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28 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
Tools to Build Your Mental Fitness
Wendy Reed talks about tools we can use to build our mental fitness to deal with anxiety, stress and other mental health challenges. Wendy is a certified professional coach in the DC metro area. She coaches clients across the US and facilitates live and online workshops with a focus on helping parents who are trying to "do it all" build their mental and emotional fitness in order to meet their unique challenges and to consistently access the best parts of themselves for their goals. Wendy is a parent herself and is committed to facing daily life as a parent with a resilient, positive mindset and doing the work to make that happen. She trains her clients to do the same using a research-backed mental fitness formula and somatic embodiment coaching practices. www.wendyreedcoaching.com
28 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
What Today's Movements Can Learn from Women’s Suffrage
Lucinda Robb talks about the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, and the lessons modern movements can learn from one of the longest - and ultimately successful - civil rights movements in American history. Lucinda has been interested in the suffrage movement since her time at the Center for Legislative Archives, where she was director for an education project on the hundreds of thousands of petitions that women sent to Congress. Lucinda has a book coming out this fall with her co-author Rebecca Roberts titled The Suffragist Playbook: Your Guide to Changing the World. She also serves on several nonprofit boards including the National Archives and Running Start, which trains young women to run for office.
20 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
Tools to Cope w/ Stress & Anxiety During the Pandemic
Dr. Cecily Havert talks about different coping tools to deal with the stress and anxiety many people are experiencing during the pandemic. Dr. Havert is a family doctor with special interests in women’s health and mental health. She’s been practicing for over 15 years. She also teaches medical students at Georgetown University. She’s gotten a number of awards including Washingtonian Magazine’s top doctor award numerous years including the last three years.
23 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
Struggling w/ Anxiety & an Eating Disorder During Quarantine
Today, instead of a guest, I talk about the challenges of having anxiety and an eating disorder during the quarantine and the tools I've used to help me get through these challenges.
29 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
Life with an Eating Disorder
Amanda Long talks about her struggles with and recovery from an eating disorder. After 20 years as a journalist, she became a massage therapist in 2011 and loves communicating through touch. She checked herself into inpatient treatment for an eating disorder in 2017, and is yearning to care for, love and accept her own body after 25 years of letting an eating disorder control it. She recently wrote about recovery in quarantine in The Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/2020/04/10/after-lifelong-struggle-with-an-eating-disorder-she-has-more-fear-than-coronavirus-during-self-isolation/?arc404=true). Resources: National Eating Disorders Association - https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/ Therapist mentioned during the show - https://www.mindbodyva.com/ Treatment center mentioned during the show - https://centerfordiscovery.com/
41 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
A Mother of a Black Son
Ericka talks about her experience of being a black woman and a mother of a black son in America. We discuss systemic racism, faith and hope for the next generation. Ericka has been a Montessori teacher for the past 13 years. Prior to that, she was a social worker for 10 years in North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia. Ericka, originally from North Carolina, has lived in the D.C. metropolitan area since 1997. She and her husband have been married for almost 19 years and are the proud parents of two high school honor student athletes.
34 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
Being a Black Man in America
Louis, not his real name, talks about his experience of being a black man in America and his views on the national conversation we are having about race. We discuss systemic racism, faith, and hope for the future. Louis is a legal professional and an entrepreneur.
28 minutes | Jun 17, 2020
Healthcare for the LGBTQ Community
Dr. Cecily Havert discusses the physical, emotional and mental health issues faced by the LGBTQ community. Dr. Havert is a family doctor with special interests in women’s health and mental health. She’s been practicing for over 15 years. She also teaches medical students at Georgetown University. She’s gotten a number of awards including Washingtonian Magazine’s top doctor award numerous years including the last three years.
35 minutes | Jun 9, 2020
Losing Your Parent to Suicide
Pamela Lessard talks about losing her father to suicide and how that affected her, her family and her identity. Pamela was born in Tehran, Iran. Her family moved around the world from there because of her father’s job as a CIA agent, landing back in Washington DC in the early 1970s, then to Kabul, Afghanistan briefly, and back to Tehran for a few more years. As the Iranian Revolution started, her family was transferred to Islamabad, Pakistan and stayed there until November 1979 when student protestors attacked the American embassy. Pamela and her family left and ended up in Williamsburg, Virginia. On Christmas morning 1980, her father took his life. Sometime after his suicide her family moved to Florida. Pamela eventually settled in Washington DC, got married to Andrew Gross, had her daughter, Haley, and got her beloved dog, Skye.
37 minutes | May 26, 2020
Living with a Life-Threatening Condition During the Pandemic
Jim Albright discusses living with cystic fibrosis and his journey with the disease since founding out he had the disease at 15 years old and being told that he had only a few years to live. He also discusses how his condition has affected his life during the pandemic. Jim spent twenty years in education, first as a teacher of students with disabilities, and then as a program coordinator for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and then closing out his career as the Principal of Alice Deal Middle School for over eight years. Previously, Jim ran a television station, was an economic consultant, and an urban planner. Jim holds a Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, Master's Degrees in Urban Planning and Administration and Supervision from University of Virginia, and an Executive Masters in Leadership from Georgetown University.
30 minutes | May 19, 2020
Tips on Self Care During the Quarantine
Kate Hood talks about self care during the quarantine. Kate is a certified life coach, health and wellness coach and working mom of three, currently navigating life in quarantine with her family.
32 minutes | May 12, 2020
The Challenges of Distant Learning During Quarantine
Diane Cooper-Gould talks about the challenges of distance learning during quarantine especially for children with disabilities and learning differences. Diane is Co-Founder of Fairfax County Special Education PTA, was its inaugural President and now works as its Co-Chair of Advocacy. Diane is the creator of several courses and workshops on a range of disability topics including: Navigating the Special Education System, Building a Community of Support, and Working Cooperatively with an IEP team. She is also the founder and facilitator of an online support group for families navigating the world of disability.
15 minutes | May 6, 2020
Ramblings of a Woman at Home
On today's show, instead of a guest, I talk about the challenges and joys that I've been going through during this pandemic.
33 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
Developments on Covid-19 Since Quarantine Began
Dr. Cecily Havert talks about the developments and changes she's seen in her medical practice and the medical community since the quarantine has begun. Dr. Havert is a family doctor with special interests in women’s health and mental health. She’s been practicing for over 15 years. She also teaches medical students at Georgetown University. She’s gotten a number of awards including Washingtonian Magazine’s top doctor award numerous years including the last three years.
26 minutes | Apr 22, 2020
Psychiatry & Psychology Treatments for Anxiety & Depression
Dr. Lawrence Ballon talks about psychiatry and psychology and how these treatments provide important tools to help people with their mental health. Dr. Ballon is a board certified psychiatrist as well as a psychoanalyst and psychopharmacologist. He has over 30 year of experience successfully treating thousands of patients, has held a 12 year term as Chief of Psychiatry at Virginia Hospital Center, and served as President and Medical Director of Arlington Psychiatric Group. Dr. Ballon earned his M.D. and trained in psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center, and received his certification in psychoanalysis from the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in Washington, DC.
32 minutes | Apr 14, 2020
Returning to an Acting Career Left Behind
Diane Cooper-Gould talks about falling in love with acting early in life and her journey of having a career in acting as a young professional, leaving it for over 10 years and coming back to it later in life with a new understanding of herself and her career.
36 minutes | Apr 7, 2020
Therapist’s Tools for Dealing w/ Anxiety During the Pandemic
Dr. Amy Heard talks about the tools we can use to deal with the anxiety and stress many of us are feeling during this pandemic. Dr. Heard is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with individuals and couples who are facing medical issues, life transitions, relationship problems, and work-life imbalances. Her treatment integrates research-based strategies, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She specializes in helping people to cope with medical issues including chronic pain, pelvic pain, migraines, neurological conditions, cancer, sexual dysfunction and fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue. She also works with caregivers and those facing grief and loss.
42 minutes | Apr 1, 2020
Losing Your Mother As You Welcome Your First Child to the World
Today I'm talking to Ella. Ella didn’t want to use her real name but agreed to share the incredible and tragic story of how she lost her mother at the same time as she welcomed her daughter to the world.
34 minutes | Mar 24, 2020
The Impact of Coronavirus on Healthcare Providers & the Community
Dr. Cecily Havert discusses the novel coronavirus and its impact on healthcare providers and the community at large. Dr. Havert is a family doctor with special interests in women’s health and mental health. She’s been practicing for over 15 years. She also teaches medical students at Georgetown University. She’s gotten a number of awards including Washingtonian Magazine’s top doctor award numerous years including the last three years.
23 minutes | Mar 18, 2020
Women and Heart Disease
Dr. Cecily Havert talks about heart disease and how it affects women's lives and their health. Dr. Havert is a family doctor with special interests in women’s health and mental health. She’s been practicing for over 15 years. She also teaches medical students at Georgetown University. She’s gotten a number of awards including Washingtonian Magazine’s top doctor award numerous years including the last three years.
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