Being Human Podcast - Episode 103: Is This Just Therapy…in Disguise? w/ Dr. Bryan and Amy Grace

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 103 of the Being Human Podcast: Is it Psychotherapy in Disguise? w/ Dr. Bryan and Amy Grace

Is there a real difference between traditional psychotherapy and IDDM (Mentorship)? Or is it actually therapy just disguised as something new? What are the differences exactly? And how can IDDM be effective and personal if it’s not face to face? This week on the podcast, Dr. Greg welcomes back co-hosts Dr. Bryan and Amy Grace for a deep dive into these questions and more! 

Discussed in this episode:

  • The difficulty of fully understanding IDDM prior to an experience of it;
  • The daily aspect of IDDM as a means of entering a client’s life in a more experiential and consistent way;
  • What is projection, and how does it impact our relationship with God? 
  • Scrupulosity as a disorder that needs deeper spiritual dimensions integrated into psychological help given;
  • The tendency to apply psychological experience to God and how IDDM helps to remove blocks in how we relate to God.
  • IDDM as entering into the messiness of the touchpoints between psychology and spirituality;
  • How the model is more personal despite dialogue through recorded voice messages rather than face to face;
  • The Catholic anthropology (upon which IDDM is based) as deeper than “cultural Catholicism” or the use of prayer in session;
  • The subjective criteria of diagnosis and why insurance companies do not support our model;
  • The importance of speaking with a professional who understands how and for what purpose the human person is made;
  • Our need for the transcendent in order to make sense of suffering and death. 


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About Dr. Greg and the CatholicPsych Institute

Dr. Bottaro is a clinical psychologist and founder of the CatholicPsych Institute. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, a graduate school that integrates Catholic philosophy and theology with sound, empirically validated psychology.

Before his degree, Dr. Bottaro discerned a religious vocation with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs). He lived four years in the Bronx, serving the poor in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi. Under the mentorship of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, this experience helped him form a spirituality based on Abandonment to Divine Providence which he now applies to psychological principles in his practice. He learned from Fr. Benedict how to discern God's voice and live a life in service to others.

Six years after leaving NYC as a friar, he returned as a psychologist. The CatholicPsych Institute began there in 2012 and has since grown to 5 offices with 12 therapists serving clients around the globe.

Dr. Bottaro now lives in Connecticut with his wife Barbra and their seven children. He actively avoids watching the news and spends his free time thinking up crazy new ideas on how to make the world a better place.