauma-informed therapist different from standard counseling? Why is trauma-informed counseling important? Are there trauma-specific interventions that don’t require a great deal of talking? What if I don’t identify as having experienced traumatic events, can I still participate in therapy with a trauma-informed counselor? What does relief of symptoms caused by trauma involve? Is it true that Anxiety, Anger, Depression, Relationship Issues, and more can be rooted in past traumatic experiences?

Further, Paul defines and discusses the multiple trauma-specific interventions, including: EMDR Therapy, Somatic Experience Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and more. Lastly, Paul Krauss MA LPC unveils the work of the clinic he is working on developing in Grand Rapids Michigan: The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids.

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433.

 

Original music:


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

“Alone in Kyoto” from Talkie Walkie by AIR

 

Art, Mental Health, and a Living Philosophy w/ Doug Bale [Episode 24]

Art, Mental Health, and a Living Philosophy w/ Doug Bale [Episode 24]

April 1, 2019

Paul Krauss MA LPC engages in long-form conversation with Doug Bale, a Phoenix-based artist and musician. They discuss art and mental health and many different ways to work on a living philosophy that is open to experimentation and new perspectives. Doug discusses how engaging in the artist community and producing art has helped his life in many ways; including with his mental and emotional wellness. Paul and Doug discuss engaging in therapy as well as many different ways that people can participate in individual and group healing practices. Paul and Doug discuss many different topics and perspectives related to philosophy and finding a way to utilize an ever evolving philosophy based on reading, experiences, and many other aspects. Paul and Doug both discuss their experiences in different work places and how this has influenced their mental health. Paul and Doug cover a lot of conversational ground as you can see below (but mostly this podcast is centered around, Art, Mental Health, and a Living Philosophy).

Also Discussed: Chance Meetings, The Perils of Living in a Guesthouse (Casita), Rustic Digs, Burritos, Living in a Downtown Area, Glove Box, Playing in Bands, Playing Bass Guitar, Tourism, Grand Ave Art Walk, Trans Am Coffee Shop, Murals, Collages, Community Involvement, Art Galleries, Dingbat Mentalities, Coffee Shops, Part-Time Jobs, Downtown Phoenix, The Tempe Arizona Music Scene, Collaborations, Corporate Jobs, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Isolation, Doing instead of Stewing, Exercise, Connection to a Safe Group, Bill Plotkin, Counseling, Psychotherapy, Art Therapy, Enjoyment in Creation or Art, The Salad Bar Metaphor, Writing Music, Advertising and Sales Jobs, Energy Art, Abstract Art, Calling, Loving What You Do, Manipulation through Sales Tactics, Non Linear Thinking, Terrance McKenna, Chanukah, Enjoying Different Cultures, Citizens of the World, Grandma Moses, Art Studios, Consumerism, Quality versus Productivity, Gratitude, Acceptance, Joy, Alignment, Chicken-Fried/ Swiss-Cheesed, saying “Yes!”, Living off of Art, Mike Doughty, Patreon, The Post Office, Waiters who are also Comedians (Mayor of None, Chicago), David Liebe Hart, Treasure Mammal, Emotional Regulation, Jazz and Improvisation, Structure and Mental Health, Tolerating Ambiguity and Mystery, Ideologies, Joseph Campbell, Religions of the World, Binary Thinking, Fundamentalism, Mysticism, Power, Control, Guilt and Shame, Western Thought Paradigm examining Eastern Thought, Rabbi Heschel, Luminary, Marshall Mcluhan, Alan Watts, Archetypes, Carl Jung, James Hillman, Myths, Collective Consciousness, Collective Unconscious, Learning, Being “Open” to other’s perspectives, Types of Grapes and Wine Metaphor, Understanding Your Shadow, Humanism, Empathy, Ascending Culture versus Descending Culture, Grand Narratives, Young People want the Truth, The Authenticity Movement, Myopic Thinking, The Shadow Economy, Friendship, Labeling, Exploratory Thinking, Coping Skills, Inner Work, Working a Practice, Practicing, The Importance of Ritual, Creative Economy, Projection, Stress and the IQ, Social Media, Mel Brown, Unfinished Art, Creativity, Elizabeth Gilbert, Selling Art, Flow State, Doug Bale’s Artistic Influences, Visionary Art, Mental Fitness, Tiger Woods, Paul Klee, All Things Shining, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, James Joyce, Reading Books, Reducing Judgmental Thinking, What has Influenced our Learning, Humility, Studio G, Pino’s Pizza, Also, Peter Piper Pizza, and Z Pizza.

Doug Bale has been thrown back into the community of Phoenix art scene by completing a large mural at Trans Am Coffee shop on Grand Avenue. Being thrown back into the community and meeting new artists has invigorated his artwork. Currently he is creating abstract pieces and doing digital meditation heads. He has participated in several group and solo shows in galleries, restaurants and coffee shops.  

“I deal with color on an intuitive level. I pick colors in the moment with a digital pallet of infinite color choices. My tools lend to an “in the moment”  flow.  With digital art I will have a color appear in my head first and then I add it to the design. I often combine unusual colors that create a distinct vibration and energy to the design.  The same is true for my mixed media work.  My studio has paint tubes scattered all over my work space. The piece I'm working on will in a way  “call”  to the color that needs to be added next.”
https://dougbale.bigcartel.com/
https://society6.com/dougbale
You can follow Doug's art on Instagram: @dougbale    

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433.

RESOURCES referenced in this podcast (from Doug Bale):

Influences on Doug’s art:
Paul Klee https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Klee

Alex Grey https://www.alexgrey.com/

Skateboarding art
!
Ed Templeton  https://www.artsy.net/artist/ed-templeton


Basquiat/ Picasso/ heavy hitters. Eras of Modern art. 

Bauhuaus. https://www.widewalls.ch/bauhaus-manifesto-key-points/

Creative Economy Bucks the Trend, Grows Despite Slowdown in Global Trade https://unctad.org/en/pages/PressRelease.aspx?OriginalVersionID=499

Current explorations:
Terrence McKenna
Robert Anton Wilson
Hermes Tris

Past influence:
Herman Melville
Marshal McCluhan

All Things Shining (Book): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10087892-all-things-shining

Studio G on 7th Ave in Phoenix: https://www.facebook.com/dtwphx/

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Music Used with Permission:

Ghost Arrives by Flighty Tronys from Flighty Tronys 1
(Flighty Tronys are Doug Bale’s other band that is not Mergatron: Paul Krauss played keyboards on Mergatron’s album “More than Miles”)

Sugar Free Jazz by Soul Coughing from Ruby Vroom

Shades of Currency [Instrumental] by PAWL from Archetypes

Learning about Dr. Bruce Perry M.D., Ph.D’s Neurosequential Model with Randy Webb [Episode 23]

Learning about Dr. Bruce Perry M.D., Ph.D’s Neurosequential Model with Randy Webb [Episode 23]

February 27, 2019

Randy Webb MA MC LPC LMHC returns to the Intentional Clinician to discuss Dr. Bruce Perry M.D., Ph.D’s Neurosequential Model. Randy and host, Paul Krauss MA LPC, explain what the Neurosequential Model is and discuss the immense amounts research by Dr. Bruce Perry and other leaders in the fields of trauma-informed care and neurobiology. Randy and Paul discuss possible applications for the Neurosequential Model and the emerging research on trauma, stress, and the human nervous system in the fields of psychotherapy, health care in general, education, the justice system, government policy, and more. Randy and Paul discuss cultural barriers and the older system of medicine, compared to the emerging Trauma-Informed Care and its implications for our communities and how we live. Further discussed is how the emerging research of neurobiology and the human nervous system could actually bring out positive ideas and promote methods that could help people live more fulfilling lives. In fact, the emerging research on the nervous system and Dr. Perry’s Neurosequential Model has implications far beyond healthcare and if understood and applied with care--it could shift culture and promote more unity among the human race.
 Also discussed: Bert Powell MA, Human Development, Emotional Regulation, Brain Organization, Protective Factors, Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, Early Childhood Developmental Trauma, Nervous System Development, Environment and Community, Brain Structure, Attachment, Empathy, Mirror Neurons, Counseling, Peter Levine Ph.D., Counseling Research, Scott Miller Ph.D., The Child Trauma Academy, Therapeutic Group Homes, Trauma Informed Care, Violence, Stress, Working with Caregivers, Dosages of Change and Stress, Strength-Based Approach versus Pointing out Pathologies, The Justice System, Education System, the limits of the diagnostic system, the limits of behaviorism, root causes of acting out, Dissociation, Explosive Behaviors, Adaptive Information Processing Model, Human Relationships, Diversity, Uniting the Opposites and more.

Randy Webb MA MC LPC LMHC works in Phoenix, AZ as a Private Practice Counselor, TRN/ HAP EMDR Facilitator, and a learning consultant for a large behavioral health organization in Maricopa County Arizona.

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor.  Paul travels to train clinicians in multiple states. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433.

For your Free 30 day trial of Simple Practice Electronic Health Records and to support this podcast, click this link: https://ter.li/appk

Learn more about Dr. Bruce Perry M.D., Ph.D’s work below:

http://childtrauma.org/

http://teacher.scholastic.com/professional/bruceperry/

https://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/trauma/docs/Dr-Bruce-Perry-Bio.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_D._Perry

Original music:
”Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL

“Smaller Rivers” from Sam Prekop by Sam Prekop

“A Cloud to the Back” from Sam Prekop by Sam Prekop

“Any Day” from Any Day by The Sea and Cake

A Lifetime at the Piano [Episode 22]

A Lifetime at the Piano [Episode 22]

December 23, 2018

This episode tells a personal story of my grandfather Wally Krauss’ life at the piano. I am helped by my father, brother, and some home recordings. My grandfather was an amateur pianist and organist who for 80 years shared his gift and talent with family, his many friends in various social circles, church groups, senior homes, and restaurants. My grandfather played piano daily into his 95th year of life. This episode will feature home recordings of his playing and storytelling. Also, my father describes growing up with such a musical father, and discusses research results which show that playing the piano influences brain development and plasticity for both children and elderly. Regarding psychology, we will also discuss how a positive attitude and outlook on life can influence your overall well-being. I also talk to my brother about grandfather’s influence on his life and how we are working to carry the torch of creating and playing music as part of our family heritage. I hope you enjoy it. This is the second episode in a series about music. The first episode was my interview with musician Kelley Stolz (episode 17).

Concepts Discussed: Immigrating to the USA from Germany, Learning English, A Positive Attitude, Practicing, Piano Playing, Brain Plasticity, The Elderly Staying Active, Youtube, Reddit, Bandcamp, Storytelling, Family Culture, etc.

You can hear all of our recordings of Wally’s piano playing and much more at Happypiano1’s Youtube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/happypiano1/

Listen to more here: https://wallykrauss.bandcamp.com/

Tim’s music Here:
https://ttttypes.bandcamp.com/
https://www.patreon.com/ttttypes
and his music videos:
https://www.youtube.com/user/ttttypes

Paul’s Music Here:
https://pawl.bandcamp.com/
http://pawlmusic.com/

A new album will be released in 2019 featuring Tim and Paul called “Motel”

For the research on music and the brain, click here.

Featured Songs from Home Cassette & Video Recordings:
1. Ain’t Misbehavin As Performed by Wally Krauss
2. Selections from Bach As Performed by Wally Krauss
3. Selections from Bach As Performed by Wally Krauss
4. Till There was You As Performed by Wally Krauss
5. People Say As Performed by Wally Krauss
6. It Might as Well Be Spring As Performed by Wally Krauss
7.Cocktails for Two As Performed by Wally Krauss
8. Silent Night As Performed by Wally Krauss
9. Somebody Loves You As Performed by Wally Krauss
10 .The Christmas Song As Performed by Wally Krauss
11. Standchen As Performed by Wally Krauss
12. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon As Performed by Wally Krauss
13. I May Be Wrong As Performed by Wally Krauss
14. It Had to Be You As Performed by Wally Krauss
15. Blues In the Night As Performed by Wally Krauss
16. Till There Was You As Performed by Wally Krauss
17. Georgia on My Mind as Performed by Tim Carter
18. Rag Time Song Clip as Performed by Glen Coleman
19. Good Boy Young (From the album “Motel”- 2019) as Performed by Tim Krauss with Paul Krauss backing
20. Maple Leaf Rag As Performed by Wally Krauss
21. What are you doing for the Rest for Your Life? As Performed by Wally Krauss
22. Stars Fell on Alabama As Performed by Wally Krauss

23. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer/ O Christmas Tree As Performed by Wally Krauss
24. I Got Nothing But Love As Performed by Wally Krauss
25. Stranger in Paradise As Performed by Wally Krauss
26. East of the Sun (and West of the Moon) As Performed by Wally Krauss
(Also featured: A News Clip from WILX-TV)

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids: A Trauma-Informed Counseling Center in West Michigan. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor.  Paul travels to train clinicians in multiple states. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433.

For your Free 30 day trial of Simple Practice Electronic Health Records and to support this podcast, click this link: https://ter.li/appk

Reflections on Ten Years of Providing Psychotherapy (Part 2) [Episode 21]

Reflections on Ten Years of Providing Psychotherapy (Part 2) [Episode 21]

November 17, 2018

Welcome to Part Two: Reflections on Ten years of Providing Psychotherapy by Paul Krauss MA LPC. Subtitle: Reflections on my experiences with different modalities of therapy and their implications.

I would posit that this is my most focused summary of my experience in the field of counseling psychology. I also discuss how the current state of counseling connects to the current cultural and economic situation that we find ourselves in. I begin with a large overview of the field of counseling, and then systematically move through different modalities of psychotherapy and counseling practices; eventually waxing poetic on the human condition and discussing methods to seek deep meaning in life. This episode is as much for clinicians (counselors or therapists) as it is for anyone interested in the fields of psychology or philosophy.

Discussed in this Episode: Symptom reduction versus healing, the dominant medical model versus creativity, the influence of third party payers and money on counseling treatment, empirically validated treatments, managed care, how the economy and stress affects levels of empathy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, ACRA, CBT, EMDR, DBT, Solution-Focused Therapy, the research on the efficacy of counseling, Scott Miller PhD., Bruce Wampold PhD., The Alliance Effect, The Allegiance Effect, and the importance of an agreed upon counseling model, psycho-pharmaceuticals, medications, vitamin D, statin medications, side effects, the root cause, existentialism, PTSD, EMDR, Levels of Care, ASAM criteria, Psychoeducation, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Developmental Stages of a Human, Reduction-ism, Holistic thinking, living between the opposites, Stages of Change, The Transtheoretical Model of Change, the Parable of the Hole, “Resistance”, Motivational Interviewing, Coping Skills, Rituals for Health, Tai Chi, Cross Fit, Yoga, Psyche, Soul, Group Psychotherapy, Narrative Therapy, the importance of the story, the importance of relationships, Systems Therapy, Couples Therapy, bearing witness to suffering, Bio Psycho Social (Sexual and Spiritual) model, Mindfulness, Existential Psychotherapy, Death and Meaning, Trauma, the nervous system, Somatic Experiencing Therapy, Art Therapy, Nature Therapy, Greenhouse Gasses, Joseph Campbell, Depth Psychology, Transpersonal Therapy, Jungian Analysis, Thomas Moore, Wisdom versus Knowledge, Imagination, Carl Jung, Adaptation, the shadow, Quantum Physics, Focusing techniques, Eugene Gendlin, Postmodernism, the breakdown of old patterns and grand narratives, human evolution, The People’s History of the United States, Doing one’s “inner work”, James Hillman.

Episode 21 is considered part two of a solo series. In part one Paul Krauss MA LPC discussed his own journey from beginner therapist to experienced therapist with 10 years of clinical experience and learning from the leaders in the field. (Part 1 was released as Episode 20).

Paul Krauss MA LPC is a full-time Private Practice Psychotherapist, host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor.  Paul does travel and train clinicians in multiple states. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Paul consults for and trains clinicians at behavioral health organizations. Paul is the Clinical Director at Health for Life Grand Rapids and works with multiple talented counselors and therapists there, in Grand Rapids MI. Questions? Call Paul at 616-365-5530 (direct), or at the office 616-200-4433. Learn more about Paul here.

Original music:
"Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL

"Metropolis" [Unreleased] from Modified Demos by PAWL (coming in 2019)

"May You Be Born On Anarres" from Music for Public Access Television by ttypes

Music available here:
https://pawl.bandcamp.com/

https://ttttypes.bandcamp.com/album/music-for-public-access-television-2

 

Reflections on Ten Years of Providing Psychotherapy (Part 1) [Episode 20]

Reflections on Ten Years of Providing Psychotherapy (Part 1) [Episode 20]

October 16, 2018

In this solo episode, Paul Krauss MA LPC reflects on his ten years of providing psychotherapy in a variety of contexts and with diverse populations and socioeconomic demographics. This is part one of two episodes of reflections on Paul's life and career. In part one, Paul discusses more of his personal journey that led him from newly graduated to starting a successful private practice, as well learning many different techniques and lessons along the way. Paul discusses the struggles of trying to find his way in the field of psychology and the ups and downs and difficulties, but also the personal transformation that he went through along the way to his current situation. Paul hopes that this podcast will help new therapists that are getting into the field that are looking for direction as well as seasoned professionals who are looking for new ways to work and help others.

*Psychotherapy is interchangeable with the term Counseling.* But since there are many "types" of counseling that have nothing to do with psychology (credit counseling, etc.), Paul chose this term for a direct reference

In part two, Paul Krauss will discuss his experience and opinions with various modalities of psychotherapy and their implications (Part 2 will be released as Episode 21).

Paul Krauss MA LPC is a full-time Private Practice Psychotherapist, the host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor.  Paul is willing to travel and train clinicians in multiple states. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress) http://www.violencepreventionhotline.org/ as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Paul consults for and trains clinicians at behavioral health organizations. Paul works at at Health for Life Grand Rapids and works with multiple talented clinicians there, in Grand Rapids MI. Questions? Call Paul at 616-365-5530 (direct), or at the office 616-200-4433. Learn more about Paul at http://www.paulkrausscounseling.com/

 Original music:
"Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL

"Arctic" from 7 by RIFIFI

Music available here:
https://pawl.bandcamp.com/

https://rififi.bandcamp.com/

Surviving Human Trafficking and What’s Next w/ Joyce Haskett and Jeremy Norwood [Episode 19]

Surviving Human Trafficking and What’s Next w/ Joyce Haskett and Jeremy Norwood [Episode 19]

August 17, 2018

In this episode, Joyce Haskett, a survivor of Human Trafficking, shares her honest, raw, gut-wrenching, hopeful, and inspiring story of surviving Human Trafficking. Following this, Paul Krauss MA LPC interviews Dr. Jeremy Norwood about the enormous problem of human trafficking (both labor and sex trafficking). Paul and Jeremy also discuss related cultural, legal and economic factors that related to human trafficking. Further, Jeremy discusses many places to get more information about how to fight human trafficking in your local community. For clinicians, we discuss the trauma, risk factors, and the human condition.

Joyce Haskett, LMSW, ACSW, SAP is now a Private Practice Therapist in Royal Oak, MI, an advocate for Women’s rights to receive education while incarcerated, and an advocate for women who are being trafficked and those who have survived. Joyce founded Daylily Health, learn more here: http://daylilyhealth.org/   A documentary featuring Joyce can be found here.

Dr. Jeremy Norwood Ph.D., J.D., is currently an Associate Professor and serves as Chair of the Department of Sociology, Global Studies, and Criminal Justice. Dr. Norwood is heavily involved in a movement to stop human trafficking all over the State of Michigan. Dr. Norwood completed his doctoral dissertation on human trafficking indicators amongst migrant farmworker populations in Western Michigan. Dr. Norwood continues to train thousands of professionals about human trafficking throughout the State of Michigan. Every year, Dr. Norwood works with the students at Spring Arbor University to host a conference on Human Trafficking. Learn more about Dr. Jeremy Norwood: https://www.arbor.edu/faculty/jeremy-norwood/
 
Learn more about what you can do to help stop human trafficking in your community:
 
 
 
 
Special thanks to the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association for hosting a 6 hour training about human trafficking for clinicians, which is highly informative and useful. Thank you specifically to James Blundo MA LPC and Napoleon Harrington, MA LPC.
 
“We are Happy that it is an outreach for people to become aware of the inherent issues in human trafficking. And empowering people through knowledge, the experience, and training. “ - Napoleon Harrington MA LPC NCC 
 
“The state of Michigan is requiring that as of 2019, all health professionals are required to attend an educational course about human trafficking. This was done to to increase awareness among health professionals who may have victims of human trafficking in their offices.”- 
James Blundo MA LPC 
 

Original music:
"Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL

Modern Music" from In Heaven by Dick Stusso

Music available here:
https://pawl.bandcamp.com/

https://www.hardlyart.com/releases/dick_stusso/in_heaven

 

 

The Story of Francis of Assisi and its relevance to the current zeitgeist w/ Rafe Adams [Episode 18]

The Story of Francis of Assisi and its relevance to the current zeitgeist w/ Rafe Adams [Episode 18]

July 15, 2018

In this episode Paul Krauss invites Rafe Adams to tell the story of Francis of Assisi. Rafe Adams has a gift for story telling and you are bound to enjoy this telling of the tale. Rafe makes sure to frame the cultural context and mood of the historical times. Rafe discusses the famous conversion of Francis from a young man of privilege into one who took a vow of poverty and lived with lepers in order to live out the words of the gospels, literally. Rafe discusses the rejection of Francis by his own Father and Brother and draws parallels to the current zeitgeist of the United States, including: the gap between the rich and the poor, as well as what happens to those born of privilege when they challenge entrenched ideas, laws, and economic issues of the day. Rafe also discusses the cultural significance of Francis' founding of the Order of Friars Minor (aka "The Franciscans"). Rafe artfully moves from his points about Francis of Assisi's life and work and connects to the theme of the broader human experience. Rafe and Paul discuss how in Francis’ time and with today, people risk rejection by kin and “cultural tribe”  if they espouse causes that work to help "the least of these", refuse to kowtow to popular economic powers, or speak loudly and passionately about unpopular truths. Also discussed: BBQ, personal transformation, rejection, Counseling, Psychology, and Spirituality.

The Rt. Rev. Raphael Adams (Rafe Adams), MS OTR/L is the Bishop of the Mid-American Diocese of the Ecumenical Catholic Communication. He is a member of the Franciscans of Reconciliation. He is a former professor at Rush University Chicago, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Consultant, and Occupational Therapist. 

Paul Krauss MA LPC is a full-time Private Practice Psychotherapist, the host of the Intentional Clinician, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress) http://www.violencepreventionhotline.org/ as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Paul consults for and trains clinicians at behavioral health organizations. Paul works at at Health for Life Grand Rapids, in Grand Rapids MI and is frequently visits Phoenix, AZ for work as well. Questions? Call Paul at 616-365-5530 (direct), or at the office 616-200-4433. Learn more about Paul at http://www.paulkrausscounseling.com/

 Original music:
"Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL

Corridor of Dreams from Midnight Cleaners by The Cleaners from Venus

Music available here:
https://pawl.bandcamp.com/

https://thecleanersfromvenus.bandcamp.com/album/midnight-cleaners

 

Playing all the Parts with Kelley Stoltz [Episode 17]

Playing all the Parts with Kelley Stoltz [Episode 17]

June 15, 2018

In the first of a series on music, Paul Krauss interviews singer-songwriter Kelley Stoltz. Kelley Stoltz is a prolific artist hailing from San Francisco who is deeply involved in the craft of writing songs and helping others with theirs. Interestingly, Kelley actually plays ALL of the instruments on his songs--having learned to play piano, drums, bass, and synthesizers in addition to his first instrument, the guitar. Kelley has a unique and creative style of song craft and varies the theme of his sound from release to release. In addition to having written a large body of varying styles of rock and folk as well as sincere and existentially significant songs, Kelley has developed an alter-ego in Willie Weird and released two albums of songs, best described as a genre of dark-comedy. Learn more from the source: http://www.KelleyStoltz.com/

In this interview, Kelley discusses both current events as well as his story that led him into a career in music. This is a story of finding one's calling and then finding a way to do it for a lifetime. Psychological concepts that haphazardly made it into the discussion are risk, discipline, calling, dedication, craftsmanship, traveling, community, friendship, and more.

When he is not writing and recording music Kelley has been known to make his own lunches, assemble his own electric guitars, support other artists, tell jokes, play drums for Sonny and the Sunsets, record local San Francisco bands, and tour as the rhythm guitarist of Echo & the Bunnymen. And this is only PART of the story--so listen to the entire interview! Also discussed: Detroit (where Kelley is originally from), New York, Jeff Buckley, and Touring Europe.

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the host of the Intentional Clinician, a Psychotherapist, Behavioral Health Consultant, Counseling Supervisor, and Clinical Trainer. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress) http://www.violencepreventionhotline.org/ as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Paul consults and  trains clinicians at behavioral health organization in best practices. Paul has his private practice at Health for Life Grand Rapids, in Grand Rapids MI and is frequently visiting Phoenix, AZ for work as well.  Check out the webpage http://www.healthforlifegr.com/ . If you would like to check out his supervision page, go to http://www.counselingsupervisorgr.com/  call Paul at 616-365-5530 (direct), or at the office 616-200-4433. Learn more about Paul http://www.paulkrausscounseling.com/

Original music by Kelley Stoltz, used with permission:

(In this order)

"When You Forget" from Circular Sounds (2008, Sub Pop)

"Redirected" from 4 New Cuts EP (2015, Stroll On Records)

"Pinecone" from To Dreamers (2010, Sub Pop)

"Same Pattern" from Que Aura LP (2017, Castle Face Records)

"Cross your Mind" from Cross Your Mind/The Anarchist In Me (2013. Stroll On Records)

"Empty Kicks" from Que Aura LP (2017, Castle Face Records)

"Crossed Mind Blues" from In Triangle Time LP (2015, Castle Face Records)

"Put that in your Pipe" from 4 New Cuts EP (2015, Stroll On Records)

"Morning Sun" from Circular Sounds (2008, Sub Pop)

"Love Let Me In Again" from To Dreamers (2010, Sub Pop)

"Double Exposure" from Double Exposure (2013, Third Man Records)

"Put My Troubles to Sleep" from Circular Sounds (2008, Sub Pop)

"Are you Electric?" from Antique Glow (2001)

"Gardenia" from Circular Sounds (2008, Sub Pop)

"Fictional Girl" from In Triangle Time LP (2015, Castle Face Records)

"The Anarchist in Me" from Cross Your Mind/The Anarchist In Me (2013. Stroll On Records)

"Please Visit Soon" from Antique Glow (2001)

"Perpetual Night" from Antique Glow (2001)

"Your Reverie" from Circular Sounds (2008, Sub Pop)

"Cut me Baby" from In Triangle Time LP (2015, Castle Face Records)

"Hot Igloo" from The Scuzzy Inputs of Willie Weird LP under the pseudonym "Willie Weird" (2015, Stroll On Records)

"Garbage" from The Scuzzy Inputs of Willie Weird LP under the pseudonym "Willie Weird" (2015, Stroll On Records)

"Confidence" from STRAT - Live At the Whammy Bar LP (2017, Puzzle Records)

"The Mailman" from STRAT - Live At the Whammy Bar LP (2017, Puzzle Records)

"Heart Full of Rain" from In Triangle Time LP (2015, Castle Face Records)

"Down by the Sea" from Double Exposure (2013, Third Man Records)

"Jona" from In Triangle Time LP (2015, Castle Face Records)

"Ventriloquist" from To Dreamers (2010, Sub Pop)

"Kim Chee Taco Man" from Double Exposure (2013, Third Man Records)

"I Don't Get That" from To Dreamers (2010, Sub Pop)

"Possessor" from Que Aura LP (2017, Castle Face Records)

"Walking Against the Green Light" from Que Aura LP (2017, Castle Face Records)

"Prank Calls" from Below The Branches (2006, Sub Pop)

"The Sun Comes Through" from Below The Branches (2006, Sub Pop)

"Too Young to Burn" from Tomorrow is Alright (LP Soft Abuse / Secret Seven 2009; CD Fat Possum 2010) (by Sonny and the Sunsets, used without permission (sorry)) Kelley plays drums on this track. 

"Memory Collector" from Below The Branches (2006, Sub Pop)

 Music available here:

http://www.KelleyStoltz.com/

https://stratwhammy.bandcamp.com/album/strat-live-at-the-whammy-bar

Get to your local record store (and request Kelley Stoltz!) and you can find him on all digital sources.

Kelley Stoltz appears courtesy of himself, Sub Pop Records, Third Man Records, CastleFace Records, Stroll On Records, Banana and Louie Records, and Jackpine Social Club (among others).

Also referenced: Sonny & the Sunsets: http://www.sonnysmith.com/

Why we need a National Violence Prevention Hotline [Episode 16]

Why we need a National Violence Prevention Hotline [Episode 16]

May 15, 2018

In this special episode, Paul introduces the idea of having a National Violence Prevention Hotline specifically for individuals who are feeling compelled toward comitting acts of violence, to talk with a trained counselor on the phone, work to de-esclate, and connect them with appropriate resources. Like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, The National Violence Prevention Hotline seeks to staff professional counselors to take calls from people who are in distress. The difference is that the Violence Prevention Hotline will attempt to reach and work with people who are contemplating violent acts against others.
 Most violence is preventable. While it comes down to the individual's choice to act, we are hoping that providing this resource would lead to decreases in violence, because there would be 24/7 support for those feeling angry, isolated, disavowed, persecuted, and whatever else is leading them toward considering comitting violent acts. In the second half of the episode, Paul Krauss and Mike Speakman (anger expert) discuss the psychology, motivations, and social circumstances that can lead to people feeling desperate enough to hurt others.

Sign the Petition Here.

 Sign our petition on Change.org asking SAMSHA to implement this idea.

Learn more @ http://www.violencepreventionhotline.org


Paul Krauss MA LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Professional Consultant who lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the host of The Intentional Clincian podcast and also works to train counselors on best practices to improve their outcomes with clients.  Paul has worked with many different populations and has spent a great deal of his time working specifically with people who are recovering from some type of trauma—often times from a type of violence or a severe accident. Paul believes that every human being has the potential to transform in a powerful way and works with people from all walks of life to meet their potential as humans, to heal, and to make changes.
Paul conceived of the idea for the National Violence Prevention Hotline after a series of events, including hearing a story of a person refraining from committing a violent act because a kind woman confronted this potential offender while he was in emotional distress, guns in hand and ready to act against innocent citizens, with empathy and understanding, at just the right time. As a result of her outreach to him, he put down his weapons and asked for the police to be called and get professional help–he received it. At that moment, Paul realized that we have hotlines to prevent suicides and help the victims of domestic violence, but not to prevent or deal with violence or those who perpetrate it more broadly. His vision is to help save lives and reduce the devastating impact of violence on people, relationships, and communities.

The National Violence Prevention Hotline (NVPH) proposes to provide free, confidential, expert support for people in distress and feeling compelled toward committing acts of violence in the future. It may also provide a lifeline for victims of violence who have not yet called the police and are seeking counsel regarding their situation.

Remember to sign the petition at Change.org

You can learn more about Paul here: http://www.healthforlifegr.com/ or http://www.paulkrausscounseling.com/

paulk@healthforlifegr.com

 

Original music, used with permission:
"Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL

"Spencer, Rob, and Depression" a single by ttypes

Music available here:

https://pawl.bandcamp.com/

https://ttttypes.bandcamp.com/

What is Gut Psychology? With Dr. Nicole Cain ND, MA [Episode 15]

What is Gut Psychology? With Dr. Nicole Cain ND, MA [Episode 15]

April 11, 2018

Paul Krauss MA LPC interviews Dr. Nicole Cain ND, MA about why what we eat can influence not only our physical health, but our mental well being. Paul wants to know what our "gut system" is and how that has anything to do with "Psychology." Dr. Cain discusses why "Gut Health" is all the rage these days and why it is important for those in the field of psychology to understand as well. Since Paul Krauss is not a doctor who understands diets, Dr. Cain explains in an easy to understand way, how even Paul can make changes to his diet that (over time) can affect his physical and mental wellness. Paul Krauss MA LPC also reads from and asks questions of Dr. Cain about her book, entitled "Gut Psychology." Dr. Cain discusses why there is an extraordinary amount of research coming out about "gut health" and how, in fact, most of human's serotonin is made in the gut (not the brain!).

Dr. Nicole Cain ND, MA is a brain and mental health specialist practicing both in Scottsdale, Arizona and Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is then proud creator of the Gut Psychology Program. Dr. Cain is a Board Certified licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor, and has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Counseling. Dr. Cain is one of the few physicians in the country that specializes in the integrative treatment of mental health from a vitalistic perspective, with knowledge of natural, conventional, and functional medicine. Dr. Cain completed a medical residency in internal medicine and is also a general family practice doctor. She has advanced training due to her background in clinical psychology, with a particular focus in trauma, depression, bipolar, and anxiety. Dr. Cain is an avid advocate for bringing holistic solutions to anyone suffering. Dr. Cain has been published by newspapers, magazines, and blogs across the United States.

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the host of the Intentional Clinician as well as a Private Practice Counselor, Behavioral Health Consultant, Counseling Supervisor, and clinical trainer (ACRA Certified Trainer and creator of his own training “The Intentional Clinician" (6 CEUS)). Paul works to train clinicians at behavioral health organization in best practices. Paul has his private practice at Health for Life Grand Rapids, in Grand Rapids MI and is frequently visiting Phoenix, AZ for work as well.  Check out the webpage http://www.healthforlifegr.com/ . If you would like to check out his supervision page, goto http://www.counselingsupervisorgr.com/  call Paul at 616-365-5530 (direct), or at the office 616-200-4433. Learn more about Paul http://www.paulkrausscounseling.com/ Paul enjoys email, PaulK@healthforlifegr.com

Original music, used with permission:
"Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL
“Set Me Off” [Instrumental] from Guesthouse by PAWL
Music available here:
https://pawl.bandcamp.com/

Trauma Informed Care, Neurobiology, and Modern Integrated Care with Randy Webb [Episode 14]

Trauma Informed Care, Neurobiology, and Modern Integrated Care with Randy Webb [Episode 14]

March 23, 2018

Paul Krauss MA LPC interviews Randy Webb MA MC LPC LMHC (TRN/HAP EMDR Facilitator, and trainer of Ericksonian Methods, behavioral health topics, and more—and learning consultant). Randy and Paul discuss trauma-informed care, and “modern integrated care” based on the latest neuroscience research, neurobiology, counseling and behavioral health research. Paul and Randy discuss Randy’s background in becoming a therapist and eventually a consultant and trainer by exploring his roots in training with the Milton H. Erickson Foundation. Eventually, the topic shifts to trauma-informed care and how to integrate that into many facets of the medical community both in and outside of the behavioral health system. EMDR therapy and other mind-body techniques are discussed. Further, Randy proposes that new terminology is emerging or needs to emerge to describe the integration of neurological and medical research on the entire “nervous system” and how this emerging data is merging with concepts from psychology and counseling. Many ideas are shared and questions, such as “what does whole-person care look like, in a system with limited time and resources?” And what does it mean to switch from fixing issues after they are broken, or investing in prevention. The conversation eventually covers how a modern integrated care approach and the awareness of a new intregrate paradigm can influence the community at large.

Randy Webb MA MC LPC LMHC works in Phoenix, AZ as a Private Practice Counselor, TRN/ HAP EMDR Facilitator, and a learning consultant for a large behavioral health organization in Maricopa County Arizona. Randy can be contacted through his email lluvia357@gmail.com

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the host of the Intentional Clinician as well as a Private Practice Counselor, Behavioral Health Consultant, Counseling Supervisor, and clinical trainer (ACRA Certified Trainer and creator of his own training “The Intentional Clinician" (6 CEUS)). Paul works to train clinicians at behavioral health organization in best practices. Paul has his private practice at Health for Life Grand Rapids, in Grand Rapids MI and is frequently visiting Phoenix, AZ for work as well.  Check out the webpage http://www.healthforlifegr.com/ 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 http://www.paulkrausscounseling.com/ Paul enjoys email, PaulK@healthforlifegr.com

Original music, used with permission:
"Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL
“You & Me Kid” [Instrumental] from Guesthouse by PAWL
Music available here:
https://pawl.bandcamp.com/

Trauma, PTSD, Recovery from trauma, cultural trauma, EMDR therapy, and other treatments. [Episode 13]

Trauma, PTSD, Recovery from trauma, cultural trauma, EMDR therapy, and other treatments. [Episode 13]

February 10, 2018

In this episode, Paul discusses the topics of trauma, post traumatic stress disorder, EMDR therapy, trauma-informed treatment, recovery from trauma and PTSD, the adverse childhood experiences study, best practices related to treating trauma, how trauma affects the brain, neurobiology research and more. Paul also discusses multiple examples of traumatic experiences, how trauma affects the brain, and how it can be perceived in society. If you or someone you know has suffered from a traumatic experience(s) share this podcast to help spread the news that there actually are empirically proven treatments for trauma that work!

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the host of the Intentional Clinician as well as a counselor living in Grand Rapids, MI. Paul is also available for corporate and personal consulting with issues related to behavior, mental health, motivation, brain health, and optimal performance. Paul has his private practice at Health for Life Grand Rapids, located on 781 Kenmoor Ave SE, Suite C. Grand Rapids, MI 49546.  http://www.healthforlifegr.com/  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 http://www.paulkrausscounseling.com/ Paul enjoys email, PaulK@healthforlifegr.com . Paul is also an approved Clinical Supervisor, learn more here: https://www.counselingsupervisorgr.com/

Original music, used with permission: 

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

"Feynman Wolfgang" from Flighty Tronys 1 by Flighty Tronys

Music available here:

https://flightytronys.bandcamp.com/releases

https://pawl.bandcamp.com/

References:

ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience Study).
http://www.acestudy.org/

American Psychiatric Association (2013), Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders FifthEdition, Washington DC.

Buser, S., Cruz, L. (2015). DSM-5 Insanely Simplified: Unlocking the Spectrums within DSM-5 and ICD-10. Innerquest.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/ACE/

Herman, J.L. (1997) [1992]. Trauma and recovery: the aftermath of violence - from domestic abuse to political terror. New York: BasicBooks.

Kessler, R.C., Sonnega, A., Bromet, E. (1995). Posttraumatic stress disorder in the national comorbidity survey. Archives of General Psychiatry, 52, 1048-1060.
Lipschitz, D.S., Winegar, R.K., Hartnick, E., Foote, B., & Southwick, S.M. (1999). Posttraumatic stress disorder in hospitalized adolescents: Psychiatric comorbidity and clinical correlates. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 38, 385-392.
Mayo Clinic. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Symptoms.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/DS00246/

Mueser, K. T., Goodman, L. B., Trumbetta, S. L., Rosenberg, S. D., Osher, F., Vidaver, R., Auciello, P., & Foy, D. W. Trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder in severe mental illness. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 66: 493-499. (1998).

National Center for Trauma Informed Care,
http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/nctic/

Levine, Peter A. (2005). Healing trauma: a pioneering program for restoring the wisdom of your body. Boulder, CO :Sounds True,

 

Rosenberg, C. (2017). Your eyes may be key to healing your mind.

https://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/your-eyes-may-be-key-heal-your-mind

Shapiro, F. (2001). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, 2nd edition, N.Y.: The Guilford Press.

Shapiro F. (2013).  Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy, Rodale Books.

Van der Kolk, B. A. (2014). The body keeps the score: Brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma. New York: Viking.

Wikipedia. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posttraumatic_stress_disorder

 

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

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: http://paulkrauss.podbean.com/e/counseling-is-an-effective-form-of-treatment-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: https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/name/Benjamin_Reisterer_MA,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 http://www.healthforlifegr.com/  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 http://www.paulkrausscounseling.com/ Paul enjoys email, PaulK@healthforlifegr.com

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

Music available here:

https://ttttypes.bandcamp.com/

http://ttypesmusic.com/ttypes.html

https://pawl.bandcamp.com/