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Interview with a Therapist

The aim of “Interview with a Therapist” is to humanize the therapist and destigmatize the treatment. This podcast takes a personal look inside the professionals who treat mental health. Each episode is an interview with a different therapist using the same 10 questions. This format is inspired by James Lipton and The Actor’s Studio; the Vanity Fair Proust Questionnaire; NPR’s Terry Gross and Dan Gottlieb’s Voices in the Family.


Mark Barajas, Ph.D.
Mark Barajas, Ph.D. is a bilingual Licensed Psychologist and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Saint Mary’s College of California. Professor Barajas teaches courses in Psychopathology, Theories of Counseling, Family Psychology and Race, Culture, and Ethnicity in Psychology and conducts research exploring the broad intersection of culture and mental health. In his private practice, he provides psychological assessment and treats a small caseload of individuals and couples using an emotion-focused framework. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from UC Davis and Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. His practice information can be found at Support the show
30:08 6/6/22
Robin Pope Santa-Teresa, Psy.D.
Dr. Robin Pope Santa-Teresa is a licensed psychologist and school psychologist.  Dr. Santa-Teresa specializes in working with educational and mental health professionals using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and iRest Yoga Nida meditation.  She also is trained and experienced in working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and is fluent in American Sign Language. Dr. Santa-Teresa has been providing therapy through telehealth since 2015.  In addition to therapy, she does consultation and assessment for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students and teaches through Western New Mexico University.  Her practice information can be found at the show
49:14 6/6/22
Morgan Rakay, LPC
Morgan Rakay is a licensed professional counselor and board-certified dance/movement therapist who specializes in medical illness and chronic pain, caregiver issues, grief and loss. Morgan runs a small private practice in Philadelphia, PA, where she also offers community education in values-based advance care planning. She enjoys guest lecturing for several local universities and teaching hospitals and working as program coordinator for Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia. Her practice information can be found at the show
29:46 5/1/22
Christy Yerk-Smith, MA, NCC, LPC
Christy received her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology at  Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She has over 25  years of professional experience in teaching and counseling children, adolescents, and adults, in a wide variety of issues, and is skilled at supervising other therapists for licensure. She has worked within the criminal justice system, at inpatient, outpatient, residential treatment and partial hospitalization facilities; managed care insurance offices, and Lehigh University’s Counseling Center as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor as well as the assistant director of  the Counseling Center at DeSales University and adjunct professor at DeSales University and Albright College.  She owns a private practice "Awareness To Change" in Allentown, PA.Support the show
52:40 3/13/22
Quanesha Johnson, LPC
Quanesha Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Educator. Her private practice is BTG Counseling & Educational Services, LLC. BTG stands for "bridging the gap."  She has a diverse background working with a multitude of individuals in a variety of settings, always taking a multicultural approach during her counseling sessions. Additionally, Quanesha provides educational workshops and trainings to schools, colleges, businesses, nonprofits and places of worship. One of her most popular presentations is on "Time Management."Support the show
47:22 3/13/22
Angelica Ventresca, LSW
"Today on “Interview with a Therapist” I will be speaking with Angelica Ventresca, a Licensed Social Worker who has been practicing as a therapist for 20 years. Her passion has always been working with children and adolescents. She currently works for a non-profit organization and in a private practice. The private practice is Breathe Easy Therapy located in Center Valley, PA. Support the show
47:04 3/6/22
Cynthia Piccini, LMFT
Today on “Interview with a Therapist” I will be speaking with Cynthia Piccini, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and owner of Breathe Easy Therapy Services in the Lehigh Valley. She specializes in treating couples with past relationship betrayals as well as individuals with trauma. The practice has been both virtual and in person since completing the Telemental Health Law and Ethics Certification in February of 2020. Practice information can be found on The practice believes in collaborating with any facilities necessary to help propel clients to meet their goals. They take a wellness approach that believes in more than an hour of therapy, but a mind, body, and relational context to living in fullness. Support the show
32:45 2/20/22
Mary Kelly, Ph.D.
Dr. Mary Kelly is a Licensed Psychologist who specializes in treating stress, anxiety, and mood disorders, using Cognitive Behavioral and Acceptance and Commitment Therapies.  Dr. Kelly is in private practice and currently providing telehealth services in New Jersey.  Her practice information can be located on the Psychology Today therapist directory by using the search terms "Mary Kelly New Jersey."  As a personal aside, we worked together during our post-doc training at Rutgers University's counseling center. Support the show
50:06 9/12/21
Seth Grossman, Psy.D.
Dr. Seth Grossman is a licensed psychologist in Coral Springs, FL. He will soon be opening the next incarnation of his private practice, The Center for Psychological Freedom, where he will be focusing on emerging from difficult relationship patterns and focusing on the psychological aspects of health and well-being. He is also the primary co-author of the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-IV, the widely-used personality inventory. You can learn more about him at, and soon at As a personal aside, I was lucky to have Dr. Grossman as one of my clinical superiors during my internship. Support the show
36:23 4/27/21
Jeanie Chang, LMFT
Jeanie Chang is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, global speaker, bestselling author, and DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) consultant. She is an AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) mental health expert and is the founder of Your Change Provider, PLLC an interdisciplinary practice founded on solutions and her unique framework cultural confidence. As a personal aside, I lived up the street from Jeanie as a teen as we both went to the same high school. Support the show
25:39 4/27/21
Charles Kim, LMHC
Charles Kim is a licensed mental health counselor who works at a college counseling center in Boston, MA. Previously, he worked as a case manager and therapist at a residential facility for adolescents placed in temporary to long term state care. His clinical interests include the impact of adverse childhood experiences, addressing learned helplessness and kindness as a therapeutic modality.Support the show
27:38 3/7/21
Lara Traeger, Ph.D.
Dr. Lara Traeger is a Licensed Psychologist who specializes in behavioral medicine - a field that combines knowledge in the biological, behavioral, psychological and social sciences to improve health and wellbeing. Dr. Traeger works at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. She focuses on treating adults affected by cancer. As a personal aside, we were not only co-workers at a large management consulting firm in NYC, but we both also attended University of Miami for our doctorates. Support the show
17:59 3/7/21
Julie Grant, Ph.D., ABPP
Have you ever struggled with sleep difficulties? Did you know there are sleep psychologists who specialize in treating sleep disorders? We have one today on our show. Dr. Julie Grant is a licensed psychologist who is board certified in behavioral sleep medicine. She currently practices in the Atlanta metropolitan area and we are going to chat with her about her work and her views on therapy. Dr. Grant and I go way back to our doctoral training days at the University of Miami - Go Canes!Support the show
26:24 1/31/21
Danielle Hadeed de Silva, Ph.D.
Dr. Danielle Hadeed de Silva is a licensed psychologist who specializes in mindfulness-based stress reduction, hypnotherapy, and family medical illness. Dr. Hadeed de Silva has a small private practice, and primarily teaches online. She currently teaches in the Graduate Psychology program at Purdue University Global. And will soon be starting teaching with Yorkville University in Canada. Dr. Hadeed de Silva and I know each other from our University of Miami days, when we were fellow students in the Counseling Psychology PhD program.Support the show
25:11 1/31/21
Ellen Vaughan, Ph.D.
Dr. Vaughan is an associate professor in the Counseling and Counseling Psychology programs in the School of Education at Indiana University- Bloomington.  She is a licensed psychologist who spends most of her clinical time supervising therapists in training. Her clinical experience and expertise are in the areas of Latinx Mental Health and substance use disorders. To these ends, she serves as a clinical supervisor for doctoral students learning to provide therapy in Spanish and to treat substance use disorders. She is also principal investigator for a study in brief cognitive behavioral intervention for young adults with substance use disorders. Support the show
30:07 12/2/20
Arturo Cid, LCSW
Arturo Cid is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience in his field, in which he also holds Diplomate status. He graduated from Florida International University. He is currently on the PTSD team with the Department of Veteran Affairs. A portion of his private practice is devoted to forensic work including expert witness testimony in legal contexts such as proving extreme hardship in deportation, asylum, and spousal abuse cases as well as child custody and welfare concerns. He is a husband and father. Support the show
29:46 12/2/20
Dr. Kym McCabe, Ph.D.
I will be speaking with Dr. Kym McCabe; a Licensed Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Miami, Florida.  Dr. McCabe is a Dialectical Behavior therapy specialist who works with adolescents, adults and families.  If you would like to learn more about Dr. McCabe and her psychology practice you can contact her directly through her psychology today profile or via email at As a personal aside, Dr. McCabe and I were graduate students together at the university of Miami!  Support the show
33:47 11/23/20
Barbara Uchino, Ph.D.
I will be speaking with Barbara Uchino, a licensed psychologist in private practice in Tallahassee, Florida. She sees adults and couples and is a certified Sex Therapist. Prior to private practice, she worked at Florida State University's Counseling Center for 2 years and then worked at the Tallahassee VA for 6 years. She's a graduate of the University of Miami where she received her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. You can check out her website at That’s t-a-l-l-y Support the show
32:10 11/22/20
Indira Abraham-Pratt, Ph.D., ABPP
I will be speaking with Dr. Indira Abraham-Pratt. Dr. Pratt is a board-certified Clinical Health Psychologist, who graduated from the University of Miami (FL) with a doctorate in counseling psychology and specializes in pediatric psychology. She works in a multidisciplinary, pediatric obesity program at a large hospital system in Orlando, Florida. We were peers in the same counseling psychology program. Go Canes!Support the show
21:40 11/22/20
Summer Sullivan, Ph.D.
TodI will be speaking with Dr. Summer Sullivan. Dr. Sullivan is a licensed psychologist and co-owner of South Miami Psychology Group, a private practice in Miami, FL with 11 clinicians. In addition to managing the practice, Dr. Sullivan provides individual, couples and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults. In order to support her clients, Dr. Sullivan utilizes an integrative framework of both Western and Eastern philosophies including traditional psychotherapy methods with mindfulness-based techniques, energy psychology, somatic treatments, and energy healing. She also uses the healing properties of crystals, sound bowls, essential oils, and spirituality to facilitate a deeper healing and to enhance well-being. Support the show
25:56 11/22/20
Have you ever wondered what is it like to be a therapist? Or how the work of treating mental health conditions affects them? Interview with a Therapist is a look inside the professionals who help people with mental illness. The aim of this podcast is to humanize the therapist and destigmatize the treatment. We hope you will join us as we pose the same 10 personal questions to a different therapist each episode. Support the show
00:40 11/22/20
Pilot-John Hong, M.D.
This is the podcast's pilot episode with my husband, John Hong, M.D., a Trauma Surgeon at a Level I hospital in Allentown, PA. He answers the 10 questions from a surgeon's perspective. Enjoy!Support the show
25:05 11/18/20