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    October 12, 2017 @ 8:52 am

    On Improving Medical and Mental Healthcare for Asian Americans - Ep. 29

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    A Metaphor for life for Asian Americans: "It's all about context and fitting in. If you're in the picture at all, you're working with other people trying to grow in unison against the elements...You need to be sensitive to the context, and the context determines who you are." - Dr. Gordon C. Nagayama Hall.

    Dr. Gordon Hall is a Professor of Psychology and the Associate Director of Research in the Center on Diversity and Community at the University of Oregon. Dr. Hall joins the Rally for Episode 29 to discuss significant research findings and trends that impact the Asian American community, including:

    - How the Model Minority Myth impacts physicians' health stereotypes and Cancer screenings rates
    - Reasons why Asian Americans utilize mental health services at lower rates than other ethnic groups
    - How a "Cultural match" between therapists and clients can be beneficial
    - The adaptation of Mindfulness from Eastern to Western health contexts
    - Direct versus Indirect styles of coping and communicating
    - The value of Eastern and Asian American ideas from a minority perspective

    Mentioned in Episode 29:

    Ibaraki, A.Y., Hall, G.C.N., & Sabin, J.A. (2014). Asian American cancer disparities: The potential effects of model minority health stereotypes. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 5, 75-81.

    Ibaraki, A.Y., &; Hall, G.C.N. (2014). The components of cultural match in psychotherapy.Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 33, 936-953.

    Multicultural Psychology by Dr. Gordon C. Nagayama Hall

    Dr. Hall's blog: Life in the Intersection: A Multicultural Psychology Approach

    "Do Cultural Differences Change what Depression feels like?" by Shayla Love

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    September 12, 2017 @ 3:47 am

    The Shame and Addiction Cycle: Learning to Love in a Non-Sexual Way - Ep. 28

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    [CONTENT ADVISORY NOTE: This podcast episode discusses Sex Addiction, Pornography, and Infidelity]

    Sam Louie, a Marriage and Family Therapist in Seattle, joins Psych Rally for Episode 28 to discuss his personal journey with addiction to sex and pornography. Sam's life is a story of struggling with a double dose of inner shame, colored by both his Chinese American and Christian upbringing. His path to recovery and healing ultimately is a success story for group and individual therapy, as well as a testimony to authentic intimacy with oneself and others.

    If you are concerned that your own habits with sex or pornography have become problematic, there are some valuable messages for you. If your spouse or partner is struggling with sex addiction, you'll definitely want to listen in as well.

    Clinical Psychologist Dr. Martin Hsia practices with the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Southern California in Glendale, CA. His specialties include helping people with Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Problem Gambling.

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    August 7, 2017 @ 2:58 pm

    Repaving the Royal Road: Dreaming in the Twenty-First Century - Ep. 27

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    On Episode 27, Martin talks with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Larry Brooks about the theory and technique of working with dreams in Psychotherapy. Dr. Brooks discusses trends and evolving theories about dreams in psychoanalysis and neuroscience, as well as his expertise in Dream Tending and Social Dreaming as alternatives to Dream Interpretation in the Freudian tradition. What do we lose as a society, and as individuals, when we are less connected to the content of our slumbered-state mental journeys? Listen in as Larry and Martin stand on the shores of consciousness, share some reflections, and raise more questions.

    Mentioned in Episode 27:
    Essays by Dr. Larry Brooks on Dreams and Dream Tending
    Dream Tending by Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D.
    Nocturnes: On Listening to Dreams by Paul Lippmann
    The Dream and the Underworld by James Hillman

    Clinical Psychologist Dr. Martin Hsia practices with the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Southern California in Glendale, CA. His specialties include helping people with Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Problem Gambling.

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    April 28, 2017 @ 5:19 am

    Regaining Freedom from Trichotillomania - Ep. 26

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    Noelani Jai joins the Rally for Episode 26, detailing a decades-long struggle with Trichotillomania (Hair-Pulling Disorder). Beyond the difficulty of stopping this debilitating habit, Noelani discusses at length her personal journey of secrecy and shame on the way to being an outspoken voice for the BFRB (Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior) community. Resources related to Trichotillomania have advanced greatly over the past few decades, but misinformation and lack of awareness are still prevalent. Tune in to hear about some existing resources, including the long standing H.E.A.R.T. support group that Noelani organizes for youth and families.

    Mentioned in Episode 26:
    The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors
    Video: "Straight from the Heart: A message about living with Trichotillomania"
    Doogie Howser, MD
    The Hair Pulling "Habit" and You: How to Solve the Trichotillomania Puzzle by Ruth Goldfinger Golomb and Sherrie Mansfield Vavrichek
    A Parent Guide to Hair Pulling Disorder: Effective Parenting Strategies for Children with Trichotillomania by Suzanne Mouton-Odum and Ruth Goldfinger Golomb

    Clinical Psychologist Dr. Martin Hsia practices with the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Southern California in Glendale, CA. His specialties include helping people with Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Problem Gambling.

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    March 26, 2017 @ 3:29 am

    The Grandeur of Delusions, Part II - Ep. 25

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    Photo credit: Ko Zushi Photography

    In Part II (Episode 25), Rudy Caseres once again brings light into darkness, humorously describing the trauma of being involuntarily catheterized, recalling a depressed shopping spree after receiving his veterans benefits, and illuminating the complexity of debates about psychiatric medication and firearm regulations. What would you do if you received a check for $80,000? Find out what Rudy did. Mark Zuckerberg, you better be listening.

    Mentioned in Episode 25:
    "What Happened when I Posted about Anxiety and Depression on Facebook" by Rudy Caseres for The Mighty
    Rudy's theatrical portrayal of Bipolar for This Is My Brave
    Southern California Against Forced Treatment (SCAFT)
    Healthy Place: America's Mental Health Channel

    Rudy Caseres can be contacted via Facebook, Twitter @RudyCaseres, and Instagram.

    Clinical Psychologist Dr. Martin Hsia practices with the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Southern California in Glendale, CA. His specialties include helping people with Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Problem Gambling.

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    March 12, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

    The Grandeur of Delusions, Part I - Ep. 24

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    Humor remains a far better means of coping with distress than most others. In a more comedic exchange, mental health advocate Rudy Caseres joins Psych Rally for a two-episode conversation about his journey with Bipolar Disorder, social anxiety, involuntary treatment, and civil rights activism.

    In Part I (Episode 24) Rudy talks about his ill-fated time in the Army, a visit to an inpatient Psychiatric hospital, and then describes in detail a period of escalating mania that spiraled out into a dark depression. Despite discussing such difficult experiences, Rudy manages lightheartedly to talk about wanting to be Pope, fantasies of defying gravity, his favorite Power Ranger, and the existence of Heaven and Hell. Martin works in an impersonation of a bus driver.

    Mentioned in Episode 24:

    Wear Your Label [USE PROMO CODE "RUDY10" for a 10% discount]
    National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
    Southern California Against Forced Treatment (SCAFT)
    Active Minds
    Instinct

    Clinical Psychologist Dr. Martin Hsia practices with the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Southern California in Glendale, CA. His specialties include helping people with Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Problem Gambling.

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    February 17, 2017 @ 10:43 pm

    The Applications of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in Tense Political Times - Ep. 23


    On Episode 23, Martin discusses a dispute that occurred on the email listserve for the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Should psychotherapists concern themselves with loaded political issues? Can theories such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) go beyond influencing a client's internal world to empower societal engagement? Tune in for some Disney-inspired reflections and share your thoughts on the episode shownotes.

    Mentioned in Episode 23:
    "Occidental Tourist: Lost in (Mindful) Translation" by Gordon C. Nagayama Hall
    Constructing the Self, Constructing America: A Cultural History of Psychotherapy by Phillip Cushman
    "For the First time in Forever" from Disney's Frozen

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    Clinical Psychologist Dr. Martin Hsia practices with the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Southern California in Glendale, CA. His specialties include helping people with Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Problem Gambling.

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    January 27, 2017 @ 2:06 pm

    The Influence of Gender Expression and Race on Discrimination against Sexual Minorities - Ep. 22

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    On Episode 22, Dr. Steph Anderson, researcher and lecturer at the Graduate Center of CUNY, discusses her research on the intersection of sexual and ethnic minority experience from her dissertation entitled "(Dis)Entangling Gender Expression and Race in Antigay Discrimination: An Intersectional Approach".

    Far on the forefront of research in this area, Steph's work leads to a conversation about the Gender Inversion Stereotype, Attributional Ambiguity, and:
    - The overlap, as well as separation, between one's sexual orientation and one's gender.
    - The fluidity and racialization of gender norms.
    - The unique challenges of LGBTQ persons of color in interpreting their experiences of discrimination.
    - The many ways that privilege and oppression can be expressed or experienced.

    Tune in if you want some answers, but are open to leaving with even more questions.

    Dr. Steph Anderson can be contacted at Steph.M.Anderson@gmail.com.

    Mentioned in Episode 22:
    Website for Steph Anderson's Films and Research
    Steph Anderson's work on www.Academia.edu
    Queer Theory, Gender Theory by Riki Wilchins
    Film: Transgeneration
    Information and Resources about LGBTQ Mental Health from NAMI

    Clinical Psychologist Dr. Martin Hsia practices with the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Southern California in Glendale, CA. His specialties include helping people with Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Problem Gambling.

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    January 12, 2017 @ 9:28 am

    Key Dilemmas in Psychotherapy - Ep. 21

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    In Episode 21, Martin speaks with Alison Crosthwait, Registered Therapist in Toronto, Canada, author of the blog The Good Therapists, and creator of the online course, Therapy School. Together they discuss some major dilemmas that can impact mental health and the practice of psychotherapy, such as:

    What happens when real life experience differs from what we're told it "should" be?

    Why might positive affirmations and quotes actually be dangerous?

    Is it possible to develop an "addiction" to therapy?

    Is assigning "Homework" in therapy useful? Or harmful?

    How much or how little is helpful for you to know about your therapist?

    Listen in and get in on the discussion.

    Mentioned in Episode 21:
    I'm Working on it in Therapy: How to get the most out of Psychotherapy by Gary Trosclair
    Moments of Meaning

    Clinical Psychologist Dr. Martin Hsia practices with the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Southern California in Glendale, CA. His specialties include helping people with Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Problem Gambling.

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    December 22, 2016 @ 5:15 pm

    Psychotherapy has a Major Image Problem - Ep. 20

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    Dr. Ryan Howes is a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist practicing in Pasadena, CA. When the profession of Psychotherapy takes a few rounds to the gut in Episode 20, how will he and Martin respond? Tune in for some sober responses to harsh criticisms and concerns about therapy expressed by readers of Dr. Howes' blog for Psychology Today called "In Therapy."

    Martin and Dr. Howes address questions such as: Is seeing a therapist just "paid friendship"? How common is it to develop romantic feelings (a.k.a. "erotic transference") for your therapist? Does therapy ever end well?

    Dr. Howes discusses the need for therapists to better market and promote the profession, including his inspiration to found National Psychotherapy Day and start the Moments of Meaning psychotherapy storytelling campaign.

    Bonus: Dr. Howes and Martin pay tribute to the cinematic accomplishments of the wildly underappreciated actor, Emilio Estevez.

    Episode 20 is sponsored by Conscious Life Shop

    Mentioned in Episode 20:

    National Psychotherapy Day

    Moments of Meaning
    In Therapy: A User's Guide to Psychotherapy: Dr. Howes' blog for Psychology Today.
    The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne, Ph.D.
    Being and Loving by Althea J. Horner, Ph.D.
    The Breakfast Club

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    Clinical Psychologist Dr. Martin Hsia practices with the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Southern California in Glendale, CA. His specialties include helping people with Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Problem Gambling.

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