An in-depth and candid discussion with Christine Louis de Canonville, B.A. Hons; MIACP; MTCI; MPNLP, CMH; CHyp. Christine has been a Psychotherapist and Supervisor of mental health professionals for over 20 years. She worked in the trauma unit of a Psychiatric hospital, and worked specifically with victims of narcissistic abuse in her private practice.

During my own research after a horrendous work experience with a disordered and malignant narcissist, I was referred to Christine as the expert to have on Mental Health News Radio Network. Christine joined me the day after Thanksgiving 2014 from Dublin, Ireland to discuss her book, her work with therapists and survivors, and her hopes to educate the public about these dangerous and toxic individuals. I am so honored to have her on the show.

This is such a hot topic that the seven days after we posted information on our social media outlets to pre-advertise the show, Christine had thousands of new downloads from the Americas for the first chapter of her book and 20,000 new visitors to her site www.narcissisticbehavior.net.

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A few summers ago I met perhaps the most unforgettable human being I have ever known– Julia Bolton Holloway. This 70-something year old Anglo-American resided a short walk from my temporary residence on Borgo Pinto (street) in the city of Florence, Italy. I was there for the month of July 2014 to enjoy being a tourist, grieve the passing of my beloved father, and study as a guest of my cousin, Dr. Nancy Shaffer, while she attended a course on Dante Alighieri’s “The Divine Comedy”, which drew faculty from various colleges and universities in the U.S.

Some of my listeners may recall that I had sought out a Florentine psychotherapist, Paolo Molino, Ph.D. while I was abroad. My hope for this trip to be a real working vacation became a reality the moment our high-speed Internet and link to Skype were established but I had never thought that I would meet two incredible individuals who represent a wide diversity in the mental health field. Furthermore, who would have imagined that I would be able to record interviews with them for Mental Health News Radio? While meeting Dr. Molino was something I worked hard to schedule, encountering Julia was purely a serendipitous event.

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I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing someone I have known for over a decade. Bethany Williams has been a powerful force for change in the world of technology and healthcare. She is a consultant, Fortune 500 strategist, best-selling author, professional speaker, and senior IT executive in a field largely dominated by men. She learned the art of business survival as a single working mother. Widowed at a young age, she put herself through college and secured top level positions in some of the nation’s leading organizations (GE, IDX, Perot Systems Corporation, and PwC).

I met Bethany when we both were working with Perot Systems Corporation and dealt with the company’s acquisition by Dell. In our interview and in her article below, Bethany discusses how differently her male colleagues react and are treated in the workplace as opposed to their female counterparts. Bethany is a woman that has taken charge of her own destiny and inspired countless others – myself include – to take command of their careers and demand fair and ethical treatment for all women in business. Get ready to be empowered and inspired.

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Book Cover MasterPlease join us in welcoming Nina Bingham to Mental Health News Radio. Our topic of discussion is Suicide Prevention. We asked Nina to provide us with some additional information for our blog readers about her work as an advocate for suicide prevention. Nina is passionate about working to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness, especially among mental health providers who themselves struggle with a mental illness such as depression or anxiety, and for their family members.

This is an important and timely topic.

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Sam Webb discusses how saying too much “YES” can become a problem for your mental health.  He joins us live at The National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual conference in Seattle, Washington NatCon2017. Not often we get to do in person interviews between our host, Kristin Sunanta Walker, and Sam but they are always powerful. Sam talks about the foundation he is co-founder of Livin (A suicide awareness organization), his production company www.webbproductions.com, and his upcoming podcast on MHNRNetworkwww.vulnerabl.com. Life has been moving fast for Sam so we get into it about taking care of yourself and making sure that your personal well being is first. Givers tend to put themselves last on the list but this doesn’t help you on your own mental health journey.

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Our first interview with Steven Welch took place in June of 2014. We had a lot to discuss and not enough time. I can understand why Steven’s first show has been our most downloaded and highest rated.  The topic of discussion plays a huge part but it is also the intelligence and compassion from Steven that is an indicator as to why his office becomes that safe haven for his clients.  His passion for the community in which he has devoted his behavioral health practice is evident during every conversation.

We were easily able to pick up where we left off and delve into the second part of our discussion on African American mental wellness. We’ve decided to turn this into a three part series so we can devote a show to COLORISM: What is colorism and how it impacts African American (AA) wellness.  We touch on it briefly during this broadcast but it is a topic that deserves more attention.

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Howard K. Hitzel, Psy.D., MPA is a licensed psychologist and President/CEO of BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc. in Buffalo, New York. BestSelf Behavioral Health is a nonprofit organization which provides comprehensive, family oriented treatment and rehabilitation services to children and adults with mental illnesses and/or substance abuse disorders.

BestSelf Behavioral Health is the product of a June 1, 2017 merger between the former Child and Adolescent Treatment Services and Lake Shore Behavioral Health. The organization employs more than 700 staff and has an operating budget of approximately $35 million. BestSelf Behavioral Health is the largest community-based behavioral health organization serving children and adults of all ages in Western New York and served more than 20,000 consumers in 2016.

Radhika Iyer joins us as cohost and is an EHR consultant with our sponsor organization everythingEHR. She is also spearheading our Mental Health Conference initiative with universities and colleges cross the globe. She is an attorney and seasoned healthcare consultant in healthcare law, regulatory compliance, executive oversight, project managment, Meaningful Use, and HIPAA.

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Dr. Holzman is a highly respected scholar and teacher who is pioneering a cultural approach to human learning and development rooted in the human capacity to perform, play and pretend.  Author of numerous academic and popular texts including, The Overweight Brain(How Our Obsession with Knowing Keeps Us from Getting Smart Enough to Make a Better World),  she has helped bring and deepen the insights and discoveries of Lev Vygotsky to the fields of psychology, psychotherapy, education, youth development and organizational and community development, all while creating a new methodology for learning and development known as social therapeutics.

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Join Dr. Paul Meier, best selling author, psychiatrist, and founder of www.meierclinics.com with Melanie Vann and Kristin Walker as we talk about the ups and downs of success. The definition of success is different for each person. The best way to get there is to know it’s a journey of ups and downs: probably more down times. Those “failures” teach us how to be grateful for every small step towards success we take on our journey. Dr. Paul Meier has known celebrity, wealth, recognition and yet he’s turned down many offers to instead focus on charitable works. Sometimes the road paved in gold is the last road you should take when it comes to long term success.

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