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The Viva Podcast
29 minutes | Aug 3, 2022
Episode 93: Re-run: Understanding Intent vs. Impact (and What Matters Most)
In today's episode we're taking it back to a one of our favorite episodes on the difference between intention versus impact. Tune in and join the conversation with us!
35 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
Episode 92: Re-run: Finding Healthcare that Works for You
In this episode we're taking it back to episode 67 to talk all things healthcare. If you find yourself stuck in searching for "doctors near me" then this episode is for you!
30 minutes | Jul 6, 2022
Episode 91: Unsolicited Advice
How often are you offered unsolicited advice, and how do you feel about that? How often do you offer it? Rachel and Jor-El weigh in on this dynamic and give you some things to think about if you’re often feeling compelled to change someone else’s behavior. Thanks for listening!
25 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
Episode 90: Lizzo, Ableism & The Power of Language
Recently, performer Lizzo came under fire for using an ableist slur in one of her newest songs. She quickly issued an apology and changed it. The power that has! Tune as Rachel Gersten and Jor-El Caraballo weigh in on the power of language and its role in dehumanization. Please give the episode a thumbs up by writing a review and sharing with a friend who would appreciate the conversation. Thank you for listening! Related reading: The Ten Stages of Genocide (Holocaust Memorial Day Trust)
34 minutes | Jun 8, 2022
Episode 89: Framing The Trauma & Mental Health Impact of Gun Violence
Buffalo. Uvalde. Chattanooga. New York City. Taft. Port Richmond. These days it seems almost impossible to keep up with the horror of mass shootings and gun violence in the United States. In our latest episode licensed therapists Rachel Gersten and Jor-El Caraballo share what the news gets wrong about gun violence and steps you can take today to prevent more senseless death and trauma for so many.
21 minutes | May 25, 2022
Episode 88: How Do You Know When it’s Time to End Therapy?
Other than questions about getting started with therapy, one of the questions that often comes up is how do you know when it’s time to end therapy (or “break up” with your therapist)? Join us for our latest episode as Jor-El and Rachel explore how to terminate therapy and signs that your therapist still keeps your best interest at heart - even while you’re leaving.
24 minutes | May 11, 2022
Episode 87: How Do You Feel About Aging?
Aging is a natural human process. If that's the case, then why do we have such complicated feelings about it? Tune in to our latest episode as therapists Rachel and Jor-El talk about our collective relationship to aging and how we can start to see getting older a bit differently.
18 minutes | Apr 27, 2022
Episode 86: Can Men and Women Be Just Friends?
Can men and women be “just friends?” It’s probably a question you’ve come across before but maybe you haven’t heard two therapists talk it through. Tune in as Rachel Gersten, LMHC and Jor-El Caraballo, LMHC reflect on the idea, the assumptions we make about gender (and sexuality), and identify an inclusive path forward. We are so thankful for you listening to the show! Please rate and review this episode, and, as always, send us your thoughts, questions and comments on Instagram (@vivamentalhealth). We’d love to hear from you!
24 minutes | Apr 13, 2022
Episode 85: Should You Break Up with Your Partner?
Are you in a relationship and wondering, “is it time to break up with my partner?” If so, then this podcast is for you. Relationships are not that black and white, and neither is the choice to leave. It can be tough to sort through. Tune in as therapists Rachel and Jor-El explore some things to consider as a relationship faces its potential end.
26 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
Episode 84: Individual Problems are Systemic
How often do you find yourself deep in shame or self-criticism when things aren’t going your way? Do you feel this when you’re trying to access healthcare, commute or find a therapist? The barrier might be bigger than you or your attitude. Tune in as licensed therapists and Viva co-founders Jor-El Caraballo and Rachel Gersten dig into the tension between individual concerns and systemic failures. We hope you enjoy!Related reading:https://vivamentalhealth.com/please-vote/
23 minutes | Mar 16, 2022
Episode 83: It’s Not High-Functioning Anxiety - it’s Just a Feeling
Is high-functioning actually a thing? If you’ve been on the gram or TikTok then you’d probably think so! Tune in to listen to this episode as mental health experts and licensed therapists Rachel Gersten and Jor-El Caraballo break it down. Rate and review this episode! And, as always, send us your thoughts, questions and comments on Instagram (@vivawellnessnyc). We’d love to hear from you!
29 minutes | Mar 2, 2022
Episode 82: The Riser of Amateurism
Who do you take seriously these days and where do you get your information?There's been a lot of changes in how we get information and who we trust (PS believe science!). Why is that? The rise of social media and influencer culture impacts our lives, the choices we make and who we trust. Tune in as Rachel and Jor-El talk about the rise of amateurism and why we really need to be listening to experts whenever we can. Give professionals their flowers!
33 minutes | Feb 16, 2022
Episode 81: The Problem with Making Assumptions
How often do you check your assumptions? Whether you like the old phrase (you know the one) about making assumptions or not, it’s something that we all do. We can’t escape that! But, if we make it a point to check on our assumptions we can prevent some unintentional harm and damage in our relationships. Tune in to our latest episode to hear licensed therapists Rachel Gersten and Jor-El Caraballo weigh in on how assumptions impact our daily lives.
31 minutes | Feb 2, 2022
Episode 80: Main Character Energy: Are you Oversharing on Social Media?
Let’s face it - we live in a social media world…especially in the middle of a global pandemic. We live a lot of our lives online, but should we be? Social media can be good for us: it offers connection and community where we might not otherwise find it. But, it’s also become another way for us to perform socially and sometimes share intimate details of our lives. Is it too much? Are you oversharing? Tune in to this episode for some suggestions in evaluating your relationship with social media and privacy.
29 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
Episode 79: What Mental Health Crisis?!
We’re getting real folks. The phrase “mental health crisis” has been thrown around quite a bit as we collectively struggle to grapple with the ongoing pandemic and recent surges. But, what does that mean? Are we REALLY in a mental health crisis as a society? Tune in as licensed therapists Rachel Gersten and Jor-El Caraballo explore what a crisis of mental health means and how certain figures only talk about mental health when they are experiencing something they don’t like (hint: THAT’S NOT A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS…and its ableist language, to be honest). And as always, send us your thoughts, questions and comments. We’d love to hear from you! Check in with us on our socials at @vivawellnessnyc.
28 minutes | Jan 5, 2022
Episode 78: Toxic Positivity
Have you ever felt the pressure to be happier than you were actually feeling? If so, you might have been dealing with toxic positivity. All emotions are a part of the human experience and you deserve the right to feel all the feels! Tune in as Rachel and Jor-El reflect on toxic positivity culture and offer up some thoughts on embracing how you really feel (and creating space for others to do so too).
18 minutes | Dec 22, 2021
Episode 77: 2021 Wrap Up
2022 is almost here! No matter what you've been through this year, if you want to take a moment to reflect and process your year then this episode is for you! Tune in as Rachel and Jor-El share some thoughts on how to reflect on the year behind you with meaning, authenticity and intention. Enjoy!
33 minutes | Dec 8, 2021
Episode 76: Accountability & Responsibility: What it Really Means
More and more we find ourselves having conversations about accountability, especially when it comes to social causes. But this is something we also run into in our own personal relationships - but what does the word actually mean? What does it mean to hold someone truly accountable...and what about yourself? Tune into our latest episode as licensed therapists Rachel and Jor-El talk all things accountability. We hope this helps! And as always, send us your thoughts, questions and comments. We’d love to hear from you! Check in with us at @vivawellnessnyc.
31 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
Episode 75: Here Come the Holidays!
It’s official...holiday season is upon us! How are you taking care of yourself as you navigate this time of year? Many of us are celebrating in ways similar to last year, but as vaccination rates have increased many more people are traveling and reconnecting in person with family members, and loved ones, for the first time in a long while. Listen to our latest episode as Rachel and Jor-El talk through navigating the 2021 holiday season. Check the show notes for our other holiday season episodes for a bit more support as well. Enjoy! Recommended listening: Managing Your Mental Health During the Holidays Managing Your Mental Health During a Pandemic Holiday Season
28 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
Episode 74: What are your BAD habits?
We all have them, but we also shame ourselves for having them. But what’s actually a bad habit and what’s not? HOW CAN WE KNOW?! Tune in as Rachel and Jor-El talk about the trap of black and white thinking as well as how we view personal habits. We think you’ll gain a lot from this one. Take a listen, share with a friend and rate and review too. Thanks for listening!
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