Being Human Podcast - Episode 85: The New Psych 101 w/ Dr. Bryan Violette & Amy Grace Miller (Certification Series: Part 2 of 12)

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 85 of the Being Human Podcast: The New Psych 101 w/ Dr. Bryan Violette and Amy Grace Miller (Certification Series: Part 2 of 12)

The second episode of our new 12-part series introducing each course of our certification! This week Dr. Greg changes it up by welcoming past podcast guests Dr. Bryan Violette and Amy Grace Miller back to the show for a roundtable conversation about psychological theories and how our certification brings together those most consistent with a Catholic anthropology. 


Discussed in this episode:

  • The lack of a shared philosophical foundation in the field of psychology and the need for anthropology as a lens through which we can view the psychological sciences;
  • An overview of the development of various psychological theories; 
  • Why psychodynamic interpersonal theory is foundational to our model;
  • Research in the field of psychology as skewed by specific agendas and ideologies;
  • Relational templates formed in childhood and the ways they are projected onto other relationships; 
  • The work of Harry Stack Sullivan and his relational stages of development;
  • Limitations of both IFS theory and the research of John Gottman; 
  • Ethics in psychology and the importance of self-awareness when helping others in this field.

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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.