Category Archives: Podcast

IHR Podcast #12: Lifestyle and mental health

In this episode of the Integral Health Resources Podcast, I revisit an incredibly important and sadly under-appreciated article (written in 2011) by Dr. Roger Walsh called Lifestyle and Mental Health. The article outlines eight major lifestyle factors that are woefully … Continue reading

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IHR Podcast #11: Allen Frances on the anything-but-rational American mental health system

In this episode of the Integral Health Resources Podcast, I review an excellent article by Allen Frances in which he excoriates us all for turning a blind eye to those in our society who need mental health services the most. … Continue reading

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IHR Podcast #10: Diagnosing for Dollars

In this episode of the Integral Health Resources Podcast, I discuss the issues of upcoding, downcoding, and “diagnosing for dollars” — practices that mental health professionals too often engage in, for various reasons, when they are beholden to managed care … Continue reading

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IHR Podcast #9: Professional Identity in Counseling

In this episode of the Integral Health Resources Podcast, I discuss my personal struggle to embrace a professional identity as a “counselor,” given my unconventional views on certain mental health issues. Here are some other media resources that may be … Continue reading

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IHR Podcast #8: Doubling down on the brain-based model of mental illness

In this episode of the Integral Health Resources Podcast, I discuss an important paper by Noel Hunter and William Schultz called A Response to the Hyper-focus on Brain-based Research and “Disease”. Here are some other media resources that may be … Continue reading

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IHR Podcast #7: Knowing most about what matters least

In this episode of the Integral Health Resources Podcast, I discuss the limits of psychological science and the role creativity can play in living the good life. Topics include: An interesting discussion between Sam Harris and Paul Bloom on the … Continue reading

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IHR Podcast #6: Mindfulness in Schools

In this episode of the Integral Health Resources Podcast, I describe and explore the potential benefits, issues, and challenges involved in implementing mindfulness-based interventions with students in K-12 schools. Topics include: Clinical applications of mindfulness The use of mindfulness-based interventions … Continue reading

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IHR Podcast #5: Addiction and Connection

In this episode of the Integral Health Resources Podcast, I reflect on various views of addiction, specifically focusing on a recent article by Johann Hari, who has a new book out called Chasing the Scream:The First and Last Days of … Continue reading

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IHR Podcast #4: Evidence-Based Treatment

In this episode of the Integral Health Resources Podcast, I reflect on the notion of “evidenced-based” treatments and practice. Topics include: Evidence-based treatment of mental health problems The process of conducting research (especially in the field of mental health counseling) … Continue reading

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IHR Podcast #3: Anxiety and Elephants

In this episode of the Integral Health Resources Podcast, I rant about Paxil, bulging discs, and having one’s head lodged in an elephant’s bum. Topics include: The “chemical imbalance” model of psychopathology The biopsychosocial or “integral” approach to health Tigers … Continue reading

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