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64 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
#61 Critical Race Theory and The Derek Chauvin Sentencing
For episode 61 of THOTM, we discuss the sentencing of former police officer Derek Chauvin, teaching critical race theory in public schools, and the benefits of rest and self-care.
72 minutes | Jun 6, 2021
#60 Managing Stress, Gun Control, and The Pandemic
Thanks for joining us for THOTM episode #60. Michael and Jermaine discuss gun control, managing work stress, and the current phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
96 minutes | May 23, 2021
#59 Mental Health Awareness Month
Michael and Jermaine honor Mental Health Awareness Month by answering questions such as: How is therapy helpful? What is most rewarding about being a therapist? Why it’s important that therapists attend to their own mental health?
83 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
#58 Life Of A Black Military Wife
For episode 58, we talked to Jamilah Stanfield, creator of blackmilitarywives.com and author of “When Daddy’s Gone”. Jamilah talked about the unique challenges faced by black women married to service members, raising her 3 daughters, her background as a mental health professional, and the people and experiences that have influenced her life. Jamilah is a real life superhero...someone who sees a need, takes action and steps up for others. We hope you enjoy our conversation.
71 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
#57 Parenting, Spirituality, and Decolonizing Education
Our guest on this episode of THOTM is Luisa Ortega. Luisa is a mother, counselor and doctoral student in Organizational Change and Leadership at USC. She is a passionate activist for Indigenous communities and fierce advocate for decolonialism . We talked about parenting in the current social climate, working with at-risk teen girls, spirituality and decolonizing education. It’s rare to meet someone as brilliant and sincere, so enjoy this conversation with Luisa Ortega!
118 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
#56 Ernie McCray
We had the pleasure of talking with Ernie McCray, a man who has worn many hats and is loved and admired by many. He’s a former college basketball star, an educator for over 3 decades, writer, poet, actor and even dabbled in stand-up comedy. At 82 years old, Ernie McCray is one of the coolest and most inspiring people you’ll ever meet. Ernie described his upbringing and influences in Tucson Arizona, experiences with racism, and becoming college basketball star. He talked about his long career as a teacher/principal, and passion for helping children from marginalized communities. Ernie also shared his personal stories and wisdom about relationships, love and loss. We’re appreciative that he gave us his time...hope you enjoy this conversation!
75 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
#55 Healing Childhood Trauma & The Power of Relationships
Ansley Curtis is a licensed marriage and family therapist, who specializes in working with children, adolescents and families, and in the treatment of trauma. Ansley talked about her inspiration for becoming therapist, her approach to working with children who’ve experienced trauma, and the importance of relationships in healing from trauma.
101 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
#54 Immigration Law, Filmmaking and Activism
Alex Amar Kannan is an attorney and independent filmmaker. He operates a practice (Kannan Law Firm, Inc.) in Spring Valley, Ca that focuses on immigration, criminal and personal injury cases. However, we talked more about his passion for making documentaries and his advocacy for immigrant and transgender communities. Alex also shared his approach to personal wellness and managing job stress. For more info on Kannan Law Firm, Inc., visit the website: https://san-diego-abogado.com
92 minutes | Feb 14, 2021
#53 Exploring Healing through Yoga with Ashton Szabo
For episode 53, we chat with Ashton Szabo, an authentic tantric yoga teacher and educator. We discuss the many applications of yoga for the healing journey. We explore topics such as the embodiment of our experience, transcendence, and connection. Join us as we discover how yoga can be used to bring us back to the body to get connected with ourselves and life. Connect with Ashton http://yogawithashton.com/
86 minutes | Jan 31, 2021
#52 Grief, Mental Health and Hip-Hop
For episode 52, we have returning guests, licensed psychologist, Dr. Ricky Pope and mental health counselor, Nathan Klein. We have an in-depth discussion about grief, how men deal with loss, and mental health awareness in hip-hop. Enjoy!
118 minutes | Jan 10, 2021
#51 Black Men In The Helping Professions
On episode 51, we are joined by Michael Love and Nathan Klein. Michael is a counselor at Irvine City College. Nathan is a counselor at San Diego City College and a private practice clinician. We discussed the need for more men and particularly black men in the helping professions, their experiences being black male counselors, and the value that men bring to the counseling and mental profession.
77 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
#50 Living with Estrangement
On our 50th episode, we were joined by Seth Johnson to talk about estrangement and her organization Together Estranged. She shared about her story and difficult life events which resulted in her own personal experience of estrangement. She created Together Estranged to provide support and services to adults who have become estranged from their families. We talk about mental health, healing, and various circumstances related to estrangement. Connect with them: https://www.TogetherEstranged.org/ https://www.facebook.com/togetherestranged/
103 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
#49 Dr. Ricky Pope - Reaching Back To Help Others
Dr. Ricky Pope is a psychologist at San Diego State University’s Counseling & Psychological Services. Dr. Pope is an engaging speaker, with a calming voice, and joined THOTM to share his journey from dropping out of high school to becoming a psychologist. He describes his early struggles in school, navigating higher education as an African American male, the positive impact of mentors, and his inspiration for wanting to help and heal others.
104 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
#48 Grief is the Price We Pay for Loving
In this episode, we speak with returning guest LMFT Tracy Gilmour-Nimoy. We discuss her pregnancy and infant loss, her grieving and healing process, and how that is shaping her therapeutic work. We also discuss Women's health and other topics that are sure to move you emotionally as we explore these tough topics that impact so many people. Books and resources mentioned in this episode: Connect with Tracy at her website. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb (every therapist should read this!) It's OK That You're Not OK by Megan Devine Alexandra Sacks M.D., reproductive psychiatrist Additional resources: Postpartum Support International https://www.postpartum.net/ Postpartum Health Alliance (local resource) https://postpartumhealthalliance.org/ Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support http://nationalshare.org/ Empty Cradle: Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support, Education, & Remembrance https://www.emptycradle.org Postpartum Dads http://www.postpartumdads.org/ Postpartum Men http://postpartummen.com/
114 minutes | Sep 20, 2020
#47 - Rewind and Relax
For episode 47, we “rewind and relax” with some fun and introspective questions...also reflect on current events.
77 minutes | Sep 5, 2020
#46 Surviving Hurricane Katrina...15 Years Later
This August marked the 15 year anniversary since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, leaving New Orleans in devastation. For episode 46, we talked with Willie Harris, who survived hurricane Katrina after 6 days of fighting for his life after the storm hit. He describes how he survived the elements, dealing with racism and trauma, rebuilding his life, and how this experience has shaped his perspective on our current social climate.
64 minutes | Aug 22, 2020
#45 Healing With Food and Culinary Therapy
In this episode we speak with Merceds Tiggs and Otesha Bremond about the intersection of cooking and mental health. We explore their business model of integrating therapy and healing through food and cooking. We talk about mindful cooking, and eating, as well as other practices relating to how we connect with our food, the process of preparation, and how that contributes to our mental health. Visit Eight 16 website Connect with Eight 16 on Facebook Watch the episode in video
87 minutes | Aug 8, 2020
#44 Healing Trauma...Mind, Body & Soul
Lisa McJunkin is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in working with trauma. She’s also an adjunct professor at Point Loma Nazarene University and co-founder of Enlightened Vibrations, where she provides therapeutic services. Lisa explains the various ways that traumatic stress impacts individuals, in a way that’s concise and understandable. She also describes her holistic approach to healing trauma, integrating both eastern and western healing practices, that attend to the mind, body and spirit. To learn more about Lisa’s work and therapeutic services provided at Enlightened Vibrations, visit their website: http://www.enlightenedvibrations.com/ To learn more about PTSD read 101 of Understanding Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) & Trauma Recovery Options visit the link below: https://9c5f6530-0750-4be0-a3db-7d86a386f552.filesusr.com/ugd/3a8459_c9d3fa8fbcde4f30ac734af57fe6ceb4.pdf Here is the video for the episode if you prefer to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xttDXw4R4bI&feature=youtu.be
90 minutes | Jul 25, 2020
#43 Authentic Branding and Social Change
Dr. Mitch Hamilton is a business marketing professor at Loyola Marymount University and founder/CEO of Rethink Creative Agency. He talks about finding his niche in marketing, how companies can effectively engage in social change, working on projects with Nipsey Hussle and Snoop Dogg, and balancing work and family during this social climate. Rethink Creative Agency Episode #43 YouTube companion video
78 minutes | Jul 11, 2020
#42 - Teaching Our Children To Survive
On this episode of THOTM, Jermaine Simpson and Michael Ceccon are joined by Laila Aziz...a community activist, law student and parent of twin boys. This conversation is about having “the talk” with our children. However, this is not the “where do babies come from?” talk. Instead, it’s the unfortunately talk that many black parents have with their sons about what to do when stopped by police. We also discuss mental health in Black communities and balancing community activism with parenting, career, and personal wellness.
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