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On The Couch Podcast

73 EpisodesProduced by John DennisWebsite

An educational mental & behavioral health podcast about the in's and out's of therapy. The host, John Dennis, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of PA. Episodes range from focusing on different mental health diagnoses and issues pertaining to parenting, couples and families to interv… read more

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Listener Q&A

November 3rd, 2021

42:49

John answers questions sent in by listeners

Melissa Sauder, LPC - Infertility's Impact

October 12th, 2021

59:23

Melissa Sauder, LPC (www.melissasauderlpc.com) is the owner of Emotional Wellness For Women.  She and John discuss the struggle that many go through …

Joe Sanok - Thursday Is The New Friday

September 14th, 2021

50:09

Joe Sanok (host of The Practice of the Practice Podcast) is back talking about his upcoming book, Thursday Is The New Friday. His book launches on …

Linda Fisher - Hospital Chaplain

August 31st, 2021

1:05:20

Linda Fisher is a hospital chaplain with the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.  She shares her experiences of her team working during the pandemic …

Dr. Jenny Wang - AAPI Mental Health

August 17th, 2021

1:03:04

Dr. Jenny Wang (www.jennywangphd.com) is a psychologist and speaker who has focused her resources on growing a network of clinicians that can assist …

Dr. Katherine Ramsland - Serial Killers & Mass Murderers

August 3rd, 2021

1:09:29

Dr. Katherine Ramsland is the Director of the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program at DeSales University.  She writes a regular blog for …

Lynn Lyons - Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents

July 20th, 2021

58:31

Lynn Lyons, LICSW (www.lynnlyons.com) is a world-renowned expert on helping parents deal with their children's anxiety.  She is the co-author of the book Anxious Kids Anxious Parents and the host of the Flusterclux …

Keith Miller - The Soul of Life

July 5th, 2021

46:45

Keith Miller (www.keithmillercounseling.com) is an LCSW in the MD/DC area and is the host of the Soul of Life Podcast (www.souloflifeshow.com)

Joe Sanok - Leave To Find Adventures

June 14th, 2021

55:01

Wouldn't it be amazing to buy an RV and just drive off into the sunset?!  Well Joe Sanok and his family did just that! Joe is a previous guest from …

Carrie Cole - Being Seen and Heard

May 31st, 2021

1:12:13

Carrie Cole is the Director of the Love Lab and Director of Research for the Gottman Institute (www.gottman.com).  In this episode she discusses …

Azizi Marshall - Center For Creative Arts Therapy

May 19th, 2021

1:05:06

Azizi Marshall is the CEO and Founder of the Center for Creative Arts Therapy (www.c4creativeartstherapy.com).  She has dual degrees in psychology …

Sue Stuart-Smith - The Well-Gardened Mind

May 4th, 2021

1:02:38

Sue Stuart-Smith (https://www.suestuartsmith.com) is the author of the Well-Gardened Mind, a Sunday Times Bestseller, listed as one of the 37 best books of 2020 by The Times and gardening book of the year by The Sunday …

Kara Bolling, LCSW - When Your Therapist Is Out On Leave

April 19th, 2021

54:48

Therapist's have lives too! Sometimes they are out for extended periods of time as they get married, have surgery, have children, etc.  Often client's can struggle leading up to and during this period of time as they …

Kristen Ulmer - The Art of Fear

March 15th, 2021

1:27:43

Kristen Ulmer (www.kristenulmer.com) has had a hall of fame career as a big mountain extreme skier.  She has since devoted her life to helping others …

Shane Birkel - Marriage Counseling

March 2nd, 2021

1:06:32

Shane Birkel (https://shanebirkel.com) is the host of the Couples Therapy Couch Podcast and discusses his experience as a couples therapist.

Aaron Potratz - Boundaries and The Fear Triangle

February 15th, 2021

1:05:11

Aaron Potratz, LPC is the owner of Discover Counseling (www.discovercounseling.com) and the co-host of the Shrink Think Podcast (www.shrinkthinkpodcast.com).  He and John discuss the topic of boundaries and the concept …

Dr. Margaret Rutherford - Perfectly Hidden Depression

February 15th, 2021

1:18:37

Dr. Margaret Rutherford (drmhrgaretrutherford) is the author of Perfectly Hidden Depression: How to Break Free from the Perfectionism That Masks Your Depression and host of the SelfWork Podcast.

Coral Sanchez - First Responder Mental Health

December 15th, 2020

1:01:48

Coral Sanchez (https://www.coral-counseling.com) is a California-based clinician who specializes in providing services with both the Latinx and First Responder communities.

Ian Laidlaw - Imposter Syndrome

November 23rd, 2020

1:16:15

Ian Laidlaw is the co-host of the Practice Imperfect Podcast (www.practiceimperfectpodcast.com).  He and John discuss psychotherapy and the impact that Imposter Syndrome can have.

Sheri van Dijk - DBT Skills

November 2nd, 2020

1:26:39

Sheri van Dijk, MSW is the author of Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life - For Teens, a workbook that teaches DBT skills.  She sits down with John Dennis to discuss her workbook and the skills she teaches.

Dr. Daniel LeGoff - Lego Based Therapy

October 12th, 2020

1:31:11

Dr. Daniel LeGoff is the founder of Lego Based Therapy.  It's use in working with those dealing with Autism Spectrum has been groundbreaking! Dr. LeGoff explains how he came to realize the importance of using Legos in …

Lauren Selfridge - Coping With Chronic Illness

September 21st, 2020

1:07:12

Lauren Selfridge, LMFT (www.laurenselfridge.com) is the host of the podcast This Is Not What I Ordered.  In her personal; and professional life she has worked hard to create a positive space for those dealing with …

Jason Boes - Back To School In The Covid-Era

September 8th, 2020

1:14:27

Jason Boes is the founder and co-owner of Parenting & Family Solutions (www.parentfamilysolutions.com) and has 15+ years of experience working …

Sydney Jensen - Teacher Mental Health

August 17th, 2020

1:32:48

Sydney Jensen (www.sydney-jensen.com) was the 2019 Nebraska Teacher of the Year.  Her recent Ted Talk focusing on the importance of Teacher Mental Health made her a must-have guest on the OTC Podcast.  Sydney and John …

Duane France - Military Mental Health

August 3rd, 2020

1:04:54

Duane France has served in the military and continues to serve his country as a mental health clinician.  He sits down to talk with John Dennis about his newest book, Military In The Rear View Mirror, and the 2 podcasts …

Dr. Stephanie Sarkis - Gaslighting

July 21st, 2020

1:15:23

Dr. Stephanie Sarkis (www.stephaniesarkis.com) discusses Gaslighting, how to spot it and the impact it can have on a person. This common form of emotional abuse can sometimes be so subtle as the perpetrator turns up the …

Shardae Washington, LMFT - Racial Trauma

July 6th, 2020

1:14:12

Shardae Washington, LMFT (www.swashingtoncounseling.com) discusses the impacts of racial trauma and racial injustice with John Dennis in light of the recent racial tension in the US.  The importance of validating one's …

Dr. Lisa Damour - Under Pressure

June 24th, 2020

1:09:53

Dr. Lisa Damour (www.drlisadamour.com) sits down to talk with John Dennis about the immense pressure and anxiety that girls and women face in …

Kristen Boice, LMFT - Pathways To Healing

June 8th, 2020

1:11:24

Kristen Boice, Owner of Pathways To Healing Counseling (www.pathwaystohealingcounseling.com) and host of the Close the Chapter Podcast (www.kristendboice.com) talks with John about her experience working for a Fortune …

Dr. Christine Moutier - Real Conversations

May 25th, 2020

1:18:00

Staying connected is crucial for mental health.  Dr. Christine Moutier and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (www.afsp.org) are doing everything that they can to make sure that people are caring for their …

Dr. Les Parrott - Healthy Me, Healthy Us

May 11th, 2020

1:00:21

Dr. Les Parrott is 1/2 of the dynamic relationship expert duo of Dr. Les and Leslie Parrott (www.lesandleslie.com).  He shares about their latest projects including their book - Healthy Me, Healthy Us, the YADA …

Laura Heck, LMFT - Love In The Time Of Corona

May 4th, 2020

58:07

Laura Heck, LMFT is the co-host of the Marriage Therapy Radio show (https://marriagetherapyradio.com/), leads The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work workshop for couples, coaches women through the Epic Wives …

Dr. Frank Sileo - Mindfulness & Bibliotherapy

April 27th, 2020

1:18:11

Dr. Frank Sileo (www.drfranksileo.com) is a licensed psychologist and award-winning children's author who uses his books to teach children about …

OTC Ep 37- Mike Michalowicz - Profit First

April 13th, 2020

1:18:41

Mike Michalowicz (Author of Profit First - www.mikemichalowicz.com) sits down to talk with John about small businesses, mental health and stress in a Covid-19 landscape  and his upcoming book - Fix This Next (

OTC Ep. 36 - Cancer Trauma Project With Schuyler Cunningham

March 30th, 2020

1:08:59

Schuyler Cunningham, LICSW is the Director for the Cancer Trauma Project (www.cancertrauma.com).  He talks about the impact and trauma that a cancer diagnosis can have on the person receiving the diagnosis and how the …

OTC Ep. 35 - Dating Radar With Megan Hunter

March 16th, 2020

1:30:35

Megan Hunter, co-founder of the High Conflict Institute (www.highconflictinstitute.com), talks with John about her book Dating Radar (www.dating-radar.com) and how to spot high conflict personalities (like Borderline …

OTC Ep 34 - Child & Adolescent Therapy With Carrie Nicklas

March 2nd, 2020

1:03:51

Carrie Nicklas, LPC with Parenting & Family Solutions (www.parentingfamilysolutions) talks with host, John Dennis, about the in's and out's of …

OTC Ep. 33 - Therapeutic Abuse With Amy Lynne Johnson

February 18th, 2020

1:14:11

What happens when therapy goes wrong?!  Amy Lynne Johnson (www.amylynnejohnson.com) is a counselor and advocate responder with TELL the Therapeutic Exploitation Link Line (www.therapyabuse.org).   They help victims of …

OTC Ep. 32 Lori Gottlieb - Maybe You Should Talk To Someone

January 13th, 2020

56:47

Lori Gottlieb (New York Times Bestselling Author of the book Maybe You Should Talk To Someone - www.lorigottlieb.com) sits down to talk with John …

OTC Ep. 31 - Culinary Art Therapy With Julie Ohana, LMSW

November 25th, 2019

52:59

Julie Ohana and John Dennis discuss her Culinary Art Therapy practice and the benefits of the Family Meal.  https://www.culinaryarttherapy.com/

OTC Ep. 30 - Trucker Therapy With Buck Black, LCSW

November 11th, 2019

57:35

Buck Black, LCSW (www.buckblack.com) provides Teletherapy to truckers Indiana.  He and John talk about the issues that many workers throughout the country face and ways that teletherapy can make a positive impact in …

OTC Ep. 29 - Sleep Hygiene With Dr. Matt Carter

October 28th, 2019

1:27:35

The lack of education and awareness about sleep is an epidemic in the US.  Dr. Matt Carter is a professor of Biology at Williams College and talks …

OTC Ep. 28 - Art Therapy With Reina Lombardi

October 14th, 2019

1:11:45

Reina Lombardi, Owner and Founder of Florida Art Therapy Services (www.floridaarttherapyservices.com), talks with host John Dennis about the in's and out's of Art Therapy.

OTC Ep. 27 - UDS Service Dogs

September 30th, 2019

55:19

Lori Breece and Kristy Smith of the United Disabilities Services Foundation (https://udservices.org/services/service-dogs/) talk about their Service Dog programs and the impact that they can make in our lives. (

OTC Ep. 26 - Youth Suicide With Dr. Jonathan Singer

September 16th, 2019

1:26:26

Dr. Jonathan Singer is the President of the American Association of Suicidology (https://suicidology.org). He and OTC host, John Dennis, have a …

OTC Ep. 25 - School Psychologists

September 2nd, 2019

1:16:40

Kristi Peterson is a school psychologist in western Pennsylvania who discusses the in's and out's of the role a school psychologist plays in the …

OTC Ep. 24 - Back To School Part 2

August 19th, 2019

36:25

John Dennis talks about preparing your grade schoolers to return for the new school year.  Helping parents to acclimate their households for the …

OTC Ep. 23 - Back To School Pt. 1

August 5th, 2019

38:27

John Dennis gives tips on talking with your rising college student to help them with a smooth transition and navigating any struggles while at …

OTC Ep. 22 - Reaching Beyond Boundaries With Don Mann

July 22nd, 2019

1:14:27

Don Mann knows a lot about mental toughness, setting goals and persevering through pain.  He was a Navy Seal and member of Seal Team Six, has written …

OTC Ep. 21 - High Conflict Relationships With Bill Eddy

July 8th, 2019

1:22:23

Bill Eddy, founder of the High Conflict Institute www.highconflictinstitute.com and author of Splitting: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone With Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder talks about how …

OTC Ep. 20 - Walk And Talk Therapy With Clay Cockrell

June 24th, 2019

59:23

Clay Cockrell, LCSW is the founder of Walk And Talk Therapy and practices in New York City.  His outside-the-box thinking and desire to reach clients where they are at, led him to start walk and talk therapy and online …

OTC Ep. 19 - Eating Disorder Treatment With Allison Puryear

June 10th, 2019

1:01:51

Allison Puryear talks about being a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS), the work she does in her practice Asheville Eating Disorder Treatment (www.allisonpuryear.com), and how to help someone in your life that …

OTC Ep. 18 - Increasing Gratitude With John Israel

May 27th, 2019

1:09:51

John Israel (Author of the Mr. Thank You Project www.mrthankyou.com) explains the importance of gratitude and his efforts to increase gratitude throughout the world even by 1%.  

OTC Ep. 17 - Work-Life Balance With Kasey Compton

May 13th, 2019

1:03:51

Kasey Compton of Mindsight Behavioral Group (www.mindsightbehavioral.com)and KC Consulting (www.consultwithkc.com) talks about work-life balance and …

OTC Ep.16 - Psychological Testing 101 With Dr. Jeremy Sharp

April 22nd, 2019

1:01:12

Dr. Jeremy Sharp, host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast (www.thetestingpsychologist.com/) explains the basics of Psychological Testing.

OTC Ep. 15 - Co-Parenting With Heather Jay-Boardman

April 8th, 2019

1:06:35

Heather Jay Boardman of Blanc Counseling (http://www.blanccounseling.com/) talks about her role as a co-parenting counselor and how she tries to help …

OTC Ep. 14 - The Power of Positive Brainwashing

March 25th, 2019

1:01:45

The power of positive talk and what David Beard (Assistant Principal in SoLanCo School District) calls "Positive Brainwashing" is discussed in this …

OTC Ep 13 - Relationship 911 Part 3

March 11th, 2019

36:03

What to do in your relationship to repair after there's been an argument.  John explains about the Gottman's Aftermath of an Incident technique as …

OTC Ep. 12 - Relationship 911 Part 2

February 25th, 2019

41:37

What do the 5 Love Languages, emotional flooding and deer hunting have in common?

John talks about the importance of knowing your partner's Love Languages and communicating about your definitions of Dr. Gary Chapman's 5 …

OTC Ep 11 - Relationship 911 Part 1

February 11th, 2019

38:52

John Dennis talks about the importance of investing into your relationship regularly.  John has Level-2 training in Gottman Counseling and shares …

OTC Ep. 10 - Creating AHA Moments With Joe Sanok

January 28th, 2019

58:09

Joe Sanok (host of the Practice of the Practice Podcast) has mastered the art of slowing down to create AHA moments and maximize productivity with his clients.  He explains how Vigilance Decriment and taking breaks …

OTC Ep. 9 - Completing the Autism Services Puzzle With Jennifer Seletzky-Davidson

January 14th, 2019

55:34

Jennifer Seletzky-Davidson is the Director of the Amazing Kids Club with True North Wellness Services.  She and John talk about the focus of the program and the services they provide to children and families living with …

OTC Ep. 8 - Forgiving $16 Million in Medical Debt with Rachael Norman of Better

December 17th, 2018

41:57

Rachael Norman is the co-founder of the app Better (www.getbetter.co) who is working to make healthcare reimbursement simple.  They have the mission of out-giving John Oliver by forgiving $16 Million in medical debt.  …

OTC Ep. 7 - Video Gaming Teaches Kids Social Skills with Josh Bound of VGCUSA

December 10th, 2018

59:28

Love them or hate them, video games can be an important part of kids lives.  They can teach social skills, social activism and help build community.  John sits down to talk with Josh Bound, teacher and founder of the …

OTC Ep. 6 - Maternal Mental Health With Alison Pidgeon

November 26th, 2018

32:42

John Dennis and Alison Pidgeon sit down to talk about the importance of maternal mental health services.  Specifically Postpartum Depression and Anxiety.

OTC Ep. 5 - Executive Functioning Coaching with Lauren Eckert

November 12th, 2018

39:39

John and Lauren Eckert (owner of Lauren Eckert Coaching) talk about the struggle that students and adults are having these days with executive …

OTC Ep. 4 - Supporting Cancer Patients With Joanna Dennstaedt

October 29th, 2018

35:58

John Dennis sits down to talk with Joanna Dennstaedt of Radiant Hope to discuss her organization and how they support cancer patients and their families.

OTC Ep. 3 - How To Break Up With Your Therapist

October 15th, 2018

34:51

John Dennis sits down with Jason Boes, LPC to discuss why it's important to talk about ending therapy with your counselor

OTC Ep. 2 - Your First Therapy Session

October 4th, 2018

18:01

John Dennis goes over what to expect from your first therapy session. www.parentfamilysolutions.com/podcast

OTC Ep. 1 - How To Find The Right Therapist

September 24th, 2018

14:25

John Dennis speaks about the best options for finding the right therapist

OTC Ep. 00 - Podcast Launch

September 10th, 2018

12:14

In this episode I launch the introductory episode for the podcast and explain that the aim of the show is to teach listeners about concepts in mental health and interviewing professionals in the field in order to …

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