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June 25, 2019
A wise psychotherapy supervisor once said: "There are only two things a therapist can do...hold...or poke...lots of therapists are good at holding...not so many are confident enough to poke...the good therapist has mastered the art of both."Actually, there are at LEAST 4-5 other crucial mental processes that an effective therapist should be doing more or less simultaneously...and that's no easy task.This mini-episode explores the hold vs poke dilemma, why this matters so much to anyone who has come to a therapist for meaningful change, and some tangible markers for whether your therapist is up for the challenge of you.
June 24, 2019
Ellie grew up in small town Montana and found a highly effective way to cope with the terrible pain of adolescence, family chaos, and depression. Unfortunately, her eating disorder took on a life of its own and almost destroyed her. This is her journey of profound suffering, the (re)building of a self, and ultimately, a path into the light.Resources on eating disordersBooksEating in the Light of the Moon by Anita JohnsonLife without ED by Jenni SchaeferSick Enough by Jennifer Gaudanihttps://www.nationaleatingdisorders.orgFor ketamine resources see episode 1 (Strawberries)Dr. Craig Heacock is an adolescent/adult psychiatrist and addiction specialist in Colorado. He is a co-therapist in the Phase 3 trial of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD and has particular interest in the use of ketamine and other psychedelics to treat severe mood disorders and PTSD. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and did his psychiatry training at Brown University.BFTA website-- bftapodcast.com
June 18, 2019
In this episode we explore one of the most frightening parts of the abyss, coming face to face with the desperate need to die. Elizabeth woke up four days after her near fatal suicide attempt and found herself with another chance-- this is her story of finding a new way to live and be in this world.Helpful websites on:Bipolar disorderhttps://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/bipolar-disorder/index.shtmlClozapinehttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25346322https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(16)30081-5/fulltexthttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7883728Ketaminehttps://www.knowablemagazine.org/article/mind/2019/listening-ketaminehttps://www.scientificamerican.com/article/getting-the-inside-dope-on-ketamine-rsquo-s-mysterious-ability-to-rapidly-relieve-depression/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28749092Dr. Craig Heacock is an adolescent/adult psychiatrist and addiction specialist in Colorado. He is a co-therapist in the Phase 3 trial of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD and has particular interest in the use of ketamine and other psychedelics to treat severe mood disorders and PTSD.  He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and did his psychiatry training at Brown University.BFTA website-- bftapodcast.com
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