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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!

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Dr Stuart Shanker talks self-regulation

Dr Stuart Shanker talks self-regulation

Dr Stuart Shanker is the author of the Self-Reg trilogy: Calm, Alert and Learning: Classroom Strategies for Self-Regulation; Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life; Reframed: Self-Reg for a Just Society. You...

Stefan Neszpor talks about the cerebellum

Stefan Neszpor talks about the cerebellum

We talk to Dr Stefan Neszpor, a consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist consulting for Island Health - Vancouver Island Health Authority. He has been fascinated by the cerebellum for many years and it's that topic that we tackle today with him.

Brian Quinn talks Bipolar Disorder and depression

Brian Quinn talks Bipolar Disorder and depression

We catch up with Dr. Brian Quinn, who is author of The Depression Sourcebook, 2nd edition and Wiley Concise Guides to Mental Health: Bipolar Disorder, and is a practicing clinical social worker in Huntington, New York . Dr. Quinn specializes in working with...

Serge Prengel talks proactive change

Serge Prengel talks proactive change

Today Richard talks to Serge Prengel who is in private practice and a co-founder of the Integrative Focusing Therapy online training program. He has been exploring creative approaches to mindfulness: how to live with an embodied sense of meaning and purpose. He is the...

Sam Visnic talks integration and interdisciplinary therapy

Sam Visnic talks integration and interdisciplinary therapy

Sam Visnic, CMT, is the founder of Release Muscle Therapy in California and a Certified Massage Therapist, Specialty Neuromuscular and Clinical Massage therapist, and Certified Corrective Exercise Therapist. Today we talk to Sam about integrating physical and talk...

Jennifer Sweeton talks brain parts and therapy

Jennifer Sweeton talks brain parts and therapy

Today we talk with clinical and forensic psychologist Dr Jennifer Sweeton. Originally trained as a neuroscientist, Dr. Sweeton is a best-selling author in clinical psychology, and internationally-recognized expert on trauma and the neuroscience of mental health. We...

Jon Lieff talks cellular communication

Jon Lieff talks cellular communication

Today we talk to Dr Jon Lieff, MD, who is a neuropsychiatrist with a BA in Mathematics from Yale University and an MD from Harvard Medical School. He pioneered the creation of integrated treatment units that focus on complex patients with combined medical,...

Avigail Lev talks interpersonal problems

Avigail Lev talks interpersonal problems

Dr. Avigail Lev (Abby) is a licensed clinical psychologist in California and a certified mediator. She utilizes evidence-based practices, including cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance-based treatments, to treat both couples and individuals struggling with...

Michael Hoyt and Flavio Cannistrà talk single sessions

Michael Hoyt and Flavio Cannistrà talk single sessions

Richard Hill catches up with long time friend Michael Hoyt in the USA and Flavio Cannistrà in Italy to talk about single session therapy. You can find more about single session therapy here https://www.singlesessiontherapies.com/ And the English version of Single...

Temple Grandin talks about navigating autism

Temple Grandin talks about navigating autism

We talk to Dr. Temple Grandin (famous as a spokesperson for people with autism and her lifelong work with animal behavior) and Dr. Debra Moore (a psychologist with extensive experience in autism) who is the co-author of the book with Dr. Grandin Navigating Autism: 9...

Dr Stephen Porges talks about polyvagal safety

Dr Stephen Porges talks about polyvagal safety

Today we have the pleasure of talking to Dr Stephen Porges about his new book Polyvagal Safety: Attachment, Communication, Self-Regulation. You can check out the new book here https://wwnorton.com/books/9781324016274 And find out more about Dr Stephen Porges here...

Susan Aposhyan talks Heart Open Body Awake

Susan Aposhyan talks Heart Open Body Awake

Today we talk to Susan Aposhyan about her new book Heart Open, Body Awake: The Four Steps of Embodied Spirituality. In this book she introduces us to embodied spiritual practices and the importance of combining the psychological, spiritual and physical in therapy. You...

Dr Steven Taylor talks about the psychology of pandemics

Dr Steven Taylor talks about the psychology of pandemics

Today we get to talk to Steven Taylor, Ph.D., who is a Professor and Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Taylor’s work focuses on anxiety disorders and related clinical conditions, and...

Dr Chanté DeLoach talks about telehealth

Dr Chanté DeLoach talks about telehealth

; We had the good fortune today to talk to Dr Chanté DeLoach, or "Dr. D" as she is affectionately known, who is a licensed clinical psychologist and author of the new book "How We Practice Therapy Now". For more about Dr DeLoach you can visit her website...

Erin Bulluss talks about Autism

Erin Bulluss talks about Autism

Dr Erin Bulluss, PhD., talks to us about her practice as a clinical psychologist and an autistic who works with autistic clients. You can find out more about Dr Bulluss at her website https://www.samsonandbulluss.com/ She also mentioned to us her writings on the...

Alena Pribyl talks microbiome

Alena Pribyl talks microbiome

As part of a documentary series we are producing we talked to Dr Alena Pribyl from Microba in Brisbane, Australia, about the gut microbiome and specifically what this has to do with mental health. She was so interesting we just had to get her on the show for all to...

Andrew Thomas talks about the Rainbow Map

Andrew Thomas talks about the Rainbow Map

Andrew Thomas (MBACP in the UK) has developed a tool he calls the Rainbow Map that is being used by therapists in many modalities for trauma and anxiety. Richard Hill meets Andrew and talks about the development and use of this rather useful therapeutic tool. To find...

Long COVID and Mental Health with Dr John Arden

Long COVID and Mental Health with Dr John Arden

Today we catch up with long-time contributor and friend Dr John Arden and talk about the long term mental health impacts of COVID-19. It was a long conversation so we give you a 30min segment here, but if you want to listen (and watch) the entire conversation please...

Dr Carl Erik Fisher talks addiction

Dr Carl Erik Fisher talks addiction

Dr Carl Erik Fisher is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, where he teaches topics related to psychiatry, law, ethics, neuroscience, and society. He also has a private psychiatry practice, primarily focused on substance use problems...

Mythic Imagination Today with Terry Marks-Tarlow

Mythic Imagination Today with Terry Marks-Tarlow

Today we catch up with regular contributor to The Science of Psychotherapy, Dr Terry Marks-Tarlow, who talks to us today about her latest writing Mythic Imagination Today: The Interpenetration of Mythology and Science. For more about Dr Marks-Tarlow go to her website...

Rachel Zoffness talks Pain Management

Rachel Zoffness talks Pain Management

Dr. Rachel Zoffness is a pain & health psychologist, medical consultant, author, speaker, and expert on nonpharmacological approaches to pain management. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine, where she teaches pain education for...

Dr Moshe Perl talks neurofeedback

Dr Moshe Perl talks neurofeedback

Dr. Moshe Perl is a world-class expert in neurofeedback and QEEG/EEG analysis, areas in which he has almost two-decades of experience teaching and mentoring practitioners in Australia and internationally. He has successfully treated well over a thousand patients and...

Dr Jessica Stone talks about virtual therapy tools

Dr Jessica Stone talks about virtual therapy tools

Jessica Stone, Ph.D., RPT-S, is a licensed psychologist working in a private practice setting in Colorado. She has been a practitioner, professor, presenter, mentor, and author for 30 years. Dr. Stone’s interest in therapeutic digital tools, specifically using virtual...

Geoff Walters and Universal Owl

Geoff Walters and Universal Owl

Geoff Walters is a man with a mission. He is creating an education platform called Universal Owl to identify the universal skills that every young person needs to succeed, and then teach those skill at scale. His hope is to be able to create a new type of education...

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