Every Tuesday at 11 a.m. PST, 2 p.m. EST, Dr. Michael McGee hosts the podcast “How to Love”, which explores and offers practical advice for feeling lovable, loving, and being loved. Dr. McGee and his guests discuss personal stories of realizing love—the challenges and the successes. Below are short profiles of each person he talks to.
Allen Berger, PhD
Dr. Berger is a talented psychotherapist and considered by most the leading authority on emotional sobriety. His pioneering efforts in understanding emotional sobriety has helped us understand the critical role emotional sobriety plays in optimal recovery.
Dr Berger is also a popular recovery author who has written extensively about the experience of recovery, the important topic of emotional sobriety, integrating modern psychotherapy and the 12 Steps, the psychological forces operating in the 12 Steps, and the psychological forces that undermine recovery. His most recent book is scheduled to be released in June of 2021 and is destined to be a classic, 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety. He has also written the recovery mainstay 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery, 12 Smart Things to do when the Booze and Drugs are Gone, 12 Hidden Rewards of Making Amends and 12 More Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery.
Robert Weiss PhD, LCSW is Chief Clinical Officer of Seeking Integrity LLC, working with sex, porn, and substance/sex addicted men. He is an expert in the treatment of adult intimacy disorders and related addictions. A clinical sexologist and practicing psychotherapist, he has created intimacy focused clinical treatment programs in the US, overseas, and for the US Military. He serves as a subject matter expert for major media outlets including CNN, NPR, The New York Times, and Newsweek, among others. He is the author of 10 books, including Prodependence, Sex Addiction 101, and Out of the Doghouse. His Psychology Today blog, Love and Sex in the Digital Age, has over 18 million readers to date, and his podcast, Sex, Love, & Addiction, has more than 550,000 downloads since its inception in 2019.
Rick Hanson, PhD is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author. His books have been published in 29 languages and include Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture – with 900,000 copies in English alone. His free weekly newsletter has 185,000 subscribers and his online programs have scholarships available for those with financial need. He’s lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. An expert on positive neuroplasticity, his work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, NPR, and other major media. He began meditating in 1974 and is the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. He loves wilderness and taking a break from emails.
Emily Slingluff writes and speaks about the huge importance of parenting. As she says, how the parent treats the child from the beginning matters to the child forever. Answering the cry from the crib is important! If the parent continues to kindly answer all questions from the baby, toddler, and teenager, the parent will likely have a child who feels worthy, loved, and happy with life. And happy people usually want to be kind and helpful to others! She explains that a dictator parent, teaching the child with commands and punishment, will probably have an insecure child because the child was not allowed to help with decisions. Emily has been speaking and writing about parenting for many years. Her book, A Present to the Newborn, is a special teaching tool for all parents. In her book, Parenting Without Punishment, she writes just three chapters, explaining parenting in three points: Realize the importance, set a goal, and reach the goal.
Healing Painful Relationships
Bill's work has been called the 'penicillin of psychology'. He's been featured on OPRAH and recommended by the Wall Street Journal. As a former divorce attorney, 15% of Bill's clients never divorced and the ones that did, were able to part as friends. He is a multi-book author - his latest is Get Your Power Back and his book, How to Heal a Painful Relationship, became a national best seller. The Texas Counseling Association thinks so highly of Bill Fergurson, that they asked him to deliver the keynote address at their annual convention. Bill has taught his approach to over 2,300 counselors and therapists.
Dr. Karen Gail Lewis
Sibling Relationships - Rifts & Repair
Dr. Karen Gail Lewis, has worked for over 4 decades as a family and sibling therapist, incorporating a variety of ways to help individuals, couples and families. She holds a masters degree in social work and a doctorate in consulting psychology. She has published hundreds of articles and more than 8 books and has garnered quite a bit of media attention and accolades as a national and international speaker.
Phil DeLuca, LCSW
Less Talk, More Love
Phil DeLuca points out the pitfalls of emotional communication when we are overwhelmed and our frontal lobes are not working. He explains how to handle these periods of emotional hijack that can derail a relationship.
John Vespasian is the author of eleven books about rational living, including When everything fails, try this (2009), Rationality is the way to happiness (2009), The philosophy of builders (2010), The 10 principles of rational living (2012), Rational living, rational working (2013), Consistency: The key to permanent stress relief (2014), On becoming unbreakable (2015), Thriving in difficult times (2016), Sequentiality: The amazing power of finding the right sequence of steps (2017), Undisrupted: How highly-effective people deal with disruptions (2019), and Asymmetry: The shortcut to success when success seems impossible (2020).
Vespasian has lived in Germany, Italy, France, Spain and The Netherlands. His books combine his passion for history, investing, and personal development, reflecting his philosophy of rational living, productiveness, and respect for the individual. "The purpose of my work is to draw practical lessons from history," he explains. "If you want to make good decisions, you have to look at the big picture, and learn from the wisdom accumulated in centuries of human experience."
"Knowledge is the only valid response to stress, the only formula that can make you more effective," Vespasian argues. "My books contain the wisdom I have accumulated in decades of research. It's all about learning from other people's successes and mistakes, and figuring out how to apply those principles to your own life. In every book, I go through biographies and historical events with the goal of extracting from them lessons we can use right now."
Empathy Conquers Stress
Meritxell is a professional writer, entrepreneur, life coach, speaker and communicator. Graduated in Hospitality Management, Post-graduated in Marketing, Health Coach by Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC, IAC and ACC Coach by ICF. Published author of El Arte de la Empatía. Aprende del poder de tu sensibilidad Editorial Amat 2019 (The Art of Empathy). Meritxell Garcia is an empath and highly sensitive people expert that coaches companies, individuals and groups to envision and reach their full life potential. Her strength is in working to create the practical habits and patterns we can use every day that create the life and the environment we so desperately need.
Dr. Ed Daube
Moving Past Abuse
I am retired after 32 years working with incarcerated young women the vast majority of which had histories of multiple abuse. They also were not highly educated. In order to communicate with my clients, I had to develop both a metaphor for understanding feelings and an easy to understand method of moving past their disdain and hatred of their abusers. The metaphor I developed was mastering emotions as tools and the "method" was forgiveness which focuses on the young woman as the "forgiver" and not the abuser as the "forgiven". Ed Daube, Ph.D., The Emotions Doctor, is the author of two books both of which are Amazon Best Sellers: Emotions as Tools: a Self Help Guide to Controlling Your Life not Your Feelings and Beyond Anger Management: Master Your Anger as a Strategic Tool.
Living Full Out
Nancy Solari is an inspiring example of living the life you want with a positive mindset, regardless of the challenges you face. She is the founder of Living Full Out, a motivational company created to assist people in realizing their dreams. Her unique life experiences and education give Nancy the ability to empathize and guide people. As a Life Coach, she assists clients in building motivation, resources, and strategies to reach their desired goals. In addition to writing and personal coaching, Nancy is an accomplished speaker, reaching diverse audiences throughout the United States. She also hosts the national radio show, Living Full Out with Nancy Solari, which features inspiring guests and attracts callers seeking tangible, on-the-spot advice and motivation. Living Full Out provides inspirational content via multiple platforms: published articles, social media, a YouTube channel, and online courses for business and personal growth.
Dr. Rita Louise
Toxic Relationships for Empaths & Narcissists
A survivor of childhood abuse, Dr. Rita Louise has emerged as a gifted empath and talented clairvoyant medical intuitive. She is a Naturopathic physician and the founder of the Institute Of Applied Energetics that trains students in the art of medical intuition, intuitive counseling, and energy medicine and former host of Just Energy Radio. She has authored six books and produced several feature-length and short films. Dr. Louise has appeared on radio, television and in movies and has lectured on health and healing, ghosts, intuition, ancient mysteries and the paranormal. Her books and articles have worldwide circulation. Dr. Rita Louise’s new book The Dysfunctional Dance Of The Empath And Narcissist takes an in-depth look at the dynamics between the loving, compassionate, and often selfless empaths and those willing to take from them, the self-serving narcissists, and endeavors to uncover the unconscious patterns that keep them trapped in cycles of abusive, toxic relationships.
Alexandra Katehakis, Ph.D., L.M.F.T
Healing Sex Addiction
Alexandra Katehakis, Ph.D., L.M.F.T. is Founder and Clinical Director of the Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles, faculty for the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals, the recipient of the 2018 IITAP Leadership, and 2012 Carnes Award. She is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist/Supervisor and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist/Supervisor. Dr. Katehakis’s most recent books includeSexual Reflections: A Workbook for Designing and Celebrating Your Sexual Health Plan(2018) andSex Addiction As Affect Dysregulation: A Neurobiologically Informed Holistic Treatment(2016).
Secret Porn Addiction & Recovery
Joshua Shea is a recovering pornography addict and the author of The Addiction Nobody Will Talk About: How I Let My Pornography Addiction Hurt People and Destroy Relationships (2018), He’s a Porn Addict…Now What? (2019) and an upcoming book Porn and the Pandemic (July 2020) looking at the spike in online pornography use during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. Shea has appeared on over 100 podcasts, television and radio shows using his personal story to promote the ideas that porn addiction spans all demographics and those with a problem should seek help before it’s too late, as it became in his case.
Prior to admitting his addiction, Joshua was a prominent magazine publisher, award-winning journalist, film festival founder and politician in central Maine. As his 20-year addiction was reaching a critical level in late 2013, Joshua made the error of engaging a teenage girl in an online chatroom, for which he was arrested and served six months in jail.
In 2017, Joshua launched RecoveringPornAddict.com. He has also contributed articles about recovery to TheFix.com and Recovery Today magazine and has developed and presented a porn addiction lecture for churches, libraries and other groups. Sober since early 2014, Joshua still lives in Central Maine with his wife and two children.
Living a Clear and Guided Life
In his first book, Clear Vessels, Steve shares the story of his life transformation and the methods it took to get him there. This spiritual, yet practical, book will help “seekers” to become finders, while rediscovering their true power. Steve grew up in South Dakota, a land that is as beautiful as it is demanding. Hard work and perseverance were the recipes for success for the generations who settled this land. While these traits seemingly served Steve well, there came a point where he was forced to question this belief system. There must be more to life than working hard for someone else’s definition of success. And where does God fit into all of this? Through an opening caused by life’s circumstances, Steve learned what a kind and compassionate Universe we live in. Joy, ease, and awareness are much more productive than “efforting” through life. Steve hopes that his book will help others navigate life in a more natural and abundant manner. Residing in Wisconsin, Steve enjoys nature, college football, music festivals, and motorcycle riding.
Jeffrey L Gurian
People often refer to Jeffrey Gurian as a “Renaissance Man”, because he’s involved in so many things. He’s a doctor, lecturer, and motivational speaker, but he’s also a comedy writer, performer, director, author, producer, and radio personality, and not always in that order.
He’s also an author with seven books, the last two in what he calls his “Happiness Series”, both best sellers on Amazon. The first is called Healing Your Heart, By Changing Your Mind – A Spiritual and Humorous Approach To Achieving Happiness and his latest book Fight The Fear-Overcoming Obstacles That Stand In Your Way, was a #1 Release in several categories including “Medicine & Psychology”, and “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.”
Grandparents raising Grandchildren
Beth Tyson, MA, is a psychotherapist, childhood grief and trauma expert, and a children's book author.
She earned several years of experience as a clinician working with children and families and as a teaching assistant in the graduate program for counseling psychology at Eastern University.
While practicing as a trauma therapist within the child welfare system, Beth earned her certificate in adoption from Rutgers University. Beth is a CASA volunteer and a Voices for Children Coalition partner, advocating for youth in the foster care system in Delaware County, PA.
Beth uses her expertise in childhood trauma to help families and organizations operate from a trauma-sensitive and healing-centered approach. She helps her clients understand the biological impact of trauma on the brain and autonomic nervous system.
Beth is a mental health educator for families and organizations. She uses trauma-responsive models to implement the skills necessary for the emotional well-being of children impacted by trauma and other adverse childhood experiences (ACES). She provides educational training to schools, workplaces, non-profit organizations, caregivers/families, among others.
In the last year, Beth was featured on InStyle.com, PsychReg.org, PsychCentral.com, The United Ways of CA, RVN TV, BYU Radio, and many other media outlets advocating for foster and kinship families impacted by trauma and loss.
Kathy Tuccaro went from Addict and Homeless, to driving the world’s biggest truck. She overcame a lifetime of trauma and abuse – went from losing her nursing career due to alcoholism and became homeless at the age of 42. One decision changed her life from standing beside “Toothless Joe” on the street, to operating the largest equipment in the world! Kathy authored the book Dream Big! and now travels the world working with women in shelters, youth in schools, juvenile centers, prisons, and communities who crave change.
Kathy talks about sexual abuse, consent, domestic violence, self-esteem, addiction, careers, speaking up and she gives hope to the hurting.
Healing from Betrayal
After a few major betrayals, Dr. Debi Silber wanted to understand how the mind works, why people do these things and how she could can heal. That search led her to a PhD program in Transpersonal Psychology (the psychology of transformation and human potential). While there, Dr. Debi Silber did a study on betrayal - what holds us back, what helps us heal and what happens to us physically/mentally/emotionally when the people closest to us lie, cheat and deceive. That study led to 3 groundbreaking discoveries which she speaks about in her latest TEDX talk, "Do You Have Post Betrayal Syndrome?”
Master Life's Work
David Taylor-Klaus is a speaker, author, and leadership coach on a mission to unearth and unleash the personal mastery of entrepreneurs and senior executives. Since 2008, DTK has empowered his tribe to take an active, intentional, and dynamic role in their development and create the kind of life rhythm that enables them to build profitable businesses, raise thriving families, and live wildly fulfilling lives.
His best-selling new book Mindset Mondays with DTK: 52 Ways to REWIRE Your Thinking and Transform Your Life is available on Amazon worldwide.
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