Dr. Ellen Kenner
Clinical Psychologist
host of "The Rational Basis® of Happiness"
 
 

 

How to Ask
Dr. Kenner
a Question

(This has been a free public service since 1997)

Ask by phone:
The toll-free number is
1-877-Dr-Kenner
(877-375-3663)
Why free? See below.

Ask by e-mail:
Although you won't receive as thorough an answer as if you were to phone in live, you can still email Dr. Kenner a question

When to call:
Call any time before 10pm (Eastern Time). If she is not available, she will return your call as soon as she is free.

Call or e-mail?
You will receive the fastest, most accurate answer if you ask by phone. Most calls are answered. Not all emails are answered due to their large quantity.

What you can not ask:
Dr. Kenner does not take calls regarding suicide, medication, legal issues or any matter that threatens life or property and you must contact a local mental health professional, lawyer, doctor or the police if this is the case.

Why for free?
This has been a free public service since 1997. Why would a well known clinical psychologist answer your question for free and pay for the phone call too? Because Dr. Kenner makes her answer available on her podcast / talk show so others with the same issue can benefit. The show is a public service and is question-driven; your questions are the motor of the show.

This is not therapy
Although you will be receiving helpful advice from Dr. Kenner, remember that this is not therapy and cannot replace a fully contextual one-on-one relationship with a mental health professional.

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The Art of Avoiding Responsibility
by Appealing to a "Moral Authority"

Elisa had had it with her husband. She has been to the emergency room twice after he punched her in the gut and twisted her arm badly. She has taken abuse from him for years. Elisa had had it…that is until this past week. The therapist asked if she wanted to press charges against him as she had been seriously considering doing. No, Elisa replies, he's found God, he says he's mending his ways. ...(more)

   
   
   
         
         
         
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Listen to Archived Shows
(Available anytime)
Below, you can download the full show or any of the four segments that make it up.
To subscribe to any of these podcast segments go to the Dr. Kenner podcast page.
 
Apr 19, 2014
96 kbps mono, 44.1 kHz sample rate
full show mp3 38meg/55min
The segments below are stripped of some elements for faster podcast download times:
Podcast a mp3 approx 4meg/6min
Podcast b mp3 approx 6meg/9min
Podcast c mp3 approx 7meg/10min
Podcast d mp3 approx 6meg/9min
Segment A- How my son showed me the importance of being a dad.
Segment B- I'm concerned that my boyfriend wants to change careers.
Segment C- My three year old son very suddenly began testing his limits.
Segment D- The health benefits of massage - a short interview with therapist Gretchen Blycher.
 
Apr 12, 2014
96 kbps mono, 44.1 kHz sample rate
full show mp3 38meg/55min
The segments below are stripped of some elements for faster podcast download times:
Podcast a mp3 approx 4meg/6min
Podcast b mp3 approx 6meg/9min
Podcast c mp3 approx 7meg/10min
Podcast d mp3 approx 6meg/9min
Segment A- I get very nervous in all social situations.
Segment B- 1-Bad diet habits. 2-My college son can't sleep because he is afraid he can't sleep.
Segment C- Should I stand by my wife and let her growing confusions run their course, or should I protect myself and leave her?
Segment D- 1-My boyfriend is in love with his therapist. 2-Why does it hurt so much to be romantically rejected?
 
Apr 5, 2014
96 kbps mono, 44.1 kHz sample rate
full show mp3 38meg/55min
The segments below are stripped of some elements for faster podcast download times:
Podcast a mp3 approx 4meg/6min
Podcast b mp3 approx 6meg/9min
Podcast c mp3 approx 7meg/10min
Podcast d mp3 approx 6meg/9min
Segment A- Sixty year old multiple divorcee asks "How do I find a good woman?"
Segment B- I try to buy my girlfriend's happiness rather than express my love.
Segment C- Taking sides when two friends fight.
Segment D- How and why you obtain money can build or ruin your chances for happiness - a short interview with Dr. Tara Smith.
 
Honored by Postal Service
Dr. Kenner and her radio show were honored by the U.S. Postal Service.
 
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  • You may download as many or as few segments as you wish
  • These are high quality audio files, 38meg per show
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    mp3 file size 9-10 megs per segment
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  2. Then click "View In iTunes"
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Dr. Kenner on TV
"Smart Women" TV series
See Dr. Kenner on Invanhoe Productions "Smart Women" TV series
Misc Dr. Kenner on TV and YouTube videos:
  • Behind the scenes peek at how the radio show is produced
  • Dealing with stress on ABC6 news
  • Psychics vs Reality on ABC6 news
 
 
Listen to Archived Interviews
(Available anytime)
Below, you can download various interviews of Dr. Kenner about her book The Selfish Path To Romance.
 
On the Lisa Zimmer Show
 
On the Nic & Nan Show
In two segments:
  • Part 1 is 2/3 into the segment titled "Nic and Nan: Dr. Ellen Kenner"
  • Part 2 is the segment titled "Nic and Nan: More with Dr. Kenner"
 
On WHJJ's Reading With Robin
 
On WVMT's The Charlie and Ernie and Lisa Morning Drive Show
 
 
Dr. Kenner "Morning Drive Time Psychologist" on WVMT
Hear Dr. Kenner the third Tuesday of every month on WVMT's The Charlie and Ernie and Lisa Morning Drive Show (monthly since April, 2006)
August, 2012 Parenting skills for when your child leaves the nest.
 
 
Behind the scenes peek at production of radio talk show - video
 
       
       
 
About the show
In Our Eighteenth Year of Broadcasting!

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Dr. Kenner is a clinical psychologist who
-- takes calls and emails, answering listener's questions on any personal issue.
-- usually includes one single-segment interview per show.
-- approaches ideas from a very special perspective:

What is special about the ideas Dr. Kenner presents?

  • Briefly, it is that your happiness is not the result of chance, wishes, hopes, dreams, prayers, drugs, relaxing, the stars, or wealth. It does not come from having a great childhood,  being the hit of the party or the most powerful politician or ruler on earth. Happiness is an emotion and emotions have understandable rational causes. Your emotions are the result of the  way you use your mind. Your happiness is under your control!
  • Dr. Kenner shows listeners how callers can think through and solve their problems, rather than merely tell them a course of action to take that they may not understand or agree with.
  • Dr. Kenner truly understands and demonstrates how problems can be rationally explained.
  • Dr. Kenner has extensive experience in the fields of child-parent relationships, marital relationships, family problems, healthy goal setting, self-change, stress management, time  management and more. She has served as expert witness for many dysfunctional family and child abuse related cases. Her employment has included private practice as well as being a staff  therapist at a University Counseling Center and at an HMO. She is paid to speak around the country on many topics.
  • Comments from guests and listeners
Hear the show in your hometown
If you would like your local radio station to carry Dr. Kenner's show, contact the program director. Explain why you are interested.  Direct him or her to this web page, explaining that it contains unedited recent shows and a clock for radio station management.
How to participate and ask Dr. Kenner a question
  • You are encouraged to participate in this show by phoning in with any questions you have. This is a call-in talk show. Your calls and questions have top priority and are the motor of the show. To ask Dr. Kenner your questions call toll free 877-Dr-Kenner.
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What kind of question?
Any issue in psychology or of a personal matter is appropriate:
  • Do you have personal questions on situations concerning your family, career, romance, hobbies, or conflicts between any or all of them?
  • Is your young child or adult child developing behavioral problems? Are they too bossy, or too shy? Are your parents still treating you as a child?
  • Are you trying to save (or end) an existing relationship?
  • Do you feel guilty after doing something you think is right?
  • Do you feel you should be happier than you are, even though you have sought and followed the advice of friends, professionals or books?
  • Do you want to know what sources of information are available to help you help yourself? What organizations or books deal with your particular questions?
Although you will be receiving helpful advice from Dr. Kenner, remember that this is not therapy and cannot replace a fully contextual one-on-one relationship with a mental health professional.
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  Publications Dr. Kenner has written many articles and presented many seminars and courses around the country. She is co-author of a serious guidebook on romance and has produced over 500 podcasts. See search bar above for topics.    
 

Articles
Courses and Seminars
Books
What is Happiness
Romance
Parenting
Career
Relaxation
Friendship

Humor How humor can help or hurt your chances for happiness
Emotions Emotions and logic are allies in your search for happiness
Morality
Terrorism Sometimes the way we cope with terrorism in our own minds and the way we deal with it socially have the opposite effect we intend

           
           
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Self-Help
Dr. Kenner is a licensed psychologist with an active private practice. Below you can find a therapist and good self-help books. Cognitive Therapy is the gold standard of psychology. Find a Cognitive Therapist anywhere in the country.    
 

Therapy In Rhode Island
Therapy Outside Rhode Island
How to Choose a Therapist
About Dr. Kenner
What is Happiness

Ask Dr. Kenner a Question
Definitions Explanations of various
points discussed in this web site
Self-Help Articles

Obstacles to Happiness are not always obvious
Understand Your Emotions Emotions and logic are allies in your search for happiness

Thinking Skills (Under Construction) Happiness requires that you are satisfied that your mind deals with people and events in a rational manner
Valuing Skills (Under Construction) Happiness requires that you choose only rational values to seek out and work to obtain
Self-Help Books Dr. Kenner reviews books and audio she recommends on parenting, therapy, self help, career, romance, happiness and other topics.
Self-Help CDs

           
           
  Radio Show Hear Dr. Kenner's show The Rational Basis of Happiness® on many radio stations coast to coast and online. Times of day and days of week vary from station to station. In her 15th year on air, she has been a "top 250" talk show host for the past six years.    
 
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