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Community Living and Mental Health

What is an intentional community? What is community living and how can impact our mental well being? Join Cynthia Tina and Kristin for an in-depth discussion on the real deal of community living experience.

Cynthia Tina is an expert in the field of intentional communities, having traveled to over a hundred sustainability and community projects worldwide. She helps people connect to intentional communities as a matchmaker for seekers and as a consultant for growing community projects.

Cynthia is Co-Director of the Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC), a 35 year-old nonprofit dedicated to supporting intentional communities as pathways towards a more cooperative, sustainable, and just world. She is also the founder of Ecovillage Tours (since 2019), was an officeholder on the Board of Trustees for the Global Ecovillage Network (2015-2020), and was Director of the youth ecovillage network NextGENNA (2013-2018).

Cynthia lives in an intentional community in Vermont where she is currently building a passive solar home and tending a permaculture garden. Learn more and book a community matchmaking session with Cynthia at

Help for Pre and Post Election Stress with Prairie Conlon

Join Kristin and Prairie as they discuss the collection stress we are all under in 2020. They also talk about some things you can do to help your mental health as you navigate through our upcoming presidential election.

Prairie Conlon is a clinically trained mental health counselor who utilizes animals to help her patients navigate their mental health struggles. She is also the host of The Animal Effect podcast on Mental Health News Radio Network.

Prairie is a licensed mental health professional and is considered the world’s leading expert on Emotional Support Animals. She is the Clinical Director of Therapetic and consults for CertaPet, one of the largest telehealth companies in the nation. Prairie has a Master’s Degree in professional counseling and a Postgraduate Degree in Military Behavioral health counseling. She is certified as an equine assisted psychotherapist. Prairie is a certified Accelerated Resolution Therapist and helps train future trauma therapist in this modality. She consults for several nonprofits for veterans and first responder trauma, including The Lone Survivor Foundation and Horses that Heal. She is the founder,developer and lead researcher of emotional support animal Assisted Therapy (ESAAT) which is a set of techniques utilized to decrease anxiety, panic attacks, depressive symptoms, and sleep difficulties with the use of an Emotional Support Animal.

Profile of a Nation: The Mind of Donald Trump

Join Kristin for an incredible show with Dr. Bandy Lee, speaking today about the process she and many other prominent psychiatrists undertook from an apolitical look at the mental health of Donald Trump. We ask the question, “What does a nation do when the leader of their country displays behavior that deems them unfit and unsafe for office?”

Dr. Bandy Lee discusses her most well-known book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President” and here today to introduce us to her new book, “Profile of a Nation: Trump’s Mind, America’s Soul.”

Dr. Bandy Lee is a medical doctor, a forensic psychiatrist, and a world expert on violence. She became known to the public by leading a group of mental health professional colleagues in breaking the silence about the current U.S. president’s dangerous mental impairments. She is currently president of the World Mental Health Coalition, which is dedicated to promoting public health and safety.

During medical school, she also obtained a divinity degree to expand her understanding of the human condition. Trained at Yale and Harvard Universities, she was chief resident at Massachusetts General Hospital and a research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health. As a faculty member of the Law and Psychiatry Division at Yale School of Medicine for 17 years, she taught at Yale Law School for 15 of those years, covering the mental health aspects of asylum law, criminal justice, and veterans’ legal services. Her clinical work consists of psychiatric services at maximum-security prisons and in state hospitals, in addition to working as an expert witness for the state and federal courts. Currently, she holds medical licenses in four states.

She served as Director of Research for the Center for the Study of Violence (Harvard, U. Penn., N.Y.U., and Yale), co-founded Yale’s Violence and Health Study Group at the MacMillan Center for International Studies, and has led an academic collaborators project for the World Health Organization’s Violence Prevention Alliance, helping to translate scholarship into implementation and to support research in low- and middle-income countries. She has consulted with governments on prison reform and community violence prevention, such as for France, Ireland, Alabama, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. She has also played a key role in initiating reforms at Rikers Island, a correctional facility in New York City known for extreme levels of violence.

She created a popular Global Health Studies course at Yale College, “Violence: Causes and Cures,” which led to the most comprehensive textbook on the subject to date, “Violence: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Causes, Consequences, and Cures” (Wiley-Blackwell, 2019). She published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, 15 edited scholarly books and journal special issues, over 200 op-eds in outlets such as the Guardian, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Independent, and Politico, and the New York Times bestseller, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President” (Macmillan, 2017 and 2019). The last proceeded from an ethics conference at Yale School of Medicine, which led her to consulting with over 50 members of the U.S. Congress.

The World Mental Health Coalition is a professional organization that assembles mental health experts to collaborate with other disciplines for the betterment of public mental health. It also attempts to step in where the American Psychiatric Association has failed in societal leadership. Her current goals center around educating the public on mental health matters that have national and international consequence, so that it can be empowered to protect itself.

She owes a great debt to her maternal grandfather, Dr. Geun-Young Lee, a renowned physician who helped inspire many in reconstructing South Korean society after the war, and to her mother, who continued to practice his philosophy in her beloved United States.

Episode 7 – S is for STEP UP to YOUR Family Challenges

Todays episode will explore the 7th step in the HOLDFAST METHOD!

“Let everything happen to you – Beaty and Terror – Just Keep Going – No Feeling is Final” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“To avoid avoidance behaviors and step up to the challenges of life, you must practice. Move your thinking and decision making from your headspace to your heart space; that is where truth resides, and that is where your strength to step up will come from.” A. Griemea.grieme

Narcisissm in 2020: Our Need for Boundaries with Kim Saeed

Join Kristin as she speaks with Kim Saeed, one of our own podcasters from “Heal, Grow, Evolve with Kim Saeed,” and they are speaking about narcissism in the current environment we are all living in this year. Narcissists are coming out of the woodwork, and we are not all at the top of our game due to stress levels. Stop listening to anyone who is victim-shaming you into feeling this is your fault for allowing it to transpire, but begin putting up any needed boundaries.

Kim Saeed is a Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Expert, transformative educator, renowned speaker, and bestselling author of How to Do No Contact Like a Boss! In 2013, frustrated by the lack of information and support in her own journey towards narcissistic abuse recovery, she developed her own collective space to help others break the narcissistic spell. Today, has reached over 195 countries and has impacted hundreds of thousands of lives. In 2016, she launched The New Life Academy, an online school devoted to helping narcissistic abuse survivors restore their self-esteem and create meaningful, fulfilling lives. Kim asserts that, when harnessed appropriately, devastating and abusive situations can become the catalysts for profound transformation. She believes that no one deserves to remain a victim of generational dysfunction or abusive relationships. Furthermore, she believes that all survivors have the ability to flourish, thrive, and create an ideal life in recovery. Kim has always been passionate about advocacy and education. She has her Bachelor of Education with a multidisciplinary background in teaching, psychology, organizational development, and research.

Covid-19: A Follow Up About Lab Testing

Join Kristin as she speaks with Victoria Frenkel, the CEO of Top Lab, about Covid-19 testing. Victoria came on once before and the backlash we received on Facebook from posting that show was tremendous. Conspiracy theories, hate, and vitriol. We thought it might be a great idea to check back in. Whether you believe it or not, people are suffering from Covid-19 whether they have contracted the virus or haven’t.

Victoria Frenkel is the CEO at Advanced Comprehensive Laboratory, LLC / Top Lab

The Power of Asking with Mark Victor Hansen

Listen in with Kristin as she has an inspiring conversation with Mark Victor Hansen, most commonly known as the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and is here today to discuss his new book, “Ask!: The Bridge from Your Dreams to Your Destiny,”  that he co-authored with his wife, Crystal Dwyer Hansen.  During these times of change and uncertainty, sometimes the way to get what you need and want is to simply ask. Positive change is what we need, and Mark is here to tell us how to begin getting it.

Mark Victor Hansen’s life mission is to awaken the possibility in every soul. An internationally known speaker, Hansen co-founded Chicken Soup for the Soul® along with Jack Canfield, as a way to share motivational anecdotes with people all over the world. In addition to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, he is a prolific writer with many bestselling books, such as The One Minute Millionaire, Cracking the Millionaire Code, and several others, and is able to be found on Amazon.
Hansen has had a profound influence in the field of human potential through his library of audios, videos, and articles in the areas of big thinking, sales achievement, wealth building, publishing success, and personal and professional development. A philanthropist and humanitarian, Hansen works tirelessly for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, March of Dimes, Childhelp USA, and many others. He is the recipient of numerous awards that honor his entrepreneurial spirit, philanthropic heart, and business acumen. He is a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, an organization that honored Hansen with the prestigious Horatio Alger Award

Radio Free Entertainment Network: Bringing Mental Health into Light with Christavus Dominic.

Listen as Kristin speaks to Christavus Dominic who is here to discuss his new venture, Radio Free Entertainment Network, which is a 27/7 radio streaming platform who, through personal life experiences, has come to realize exactly how important taking care of one’s mental health truly is. Radio Free Entertainment Network will be airing MHNR content on their streaming platform in order to help bring mental health and mental illness into the spotlight and help remove the stigma.

As a champion for diversity, Christavus is a broadcast personality for WONE 97.5 Classic Rock Radio Station in Akron, Ohio. Experienced Radio Personality & Entertainment Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the entertainment industry. Skilled in Music Management, Entertainment Management, Management, Special Events Production, and Student Development. Strong media and communication professional with focused studies in Communications and Arts Administration from The University of Akron.

Radio Free Entertainment Network, Ltd. is a broadcast and internet streaming radio network playing the music of renowned and independent artists. They are dedicated to empowering their communities to promote educational, civic, and cultural development. Launched this month by three community leaders, Christavus Dominic, Warner Mendenhall, and Shuaib Meacham, the Radio Free Entertainment Network aims to offer a full-service aggregate radio station, music recording company, and marketing services as a one-stop-shop. The Radio Free Entertainment Network is a small but powerful network dedicated to bringing more community to the world through music. Their mission is to amplify the voices of the traditionally under-represented by helping local communities of passionate advocates make a positive impact on the world. We believe a variety of experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds creates a better community for their staff and a better product for their users and the communities they serve. Their streaming radio platform provides a 24/7 digital listening experience. The programming is designed to feature an array of musical styles and community viewpoints throughout the week. To the small business owner, they can offer a broader reach for their goods. To the independent performer, they can provide access to a wider audience. Their educational service goals include establishing literacy programs as well as creating more internships in broadcasting, production, and marketing. As recent times have shown that without media professionals, essential information could become inaccessible, the industry holds a crucial spot on the global stage.

Firefighter Zen: Thriving in Tough Times with Hersch Wilson

Listen in on an incredible conversation between Kristin and Hersch Wilson, a 30-year veteran volunteer firefighter/EMT, and author of “Firefighter Zen:  A Field Guide to Thriving in Tough Times.”  Hersch has a lot of insightful wisdom to help during stressful times. Listen to him share more about how he manages through difficulties with help by understanding that we need to always live in the moment, and try to incorporate positively serving others.  Hersch explains how some simple changes in thinking and how we live can create a far happier mindset during the difficult times we are all living in today.

Hersch Wilson is a thirty-year veteran volunteer Firefighter-EMT with the Hondo Fire Department in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. He is also a story-teller, committed to explaining how First Responding can change how we see and experience our own lives. In his “real job” he is a writer, speaker, and consultant. In the past twenty-five years, Hersch has worked extensively with leadership teams from a variety of organizations including Kodak, IBM Japan, Altria, The United States Postal Service, the CIA, Kraft Foods, and Baxter Healthcare to name a few. He has co-written three national business best sellers with Larry Wilson, including the awarding-winning, “Playing to Win!: Choosing Growth Over Fear in Work and in Life.” His latest project, based on thirty years as a volunteer firefighter, is helping individuals and organizations see the world as firefighters do and learn how to thrive through traumatic and stressful times.
Hersch attended Colorado College and graduated with a BA in English from the University of Minnesota. Prior to becoming a writer and consultant, Hersch was a dancer and actor. He performed in Canada, Switzerland, and the United States. He has also worked as a flight instructor and commercial pilot. Finally, he is obsessed with dogs. The Wilson’s currently have two large Bernese Mountain Dogs, Nellie and Tank, and one rescue terrier-chihuahua named Maisie. He writes a monthly column on dogs for The Santa Fe New Mexican. He and his wife Laurie have two daughters, Brynne and Sullivan.

Science, Spirituality and Psychiatry with Dr. Denise McDermott

Join Kristin and Dr. Denise as they discuss her work as a child and adult psychiatrist, why she chose a profession in mental health, and the launch of her newest business venture: Ascension Media!

Dr. Denise McDermott, M.D. has been in private practice since 2001. As a medical doctor with board certifications in both Adult and Child Psychiatry, she treats children, adolescents and adults. Her goal is to empower you, your child, and your family to live the best life possible. Her approach is to encourage people to believe in wellness, not illness, and to lead a balanced healthy lifestyle.

In October of 2020, Dr. Denise launched Ascension Media which offers one-of-a-kind content that examines the world around us with the intention of raising our vibrational frequency through more mindful thoughts, feelings and actions.


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