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Richard Hill has emerged from a diverse and fascinating journey to become an innovative speaker on the mind, brain and the human condition. From a satisfying, if not quite famous, early career in the creative arts, Richard returned to intellectual studies at 42 (1996) beginning with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in linguistics. This triggered a curiosity that led to a diploma in counselling and a new career in psychotherapy. Studying continued and he has added three Masters degrees – an MA in Social Ecology; an MEd in Social Ecology; and a Masters in Brain and Mind Sciences (MBMSc) from Sydney University.

Richard’s books include a collection of inspirational short stories in Choose Hope and his explication of his Winner/Loser World Theory in How the ‘real world’ Is Driving Us Crazy! In addition, he is published in various journals and magazines around the world and in book chapters, including Perspectives on Coping and Resilience and Strengths Based Social Work Practice in Mental Health, published worldwide. His latest book is co-authored with his mentor, Ernest Rossi, The Practitioner’s Guide to Mirroring Hands.

Matthew Dahlitz is both university trained and an autodidactic, whose knowledge spans across the arts, technology, psychology, neuroscience, emergency medicine, and business. Studied psychology at the University of Queensland, gained a Master of Counselling, and founded The Neuropsychotherapist that is now The Science of Psychotherapy.

Matthew, like Richard, has a musical bent, having studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in both music technology and master of composition – having scored for film and produced a number of albums of original music he has also been a producer in a film production company and currently is producer/director at Perfekt Studios. Matthew has also been an Advanced Care Paramedic among other things!

Pat Ogden talks Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Pat Ogden talks Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Today we talk to Dr Pat Ogden, whom many of you in the trauma field will be familiar with. She's been on the leading edge of somatic trauma therapy for years and her Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® has been a wonderful addition to the trauma therapists intervention...

Sharie Coombs talks about kids, language and COVID

Sharie Coombs talks about kids, language and COVID

Today we talk to Dr Sharie Coombs who is an educator, psychotherapist and author of many books for children with a psychoeducation mission. She is based in England and has a private practice as well as consulting therapists and authors. It was great to catch up with...

The Science of Us: Addiction & Attachment

The Science of Us: Addiction & Attachment

This is our first of a series called "The Science of Us" where we explore some of the most interesting topics in the mental health arena. Today we look at the relationship between addiction and attachment - an emerging paradigm that is changing the way we...

Peter Mabbutt talks hypnosis

Peter Mabbutt talks hypnosis

Today we go to England to talk to the President of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis and his work teaching at the London School of Clinical Communication and Hypnosis. You can find out more about the London School of Clinical Communication and Hypnosis here -...

Welcome to 2021

Welcome to 2021

Richard and Matt have been busy writing their book but are now back and ready to take on 2021. If you are interested in all of the material we have available on our academy site, check out thescienceofpsychotherapy.net The papers mentioned by Richard: Ventura-Junca,...

Niall Geoghegan talks Coherence Therapy

Niall Geoghegan talks Coherence Therapy

Today we caught up with Dr Niall Geoghegan who is bringing the practical application of memory reconsolidation to therapists. Himself a Coherence Therapy practitioner, he is a wonderful educator in the pragmatics of transformative experiential therapies. Niall...

Debbie Joffe Ellis talks about REBT

Debbie Joffe Ellis talks about REBT

Wife of the late Albert Ellis, Debbie Joffe Ellis, talks to us today about Albert's work, his legacy and some details about REBT. You can find more information about Debbie and REBT from her website where she also offers a free emotional self-care sheet, videos and...

Professor Carol Mathews talks about Hoarding Disorder.

Professor Carol Mathews talks about Hoarding Disorder.

  We were very fortunate to catch up with Dr. Carol Mathews, who is the Brooke Professor and the Vice Chair for Strategic Development in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida. Dr. Mathews is the Director of the Center for OCD, Anxiety, and...

Maria Shaflender on Food and Mental Health

Maria Shaflender on Food and Mental Health

Maria Shaflender is a clinical nutritionist and a functional medicine practitioner who works with a naturopath and clinical hypnotherapist at True Foods Nutrition in Sydney, Australia. We had a chance to chat with Maria about a number of topics revolving around...

Love or Work

Love or Work

Today we talk to André and Jeff Shinabarger about their book Love or Work: Is it possible to change the world, stay in love, and have a healthy family? This couple live in Atlanta where André is busy working as a physician assistant, mom of 2, co-founder of Gift Card...

Rick Miller on Integrative Therapy with Gay Men

Rick Miller on Integrative Therapy with Gay Men

  Rick Miller is a clinical social worker in private practice in Boston and on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA. The curriculum Rick developed (hypnotherapy with gay men including customized scripts) is used at The Milton Erickson Institute of Mexico City, Mexico,...

Mitra Rashidian and Robert Jaffe on addiction

Mitra Rashidian and Robert Jaffe on addiction

Today we focus on a conversation we had with Mitra Rashidian and Robert Jaffe - regular members of our Mastermind sessions at The Science of Psychotherapy. We pick up some of the conversation we had with them around addiction. To learn more about Mitra you can find...

Fabio Sinibaldi on 7 elements for optimal outcomes

Fabio Sinibaldi on 7 elements for optimal outcomes

We are back in Italy this week to talk to Fabio Sinibaldi, one of our regular contributors and an expert in mind-body therapy. Fabio and colleagues have done a remarkable job of finding both biological and psychological markers of change as they experiment with...

Steven Hoskinson on Complex Systems

Steven Hoskinson on Complex Systems

Steven Hoskinson is the Founder, CEO and CCO (Chief Compassion Officer) of Organic Intelligence®  (OI) and the nonprofit Organic Intelligence Outreach Institute. OI’s Human Empowerment And Resiliency Training (HEARTraining®) is an international personal and...

Cortex Brain Technologies

Cortex Brain Technologies

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Rebecca Mannis on learning, psychology and COVID

Rebecca Mannis on learning, psychology and COVID

We talk again to Dr Rebecca Mannis on the silver linings this pandemic is offering in the world of psychology and education. Here are some links mentioned in the show: 1. About Prof. Jeanne Chall and Stages of Reading Development:...

Ruth Lanius on Trauma Therapy

Ruth Lanius on Trauma Therapy

Healing the traumatized self with professor of psychiatry Dr Ruth Lanius Today we talk to Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry who is the director of the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research unit at the University of Western Ontario. She's also the...

Richard Hill on genetics

Richard Hill on genetics

Genetics, the basic building blocks of who we are. But does the psychotherapist need to know anything about this complex topic? Richards been digging into the books and studies about genetics and there's a lot to gain by having a basic understanding of how genetics...

Sebern Fisher on neurofeedback

Sebern Fisher on neurofeedback

In the work of Sebern Fisher, neurofeedback has been revolutionary in resolving complex trauma for many of her clients. She's also written a brilliant book on the subject called Neurofeedback in the treatment of developmental trauma: Calming the fear-driven brain...

Jeffrey & Amy Olrick on The 6 Needs of Every Child

Jeffrey & Amy Olrick on The 6 Needs of Every Child

This week we talk to Jeffrey and Amy Olrick, an absolutely delightful couple, who know a thing or two about bringing up children from the perspective of developmental psychology and as parents. Jeffrey Olrick, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in...

See What You Made Me Do – Power, Control and Domestic Abuse

See What You Made Me Do – Power, Control and Domestic Abuse

Investigative journalist Jess Hill puts perpetrators – and the systems that enable them – in the spotlight. Her new book See What You Made Me Do is a deep dive into the abuse so many women and children experience – abuse that is often reinforced by the justice system...

Emma Katz on coercive control in domestic violence

Emma Katz on coercive control in domestic violence

Dr Emma Katz researches the impacts of domestic violence & abuse on children and mother-child relationships. Her work explores coercive control, agency, resistance, recovery and mother-child supportiveness in domestic abuse contexts. Today we talk with her about...

Alix Sugarman on ART

Alix Sugarman on ART

Today we talk with licensed creative arts therapist Alix Sugarman who has used art in a creative healing program for military service personnel, military sexual trauma survivors, and family members. She now uses those same techniques in the framework of Accelerated...

The Dream Completion Technique

The Dream Completion Technique

Today we chat with Dr Justin Havens who has developed what he calls the Dream Completion Technique to deal with unresolved nightmares and disturbing dreams. Justin is a psychological therapist accredited by BACP and EMDR Europe. He has worked within the NHS, the...

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