Nancy Szakacsy, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and author of Hannah Was Here: D.R.E.S.S. an alarm that must be heard, shares her story of the loss of her daughter, Hannah, to D.R.E.S.S. (Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms) Nancy shares openly about the journey of grief she has travelled since the loss of Hannah and the help she now offers families facing D.R.E.S.S. and loss across the world. This is a heart wrenching interview. I want you to listen, but if you find that it begins to trigger you, I want to encourage you to do what you need to do to manage the triggers and emotions, which may mean to stop listening to this episode or to listen with a loved one or friend who can be there with you. Push the play button above to listen to the show or use the links below to listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.
DRESS syndrome stands for Drug Reaction (or Rash) with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms. The term was coined in a 1996 report in an attempt to simplify terminology for a syndrome recognized as early as 1959. It is a syndrome, caused by exposure to certain medications, that may cause a rash, fever, inflammation of internal organs,lymphadenopathy, and characteristic hematologic abnormalities such as eosinophilia, thrombocytopenia, and atypical lymphocytosis. The syndrome carries about a 10% mortality.
Marcia Naomi Berger, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and author of Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You’ve Always Wanted, shares about how the wound of her parent’s divorce affected her pattern of attachment in finding a love relationship towards marriage. Naomi also shares about her expertise on helping couples to connect more deeply with one another through weekly marriage meetings that she teaches about through her book, workshops, and private practice. Push the play button above to listen to the show or use the links below to listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.
One of my favorite things that Naomi said on the show concerning marriage mentors was: “I think the role models are really, really important.”
Dr. Stan Tatkin, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and author of Wired For Love: How Understanding Your Partner’s Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship, recalls how the kindness of his therapist and feeling loved helped to shape him through his own self-actualization and help mold him as a psychotherapist. Stan also shares about the approach he developed called the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT) which assists couples in co-regulating at a nervous system level to create positive experiences of excitement, positive experiences of relaxation, and as a team, the couple can shorten and alleviate negative experiences or distress. Push the play button above to listen to the show or use the links below to listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.
Here are a few of my favorite insights that Stan shared on the show:
Concerning His Growth as a Person and Psychotherapist:“I’ve come to see that attention and presence is very connected to developing feelings of love… Maybe that’s a function of age. Maybe it’s a function of gratitude as well. Maybe it’s a function of the kind of work I do… it’s all of the above.”
Concerning the Benefits of Psychotherapy:“I think there’s no better schooling. Because it is really like going to school, we should call it education instead of therapy. It’s going to relationship school with another person who can help heal the injuries, heal the experiences, and create new experiences for us that we carry forward into other relationships. For those people who think that therapy is for the mentally ill, that is no longer the case. Therapy is for Everybody!”
Concerning Healing and Growth:“Our medicine has been and will always be people. Relationship.”
Dr. Barbara Steffens, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and co-author of Your Sexually Addicted Spouse: How Partners Can Cope and Heal, shares about her own healing journey through Partner Betrayal Trauma as a result of her husband’s sexual betrayal. Barbara also shares about how her work has created a paradigm shift in the treatment approach for those who have been sexually betrayed by a partner. Push the play button above to listen to the show or use the links below to listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.
One of my favorite things that Barbara shared on the show was: “This is about trauma. This isn’t about codependency…”
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Brian Kypta, is on the show this week sharing about his struggle with finding a sense of belonging throughout his life. Brian also talks with David about how Emotionally Focused Therapy is helping his clients to relate to themselves and their loved ones in the ‘here and now’ of psychotherapy. Push the play button above to listen to the show or use the links below to listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.
Kathleen Mates-Youngman, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is our guest on the show this week. Kathleen shares about her struggle with anxiety and panic attacks and how that has helped shape her heart as a therapist. She also talks about Schema Therapy in breaking negative thought patterns and her book on helping couples connect and love one another daily. Push the play button above to listen to the show or use the links below to listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.