Diving into Healing features experts in the field of mental health sharing their expertises on a variety of topics that focus on healing from our traumas.

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 mental health.

We are happy to announce we are now on:

Season 1 

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

Guest: Daniel Singley, Ph.D.


This episode features Dr. Daniel Singley speaking on the current state of research and practice in the psychology of men and masculinities. And how we are dealing with toxic masculinity and how it relates to time's up and #metoo.  


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 
#2 Healing from Betrayal Trauma

Guest: Alicia Tolerico, Psy.D.


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. 


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 
#3 #MeToo Issues & Therapy: Helping Men Wake Up and Women Speak Up

Guest: David B. Wexler, Ph.D.


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.


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
#4 Psychedelic Medicines for Healing Trauma and Depression

Guest: Amanda J. Khan, Ph.D.


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.


Dr. Amanda Khan is a licensed clinical psychologist and researcher specializing in the assessment and treatment of trauma sequelae. Dr. Khan is a staff psychologist at Sage Integrative Health, a holistic psychedelic clinic, where she provides ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, depth oriented trauma work, and post-psychedelic integration. She served as an independent diagnostician on the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) on phase II and III trials of MDMA-enhanced psychotherapy for PTSD for four years. Dr. Khan has trained in MDMA-Assisted Therapy with MAPS and Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy with Polaris Insight Center, and serves as a Psilocybin Therapist on the UCSD clinical trial for phantom limb pain. Dr. Khan's 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. Dr. Khan is the Chair of the Moral Injury Special Interest Group (SIG) for the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, presents regularly at conferences, and is lead author on a chapter exploring psilocybin for trauma-related disorders. She also writes op-eds for Psychedelics Today, Stress Points, and Medium. Dr. Khan gives regular invited talks on moral injury and working with gender and sexual orientation diverse people. If you'd like to reach out to Dr. Khan visit her website http://amandakhanphd.com/

August 29, 2021
#5 Anxiety and Depression in College Students

Guest: Devon Berkheiser, Psy.D.

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


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
#6 How to apply psychological principles to achieve peak performance

Guest: Michael Saleh, Psy.D.

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.


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.

September 12, 2021
#7 Understanding Trauma and the 5 Bucket Rules

Guest: Shiva Ghaed, Ph.D.

Dr. Shiva Ghaed shares her story of being at the Vegas Shootings Route 91 and her 5 Bucket Rules to help gain back your power and control when things feel out of control in healing our past traumas.


Shiva Ghaed is a Nationally-licensed Clinical Psychologist, currently working for the Department of Mental Health in the Naval Medical Center San Diego healthcare system (Marine Corps Recruit Depot). Dr. Ghaed provides group and individual therapy to active duty patients in the catchment area, maintains ongoing involvement in academia and research, and previously served as a voting member on the Institutional Review Board for NMCSD. Dr. Ghaed’s clinical experience includes several years of training and specialization in the Veterans Affairs Healthcare Systems of San Diego and Los Angeles. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the San Diego VA, specializing in anxiety disorders, non-combat trauma, and combat Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) veterans. Dr. Ghaed is a member of the American Psychological Association, and strives to maintain competency and excellence as a therapist and professional in her field. In 2015, she was presented with the Associate Master Clinician Award, and in 2020 she received the Master Clinician Award. She is currently involved in the Expert Reviewer Program as a psychological examiner for the Medical Board of California. 

September 19, 2021
#8 The Secrets to Long-term Love Relationship Happiness

Guests: Steven D. Solmon, Ph.D. & Lorie J. Teagno, Ph.D.

We will speak of the secrets that empower couples to thrive over the long-term, secrets we have gleaned from working with couples for almost 40 years.


Steven D. Solomon, Ph.D.

Steven D. Solomon, Ph.D. is Co-Director of The Relationship Institute (TheRelationshipInstitute.org) in La Jolla, California. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice for over 35 years in the San Diego area. Dr. Solomon specializes in working with couples and has developed a subspecialty in the treatment of infidelity. He and his colleague at The Relationship Institute, Lorie J. Teagno, Ph.D., have developed a powerful new approach to helping couples in relationship distress: Intimate Love Therapy. He and Dr. Teagno are co-authors of Intimacy after Infidelity (New Harbinger Publications, 2006), a book written for the general public, and wrote two chapters for Carlson & Sperry's latest edition of Recovering Intimacy in Love Relationships: A Clinician’s Guide, (Routledge, 2010), a book written for psychotherapists. Drs. Solomon and Teagno also have collaborated on numerous articles on couples therapy, infidelity, and Long-Term Love Relationship dynamics. For more than a decade they have trained therapists in Intimate Love Therapy theory and practice. 

Dr. Solomon is a past president of the San Diego Psychological Association.

Lorie Teagno, Ph.D.

Lorie Teagno is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in practice for 30+ years.  She was educated on the East Coast where received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Psychology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and earned her Ph.D. in Human Development at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her early clinical training on the East Coast and has been in private practice in the La Jolla area for more since the 1980’s.  Her specialty is relationships whether couples, families, parents and children or siblings assisting them in creating intimate, resilient and satisfying relationships they desire and deserve.  

She uses a Differentiation approach in therapy and incorporates Attachment theory, the Eriksonian developmental model and concepts like integrity and redefining one’s life story.  Lorie has worked with Steve Solomon for 29+ years and together they have created The Relationship Institute and their unique approach to couples therapy and infidelity work.  She and Dr. Solomon have co-authored the book, “Intimacy after Infidelity” (2006, New Harbinger Publications) and two chapters in Sperry & Carlson’s clinicians guide entitled, “Recovering Intimacy in Love Relationships (2010). Besides maintaining a private practice and writing, Lorie and Steve have been training mental health professionals in their powerful and unique approach to relationship struggles for almost two decades.  

Dr. Teagno is married and has two daughters, two step sons, and five fabulous grandchildren – so far!

September 26, 2021
The Invisible Epidemic of Chronic pain and Childhood Trauma

Guest: Tracey Chester, M.S.,M.A, LMFT, CCTP

This show focuses on pain and its relationship to mental health and childhood trauma. Tracey speaks from both patient and professional perspectives. 

Pain can be all-consuming, intractable, and in many cases, invisible. . To Tracey and many of her patients, chronic illness is an experience of invisible suffering, of a life irrevocably changed by pain. 

Chronic pain and pain management are complex problems and one of the most common reasons individuals seek medical advice. According to the APA, approximately 100 million adults in the United States suffer from chronic pain, which is the leading cause of disability. The psychological repercussions are numerous: depression, anxiety, withdrawal from productive activities, social isolation, loss of self-esteem and purpose, loss of energy, the fear of being labeled “crazy” or that the pain is “all in my head,” enforced dependency, and the misuse and addiction to opioids.


Tracey is the founder and clinical director of the Pain and Trauma Institute (PTI) of San Diego. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a certified clinical trauma professional, a surf therapy facilitator and a certified grief counselor. Tracey describes herself as a translator/ conduit between the medical world and the therapy world—a product of being both a therapist and a chronic pain patient herself. Her mission at PTI is to promote awareness about trauma-informed care (TIC) as a means to shift a pathological perspective of chronic pain patients to one of resilience. Tracey has been invited to speak at the AOSAM (American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine) 2021 Clinical Conference about the benefits of trauma informed care in primary care.

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