Show Notes

A Country in need of Healing, May Just Need Therapy

Welcome to another episode of the Derate The Hate podcast with your host, Wilk Wilkinson. Today, Wilk is joined by Phyllis E. Leavitt to delve into her upcoming book, "America in Therapy: A New Approach to Hope and Healing for a Nation In Crisis". In this compelling discussion, Leavitt explores innovative ways to bring hope and healing to a nation grappling with increasing divisiveness and violence. She underscores the urgent need to reverse these troubling trends by applying psychological and psychotherapeutic principles to improve the collective mental health of the country.

Phyllis highlights the transformative power of personal responsibility, managing destructive impulses, and fostering empathy and understanding towards others. She passionately argues for the importance of investing in families and dedicating resources to their well-being as foundational steps towards societal healing.

Wilk draws connections to his own work with the Braver Angels organization, which aims to bridge societal divides through grassroots efforts. This episode is packed with key insights on how to address the rising tensions in America, promote peace, and rebuild connections within our communities. Tune in to learn how psychology can pave the way for a healthier, more unified society.



  • The rise of divisiveness and violence in society is a sign that America is in crisis and needs a new approach to hope and healing.
  • The principles of psychology and psychotherapy can be applied to address the collective mental health of the nation.
  • Taking responsibility for oneself and treating others with empathy and understanding are key to building peace and re-connection.
  • Investing in families and allocating resources to support their well-being is crucial for healing and creating a better society.

Who is Phyllis E. Leavitt?

Phyllis Leavitt has a Masters’ Degree in Psychology and Counseling from Antioch University. She co-directed the Parents United sexual abuse treatment program in Santa Fe, New Mexico for two years and then went into private practice full time. Phyllis has treated children, families, couples, and individual adults for 34 years, and has worked extensively with abuse and dysfunctional family dynamics, their aftermath, and some of the most important elements for healing. She has two previous books, A Light in the Darkness and Into the Fire. Her latest book, America in Therapy: A New Approach to Hope and Healing for a Nation in Crisis, published by Morgan James Publishing, explores the roots of divisiveness and violence in America from a psychological point of view, with the goal of bringing the best of what heals relationships and  restores us to safety, into national conversation. Phyllis lives with her husband in Taos, NM and is now focusing on writing and speaking.

Learn more about and connect with Phyllis E. Leavitt online: 

Website: https://www.phyllisleavitt.com/

Facebook: @phyllis.Leavitt

Instagram: @phyllis_e_leavitt

LinkedIn: @phyllis-leavitt-630179255/

BUY THE BOOK!  "America in Therapy: A New Approach to Hope and Healing for a Nation In Crisis"

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