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Dr. Katherine Dondanville on Cognitive Processing Therapy and PTSD


Dr. Robert Leahy on Regret
On this episode of Sanity, Dr. Jason Duncan and Master CBT Clinician Dr. Robert Leahy discuss the powerful, and often painful, emotion of regret. Dr. Leahy describes regret as the result of decisions we make, and we can experience it regarding choices we either do, or do not, pursue. Regret is an important emotion because it forces us to review our choices and learn from our experiences. As Dr. Leahy says, “Never waste a good mistake,” because there is always an opportunity to learn something. In his new book, If Only: Finding Freedom from Regret, Dr. Leahy shares steps people should take when they are feeling regret in order to process it in an adaptive way. He discusses common pitfalls of the human experience, such as valuing “existential perfectionism,” or the belief everything should be fulfilling and going right in order for our lives to have meaning. Dr. Leahy notes the importance of acceptance, gratitude, and contentment, rather than perfection, in order to live a rich and meaningful life. Dr. Leahy is a wealth of knowledge, having authored numerous books, treatment manuals, and serving as the director for the American Institute of Cognitive Therapy NYC. Tune in to learn more about Dr. Leahy’s perspective on regret and to hear countless examples of applying these strategies to your own life. If Only: Finding Freedom from Regret by Robert Leahy The Worry Cure by Robert Leahy Beat the Blues Before they Beat You: How to Overcome Depression:,step%20instructions%20to%20help%20you Other Books by Robert Leahy/Amazon Office: Social Media Information: American Institute for Cognitive Therapy Psychology Today Blog: -- MyBestPractice: MBP - Extend 3 Month Free Trial
June 27, 2022
Lisa Pote on increasing access and education of quality CBT and the Beck Institute's mission
On this episode of Sanity, Dr. Jason Duncan and Lisa Pote discuss current happenings at the Beck Institute. They talk about the creation of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and how the Beck Institute is attempting to disseminate skills originally taught by Dr. Aaron Beck to a wide range of individuals, including clinicians, other professionals, and potential clients. Lisa Pote describes some of the challenges our field currently faces, and how the Beck Institute is working to overcome these issues through innovations in accessibility and training. Finally, future directions for the Beck Institute are discussed. If you are interested in learning more about CBT or what is available through the Beck Institute, check out the various links below! Looking to better understand CBT for potential clients or find certified therapists: Professionals and CBT courses available at the Beck Institute : Social Media Information: Twitter: @LisaPote Facebook: Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy Twitter: @BeckInstitute
December 14, 2021
Dr. Scott Waltman on common pitfalls learning CBT and Socratic questioning
On this episode of “Sanity” Dr. Jason Duncan and Dr. Scott Waltman discuss some of the pitfalls mental health professionals make when implementing cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). The most common pitfalls identified in research completed by Dr. Waltman included socratic questioning and guided discovery. Dr. Waltman and Dr. Duncan discuss socratic questioning, its origin with the Greek philosopher Socrates, and how it can be an effective tool in therapy. They provide numerous benefits to this intervention, including helping clients “become their own therapists.” Dr. Waltman discloses the framework for honing the skill of socratic questioning from his new book, Socratic Questioning for Therapists and Counselors: Learn How to Think and Intervene Like a Cognitive Behavior Therapist. Dr. Waltman also identifies a number of other pitfalls therapists make when implementing CBT, such as setting an agenda, pacing the session, receiving feedback from clients, reviewing and developing individualized homework, trouble selecting when to implement interventions and deciding where to intervene. He describes his own therapeutic techniques and how to combat some of these pitfalls. Dr. Duncan and Dr. Waltman both emphasize the importance and difficulty of learning these important skills. They described numerous resources for therapists interested in learning more about CBT, including websites, research studies, books, trainings, and certificates. Dr. Waltman is a clinical psychologist, international trainer, and practice-based researcher. His interests include evidence-based psychotherapy practice, training, and implementation in systems that provide care to underserved populations. He is certified as a qualified Cognitive Therapist and Trainer/Consultant by the Academy of Cognitive & Behavioral Therapies and is board certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is a board member for the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy. More recently, he worked as a CBT trainer for one of Dr. Aaron Beck’s CBT implementation teams in the Philadelphia public mental health system. He is the first author of the book Socratic Questioning for Therapists and Counselors: Learn How to Think and Intervene like a Cognitive Behavior Therapist. CBT Competence and Fidelity Measure - The Cognitive Behavior Rating Scale (Beck and Young, 1980): CBT Express: Effective 15-Minute Techniques for Treating Children and Adolescents by Jessica M McClure, Robert D. Friedberg, Micaela A. Thordarson, and Marisa Keller: Socratic Questioning for Therapists and Counselors by Scott H. Waltman, Trent Codd, III, Lynn M. McFarr, and Bret A. Moore: Instagram @socraticmethod CBT Listserv: To be certified in CBT: Academy of Cognitive Therapy: Beck Institute:
October 21, 2021
Dr. Drea Letamendi on using superheroes, sci-fi, fantasy, comics, and fandom to teach mental health and psychological principles
On this episode of Sanity, Dr. Jason Duncan and Dr. Drea Letamendi discuss how different sci-fi/comic/fantasy fandoms can be used to discuss psychological concepts. In fact, fandoms are great outlets to disseminate information about psychological science to the general public. Additionally, the possibilities are endless when it comes to fandoms, meaning any concept, from processing childhood trauma to how to handle problems with familial relationships can apply. Learning about how our most beloved characters endured challenging emotional experiences builds our own resiliency and can even help us to process some of our own emotions. Dr. Letamendi also provides valuable advice for how to choose a “mission” and stick with it, even though we will all have some type of “kryptonite.” Dr. Letamendi gives quick analyses of some of our most beloved characters, such as the Avengers, Thor, Loki, and Batman, and how psychology applies to the problems they face. Ted X Talk: Capes, Cowls, and Courage: Ted Session: Resiliency and Media during the pandemic: (couldn’t find the link for this one) Podcast: The Arkham Sessions: Superhero Therapy Conference: To find all the podcast episodes, see the other documentaries she’s on, see some of the articles: Twitter and Instagram: @arkhamasylumdoc
September 08, 2021
Dr. Robert Hindman on Dealing with Uncertainty during the Pandemic
Dr. Robert Hindman is a clinical psychologist at the Beck Institute. He conducts various trainings and provides consultation and supervision for therapists. He has written books on cognitive therapy, anxiety, and mindfulness, and studies how organizations and therapists can best implement cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). In this episode, Dr. Robert Hindman and Dr. Jason Duncan discuss the increase in anxiety and uncertainty for those returning to work after quarantine from the COVID-19 pandemic. The unknown and uncertain are present now more than ever due to the ever-changing nature of the information we are given by the media and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). What’s more, intolerance of uncertainty is an important mechanism to keep us safe from danger, however, it can quickly become maladaptive and excessive. Dr. Hindman and Dr. Duncan explore options to address worry and uncertainty, including analyzing the utility of worry (i.e. does it make me feel better to worry about these things?), how to make the best decisions for yourself, exposure, both real and imaginal, to the sources of anxiety and fear, and examining and challenging worrisome thoughts. They discuss numerous examples of how applying these techniques can effectively reduce worry and intolerance of uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic.
August 21, 2021
Dr. William Sanderson on evolutionary psychology and why the modern world is making us sick
On this episode of “Sanity” Dr. Jason Duncan and Dr. William Sanderson discuss the application of evolutionary psychology to physical and mental health problems most humans face. They define mismatch theory, which suggests we, as human beings, were built for something entirely different than how we are functioning in our current environment. The mismatch between our biology and environment is related to a number of physical (obesity, diabetes, cancer) and mental health (depression, anxiety, suicide, substance use disorders) disorders. The reason for the mismatch can be traced to the technological revolution, our endless food supply, the change in our occupations, and variations in our exposure to light. Dr. Duncan and Dr. Sanderson explore how social comparison, which was integral to the development of our species, is exacerbated through exposure to supernormal stimuli, or stimuli in extreme excess, by the advent of social media. Likewise, the fact we are constantly bombarded with information about catastrophic events greatly contributes to anxiety. They also examine various options to reduce the harmful effects of our exposure to supernormal stimuli. Social Media Information: Website: Blog: Our Evolutionary Selves: Youtube Lectures: Twitter: @WCSphd
August 13, 2021
Dr. Jacqueline Persons on case formulation and progress monitoring
On this episode of Sanity, Dr. Jason Duncan and Dr. Jacqueline Persons discuss the importance of cognitive-behavioral case formulation and tracking progress. The case formulation approach includes hypothesis testing of maintaining factors. It allows the clinician to pivot in treatment, when necessary, if specific interventions designed to target a certain mechanism are not successful in symptom reduction. Effective case formulations cover the three P’s: predisposing factors, precipitating factors, and perpetuating factors. The various benefits of progress monitoring are also discussed, and Dr. Persons provides resources for how to manage client progress, including how to effectively implement them in therapy. Dr. Persons describes how using a case formulation approach and using progress monitoring measures allow clinicians to adhere to evidence-based practice, especially when they may stray from a particular manualized treatment. This podcast is a great listen for both beginning and more experienced therapists seeking to improve treatment outcomes and learn effective strategies to adhere to evidence based practice! Dr. Persons is a clinical psychologist that has worked in a private practice setting providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, training and consultation to professionals, and research, for more than 35 years. She is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley. She was past-president of the Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies and the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology. She is a Distinguished Founding Fellow, Certified Cognitive Therapist, and Certified Trainer of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Clinician award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and recipient of the Distinguished Contributions to Applied Research and Practice in Psychology award from the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology. She has authored 3 books and more than 70 articles and chapters. Resources: The Case Formulation Approach to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: PsychSurveys: Midas Practice: electronic medical records system Beck Depression Inventory OQ-45: Website:
May 14, 2021
Dr. William Sanderson on evolutionary psychology and the negative consequences of our mismatch with the modern world
On this episode of “Sanity” Dr. Jason Duncan and Dr. William Sanderson discuss the application of evolutionary psychology to physical and mental health problems most humans face. Core principles of evolutionary theory are discussed, such as survival of the fittest, sexual selection, and inclusive fitness. Dr. William Sanderson explains how the environment we evolved in as hunter gatherers created certain traits necessary for our survival; however, those same traits are “mismatched” to our modern society in a number of ways. Various topic areas related to “mismatch” theory are discussed, including work satisfaction, relationships, eating/exercise, social media, and polarization. Dr. Sanderson and Dr. Duncan thoroughly dive into each of these areas and discuss how they lead to increases in misery, lower marriage and birth rates, and increases in nearly every medical and mental health disorder. Tune in to hear more about the importance of understanding evolution and to learn about what we can do to combat “mismatch.” Books by E.O. Wilson: Article: Work: The Tragedy of Our Age: Anatomy of Love by Helen Fisher: Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker: The Moral Animal by Robert Wright: Podcasts: Joe Rogan’s Episode with Brett Weinstein: Sam Harris’ podcasts about social media: Social Media Information: Website: Blog: Our Evolutionary Selves: Youtube Lectures: Twitter: @WCSphd
April 03, 2021
Dr. Sara Becker on Dissemination/Marketing and Implementation of Effective Treatment
On this episode of “Sanity” Dr. Jason Duncan and Dr. Sarah Becker discuss the dissemination and implementation of effective therapy for psychological disorders. Dr. Becker explains the pitfalls psychologists and psychology organizations have made in marketing specific treatments to consumers. She provides comparisons between the fields of psychology and pharmacotherapy, and she discusses lessons psychologists can learn from how medications are marketed. Strategies for effective marketing are covered, and examples are given for how these strategies can be used for psychological treatments. Dr. Becker provides tips for how both individual psychologists and psychological organizations can implement these strategies to reach a greater number of consumers. In the second half of this episode, Dr. Duncan and Dr. Becker discuss the implementation of effective treatment and how clinicians and organizations can improve their use of various therapies. Tune in for valuable information about spreading psychological science to the general public and using treatments that work! Resources and Links: Twitter: #CBTworks (find therapists talking about CBT) Therapy groups on facebook (CBT for depression) Website for therapies for parents: ABCT: Social Media Information: CV: Twitter: @sjbeckerphd Training Organization: New England ATTC: Email:
April 02, 2021
Dr. Scott Kellogg and Amanda Garcia Torres on Transformational Chairwork
On this episode of “Sanity” Dr. Jason Duncan, Dr. Scott Kellogg, and Amanda Garcia Torres discuss transformational chairwork. Transformational chairwork is a transtheoretical psychotherapy technique which involves utilizing physical chairs in a session to parse out various “parts” of ourselves, speak from these parts, and allow our inner leader to gain control. Chairwork can also be used to role-play difficult conversations or as a part of grief therapy to reconcile any issues with individuals who have passed. Dr. Kellogg and Amanda Garcia Torres discussed the various components of chairwork and described how it can be used in conjunction with other psychotherapy modalities, such as cognitive restructuring in treatment for OCD. One of the core pieces of chairwork is about creating space for these various parts we may have been unable to hear through the chaos of everything else going on, or we have lost touch with. Amanda Garcia Torres also shares how chairwork can be used to treat issues related to social justice and traumatization from oppression. The episode ends with Amanda Garcia Torres leading Dr. Duncan through a chairwork role-play regarding feelings of anxiety. This is a great podcast for clinicians wanting to learn more about this psychotherapeutic technique, or any future client who may find this work beneficial for their psychological struggles. Transformational Chairwork: Using Psychotherapeutic Dialogues in Clinical Practice by Scott Kellogg: Links to papers and research: Schema Therapy Bulletin: Social Media Information: Facebook and Instagram: @transformationalchairwork LinkedIn: The Transformational Chairwork Psychotherapy Project Website: Amanda’s Website:
March 27, 2021
Dr. Adam Weissman on problems in equity and access to effective mental health treatments and the Weissman Children’s Foundation
On this episode of “Sanity” Dr. Jason Duncan and Dr. Adam Weissman discuss the current gap between quality mental health care and disseminating it to people who most need the services. Dr. Weissman described how insurance companies have increased this gap, through low reimbursement rates, and how they can do a better job to ensure everyone has access to quality mental health treatment. The Weissman Children’s foundation aims to address systemic issues created by this gap. They have goals to partner with mental health professionals in various communities to provide cost-effective services to families in need. Their ultimate goal is to research efficacious psychological treatments on underserved populations to ensure treatments are effective for real-world clients. Dr. Weissman emphasized the importance of focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the creation of the foundation and the goal of its services. Tune in to learn more about current issues in the availability of mental health services and how the Weissman Children’s Foundation attempts to bridge the gap! Donate or Get Involved: COVID Relief campaign Weissman Children's Foundation Mental Health Campaign: Contribute to their campaign: Social Media Information: Facebook: Weissman Children’s Foundation Instagram: @weissmanchildrensfoundation Twitter: @WeissmanCF Vienna Beat by Blue Dot Sessions (
January 11, 2021
Jared Cohen on Sport and Performance Psychology
On this episode of Sanity, Dr. Jason Duncan and Jared Cohen, M.A., M.B.A. dive into sport and performance psychology. Jared Cohen works as a mental performance coach for both individuals and teams, and he recently conducted a training with the Transportation Security Agency (TSA). He discusses the different components of performance psychology and provides information about how he intervenes to improve performance in our mental abilities. He shares the three areas he typically focuses on are self-awareness, self-reflection, and self-regulation. Jared Cohen links his practices in performance psychology to well-established psychological theories and evidence-based practices, including cognitive theory, attribution theory, perception theory, and “hardiness.” Numerous examples of intervention techniques and the benefits of changing our perspectives to enhance performance are provided. Tune in for a great episode on how psychological theories are applied to reduce mental blocks and improve performance! Resources: Jared's Website Jared's Instagram (@itsjaredcohen) Art of learning (Book) Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain (Book) The Infinite Game (Book) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck (Book) Vienna Beat by Blue Dot Sessions (
December 11, 2020
Dr. Dennis Zgaljardic on neuropsychological evaluations for neurocognitive disorders
On this episode of Sanity, Dr. Jason Duncan and Dr. Dennis Zgaljardic discuss different aspects of neuropsychological assessments. They cover various areas of the brain and their functions, and they discuss how assessment tools can be used to determine where there might be deficits. Specifically, a neuropsychological assessment combines a number of different aspects, from the clinical interview, looking at neurological exams, and administering testing. Dr. Zgaljardic explains the purpose of some tests in measuring functioning in different areas, and he discusses how an apparent issue in one area, such as memory, may actually be related to a deficiency somewhere else, such as with attention. Dr. Zgaljardic provides numerous case examples and informs us how neuropsychological assessments can be used as a part of cognitive rehabilitation. Tune in to learn more about this fascinating area of psychology! Resources: Dennis' Private Practice: Dennis' Twitter: Book - Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat: Book - Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain APA - Society for Clinical Neuropsychology: American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (Find a board certified neuropsychologist) Vienna Beat by Blue Dot Sessions (
October 24, 2020
Dr. Emily Owens on prodromal psychosis, risk factors for developing a psychotic disorder, and treatment
On this episode of Sanity, Dr. Jason Duncan and Dr. Emily Owens discuss psychosis and the prodromal stages of psychosis. They cover risk factors for developing psychotic disorders and share information about therapeutic interventions for these individuals. Dr. Owens provides numerous examples differentiating symptoms of prodromal psychosis from normal behavior, and she explains how it is often difficult to parse out psychotic symptoms due to the fact their age of onset is similar to many different mental health disorders. Dr. Owens also provides information about racial disparities in the diagnosing of psychotic disorders. Resources: Learn more about Emily: North American Prodromal Longitudinal Study: 8-9 sites of U.S. and Canada to identify prodromal individuals and follow up with them CBT for Prodromal Psychosis North American CBT for Psychosis Society: SMI Adviser: Vienna Beat by Blue Dot Sessions (
October 02, 2020
Dr. Jess Shatkin on mental illness prevention and mental illness in children and adolescents
On this episode of Sanity, Dr. Jason Duncan and Dr. Jess Shatkin discuss mental illness prevention in children and adolescents. Dr. Shatkin shares his expertise on prevention practices, why they are important, and how we could improve them. He then specifies on specific practices for kids, which are especially salient due to the fact the majority of chronic mental health disorders develop in adolescence and early adulthood. Dr. Shatkin discusses best practices in terms of parenting, substance use, video gaming, screen time, and sex education, and cites data from various research studies supporting prevention strategies in these areas. He then shares information about the “Child and adolescent mental health studies” minor program he created at New York University (NYU), and how this program is having lasting effects on its students. Dr. Shatkin possess vast knowledge in this topic, and this episode is a great listen for anyone interested in learning more about combating risk for mental health disorders for kids and teens! Resources: Keep us with Jess' work: Jess' Book - Born to Be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks, and How We Can Help Keep Them Safe Jess' Textbook - Child & Adolescent Mental Health: A Practical, All-in-One Guide Jess' Radio Show - About our Kids All the Kings Men - Book Social Media Information: Website: Twitter: @drjesspshatkin Facebook: Dr. Jess P. Shatkin Vienna Beat by Blue Dot Sessions (
September 19, 2020
Dr. Michael Tompkins on Increasing Willingness and Experiential Approach
On this episode of Sanity, Dr. Jason Duncan and Dr. Michael Tompkins cover a transdiagnostic approach to treating emotional disorders, such as anxiety, depression, or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Dr. Tompkins, who has authored several books on this topic and is board certified in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), shares these disorders have similar mechanisms of avoidance, either emotional or behavioral. Therefore, the common ingredients to treatment for these disorders involve willingness and experiential approach. These two areas create a feedback loop; as someone becomes more willing to have anxious thoughts, engage in behaviors, or try new things, they are more likely to then approach those situations or thoughts, thus increasing their self-efficacy and beliefs they can continue to be willing to engage. Dr. Tompkins provides numerous examples of this phenomenon, and he shares his strategies with clients when treatment needs to shift to focus on one of these areas to keep the feedback loop in balance. Tune in to learn more about these concepts and their importance in treatment for emotional disorders! Resources: Keep up with Dr. Tomkins Book - The Anxiety and Depression Workbook Book - Zero to 60 Beck Institute International OCD Foundation Anxiety and Depression Association of America Vienna Beat by Blue Dot Sessions (
August 30, 2020
Dr. Katherine Dondanville on Cognitive Processing Therapy and PTSD
On this episode of Sanity, Dr. Jason Duncan and Dr. Katherine Dondanville cover post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its various treatments. Dr. Dondanville is board-certified in cognitive and behavioral psychology, and she specializes in a specific treatment for PTSD called cognitive processing therapy (CPT). CPT is a time-limited (around 12 sessions) approach which provides clients with background information on cognitive theories, explores negative beliefs, called “stuck-points” they developed related to their trauma, and then teaches them skills to challenge these beliefs. Dr. Dondanville explains CPT also addresses five themes often affected by traumatic events: safety, power/control, esteem, intimacy, and trust. Other treatment options for PTSD, such as prolonged exposure (PE) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) treatment are also covered. Dr. Dondanville provides numerous examples of how the components of CPT are delivered in therapy. She also shares a multitude of resources accessible to clinicians or people who are struggling with PTSD themselves. Dr. Dondanville discusses her research on PTSD, including the shocking statistic of 80-90% of civilians and 40-60% of active duty or veterans experience remission from PTSD. Tune in to learn more about PTSD and how it is effectively treated! Resources: Katy's University of Texas Profile: Strong Star (Research Initiative) Strong Star Training Initiative CPT for PTSD (Training and Clinician Look up) National Center for PTSD This American Life - 10 Session Social Media Information: Twitter: @KatyDondanville Instagram: strongstar_ptsd Vienna Beat by Blue Dot Sessions (
August 28, 2020
Dr. Jonathan Grayson on OCD, the role of uncertainty in OCD, and his approach to treatment
On this episode of Sanity, Dr. Jason Duncan and Dr. Jonathan Grayson dive into OCD, defining and differentiating it from other mental disorders and “normal” behavior. They discuss the core features of the disorder, which are obsessions and compulsions, and provide multiple examples of how obsessions and compulsions might look in a clinical setting. Dr. Grayson introduces the topic of uncertainty and how it is the core of the problem for those living with OCD due to its contribution to avoidance and behaviors interfering with quality of life. Interestingly, once individuals learn to live with uncertainty as part of OCD treatment, they are actually more tolerant of it than those in the general public. They review treatment for OCD, including exposure and response prevention, and Dr. Grayson identifies common pitfalls with diagnosing and treating OCD, such as the end goal not including tolerance of uncertainty. Numerous client examples are provided along with rationales for Dr. Grayson’s treatment approach for specific obsessions or compulsions. Resources: Grayson Center Book - Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Book - Is Fred in the Refrigerator Book - Everyday Mindfulness for OCD by Jon Hershfield and Shala Nicely, with foreword by Alec Pollard Other books by Jon Hershfield Podcast - The OCD Stories International OCD Foundation Vienna Beat by Blue Dot Sessions (
August 14, 2020
Dr. Paul Grant on Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy
On this episode of Sanity, Dr. Jason Duncan and Dr. Paul Grant dive into Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy, a new approach to cognitive therapy specifically designed to increase outcomes for those with serious mental illnesses, such as psychotic disorders. Dr. Grant explains how the focus of recovery-oriented cognitive therapy is on addressing negative beliefs an individual might have about themselves, others, or the future and building more adaptive “modes” of thinking by uncovering beliefs they have when they are at their very best. Through this treatment, individuals increase their sense of purpose and gain empowerment over their lives, which is often absent for those spending lengthy periods of time in psychiatric hospitals. This therapeutic approach is relatively new (past 10 years), however, initial study findings and past research on the various aspects of the model are promising. Dr. Grant also explains how this form of treatment can be useful for individuals with anxiety disorders, depression, or people who want to gain a deeper sense of purpose in their lives. Tune in for a great episode on a new therapeutic approach! Resources: Center for Recovery Oriented Cognitive Therapy Book - Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy for Serious Mental Health Conditions Book - Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates by Erving Goffman Beck Institute Association for the Advancement of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Mental Health America National Alliance on Mental Illness Vienna Beat by Blue Dot Sessions (
August 06, 2020
Dr. Amanda Loerinc Guinyard on the Inhibitory Learning Model of Exposure and Positive Affect Treatment
On this episode of Sanity, Dr. Jason Duncan and Dr. Amanda Loerinc Guinyard discuss a new model of exposure treatment called the inhibitory learning model. Traditionally, exposure therapy was believed to work due to habituation, or the diminishing of a response to the feared or anxiety-provoking stimulus. Dr. Loerinc Guinyard describes how recent research suggests exposure therapy works because an individual is learning the previously feared stimuli no longer produces an anxiety response, known as the inhibitory learning model. Another aspect of this model includes an individual learning even if they are in an anxiety-provoking situation, they can tolerate and cope with those emotions. Positive Affect Treatment, a new therapy developed in part by Dr. Loerinc Guinyard, is also covered. This therapy is a transdiagnostic approach, meaning it can be useful for a number of different disorders, and its focus, not surprisingly, is on increasing positive emotional experiences, thoughts, and enhancing compassion. This is a great episode for those wanting to learn more about new therapeutic approaches and models! Resource: CBT Center of Boston: Concord Center in Massachusetts: Treatments that Work Series ABCT (Find a Therapist) Academy of Cognitive Therapy (Find a Therapist) Anything written by Michelle Craske: Social Media Information: Website: Instagram: @amandaloerincguinyard Vienna Beat by Blue Dot Sessions (
July 31, 2020
Dr. Elizabeth Turk-Karan on exposure therapy for anxiety
On this episode of Sanity, Dr. Jason Duncan and Dr. Elizabeth Turk-Karan discuss how exposure therapy works, and how it is used to treat a number of different anxiety-related disorders. Dr. Turk-Karan shares how we all need some levels of anxiety to function properly, but sometimes, our anxiety can be triggered inappropriately. When this happens, exposure can be used to reduce the anxiety we feel. Dr. Turk-Karan explains how exposures are set up collaboratively with patients, and they include a hierarchy, from least to most anxiety-provoking. Patients are asked to “climb the ladder” and repeat these exposures for homework. Exposure works best when it induces sufficient anxiety, the patient’s anxiety levels drop, and when they are done repeatedly over time, not just in the office. As Dr. Turk-Karan explains, while this therapy sounds tough, trained therapists are there to support their patients every step of the way, and they would never ask a patient to do something they would not do themselves. Various types of exposure treatment are discussed, such as in vivo and imaginal, and numerous examples are provided. Tune in to learn more about this revolutionary and successful treatment for anxiety! Resources: Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety and the University of Pensilvania: The Treatments that Work: ABCT (Find a Therapist): International OCD Foundation: Social Media Information: Twitter: @Center4Anxiety Vienna Beat by Blue Dot Sessions (
July 24, 2020
Dr. Robert Hindman on mindfulness for improving mental health
Today, Dr. Robert Hindman talks about mindfulness for improving mental health. Topics include what mindfulness is, how to implement mindfulness in daily living, why it is useful for mental health, and how it helps reduce depression and anxiety. Dr. Hindman also leads a brief mediation! Resources: Rob's Mindfulness trainings: Beck Institute: Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Second Edition: Basics and Beyond: Vienna Beat by Blue Dot Sessions (
July 03, 2020
Dr. Julie Orris talks on Dialectical Behavior Therapy and coping with expected anxieties of living through COVID-19
Dr. Julie Orris on Dialectical Behavior Therapy and coping with expected anxieties of living through COVID-19. Resources: Follow Julie Orris Psychologist and co-founder of Evidence Based Therapy Partners Book - Loving Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder Family Connection Program (Free resource for for those in a relationship with somebody who has Borderline Personality Disorder) Find a certified DBT Therapist Vienna Beat by Blue Dot Sessions (
June 20, 2020
Dr. Erica Rozmid on dealing with high intensity emotions, uncertainty, and disappointment with DBT and CBT
Dr. Erica Rozmid talks about dealing with high intensity emotions, uncertainty, and disappointment, utilizing both Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The topics talked about today are useful for various situations and age ranges and can also help with coping with impacts of COVID-19. Resources: Keep up to date with Dr. Rozmid DBT Self-Help Website Books Mind Over Mood - Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts - Find a DBT Therapist Vienna Beat by Blue Dot Sessions (
June 11, 2020
Dr. Robert Friedberg on Child and Adolescent Mental Health during COVID-19
Dr. Robert Friedberg addresses concerns around how children and adolescents may be impacted by the new normal during COVID-19. He also talks about parent stress. Some topics covered include will children be impacted psychologically and developmentally, how to tell if your child needs help, communicating with your children about COVID-19, caregivers fears, guilt, and perfectionism, tolerance of the uncertain situation we are in, and more. He also provides self-help resources and recommendations on how to find a quality therapist. KEEP UP-TO-DATE WITH DR. BOB'S WORK WEBINARS Concept Training - Robert D. Friedberg, Ph.D., ABPP - Normal worry versus anxiety during these strange days. BOOKS Chansky, T (2014). Freeing your child from anxiety. NY: Harmony Tompkins, M. & Martinez, K. (2009). My anxious mind. Washington, DC: APA COPING RESOURCES William Sanderson, Ph.D - Anxiety and Depression Clinic, Hofstra University  Columbia University Department of Psychiatry · Frequently Asked Questions · Coping THERAPIST FINDERS AND EDUCATION RESOUCES Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Research American Psychological Association Division 53 (Clinical Child Psychology) Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Anxiety and Depression Association of America Vienna Beat by Blue Dot Sessions (
June 07, 2020
Dr. Craig Henderson on the Opioid Crisis, Addiction, and Substance Abuse Treatment
Dr. Craig Henderson talks on the state of the seemingly forgotten opioid crisis and how it has been compounded by COVID-19, pathways to addiction, what makes adolescence a sensitive stage for addiction, and empirically supported treatments for substance use disorders Resources Recommended Podcast In Recovery with Dr. Nzinga Harrison Center on Addiction. This substance use recovery support organization provides families with personalized support and resources, meeting them where they are with compassionate, life-saving direct resources. One-on-One Support - The helpline connects parents and caregivers to a trained and caring specialist. Specialists are ready to listen and help families find answers and make an action plan to help their child. Please visit or connect with the organization by text, email or phone. Support is available in English and Spanish. Help & Hope by Text - Parents and caregivers can sign up to receive tailored resources and skills delivered via text message. Simply text ‘JOIN’ to 55753. Answer a quick series of questions about your child and their substance use. Receive messages with information and support specific to your family’s needs. Online Support Community - Free, live gatherings where specially trained parent coaches, with support from the organization’s helpline specialists, discuss real-life issues and common concerns families face in these unique and uncertain times. You can sign up and learn more at Parent Coaching - Parents can connect to one of the nonprofit’s trained volunteer parent coaches for free peer-to-peer support. This unique program provides families with guidance and support from someone who has “been there” and also struggled with a child’s substance use. Visit more information Vienna Beat by Blue Dot Sessions (
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