On The Couch

John Dennis

The On The Couch Podcast is a mental health, education podcast that seeks to de-stigmatize mental health services, teach listeners about concepts connected to mental health and connect listeners to quality programs and providers throughout the country.

All Episodes

Lauren Selfridge, LMFT (www.laurenselfridge.com) is the host of the podcast This Is Not What I Ordered.  In her personal; and professional life she has worked hard to create a positive space for those dealing with Chronic Illness.  Lauren and John discuss what some in the CI community face and ways she recommends for them to cope with their diagnosis.

Sep 21

68 min

Jason Boes is the founder and co-owner of Parenting & Family Solutions (www.parentfamilysolutions.com) and has 15+ years of experience working with teens, parents and families.  He and John discuss what a lot of families and students face as they have begun to return to college campuses and schools across the country.

Sep 8

75 min

Sydney Jensen (www.sydney-jensen.com) was the 2019 Nebraska Teacher of the Year.  Her recent Ted Talk focusing on the importance of Teacher Mental Health made her a must-have guest on the OTC Podcast.  Sydney and John discuss her experiences as a teacher on the front lines of a diverse high school population and how important it is for teachers to care for themselves and their colleagues.

Aug 17

93 min

Duane France has served in the military and continues to serve his country as a mental health clinician.  He sits down to talk with John Dennis about his newest book, Military In The Rear View Mirror, and the 2 podcasts that he is a part of (www.veteranmentalhealth.com).

Aug 3

65 min

Dr. Stephanie Sarkis (www.stephaniesarkis.com) discusses Gaslighting, how to spot it and the impact it can have on a person. This common form of emotional abuse can sometimes be so subtle as the perpetrator turns up the heat.

Jul 21

76 min

Shardae Washington, LMFT (www.swashingtoncounseling.com) discusses the impacts of racial trauma and racial injustice with John Dennis in light of the recent racial tension in the US.  The importance of validating one's experience can't be overstated.  This is a long-overdue and on-going conversation.

Jul 6

75 min

Dr. Lisa Damour (www.drlisadamour.com) sits down to talk with John Dennis about the immense pressure and anxiety that girls and women face in American culture and what we can do about it.

Jun 24

70 min

Kristen Boice, Owner of Pathways To Healing Counseling (www.pathwaystohealingcounseling.com) and host of the Close the Chapter Podcast (www.kristendboice.com) talks with John about her experience working for a Fortune 500, her group practice and their focus on EMDR therapy and her training in Brene Brown's The Daring Way.

Jun 8

72 min

Staying connected is crucial for mental health.  Dr. Christine Moutier and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (www.afsp.org) are doing everything that they can to make sure that people are caring for their mental health.  Their #RealConvo campaign is helping loved ones have important conversations about with one another.

May 25

78 min

Dr. Les Parrott is 1/2 of the dynamic relationship expert duo of Dr. Les and Leslie Parrott (www.lesandleslie.com).  He shares about their latest projects including their book - Healthy Me, Healthy Us, the YADA Assessment and their Save Your Marriage Before It Starts (SYMBIS) program.  Dr. Les explains the key to a healthy, happy relationship lies in getting healthy as an individual. Their book is packed with great information to help individuals do just that.

May 11

61 min

Laura Heck, LMFT is the co-host of the Marriage Therapy Radio show (https://marriagetherapyradio.com/), leads The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work workshop for couples, coaches women through the Epic Wives Experiment, speaks and trains for The Gottman Institute and is a regular media expert on the topic of intimate relationships.  Safe to say, she knows her stuff! She talks with John about the Epic Wives Experiment, and how to care for your relationship both during quarantine and after.

May 4

59 min

Dr. Frank Sileo (www.drfranksileo.com) is a licensed psychologist and award-winning children's author who uses his books to teach children about mindfulness and how to deal with difficult conditions and issues they may face in life.  He's covered things like bullying, mindfulness, spreading gossip and his newest series about Bentley Bee.  He talks with John about the importance of teaching mental health and self-care concepts to our youth.

Apr 27

79 min

Mike Michalowicz (Author of Profit First - www.mikemichalowicz.com) sits down to talk with John about small businesses, mental health and stress in a Covid-19 landscape  and his upcoming book - Fix This Next (www.fixthisnext.com)

Apr 13

79 min

Schuyler Cunningham, LICSW is the Director for the Cancer Trauma Project (www.cancertrauma.com).  He talks about the impact and trauma that a cancer diagnosis can have on the person receiving the diagnosis and how the Cancer Trauma Project is trying to help support those navigating a cancer diagnosis.

Mar 30

69 min

Megan Hunter, co-founder of the High Conflict Institute (www.highconflictinstitute.com), talks with John about her book Dating Radar (www.dating-radar.com) and how to spot high conflict personalities (like Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder) before committing to them.

Mar 16

91 min

Carrie Nicklas, LPC with Parenting & Family Solutions (www.parentingfamilysolutions) talks with host, John Dennis, about the in's and out's of child and adolescent therapy.  Working with children, teens and families to help them through difficult issues using a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Modification and elements of play therapy.

Mar 2

64 min

What happens when therapy goes wrong?!  Amy Lynne Johnson (www.amylynnejohnson.com) is a counselor and advocate responder with TELL the Therapeutic Exploitation Link Line (www.therapyabuse.org).   They help victims of therapeutic abuse in their journey towards healing.

Feb 18

75 min

Lori Gottlieb (New York Times Bestselling Author of the book Maybe You Should Talk To Someone - www.lorigottlieb.com) sits down to talk with John Dennis about mental health, the banner year her book is having, her Ted Talk on therapy as a process in editing our poor narrations, her book being turned into a TV show and her upcoming podcast.

Jan 13

57 min

Julie Ohana and John Dennis discuss her Culinary Art Therapy practice and the benefits of the Family Meal.  https://www.culinaryarttherapy.com/

Nov 2019

53 min

Buck Black, LCSW (www.buckblack.com) provides Teletherapy to truckers Indiana.  He and John talk about the issues that many workers throughout the country face and ways that teletherapy can make a positive impact in their mental health, communication and relationships.

Nov 2019

58 min

The lack of education and awareness about sleep is an epidemic in the US.  Dr. Matt Carter is a professor of Biology at Williams College and talks about the importance of changing the education about sleep.

Oct 2019

88 min

Reina Lombardi, Owner and Founder of Florida Art Therapy Services (www.floridaarttherapyservices.com), talks with host John Dennis about the in's and out's of Art Therapy.

Oct 2019

72 min

Lori Breece and Kristy Smith of the United Disabilities Services Foundation (https://udservices.org/services/service-dogs/) talk about their Service Dog programs and the impact that they can make in our lives. (www.psonthecouch.com)

Sep 2019

56 min

Dr. Jonathan Singer is the President of the American Association of Suicidology (https://suicidology.org). He and OTC host, John Dennis, have a conversation about youth suicide, why it is on the rise and what parents can do to help their kids. 

Sep 2019

87 min

Kristi Peterson is a school psychologist in western Pennsylvania who discusses the in's and out's of the role a school psychologist plays in the mental and behavioral health of their students.  www.pfsonthecouch.com

Sep 2019

77 min

John Dennis talks about preparing your grade schoolers to return for the new school year.  Helping parents to acclimate their households for the coming school year by adjusting their sleeping and eating patterns. www.pfsonthecouch.com

Aug 2019

37 min

John Dennis gives tips on talking with your rising college student to help them with a smooth transition and navigating any struggles while at college.  www.pfsonthecouch.com

Aug 2019

39 min

Don Mann knows a lot about mental toughness, setting goals and persevering through pain.  He was a Navy Seal and member of Seal Team Six, has written multiple books, has attempted to summit Mt. Everest, has completed multiple races of varying kinds including Iron and Double IronMan competitions, and has recently completed an endurance race called the Brigade which was featured on the Outdoor Channel.  Don and John discuss the importance of mental toughness and goal setting in reaching your objectives. www.usfrogmann.com

Jul 2019

75 min

Bill Eddy, founder of the High Conflict Institute www.highconflictinstitute.com and author of Splitting: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone With Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder talks about how to navigate difficult relationships. www.pfsonthecouch.com

Jul 2019

83 min

Clay Cockrell, LCSW is the founder of Walk And Talk Therapy and practices in New York City.  His outside-the-box thinking and desire to reach clients where they are at, led him to start walk and talk therapy and online counseling practices.  John and Clay discuss the benefits and things to consider with both methods of treatment.

Jun 2019

60 min

Allison Puryear talks about being a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS), the work she does in her practice Asheville Eating Disorder Treatment (www.allisonpuryear.com), and how to help someone in your life that may be struggling with an eating disorder.

Jun 2019

62 min

John Israel (Author of the Mr. Thank You Project www.mrthankyou.com) explains the importance of gratitude and his efforts to increase gratitude throughout the world even by 1%.  

May 2019

70 min

Kasey Compton of Mindsight Behavioral Group (www.mindsightbehavioral.com)and KC Consulting (www.consultwithkc.com) talks about work-life balance and how she combats works stress as a business owner and therapist.

May 2019

64 min

Dr. Jeremy Sharp, host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast (www.thetestingpsychologist.com/) explains the basics of Psychological Testing.

Apr 2019

62 min

Heather Jay Boardman of Blanc Counseling (http://www.blanccounseling.com/) talks about her role as a co-parenting counselor and how she tries to help divorced former partners navigate parenting together for the benefit of the kids.

Apr 2019

67 min

The power of positive talk and what David Beard (Assistant Principal in SoLanCo School District) calls "Positive Brainwashing" is discussed in this epsiode.  Helping kids learn the power of positive affirmations to inoculate against anxiety and depression.

Mar 2019

62 min

What to do in your relationship to repair after there's been an argument.  John explains about the Gottman's Aftermath of an Incident technique as well as Dr. Gary Chapman's 5 Love Languages of an Apology.

Mar 2019

37 min

What do the 5 Love Languages, emotional flooding and deer hunting have in common? John talks about the importance of knowing your partner's Love Languages and communicating about your definitions of Dr. Gary Chapman's 5 Love Languages (www.5lovelanguages.com).  In addition, he explains the importance of a 6-month checkin as explained by Steve and Mary Prokopchak (www.calledtogether.org)

Feb 2019

42 min

John Dennis talks about the importance of investing into your relationship regularly.  John has Level-2 training in Gottman Counseling and shares tips, techniques and observations from his work with couples using Gottman Counseling. www.pfsonthecouch.com

Feb 2019

39 min

Joe Sanok (host of the Practice of the Practice Podcast) has mastered the art of slowing down to create AHA moments and maximize productivity with his clients.  He explains how Vigilance Decriment and taking breaks are vital in today's world.  Through these concepts Joe has created Slow Down School to help his clients learn these skills and get the most out of themselves and their businesses.  

Jan 2019

59 min

Jennifer Seletzky-Davidson is the Director of the Amazing Kids Club with True North Wellness Services.  She and John talk about the focus of the program and the services they provide to children and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Jan 2019

56 min

Rachael Norman is the co-founder of the app Better (www.getbetter.co) who is working to make healthcare reimbursement simple.  They have the mission of out-giving John Oliver by forgiving $16 Million in medical debt.  She and John sit down to discuss the ins and outs of the app as well as the issues she sees in the healthcare system.

Dec 2018

42 min

Love them or hate them, video games can be an important part of kids lives.  They can teach social skills, social activism and help build community.  John sits down to talk with Josh Bound, teacher and founder of the Video Game Clubs of America to talk about how he used video gaming to connect with his autistic son.

Dec 2018

60 min

John Dennis and Alison Pidgeon sit down to talk about the importance of maternal mental health services.  Specifically Postpartum Depression and Anxiety.

Nov 2018

33 min

John and Lauren Eckert (owner of Lauren Eckert Coaching) talk about the struggle that students and adults are having these days with executive functioning and how her team of life coaches come alongside these individuals and help them to optimize their potential.

Nov 2018

40 min

John Dennis sits down to talk with Joanna Dennstaedt of Radiant Hope to discuss her organization and how they support cancer patients and their families.

Oct 2018

36 min

John Dennis sits down with Jason Boes, LPC to discuss why it's important to talk about ending therapy with your counselor

Oct 2018

35 min

John Dennis goes over what to expect from your first therapy session. www.parentfamilysolutions.com/podcast

Oct 2018

19 min

John Dennis speaks about the best options for finding the right therapist

Sep 2018

15 min

In this episode I launch the introductory episode for the podcast and explain that the aim of the show is to teach listeners about concepts in mental health and interviewing professionals in the field in order to connect listeners to them.

Sep 2018

13 min

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