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Creating Art on Your Mental Health Journey

Join guest David Robatin and Kristin as they discuss his mental health journey. Creating art became a way to work through alcoholism, mental illness, and more. David studied communications and art at Denison University and has been painting for quite a long time.He started to share his work more widely and continue to progress as a thinker and artist as I try new ways to explore his figures.

He uses mostly acrylics on art boards and canvas, and continue pushing the boundaries within his specific style. He has been influenced by everything from chiaroscuro to color field, from Dali to Rothko.

Emotional connection is the reason why he works in the style he developed.He wants the viewer to find themselves in his paintings and apply their own story. He explores the positive and negative feelings that we all go through…and wants to find a common experience with the viewer.

davidrobatin.com

On Going Healing: Mother Daughter Estrangement

Join the amazing mother and daughter from the Which Way podcast, Shari and Jann Simmons, with Kristin discussing the healing journey of mothers and daughers. 

In Which Way?…Mother and daughter tell parallel stories about trauma and its impact on the generations that follow. Jann Simmons’ story is a heart wrenching account of an orphaned child who suffered brutality at the hands of her mother, as well as many others. As an adult, Jann’s mind was closed to the horrors of her abuse, betrayal and abandonment until the day they all came flooding back to her conscious mind. That awareness began a 40-year transformation from a passive victim to resilient warrior. As a young teen, Shari struggled to make sense of her mother’s pain, but as a career mental-health therapist, she began to understand her mother’s journey and learn how trauma affects the brain. She offers strategies in this book for those suffering from past or present trauma or for those who love someone who is suffering. Both women tell their stories and drive home the fact that the choices we make can lead to self-hatred and resentment or to a life of courage, healing and beauty. Which Way? is an unforgettable story of love and transformation that will resonate with mothers, daughters, trauma survivors, those who love them and those who’ve made a career out of helping them heal.

As authors and motivational speakers, Shari and Jann Simmons are a dynamic mother/daughter duo whose passion and expertise leave audiences inspired and equipped with tools to manage trauma, stress and relationships. When not speaking, Shari is a consultant, professor and licensed therapist who works with adolescents, adults, couples and families. Jann is a personal coach for women who have experienced past trauma. Both women have witnessed the power of unlocking personal stories and the resiliency that follows.

https://sharisimmons.com/

Did Your High School Have a Mental Health Department?

Did your high school have an entire mental health department? Our host, Kristin, certainly did not experience this in the 80’s at her high school! Tune in to hear two new podcasters to join our network that are currectly in high school (2024). Brannagh and Diya, two women we want to support with everything we can, created Y.A.N.A. (You are never alone) to help support mental health awareness for themselves and their peers!

One of their amazing teachers is also a podcaster on the network, Amanda Grieme, of H.O.L.D.F.A.S.T. Radio!

Who They Are

We are juniors at Moravian Academy High School located in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. Mental health has played a major role in both of our lives. We believe mental health is of paramount importance as it directly influences our overall well-being and quality of life. It’s the foundation for our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, and it impacts how we think, feel, and act daily. Good mental health enables us to handle life’s challenges, cope with stress, build positive relationships, and make informed decisions. When mental health is neglected, it can lead to a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders, which can adversely affect every aspect of our lives.

Their Mission

Our mission-goal:Around late June of 2023, we established a podcast called YANA LV which stands for You Are Not Alone Lehigh Valley. As of November 2023, we have established roughly 20 episodes and have more in the making. In these episodes, we interview a multitude of people ranging from individuals with disabilities to teachers, psychologists, authors, and individuals with varying disorders such as bipolar, etc, and ask them to discuss how their life experiences correlate with mental health. We believe prioritizing mental health through seeking support when needed and reducing stigma around mental health issues is essential for living a fulfilling and productive life.
Our story:So why did we create YANA LV? Although we have both struggled with our mental health and wanted to establish a new coping mechanism it was two different experiences that led us to the creation of this podcast turned organization. For Brannagh it was her brother with autism who often found himself struggling with his mental health. She wanted to show him he was not alone. For Diya, it was how mental health and Indian dance correlate, especially how her instructor’s mental health was impacted.

Transforming After Toxic Love

Join Kristin and Stephanie as they discuss her podcast Toxic Love Transformation. Stephanie McPhail, M.S. has a Double Masters Degree in Health and Education, a Bachelors in Psychology, Certified Crisis Counselor, Certified Coach, Reiki Practitioner, Toxic Relationship Recovery Expert who specializes in helping professional women discover who they are after a toxic divorce/breakup so they can rebuild their lives to be happy whether single or in a relationship. Author of two books, Being Loved Shouldn’t Hurt book and workbook which were number one new release, Interviewed on FOX, featured in New York Weekly, Hosts a Weekly Cable Show Kick Unhealthy Relationships to the Curb, On the CORE counsel of Experts for Avaiya University, on the board of a non-profit.

https://www.instagram.com/beinglovedshouldnthurt
https://www.facebook.com/BeingLovedShouldntHurt
www.toxiclovepodcast.com
www.beinglovedshouldnthurt.com

Toxic Love Transformations

Join Kristin and Stephanie as they discuss her podcast Toxic Love Transformation. Stephanie McPhail, M.S. has a Double Masters Degree in Health and Education, a Bachelors in Psychology, Certified Crisis Counselor, Certified Coach, Reiki Practitioner, Toxic Relationship Recovery Expert who specializes in helping professional women discover who they are after a toxic divorce/breakup so they can rebuild their lives to be happy whether single or in a relationship. Author of two books, Being Loved Shouldn’t Hurt book and workbook which were number one new release, Interviewed on FOX, featured in New York Weekly, Hosts a Weekly Cable Show Kick Unhealthy Relationships to the Curb, On the CORE counsel of Experts for Avaiya University, on the board of a non-profit.

https://www.instagram.com/beinglovedshouldnthurt
https://www.facebook.com/BeingLovedShouldntHurt
www.toxiclovepodcast.com
www.beinglovedshouldnthurt.com

Embracing Autism for the Entire Family

Join Dr. Stephanie Holmes and Kristin as they talk about her new book, speaking and podcasting at the annual Converge Autism conference, and exciting new developments in the world of Autism.

Stephanie’s new book, Embracing the Autism Spectrum: Finding Joy & Hope Navigating the NeuroDiverse Family Journey, invites readers on a transformative journey into the realm of neurodiversity. Whether you’re a family living with autism, an educator seeking to enhance your inclusive practices, or a dedicated advocate, this book offers invaluable insights and strategies to promote healthy neurodiverse marriages and families.

Drawing from her background as a former licensed professional counselor (LPC), an ordained minister, an author, and a certified autism specialist, Dr. Holmes weaves a narrative that bridges the gap between personal experience and professional expertise. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Campbell University, her Master’s in counseling from Liberty University, and her doctorate in education from Abilene Christian University, equipping her with a deep understanding of the complexities of neurodiversity.

As a mother whose world shifted when her daughter Sydney was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, Dr. Holmes transitioned from a thriving marriage and family therapy practice to a mission of advocating for neurodiverse individuals. This book encapsulates her journey, offering practical guidance for families moving from merely surviving to thriving.

‘Embracing the Autism Spectrum’ is not only a resource for families but also an eye-opening guide for educators. Dr. Holmes and her family shed light on the unique challenges and complexities that neurodiverse families face, enabling educators and leaders to serve every member of their communities more effectively and inclusively.

Headspace for the Workplace with Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas

The woman to speak with, listen to, and support when it comes to suicide awareness and prevention, Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas joins us to talk about her new podcast. Headspace for the Workplace is Dr. Sally’s newest podcast (she also hosts Hope Illuminated) to discuss mental health support in our workplace.

Headspace for the Workplace – A Podcast on How to Cultivate a Vibrant and Psychologically Safe and Healthy Workforce with your host Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas. In our brain-based economy, we depend on fully engaged, mentally healthy teams. Organizations that have figured this out not only have a competitive advantage, they are awesome places to work. Take a listen to the lessons learned and actionable take-aways to promote mental health and wellbeing and support people through tough times – at work.

https://www.spreaker.com/show/headspace-for-the-workplace-w-dr-sally

The Detached Parent

Our host, Kristin, joins family law attorney, Evonne Hopkins, and psychologist, Kari lenox, for a discussion about a detached parent can negatively impact child custody and divorce cases.

Evonne is a North Carolina Board Certified Family Law Specialist and Certified Parent Coordinator licensed to practice in North Carolina, California, and the District of Columbia. Evonne earned joint JD/MBA degrees from the University of San Francisco in 2003 and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Philosophy from Rollins College in 1998. Evonne utilizes her training, education, real world experiences, as well as her people skills to obtain the best results for her clients.Evonne has been practicing for 20 years and takes pride in helping thousands of families navigate through extraordinarily high conflict cases. Never one to shy away from conflict, Evonne is known for her straightforward honest style, powerful advocacy and is considered a formidable opponent.In addition to North Carolina, Evonne has been fortunate to live in New York, Florida, California, Spain and Japan. Evonne’s world has always been one of many cultures filled with diversity and family. She approaches each case with unique insight and a keen ability to problem solve and rework false narratives.When she’s not practicing law, Evonne loves to travel and support local animal rescue organizations.

www.raleighlawcenter.com

Kari Lenox, Ph.D., received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1988 and her masters and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Duke University in 1998. Dr. Lenox spent five years as a stay-at-home mom before going into private practice in 2004. She worked for Silber Psychological Services before going into her own private practice in 2012. During her earlier professional training, Dr. Lenox worked with aggressive children through the Durham public school system. She also provided preschool consultations and worked with young children and their families through the Orange-Person-Chatham County mental health center. Dr. Lenox currently works with children, adolescents, adults, and families and has special interests in behavioral and compliance problems, general parenting concerns, depression, anxiety, adjustment problems, and women’s issues. She is also a Parenting Coordinator and aids children and families in managing high conflict, co-parenting, and general divorce issues.

www.karilenox.com

Mental Health News Radio, its guests, and hosts are not giving out any legal advice and/or psychological treatment. While all content is based on learned experience, these shows do not reference any one case, patient and/or client. Any similarity is a coincidence. Content is not to be construed as legal advice and/or psychological treatment and/or the creation of the attorney/client or Doctor/Patient relationship.

All-In-One Life Skills App for Autistic Adults

Join Kristin and Stacey Ledbetter, CEO and Founder of NFlyte. The organization and software was born out of the founder’s personal need for an app to help her teenage autistic daughter navigate the path towards independence. Before NFlyte, there was not a solution in the market that served neurodiverse young adults—helping them stay on task and enable families to be connected and track progress without being overbearing in their lives.

www.nflyte.com

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