Q: Peter, first off I want to thank you for taking the time to sit down with me as we discuss the relationship between exercise and a person’s mental state. But before we get into that, talk a little bit about what you do and the path that brought you to this point in your life?
A: Sure thing Keith, thanks for having me. I’ve been in the field 40 years and during that time I got a LCSW, which is a master’s level degree and kind of the fast track to psychological practicing. I can pretty much do the same thing as a PhD but had to go through a lot less heartache.
Starting at a young age, I knew I had a natural ability in talk therapy, so when the time for schooling came it wasn’t about the credential, I just wanted to get the green card so to speak so that I could start practicing. There are about 300-400 talk therapies and the license gives me permission to work with any of those recognized, but I am kind of more self-taught. I’ve received an awful lot of training and have done a lot of reading but some of my biggest lessons have been from my clients. I started out with EMDR (Eye movement desensitization reprogramming) developed by Francine Shapiro, and the therapy mimics rapid eye movement sleep in a wakeful state. Currently, I primarily specialize as an attachment trauma therapist.
About the Author
Gym Owner and Personal Trainer, Keith Diedrich has a B.A. in Exercise Science and has been professionally involved in health and fitness in various capacities since 2005.
"My initial thought about Keith was that he seemed very casual and not as frenetic as other professionals. I quickly learned that he was gauging my stamina, movements, and technique. He wasn't after a fast burnout, but he wanted to exhaust every muscle every time. He said we were working on a "mind to body connection." With this connection I'd be able to gauge whether a set was 15 reps or 20 reps regardless of the initial "goal of 15!" I believe much of my gains came from Keith always seeing my potential even when I couldn't." ~ Saul "Mr. Biceps"