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A podcast co-hosted by practicing psychotherapists Bob Gordon (an adjunct professor with specialties in relationship coaching, career coaching and process addictions) and Lena Derhally (an anxiety, grief and relationship expert, motivational speaker, writer and antiwar activist). This podcast explores all topics related to wellness and psychology, with a relational emphasis.

Latest Episodes

Keeping Up With the Joneses: The Comparison Dilemma, featuring Brian Smith

It has been said that comparison is the thief of joy, yet why is it that so many of us constantly compare ourselves to others? In this episode, Lena and Bob interview theologian Brian Smith on envy, comparison, social hierarchies, and why so many get caught up in the "keeping up with the Joneses" phenomenon.

64 MIN3 w ago
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Keeping Up With the Joneses: The Comparison Dilemma, featuring Brian Smith

The Nice Guy Syndrome, Featuring John

Lena and Bob discuss "The Nice Guy Syndrome" with special guest, John. Based on the book, "No More Mr. Nice Guy" by Dr. Robert Glover, they explore everything related to "nice guys." Do nice guys finish last? Why are nice guys actually not very nice at all? And much more!

71 MIN2019 OCT 30
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The Nice Guy Syndrome, Featuring John

"Why We Snap:" An interview with Dr. Douglas Fields on anger, rage and the roots of violence.

Lena and Bob interview the brilliant neuroscientist Dr. Doug Fields on his book, "Why We Snap: Understanding The Rage Circuit In Your Brain." Learn the 9 triggers of rage and violence, why people with no history of violence can become violent, understanding your own anger and rage, violence against women, why men are more violent than women and how Dr. Fields believes we can end violence.

79 MIN2019 OCT 2
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"Why We Snap:" An interview with Dr. Douglas Fields on anger, rage and the roots of violence.

The Mysteries Of Men: Interview with Dr. Siegel on the Psychology of Men

Bob and Lena interview the brilliant Dr. Carl Siegel on everything you ever wanted to know about men. What do men struggle with? What are the relational struggles men go through? What do men want? Why do men leave? How does one raise an emotionally healthy boy to be an emotionally healthy man? These questions are discussed and much more. Dr. Carl Siegel is the Executive Director of the Imago Center in Washington DC. He is an expert on male psychology and sees individuals, couples and runs mens support groups in Washington DC.

65 MIN2019 AUG 9
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The Mysteries Of Men: Interview with Dr. Siegel on the Psychology of Men

Toxic Femininity: When adult women act like mean girls (featuring Kim and Angie)

According to statistics, 2/3 of women have reported being bullied by a female boss at work. Toxic masculinity is a hot topic and in an era where women are supposed to be supporting other women, it doesn't always go that way. Lena and Bob interview "Kim" and "Angie" on their personal experiences of toxic female bosses and the group also discusses female relational aggression in the workplace, mom wars, female bullying and more.

57 MIN2019 APR 22
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Toxic Femininity: When adult women act like mean girls (featuring Kim and Angie)

Let's Talk About Sex! Featuring Shervon Laurice & Mike Giordano

Lena and Bob interview psychotherapists Shervon Laurice & Michael Giordano (who specialize in sex therapy) on everything you always wanted to know about sexual issues. Topics include: mismatched desire, low libido, erectile dysfunction, sexual communication, eroticism, open relationships, polyamory and more. Find out about how sex therapists work with these issues.

73 MIN2019 APR 1
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Let's Talk About Sex! Featuring Shervon Laurice & Mike Giordano

Season 2, Episode 13: Do we Choose Unhappiness?

Bob and Lena have discussed the biological aspects of depression in previous episodes but this one focuses on whether or not human beings choose to be unhappy. Bob and Lena explore why this happens frequently, the purpose for it and why we often choose unhappiness over happiness. They also discuss the latest scientific research linking stress and inflammation to depression.

48 MIN2019 JAN 25
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Season 2, Episode 13: Do we Choose Unhappiness?

False Expectations: Have unrealistic ideals ruined romantic relationships? (Season 2, Episode 12)

Rom-coms, Disney, fables and media subconsciously influence how we view our relationships and often to our detriment. Bob and Lena discuss how unrealistic expectations potentially ruin perfectly good relationships and hurt single people who are looking for the right person. What are realistic expectations for a relationship and what should someone be looking for when it comes to the "right" person? Bob and Lena also look at the research and how rom-coms can encourage stalker behavior, and much more.

47 MIN2018 DEC 16
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False Expectations: Have unrealistic ideals ruined romantic relationships? (Season 2, Episode 12)

Episode 11: Post traumatic growth-finding new meaning after hard times

Lena and Bob interview Jim Rendon, author of the book, "Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth." This episode is a follow up to the previous episode on trauma. Find out why so many people can go on with their lives after experiencing horrible and life changing events. Learn the difference between resilience and growth and find out why there is a lot of hope after bad things happen to good people.

70 MIN2018 AUG 3
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Episode 11: Post traumatic growth-finding new meaning after hard times

Episode 10: The prevalence of trauma- did it happen to you?

You don't have to have a clinical diagnosis of PTSD to experience trauma and the influence it can have on your feelings and behaviors. Traumatic experiences, even one, can have a profound impact on the way we live our lives and on our relationships. Many people have experienced a trauma in their lifetime and it can come from many things- bullying, neglect, any kind of abuse, witnessing a horrifying event, violence or threat of violence, accidents, threat to safety and so much more. In episode 10, Lena and Bob interview trauma specialist Melanie Shapiro of the Viva Center and unpack everything related to trauma and healing, including the best modalities to treat trauma.

65 MIN2018 JUL 6
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Episode 10: The prevalence of trauma- did it happen to you?

Latest Episodes

Keeping Up With the Joneses: The Comparison Dilemma, featuring Brian Smith

It has been said that comparison is the thief of joy, yet why is it that so many of us constantly compare ourselves to others? In this episode, Lena and Bob interview theologian Brian Smith on envy, comparison, social hierarchies, and why so many get caught up in the "keeping up with the Joneses" phenomenon.

64 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Keeping Up With the Joneses: The Comparison Dilemma, featuring Brian Smith

The Nice Guy Syndrome, Featuring John

Lena and Bob discuss "The Nice Guy Syndrome" with special guest, John. Based on the book, "No More Mr. Nice Guy" by Dr. Robert Glover, they explore everything related to "nice guys." Do nice guys finish last? Why are nice guys actually not very nice at all? And much more!

71 MIN2019 OCT 30
Comments
The Nice Guy Syndrome, Featuring John

"Why We Snap:" An interview with Dr. Douglas Fields on anger, rage and the roots of violence.

Lena and Bob interview the brilliant neuroscientist Dr. Doug Fields on his book, "Why We Snap: Understanding The Rage Circuit In Your Brain." Learn the 9 triggers of rage and violence, why people with no history of violence can become violent, understanding your own anger and rage, violence against women, why men are more violent than women and how Dr. Fields believes we can end violence.

79 MIN2019 OCT 2
Comments
"Why We Snap:" An interview with Dr. Douglas Fields on anger, rage and the roots of violence.

The Mysteries Of Men: Interview with Dr. Siegel on the Psychology of Men

Bob and Lena interview the brilliant Dr. Carl Siegel on everything you ever wanted to know about men. What do men struggle with? What are the relational struggles men go through? What do men want? Why do men leave? How does one raise an emotionally healthy boy to be an emotionally healthy man? These questions are discussed and much more. Dr. Carl Siegel is the Executive Director of the Imago Center in Washington DC. He is an expert on male psychology and sees individuals, couples and runs mens support groups in Washington DC.

65 MIN2019 AUG 9
Comments
The Mysteries Of Men: Interview with Dr. Siegel on the Psychology of Men

Toxic Femininity: When adult women act like mean girls (featuring Kim and Angie)

According to statistics, 2/3 of women have reported being bullied by a female boss at work. Toxic masculinity is a hot topic and in an era where women are supposed to be supporting other women, it doesn't always go that way. Lena and Bob interview "Kim" and "Angie" on their personal experiences of toxic female bosses and the group also discusses female relational aggression in the workplace, mom wars, female bullying and more.

57 MIN2019 APR 22
Comments
Toxic Femininity: When adult women act like mean girls (featuring Kim and Angie)

Let's Talk About Sex! Featuring Shervon Laurice & Mike Giordano

Lena and Bob interview psychotherapists Shervon Laurice & Michael Giordano (who specialize in sex therapy) on everything you always wanted to know about sexual issues. Topics include: mismatched desire, low libido, erectile dysfunction, sexual communication, eroticism, open relationships, polyamory and more. Find out about how sex therapists work with these issues.

73 MIN2019 APR 1
Comments
Let's Talk About Sex! Featuring Shervon Laurice & Mike Giordano

Season 2, Episode 13: Do we Choose Unhappiness?

Bob and Lena have discussed the biological aspects of depression in previous episodes but this one focuses on whether or not human beings choose to be unhappy. Bob and Lena explore why this happens frequently, the purpose for it and why we often choose unhappiness over happiness. They also discuss the latest scientific research linking stress and inflammation to depression.

48 MIN2019 JAN 25
Comments
Season 2, Episode 13: Do we Choose Unhappiness?

False Expectations: Have unrealistic ideals ruined romantic relationships? (Season 2, Episode 12)

Rom-coms, Disney, fables and media subconsciously influence how we view our relationships and often to our detriment. Bob and Lena discuss how unrealistic expectations potentially ruin perfectly good relationships and hurt single people who are looking for the right person. What are realistic expectations for a relationship and what should someone be looking for when it comes to the "right" person? Bob and Lena also look at the research and how rom-coms can encourage stalker behavior, and much more.

47 MIN2018 DEC 16
Comments
False Expectations: Have unrealistic ideals ruined romantic relationships? (Season 2, Episode 12)

Episode 11: Post traumatic growth-finding new meaning after hard times

Lena and Bob interview Jim Rendon, author of the book, "Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth." This episode is a follow up to the previous episode on trauma. Find out why so many people can go on with their lives after experiencing horrible and life changing events. Learn the difference between resilience and growth and find out why there is a lot of hope after bad things happen to good people.

70 MIN2018 AUG 3
Comments
Episode 11: Post traumatic growth-finding new meaning after hard times

Episode 10: The prevalence of trauma- did it happen to you?

You don't have to have a clinical diagnosis of PTSD to experience trauma and the influence it can have on your feelings and behaviors. Traumatic experiences, even one, can have a profound impact on the way we live our lives and on our relationships. Many people have experienced a trauma in their lifetime and it can come from many things- bullying, neglect, any kind of abuse, witnessing a horrifying event, violence or threat of violence, accidents, threat to safety and so much more. In episode 10, Lena and Bob interview trauma specialist Melanie Shapiro of the Viva Center and unpack everything related to trauma and healing, including the best modalities to treat trauma.

65 MIN2018 JUL 6
Comments
Episode 10: The prevalence of trauma- did it happen to you?
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