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Medicating Normal

Should we medicate our kids? Should we STOP medicating our kids? How do we, as parents, make the right decisions for our struggling teens when it comes to prescription drugs?

Today my guests are Lynn C. and Angela, both filmmakers and mental health professionals tackling the topic of medicating children.

Alone in the Crowd

If you feel lonely around others, this video is here to teach you how to stop feeling lonely and isolated. Even with lots of friends, family, or colleagues, it is common to feel alone and disconnected. To shift this to a feeling of friendship and inclusiveness, be sure to follow my proven method!

Episode 53, Part 1: Lynn Slawsky (she/hers) and Giva Ann Wilkerson (she/hers) share how ANAD helps those impacted by eating disorders

In this episode, Francis and Catherine are happy to welcome Lynn Slawsky, Executive Director, and Giva Ann Wilkerson, Program Director of ANAD (National Association of Anorexia and Associated Disorders). Lynn and Giva both describe their own experiences finding recovery from eating disorders, and they outline the many ways ANAD enhances treatment and facilitates recovery with programs like peer mentorship, support groups, and grocery buddies. The conversation concludes with Giva and Lynn’s advice for listeners trying to find recovery.

We are grateful for the time Lynn and Giva took to share their experiences and work with us, and we look forward to our next episode, where we have the opportunity to interview a peer mentor/mentee pair who connected through ANAD’s program.

To learn more about ANAD, visit

Episode 52: This Week's Digest

Catherine and Francis reflect on their conversation with Billie Carroll, a Holistic Recovery and Resiliency Counselor who works with individuals in the prison system on finding ways to connect and heal their relationship with their bodies. The co-hosts discuss the need for increased awareness and information about the intersection of eating disorders, the prison system, and trauma.

Trauma vs. Complex Trauma

My guest today is Elizabeth Davis, a specialist in Intensive Trauma Therapy including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Art Therapy, and more.

In this episode of Beyond Risk and Back Elizabeth will walk us through what Complex Trauma is, how it presents in our teens, and what resources there are to address it.

Episode 51: Billie Carroll (she/hers), a Holistic Recovery and Resiliency Counselor, shares how yoga helps her connect to the divine spark

Billie Carroll (she/hers) is a Holistic Recovery and Resiliency Counselor who uses the technologies of mediation, Yoga and Ayurveda to help people reach new levels of recovery and thriving. She is certified in many areas of Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda and has traveled to Rishikesh India to study. She is a certified trauma informed and trauma releasing Yoga teacher, Ayurveda consultant and Peer Recovery Specialist who works with people with addictions, trauma, body image dissatisfaction, and/or mental health issues. She is a Yoga Body Positive ambassador and a partner with the Yoga and Body Image Coalition. She teaches classes and workshops in studios, for non-profits, crisis stabilization units, domestic violence shelters, drug and alcohol treatment facilities as well as jail and prisons.

She believes that yoga helps her connect to the divine spark and share that spark with the world, and brings that perspective to the podcast today.

When not working Billie enjoys reading, gardening and creative projects. She also enjoys getting out in nature and spending time with her husband David, their cats, dogs and turtle.

The Birds and The Bees in Rehab.

Today, I deep dive into the benefits and logistics of sex-positive education with expert Anne Hodder. In this episode, we explore why teens not only need but deserve to have a healthy, honest, and comprehensive physical education.

But how? Anne walks me through how staff and health care professionals can support Residence and teens with this topic and what parents need to know about sexual education and recovery.

Staying Sane During These Challenging Times

If you’re feeling hopeless, anxious, or stressed after the recent events, here are some tips for your mental health Capitol Hill Riots. Such a shocking event can throw some of us into mental turmoil, and it is important that we move forward trying to maintain hope and move forward as a nation to stay strong even when incidents like this rock us.


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