Dr. Raissa Miller interviews Richard Hill and Matthew Dahlitz about their recent book, A Practitioner's Guide to the Science of Psychotherapy. Richard and Matthew unpack the meaning of the word 'science' and discuss its real-world application in the counseling room. They share multiple analogies and personal antidotes that emphasize the importance of attunement, curiosity, responsiveness, and intuition as the foundation of science-driven therapeutic encounter.
Richard Hill, MA, MEd, MBMSc, DPC, has emerged from a diverse and fascinating journey to become an innovative speaker on the mind, brain and the human condition. From an early career in the creative arts, Richard returned to intellectual studies at 42 (1996) beginning with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in linguistics. This triggered a curiosity that led to a diploma in counselling and a new career in psychotherapy. Studying continued and he has added three Masters degrees – an MA in Social Ecology; an MEd in Social Ecology; and a Masters in Brain and Mind Sciences (MBMSc) from Sydney University. Richard is also fortunate to be mentored by the esteemed Ernest Rossi PhD who has invited Richard into the International Psychosocial Genomics Research Team to study the impact of therapeutic practice on the genetic level.
Matthew Dahlitz is Editor-in-Chief of The Science of Psychotherapy, psychotherapist, author and filmmaker. He has had an eclectic career as an entrepreneur, businessman, paramedic, composer, music producer and freelance writer. He has spent over a decade at universities, with three degrees in the social & medical sciences and the arts, but the most instructive schooling has been through life itself.
Miller, R (Producer). (2022, August 31). An Expansive Perspective on the Science of Psychotherapy [Audio Podcast]. The Thoughtful Counselor. Retrieved from https://concept.paloaltou.edu/resources/the-thoughtful-counselor-podcast/an-expansive-perspective-on-the-science-of-psychotherapy?hs_preview=YikLbndw-83599363474
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