25 episodes

Get inspired and stay motivated with insights from health professionals, mindfulness teachers, scientists, business leaders, artists, and peak performers. Join Montreal psychologist Dr. Joe Flanders in his long-form discussions of the science and practice of well-being with well-known thought-leaders. Joe stays grounded in evidence-based practices, while exploring innovative and controversial trends in the well-being space. The conversations are unscripted and real so you’ll get accessible explanations of cutting-edge ideas as well as the personal backstories behind them. Get some Mindspace.

Mindspace Podcast: Inspiring Wellbeing Joe Flanders

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0, 13 Ratings

Get inspired and stay motivated with insights from health professionals, mindfulness teachers, scientists, business leaders, artists, and peak performers. Join Montreal psychologist Dr. Joe Flanders in his long-form discussions of the science and practice of well-being with well-known thought-leaders. Joe stays grounded in evidence-based practices, while exploring innovative and controversial trends in the well-being space. The conversations are unscripted and real so you’ll get accessible explanations of cutting-edge ideas as well as the personal backstories behind them. Get some Mindspace.

    Mindfulness to Meaning with Professor Norman Farb

    Mindfulness to Meaning with Professor Norman Farb

    “Choosing the meanings that are consistent with the life that we would ideally like to live is the heart of the Mindfulness-to-Meaning Theory.”

    In this episode of the Mindspace podcast, Dr. Joe speaks with Professor Norman Farb. He is a professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. He’s best known for his research on the neuroscience of mindfulness meditation. He studies the mental habits that determine our sense of well-being. He is also a co-founder of the Mindfulness-to-Meaning Theory (MMT). MMT hypothesizes that the reason why mindfulness is effective is because over the long term it can change the foundational interpretations or meanings that we have about ourselves, the world, and the future.

    Dr. Farb and Dr. Joe spoke about:
    - How mindfulness meditation changes our sense of self and how this plays out in the brain
    - Our brain’s default mode network and its role in well-being
    - The importance of balancing routine and creativity
    - The role of mindfulness in helping us break out of rigid ways of thinking and being
    - The meaning and relevance of Eudaimonic well-being
    - And how psychedelics fit into all of this

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Love, Attachment, and Couples Therapy with Dr. Sue Johnson

    Love, Attachment, and Couples Therapy with Dr. Sue Johnson

    "Relationships are the keystone of our lives. They are as important to us as our next breath."

    In this episode of the Mindspace podcast, Dr. Joe speaks with Dr. Sue Johnson. Sue is a pioneer in the field of couples therapy. Alongside Dr. Les Greenberg, Dr. Johnson developed emotionally focused couples and family therapy (EFT), which is a couples therapy based on the newest research surrounding relationships: attachment theory. She is also the author of many books like Hold Me Tight, Created for Connection, and Love Sense and is the founder of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), which offers training to therapists in EFT.

    Dr. Johnson and Dr. Joe spoke about:
    What is emotionally focused couples and family therapy (EFT)?
    What is attachment theory?
    The importance of building a securely attached relationship rather than focusing on communication skills over emotions
    How we are bonding mammals
    The 3 factors that define the quality of intimate relationships
    The 5 stages that an EFT therapist guides their clients through
    The differences between EFT and more conventional therapies
    The state of the modern world and EFT’s perspective on it

    If you’d like to seek services in couples therapy and EFT, please visit our site for more information.

    • 1 hr 52 min
    A Guide to Healthy Eating with Dr. Kara Nance

    A Guide to Healthy Eating with Dr. Kara Nance

    “I don't think the fear of disease or the fear of adverse consequences is what gets anybody to make a long term change. I think it's connecting with the positive aspect of whatever it is you're choosing.”

    In this episode of the Mindspace podcast, Dr. Joe speaks with Dr. Kara Nance. Kara is a physician, double-board certified in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine. She is the founder of WellessenceMD, a medical practice in Chicago with an innovative, integrative approach to primary care and weight management. Kara is a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher and uses mindfulness with her patients to address the cognitive, emotional, and behavioural components of diet.

    Kara takes Dr. Joe on a fascinating tour of nutrition science, clinical best-practices, and the wisdom she has gained from many years of practice. Their conversation covered:

    An analysis of several popular diets including the Ornish, paleo, ketogenic, and plant-based approaches
    The scary truth about sugar
    The challenges of managing our kids sugar intake
    The role of the microbiome
    How mindfulness can promote healthy eating
    And a variety of practical tips and tricks to maintain healthy eating habits

    If you’d like to learn how to practice mindfulness to help with your diet, eating habits or any other unhelpful habits, please reach out to Mindspace: mindspacewellbeing.com.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Eco-Anxiety with Professor Susan Clayton

    Eco-Anxiety with Professor Susan Clayton

    “While optimism is certainly associated with individual well-being, it’s what allows us to take action. If you’re a pessimist, then why bother?”

    In this episode, Dr. Joe speaks with Susan Clayton, Professor of Psychology and Chair of Environmental Studies at the College of Wooster. Susan is a globally-recognized authority on the mental health impacts of climate change. She is the lead author of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) report on Mental Health and Our Changing Climate and a contributor to the upcoming report of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She is also the author and editor of the Oxford Handbook of Environmental and Conservation Psychology and Identity and the Natural Environment. Her work focuses on the intersection of mental health, environmentalism, and social psychology.

    In this episode, Dr. Joe and Professor Clayton explore:

    - The basic scientific facts of climate change
    - The mental health impacts of climate change, including eco-anxiety
    - The economics and politics of climate change
    - Recommendations for building resilience in the face of eco-anxiety
    - The possibility of broad social and economic transformation to adapt to climate change

    If you’d like some support in coping with your concerns about climate change, Mindspace can help. We are launching an eco-anxiety support group in January and we have a few psychologists who specialize in this area. Please visit mindspacewellbeing.com/eco-anxiety for more information.

    For more information on eco-anxiety check out Dr. Joe’s article on the Mindspace blog and his interview on Radio-Canada.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Psychedelic Renaissance with Dr. Ingmar Gorman and Dr. Elizabeth Nielson

    The Psychedelic Renaissance with Dr. Ingmar Gorman and Dr. Elizabeth Nielson

    “The word psychedelic was coined by Humphry Osmond. Psyche comes from the Greek word for spirit or soul, and delic means manifesting. So psychedelic means manifesting the mind.”

    In this episode of the Mindspace podcast, Dr. Joe speaks with Elizabeth Nielson and Dr. Ingmar Gorman on the renaissance of psychedelics in western medicine and culture. Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy has the potential to transform how a wide range of mental health problems are treated. Elizabeth and Ingmar are both at the forefront of this renaissance.

    Elizabeth is a clinical psychologist specializing in addictive and mood disorders. She is the Director of Education and Training for the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program at the Center for Optimal Living. She is also involved as a researcher and therapist on studies of psilocybin and MDMA, most notably with Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) the Experimental Therapeutics Research Laboratory at NYU Langone School of Medicine.

    Ingmar is also a clinical psychologist. He works with populations who have had experiences with psychedelics and other psychoactive compounds. He is the Director of the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program at the Centre for Optimal Living. He is the site co-principal Investigator and therapist on a MAPS Phase 3 clinical trial MDMA for post-traumatic stress disorder. And he is an NIH-funded fellow at NYU and a board member of Horizons Media.

    In this episode Joe, Elizabeth, and Ingmar discussed:

    - The history of psychedelics and how we arrived at the psychedelic renaissance
    - Current science and applications of psychedelics
    - The subjective experience of these compounds and their clinical action
    - The role of mindfulness in psychedelic-assisted therapy
    - Future directions in this field

    Mindspace will be hosting Ingmar and Elizabeth in Montreal on Friday, November 1st. They will be offering a brief presentation and Q&A for the public. And on Saturday and Sunday, they will be leading an introductory workshop on psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy for healthcare professionals.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Overcoming Anxiety with Dr. Judson Brewer

    Overcoming Anxiety with Dr. Judson Brewer

    “How do we resist anxiety? We can hold it with kindness.”

    In this episode of the Mindspace podcast, Dr. Joe speaks with Dr. Judson Brewer. Jud is a psychiatrist, an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Brown University and the Director of Research and Innovation at Brown’s Mindfulness Center. He has become an authority on the application of mindfulness in the treatment of anxiety, addictions, and eating disorders and his work has been featured in some of the top medical and neuroscience journals as well as in the popular media. His 2019 TED talk is ranked the 4th most popular of the year.

    Jud’s research and clinical work are highly innovative, partly because of his integration of traditional Buddhist psychology with modern neuroscience and psychology. In recent years he has focused on making his work accessible to the general public and has produced online programs for helping people reduce anxiety (Unwinding Anxiety), overeating (Eat Right Now), and smoking (Craving to Quit). He is also the author of The Craving Mind: from Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love - Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits.

    Joe and Jud discussed:
    - Jud’s theory that anxiety is actually an addiction to worry
    - The reward-based learning model that underlies the development of all habits, including anxiety, addictions and eating disorders
    - How mindfulness can help “unwind” anxiety and other unhelpful habits
    - The role of the brain’s Default Mode Network in getting us caught in unhelpful habit loops
    - Why episodes of mental illness often recur

    If you’d like to learn how to practice mindfulness to help with your anxiety or any other unhelpful habits, please reach out to Mindspace: mindspacewellbeing.com

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

CarlLemieux ,

Value added

Amazing guests by Joe and interviewing skills, covering a wonderful range of well-being topics supporting increased self-awareness and self-management in our busy and challenging times

Rickerdeli ,

Very Insightful

Great guests on this podcast and Dr. Joe has a good vibe. The conversation is always moving in a new direction with challenging questions. The result is a comprehensive view of a subject focused on mental health but delivering much more.

jmabela ,

Great conversations

I just discovered this podcast and its great. Joe has fantastic guests and he interviews them very smoothly, guiding along the conversation while keeping them on track. It seems like all the questions that pop to my mind they end up talking about. Looking froward to more listening.

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