Being Human Podcast - Episode 91: Exploring a Case Study Through a Catholic Lens, w/ Dr. Bryan and Amy Grace (Certification Series: Part 8 of 12)

Uncategorized Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 91 of the Being Human Podcast: Exploring a Case Study Through a Catholic Lens, w/ Dr. Bryan and Amy Grace (Certification Series: Part 8 of 12)

Every individual person’s story is completely unique and unrepeatable. So how is it possible that we have predictable patterns of behaving which can be generalized to others? Continuing the series focused on our new Certification, Dr. Greg, Dr. Bryan, and Amy Grace explore this question while opening up the third-level psychology course through discussion of a case vignette. 

Discussed in this episode:

  • What is a case vignette? 
  • The impossibility of generalizing an individual’s experience; 
  • Our defenses as crystallized ways we learned to protect ourselves against pain;  
  • The “both and” of predictable patterns of behavior and the unique, unrepeatable ways individuals display that behavior;
  • The family as a school of love where we are meant to learn in that school;  
  • Where does security come from?
  • Attachment theory, and God as our ultimate secure attachment;
  • Learning how to receive God’s love in order to give it to one’s children; 
  • The importance of genuine love for one’s clients in the accompaniment relationship; 
  • How Mentorship locks in on the uniqueness of the person, even in their defenses;
  • The danger of proposing a solution to psychological ills that does not involve the spiritual life;
  • What’s coming up next in our Certification series.


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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.