Being Human Podcast - Episode 86: How Catholic is Your Spirituality? (Certification Series: Part 3 of 12)

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 86 of the Being Human Podcast: How Catholic is Your Spirituality? (Certification Series: Part 3 of 12)

This week, Dr. Greg introduces the first course on spirituality in our new Certification, breaking open the topic of integration and its importance in the work of accompaniment. 

Discussed in this episode:

  • How can this Certification help someone to become a spiritual director? 
  • Errors of Cartesian dualism and its impact on both secular psychology and our modern culture; 
  • Integration as the healing medicine for the disease affecting not only modern culture but the Church as well;
  • An introduction to Fr. Benedict Groeschel and how his writings influenced the development of the CatholicPsych model;
  • The overlap between not only spirituality and psychology but biology as well; 
  • How the anxiety or peace we feel in this life is directly related to our spiritual life; 
  • The danger of presenting objective truth in a way that is divorced from subjective experience;
  • Catholic Mindfulness as a practical way to integrate spirituality and psychology. 


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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.