Being Human Podcast - Episode 82: Changing the Rules: Creating a Catholic Standard for Mental Health

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 82 of the Being Human Podcast: Changing the Rules: Creating a Catholic Standard for Mental Health

In this episode, Dr. Greg officially introduces the brand new CatholicPsych certification program! He breaks open what it is, what it isn’t, who it’s for, and how it will provide a more effective way to help others carry their mental health burdens. 

Discussed in this episode:

  • Overview of the new CatholicPsych certification and invitation to the Open House;
  • The certification as a model of integration with a goal to help others become healthier, holier, and happier;  
  • Psychology as the intersection between our spiritual and physical lives;
  • Why we need a blueprint for what it means to be human when it comes to helping people carry their mental health burdens; 
  • The importance of Pope St. John Paul II’s anthropology of the human person;  
  • The reason spiritual direction and psychotherapy should not actually be separate; 


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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 six 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.