The Relational Psych Podcast

10 Episodes

By: Relational Psych

The Relational Psych Podcast makes therapy more approachable by inviting real mental health professionals to explain what they do, why they do it, and why it works, using simple, understandable language that anyone can apply to their lifelong growth.

The Current State of Psychedelic Treatment with Erin Wright

In this episode of the Relational Psych Podcast, host Dr. Carly Claney is joined by Erin Wright, a leading expert in the field of psychedelic therapy. They delve into the current state of legal psychedelic treatment, exploring the transformative power of substances like MDMA and psilocybin in mental health care. Wright offers invaluable insights into the latest research, ethical considerations, and the future of these groundbreaking treatments. Whether you're a mental health professional or someone interested in the evolving landscape of therapy, this episode offers a thoughtful and informative perspective on one of the most exciting developments in...

Exploring Life Without Children with Katie Maynard

In this episode of the Relational Psych Podcast, Dr. Carly Claney invites Katie Maynard to delve into the nuanced experiences of living without children. Whether by choice or circumstance, Katie shares her journey and sheds light on the societal pressures, personal reflections, and the psychological impact of being childfree or childless. Together, they explore the challenges, misconceptions, and unexpected joys that come with this path, offering insights and support for others navigating similar experiences. Join us for a compassionate conversation that broadens our understanding of family, fulfillment, and personal growth.


PMS and Mental Health with Dr. Christine Hutchison

In this episode of the Relational Psych Podcast, hosted by Dr. Carly Claney, guest Dr. Christine Hutchison delves into the intricate relationship between PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) and mental health. Dr. Hutchison, a clinical psychologist, explores the emotional and physical aspects of PMS, discussing its impact on women's lives from a psychodynamic perspective. The conversation includes insights from her research and clinical experience, examining how societal views and personal experiences shape the understanding and handling of PMS. The discussion also touches upon the broader implications of PMS on personal identity and relationships, offering a deep dive into this often...

How to Bring About Lasting Change with Caitlyn Liao, MSW

This week on the Relational Psych Podcast, Dr. Carly Claney has an in-depth conversation with fellow Relational Psych therapist, Caitlyn Liao, MSW. They take a deep dive into the subject of psychological change - why people desire change, why change can be difficult and complex, and strategies to bring about change. 

Caitlyn provides three central points for change: making the unconscious conscious, reframing the problem, and having a new relational experience. They discuss concepts like the unconscious motivations, desires, fears, self-criticism, conflict avoidance, attachment styles, emotional insights, and therapeutic relationships, and conclude with the power of understanding, c...

Sex and Gender in Psychoanalysis with Sally Bjorklund

Tyson talks with Sally Bjorklund about a psychoanalytic understanding of sexuality and gender identity, tracing the evolution of theories about sex and gender from Freud through to Contemporary Relational analytic theory. Their conversation touches on the uses of sex and gender, polymorphus perversity, and exploding dice.

Sally is a psychoanalyst  practicing in Seattle. She works with adults and couples and provides clinical consultation for therapists. She was co-founder and faculty of  Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Seattle (RPPS). She is a clinical supervisor for the National Training Program of the National Institute fo...

Psychoanalytic Therapy for Adolescents with Don Schimmel

Adolescence can be a turbulent time full of big emotions, struggles with identity, and conflicts around independence. In this episode, licensed therapist Tyson Conner speaks with psychologist Don Schimmel about how psychodynamic psychotherapy can help teenagers navigate this critical developmental stage. They discuss important concepts like viewing symptoms as "coded communications," avoiding power struggles, and relating to teens through playfulness. Schimmel explains how therapy provides adolescents with a much-needed transitional relationship as they separate from dependence on parents. The therapists also talk about when psychodynamic therapy may not be the right approach, how to introduce reluctant teens to...

Grief that Breaks Us Open to Be Present with Peter Jabin

In this episode, Tyson Conner speaks with Peter Jabin, a pastoral psychotherapist and spiritual director, about the importance of grief and communal grieving practices. They discussed how grief is a natural and necessary part of being human, and how ritual and community can help us metabolize loss in a healthy way.

Peter explained the concept of the "five gates" of grief, outlining different pathways into the grieving process beyond just the loss of a loved one. They talked about how grieving builds resilience and connection, countering the common notion that it is a sign of weakness. Peter...

The Social Unconscious with Karen Weisbard, PhD

Tyson meets with Karen Weisbard to discuss the concept of the social unconscious, the law of interrelatedness, and a different approach to crossing the increasingly vitriolic political lines drawn in American society. 

Karen is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalysts. She has been practicing as both for over 20 years.

Karen can be found at her website .

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Breaking the Silence: The Importance of Discussing Suicidal Thoughts Openly with Dr. Tyson Bailey, PsyD, ABPP

In this thought-provoking episode, host Tyson Conner speaks with clinical psychologist Dr. Tyson Bailey about the importance of discussing suicidal thoughts openly in therapy. They cover the cultural taboos and shame around suicide that often prevent people from speaking up, even with a therapist. Dr. Bailey explains that research actually shows talking directly about suicide reduces risk, but it's most helpful within an established therapeutic relationship. He details the criteria clinicians use to determine if hospitalization is necessary, and emphasizes that hospital stays for suicidality are brief. 

Tyson and Dr. Bailey explore how human c...

How do we teach and learn? with Rachel Newcombe, MA, LICSW

In the first episode of Season 2, Tyson sits down with his supervisor and mentor, Rachel Newcombe, to discuss how people teach and learn. They talk about disruptions, the similarities between psychoanalysis and teaching, and what this podcast is trying to do.

Rachel Newcombe is a psychoanalyst, supervisor and teacher in the San Juan Islands, Seattle, Washington, and New York City. Her writing has appeared in Contemporary Psychoanalysis, The Psychoanalytic Review, The Rumpus, 7X7LA, Anti-Heroin Chic, Ellipsis Zine, and elsewhere.

Rachel’s twitter and instagram handle is @rachelnewcombe8

An example of her hybrid wr...