Being Human Podcast - Episode 88: When Things Go Wrong, w/ Dr. Bryan and Amy Grace (Certification Series: Part 5 of 12)

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 88 of the Being Human Podcast: When Things Go Wrong, w/ Dr. Bryan and Amy Grace (Certification Series: Part 5 of 12)

Dr. Bryan and Amy Grace join Dr. Greg again this week for a conversation exploring ways that we are wounded in relationships, unhealthy behaviors that can manifest as a result, and the ways our model can help clients gain freedom from problematic patterns of relating. This episode is an introduction to what’s involved in the second-level Psychology course of our new Certification!

Discussed in this episode:

  • The hurt we experience in relationships and how it manifests in defense mechanisms, faulty assumptions, and problematic patterns of relating; 
  • Assessing, addressing, and processing the dynamics of interactions with clients;
  • “I hate you – don’t leave me”: conceptualization of cases as a way to aid clients in recognizing unhealthy relational patterns;
  • The goal of Mentorship as helping clients recognize particular ways they were hurt in relationship, current problematic patterns of relating to others, and ways to correct them; 
  • The Certification’s focus on equipping students with what is essential to accompaniment;
  • Differences between the first and second levels of Certification;
  • The weight of responsibility clinicians have to their clients;  
  • The importance of ongoing supervision and seeking out continual growth as a clinician; 


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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.