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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!

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...

Reid Wilson on Anxiety

Reid Wilson on Anxiety

Reid Wilson has been an expert on anxiety and self-help for a long time now. His website anxieties.com has been established for many years and is the number one go-to place on the web for information and help with anxiety issues. We caught up with Reid to talk about...

Daryl Chow on getting better results

Daryl Chow on getting better results

About Daryl Chow All I care about is to be of service. My work is guided by this principle. Specifically, be it for clients or professionals, I’m interested in helping people become better versions of themselves. I’m currently based in Western Australia, banded...

Deb Dana on connecting

Deb Dana on connecting

Deb Dana has brought the Polyvagal Theory to life in a very accessible way for therapists. Today we catch up with Deb and talk about a number of things including the difficulties and opportunities of co-regulation over the internet in a time of lock down. See Deb...

Lou Cozolino and his pocket guide to neuroscience

Lou Cozolino and his pocket guide to neuroscience

  It's always a treat to have Lou on the show and to tap into his years of experience in the field and in his extensive research he does for his many books. Once again Lou Cozolino releases another book! This time it's the Pocket Guide to Neuroscience for...

Robert Moss on treating chronic pain

Robert Moss on treating chronic pain

  Dr Robert Moss is a clinical psychologist and researcher who's near 40 years of experience in the field has given him deep insight into the workings of the brain and especially in areas of memory and pain perception. Today we are going to talk to him about an...

Michael Yapko and the Mindset App

Michael Yapko and the Mindset App

Michael Yapko, legendary outcome-focused clinical psychologist and hypnosis expert, has teamed up with a couple of young Australian entrepreneurs, Chris and Alex Naoumidis, to create a very useful phone app for therapists and their clients. We find out all about it in...

Richard Brown talks about the subjective nature of emotions

Richard Brown talks about the subjective nature of emotions

Professor Richard Brown is a philosopher at the City University of New York. In particular he is a Professor in the Philosophy Program and an Adjunct Professor in the Psychology Program at LaGuardia Community College. His work is focused on the philosophy of mind,...

Terry Marks-Tarlow, fractals and psychotherapy

Terry Marks-Tarlow, fractals and psychotherapy

Today we talk with Terry Marks-Tarlow who has just had her latest co-authored book published, A Fractal Epistemology for a Scientific Psychology: Bridging the Persona with the Transpersonal, that takes us into what could be a foundational understanding of mental...

Better Results with Dr Scott Miller

Better Results with Dr Scott Miller

Today we talk to Scott D. Miller, Ph.D. about his upcoming book Better Results using Deliberate Practice to Improve Therapeutic Effectiveness. Scott is the founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence an international consortium of clinicians,...

Telehealth during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Telehealth during the COVID-19 Pandemic

As Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to enter our communities, we all face a new and unique challenge: Our ability to connect face-to-face may be drastically impacted in the coming days and weeks. We also know that Coronavirus is bringing new and unique challenges to...

Liz Mullinar on healing for life

Liz Mullinar on healing for life

Liz Mullinar has authored three books “Breaking The Silence”, “The Liz Mullinar Story” and most recently, “Heal For Life” a guidebook detailing her knowledge from over 20 years of supporting survivors of childhood trauma to heal. She was awarded an order of Australia...

Anxiety and COVID-19

Anxiety and COVID-19

  COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is dominating the headlines and there is a lot of anxiety about the outbreak. Matt and Richard have a discussion about the anxiety surrounding the virus, some things to do, and some perspectives to take.   Please leave a review!...

John Randolph and The Brain Health Book

John Randolph and The Brain Health Book

Today we talk with clinical neuropsychologist John Randolph about his latest book The Brain Health Book: Using the power of neuroscience to improve your life, and some of his own clinical experiences in helping people to better brain health. The Brain Health Book:...

Francesca Marguerite Maximé on trauma and therapy

Francesca Marguerite Maximé on trauma and therapy

We talk to trauma-informed mindfulness meditation teacher, couples & life coach, and wellbeing guide in New York - Francesca Maximé. Francesca Marguerite Maximé is a Haitian-Dominican Italian-American Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), IMTA-accredited...

Dr. Paul J. Leslie and The Art of Creating a Magical Session

Dr. Paul J. Leslie and The Art of Creating a Magical Session

Our guest today is psychotherapist and author Dr Paul Leslie who has written a number of books on the topic of therapy and healing, the latest of which is all about the art of creating a magical session. Sounds like fun! So Richard and Matt head down to Aiken in South...

Thedy Veliz and Rita Princi-Hubbard on the sensitive child

Thedy Veliz and Rita Princi-Hubbard on the sensitive child

Thedy Veliz created The Parent-Child Neuropsychotherapy Protocol™ that provides a framework to address the complex challenges of working with the entire family when a child is exhibiting emotional and behavioral difficulties by encouraging parents to focus on the...

Dr Daniel Siegel talks about the power of showing up

Dr Daniel Siegel talks about the power of showing up

We catch up with Dr Dan Siegel to talk about his latest book The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired that he has co-authored with Tina Payne Bryson. In this book Siegel and Bryson condense some...

Rita Princi-Hubbard and David Collins Talk Education

Rita Princi-Hubbard and David Collins Talk Education

Today we touch base with our regular guests Rita Princi-Hubbard and David Collins to talk about their upcoming conference on education and neuroscience. You can find out more about the conference below...   [giveaway id=43595]

Inna Khazan on Biofeedback and Mindfulness

Inna Khazan on Biofeedback and Mindfulness

Dr Inna Khazan is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the use of biofeedback and mindfulness for a multitude of health related issues including many psychological ones. She is a trainer and supervisor for pre-doctoral and...

Michael Hoyt on Single-Session Therapy

Michael Hoyt on Single-Session Therapy

Michael Hoyt, Ph.D., is an independent psychologist in Mill Valley, CA. He is the author/editor of numerous books on brief therapy, including “Brief Therapy and Beyond”, “Capturing the Moment”, and “Single-Session Therapy By Walk-In or Appointment”. He has been...

Different Patients, Different Therapies

Different Patients, Different Therapies

Today Richard talks with Deborah Cabaniss and Yael Holoshitz about their new book Different Patients, Different Therapies: Optimizing Treatment Using Differential Psychotherapuetics. Deborah L. Cabaniss, MD, is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Associate Director...

Lisa Dion – Aggression in Play Therapy

Lisa Dion – Aggression in Play Therapy

  Today we are talking to Lisa Dion from Boulder Colorado. Lisa is an international teacher, clinical supervisor, author, coach and entrepreneur.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and is at the cutting edge of her field...

Prof. John Dowling

Prof. John Dowling

Today we talk to John E. Dowling, who is professor emeritus at Harvard University, and has done extensive research into the neurobiology of vision and is somewhat a pioneer in neuroscience research. We got to chat to him about his new book  Understanding the Brain:...

Complex Systems

Complex Systems

Richard Hill and Matthew Dahlitz talk about complex systems. Here are some of the definitions that Richard talks about - from his book The Practitioner's Guide to Mirroring Hands: A Client-Responsive Therapy that Facilitates Natural Problem-Solving and Mind-Body...

Joseph LeDoux (Part 2)

Joseph LeDoux (Part 2)

Today is part 2 of our talk with Joseph LeDoux about the deep history of ourselves. Joseph LeDoux is the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science at NYU in the Center for Neural Science, and he directs the Emotional Brain Institute of NYU and the Nathan Kline...

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