#578- Mentalligence: A New Psychology of Thinking with Dr. Kristen Lee

Dr. Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW, known as “Dr. Kris” is a recovering perfectionist and an award- winning author, clinician, researcher, educator, speaker and activist with over twenty years of experience. As lead faculty for Behavioral Science at Northeastern University in Boston, her research and teaching interests include individual and organizational well- being and resilience, particularly for marginalized and underserved populations. She is the author of Indie Book Award’s 2015 Motivational Book of the Year, Reset: Make the Most of Your Stress and Mentalligence: A New Psychology of Thinking. Dr. Kris’s work has been featured on NPR and CPS radio. Her signature ability to engage with a diverse range of audiences has led her to be invited to speak nationally and internationally to students, educators, health and mental health professionals, business leaders and general audiences. Some of the venues she speaks at include Harvard University, Ted X, Virgin Pulse, and Johnson & Johnson. In her spare time, she can be found out on the running trails, attempting tricky yoga poses, eating peanut butter cups and drinking kale juice—but not all at once. Read More »


#577 –Depression and The Change Triangle with Hilary Jacobs Hendel

Hilary Jacobs, MSW is a certified psychoanalyst and AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) psychotherapist and supervisor, specializing in trauma and emotions. She has published articles in The New York Times and professional journals. Her blog posts have been shared worldwide. She runs a private practice in New York City and was the Mental Health Consultant for the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning show Mad Men.

HIlary’s background is in the biological sciences. A native New Yorker, Hilary graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and went on to receive a BA in Biochemistry from Wesleyan University. Hilary graduated with a doctoral degree from Columbia University where she learned about neuroscience. Several years later, Hilary decided to become a psychotherapist. She received her MSW from Fordham University and competed a 4-year certification in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Concurrent to her psychoanalytic training, HIlary began studying trauma and emotion centered psychotherapies including AEDP, EMDR, SE and read voraciously on the subject of shame. Hilary became certified in AEDP and is now a certified AEDP Supervisor. Hilary’s current passion is writing for the general public on emotions and a mental health tool she calls The Change Triangle based on AEDP. Her book, “It’s Not Always Depression: Working the Change Triangle to Listen to the Body, Discover Core Emotions and Connect to Your Authentic Self is being published by Random House USA/Canada and Penguin UK in February 2018. Read More »


No Podcast This Week

Dear friends of Shrink Rap Radio,

I’m afraid there will be no podcast this week.  My previously announced guest New York psychoanalyst Hilary Jacobs Hendel and AEDP specialist ran into so many technical issues during our attempted interview yesterday that we finally had to give up and reschedule for the week of December 4.

We were having a great discussion about her work and her forthcoming 2018 book, “It’s Not Always Depression: Working the Change Triangle to Listen to the Body, Discover Core Emotions and Connect to Your Authentic Self but there was so much unexpected noise in the recording that we finally had to give up and reschedule.  So it will definitely be worth the wait.

Meanwhile, you could always go back and listen to one of the previous 576 interviews.  🙂

Warm regards,



#576 –Love, Greed, and Trance with Adam Crabtree

Adam Crabtree is a founding faculty member of the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy in Toronto, where he is a lecturer, seminar leader, psychotherapy group facilitator, and psychotherapy practice supervisor.

His first book, published in 1985, is titled Multiple Man: Explorations in Possession and Multiple Personality. He has written books on hypnosis, trance states in everyday life, and dissociation, pathological and normal. He has published an annotated bibliography Animal Magnetism, Early Hypnotism, and Psychical Research from 1766 to 1920: An Annotated Bibliography (1988). He has written several books on the history of psychodynamic psychology in the West, most notably From Mesmer to Freud: Magnetic Sleep and the Roots of Psychological Healing (1993). He has written about the history of hypnosis and advocates a the redefinition and resituating of hypnosis, placing it in terms of the broader category of trance, particularly in his book Memoir of a Trance Therapist: Hypnosis and the Evocation of Human Potentials (2014).
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#575 – Breaking Free from Childhood Trauma with Arlene Drake PhD

Dr. Arlene Drake is a pioneer in the field of childhood abuse and trauma recovery. She has long been a passionate crusader for victims’ rights and has been featured in media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, People magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, and ABC World News Tonight. She is a member of both the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and the Clinical Hypnosis Association. Drake lives and works in the Los Angeles area. She is also the author of the 2017 book Carefrontation: Breaking Free from Childhood Trauma. Read More »


#574- The Silent Epidemic of REM Sleep Loss with Rubin Naiman PhD

Rubin Naiman, PhD is a psychologist, clinical assistant professor of medicine and the sleep and dream specialist at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine, directed by Dr. Andrew Weil. He is also director of Circadian Health Associates, an organization that offers sleep related services, training and consultation internationally. For more than a decade, he served as the sleep and dream specialist at Canyon Ranch and Miraval Resorts. Dr. Naiman is a leader in the development of integrative medicine approaches to sleep and dreams, integrating conventional sleep science with depth psychological and spiritual approaches. He is the author of a number of groundbreaking works on sleep, including Healing Night, Healthy Sleep (with Dr. Weil), To Sleep Tonight, The Yoga of Sleep, Hush: A Book of Bedtime Contemplations as well as professional book chapters. Read More »


#573 – A Jungian Confronts Racial and Sexual Injustice in Mississippi with Tony Caldwell

Tony Caldwell, LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in Oxford, Ms. and a Social Work educator at the University of Mississippi. He is a member of the Memphis-Atlanta Jungian Seminar and a candidate of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. As a public speaker, human rights activist, project facilitator, town hall moderator, and workshop leader, Tony has partnered with The Human Rights Campaign, the W.W. Kellogg Foundation, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Toyota Corporation, and many other organizations. Tony and his colleague, Dr. Jandel Crutchfield, have enjoyed success in their grassroots Together Projects promoting interracial and interfaith dialogue across the state of Mississippi. They are currently co-authoring a chapter for the upcoming book “United We Stand: Spirituality and Community Healing.” Tony loves writing about the intersection of theology, depth psychology, and social justice. Tony is a guest contributor to socialjusticesolutions.org and various other print and online publications. You can find some select writings at www.tonycaldwell.net Read More »


#572 – The Farther Reaches of Consciousness with Ralph Metzner PhD

Ralph Metzner obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Harvard University, where he collaborated with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert on psychedelic research. He is the author of more than 100 articles as well as several books, including The Unfolding Self and Green Psychology. He is a psychotherapist in private practice and Professor Emeritus at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. President and co-founder of the Green Earth Foundation, he lives in Sonoma, California. Read More »


Northern California Wildfires & Shrink Rap Radio

Dear Shrink Rap Radio Listeners,

First of all I want to let you know that 1. there will be no podcast this week and 2. My family and I are fine! We live in Rohnert Park which is about 10 miles south of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, California.

The night before last, numerous wildfires broke out in Sonoma and neighboring Napa counties. High winds spread sparks turning these into wildfires. At the moment, none of them are contained. Santa Rosa has lost approximately 1,500 structures, businesses and homes (and whole neighborhoods). This is very shocking. While other areas of California frequently have wildfires, this is a first for this region in 40 years or more. Our neighborhood, so far, is untouched. Several close by were under mandatory evacuation yesterday. My wife and I voluntarily evacuated our house yesterday and spent the day with our daughter and her kids some miles South of here. We decided to come back to our house last night. The air is heavy with smoke and not good for breathing. We are concerned that the winds may whip up again tonight.

I did have this week’s Shrink Rap Radio interview scheduled for yesterday but needed to postpone it.

I fully expect to be back on the air with the show next week.

Unrelated to the fires, I’ve been having big email problems and shrink@shrinkrapradio.com has not worked in the past 5 days or so. If you wish to write, you can use vannuysd@sonoma.edu

Thanks for you r concern and support!

“Dr. Dave” (David Van Nuys, PhD)

#571 – The Dreamlife of Families with Edward Bruce Bynum PhD

Edward Bruce Bynum, Ph.D., ABPP, is a clinical psychologist and former director of the behavioral medicine program at the University of Massachusetts Health Services. The author of several books, including Dark Light Consciousness, he is currently in private practice at the Brain Analysis and Neurodevelopment Center in Hadley, Massachusetts. He is also the author of the recently updated book, The Dreamlife of Families: The Psychospiritual Connection Read More »