Host: Michelle Carcel, Psy.D. 

Dr. Michelle Carcel is a licensed psychologist in private practice in La Jolla, California. She graduated from California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, specializing in clinical psychology and psychotherapy. She has over 10 years’ experience working with clients of diverse backgrounds and a range of mental health concerns. Among her areas of expertise are depression and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, interpersonal/ relationship concerns, medical and health issues and she offers therapy in English and Spanish languages. In addition to being a psychotherapist and diagnostician, Dr. Carcel has presented at national and international conferences and to general audiences speaking on research and treatment in the field. Dr. Carcel is an integrative psychologist that practices utilizing the empirical research of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). She is a member of the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists and former board member of the San Diego Psychological Association. The most important elements to her treatment approach are the alliance and collaboration with her clients. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

Dr. Carcel has presented at national and international conferences since 2010. She has also been interviewed for local, national, and international media news including NBC, ABC, KUSI, CBS, CGTN among others as an expert in menta

August 1, 2021 - The Psychology of Men's Issues: Beyond Toxicity

Cover current state of research and practice in the psychology of men and masculinities.

Guest: Daniel Singley, Ph.D.

Dr. Singley is a San Diego-based board certified psychologist and Director of The Center for Men’s Excellence. His research and practice focus on men’s mental health with a particular emphasis on reproductive psychology and the transition to fatherhood. Dr. Singley won the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Practitioner of the Year Award from the Division on Men & Masculinities. He is Past President of the APA’s Section on Positive Psychology and currently serves on the Board of the APA’s Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities as well as Postpartum Support International. He conducts trainings and presentations around the country to assist individuals and organizations to enhance their level of father inclusiveness and founded the grant-funded Basic Training for New Dads, Inc nonprofit and Padre Cadre social networking application just for dads in order to give new fathers the tools they need to be highly engaged with their infants as well as their partners. In his free time, Dr. Singley likes to cook, surf, read, and drive his two sons to activities all over town so they can’t escape his annoying shrinky questions.

August 8, 2021  - Healing from Betrayal Trauma

This show will explore the different types of betrayal trauma as well as how to keep yourself safe. What is gas lighting and how to set appropriate boundaries.  As well as learning how to heal from deceit, infidelity, emotional abuse, narcissism and sex addiction inflicted by your partner. 

Guest: Alicia Tolerico, Psy.D.

Dr. Tolerico received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. She received her Master’s Degree and Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. Dr. Tolerico received clinical experience in diverse settings including multiple residential substance use treatment centers, a men’s correctional facility, inpatient psychiatric hospital and a local LGBT community center. Dr. Tolerico completed Post Doctoral residency at a residential substance use treatment center in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Tolerico is the Chair of the Early Career Psychologist Subcommittee of the Los Angeles Psychological Association and a member of the San Diego Psychological Association.

Dr. Tolerico is dedicated to providing an empowering environment for clients to thrive in all aspects of their lives. Dr. Tolerico has experience providing psychological services to men, women, and non-binary individuals suffering from mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, sexual violence, betrayal trauma, body image concerns and disordered eating, living with HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ+ issues, and substance use disorders. Her approach to treatment is collaborative, client-centered, and supportive. She desires to foster client’s inner strength to overcome life’s adversities. Dr. Tolerico is passionate about assisting clients on their healing journey towards achieving personal growth, connecting with others, and living a purposeful and intentional life.

August 15, 2021  - #MeToo Issues & Therapy: Helping Men Wake Up and Women Speak Up

The rise of the #MeToo movement has generated a seismic shift in how we view sexual harassment and other once overlooked issues in the relationships between men and women. This presentation will explore ways to distinguish and address transgressions that range from the truly violent to the subtly bullying to the simply gross and juvenile. The focus will be on helping men who offend or are confused, as well as offering strength-based strategies to help women confront sexual misconduct in personal, academic and professional settings. There will be a special emphasis on couples whose relationship and sexual dynamics have been impacted by #MeToo histories, with strategies for effective couples counseling that help each partner understand how #MeToo issues are undermining their relationship.

Based on Dr. Wexler’s new book (with co-author Dr. Holly Sweet) the presentation will help men realize the causes and consequences of their #MeToo behavior, as well as how to make “real” apologies for sexual misconduct they have engaged in. Men will learn to examine male entitlement. consider ways they may have unknowingly “crossed the line” with women, and intensify empathy for the confusion and paralysis that many survivors of sexual harassment experience.

Guest: David B. Wexler, Ph.D.

David B. Wexler, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Diego, specializing in the treatment of relationships in conflict. He is the Executive Director of the non-profit Relationship Training Institute, which provides education and treatment internationally for relationship development and the prevention and treatment of relationship violence.

Dr. Wexler is the author of seven books on men’s issues, including When Good Men Behave Badly, Men In Therapy, and the upcoming #MeToo-informed Therapy (with co-author Holly Sweet). Dr. Wexler has authored an internationally-recognized domestic violence treatment manual: the newly revised and updated The STOP Program—Fourth Edition, released by W.W. Norton in March 2020. He has also authored The STOP Program--For Women Who Abuse (Norton, 2016).

Dr. Wexler has been featured on the Dr. Phil show and the TODAY show, in the Wall St. Journal, Washington Post, “O” magazine, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Men’s Health, and on hundreds of radio and TV programs throughout North America to help educate the public about relationships in conflict and how to resolve them.

August 22, 2021 - Psychedelic Medicines for Healing Trauma and Depression

The renaissance of psychedelics in the field of clinical research has caught widespread public attention. This podcast would provide listeners an opportunity to understand why this resurgence has occurred, what is can offer to the field of clinical psychology, and the current scope of the research to date.

Guest: Amanda J. Khan, Ph.D.

Dr. Amanda Khan is a licensed clinical psychologist and research scholar specializing in the assessment and treatment of trauma sequelae. She is the Chair of the Moral Injury Special Interest Group (SIG) for the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Her program of research aims to elucidate how characteristics of trauma, emotion regulation, and biology impact the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of PTSD, moral injury, and depression/suicidality. She is especially interested in developing novel approaches, such as using psychedelics, to heal treatment-resistant PTSD. For the past 4 years, Dr. Khan as served as an independent contractor with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) on phase 2 and 3 trials of MDMA-enhanced psychotherapy for PTSD. In her private practice, she offers post-psychedelic integration sessions and plans to offer ketamine-assisted psychotherapy in the future in collaboration with a prescriber. She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and is lead author on an upcoming on psilocybin for trauma-related disorders. She also writes op-eds for Stress Points, Medium, and Psychology Today. Dr. Khan gives regular invited talks on moral injury and working with gender and sexual orientation diverse people.

August 29, 2021 - Anxiety and Depression in College Students

This show explores some of the mental health challenges that college students face.

Guest: Devon Berkheiser, Psy.D.

Dr. Berkheiser is a full-time psychologist, working at the San Diego State University Counseling Center. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Alliant, where she teaches basic counseling skills to first year grad students in the Psy.D. program.

September 5, 2021 - How to apply psychological principles to achieve peak performance

How we can use psychological principals to increase peak performance in sport or any time of environment that requires a significant period of preparation for a short window of evaluation.

Guest: Michael Saleh, Psy.D.

Dr. Saleh is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned his license in June 2020. He graduated 2018 from Alliant international university and currently works in San Diego in university counseling.

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