Being Human Podcast - Episode 89: Finding Peace in the Presence of God, w/ Dr. Bryan and Amy Grace (Certification Series: Part 6 of 12)

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 89 of the Being Human Podcast: Finding Peace in the Presence of God, w/ Dr. Bryan and Amy Grace (Certification Series: Part 6 of 12)

Find out what’s in the second-level Spirituality course of our new Certification! In this episode, Dr. Greg, Dr. Bryan, and Amy Grace discuss the spiritual and psychological importance of Catholic mindfulness, how it can increase peace in our lives, and why it serves as the basis for the spirituality component of our Certification. 

Discussed in this episode:

  • Isn’t mindfulness Buddhist or “New Age”? 
  • Abandonment to Divine Providence as the foundation of Catholic mindfulness; 
  • An overview of the purgative, illuminative, and unitive way in relation to anxiety; 
  • How peace is possible even in the midst of a psychological disorder;
  • Dr. Greg’s struggle with severe insomnia and his experience of putting mindfulness into practice;  
  • Why we can have hope in the midst of suffering;  
  • How self-awareness is necessary for discernment.


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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.