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Join Jennie as she discusses important social issues to expand our understanding and acceptance, in turn, contributing to a more kind and compassionate world.

Have a Little Insight Jennie Leaver

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

Join Jennie as she discusses important social issues to expand our understanding and acceptance, in turn, contributing to a more kind and compassionate world.

    Learning About Autism with Michael Barton

    Learning About Autism with Michael Barton

    Autism is a lifelong, developmental disorder that affects 1 in 54 children according to the CDC. The equates to 1.85% of the population.

    So we sat down with Michael Barton a speaker on Autism, Asperger's and Neurodiversity. Michael was non-verbal until he was 3 years old and was diagnosed with Autism shortly after entering the regular school system. He is on the high functioning end of the spectrum and is focused on the positive aspects of Autism and giving people hope for the future.

    We discussed:

    Gaining Employment as an Autistic Person
    Myths around autism
    What was school like?
    Focusing on what people can’t do versus what happens when people’s needs are met.
    Postiive aspecets of being Autsitic
    Special and Restrictive Interests
    Monty Python's Life of Brian
    The benefits of making adjustments for people with autism
    Stereotypes
    Links:

    Website: https://www.michaelbarton.org.uk/home

    Twitter: @MichaelBarton22

    Instagram: @themichaelbarton

    Books:

    It’s Raining Cat’s And Dogs - https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00ENSYZFG?ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_cxEyFb6XGEDT4&tag=kp066-20&linkCode=kpe

    A Different Kettle of Fish - https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00J2EA0VE?ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_GMo4DbDDRR6PP&tag=kp066-20&linkCode=kpe

    • 42 min
    Coping With Anxiety with Meeshelle Neal - Part 1 of 2 in a 2 part series.

    Coping With Anxiety with Meeshelle Neal - Part 1 of 2 in a 2 part series.

    Anxiety is a term we hear almost everyday in our world, but what is anxiety, what does it feel like, how is it different or the same from one person to the next?

    In part 1 of this 2 part series, we talk with Meeshelle Neal. Meeshelle is a writer and director with a background in acting. She discovered she was suffering from anxiety when a panic attack caused her to pass out in a bathroom on BC Ferries.

    We discussed:
    What anxiety feels like
    The difference between anxiety and panic attacks
    Panic Attacks
    CBT and Therapy
    Treatment options
    Self Care

    In addition to this Ryan and I also shared our personal stories.

    Mental Health Resources
    Distress Centre Ottawa - https://www.dcottawa.on.ca/24-7-crisis-line/
    Mental Health Crisis Hotline - 613-722-6914 or 1-866-996-0991
    Crisis Linke - https://crisisline.ca

    Where to Find Meeshelle
    Website: http://www.meeshelleneal.com
    Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/meeshelleneal
    Mental Short Film: https://youtu.be/GdSZQRP7GFw
    YoutTube Encore Plus Channel: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=encoreplus+meesehelle+neal
    Twitter: @MeeshNeal
    Facebook: @MeeshyNeal
    Instagram: @MeeshelleNeal

    • 41 min
    Coping with Anxiety with Ali Dignard - Part 2 in a 2 Part Series

    Coping with Anxiety with Ali Dignard - Part 2 in a 2 Part Series

    Anxiety is a term we hear almost everyday in our world, but what is anxiety, what does it feel like, how is it different or the same from one person to the next?

    In part 2 of this 2 part series, we talk with Ali Dignard. Ali is a bartender, an energy healer, and unashamedly diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Suffering from anxiety since childhood, Ali has been in a constant state of learning, growth and healing for the last decade.

    “A significant part of my purpose is opening up conversations surrounding anxiety in hopes that some day, the loneliness and isolation that are so often associated with mental illness become things of the past. Empathy and compassion are of the utmost importance to me, and I try to lead each day and each encounter with both. I am a firm believer that each and every one of us has the right to unconditional love and acceptance.”

    We discussed:

    Her experience as a child with anxiety
    Catastrophizing
    What is social anxiety?
    CBT
    Physical manifestations of anxiety
    Mental induced illness
    Flight or Fight and perceived threats
    Challenging your fears
    Strategies for coping and managing anxiety
    Dealing with anxious thoughts
    Anxiety vs Panic Attack
    In addition to this Ryan and I also shared our personal stories.

    Mental Health Resources

    Distress Centre Ottawa - https://www.dcottawa.on.ca/24-7-crisis-line/

    Mental Health Crisis Hotline - 613-722-6914 or 1-866-996-0991

    Crisis Linke - https://crisisline.ca

    If you have question for Ali, please email us at havealittleinsight@gmail.com and we will be happy to pass them along and get back to you.

    • 40 min
    Mindful Self-Compassion with Dr. Steven Hickamn

    Mindful Self-Compassion with Dr. Steven Hickamn

    Dr. Steven Hickman is the Executive Director of the non-profit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. He is a Clinical Psychologist and Retired Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California at the San Diego School of Medicine, as well as the Founding Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Steve co-developed the Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training program and has participated in the training of over 900 MSC teachers around the world. Steve has co-taught the 8-week and intensive MSC program many times around the globe and is also a Certified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and trains teachers of that program. He is married and has three young adult children, affording him ample opportunity to practice what he teaches!
    The Mindful Self Compassion teachings and programs were developed by: Kristen Neff PhD and Christopher K. Germer, PhD.

    The Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion: https://centerformsc.org/

    Self-Compassion Program:https://self-compassion.org/the-program/

    Resources and Links to Other Sites: https://self-compassion.org/resources-2/

    Article: https://www.mindful.org/the-transformative-effects-of-mindful-self-compassion/

    Dove Inner Critic Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOLike-Hkpg

    If it’s not acceptable to say something horrible to someone else then why do we say it to ourselves?

    • 54 min
    Sex Education with Cat Baron

    Sex Education with Cat Baron

    Cat Baron is a mom and partner first - she lives in east Ottawa with her partner and their four kids. Cat is also a full-time professor at Algonquin College, and has taught in the Community and Justice Services program since 2002. She graduated from the very same program after earning a degree from Carleton University, and has worked with youth and women, in group homes and shelters. Cat was the coordinator of Canada’s largest HIV/AIDS and sexual health information service through the Canadian Public Health Association, and has volunteered for many years in the community, in order to maintain her connections and to give back. Cat loves to learn and is passionate about getting students excited about learning, especially in her favourite course on sexuality!

    We Discussed
    Anatomy and Proper Terminology
    Difference between Sex and Gender
    Myths around Sex
    Respecting children's boundaries
    Teachable moments for children to provide safety
    How we “talk about sex” but aren’t really educated
    And much much more!

    Here are some handy links that Cat always shares with her students.

    Sex and U - https://www.sexandu.ca/
    Scarleteen - https://www.scarleteen.com/
    Ottawa Public Health - (find sexual health clinics, testing) - https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/sexual-health-clinic.aspx
    Centre for Sexuality (out of Alberta - great resources on the basics) - https://www.centreforsexuality.ca/sexual-health-info/sexual-orientation/
    Action Canada (sexual and reproductive rights) - https://www.actioncanadashr.org/
    Sex Information and Education Council of Canada - http://sieccan.org/sexual-health-education
    These are just some of the many great resources out there.

    There is a channel on YouTube called Crash Course. They do a number of topics, and there are four in particular that relates to what we spoke about today - anatomy especially.
    Female Reproductive System - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFDatCchpus&list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOAKed_MxxWBNaPno5h3Zs8&index=41

    Male Reproductive System - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XQcnO4iX_U&list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOAKed_MxxWBNaPno5h3Zs8&index=42

    Sex and Fertilization - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUdAEGXLO-8&list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOAKed_MxxWBNaPno5h3Zs8&index=43

    Pregnancy and Development - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUdAEGXLO-8&list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOAKed_MxxWBNaPno5h3Zs8&index=43

    • 50 min
    Sexual Complacency with Certified Sex Therapist Melinda DeSeta

    Sexual Complacency with Certified Sex Therapist Melinda DeSeta

    We discussed:
    What is sexual complacency?
    Why it happens and how to get out of it.
    Performance anxiety, sex toys, pornography.
    It is normal to experience sexual ruts. Testosterone is the sex driver for men and women.
    Sex is very psychological and you’re sex life gets better as you get older.
    Melinda DeSeta is a Certified Sex Therapist and Licensed Psychotherapist who helps people fall in love with their relationship and live their best sex life! Her career in private practice began in the heart of Brickell, and three years ago she founded Insight Counseling Center Miami. Currently, she is in the final stage of earning her Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology.
    In promoting a healthy and spicy sex life, Melinda is brand sponsored by the leading sex toy companies in the world. To name a few: The Rabbit Company, The Body Wand, Fredricks of Hollywood, and OVO Lifestyle Toys. You will find her videos on reviewing lifestyle products and offering her knowledge on how to choose the best toy for you.
    Her secret in private practice is staying connected with health professionals. Three years ago, she co-founded the networking group, Miami Mastermind, to educate and connect wellness professionals in private practice.
    Melinda is focused on helping people overcome common sexual and intimate challenges.
    If you want to find out more about Melinda or get more tips on how to live your best sex life checkout:
    Melinda’s Podcast: Melinda in Miami on Spotify and Apple Podcast
    Website: https://www.insight-miami.com/ (https://www.insight-miami.com/)
    Blog Post - https://www.insight-miami.com/post/overcoming-sexual-complacency (https://www.insight-miami.com/post/overcoming-sexual-complacency)
    Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/miamisextherapist/ (@miamisextherapist )
    Youtube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSIPq0zz9m2u852Osihz37w (Melinda in Miami )

    • 38 min

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Awesome

Love listening to these two! Breath of fresh air and very interesting :)!

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