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The Broken Brain

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A Psychology & Psychotherapy podcast. Get a therapist's perspective on a variety of topics, some silly and some self-helpy. the Broken Brain is an organized panel discussion, an hour (ish) of therapeutic POV for you.

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February 22nd, 2024


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Control vs Empowerment

February 28th, 2024


What makes family? How do we define connection, and what are the actions that separate those that care from those that simply claim to care? 

Marvel's new series Echo showcases these issues, and much more. Join Sharon …

The Nocebo Effect, with Mike Bernstein

February 20th, 2024


You've heard of the Placebo Effect, which is the tendency to experience improvement in disease or complication because we expect it to get better. But do you know about the Nocebo effect? Turns out we also experience …

Thursday Thistory: Crisis Help Lines

February 15th, 2024


Welcome to Thursday This-story, a dive into the history of mental health practices. This is a new feature for the podcast, appearing once a month on the main feed, and every Thursday on the Patrons Only Bonus Materials.

Meet Your Heroes on The Marvels

February 13th, 2024


Sharon & Dwight are focused on "The Marvels" today, discussing issues like relationship repair, hope, self-image, and what it's like when your concept of someone is nudged one way or another. 

Life After a Traumatic Brain Injury with Kelly Tuttle

February 8th, 2024


A long overdue return to the topic of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Kelly Tuttle is an advocate, expert, and author who joins the podcast to give guidance about life with TBI, including her own story of recovery and …

Healing Through Grief with Audrey Laura White

February 1st, 2024


Please be aware, this episode deals with issues related to a case of murder-suicide.

Audrey Laura White is an expert in grief, loss, and major life trauma. She shares her story about coping with extreme loss due to …

Moving Purposefully into 2024 with Brian Bachand

January 16th, 2024


Brian Bachand is a friend of the show from way back. He is a specialist in motivation, making difficult decisions, creating plans, and aspects of …

Helping Others & Community Healing, with Selwyn Jones & Liz Darden

January 9th, 2024


Selwyn Jones is a Community advocate and the Uncle of George Floyd. Liz Darden is a City Councilwoman in Harrison, Arkansas, called by some "the most racist town in America." They are the founders of the Nonprofit …

Physics & Psychotherapy with Mel Schwartz

January 2nd, 2024


Mel Schwartz is a Psychotherapist who applies principles of Quantum Physics in his practice. Examining dynamics of matter and energy has helped Mel to develop techniques for anxiety reduction, healing from trauma, and …

Sharon & Dwight Tell Santa Stories...Including Marvel Comics?

December 22nd, 2023


Sharon Blady was kind enough to stop on by the virtual studio to record an episode about Santa, the myth, the legend, and why people do what they do with this tradition. Including a peek into (surprise) the world of …

Ruin Your Holiday with Food & Body Issues

December 19th, 2023


Holiday times are a time of food, folks, and fun. They can also be times triggering for body issues, food concerns, and Eating Disorders. Some of …

Age of Audio A Podcast Documentery by Shaun Michael Colon

December 13th, 2023


This episode is for all you Podcast lovers and/or Podcasters out there. Shaun Michael Colon is an independent filmmaker, creator and director of the …

To Mom is To Love with Valerie Probstfeld

December 4th, 2023


Valerie Probstfeld is a Nurse Practitioner, Author, and Host of the podcast "To Mom is To Love." Her specialty is working with issues of motherhood, including Post-Partum depression, health management, self-care, …

Hiding Behind Achievement with Nick Jonssan

November 29th, 2023


The pursuit of external validation, titles, or wealth can contribute to problems such as depression, anxiety, addiction, and relationship stress. It can even get in the way of achieving the goals that drove us in the …

Breaking Patterns and Making Hard Choices in Loki Season 2

November 22nd, 2023


Loki Season 2 recently became available, and you know what that means! Dwight & Sharon are back to talk about the psychological elements of this …

Anton in Japan

November 14th, 2023


Anton Wormon, @anton.injapan on Instagram, has gained a huge following online from his videos chronicling his experience renovating his home in …

Enjoying Comedy with Paul Morrissey

November 9th, 2023


Comedian Paul Morissey joins the show today to discuss the importance of laughter, comedy, and the ways we connect through humor. He also shares his …

Psychedelic Assisted Therapy with Chris Tittle

October 30th, 2023


The use of psychedelic substances in mental health treatment has been studies for many years. Modern use of Ketamine, explored in past episodes, has become common enough to be evaluated as a best practice treatment and …

EMDR in Practice with Kathleen Brennan

October 25th, 2023


What will it be like when I walk into my first session of Eye-Movement-Desensitization-Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy? Why would I look for this? How …

Nonprofit Work with Karly Beaumont

October 2nd, 2023


Karly Beaumont returns to the show to discuss the ins and outs of working in the Nonprofit field. We discuss how nonprofit organizations identify, …

Addiction representation in film with Ryan Luis Rodriguez

September 26th, 2023


This is a segment that was pre-recorded for the live event for Opioid Awareness on 8/31, but was not used that day due to a time crunch. You can also …

Insecure Attachment Styles with Thais Gibson

September 21st, 2023


Attachment theory and understanding our own styles of attachment are foundational to mental health, and one of the most important elements of our …

Diagnosing Batman Villains Part 2

September 19th, 2023


Part 2 of our efforts to provide more meaningful diagnostic information for Batman's Rogue Gallery. We dive right into it this time and ask questions …

Diagnosing Batman Villains Part 1

September 14th, 2023


Happy Batman Day!

Every September 16th we all (at least those who observe) celebrate the creation of Batman in 1939.

Christian Hurst, widely known as …

Batman's PTSD

September 9th, 2023


It's Batman month on the Broken Brain! Watch for new Batman Mental Health episodes and video clips on social media links. To start us off, this episode is a replay of an episode from June 2022, around the release of the …

Fan With An E, Episode 3

September 6th, 2023


This is a Patreon Exclusive episode, released in July on the Patron-Only feed. Become a supporter on Patreon to hear this and other special episodes …

Relationships, Betrayal, & Healing in Secret Invasion, with Sharon Blady

August 25th, 2023


Did you love Marvel's miniseries Secret Invasion? Based on online reactions you may not have... BUT that couldn't stop Sharon and Dwight from taking …

Parenting Teens with Sean Donohue

August 21st, 2023


A great conversation about parenting, talking to teens, and confronting our own fears and limitations. Sean Donohue brings his knowledge and infectious excitement to the show. Super fun episode!

Sean is a coach and …

The ADHD Diagnosis Experience with Alice Gendron

August 14th, 2023


Diagnosis of ADHD can lead to both hope and fear. Hope in the form of knowledge, self-acceptance, and increased understanding of ourselves. Fear due adjustment, new self-concept, and social stigma aimed at neurodiverse …

Cannabis Induced Psychosis with Shari Corbitt

August 10th, 2023


Shari Corbitt returns to the show to discuss ongoing research into the dangers of chronic long-term use of Marijuana. With the legalization of recreational and medical cannabis, and the positive impact that it can have, …

How to Pick a Treatment Program with Marsha Stone

July 29th, 2023


How should we go about picking a treatment program? For problems such as addiction, behavioral health, services for youth, adults, and so can …

David Rosen loves Stories, Creativity, and...Pets?

July 21st, 2023


David Rosen is a friend, a podcaster, musician, and about to release a comedy album where he sings with his pets. So naturally he is here, because we love fun people. They are fun after all. David's podcast, Piecing …

David Richards, Author of The Lighthouse Keeper

July 14th, 2023


David Richards joins the podcast to discuss his novel The Lighthouse Keeper, a  journey through memory, mindfulness and trauma told from the point of …

Proactive Community Mental Health with Briana Daniel

July 10th, 2023


Briana Daniels is the Nursing Supervisor for the Spokane Regional Stabilization Center, a Crisis Center operated by Pioneer Human Services. She is …

Dysfunctional Patterns Across the Spiderverse with Sharon Blady

July 5th, 2023


Across The Spiderverse is sweeping the multiverse due to great storytelling and groundbreaking artistic style. Now Sharon & Dwight give it the …

Depictions of Weight in Media with Dalin Rowell

June 30th, 2023


Depictions of weight in media are notoriously unhealthy, from unrealistic body-image to negative characterization of people who are larger or …

Cognitive Behavioral Management of Pain & Opiate Addiction, with Marian Wilson

June 14th, 2023


Marian Wilson, RN, PhD, joins the podcast to discuss her research into chronic pain, cognitive behavioral pain management strategies, and the interaction that pain patients have with opiate medication and opioid …

Combining Psychiatry & Media with Dr Akeem Sule

June 9th, 2023


Dr Akeem Sule is a Psychiatrist in Essex, UK, and founder of the Black Psychiatrists Culture Club, and is a specialist in medication, treatment, and …

Community & Found Family: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 with Sharon Blady

May 23rd, 2023


Sharon Blady joins to talk about the psychological elements of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3. We discuss personal community building, trauma, the …

Narcotics Arrest Diversion Program

May 19th, 2023


Addiction is a problem that has historically been left to law enforcement professionals. Criminal charge diversion is a growing approach to giving individuals struggling with addiction the chance to opt for treatment …

Running away & Redemption: Reviewing Quantumania Sharon Blady

May 15th, 2023


Sharon Blady rejoins the program today to look at the 2 things she and I nerd about the most: Psychology & Superheroes!  This is our deep dive …

Changing Life Goals and How To Be a Doctor, with London Smith

May 12th, 2023


Medical school is difficult, and the modern process can be tricky to navigate. Increasing numbers of individuals are leaving the medical field, or …

Analyzing Loki with Sharon Blady

May 4th, 2023


This is a replay from a few years back when Sharon Blady came on the program to discuss the MCU Television program Loki. This is being rerun in preparation for the upcoming new episode about AntMan Quantamania, which is …

Intuitive Eating & Mindfulness with Dr Paula Freedman

April 26th, 2023


Dr Paula Freedman, (@mindfuldrpaula on IG), is an expert in the areas of eating disorders, mindfulness, and intuitive eating. Her dynamic Instagram …

How to Heal with Maurice F Martin

April 15th, 2023


Maurice F Martin (remember the F) is an Author, spiritual coach, and Addiction Counselor who specializes in healing from trauma and redirecting our strength from unhealthy to healthier coping skills, and building up …

How Do You Approach Life? With Karly & Cynthia from That Pop This Life.

March 23rd, 2023


Karly Beaumont & Cynthia Torres are the hosts and creators of That Pop This Life, flagship show of the Core Temp Arts Podcast Network. Every …

Sports Psychology & Nonprofit Work with Dr Delice Coffey

March 17th, 2023


Dr Delice Coffey is a Clinical & Sports Psychologist, and creator of the D. Coffey Foundation for Athletics & Education, PLUS a returning …

Fan With An E, Episode 2, with Dalin Rowell

March 10th, 2023


Dalin Rowell, movie critic and film writer for SlashFilm, joins me for our next deep dive into the issues of trauma, attachment, and relationships present in the Netflix Series "Anne with an E," specifically focusing …

Sample of Darryl Mansel and the Poprika Reviews Podcast

February 28th, 2023


Darryl Mansel (AKA Seed) is the creator of the Poprika Network and Poprika Reviews Podcast. He is an indie comic book author, Registered Film Critic, …

Sample of Poprika Podcast

February 28th, 2023


Darryl Mansel, aka Seed, is the creator and host of the Poprika Network and the Poprika Reviews Podcast. Today's episode is a sample of Darryl's movie reviews (always spoiler free BTW). With Black History month winding …

Confidence, Self-Definition & Mindfulness with Brad Reed

February 21st, 2023


Brad Reed is a Coach in matters of Meditation, Self-Redefinition and Acceptance, and Mindfulness. He shares his story and the philosophy he has built …

The Power of Storytelling with Ryan Louis Rodreguez

January 17th, 2023


Ryan Luis Rodreguez is a movie expert. He podcasts about film, storytelling and his experience as a Neurodivergent individual. We have the …

GOTG Holiday special with Sharon Blady

January 5th, 2023


Family disruption, reparenting, and forming healthy relationships with found and existing family. Could this all exist in a fun and funny holiday …

Burnout with Psychotherapist Nikolai Blinow

December 29th, 2022


Nikolai Blinow is a psychotherapist in private practice in Rhode Island. She is an expert in preventing and healing from burnout and navigating major …

Our VHS Tape of Christmas Specials

December 23rd, 2022


An episode with Dwight's brother and sister? Yup.

Anyone who has listened to the program in Decembers Past knows of the BBrain's obsession with Christmas Specials. Christian Hurst and Amber Lopez join the show to …

The Snowy Day: Relationships, Community, and Supporting one another

December 21st, 2022


The rerun of this episode has become a holiday tradition at the Broken Brain. Chris Revill helps me unpack the elements of relationships, community, …

Addiction, Sobriety, & Holidays with Waismann Method Rapid Detox

December 20th, 2022


This is an episode of "Addiction, Recovery and Mental Health: A Podcast by WAISMANN METHOD® Opioid Treatment Specialists & Rapid Detox Center," a …

Anger and Healing in Wakanda Forever with Darryl Mansel & Sharon Blady

December 2nd, 2022


Sharon Blady and Darryl Mansel join me for a wonderful discussion about the MCU film Wakanda Forever. The film showcases some psychological aspects …

Psychological Use of Gratitude with Dave Hart

November 26th, 2022


This is a throw back session from 2016, when Dave Hart (of ) and I sat down to discuss what a psychological tool for healing …

She Hulk & Toxic Culture with Sharon Blady

November 23rd, 2022


Sharon Blady ( rejoins the program to discuss the social and psychological issues addressed in the MCU TV show "She-Hulk: Attorney at …

Mental Health Advocate & Author Peter Vox

November 10th, 2022


Peter Vox joins me to talk about access to mental health care, the experiences of psychological illness and being neuro-atypical, and the need for …

Halloween Movie episode: The Black Phone with Karly Beaumont

October 29th, 2022


Karly Beaumont returns to the show to help forward a Broken Brain Halloween Tradition: to talk about a scary movie. This year we focus on the film …

Forensic Psychiatry with Dr Susan Trachman

October 20th, 2022


Dr Susan Trachman is a Psychiatrist, Forensic Specialist, and mental health clinician. She joins the podcast today to share some information about …

Trauma & Resilience with Rebecca Dempster

October 12th, 2022


Dr Rebecca Dempster is a psychologist specializing in burnout and secondary trauma, especially among employees of nonprofits and NGOs that serve …

Happy Colombo Day

October 11th, 2022


A bit of serious, a bit more silly in today's episode. Every year I like to tell everyone "Happy Colombo Day!" a send-up of what today is often …

Relationship Counseling with Tonya Lester

October 6th, 2022


Tonya Lester is an LCSW, therapist, blogger for Psychology Today, and author. She is also an expert in relationships, family systems theory and …

Internal Family Systems Therapy with Dylan Schlender

September 19th, 2022


Internal Family Systems is a mode of therapy developed by Dr Richard Schwartz, declared an evidence based treatment by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The treatment uses family systems …

Happy Batman Day!

September 17th, 2022


Happy Batman Day 2022! Give this a listen while decorating your Batman Tree or Dying Batman eggs. 

This is a compilation of answers from listeners and friends to the two questions we are always asking ourselves:

1. What …

Overdose Awareness LIVE STREAM PART 5

September 15th, 2022


This is PART 5 of the Rebroadcast of the Live Streamed Overdose Awareness event I hosted on August 31, 2022 for International Overdose Awareness Day.   During the program I am joined by several Podcasters and Friends, …

Overdose Awareness LIVE STREAM PART 4

September 14th, 2022


This is PART 4 of the Rebroadcast of the Live Streamed Overdose Awareness event I hosted on August 31, 2022 for International Overdose Awareness Day.   During the program I am joined by several Podcasters and Friends, …

Overdose Awareness LIVE STREAM PART 3

September 13th, 2022


This is PART 3 of the Rebroadcast of the Live Streamed Overdose Awareness event I hosted on August 31, 2022 for International Overdose Awareness Day.   During the program I am joined by several Podcasters and Friends, …

Overdose Awareness LIVE STREAM PART 2

September 12th, 2022


This is PART 2 of the Rebroadcast of the Live Streamed Overdose Awareness event I hosted on August 31, 2022 for International Overdose Awareness Day.   During the program I am joined by several Podcasters and Friends, …

Overdose Awareness LIVE STREAM PART 1

September 10th, 2022


Part 1 This is a Re-Broadcast of the 5 hour Overdose Awareness event I hosted on August 31, 2022 for International Overdose Awareness Day. This is PART 1 During the program I am joined by several Podcasters and Friends, …

Review of Psychology Today: August Issue

September 7th, 2022


A Patreon special episode now shared on the regular show feed. 

Karly Beaumont, Founder of the Core Temp Arts Podcast Network, and Abi Perez of the …

Live Stream Tomorrow (8/31) for Opioid Overdose Awareness

August 30th, 2022


Announcement of the live stream tomorrow midday for Opioid Overdose Awareness Day. 

Go to for the social media links to watch or JOIN the fun. Not only can you watch live and comment, you can …

Fan with an E: Analysis of "Anne With An E"

August 23rd, 2022


"Anne With An E," is the latest retelling of the novel "Anne of Green Gables," by Lucy Maud Montgomery, perhaps best known as a beloved miniseries that they show on PBS during pledge break a lot. Dalin Rowell, film …

Community Mental Health and Talking Ms Marvel

August 16th, 2022


Sharon Blady is here to talk about Ms Marvel, and in this episode she gets to apply her special knowledge and experience with community healthcare and mental health legislation. Sharon was the Health Minister of …

EMDR Training with Three Rivers Training Center

August 12th, 2022


Carol Miles is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and expert in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. She joins the program …

Mental Health in Movies with the Reels of Justice Podcast Crew

August 4th, 2022


Wonderful film critique and discussion about the way mental health is depicted in movies. 3 out of 4 of the hosts of Reels of Justice Podcast join …

Practicing Yoga with Lily Allen-Duenas

July 26th, 2022


Lily Allen-Duenas is a Yoga Instructor, Podcaster, and Health Coach. She is the creator and host of the Wild Yoga Tribe Podcast and an expert in the use of Yoga and Meditation in health management. She joins the podcast …

Child Abuse Advocacy with Joe Capozzi, Producer of the film "A Peloton of One."

July 22nd, 2022


Joe Capozzi is an actor, writer, and producer who joins the show to share information on the creation of his documentary "A Peloton of One,"

Broken Brain Book Club #1: "A Stream to Follow" by Jess Wright

July 15th, 2022


Jess Wright joins us for the first Broken Brain Book Club, reviewing and answering questions about his historical fiction novel "A Stream To Follow." …

Regular Feed Psych Today Review June 2022

July 12th, 2022


THIS IS A sample of the bonus materials available to our Patreon Subscribers. To hear more like this go to   It's a new monthly tradition for the Patreon Feed. We are reviewing the June 2022 …

3 Jokers with Sharon Blady

July 8th, 2022


Three Jokers is a limited series Batman comic book from 2020, written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Jason Fabok & Brad Anderson. In it the Joker finds a new way to confront Batman...and serve him a side of …

Vocal Coaching for Gender Transition with Sophie Edwards

July 5th, 2022


Sophie Edwards is a vocal coach for Transgender Women, specializing in finding and developing a voice that fits with an individual's sense of self. She explains the effect that having a voice of our own on our …

The Batman has The PTSD

June 21st, 2022


The Batman is the most recent cinematic forray into the world of ...well...the Batman. Sharon Blady is of course the perfect CoHost for an episode in which we take a look at this representation of Batman, which above …

Embracing yourself and your gender, with Lexi Taylor

June 17th, 2022


Lexi Taylor is an Affirmation & Transition Coach for Transgender Individuals. She joins me to talk about her own experience with transition and the things she does to help people through the process. 

The Broken …

DDDD about PTSD and MDMA

June 8th, 2022


It's a Deep-Dive-Diagnosis-with-D episode. Exciting research is happening in the area of MDMA treatment for PTSD. Psychedelic drugs, such as MDMA, …

Moon Knight and Dissociative Identity Disorder

May 27th, 2022


Returning champion, neurodiversity advocate, and your mental health's best friend Sharon Blady returns to focus on Dissociative Identity Disorder …

Dr Strange and The Multiverse of Madness with Sharon Blady

May 21st, 2022


Once more unto the MCU breach with Sharon Blady! Dr Strange and the Multiverse of Madness is a wild ride into many psychological elements. Grief, …

History of Diagnosis with TK, host of For The Love of History

May 14th, 2022


Tehya Nakamura (TK) is the host of For The Love of History, a wonderful podcast that shares obscure and exciting historical stories. She joins me to …

PTSD in WWII with Author Jess Wright

May 6th, 2022


Psychiatrist and Author Jess Wright appeared on the podcast a few months ago to discuss his work in computer-assisted Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. …

Coping with Addiction During Crises

April 22nd, 2022


This episode is a selection of another podcast that is produced by the same people bringing you the Broken Brain. Dwight cohosts and produces a podcast with Clare Waismann and David Livingston of the Waismann Method …

Treatment Resistant Depression with Dr Carmine Pariante and Sofia Quaglia-

April 16th, 2022


Dr. Carmine Pariante is a Psychiatrist who studies Treatment Resistant Depression. He is working towards a more specific definition of what constitutes a resistance to treatment interventions, and how to use that …

Preventing Burnout with Dr Tammie Chang

April 4th, 2022


Tammie Chang MD is a pediatric oncologist, author, coach, and super swell human being! The USA is facing the highest rate of medical professional …

Music Thanatology & End of Life Care with Tony Pederson

March 31st, 2022


Music Thanatology is the clinical use of music to aid people who are dying. Tony Pederson, Certified Music Thanatologist and former President of the …

Sam Led #3

March 25th, 2022


Freind of the show and returning guest Sam Led is here to inspire me and you to be ourselves and let that be our guide towards relaxing we are not broken and have all we need to live our life. 

An intuitive Life and …

Treatment of Transgender Youth with Journalist Evan Urquhart

March 8th, 2022


With the recent Anti-Transgender actions taken by the Texas State Government, among other states in the USA, I am excited to welcome Evan Urquhart to the show. A Journalist who writes about issues facing Transgendered …

Helping Others through Creativity with Ivan Infante

March 4th, 2022


Today's episode covers avoiding burnout, creativity and creative writing, emotional and legal issues related to immigration, and how doing for others helps us to develop ourselves more effectively than trying to improve …

Computer Assisted Therapy History and Research with Dr Jesse Wright

February 25th, 2022


Dr Jesse Wright is a college professor, researcher, therapist, and psychopharmacologist. He has been a pioneer in the field of technological …

Hope in Times of Pandemic & Economic Worries with Josh Wood

February 19th, 2022


Josh Wood is the Business Manager for the nonprofit Improving Lives, and The Broken Brain's official correspondent for Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, …

Hawkeye Has Imposter Syndrome

February 16th, 2022


In the 1970s a couple of psychologists (Dr Pauline Rose Clance & Dr Suzanne Imes) coined the term Imposter Syndrome. Then in 2021 Marvel Studios …

How Encanto addresses PTSD with Abi Perez

February 10th, 2022


Abi Perez returns to the podcast to discuss the cultural and psychological lessons learned form the Disney film Encanto, which Dwight cannot watch or …

Strength-Based Psychology

February 3rd, 2022


Sharon Blady, MCU expert, former Health Minister, and Superhero of the Broken Brain, joins me yet again. This time we are talking some more …

Eating and diet habits to help Bipolar Disorder with Chris Aiken, MD

January 20th, 2022


What we eat influences our psychological health, even more than we previously thought. Dr Chris Aiken joined me to discuss how certain diets help …

Spiderman No Way Home with Sharon Blady

January 12th, 2022


International podcast law requires all shows to do an episode on the new SpiderMan movie, and now it's our turn!

Sharon Blady, mental health advocate and super hero, is here for it. We talk trauma, healing, and why …

We Don't Want to Be Productive

January 7th, 2022


For those who marked the beginning of the New Year last week, this is a time for goal setting and getting a jump on organization and self-improvement. So naturally I put off editing and releasing this episode. 

Hannah …

Ian & Eshom Nelms, creators of the movie "Fatman"

December 27th, 2021


Writing and directing duo Ian and Eshom Nelms are brothers who tell stories through writing and directing movies.   Their 2020 film "Fatman," tells the story of what it might be like if Santa Claus had to live in the …

The Muppets Christmas Carol

December 23rd, 2021


THE NEW CHRISTMAS EPISODE!!! Finally 2021 has culminated in our first NEW holiday episode. 

Chris Revil joined me to discuss The Muppets and …

Broken Chat Ep 5 West Wing Trauma

December 22nd, 2021


Twice a month "The Broken Brain" joins "Let's Chat with Chris Revill" to create the Patreon-only show: "The Broken Chat!"

This is a free sample of what you may be missing in the patron feed. In addition to The Broken …

Rerun of Surviving Holiday & Relationship Stuff

December 21st, 2021


Rerun of a Holiday Episode from 2015 where Clinical Social Worker Lee Messersmith joins the podcast to discuss skillful navigation of family and …

Christmas Specials: What Are They Anyway?

December 20th, 2021


RERUN where you can win a PRIZE. Chris Revill and I got together in 2015 and talked about TV Christmas Specials and our experiences with them.

Respond to the question in the intro in order to win a prize!

Its a Wonderful Rerun

December 19th, 2021


RERUN of my episode focused on the 1946 Frank Capra classic film "It's a Wonderful Life." Michael Denniston, host of 99 for 99, True Bromance …

Holiday Survival Tip & The Plan for Next Week

December 17th, 2021


Over the next week you will be hearing RERUNS and NEW STUFF. There are 2 NEW Holiday themed episodes that will drop close to Traditional Christmas …

Sam Led Part 2

December 10th, 2021


Sam Led, Intuitive Coach, Trauma Survivor, and SNG (Super Nice Guy) returns to the show. Go back and listen to our first discussion if you missed that one. Today we talk about why Sam is not a fan of technique, and how …

Supporting Those in Treatment with Rosie Allen and Josh Woods

December 4th, 2021


Rosie Allen & Josh Woods are two members of Improving Lives, a UK based nonprofit helping people to access Mental Health services. They join the show to discuss ways to approach people who may feel burned out after …

Whats Gratitude got to do, got to do with it?

November 24th, 2021


It's US Thanksgiving, and in Broken Brain Tradition we are busting out an episode on the use and effects of gratitude on psychological health. We …

Loki with Sharon Blady

November 20th, 2021


The Loki series from Marvel Studios is pretty fantastic, but what can two mental health nerds discover hidden within its storyline? Turns out it is quite a bit. We discuss redemption, narcissism, self-loathing, healing, …

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) creator Dr. Steven Hayes

November 13th, 2021


This is a re-play of an episode recorded about a year-and-a-half ago with Dr. Hayes. Great guy, great conversation. Our recent episode on neurodiversity reminded me of this chat. Enjoy!

Dr. Stephen Hayes is the creator …

Autism and Neurodiversity with Sydney Aronin

November 8th, 2021


Sydney Aronin is an entertainer, actor, screenwriter, and an individual who has been diagnosed with Autism & ADHD. She is starting the "How (Neuro)Typical" podcast, where she and a NeuroTypical (NT) individual will …

Medical PTSD & EMDR treatment with Chris Revill

November 3rd, 2021


Replay of my interview with Chris Revill, who has just placed the LEt's Chat podcast on temporary hiatus. Chris still joins me for The Broken Chat, a …

Happy Halloween! The Thing (1982) with Darryl Mansel

October 30th, 2021


Happy Halloween 2021 Braniacs! Darryl Mansel, The Seed himself, stopped by from Poprika Reviews to introduce us to his favorite scary-times movie: John Carpenter's The Thing from 1982. You may recognize it as the …

Sharon Blady talking about Marvel's What If

October 28th, 2021


In some ways Marvel's "What If" series on Disney + is the most comic booky of comic book properties. Marvel projects have been on the small and big screen so much that we are playing out alternate timelines and what-if …

COVID and Healthcare check in with Josh Wood

October 22nd, 2021


The Broken Brain check-in with our man in the UK Himself: Josh Wood!

A regular guest on the podcast, Josh is a Healthcare Advocate and the Business …

Time Blindness Quick Tip

October 14th, 2021


One symptom of ADHD that isn't discussed as widely is Time Blindness. This is a quick tip episode defining Time Blindness and giving two suggested ways that people deal with this in their day-to-day life. 

Talking Shang-Chi with Sharon Blady

October 1st, 2021


Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings contains a story filled with psychological elements, including trauma, death, loss, anger, and …

Happy International Podcast Day

September 30th, 2021


A few of the things I've been listening too, some of them friends, guests, or just shows that I think are dope!

Happy Podcast Day, and as Tiny Tim said on the first International Podcast Day: God bless us, every one!

Attachment with Dr Kirk Honda of the Psychology in Seattle Podcast

September 23rd, 2021


Dr. Kirk Honda is a therapist, professor of psychology, and the host & creator of the Psychology in Seattle Podcast. He is one the show today to …

An Intuitive Mindset with Sam Led

September 6th, 2021


How do we heal? Sam Led is a transformational coach & consultant who helps others to use an intuitive mindset to tap into their own ability to …

Anxiety Relief with Dan Glaze (part 1)

August 17th, 2021


Dan Glaze is a psychotherapist speacilizing in trauma, anxiety, and men's issues. Dan is an experienced psychotherapist and a veteran of British Special Forces, and joined me for a live broadcast where he shared the way …

Vitamin D defeciency and Opoid Dependance with Dr Lajos Kemeny

August 13th, 2021


Today I am joined by Dr. Lajos Kemeny, Dermatologist and Lead Investigator in a recent study on the connection between Vitamin D deficiency and Opiod …

Loss of a Child with the Lost Boys to Found Fathers Podcast

August 5th, 2021


This episode is the audio from an episode of the YouTube show "Let's Chat Live," which I am sometimes privileged to cohost. Bri Benjamin and I …

How they Diagnose Bipolar Disorder with Meg Boberg

July 28th, 2021


Meg Boberg joins me for another very Special Broken Brain episode! It's Quadruple D: D's Deep Diagnostic Dives.

This time we are discussing the DSM 5 …

Wandavison, Grief & Trauma with Sharon Blady

July 24th, 2021


Sharon Blady, former Health Minister, Mental Health Advocate, and Super Duper Marvel fan joins me today to talk about the examples of grief, trauma, and recovery woven into the storytelling of the MCU show Wandavision. …

Mindfulness Work with Peter Strong

July 21st, 2021


Peter Strong is a psychologist, therapist, and mindfulness coach. He has been doing online mindfulness work for 15 years. 

A mindful approach to …

Ketamine: A Patient's Experience with Meg Boberg

July 14th, 2021


Meg Boberg is a Healthcare Writer and a Mental Health Advocate. She came on the show to discuss her experience as a patient who has undergone Ketamine Treatments for Depression and Mood Stability. Meg shares how …

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain with Dr Mel Pohl

July 12th, 2021


This is a re-broadcast-podcast of an episode in 2015 in which Dr. Mel Pohl joined the show to discuss the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for patients with Chronic Pain Problems. Dr Pohl is the Chief Medical …

Chronic Pain and PTSD with Shari Corbitt

July 8th, 2021


Dr. Shari Corbitt is the founder and director of Awakenings Treatment Center, and an expert in Eating Disorders, Chronic Pain, and Complex Trauma. 

In our discussion she shared information about the frustrations, …

Drug Overdose with Jamelia Hand

June 24th, 2021


This is a rerun episode from several years ago. I am re-releasing it due to the outbreak of Opioid and Fentanyl overdoses that is currently happening …

Medical Cannabis with Tim Pickett

June 21st, 2021


Tim Pickett is a Physician's Assistant (PA-C) in the State of Utah. He is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, a founding team member of and one of the hosts of the Utah in the Weeds …

How They Diagnose Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

June 17th, 2021


Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder is a diagnosis that was created to help treatment of children in order to differentiate between non-cycling …

Control Addiction with Steve Hauptman

June 12th, 2021


This is a rerun of a classic episode and partnership episode of the Broken Brain. Right before the release of the MonkeyTraps book and podcast, Steve Hauptman appeared on the Broken Brain to talk about the desire for …


June 9th, 2021


About 10 minutes of updates and stuff. I haven't talked about the goals of the program or who I even am for quite a while. A few minutes talking …

Major Depressive Disorder Diagnostic Breakdown

June 7th, 2021


New recurring feature for the podcast: Quintuple D! D's Deep Dive into Dope Diagnoses or DDDDD

Today we dive into Major Depressive Disorder, starting a series of deep dives into Depressive Disorders. Although there is …

Gambling Addiction

June 5th, 2021


This is a rerun episode of the Podcast from 2015, when I spoke to addiction specialists Rev-Kev Coughlin and Ron Siegel about addictive gambling. There is a fascinating dynamic behind non-substance addictions, also …

Grief & Loss depicted in Song of the Sea with Karly Beaumont

June 1st, 2021


The animated film Song of the Sea is super cool. That's good enough reason to talk about it, but it also effectively showcases the effects of …

History of Diagnosis, Inpatient Treatment, and more stuff

May 21st, 2021


The history of how we diagnose psychological issues is long, interesting, and several kinds of messed up. We begin to take that apart today. I was …

Reflections in Black Barber Shops with Antonio Johnson

May 7th, 2021


Photographer and author Antonio Johnson is on the podcast today to talk about his book, You Next: Reflections in Black Barber Shops, a beautiful …

Psychological Elements of the Falcon & the Winter Soldier with Sharon Blady

April 29th, 2021


Sharon Blady returns to the podcast! This time we are discussing Marvel's new TV series The Falcon & The Winter Soldier, and the heavy elements …

Secondhand Drinking with Lisa Frederiksen

April 20th, 2021


Rerun from 2019 (new episode also coming out Wednesday) 

Lisa Frederiksen is an author, speaker, and expert in the area of Secondhand Drinking, a …

Ritual and Healing with Colleen Thomas of the Shame Pinata Podcast

April 13th, 2021


Colleen Thomas is an expert in rituals and rites of passage. She even started a podcast about it called Shame Piñata. She talks here about the …

Beth Gardner on Coping with a Loved One's Addiction

April 6th, 2021


When a loved one is caught up in addiction, they suffer. So do we. Terms like "enmeshment," "enabling," and "codependent," sometimes serve to shame and confuse more than to help. 

Beth Gardner is an expert in helping …

Movie depictions of Disability with Kristen Lopez

March 30th, 2021


Kristen Lopez is a Film and TV critic, writer, and creator and host of the Ticklish Business Podcast. She joins me on the Broken Brain to discuss the …

Comedy and Mental Health with Hannah Boone & Reed Anderson of the Disordered Podcast

March 23rd, 2021


Hannah Boone & Reed Anderson are comedians and podcasters who work in the medium of mental health related humor, among other funny things they talk about. They join me today to discuss the balance of being funny and …

Sharon Blady on Trauma Survival & Captain Marvel

March 16th, 2021


Sharon Blady is the creator of Embrace Your Superpowers & Bulletproof to Stigma, and a passionate advocate for mental health and Trauma Recovery. …

Abi Perez, mental health advocate and podcaster

March 8th, 2021


Abi Perez is a mental health advocate, mediator, and the creator and host of the Friends of Friends AmigosDAmigos Podcast. She joins today to talk about her experiences with mental health within the Mexican-American …

Love of Music with Bernard Ennis

February 23rd, 2021


This week's episode is an opportunity I had to interview with Bernard Ennis, the host & creator of the Your New Favourite Song Podcast, and of the band The Ennrons. Originally this was a live broadcast on the Let's …

Brian Bachand and Taking Inspired Action

February 8th, 2021


2021 looks good when Brian Bachand is a returning guest!

Founder of Evolution Evolution, Brian returns to teach us about creating plans, navigating …

The Snowy Day with Chris Revill of the Let's Chat Podcast

December 21st, 2020


Chris Revill of The Let's Chat Podcast joins the show once again to discuss the Holiday special The Snowy Day, based on the book by Ezra Jack Keats. …

Britt Nicole from You Me and PTSD

December 11th, 2020


Britt Nicole is the host and creator of the You Me and PTSD Podcast. Britt is a certified Life and Resilience Coach specializing in working with …

Life Transitions with Brian Buchard

November 20th, 2020


Brian Bachand is the Founder and CEO of Evolution Evolution, a Global Coaching company focused on professional and personal changes.

Brian is no …

Waismann Method® Opioid Treatment

October 27th, 2020


Clare Waismann is the Founder and Director of Waismann Method® Opioid Treatment Specialists. She joins me today with David Livingston, her Clinical Director.

Clare and David also host the Waismann Method® Podcast

Clare …

Vega Scifi Podcast Trailer

September 9th, 2020


Ivuoma Okoro is a masterful storyteller who created the Vega podcast, a super exciting sci-fi audio experience. The show recently returned with the …

More COVID19 Chat with Josh Wood

September 2nd, 2020


Josh Wood returns once again so we can talk about where we are in the UK and the USA in coping with the worldwide COVID pandemic. HEADS UP, we do get …

Dr. Delice Coffey, Sports Psychologist

August 18th, 2020


Dr. Delice Coffey is the first Sports Psychologist to appear on the program, and boy did we luck out to have her! An accomplished clinical therapist, …

Darryl Mansel and the Poprika Network

July 31st, 2020


Darryl Mansel has created a positive and amazing culture in the Poprika Podcast and FaceBook Group, talking all things pop culture, comics, books, …

Deshanta Hairston Made Her Dream a Reality

July 24th, 2020


Deshanta Hairston graduated with her degree in Professional Writing before before noticing an alarming lack of an independent bookstore in her community. She remedied this by opening Books and Crannies. Recently she …

History of Color Podcast

July 10th, 2020


This episode is a sample episode of the History of Color Podcast, another show on the Core Temp Arts podcast network. Allegra Alvarado, host and …

Ian Levy & Hip Hop in Therapy

July 2nd, 2020


Ian Levy is a Professor of Counseling for Manhattan College. When Ian was working as a School Counselor in the South Bronx (New York City public …

Meet Karly and Core Temp Arts

June 5th, 2020


Karly Beaumont is the owner and creator of the Core Temp Arts network of podcasts. She joins me to day to tell her story of the work that she does recording, producing, and managing a team of podcasts. Karly has a …

Be a Superhero with Sharon Blady

May 14th, 2020


Sharon Blady is a Superhero, and so are You!

Sharon is the former Minister of Health for the province of Manitoba and is a renowned speaker and trainer. She has a remarkable story of her own experiences with mental …

Psychological Effects of the COVID19 Crisis with Josh Wood

April 26th, 2020


Josh Wood, Business Manager for Improving Lives, returns to the show to talk about social distancing and managing healthcare needs during the …

Neurodiverse Children with Robert Melillo

April 13th, 2020


Robert Melillo is an expert in childhood neurological disorders. He is the founder and director of the Brain Balance Centers. He joined me to discuss …

Improving Lives with Josh Wood

February 27th, 2020


Josh Wood is the business manager for Improving Lives, a medical and mental health support service for patients in Nottinghamshire. Josh helps me …

Zack Butterfield Neurofeedback Training

October 25th, 2019


This is a Continuing Education Credit (CEU) training for the Aspire Network of Counselors. Feel free to listen in as well. 

Zach Butterfield is a Licensed Counselor and certified in the use of Neurofeedback for …

Ketamine Treatment with Dr Mandel

October 18th, 2019


Ketamine Infusion Treatment is an exciting new therapy for the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, and other psychological conditions. Dr. …

Electro Convulsive Therapy ECT

October 10th, 2017


Electro Convulsive Therapy or ECT is an important last resort in the treatment of treatment resistant depression. Mike and Dwight had the chance to …

Physical Restraints in Inpatient & Residential Treatment

October 3rd, 2017


Lee Messersmith and I discuss the dynamics of restraint in clinical settings, a weird element of intensive psychiatric care. Rerun from a few years ago. 

Confident Children & Conflict

August 22nd, 2017


Rerun of my episode about the African social service organization "Confident Children Out of Conflict," an important organization helping children. I interview Caitlin Cockroft, their publicity and social media …

Self Care by Janet Mitchell

July 16th, 2017


A Rerun of one of our most popular training episodes:

Another wonderful training at Aspire for Continuing Education Units (CEU) to help all of us …

Trauma Treatment & Recovery with Candice Christiansen

July 13th, 2017


A Broken Brain Classic Rerun! Our Good Buddy Candice Christiansen (owner and Clinical Director of Namaste Center for Healing) joins us to talk trauma, addiction, recovery, and healing. We discuss EDMR, Cognitive …

Infant Psychology

July 3rd, 2017


Psychological studies show that infants have a much deeper and more rich mental life than we have previously believed. As a new father (for the third …

Steve McDonald Mindful Coloring

June 29th, 2017


Illustrator Steve McDonald is the creator of the coloring books Fantastic Cities and Fantastic Structures. These books are designed particularly …

Trauma Narratives

June 26th, 2017


My interview from a couple years back with Dr. Ron Llewellyn, psychologist and trauma recovery expert. A good friend, college professor, expert …

Walk & Talk Therapy with Clay Cockrell

June 24th, 2017


Clay Cockrell is the founder of, and a psychotherapist in practice in New York City. Clay often takes his clients walking in Central …

Trauma & Resilience with Rebecca Dempster

June 21st, 2017


My interview with Dr. Rebecca Dempster, psychologist and trauma expert. Through her services at Resilio (click HERE to view her site) she …

The Luminosity Scandal with Chris Revill

June 17th, 2017


Rerun of my interview with Chris about the scandal Luminosity got itself into a couple years back by making outlandish claims about brain health. 

Be sure to tune in for new Broken Brain episodes next month!

Confidence & chasing your dreams

June 14th, 2017


A rerun of my interview with Actress and (credited extra in Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens) Ana Maria Leonte. 

Stay tuned for brand new episodes of The Broken Brain Podcast next month!

Buck the Trucker's Therapist

June 10th, 2017


A rerun of my interview with Buck Black, the therapist who specializes in therapy for Truckers. 

New Episodes of the Broken Brain are coming soon, along with some special projects. Thanks for listening to these classic …

Non's Story

May 19th, 2017


ALERT: This EPISODE had an AUDIO GLITCH, which should now be REPAIRED! SORRY if oyu tried to hear it ealrier and it did not work. 

Non Wels, friend …

Why We Love Conspiracies

May 10th, 2017


Dr. Daniel Jolley joins me to discuss his groundbreaking research in the area of Conspiracy Theories. Dr. Jolley is a Psychologist, faculty at

Psychology of Ritual

April 30th, 2017


Nick Hobson is a Psychologist who studies Ritual. This is an often misunderstood and difficult to measure psychological trait in human beings to …

Relationship Repair and The One I Love

April 26th, 2017


Karly Beaumont, head of the Core Temp Arts Network of podcasts, podcaster, and pop culture expert, joins me to discuss the dynamics of relationship …

Does the Nintendo Switch Matter?

April 4th, 2017


Andrew, from AB Film Review and the Last New Wave Podcasts, joins me to talk about the social and psychological implications of the introduction of …

Racism & Privelege Part 2

March 25th, 2017


Part 2 of my discussion with Mariano & Allegra is here! Avid podcasters and pop culture commentators, they share with me their experience and …

Movie Depictions of Mental Health

March 7th, 2017


Dave Hart, host of the Pop Culture Case Study Podcast, returns to The Broken Brain to help me talk about the way that mental health diagnosis …

Loved Ones & PTSD

February 22nd, 2017


Kathleen returns to help me talk about how to support your loved ones with traumatic experiences. We discuss the  are the important Do's and Dont's of working with family and friends with a history of trauma, abuse, or …

Kevin Byrd: DBT Therapist

February 7th, 2017


Kevin Byrd is a specialist in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. He runs a DBT program in Carmel, Indiana. He joined me to talk about his background in …

Rams & Family Estrangement

February 1st, 2017


Mike returns to talk more about relationships, particularly those colored by estrangement and difficult problems. To do this, we use the Icelandic …

Racism & Privilege Part 1

January 14th, 2017


Mariano & Allegra, fellow Core Temp Podcasters on the CTA network, join me to discuss the dynamics of racism and privilege in the United States. 

This is part one of a two-part discussion, and a goal of the show to …

Non Anxiety

January 3rd, 2017


Non rejoins me to discuss Anxiety, something we both deal with, and a key part to mental health. 

A confirmed Joymonger, Non is the cohost of the Joy Sandwich Podcast, and writes does other stuff at subjectplusverb DOT …

Rerun of A Sober Holiday

December 27th, 2016


This is a rerun episode from last year's holiday season. Super special guest Shira Goldberg, host of The Addiction Show on YouTube came on to discuss …

Revill in Christmas Specials

December 23rd, 2016


Chris Revill is a swell person, and swell people love Christmas Specials. Sometimes cheesy, often silly, these wonderful moments of holiday …

Holidays and Family Relationships

December 17th, 2016


Lee and Dwight are responding to a listener request this week! We are discussing the holidays and the tricky dynamics that come up with family. We …

Grief, Loss & "Return To Me"

December 12th, 2016


Returning champion guest Michael Denniston from the War Machine vs War Horse Podcast returns to help me analyze the 2000 film Return to Me, and discuss what it demonstrates about coping with grief and change in life. …

Ecosexuality with Jennifer Reed

November 28th, 2016


Ecosexuality? What's that? 

Ecosexuality is the study of sexuality and ecology, of course. A fascinating type of synergy, pioonered by researchers, …

Polyvagal Theory of Trauma

November 19th, 2016


Polyvagal Trauma Theory, pioneered by Stephen Porges, is a powerful approach to trauma recovery that takes into account ways that the body stores …

Election Day & Relationships with Kelsey Nimbly

November 9th, 2016


YouTube Phenom Kelsey Nimbly rejoins the show to help me discuss some of the psychology behind why we done be hatin' on each other all election long. …

Gender Roles, Individuality, and Acceptance with Craig Pomranz

October 19th, 2016


Craig Pomranz has been an entertainer since he was 12. He recently wrote the children's book "Made by Raffi," in which he tells the story of his Godson's experience learning to knit. The reactions, support, and …

Happy International Podcast Day

September 30th, 2016


Happy International Podcast Day Braniacs! A little bit from Dwight today about this wonderful new holiday, and the chance it gives us to take stock …

Neurological Techniques for Abuse Recovery

September 21st, 2016


Rachel Grant joins me today to discuss her program for recovery from sexual abuse. A survivor and thriver of her own abuse experience, Rachel has trained and worked to become a highly educated and qualified recovery …

Accountability in Addiction Recovery

September 16th, 2016


Namaste and Aloha, Candice is back! Candice Christiansen from Namaste Center for Healing returns to the Broken Brain to discuss Accountability, and …

Relationship Dynamics in "Crazy Stupid Love"

September 8th, 2016


Anyone who knows Michael Denniston knows he is a born romantic, helpless in the face of any emotionally laden romantic fiction...well maybe...

Whether or not that is true, he did get Married last week! Congrats to Mike …

Trust and Trusting with Kelsey Nimbly

August 31st, 2016


Kelsey Nimbly joins me to discuss Trust, the dynamics of how it is earned, what it represents, and how to get it back once it is lost. 

Kelsey is an

Psychological Weight Management

August 18th, 2016


You know what's hard? Managing your weight, fitness, and physical health is hard. Whether you need to loose weight, get yourself to eat healthier, or …

Mini Episode about Episodes

August 16th, 2016


First of all...I'm not dead, I am very much still alive and a-podcastin'.

This mini episode will explain the brief break in the program (the last 2 weeks) and let you know what to expect in the upcoming episodes of The …

Family Dynamics as shown in the film "Little Miss Sunshine"

June 28th, 2016


Mike Denniston returns to the show (from the podcast War Machine vs War Horse) to watch and review a classic tale of family dysfunction, the funny …

Truckers Against Trafficking with Laura Murthum

June 22nd, 2016


What did you do this weekend? Laura Murthum fought against human trafficking...Yeah, I know. I cleaned out my garage.

Laura works for the nonprofit group Trucker's Against Traficking (TAT) an organization dedicated to …

Psychology of Masculinity & review of "The Mask You Live In"

June 17th, 2016


Happy Father's Day from the Broken Brain! 

Dave Hart from Pop Culture Case Study returns to talk with me about being a dude. We discuss the complex …

Social Support for Sobriety

June 1st, 2016


Dave from Pop Culture Case Study rejoins the show to talk addiction recovery, a specialty of his. 

We tackle the difficult but vital issue of …

Imposter Phenomenon & Self-Doubt

May 29th, 2016


My friend Jeri joins the podcast to discuss Imposter Phenomenon, and the genesis of that term within psychotherapy. Imposter Phenomenon has been …

Ask A Therapist 6: Family Communication & Not Freaking Out

May 9th, 2016


Raney Mills Keiley rejoins us after her long sabbatical to field your questions. Mike and I assist by making dumb jokes as she answers your questions …

Effects of Fear shown in the movie "Signs"

April 27th, 2016


Michael Denniston (of the War Machine vs War Horse Podcast) has joined us before and will join us again, but never before has he joined us to discuss M Night Shyamalan and how everyone pretends they didn't love all his …

Ask A Therapist 5: Relationships, Interventions, Sex Drives, & Lee's Oilcan Guitar

April 19th, 2016


Mike Fitch & Lee Messersmith, the OG Broken Brain Gang join for an ask a therapist segment, with newcomer and therapist intern Chris Tittle!

We …

Trauma Therapy with Guy Macpherson

April 12th, 2016


Guy Macpherson is the founder of the Trauma Therapist Project a fellow podcaster, and an expert on early childhood mental illness, trauma, and somatic sensory psychotherapy. He joins me today to discuss pointers for …

Myths About Addiction & Article by Jenev Caddell, PsyD

April 6th, 2016


It's our addiction look, at the top of this wonderful month of April. What better way to start it than by reading an article by author, psychologist, …

Online Therapy with Clay Cockrell

March 28th, 2016


Clay Cockrell of the Online Counseling Podcast and Walk and Talk Therapy return to our show to discuss his new search database for online therapists. In creating this new service and hosting his own podcast Clay has …

Self-Confidence: Clinical Considerations

March 17th, 2016


We have been focusedon self confidence a LOT lately on the Broken Brain, and I found this recording of Mike Fitch and I discussing the clinical …

Sex Offender Treatment with Candice Christiansen

March 13th, 2016


Talking to Candice at Namaste Center for Healing, we were planning to do some nonsense throw away discussion about another topic, but we landed on talking about treatment for individuals with sexual offenses, …

Happy International Women's Day!

March 8th, 2016


Happy International Women's Day! Check out Google's video about living our dreams and empowering women all over the world. Listeners to the Broken Brain will be familiar with my ideal for equal rights for all people and …

Female Boxers Shut Down Men's Rights D-Bags

February 18th, 2016


I give my take on a news story from last week all about a certain MRA website's jackass founder proposing pro-rape rallies across the world, and a certain Savoy Howe of the Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club using her …

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

February 14th, 2016


Narcissism is a chronic and damaging form of self obsession. Ranked as one of the Personality or Trait Disorders by the DSM 5, NPD or Narcissistic Personality Disorder is an ongoing unhealthy survival strategies for …

Confidence vs Self-Doubt in Avengers: Age of Ultron

February 8th, 2016


In the film Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, the characters are mostly superheroes who have magical, technological, or otherwise comic book enhanced …

Ask a Therapist 4: Questions about PTSD, Mental Health Stigma, & Favorite Clients

February 2nd, 2016


Answering listener questions with Lee Messersmith. We tackle your questions about PTSD, why some are more prone to it than others, how to handle people who think that Mental Health Diagnosis are fake, and (GULP) whether …

LGBTQ and Religion Individual & Family Therapy

January 20th, 2016


Blaine Hickman, LCSW, trains the Aspire group on individual and family therapy with LGBTQ individuals who struggle with either personal, family, or societal pressure related to issues of religious belief. Blaine is a …

Modern Addiction Research with David Hart

January 12th, 2016


David Hart, PhD candidate, researcher, and podcaster joins us to talk about modern trends in addiction research. David is a teacher, psychology …

Protective Orders by Charles Ahlstrom

December 17th, 2015


One of our Group Practice CEU (Continuing Education Unit) trainings, this ones by a real life Legal-Slinging Lawyer! Charles Ahlstrom is a Family and …

Genetic Counseling

December 7th, 2015


Jenna Miller is a Genetic Counselor. "What the hell is that?" you may ask. turns out not only is that a good question, but one that leads to a fascinating conversation! Jenna came to my attention through an article she …

How to Stay Sober during Holidays

December 1st, 2015


Shira Goldberg, host of The Addiction Show, an awesome Youtube sensation, dropped by my Google HangOut line to record a podcast and a YouTube show …

Thanksgiving & Gratitude

November 25th, 2015


It's an all-cast call for the Broken Brain, as former and frequent guests share what makes them grateful this year, around the US Thanksgiving …

Halloween & Fear

October 28th, 2015


Panel of therapists watching A Nightmare on Elm St and talking about the nature of fear, what is scary, why do we like it...etc! This episode is also the debut of Ivan Rameriz, our sound engineer, as a guest. 

DBT: the DEAR-MAN Skill for effective interpersonal communication

October 8th, 2015


Online workshop simelcast to the iTunes and the YouTube feed. Review of the DBT skill in interpersonal effectiveness known as DEAR's an acronym people!

Bonding with your Children and Parenting

July 30th, 2015


Mike Fitch presents the monthly CEU credit for Aspire, a group of therapy professionals. He talks about obstacles and strategies for bonding effectively with children. Mike has over 15 years of clinical practice, and is …

Build upon Strengths to improve your life

July 29th, 2015


We meet as a Broken Brain Gang to discuss Strengths Based therapy, where the clinician helps the individual to use their strengths to compensate for weaker areas, presenting problems, and mental illness. 

Resistance to Healing or Treatment

July 17th, 2015


A CEU training for the Aspire Group, by your very own host and psychotherapist Dwight Hurst! I discuss possible causes and context for resistance to treatment, how clinicians can help or hurt with that process, and ways …

Technology in Counseling by Karson Kinikini

May 14th, 2015


An Aspire CEU Training on the use of technology in counseling. Presented by Karson Kinikini, Licensed Professional Counselor. Karson is one of the …

Protect yourself from Revenge Porn

February 24th, 2015


Revenge Porn is a real thing, it is the use of sensitive materials to blackmail, bully, humiliate, or otherwise continue a pattern of abuse. Arianna …

Ask a Therapist 1

February 12th, 2015


Our new segment: Ask a Therapist. Get a therapist opinion. We discuss psychotropic medication, depression reactions, and the dynamic of therapy. 

Intake Reasons from the 1800s

January 7th, 2015


Lee, Raney Mills and Dwight riff about a list of admission reasons fro inpatient psychiatric (read: ASYLUM) style treatment from the 1860s, and revel in the horribleness of it all. 

Delusions with Dr. Joel Gold

December 17th, 2014


Rerun of my interview with Dr. Joel Gold, psychiatrist and author of "Suspicious Minds," a powerful and engaging look at Delusion and its role in …

Mental Health Recovery with Craig Lewis

October 27th, 2014


Craig Lewis is the author of Better Days Recovery and Punks in Recovery. He joins us to discuss his background, philosophy of treatment, and the elements of healthy recovery from mental health problems. Craig is an …

Get Confident, Stupid!

October 2nd, 2014


What is self-esteem, how to have it, and what to do to increase your confidence is our topic today. Raney Mills Keiley and Mike Fitch join, and oh yeah, I think Lee is here too. 

Eating Disorders with Elizabeth Carmen

September 17th, 2014


Elizabeth Carmen, Clinical Social Worker and expert in treatment of Eating Disorders, was kind enough to join me to talk about this dangerous and …

Is this Child Defiant?

September 1st, 2014


We discuss clever parenting tricks, techniques, and philosophies useful with control motivated or defiant children. With Dwight, Mike Fitch, Lee …

Don't Be a Tool of Social Media

August 25th, 2014


Mike, Raney Mills, and Dwight discuss how to be healthy with Social Media.

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