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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!

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...

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,...

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