I'm Keith Kurlander, CEO of Higher Practice, and this is the podcast where we bring mental health clinicians like you the most current and innovative methods for transforming clients' lives, as well as your own. If you want to learn about clinical modalities and techniques that help people reach their highest potential then this is the show for you! Have a question, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
When searching for a clinician, most people will rely on the internet. Keeping that in mind, it is important that your website is easy to navigate and up to date with the best practices. Keith dives into some useful tricks to having a successful website that not only gets your authentic self across but also keeps clients coming in the door.
Keith explains what an integrative assessment could look like and the things to look out for that are often missed. He gives examples of places clinicians could focus on; for example gut health, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and fungus or mold issues. Looking for the basic signs of issues in the body can radically improve treatment outcomes and also make your practice more lively.
Life is a rollercoaster of ups and downs; so as a clinician, it can be difficult to decipher whether your client is legitimately “better” following treatment, or if they are just temporarily happy. In this podcast, Keith dives into what it really means to be “better,” and what that looks like through a clinician’s eyes.
In this podcast, Dr. Will Van Derveer, founder and Medical Director of the Integrative Psychiatric Healing Center, shares his knowledge about Ketamine and its clinical uses in a psychiatric context. Ketamine has a long history in medicine, however, it is only recently that its healing benefits for treatment-resistant psychiatric patients are being discovered. When correctly used, it has been found to literally create breakthroughs for people with treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, suicidality, and OCD.
We often assume that suffering is directly correlated to a person or event in the present, when in reality the root likely stems from our most early years of life. Keith explores the mind of the child and how mental accomplishments and struggles follow you into adulthood and what impact that has on your life. With this said, it’s safe to say that, most likely, what you’ve been struggling with, you’ve always been struggling with.
It is common to come across clients who resist treatment even though they keep seeking out therapy services. Resistance to change is both an important strategy for maintaining familiarity, as well as a roadblock to making necessary shifts. Keith explores certain coaching techniques, particularly the study of values and cognitive and behavioral applications as a way to help clients move beyond treatment resistance and into a state of transformation.
It’s known that with school out of session and vacation days being used, it is hard to obtain steady clients, and a dependable income. A number of years ago, Keith grew tired of this feast and famine mentality driven by the summer caseload drop off. In this episode, Keith discusses 7 practical tips that he used to keep a consistent income and practice in the summer, without working noticeably harder.
Keith explains how mind and body fluidity can greatly affect our mental health, along with the role relationships play in the process. He explores the impact of physical imbalances on the mind, as well as how relationship attachments interact with the mind. Keith also explores the socio-political arena of mental health and illness and why a new working definition of mental health is necessary for our society.
Keith recognizes that forgiveness is most often used as a way for people to move on from tough situations in life. In some case that actually seems to be true. However, after speaking with many clients over the years and a lot of exploration around the topic with other professionals, he has identified some myths about forgiveness, how it can hurt more than help, and other ways to move on from troubles in the past.
Keith Kurlander, CEO of Higher Practice, in a fierce and loving dialogue, joins his inner circle in a conversation about community, relationships, love, mental health, and spirituality. Guests include The Smart Couple Podcast Founder, Jayson Gaddis, a Boulder, Colorado Men’s Group leader, Reuvain Bacal, and a thought leader in Integrative Psychiatry, Dr. Will Van Derveer.
So many people claim they want to be happy, but so few people ever attain it. Keith Kurlander, CEO of Higher Practice, explains why it’s impossible to achieve the stereotypical version of happiness and redefines it into something that’s not only achievable, but something worth fighting for.
Keith Kurlander, CEO of Higher Practice, understands the difficulties of building a private practice from the ground up. After plenty of trial and error, he’s discovered a number of great resources to make the process as stress free as possible.
Keith Kurlander, CEO of Higher Practice, explains how martial arts transformed his life and ways in which it can help certain clients attain integration. He also acknowledges why particular systems and instructors of martial arts can cause more damage than growth and what to look for when suggesting this type of intervention.
Keith Kurlander, CEO of Higher Practice, discusses his 5 go to personal development gurus for times of stress and windows into healing and transformation. He breaks down the similarities and differences between each one, when and how they can be excellent resources for you and your clients, and top books and videos to watch if you’ve never encountered them before.
Keith Kurlander, CEO of Higher Practice, gives 5 steps to building an email list of over 1,000 subscribers. He covers the basics of list building techniques for practitioners who’ve never tried before, as well as more advanced techniques for seasoned bloggers and vloggers. List building is a great way to reach a wider audience of people, get your voice heard around important topics in the mental health space, and also nurture potential clients who may want to work with you.
Ken Falke, Founder of the EOD Warrior Foundation, discusses life as a Navy bomb specialist and how it led him on a path to helping veterans with psychological trauma from explosive devices. He shares his intimate understanding of what it’s like to hold one of the most dangerous jobs in the military and the therapeutic resources needed for these people.
Keith Kurlander, CEO of Higher Practice, explores the intricacies of working with clients who present with highly complex mood disorders. Often it’s assumed that it will take years to help someone out of a serious treatment-resistant form of anxiety, depression or bipolar state, however, there are a number of interventions that can have a great impact, especially if they haven’t been tried before.
Dr. Chris Lowry explores his cutting-edge research on the interplay between the diversity of microbiome in the gut and mental and physical health. He is currently researching an injectable form of M. vaccae, which can act as an inflammatory reducing agent in the body, in turn, reducing symptoms in conditions such as PTSD. He points out how living in overly-sterilized nations reduces our exposure to “old friends” and what this means for the future of our health.
Keith Kurlander, CEO of HIgher Practice, reveals his personal story about drinking the psychedelic Ayahuasca in Ayahuasca churches in the US and abroad. He explores why the use of this medicine is gaining traction across the world, but also the cautions of where things can go wrong. Keith will describe how this “medicine” potentiates both healing and illness in the individual user through the mechanisms of presence and dissociation.
Keith Kurlander, CEO of Higher Practice, goes into the details of 3 productivity habits that transformed his productivity and mindset. These relatively simple practices are fairly easy to put into place and can literally change the way you practice counseling, grow your business, and achieve stable mindsets for a highly productive day.
Keith Kurlander, CEO of Higher Practice, talks about his experience of working with therapists across the world and why there is a fee ceiling in private practice. He discusses why many therapists choose to also pursue a career in coaching as a way to no longer have a fee ceiling that often doesn’t reflect the value of their services.
In this episode, Ted Usatynski talks shop about the overlap between spirituality and trauma. Many seekers often describe themselves as having adverse childhood experiences, as well as more acute traumatic experiences. However, they also describe having a natural aptitude for peak mystical experiences and non-ordinary states of consciousness. Ted is going to explain the brain science about why this overlap exists and what we can learn from such a mysterious confluence.
In this episode, Emma Derman Teitel talks about a truly empowering approach to feminist psychotherapy and helping women overcome internalized patriarchy. It’s often easy as clinicians to simply listen to stories that need to be told by women and stop there. However, a combination of support and challenge is needed in order to help a woman regain her inner power and bring forth her deepest gifts.
Keith Kurlander, CEO of Higher Practice, reveals for the first time publicly a powerful story about his experimentation with psychedelics in college and how they led to a serious Bipolar diagnosis. This sent him on a personal and spiritual quest to find a solution to this disorder. What he found along the way was completely unexpected and ultimately freeing.
Nearly 1 in 4 men under the age of 30 suffer from erectile dysfunction and the rates are much higher when we look at the entire lifespan of a man. Most men choose to take Viagra to deal with this problem. Although there is nothing wrong with this approach under most circumstances Viagra doesn’t address the underlying cause of the issue. Our guest, Shari James discusses the key areas that typically need to be addressed in order to resolve the underlying causes of ED.
Many mental health professionals to go into private practice in order to control their own hours, increase their hourly wage and reduce the paperwork. But therapists are not trained as business owners. Our guest, Dr. Paul Scheele, is going to discuss how to tap into the entrepreneurial genius that’s already living inside of you so you can achieve your goals in private practice without waiting years on end for something to happen.
In this episode, Ted Usatynski and Gabrielle Usatynski go into detail about mindfulness practices for couples, the truth behind health in relationships, how to truly make a relationship a spiritual path, and lots of other really important information about how to grow as a couple within a spiritual context.
Single dads really have to be on their A-game if they want to stay healthy and show up for their kid in the best way possible. Our guest, Dr. Ray Doktor is going to get into 9 essentials that single dads need to know in order to flourish. He likes to speak authentically and doesn’t sugar coat his words. He brings an edge to push men out of their comfort zone so they can lead powerful lives.
In this episode, Timothy Wienecke is going to give an insider’s perspective about the real issues that military service members face and the resources they need in order to live healthy and productive lives outside of service.
Keith Kurlander, CEO of Higher Practice, is going to share his personal story of an extremely challenging crisis that began in college and led to discovering a mystical connection between trauma and spirituality, and what’s possible in the evolution of the human spirit.
Our guest, Reuvain Bacal, is going to share a new approach to helping men feel safe and connected in a group process, why it's so relevant right now for men to do group work, ways to work with anger and helping men embody healthy power, how to process somatic experiences of survival, why knowing your life's purpose is so important, and a bunch of other really compelling topics.
In this episode, Joe Sanok will cover the podcast basics for therapists such as how much time it takes to learn how to setup a podcast, monetizing what you love, how to deal with starting a podcast if you're fearful of technology, the actual technology you will need and more.
Our guest, Mark Roberts, is going to cover the essentials of Facebook advertising for therapists. He will discuss how to advertise private practices with integrity, Facebook ads 101, using local campaigns designated by Facebook, the term traffic temperature and why it's so important, and utilizing metrics in Facebook to see if your ads are working and getting you new clients.
In this episode, Dr. Annie Brook is going to explore psychological imprints from conception through the birth process and how those imprints impact your behavior in life. She’s going to discuss interventions that can take place as early as infancy, as well as during adulthood. This conversation will challenge everything you believe about your history and when your mind truly started to form.
Our guest, Ellen Boeder, discusses her personal story of motherhood, how she overcame the challenges of conflicting roles in society, how therapists can support moms, the signs and signals when a mom is healthy and well-resourced, and, most importantly, what to look out for when a mom needs extra support in her life.
In this episode, Dr. Stephanie Dueger is going to talk about what it looks like to confront the beginning of the attachment process when it’s occurring in infants and toddlers, rather than looking at the regressive psychotherapies once the imprints have already been established for decades.
In this episode, Nataraja Kallio, the Director of the Yoga Studies program at Naropa University, is going to take you through a VERY brief history of yoga, what it was in ancient times, and a fascinating overlap to what occurs in a psychotherapeutic setting.
Sujatha Reddy, Ayurvedic consultant and counselor, is going to discuss the principles of Ayurveda, how it translates into a modern psychological system, an analysis of the mind from this perspective, and a lot of other really interesting information.
In this episode, we have a special guest, Guili Zavaschi, a former therapist at the Takawasi Rehab Center in Peru. Takawasi is one of the few addiction centers in the world legally using Ayahuasca for the treatment and recovery from devastating addictions. Guili shares his first-hand experience as a therapist working with patients at Takawasi, the amazing process he witnessed patients go through, and an exploration into Ayahuasca’s miracles and potential dangers.
In this episode, Katie Asmus discusses the use of ceremonies in counseling and nature-based rituals. Our connection with nature is paramount to feeling connected to something beyond the self. Without this connection we can feel isolated and empty. This brings into question the role of nature in psychotherapy.
Have you ever had a client with physical or mental health symptoms that festered for months or years but you couldn’t get to the root cause? This courageous woman shares her personal story of a debilitating journey of complex neurological and psychiatric issues that nearly ruined her life until this simple discovery was made.
The medical model commonly found in psychiatry focuses heavily on symptom reduction and remission. Integrative psychiatrist, Dr. Will Van Derveer, explores root causes of mental illness as imbalances in the body created by a number of factors that are easily treatable but often overlooked.
Imagine if your body could talk to you..well, it actually does. In this episode, Susan Aposhyan, a pioneer in the field of somatic psychology, explores some really interesting concepts in biology and cellular physiology that impact mental health and wellness. And of course, the role of embodiment in a therapeutic setting.
Carmen Cool, the founder of the Boulder Youth Body Alliance, engages us in a conversation about body size and mental health that is not predictable. This new type of dialogue about the body is challenging and it will probably push you. But it’s an essential move toward a healthier way to be in the bodies that we all inhabit. No matter who you are or where you come from you have a body. Every day we are relating to this body on conscious and unconscious levels. We think about what our bodies look like, feel like, and the size of our body. Imagine a world where body weight is not an issue in order to live a joyous and free life, and that your body was designed perfectly. In this episode you’ll learn: Why body image really needs to be a cultural conversation The history of when America became obsessed with smaller body frames The myths from the weight loss industry about happiness Why Health-at-Every-Body-Size is not often talked about in our culture How does Health-at-Every-Body-Size translate to psychotherapy Why weight loss goals are not typically effective outcomes in therapy Visit www.higherpractice.com/podcast to get the show notes for this episode and to learn more about Arielle’s full course in the Higher Practice Institute.
Dr. Arielle Schwartz, trauma expert and EMDR Therapy consultant is going to cover Complex PTSD and how it differs from what typically comes to mind when we think of trauma. Trauma exists on a spectrum and many people walking down the street, whether it’s you or me, may have a degree of Complex PTSD that we are attempting to overcome in ourselves. Trauma theories and therapies have been gaining a lot of attention in our field in the last decade. It’s really for a good reason. Neuroscience and the advancements of somatic therapies have unlocked new ways of working with trauma that were very difficult to treat. We will look closely at what's happening in our brain when we can't process an overwhelming event and get traumatized, why it’s important to distinguish between the different forms of trauma and also differential diagnosis between others disorders. A major piece of healing complex PTSD comes from understanding post-traumatic growth models, and how resiliency and wisdom often rise from the places that were so difficult in our past. In this episode you’ll learn: Why one person experiences trauma during an event and others don't What's happening in our brain when we can't process an overwhelming event How is Complex PTSD different from other forms of trauma Differential diagnosis between Complex PTSD and others disorders The evolutionary purpose of dissociation and how to overcome it The interplay between traumatic histories and relationship issues Visit www.higherpractice.com/podcast to get the show notes for this episode and to learn more about Arielle’s full course in the Higher Practice Institute.
Max Brandel, psychotherapist, is going to discuss the Enneagram and the transformational power it has in a psychotherapeutic application. Unlike other personality systems, the Enneagram looks deeply into both the health and neurotic tendencies of personality types. This allows us to use it as a psycho-educational tool with clients and how they show up in their lives, but also as a therapeutic intervention which you will hear more about. You’re going to get to learn about the nine personality types in the Enneagram and will leave with some ideas about which type you are and what that means for your life. In this episode you’ll learn: What is the Enneagram and how did it develop The nine types of personalities...which one are you How the Enneagram classifies mental health and mental suffering Ways the Enneagram can be used with therapy clients Putting the Enneagram to use in couples counseling Visit www.higherpractice.com/podcast to get the show notes for this episode and to learn more about Max’s full course in the Higher Practice Institute.
Lisa Dion, founder of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado and Synergetic Play Therapy talks to us about authenticity and expression as play therapy clinicians and why your own “window of tolerance” matters more than your think. And we’re not just talking about Play Therapy here...this information applies to parents every where who are trying to learn the most effective ways to help their children grow in a healthy manner. In an optimal environment, most children will experience a healthy developmental process and not exhibit signs of overwhelming distress and emotional imbalances. Unfortunately, parenting is not common sense as many people expect. In a world filled with many distractions, it’s quite easy to mis-attune to our children and have significant issues surface that need attention. In this episode you’ll learn: How to use the signals in your own body to have an information exchange with the child The impact on the nervous system of Play Therapy versus talk therapy A brief history of Play Therapy Synergetic Play Therapy, addressing the lower brain stem and why it's so healing for children Why Synergetic Play Therapists see so much transformation in their own lives A young child's brain can't tell the difference in play between real and imagined and why that matters When instruction is useful and how it can undermine teaching internal regulation to the child An amazing case example of overcoming aspects of autism through Synergetic Play Therapy Visit www.higherpractice.com/podcast to get the show notes for this episode and to learn more about Lisa’s full course in the Higher Practice Institute.
Jayson Gaddis, founder of the relationship school, is here to talk to us about how to do relationships in a truly meaningful and healthy way. He’s going to discuss a new model for you on why so many people struggle and how to break out of the cycle.