Being Human Podcast - Episode 107: What to Look For in a Mental Health Professional

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 107 of the Being Human Podcast: What to Look For in a Mental Health Professional

In this week’s episode, Dr. Greg begins with an announcement of the newest publication of the CatholicPsych Press while also diving into some of the most important factors in the work of accompanying others. In the end, he reveals the one question to ask yourself when searching for a professional to accompany you! 

Discussed in this episode:

  • What does it mean for someone to call themselves a “professional”?
  • Why the work of accompaniment is not the work of saving people;
  • God as the agent of change in the therapeutic relationship; 
  • The call to give of oneself to others and the importance of appropriate boundaries; 
  • The danger in mental health professionals believing their identity hinges on whether a client receives the help given to them; 
  • The difference between coaching vs. accompaniment; 
  • Catholic mental health professionals as a “middle man” between the client and God;
  • Announcement about the new edition of The Art of Existential Counseling now available through the CatholicPsych Press.


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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.