This episode features the narration of the article Medical Orgone Therapy by Howard Chavis, M.D. from the Journal of Orgonomy Volume 31 number 2. It is a comprehensive introduction and overview of the type of therapy taught at the ACO and will also be available on Substack as our first post. Listen in to hear more about some of Wilhelm Reich’s major discoveries, the development of medical orgone therapy and what sets it apart from any other psychiatric treatment.
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This episode features the audio from one of our ACO case presentation series webinars, “A Sexually Confused Young Man.” In this episode, Edward Chastka, M.D. tells Dr. Burritt about Bill, a 19-year-old young man who came to him after being discharged from a psychiatric facility where he’d been hospitalized briefly after developing an acute psychosis. His psychotic episode appeared to have been triggered by the increased use of alcohol, cannabis and occasionally, amphetamines.
As Bill emerged from his psychosis, he revealed a history of confusion and fears about his sexuality. Initially, Dr. Chastka’s therapy focused on resolving Bill’s confused and psychotic thinking and then was directed toward helping him discern the relationship between his sexual fears and his paranoid and delusional thinking. Listen in to hear how Dr. Chastka helped Bill understand his sexual feelings and realize what kind of intimate relationship was best for him.
This episode features the audio from one of the ACO case presentation series webinars. Jackie Bosworth M.D. tells Dr. Burritt about an adolescent named Stevie who had to be physically restrained, but she resolved a tense situation and brought him relief. Listen in to hear how Dr. Bosworth was able to connect with Stevie and show him and the staff another approach to emotional and physical distress.
This episode features an extraordinary interview with a patient who tells Dr. Burritt about his background and treatment in medical orgone therapy. For privacy, the patient’s and therapist’s names have been changed. Listen in to hear about David, who was severely ill with polio as a child and separated from his family for treatment. He sought therapy for his anger and anxiety at a crucial moment in his life as an adult and only then learned how truly traumatized he had been. Listen in to hear how his therapy not only helped him, but also went beyond those problems, touching every aspect of his life
This episode features the audio from one of the ACO case presentation series webinars. Salvatore Iacobello, M.D. tells Dr. Burritt about his patient Kate who suffered with symptoms of psychosis and wanted more than just medication to handle her illness. She also wanted more out of life. Listen in to hear how Dr. Iacobello was able to connect with Kate, slowly help her out of her psychotic abyss and improve the quality of her life.
This episode features a discussion with Chris Burritt, D.O. about his article published in the Journal of Orgonomy entitled, “A Family Deals with Its Emotions: Part I.” After reading the article about two parents managing their young child’s emotional upheaval, Dr. Burritt discusses with Susan Marcel, D.O. how he has helped this family and others balance emotional expression with restraint when it comes to healthy ways for both children and parents to express themselves. He also addresses a parent’s counter-productive emotional character traits, and how to manage the way parents relate to each other.
This episode features the audio from one of the ACO case presentation series webinars. Salvatore Iacobello, M.D., tells Dr. Burritt about his six-year-old patient Kayla, who had episodes of anger as well as severe temper tantrums mostly at home, while she was well behaved at school. Her parents sought treatment with Dr. Iacobello because they were unable to effectively deal with this out-of-control child.
Dr. Iacobello utilized play in Kayla’s therapy, providing her with an outlet for emotional expression. Using play also gave the child the opportunity to have the emotional contact she very much needed. Find out how Dr. Iacobello’s methods resulted in a marked reduction of anger episodes and temper tantrums, as well as a significant and positive change in Kayla’s functioning.
This episode features the audio from one of the ACO case presentation series webinars. Chris Burritt, D.O., tells Dr. Marcel about his patient Beth, who reached out for help after having no success with nine other therapists. Although Beth came to Dr. Burritt asking for medication, she also said she wanted to “get to the root of things.” During the first year of therapy, Dr. Burritt developed a solid foundation of trust and support with Beth that allowed her to finally deal with the heart of her problems. Find out how Dr. Burritt’s methods helped her build the groundwork to tolerate expanded functioning in her work and love life.
With the social and political divide that intensified in the U.S. after the 2016 election, doctors Peter A. Crist and Edward Chastka, two ACO psychiatrists, started a sociopolitical discussion group in February of 2017. They wanted to give people an opportunity to look at varying social and political views in our country and in the world using principles from their therapy practices that would allow participants to discuss opposing views with an open mind and get to the heart of the problem. The two doctors taught the group basic principles about how people think and express themselves, so that participants were then able to apply those precepts to working with others in the group, in other social and political situations, and in their personal lives. Listen in to hear an interview with the doctors about the group and their experience.
This episode features a discussion with Alberto Foglia, M.D. about his article in the Journal of Orgonomy entitled “Two Possessed Girls.” After reading the article about two young girls with disturbing and violent behaviors, he discusses with Dr. Burritt how he approached their treatment highlighting key elements of medical orgone therapy.
*This episode includes some mature language*