The Lens

The Lens
A podcast about psychotherapy, discovery, and creation.

Katie Krawczyk
May 12 • 130 min
Katie Krawczyk is Chief Executive Officer and Partner at 19 IDEAS, a marketing, PR, and web development company she started with her husband, Dan Gigante. Katie qualifies a genuine Buffalo Boss Babe, but if you ask her (or Denis), she’s simply the boss.…
Avishai Afek
Apr 21 • 141 min
Avi was born in Jerusalem as a wave of hope was cresting. Hope in a peace that had drawn closer than anyone dared to imagine. Hope felt so strongly by Avi’s parents, his middle name is Shalom. Over the next twenty years Avi and his family found themselves…
Travel On with Garrett Shea
Feb 17 • 111 min
Garrett Shea wants to bring poetry to pop. And if a song happens to save a life, that isn’t too shabby either (stay tuned to hear THAT story and song at the end of the episode). As a proud Villa Maria student, Garrett majored in Music Industry. There he…
We Are Building a Religion
Jan 6 • 33 min
In this Sunday Shit-Show edition of the Lens. Denis invites you to create a reasonable religion with him. What could go wrong?
The Art of Dog with Dave Putman
Dec 30, 2018 • 87 min
Dave began his career as a dog trainer with mentor Josh Moran, who Denis interviewed in Episode 3. Dave and Josh have a podcast, Philosophers and Madmen, which focuses on dog-training and world-renowned dog-trainers. Dave and Denis talk loads about BJJ.…
We Moved!
Nov 25, 2018 • 23 min
In this Sunday Shit Show edition of the The Lens, Denis practices Inner Authority, a tool that helps you get in touch with your shadow so that you can speak to an audience. Do you want to be real? Do you want to be brilliant? Do you believe that gaining…
Shari Berman
Nov 18, 2018 • 121 min
Shari Berman’s movie, My Life as Abraham Lincoln, is a journey with a woman desperately trying to unravel the tragic mystery of her own mind. It’s also a joyous love letter to films and film genres Shari most enjoys. Shari also directed Sugar, a…
Notes from The Horizons Conference
Oct 8, 2018 • 74 min
Denis attended The Horizons Conference: Perspectives on Psychedelics. There he met with other enthusiastic attendees, most notably Kalindi Iyi, Hamilton Morris, and Roberta Russell. He also got to hear accomplished speakers share their research findings…
All I Need with Myron Deputat
Sep 30, 2018 • 80 min
Myron is a renaissance man. A devoted full time engineer, and part time music writer, producer, and charismatic leader of the band, Those Idiots. If you find yourself in Buffalo the day after Easter, prepare to encounter a parallel universe in which…
Summer’s Eulogy
Sep 9, 2018 • 16 min
Just because something doesn’t last doesn’t mean it sucks.
Monuments to Cognitive Dissonance
Sep 3, 2018 • 147 min
Denis goes on a road trip to Kentucky with a couple of his former church brothers. They talk creationism vs. evolution, christianity vs. agnosticism; all the while surfing waves of cognitive dissonance.
I Got My Hospital Bill
Aug 19, 2018 • 14 min
In this episode of the Sunday Shit Show, Denis gets his Hospital Bill. It was absolutely shocking. He also talks about the Rust Belt Adventure Cottage that will rise from the ashes of what his wife claims is a buffet of human flesh for rat-mites and other…
From Warrior to Protector with Max Rathburn
Aug 12, 2018 • 87 min
Max is an arborist and black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu living in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. He and Denis talk about the ‘street-readiness’ mindset of Jiu Jitsu, and how training and experience has brought him on a voyage from warrior to…
Moving Forward with Adrian Michael Kelly
Aug 5, 2018 • 110 min
Reading Adrian’s novel, Down Sterling Road was an emotional experience for Denis. They talk about Adrian’s writing, and growing up in a small town in 1970s Canada. Adrian also shares the tools (from the book, The Tools) that help him move forward and…
Problems Are No Reason To Suffer
Jul 29, 2018 • 17 min
Denis goes to Boston to see Radiohead with his son, Matvey, and their generous friend, Dave. Denis mentioned how Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now provided some perspective as even a perfect trip like this is not without its problems.
My Legs Stopped Working
Jul 22, 2018 • 22 min
In this episode of the Sunday Shit Show, Denis talks about his anniversary with Marjorie and how his legs stopped working and how he thought he was having a stroke and how he then performed a daring and romantic feat of telepathy. It was a good day.
Winning Might Be Nice Too
Jul 15, 2018 • 35 min
Why not win? All it takes is micro-transactions in The Field, combat on the mats, and regular cleansing from demoralization with help from The Mother.
How to not get screwed by your software developer
Jul 8, 2018 • 57 min
Even when they have the best intentions, your developer may be deluded into thinking they are writing the solution you need for a price worth paying. Despite bad estimates and misplaced priorities, these simple steps will ensure you end up with a useful…
Should I help you kill yourself?
Jul 1, 2018 • 31 min
Physician assisted suicide is legal in some states and countries. Should mental health counselors play a part in that process? Or is suicide a therapist’s ultimate failure? What is our job anyway?
History in the Making - Vancouver
Jun 24, 2018 • 44 min
I came to watch some thoughtful people make history. I encountered a socialist paradise, the greenest city in the world, and numerous BJJ enthusiasts who made me feel quite at home. Cheers, Vancouver!
I Quit My Job
Jun 17, 2018 • 64 min
Denis quit his job …and turned 49 … and went on another mushroom trip …and wrote some code … and decided he better get back to doing this podcast.
Chris Benker
Feb 15, 2018 • 81 min
Denis and Chris catch up after 20 years of not seeing each other. They talk about the miracles of their birth and the stunning impermanence of their work. Lola the aztec mountain chihuahua performs her high and lonesome song. Earlier in the show… Denis…
Marquean Tucker
Feb 8, 2018 • 106 min
Today on the Lens I talk to Marquean Tucker… or maybe you know him as ENOK. Marquean is a DJ and producer of experimental trap music. today. Marquean is the opening act for many of his DJ, EDM, TRAP, and DubStep idols, and he’s got even bigger things…
Abdul Sallaj
Feb 1, 2018 • 83 min
Abdul Sallaj is a psychiatrist in Chicago. We talked about aspects of the developing mind that are unique to growing up in a household steeped in religious fundamentalism. We also talked way too much about spanking… ouch! Abdul and Denis conducted their…
Jon Elston
Jan 25, 2018 • 130 min
Jon Elston is a playwright who, in 2003, co-founded Road Less Traveled Productions, a theater company in Buffalo, NY. Jon has won numerous awards for his writing. We talked about how a love for the truth can lead to a crisis of loyalty. We explore the…
Brian Herberger
Jan 11, 2018 • 74 min
Brian is an educator who wrote the young adult novel, Miss E. Brian began his teaching career in Washington DC area middle schools. He continues to work in school districts to help educators better integrate learning with technology. We talk about his…
Valerie Masai-Aspaas
Jan 6, 2018 • 110 min
Val is also known as “Valociraptor”, she is the first professional woman MMA fighter to hail from our Western New York region.
A Predator Like Me
Nov 2, 2017 • 75 min
Today I heard my friend’s voice pronounce that I was old. I was out of touch. And I was a predator. And a predator like me should never be allowed to become a mental health counselor. Quite a moment, eh? Well… How did I get here?
Psilocybin Trip 2017
Oct 14, 2017 • 91 min
I wouldn’t call it a bad trip. Would you?
Phil Stutz
Aug 29, 2017 • 62 min
Phil wrote The Tools, and Coming Alive with his writing partner Barry Michels. Their tools are helping thousands of people (me included) live courageously by releasing them from traps set by resentment, fear, inauthenticity, worry, hurt feelings,…
Abby Spindelman
Aug 15, 2017 • 101 min
Abby created Intimacy Alive, where she offers coaching in relationships and intimacy. She is also a yoga instructor. We talked about her transition from interior design industry employee in NYC to business owner in Buffalo.
Omeri Monroe
Aug 2, 2017 • 81 min
Omeri Monroe writes songs. He performs two of them on today’s show. We talk about the people that inspire him, and what he does to prepare for a performance.
Joshua Curry-Bascome
Jul 22, 2017 • 96 min
Joshua Curry-Bascome works with the homeless so YOU don’t have to, and he does it with an open mind, brimming with enthusiasm for philosophy and maximum awareness.
Erik Light
Jul 9, 2017 • 102 min
Erik Light discovers interesting people doing interesting things. Then he conceptualizes, writes, directs, shoots, and edits a reality web series with them. The process to bring one concept to life takes loads of personal sacrifice and years of his life.…
Stephen Godchaux
Jun 29, 2017 • 90 min
Stephen has written for a dozen television shows, including Roseanne and Spin City. He was the Executive Producer and head writer of the acclaimed series Dead Like Me on Showtime. He has written television pilots for CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC, FX, TNT and USA.…
Angela Myles Beeching
Jun 22, 2017 • 96 min
A self-described, recovering cellist… Angela wrote the book on how to create a career in music, and she works directly with composers, giving them tools to get unstuck, take risks, and face the hard questions only art can answer.
Josh Moran
Jun 17, 2017 • 84 min
Josh is The Barefoot Dog Trainer. He is also one of the Philosophers and Madmen who trains Jiu Jitsu at BUMA. We talk about how he became a full time dog trainer and the ways we all discover behavior that “just works”, and how natural it is for us to…
Margo de Beijer-Meijer
Jun 10, 2017 • 101 min
Margo is a life coach and ADHD coach at Meijer & de Beijer in Amsterdam. We talk about how The Tools lit a fire under our midlife asses, what it ultimately takes to switch to an entirely different career in your forties, and the medicine Margo herself…
Is this show for you?
Jun 2, 2017 • 41 min
In this introductory episode, we look through the lenses of curiosity, psychotherapy, music, psychedelics, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Sexual Harassment, Marriage, Transgender, Midlife Crisis, and the impending loss of all our jobs and major industries. The…